3 questions I get more than anything else as an IELTS examiner

Throughout my IELTS teaching as well as examining career with the British Council, I get asked these same questions each time wherever I go. I normally try to answer them to the best of my ability especially for those who are doing the test at first attempt. I hope you will find the responses below […]

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Get your IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 checked for FREE!

Meeting Examiner Requirements IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Essential information you will need to apply to your own Task 1! Aren’t you just sick and tired of those endless video-after-video of IELTS advice on “How to” do this and “How to” do that? You know all these already! You know what needs to be done, […]

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Why the “copy and paste” method won’t work in the IELTS test

If you are familiar with the IELTS, you will understand that the test is quite topic-based. If you are currently my student, you will understand by now, how to go about preparing for this test effectively and how not to. One no-no is blindly memorising words and phrases and using them in your own essay. The “copy and […]

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3-Step Paragraph Structure in IELTS Writing Task 2

IELTS candidates who are not familiar with essay writing styles should be aware that they will be assessed on how they organise their answers in writing. It is not enough that IELTS essays have paragraphs, but these paragraphs must make sense as well. Each of your paragraphs needs to have a theme or better yet, […]

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5 Easy Steps to Train Yourself for IELTS Speaking

Many self-prepared candidates do not really know where to start when it comes to training themselves to speak well in the IELTS Speaking test. The most common mistake is that many just end up watching video after video of example IELTS interviews and have some sort of idea of how they should be answering questions in […]

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How important is eye contact in IELTS Speaking?

Recently, one of my students asked this: “Will my IELTS band score be affected if I don’t make eye contact with the examiner? The book says that if you show a lack of confidence, you will not get a high score.” Quite often, candidates rely on information that may get lost in interpretation if this […]

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