This morning, I received a really pleasant message from an IELTS student whom I had been coaching for a few weeks for her first attempt at IELTS. This is what she had to say: Her kind words have truly made my day! Until next time,Read more "Message from a student"
In the second part of the IELTS interview, candidates do not have a choice over which topic they will have to talk about. This will be selected by the examiner. One of the first things you will need to decide is whether the task refers to the past, present, or a future situation. Knowing what […]Read more "Tense in IELTS Speaking Part 2"
One of my students asked me a very interesting question yesterday about whether some IELTS examiners are stricter than others. Apparently, he has had several experiences where various examiners had displayed different styles of interviewing. For example, in one instance, one was quite contented with listening to him elaborate on his answers while another rushed […]Read more "Questions in IELTS interviews"
For candidates who are not already aware of this, the way you respond to Part 1 and Part 3 questions is slightly different. In Part 1, it is a time for the examiner to get to know you as a person, and not just as a test taker, so the answers that you give should […]Read more "Differences in IELTS Speaking Parts 1 and 3"
What makes the IELTS test possibly more difficult for candidates is the importance placed on spelling when giving answers. There is no room for error. Even if you give correct answers, they will be marked wrong if the spelling isn’t accurate. And this has been a bone of contention for many candidates who frequently bombard […]Read more "Correct spelling in IELTS"
Vocabulary is an important component when it comes to assessing a candidate’s speaking ability. To get at least a Band 8 in Lexical Resource, the speaker has to use a wide vocabulary resource readily and flexibly to convey precise meaning. What differentiates a strong answer from a weak one is that the strong answer uses […]Read more "Vocabulary in IELTS Speaking"
Part 3 of the IELTS interview can be quite challenging if students do not really understand how to approach questions that are being asked in this section. In my experience of having interviewed candidates as an IELTS examiner, I have often observed that speakers who exude confidence are the ones who use fixed phrases to […]Read more "Answer styles in IELTS Speaking Part 3"
Candidates who are interested in sports may be at an advantage if this subject arises in the IELTS Listening or Reading modules. It would be an opportunity to use previously acquired vocabulary and background understanding to answer not only listening questions but also reading questions. Since World Cup fever has arrived, what better way for […]Read more "Sports topics in the IELTS Test"
For candidates who have already done the IELTS test, many will realise that the Listening module demands more than just understanding speakers and answering set questions. It also very much draws on candidates’ background knowledge of certain subjects. For instance, an academic lecture related to medicine may require the candidate to use any information they […]Read more "Background knowledge in IELTS Listening"
One of the things candidates have to understand when writing in IELTS Task 1 is that language for describing visual information is rather different from that of speaking and writing a formal letter. When marking scripts as an IELTS examiner, I have often found sentences that begin with Regarding the cars, …. About the food, […]Read more "Signalling in IELTS Writing Task 1"