Questions in IELTS interviews

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 […]

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Answer styles in IELTS Speaking Part 3

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 […]

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Sports topics in the IELTS Test

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 […]

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Using background knowledge in IELTS Listening

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 […]

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Signalling in IELTS Writing Task 1

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, […]

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