Process in IELTS Writing Task 1

Occasionally, candidates may be given a process to describe in IELTS Writing Task 1. This can be a problem if you are not prepared and have no idea of the language that you need to use for this context. Obviously, you cannot use commonly-used (and sometimes over-used!) expressions like: increased dramatically, fluctuated, gradual decline, etc. […]

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How to deal with interruptions in IELTS Speaking Part 2

Should candidates be worried if the examiner stops them from talking in Part 2? This question was raised by one of my students quite recently. Well, to be honest, this happens in IELTS interviews all the time. And in my experience as an examiner, I have very often done this for one very simple reason: […]

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How to manage your word count in IELTS Writing

It can be quite difficult to beat that clock when it comes to finishing writing your script but one thing candidates must never overlook is making sure that their writing meets the word count. No matter how well you write, no matter how sophisticated and interesting your argument and description are, if you do not […]

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How to deal with unfamiliar topics in IELTS Speaking Part 2

An interesting question came up by one of my students today about what to do if the examiner gives the candidate a topic that is unfamiliar. This is not the first time I have been asked this question. The answer is pretty simple. You can do two things: lie or give an honest answer, depending […]

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