I know some of you are doing the IELTS this weekend, so here’s wishing you all the best for your test on 1 November! Do remember to go through your past lesson notes and videos, your task feedback, skills and strategies checklists, and useful expressions that we have covered in our lessons. But most importantly, […]Read more "Good luck to my IELTS students!"
Not knowing when to use ‘the’ and when not to use ‘the’ is a common problem I see among IELTS candidates who are not really sure what the grammar rules are to these. As a result, I have very often seen errors in writing and heard mistakes during interviews. For example, in an IELTS speaking […]Read more "Articles in IELTS Writing and Speaking"
For all IELTS candidates who are taking the Writing test soon, you may want to review these important points to help improve your performance when you write. Think – Plan – Write – Check Photo Credit: jeffrey james pacres via Compfight Think Concentrate on the essay title. What are the separate elements of the task? […]Read more "IELTS Writing Strategies"
In IELTS Academic Writing Task 1, candidates have to be careful when using language to describe data. And quite often, a common mistake that I have come across when marking papers is the confusion between amount, number, and quantity. For example, it would be inappropriate to say A large amount of cars … Cars is […]Read more "Choosing the right words in IELTS Writing Task 1"
Maal Hijrah, which is also called Awal Muharram, is an important day for Muslims. It falls on the first day of Muharram on every Muslim calender year, which is the first day of the Muslim calender. The meaning of Maal Hijrah in English is migration. On this day, Muslims remember Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon […]Read more "Happy New Year!"
IELTS candidates may encounter a few expressions in the IELTS that are crucial to helping them understand a recording, or a reading text. For example in the Listening test, you could find a question such as: Where did the the man keep his books? A – In his bedroom cupboard. B – On the top […]Read more "IELTS Vocabulary – American and British English"
A couple of days ago, I posted some basic information about the IELTS for candidates who are new to the test. Here is a quiz for you to see how much you already know about it. Feel free to post your answers in the comment box below. How many questions are there in the Listening […]Read more "IELTS Quiz – 15 Questions"
I know some of you are doing the IELTS this weekend, so here’s wishing you all the best for your test on 25 October! Do remember to go through your past lesson notes and videos, your task feedback, skills and strategies checklists, and useful expressions that we have covered in our lessons. But most importantly, […]Read more "Good luck to my IELTS students!"
For my readers who are thinking of doing the IELTS for the first time, you may find the following questions and answers useful for you before you start your preparations: Photo Credit: Alberto G. via Compfight What is the IELTS Test? IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is a test of English […]Read more "Frequently Asked Questions about the IELTS"
To read an IELTS text effectively, candidates need to make sure that they can identify and understand what the key words are not only in headlines, but at sentence level as well. This can be crucial to whether or not you have selected the right information as your answer. See if you can do the […]Read more "Key words in IELTS Reading"