Meeting your word count in IELTS Writing

A student recently asked if he would be penalised for having written 249 words in his IELTS Task 2 essay. The quick answer is: No. Contrary to what you may have been told by other IELTS teachers, candidates will NOT lose marks for writing just below the word limit. The danger lies in your assessor discovering that […]

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IELTS Speaking Part 2 – I don’t know what to say!

Occasionally, I have heard some IELTS candidates complain about this when they have to give a talk in Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking module. If this happens to you in the real test, the first thing you should remember is not to panic. When you panic, this will reflect in the quality of your speaking: Your […]

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Is grammar important in IELTS Listening and Reading?

The answer is, it depends. IELTS candidates will have to look at the type of task that they have to do. For example, in Section 1 where you are often required to complete notes, then accurate grammar is not important. Sometimes, you can find this in other sections of the test. Section 1 (Task type: complete notes) overlooking ……………….. […]

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How to write an introduction in IELTS Writing Task 2

Apart from conclusions, IELTS candidates may find that they struggle with starting their essay just as much as they find it difficult it to end it. Like the conclusion, you do not have to write a lengthy paragraph here. Two sentences would do nicely but this does not mean you should paraphrase the task word-for-word. Make […]

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Discussing mothers in IELTS Writing and Speaking

IELTS candidates may find that the topic of gender and parental roles may appear quite often in either IELTS Speaking and more frequently, IELTS Writing Task 2. Here are some examples of tasks that may come up in essay writing: “Fatherhood ought to be emphasised as much as motherhood. The idea that women are solely responsible for […]

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IELTS Listening – Complete a table

See if you can do this IELTS exercise. Listen to the recording. Complete the table below. Write ONE WORD ONLY for each answer. Reason for decrease in water supply Result of decrease in water supply Solution Agriculture for food production for growing cities and industries. Ground water being 1 ……………….. Eat more healthily. The average […]

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