Tips for the IELTS Listening and Reading papers

The single most important thing is to READ THE QUESTIONS CAREFULLY. In the reading paper you should read the questions more carefully than the reading texts. Look at the questions first, circle or underline any important words, and make sure you understand what they are asking you to do. In listening, you will have 1 […]

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Understanding structure in IELTS Writing Task 1

It is important that candidates understand how descriptions in IELTS Writing Task 1 are structured. Have a look at this example: The chart shows that Britain, among the four European countries listed, has spent most heavily on the range of consumer goods included. In every case, British spending is considerably higher than that of other counties; […]

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How to paraphrase words in IELTS Writing Task 1

From time to time, IELTS candidates may be given a diagram where they will have to describe the process of something. This means that you will have to write about how something happens, in stages. In a writing task like this, explaining why something is done is given less importance compared to how it is […]

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How to Speak Fluently in IELTS Speaking

Recently, I have had a lot of requests from students asking me what they should do to help them improve their fluency scores in IELTS Speaking. One of the things that candidates have to consider is to make sure that they group words together to form connected speech as they talk. I have noticed that many students […]

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How to Train Yourself to Speak in the IELTS interview

Recently, one of my IELTS students asked if it is a good idea to engage himself in a speaking marathon. This is how it works: Talk about a topic for 5 minutes Speak again about the same topic for 4 minutes Repeat the talk for 3 minutes And then try again for two. For candidates looking to improve […]

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Making comparisons in IELTS Writing Task 1

One assessment requirement of IELTS Writing Task 1 is the inclusion of comparative structures to compare features in a graph, or if you’re lucky, two graphs! As your instructions always say: Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. Many IELTS candidates tend to ignore this sentence and rush toward producing answers that […]

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Can you do this IELTS Listening Test practice?

Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer. Cancer Breakthrough Cancer patients will be able to receive bespoke cancer treatments. Scientists can kill cancer cells using 1_____ immuno-therapy injection. Immune cells can 2_____ and target unique cancer cells, which are immune to therapy. British scientists need to: Try to get past cancer’s 3_____ […]

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