Should I mix my tenses in IELTS Speaking?

This was a question posed by one of my students in a recent IELTS Speaking practice lesson. She was quite worried about whether or not she will be penalised if she mixes her tenses in her response to questions/topics in the interview. The answer is, it depends. Let’s consider this IELTS Speaking Part 2 topic: Describe […]

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IELTS Writing Academic Task 1

IELTS Writing Paper (Academic Module) Task 1 Summary: 20 minutes only Write at least 150 words Usually describing a chart but could be a graph or (rarely) a process Analysing data The strategy is the same for graphs and charts: Identify overall trends Group similarities and highlight differences Look for examples that support the trends […]

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5 Reasons IELTS Candidates Keep Getting The Same Low Band Score

Some IELTS candidates are finding it difficult to move past their current band score and are struggling to reach that higher band required for entry to uni or immigrating to other countries. It can be especially frustrating for those who have done the test 9 or 10 times, know the test inside out and yet, […]

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Punctuation in IELTS Writing Task 2

Commas appear to be a common area of struggle for a lot of candidates, especially when it come to IELTS Writing Task 2. As a result, essays can contain sentences which may appear ridiculously long and end up being one-sentence paragraphs. Here is an example: We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. They are used […]

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Can I write True/False/Not Given instead of Yes/No/Not Given in the IELTS Reading Test?

One of my students has asked me this question during a lesson while we were going through feedback to his practice test. The quick answer to this is No. Why? Two reasons: Reason 1: T/F/NG questions are quite different from Y/N/NG. The T/F/NG statements are about information in the passage. For example: TRUE     […]

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