Throughout my IELTS teaching as well as examining career with the British Council, I get asked these same questions each time wherever I go. I normally try to answer them to the best of my ability especially for those who are doing the test at first attempt. I hope you will find the responses below […]Read more "3 questions I get more than anything else as an IELTS examiner"
Meeting Examiner Requirements IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 Essential information you will need to apply to your own Task 1! Aren’t you just sick and tired of those endless video-after-video of IELTS advice on “How to” do this and “How to” do that? You know all these already! You know what needs to be done, […]Read more "Get your IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 checked for FREE!"
This is just common sense to anyone who is doing a high-stakes test like the IELTS. Sadly, these reminders are just as relevant now as I see IELTS candidates committing these 5 mistakes so very often. If you haven’t been doing any of the points mentioned here, well done! However, if you are guilty of […]Read more "5 Things IELTS candidates should avoid"
After many years of teaching, online or offline, I have had the experience of meeting various personality types. Some may be pleasant, others otherwise. The awful types are the ones I do not remember any more but the ones that are on my mind are students who I tend to admire and learn from. They […]Read more "What this IELTS student said about me"
Many IELTS candidates are already familiar with the importance of using cohesive devices in IELTS Writing, as this is an area that their description and essay will be assessed on, under the Coherence and Cohesion (Organisation) criterion. However, how many of them know how to use these properly? Remember, this constitutes 25% of your assessment in […]Read more "Using cohesive devices correctly in IELTS Writing"
Never a good idea. First of all, it is illegal to purchase a fake certificate. If caught, you may suffer some severe consequences. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous people and shady organisations have tried to take advantage of the desperation and gullibility of a few who are unable to do the test for various reasons … if the money is […]Read more "Buying an IELTS Test Report"
The feeling of achievement never ends. I love it whenever my students take the time to let me know how they have performed in their IELTS test. This morning, as I was checking my messages as usual, I found this from one of my students. Such good news! This candidate has done the full 24-lesson IELTS Writing […]Read more "I woke up to this …"
I have been receiving a lot of new enquiries recently about my IELTS courses. Is it exam season already? 😉 Most of the questions are usually quite typical – How much do your lessons cost? How long does the course take? Can I have lessons in the evening? etc etc. I do, sometimes get queries […]Read more "Free vs Paid Lessons in IELTS Preparations"
The objective of the IELTS interview is to measure your speaking ability against a set criteria: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, and Pronunciation. A lot of IELTS candidates seem to believe that if they have good ideas, they have the potential of receiving a high band score for the Speaking test. This […]Read more "Will I get more marks if I have a lot of good ideas in IELTS Speaking?"
A number of students have recently enquired about whether or not they can do the IELTS test with the level of English that they have. This idea of whether or not they qualify to do the test does not really make a difference. Anyone can do the IELTS because it is not a pass or fail […]Read more "Is my level of English good enough for the IELTS?"