Will I get more marks if I have a lot of good ideas in IELTS Speaking?

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 […]

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Happy Year of the Rooster 2017!

To all my Chinese students who are celebrating New Year tomorrow, 恭喜发财!  😀  Yes, I scripted the Chinese characters myself in the picture above: thanks to my Chinese primary school background! It’s amazing how a language stays with you after 35 years of having left primary school. And this is why I always emphasise the […]

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5 Signs an IELTS Teacher or Trainer is a Waste of Money

In test preparation, there are barriers that only an outside perspective can help you overcome. Spending a little bit of money on IELTS training could be what you need to take your IELTS studies to the next level. The money spent could increase your chances of getting your target band score tenfold if what you learn is […]

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Would I lose marks in IELTS Speaking if I spoke for less than a minute?

This question was asked by one of my students who felt quite anxious about completing Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test. The quick answer this is: yes. Understandably, many candidates are under a lot of pressure to make use of the 2 minutes to talk about the topic given to them. If you are a […]

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Is my IELTS examiner even qualified?

Recently, I came across an interesting comment on a popular social platform. This remark came from a person who also happens to be an IELTS instructor with quite a number of followers. What was said was rather disturbing as this teacher had sat for the IELTS test himself and was considering appealing his Band 7.5 speaking score […]

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How to create ideas for the IELTS Test

“I have no idea of what to write about or what to say on certain topics.” This is something I occasionally hear from students who experience a “mental block” when it comes to writing an answer to an IELTS essay topic or respond to an IELTS interview. One mistake students quite often make is relying on the teacher to […]

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