How important is eye contact in IELTS Speaking?

Recently, one of my students asked this: “Will my IELTS band score be affected if I don’t make eye contact with the examiner? The book says that if you show a lack of confidence, you will not get a high score.” Quite often, candidates rely on information that may get lost in interpretation if this […]

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How to do your IELTS Speaking test the correct way

If you are doing the IELTS test for the first time, apart from understanding the format of the Speaking section, you may also want to know that there are certain procedures to follow when conducting yourself in the interview. Before going into the test room. Before you are ushered into the waiting room for the test, you […]

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4 Types of Sentences in IELTS Writing and Speaking

Grammatical Range and Accuracy accounts for 25% of your total writing and speaking scores, and because of this, IELTS candidates need to be familiar with the types of sentences assessors are looking for when marking exam scripts or interviewing test takers. Basically, there are 4 types of English sentences: 1) Simple A simple sentence contains only […]

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Can I use formulaic expressions in IELTS Writing and Speaking?

When marking IELTS papers, I have often come across certain expressions that you can commonly find in model answers. For example, introductions that typically begin like these ones here: People have always argued on whether …. (Really? Who are these people?) Although there are some advantages to this, I believe that the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. […]

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Discussing ‘nature’ vs ‘nurture’ in IELTS Writing and Speaking

If you are very familiar with the IELTS test, you will probably already know that it is more or less theme-based. You would do well to gather enough information to not only be more acquainted with the vocabulary or have adequate background knowledge when following the information given in IELTS Listening or Reading texts, but also argue your […]

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Covering bullet points in IELTS Speaking Part 2

One of my students has asked me this question: What will happen if I don’t cover all the questions in the bullet points? A common misconception among IELTS candidates is that the bullet points serve as questions to answer. That is NOT the purpose of the these points. They are there to prompt you to […]

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Discussing compassion in IELTS Writing and Speaking

Sunday Morning Live is a TV programme that discusses a lot of interesting issues of the week. If you’re in the UK, you can watch it every Sunday at 10am on BBC One. IELTS candidates would benefit a lot from the ideas and language thrown out during discussions. The video below is an example. The topic is based […]

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Understanding and discussing medical advancements in the IELTS

Here’s another quick one about recent developments in the world of medical technology. Scientists have now found a way to help detect signs of dementia through an app called Sea Hero Quest. Before you download it to find out what it’s all about and how to play this game, let’s do a quick IELTS exercise […]

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Common IELTS Topic: GM Food Production

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, particularly up-to-date developments in the area of science, you will have heard about the recent breakthrough in GM Food. Have a look at the video from the link below and choose the correct letter that best describes the topic. Scientists have made changes to the way plants use photosynthesis […]

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