3 questions I get more than anything else as an IELTS examiner

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 […]

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Why the “copy and paste” method won’t work in the IELTS test

If you are familiar with the IELTS, you will understand that the test is quite topic-based. If you are currently my student, you will understand by now, how to go about preparing for this test effectively and how not to. One no-no is blindly memorising words and phrases and using them in your own essay. The “copy and […]

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3-Step Paragraph Structure in IELTS Writing Task 2

IELTS candidates who are not familiar with essay writing styles should be aware that they will be assessed on how they organise their answers in writing. It is not enough that IELTS essays have paragraphs, but these paragraphs must make sense as well. Each of your paragraphs needs to have a theme or better yet, […]

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Using cohesive devices correctly in IELTS Writing

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 […]

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What to do with an “outweigh” question in IELTS Writing Task 2

One of my students has recently asked this important question: “Do you need to include an opinion in an advantage/disadvantage essay?” To answer this question, let’s take a look at a couple of examples IELTS Writing Task 2 questions: Type 1: The development of tourism contributed to English becoming the most prominent language in the world. […]

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How to avoid repeating the same words in IELTS Writing

In one of our writing classes, a student has asked me this important question: “What can I do if I don’t want to repeat the same words in my writing?” This question arose as we were discussing the importance of referencing when it comes to the criterion of Coherence and Cohesion (or Organisation) in IELTS Writing […]

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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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