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 […]Read more "How important is eye contact in IELTS Speaking?"
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"
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. […]Read more "What to do with an “outweigh” question in IELTS Writing Task 2"
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 …"
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 […]Read more "How to avoid repeating the same words in IELTS Writing"
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?"
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 […]Read more "How to do your IELTS Speaking test the correct way"
Recently, I have been asked whether synonyms are allowed when answering questions in the IELTS Listening test. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this. If you have been doing lots of practice using past IELTS test papers and going through the answers at the end, you may find that there are strict instructions where you […]Read more "An Important Tip for IELTS Listening"