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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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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Buying an IELTS Test Report

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 […]

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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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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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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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An Important Tip for IELTS Listening

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 […]

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