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IELTS ACADEMIC | 126 IELTS Academic Task 1 – What tense?!

The one thing that I repeatedly see ESL students get wrong when writing the IELTS Academic Task 1 is using the wrong tense. This can be fixed with a bit of knowledge and practice.  Let’s take a look at the golden rules and some examples. […]

IELTS SUCCESS | 125 Divya jumps to Band 7 in 15 days (also asked for a remark…)

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IELTS Writing | 124 Four Ways to Use Comparisons in developing your essays for the IELTS Writing Tasks

Among the worrisome segments of the IELTS Exam is the IELTS Writing Tasks 1 and 2. That’s understandable because, since English, isn’t your first language these simple tasks of reading, understanding, brainstorming and expressing through words, become difficult challenges that you need to face for this part of the test. No need to worry. There are certain ways to make it easier to conquer these types of tests, as you will find in many other articles in this site. One way is to use “comparisons.” Let’s take a look at how we can use comparisons for the IELTS Writing Tasks. […]

IELTS Writing | 123 Getting ideas for Writing Task 2 – Essays about politics.

In this tutorial we will look specifically at getting ideas for IELTS essays about politics, we will then look at the collocations you can use to boost your score. If you are stuck for ideas, then you need to fill your head up with information about politics. Watch the TED Video below. To get the full benefit from this you will have to do the exercise, so grab a pen and let’s get started. […]

IELTS Success | 122 She asked for remark of her IELTS result and…

Wow! You won’t believe what happened to this IELTS student! Do you remember Gabriela? Well in this episode I said to Gabriela that we will have another interview when she gets a Band 7. Well she didn’t, what an absolute disaster, I was really down in the dumps after, and she was. We both had worked so hard to improve her scores, and she felt deep down she had improved also. So, in the end she got the result and was STILL on 6.5 in the writing, so she decided to apply for a remark. […]

IELTS Speaking | 121 3 Practical Tips to Help Prepare Yourself for the IELTS Speaking Test

Just thinking about the IELTS Test brings jitters to those who plan to take. But of all the IELTS Tests, it is the Speaking Test that brings the greatest apprehension to many.  This is most probably due to the fact that apart from preparing for the answers, test takers must also be on the watch for how they deliver the answers and the words that they choose to deliver them. In addition, there won’t be any chance to review the answers given. Once given, that would be the final answer. So how can one prepare for such a test? Well right here are some tips to help test takers prepare for the IELTS Speaking Test: […]

IELTS Writing | 120 5 easy ways to get the vocabulary you need to pass IELTS

It’s important to note that in the IELTS exam, 25 percent of your score in both the writing and speaking components is based on your use of vocabulary. As stated in the official band descriptors published by the creators of the IELTS examination, candidates who achieve a higher score of 8 or 9 use a large range of vocabulary and employ lexical expressions, word choice and collocation. This article presents five easy ways to get the vocabulary you need to pass the IELTS exam successfully. […]

IELTS Writing | 119 How to depersonalise an IELTS essay

In Academic Writing Task 2 of the IELTS exam, you will be expected to write a discursive or argumentative essay on a specific topic. You’ll be presented with a subject and question that may ask you to explore an argument, give your opinion or offer solutions to a problem. In this article, we’ll study techniques to depersonalize your essay so that you can provide an impartial view of an argument or topic before giving your personal opinion. […]

IELTS Writing | 118 Why these essays got Band 8 and these got 6.5

This article address the reasons that certain essays received a Band 8 score, while others got 6.5 in the Academic Writing Task 2 of the IELTS exam. Firstly, let’s review the criteria used to determine whether an essay meets a higher or lower score. […]