I have been asked this question so many times by my IELTS students that I feel the need to make this clear to those who are worried about how your test is viewed. Technically, losing marks only happen when you make spelling mistakes or provide incorrect answers in the Listening and Reading tests. For instance, if […]Read more "Will I lose marks in the IELTS test?"
The single most important thing is to READ THE QUESTIONS CAREFULLY. In the reading paper you should read the questions more carefully than the reading texts. Look at the questions first, circle or underline any important words, and make sure you understand what they are asking you to do. In listening, you will have 1 […]Read more "Tips for the IELTS Listening and Reading papers"
It is important that candidates understand how descriptions in IELTS Writing Task 1 are structured. Have a look at this example: The chart shows that Britain, among the four European countries listed, has spent most heavily on the range of consumer goods included. In every case, British spending is considerably higher than that of other counties; […]Read more "Understanding structure in IELTS Writing Task 1"
How much do you know about the IELTS Reading test? Look at these strategies for approaching the reading paper. Are these True (T) or False (F)? If you have given a False answer, can you explain why? 1) Do not read the text from beginning to end before you begin answering the questions. T/F 2) Look quickly at […]Read more "IELTS Reading Strategies"
From time to time, IELTS candidates may be given a diagram where they will have to describe the process of something. This means that you will have to write about how something happens, in stages. In a writing task like this, explaining why something is done is given less importance compared to how it is […]Read more "How to paraphrase words in IELTS Writing Task 1"
In IELTS Listening, one of the things candidates will have to look out for is signposting, in order to follow how ideas are presented. This is particularly important for Section 4 where you will have to listen to a talk or a lecture of an academic nature. You need to learn how to direct your listening […]Read more "Signposting language in IELTS Listening"
Recently, I have had a lot of requests from students asking me what they should do to help them improve their fluency scores in IELTS Speaking. One of the things that candidates have to consider is to make sure that they group words together to form connected speech as they talk. I have noticed that many students […]Read more "How to Speak Fluently in IELTS Speaking"
Recently, one of my IELTS students asked if it is a good idea to engage himself in a speaking marathon. This is how it works: Talk about a topic for 5 minutes Speak again about the same topic for 4 minutes Repeat the talk for 3 minutes And then try again for two. For candidates looking to improve […]Read more "How to Train Yourself to Speak in the IELTS interview"
One assessment requirement of IELTS Writing Task 1 is the inclusion of comparative structures to compare features in a graph, or if you’re lucky, two graphs! As your instructions always say: Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. Many IELTS candidates tend to ignore this sentence and rush toward producing answers that […]Read more "Making comparisons in IELTS Writing Task 1"
Complete the notes below. Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer. Cancer Breakthrough Cancer patients will be able to receive bespoke cancer treatments. Scientists can kill cancer cells using 1_____ immuno-therapy injection. Immune cells can 2_____ and target unique cancer cells, which are immune to therapy. British scientists need to: Try to get past cancer’s 3_____ […]Read more "Can you do this IELTS Listening Test practice?"