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IELTS practice with transition words

IELTS transitions

Read through the lesson first and then do the exercise at the end. Transitions are words or a group of words that make your essay flow. They connect sentences, ideas and even entire paragraphs. The reason you should use them is to make your essay flow which means that the reader can easily follow your ideas. Here’s a list of ... Read More »

5 great tips for the IELTS speaking test

IELTS speaking tips

Don’t schedule your speaking test on the same day as your Listening, Reading & Writing test. This may sounds like strange advice, but think about it: Test day is very long. You have to sit through 45 minutes of Listening, then read 3 texts in 1 hour which requires intense concentration, and then you need to write 2 essays afterwards. ... Read More »

Cohesion and Coherence: What’s the Connection?

IELTS coherence & cohesion

When it comes to writing task 1 reports and task 2 essays in IELTS, your band scores for each of these written outputs will be judged against 4 different criteria, one of which is Coherence and Cohesion. This particular aspect is quite equally important as the other three (Task Response, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, Lexical Resource) as it makes up ... Read More »

Task1 sample Essay: bar chart + pie chart

IELTS education

The charts provides information about how the perception of adults towards part-time studying. The bar graph shows the varied reasons why they enroll in part-time classes, whereas the pie chart depicts their opinions about how the expenses are supposed to be distributed. Looking closely at the bar graph, it can be seen that the different reasons why adults return to ... Read More »

5 awesome tips for studying for IELTS on a budget

cheap ielts

Let’s be honest, nothing is better than having a private IELTS tutor. However, not everybody has the money to hire a private IELTS tutor. They don’t come cheap and are a major investment. Luckily, there are other cheaper ways of studying for the IELTS exam! Here are some tips how to study for the IELTS test that don’t cost much. ... Read More »

5 awesome tricks to improve your IELTS listening score

IELTS Listening test

Reading ahead – use every second The one main strategy to use in the IELTS Listening test is to manage the time appropriately. Every second counts –literally! You got to be very focused from the second the test invigilator says “you can open the question booklet now”. As soon as he/she says that you should take a quick look at ... Read More »

5 Tips to improve your IELTS reading skills

IELTS Reading TIps

Many people ask me how they can improve their reading score in the IELTS Reading test. I tell them about the different strategies such skimming and scanning and previewing the headlines of the texts, but, to be honest, that is only a quick fix. If you really want to improve your overall reading score, you need to become a serious ... Read More »

Not happy with the score? Re-scoring of the test results

ielts rescoring

Some people are very disappointed after receiving their IELTS score. They thought they did better but did not achieve the desired results. Many people think they have been treated unfairly as they usually perform much better. Some people will ask the test centre where they sat the exam to re-score it in the hopes of getting a higher score. Re-scoring ... Read More »

General Training vs. Academic IELTS test

IELTS General Training or Academic

Which one? Many people are confused by the difference of these seemingly different test modules and are not sure which one to take. The first step in deciding which module to take is to figure out why you need to take the IELTS exam. Most people plan to study abroad for either undergraduate or post-graduate studies. If you fall in ... Read More »

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