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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

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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 »

IELTS Listening Tips – Do’s & Don’ts


The IELTS listening test will last for around 30 minutes and consist of four sections, with each section increasing in difficulty. Each pre-recorded section will take the form of either a dialogue (a conversation between two or more people), or a monologue (one speaker). Sections one and two will focus on ‘survival English’, meaning basic English you will need to ... Read More »

IELTS Reading Tips – Do’s & Don’ts

ielts reading

Reading will be the second part of your IELTS test and will last for 60 minutes. The test will consist of three (or occasionally four) reading passages which will increase in difficulty, and there will be a total of 40 related questions for you to answer.  You will be allowed to make notes on the Question Paper and you will ... Read More »

IELTS Academic Writing Test: Task 1 Questions and Prompts

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The IELTS Academic writing test is composed of two sections, referred to as Task 1 and Task 2. In Task 1, test takers are required to write a 150-word essay about a chart or illustration, highlighting its major areas and notable points, while the Task 2 the test taker is required to write a 250-word essay about a given topic. ... Read More »