May 9, 2020

In Task 1 of IELTS Writing you are asked to describe information that is presented in a visual format. In this post we’ll look at the different types of tasks you may encounter in Task 1.

The information you need to describe can be shown in several different ways. This...

May 9, 2020

Now we will look in more detail at how these tasks are assessed and what you need to do well to get the IELTS band score you need.

The IELTS Scale

Each part of the IELTS Test is scored using a 9-band scale, ranging from Band 1, where a person only knows a few words in En...

May 9, 2020

There are two IELTS tests available – IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. In this course, we will be focusing on the IELTS Academic test. It measures whether your level of English is suitable for an academic environment, and is used by universities all over the...

May 6, 2020

Are you finding it difficult to stay motivated in studying for IELTS? Do you sometimes lack self-discipline? One really good way to stay on track is working with others in a study group. A study group is a group of people who meet regularly, to encourage and support ea...

April 27, 2020

IELTS is a challenging test. You can reduce the stress by making sure that you understand all the rules and have all the practicalities under control for the test day. Here are four key points, and some do’s and don’ts.

Admin for test day

On your test days (both for the...

April 25, 2020

Are you wondering how to stay focused on your English if your IELTS classes have stopped? We are here to help!

Here are some simple things that you can do from home to maintain your general English level. 

1. Test yourself with practice questions

Alternate between doing t...

April 25, 2020

In Part 2 of the Speaking test, you are given a card with a topic, and 60 seconds to prepare. You then have to speak on the topic for one to two minutes. This one minute of preparation time is absolutely critical, and can make all the difference in achieving the band s...

April 15, 2020

Do you know how to end a letter if it begins with ‘Dear Sir or Madam’? What about if you start the letter with the name of the person, e.g. ‘Dear Mrs Smith’?

  • Yours faithfully,

  • Yours sincerely,

If you need a band score 7 in IELTS General Training writing, it w...

April 3, 2020

Can you write 250 words in 40 minutes on a topic you may or may not be familiar with? 

Well, if you're aiming for a band score 7 in IELTS Academic Writing, this is one of the challenges you face for Writing Task 2. 

Read on to learn more about this part of the Writing te...

March 26, 2020

Many candidates find the True/ False/ Not Given question one of the most challenging tasks in the Reading test. In fact, the biggest problem is the ‘Not Given’ option. Most candidates are not used to having this option and it confuses them a lot. They spend too much ti...

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