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The four reasons candidates fail the IELTS exam

If you have taken the IELTS exam more than once and have not yet achieved your target score, it is likely for the following reasons:

  1. Booking your exam before you are ready
  2. Taking a general course (with no feedback)
  3. Not knowing how the test is evaluated

All these points are covered below, however, you need to pay particular attention to “preparation” and “lack of feedback” (points 2 and 3 below).  Not knowing how the test is evaluated should also be … Read more

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Quality vs Quantity in IELTS writing

In the IELTS written test, task 1 requires a minimum 150 words, whilst task 2 needs 250 words. It is important to organise the data and present your ideas in a clear, logical and coherent manner using a wide range of vocabulary and grammatical accuracy. Whilst there is no maximum word limit, many students believe, incorrectly, that the way to improve their band score is to write as much as possible. Remember you need time to analyse the question, brainstorm … Read more

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IELTS Exam Tips Reading

Introduction to IELTS Reading – Different Question Types

The Reading paper is made up of three different texts, which progress in level of difficulty. There are a total of 40 questions. Candidates have one hour to complete the information, which includes the time needed to transfer answers to the answer sheet. There is no extra time for this. Each question is worth one mark.

The texts are authentic and academic but written for a non-specialist audience. Candidates must use information that appears in the text to answer the … Read more

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Grammar IELTS Task 1 Writing

Position statements in Task 1 reports

Position statements are statements which declare information, a conclusion or a position. In a position statement for task 1 reports we should identify what is being measured. They are sometimes difficult to describe (especially when paraphrasing), so here is some grammar advice.

Number

– Use “the number of + plural noun” e.g. the number of visitors.
– Don’t use it to describe percentages or uncountable nouns e.g. money.

Amount
– Use “the amount of + uncountable noun” e.g. the amount … Read more

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IELTS Level 1 - Unit 8 Level 2 - Unit 6 Speaking Vocabulary

Ideas and Opinions for IELTS – The Environment

The environment is a common topic in IELTS writing and speaking. Many students have some difficulty in developing opinions, ideas and arguments for these questions. Here are some ideas. At the end I have listed some part 1, 2 and 3 questions for speaking practice.

Global warming

  • Gases such as carbon dioxide trap heat from the sun
  • This causes global temperatures to rise
  • This process is known as the greenhouse effect
  • Human activity is a major factor in the rise
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Techniques for Part 3 Speaking


The topics in speaking part 3 are academic. That means you need to organize your thoughts, give opinions and explain why you think that way. Although the questions are more theoretical and may seem difficult, the best answers will focus on a simple idea. Speaking part 3 is not a test of knowledge, and there are no right or wrong answers: it’s all about your ability to communicate the way you think.

You should try to give slightly longer, detailed … Read more

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Business Skills – How to Build the Perfect CV

Here is a handout for students preparing job applications and attending interviews. It features valuable tips and advice (and what to avoid!) to build the perfect resume.

It is very important to learn something about the company and position you are applying for and ensure this is reflected in your resume and cover letter. Candidates who send a standard cv and cover letter without bothering to learn the name of the recipient or how their skills and experience match the … Read more

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5 Questions you should ask before starting a new IELTS course

Do you need to prepare for the IELTS exam but are unsure about which course to choose? Or, perhaps you have finished a course but have been disappointed with your progress? 

In 2019, more than 3.7 million candidates took the IELTS exam worldwide (a 5% increase on 2018), marking its increased acceptance at universities and colleges across the English-speaking world. In the same year, there were 911 registered IELTS providers here in Vietnam, up from just 92 in 2014.

https://www.ielts.org/research/test-taker-performance

This makes … Read more

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IELTS Exam Tips Speaking Task 2 Writing

Developing Ideas and Opinions for Part 3 Speaking and Task 2 Writing

One of the most effective ways for advanced students to develop more than one IELTS skill at the same time is to practice part 3 speaking questions in order to develop their own ideas and views to answer essay questions.

Similarly, one of the key problems facing many students in Task 2 Essay writing is a lack of ideas and opinions with which to answer the question. There are some simple steps, however, that students can take to overcome this problem: learning … Read more

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IELTS Task 2 Writing

The 10 Most Common IELTS Writing Topics

There are many topics in IELTS writing, and this can be confusing for some students who feel they may not have enough knowledge to write a good answer in task 2. However, if we look at the questions which were given over a longer period of time, we can see that some topics are more common than others – the actual questions are different, but the subject remains the same. This is useful for students because it will save time. … Read more