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
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
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
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
Around the world, non-native speakers now outnumber native speakers by three to one. In Asia, an estimated 350 million people speak English. English has become the language of globalization and of international business, so why is it so many students are reluctant to speak English in class? There could be many reasons, but frequently they lack confidence, do not want to make mistakes and sometimes cannot find the words to express the ideas the teacher wants them to. Here is … Read more
The only way to make real progress for students who are stuck at band score 6-6.5 is deliberate practice. This means planned or purposeful study by identifying your weak areas and focusing on them in a structured way. In the IELTS world, the best way to do this is to break down a large task into smaller, more achievable targets or goals. This is actually quite easy to do in the reading test because we know the individual skills needed … Read more
Linking in the IELTS Exam – how to use sequencing language to improve fluency, cohesion and coherence.
Linking words and phrases (also referred to as transitions or cohesive devices) are those which connect ideas, sentences and paragraphs together. These words and phrases signal that something is to be added, listed, compared, contrasted, emphasized, concluded, or provided with an example or result. For task 2 writing, try and avoid using the more idiomatic expressions, such as “oddly enough”. Here are the … Read more
Writing is a difficult process because, in any language, we can become fluent in speaking far more quickly through practice, and we do not write very often in a formal (academic) manner.
To understand how to do well in IELTS writing we must first understand what is the objective and how is the test assessed by the examiner?
The reading test is 60 minutes long and there are 40 questions. While you don’t need any specialist knowledge to understand the text, learning a wide range of vocabulary is the key to a high band score.
There are “keywords” in the questions that are similar to the words you need to find in the text. To find the answer you will have to look for synonyms of the keywords as well as the actual keywords. For example, if the … Read more
The questions in Part 1 are on three familiar topic areas and should last 4-5 minutes. If you give a brief answer the examiner will ask you to explain why or why not as appropriate. The first topic must be chosen from either “Home” or “Work and Study”, the other two from a (long) list of potential questions, covering such areas as friends, leisure, food, your country, entertainment, clothes, happiness and health.
Part 1 questions are supposed to be easy, … Read more