IELTS IELTS Exam Tips Writing

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

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.


– 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.

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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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IELTS IELTS Exam Tips Speaking

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

Blended Learning Courses IELTS

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.

This makes … Read more

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

IELTS Task 2 Vocabulary Writing

IELTS Essay Questions April-June

Below are 44 essay questions that recently appeared in IELTS writing task 2. Its is a very good idea to become familiar with recent exam questions and spend time learning more about the topic in order to improve your vocabulary, and develop your ideas and opinions.

The topics in Task 2 essay questions appear repeatedly, although the questions wording itself may change.

  1. Both the poor and the rich find accessibility into university difficult. Do you agree or disagree?
  2. Some young
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Communication English IELTS IELTS Exam Tips Part 2 Part 3 Speaking Vocabulary

How to improve your confidence in speaking English

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

Courses Education eLearning IELTS

How to Choose the Best IELTS Course

There is a lot of mis-information online about how to study IELTS, some of which comes from actual IELTS teachers who don’t know what they are talking about, and even language schools who give students false information about the exam itself. Students need to ask a number of important questions before paying for and enrolling on an IELTS course. These questions are relevant whether it is an online course or a classroom-based course. Here they are:

  • Will I receive feedback?
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IELTS IELTS Exam Tips Reading

Practice for IELTS reading, and tips to achieve band score 7 and above

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