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IELTS: Common Misconceptions
April 25, 2017 by Ashlee Hunter Ashlee Hunter
There is a considerable amount of information about the IELTS exam available, which can sometimes be misleading. Some sources of information are better than others, so it's important to be well-informed before taking the test. [...]
If at First You Don’t Succeed: Retaking the IELTS Test
April 17, 2017 by Andrea Castro Andrea Castro
There is a popular saying in English that says ‘If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again’. While not getting the results you want on your IELTS test can be disappointing, it can [...]
Test Day Do’s and Don’ts
April 11, 2017 by Tony Rusinak Tony Rusinak
You've been preparing for the IELTS for months. You need a high score. You know that your English has improved a lot in the last year or two. Finally, test day is here. For some [...]
How To (And How Not To) Organize Your Thoughts on the Writing Exam - Part 1 - Task 1
March 30, 2017 by Lauren McKenzie Lauren McKenzie
Whether writing the General Training or Academic Exam, an IELTS candidate must first familiarize themselves with the general topics, format and band score descriptors associated with both Task 1 and Task 2. Each task has [...]
Task 1 & 2: Paraphrasing
March 23, 2017 by Ashlee Hunter Ashlee Hunter
Paraphrasing is essential in the IELTS exam. It's a great skill to have for speaking and it's especially important for the writing section. This skill shows that you not only understand the question but that [...]
Word Counts Count!
March 20, 2017 by Lyla Hage Lyla Hage
It’s IELTS test day and you’ve just about completed your writing test. There's a short time remaining, so you look over your writing. You then realize you haven’t paid attention to the [...]
How To Deal With Tricky Questions In The Speaking Test
March 16, 2017 by Andrea Castro Andrea Castro
There's no denying that the IELTS Speaking test is hard work. This part of the test requires you to listen carefully to what you are asked in order to provide clear and extended answers to [...]
IELTS Task 1 Letter Writing Advice for General Training
March 13, 2017 by Angela Rutherford Angela Rutherford
As a tutor, I know that it's difficult to find advice about this form of writing task so I’m hoping this series will be helpful to you. To better prepare for your General Training [...]
Tips for Overcoming and Compensating for Language Barriers
March 8, 2017 by IELTS IELTS
Learning English and completing your English language test at your nearest IELTS Test Centre was your first step to enhancing English writing, speaking, and comprehension skills. Even after successfully passing your tests, there can still [...]
Stay Calm and Speak On
March 6, 2017 by Lyla Hage Lyla Hage
The speaking section of the IELTS test is when you sit down and talk face–to–face with a trained IELTS examiner. The speaking test is an opportunity to show the examiner what you're made [...]

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