Is Translating Hurting Your IELTS Success?
May 1, 2019 by Tony Rusinak
It’s movie time! You’re about to watch a film in English, but English isn’t your first language. So the question is, subtitles or not? If you’re like most people, you will [...]
IELTS Speaking Exam Tips: Worried about questions you can’t answer?
February 22, 2019 by Tony Rusinak
Job interviews, airport immigration, and the IELTS speaking exam – what do these all have in common? They sometimes ask you questions, and you don’t have the answers. This is not a relaxing thought. Nobody [...]
International Students, Immigration, and IELTS: FAQs in the Canadian Context
December 13, 2018 by Tony Rusinak
Almost 500,000 international students are studying in Canada now, and there is good reason for it. Canada's education system is excellent, and it has a great reputation internationally. Canadians are welcoming to international students. [...]
Computer-Delivered IELTS Has Arrived!
September 19, 2018 by Tony Rusinak
Can I do the IELTS on a computer?” This is a question I’ve heard for many years. And for all those years, the answer has always been no. However, this is no longer true. [...]
Fluency – It’s Not Just for the Speaking Test!
August 8, 2018 by Tony Rusinak
Fluency. It’s a common issue many IELTS test-takers complain about. During my IELTS workshops, I always hear participants saying that they need to improve their fluency. Almost every time, these students or test-takers I [...]
Critical Thinking and Why it's Important on the IELTS
July 23, 2018 by Tony Rusinak
Have you ever tried to memorize every answer to every question for an exam? You know there's a long list of questions and a long list of answers, and then, you work hard and try [...]
Pronunciation Workouts to Improve Speaking and Listening Scores
June 8, 2018 by Tony Rusinak
What happens when you can’t understand what someone says in English? How about if they can’t understand you? Or what if you think you’ve understood each other only to find out you [...]
Speaking: Finding Ways to Practice and Improve Your IELTS Speaking Skills
April 25, 2018 by Tony Rusinak
Sometimes it’s just really hard to have a good conversation in English. I totally get it. When can you actually speak for two minutes about a specific topic? When can you discuss the environment, [...]
Everyday English & Test Day English: Is there a difference on the speaking exam?
March 14, 2018 by Tony Rusinak
Did you ever have to memorize the lines of a play? Did you ever have to remember all the words to a presentation? When you were in grade school, did you have to sing an [...]
How Can I Develop Ideas on the Task 2 Essay?
February 2, 2018 by Tony Rusinak
I need to write a 250-word essay. I only have 40 minutes. I can’t search ideas on the internet or ask anyone for help. Are you CRAZY!?” Does this sound like you when preparing [...]