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Common Task 1 Types
December 11, 2017 by Ashlee Hunter Ashlee Hunter
On the IELTS exam, there are various question types you could be asked on Task 1. However, there are only so many types of questions you can get and some are more common than others. [...]
Writing Points: Ten Must-Know Skills for the IELTS Writing Module
November 28, 2017 by Tony Rusinak Tony Rusinak
Think you’re ready for your IELTS writing test? Get prepared by checking these critical test day tips and tricks below.General or Academic? Know the difference.Although the speaking and listening exams are the [...]
5 Things You Need to Know About
TONE in IELTS General Training Letters
November 7, 2017 by Angela Rutherford Angela Rutherford
As you probably know by now, communication in a foreign language can require more than just vocabulary and grammar. A simple trip to a grocery store can demonstrate that it’s not always what you [...]
Making Your Speaking and Writing More Cohesive: A Look at Linkers
October 23, 2017 by Andrea Castro Andrea Castro
Many English learners believe that in order to speak and write in English properly, all they need is an extensive vocabulary and correct grammar: first they learn the words, then they use grammar to form [...]
Rephrasing: Academic Writing Task 1
June 8, 2017 by Ashlee Hunter Ashlee Hunter
When writing an Academic Writing Task 1, there are four major components to your sentences: the subject, trends, numbers or data, and the period of time within the diagram. It is best to write this [...]
Formal and Informal English on IELTS
May 8, 2017 by Tony Rusinak Tony Rusinak
U wanna 9 in IELTS? You might think the above sentence will give you a low score on an IELTS test. However, you might be wrong. IELTS tests your English language skills. And yes, this [...]
How To (And How Not To) Organize Your Thoughts on the Writing Exam – Part 2 – Task 2
May 3, 2017 by Lauren McKenzie Lauren McKenzie
Part one of this blog topic offered some specific strategies for tackling Writing Task 1 on the IELTS exam. This post will act as a follow-up - so it is recommended that you read both posts [...]
Use Summary Writing to Improve English Reading Comprehension and Writing Skills
April 27, 2017 by IELTS IELTS
Summary writing allows you to combine both English reading comprehension and writing into a single task that focuses on both skills. It's important to understand what summary writing is first, so you can get the [...]
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 [...]

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