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Top 6 Mistakes General Training Students Make

https://youtu.be/5ovyqyx1XW0 What is the difference between General Training and Academic IELTS? The Listening and Speaking tests are exactly the same for both. The Reading tests are slightly different because the reading texts are different. The Academic test has academic texts from text books, journals etc. The General Training test has texts from every day life and the world of work. Task 2 Writing is the same for both Academic and General Training. The biggest difference is Task 1 Writing and this is where students make…

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Do you wish you could stop worrying about IELTS Writing? Wouldn't it be great if someone would tell you exactly what you need to do? You are not alone! I get hundreds of emails every week from people worried about their writing test. They have questions like: 1. How can I get over a 6.5? 2. How can I think of good ideas quickly? 3. My vocabulary and grammar are bad, how can I improve? 4. How do I know if I have answered the question properly? Don't worry- you're finally going to get the answers. I'll be answering these…

Should I Get My IELTS Test Remarked?

One of the biggest concerns students have is whether or not to get their tests remarked if they don't get the scores they were expecting. There is very little official guidance from IDP and the British Council on when you should do this, so I have given you some advice below. Key Facts It is officially called an Enquiry on Results. You must apply for it within 6 weeks of your original result at your local test centre. The test will be sent to Cambridge or Melbourne and assessed by a senior examiner. They will not be told…

Yumiko’s Band 9 Essay

After just 5 days of using IELTS Writing Academy, one of my students was able to produce an essay of the very highest quality. I am so proud of her and she has kindly agreed to let me share it with everyone. Here it is: In Britain, when someone gets old they often go to live in a home with other old people where there are nurses to look after them. Sometimes the government has to pay for this care. Who do you think should pay for this care, the government or the family? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant…

The Danger of Synonyms

Introduction Synonyms are different words that have exactly the same or nearly the same meaning, such as male and man or third-level education and university. Lots of IELTS teachers, myself included, stress the importance of using synonyms in your writing. Synonyms help us to vary our language and show the examiner that we have a wide-ranging vocabulary. However, synonyms are also very dangerous because if used incorrectly, it can not only lower your mark for vocabulary, but also for task response, and coherence. This…

IELTS Pronunciation Guide

Introduction On the IELTS Speaking test you will be graded on four different things: Vocabulary (25%) Grammar (25%) Fluency and Coherence (25%) Pronunciation (25%) Pronunciation also affects our fluency, so you could say that it counts for much more than just 25%. Pronunciation is often the area that causes the most problems and many people think that it is ‘difficult’ to learn. Like any skill it takes practice, but you also need to know how to practice. This guide will raise your awareness about pronunciation features and…

100 IELTS Writing Sample Questions

Introduction Below are over 100 IELTS Writing sample questions. All of the essay questions below have been taken from real past papers and will give you an idea of what to expect on exam day. You will notice that the questions can be separated into five main question types: Opinion  Discussion Advantages and disadvantages Problem/Cause and solution Two-part questions They are also split into 13 categories. These common IELTS essay topics have appeared regularly over the last few years. IELTS is always changing, but the…

Can I Use American English?

Introduction I have had lots of emails this month asking if it is OK to use American English in the IELTS test. Whenever this topic comes up in class students get very worried about it and ask lots of questions. My answer is always not to worry about it too much, but this is never a satisfactory answer so here is a more detailed guide on the subject. Are American and British English Really Different? To begin with I should say that they are 99% the same. They have 99% percent the same grammar, the same vocabulary and the…