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From Band 6 to 8 in 6 Weeks

Tina is one of my 1 on 1 students and she jumped an amazing 2 bands in her writing in just 6 weeks. I decided to share her story because there are lots of things everyone can learn from it including: How to turn your weaknesses into strengths. How to make a study plan. The number one way to improve your vocabulary. Reduce the amount of small grammar mistakes . Organise your essay so that the IELTS examiner will easily understand all your main points. Click play to hear Tina's story. https://youtu.be/FpIglW0ijks I hope you…

5 Common Task 1 Mistakes That Stop You Getting Over a Band 6

Last month I launched our new writing correction service and after marking hundreds of Task 1 essays I noticed that most students make the same mistakes. Below are the 5 most common mistakes and how you can fix them and improve your writing. This article is for Academic candidates, but I will try to write a similar one for General Training soon. If you like this article, please give us 30 seconds of your time by completing the short survey at the end. Not Writing a Clear Overview This is the most important part of your whole…

Band 6 Student Answer with Examiner’s Report

Lots of students only require a Band 6 or 6.5 in their IELTS test and I get lots of questions every week about what a Band 6 essay looks like and what is required to get a 6. I recently marked a Band 6 essay for one of our essay correction service students and you can read it below. I have included the picture of the original essay below so you can see the original corrections and I have included the examiner's report and sample answer. This student was able to get the Band 7 they required after following the advice below.…

Band 9 Student Answer With Examiner’s Report

My essay correction service has been running for just over a month now and I was delighted to mark my first Band 9 essay yesterday. This is truly a remarkable achievement from the student in question. I spoke to an IELTS examiner recently who said he has only awarded a Band 9 three times in an 8 year career. It also demonstrates that if you can pinpoint your weaknesses and work hard to fix them, then very high IELTS scores are possible. Below is his essay with my comments in red, then my report and finally a sample essay.…

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…

General Training Task 1 Strategy

The most important thing you have to do for any IELTS Writing Task is to answer the question. For General Training Task 1 questions you always have to write a letter and I would like to share with you a technique that helps you answer the question correctly every time. You will notice that the question below states that you should write about why you are writing to your friend and then gives four bullet points for you to mention. These are the five main things you must write about and you should write about these five…

Task 1 Sample Answer- International Students in Canada

The chart below shows the percentage change in the share of international students among university graduates in different Canadian provinces between 2001 and 2006. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. There is one big mistake in this answer. Can you spot it? The bar graph compares the percentage of overseas students who graduated from universities in Canada over a five year period from 2001 to 2006. Overall, the number of graduations by…

Cohesive Devices

Introduction Cohesive devices, sometimes called linking words, linkers, connectors, discourse markers or transitional words, are one of the most misunderstood and misused parts of IELTS Writing. Cohesive devices are words like 'For example', 'In conclusion', 'however' and 'moreover'. Together with coherence, cohesion provides 25% of your marks in both parts of the Writing test. However, most students have not been taught how to use them effectively. This post will look at how and, more importantly, when we should use them.…

IELTS Writing Correction Service

https://youtu.be/115kIJuIo1A Are you ready for the IELTS Writing Tasks? Writing is said to be the hardest of all the four IELTS skills to master. This is not because it is more difficult than the other skills, but because students do not get good feedback. IELTS Advantage offers a unique correction service that helps students improve their IELTS writing skills and produce better essays. Our service includes: 4 pages of feedback. Correction of grammar and vocabulary mistakes. Suggestions on how to improve your ideas,…

IELTS Writing Task 1: Process Questions

Introduction In Part 1 of the IELTS Writing test you might be asked to describe a process. IELTS Task 1 process questions are not as common as charts or graphs, but they do come up occasionally. They are much easier to answer than the other Task 1 questions, but many people do not prepare for them at all. This is a big risk to take because it does not take long to familiarise yourself with these questions and learn how to answer the properly. This post will show you: the different types of process question a 5 step plan for…