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How to expand your vocabulary for a higher band score


It is essential to have flexible use of a wide range of vocabulary for IELTS as it comprises 25% of your total score on the Writing and Speaking tests. The examiners assess your ability to use a wide range of appropriate vocabulary and use those words accurately. For example, when your IELTS Writing task is being graded, the examiner will look at four main criteria: “task response, coherence and cohesion, lexical resource, and grammatical range and accuracy”. If you look closely at “lexical resource” criteria, you’ll see that your IELTS Writing band score will depend, in part, on the range [...]

How to expand your vocabulary for a higher band score2021-03-01T15:04:45+00:00

Score higher in IELTS Speaking with Idioms


One of the things that differentiate most IELTS candidates from native English speakers is idioms' correct use. Idioms are used in a natural way by native speakers, so they usually go unnoticed. They are not even aware that they are using them because they have grown up listening to these phrases and expressions. However, as an IELTS candidate, you have to learn how to use them correctly, so they don't sound unnatural. In the IELTS speaking test, idioms can help improve your score when used accurately. However, they can also lower your score considerably if you fail to use them [...]

Score higher in IELTS Speaking with Idioms2020-12-24T08:19:18+00:00

Time Management Strategies for the IELTS Exam


As IELTS examiners, one of the hottest feedbacks that we get from IELTS candidates is about the lack of time in the IELTS test. In the Listening test, there is not much time to read the questions before the recording begins and also to review the answers after each part. In the Reading test, the articles are lengthy and complicated, and it seems impossible to complete all the questions in an hour, and finally, in the Writing test, managing time so both essays can be completed and reviewed in the given time is quite a challenge. In this article, I [...]

Time Management Strategies for the IELTS Exam2020-11-11T13:27:35+00:00

Three Tips for Scoring Higher in IELTS Listening


Most IELTS candidates find the Listening test more challenging than the Reading test. That’s probably because in the reading test, you have the texts right in front of you and you can refer to them as many times as you want. However, in the IELTS listening test, you will hear the recording only once, and if you miss an answer, it’s gone forever. So you should come up with some strategies in advance to help you reach your full potential in this test. Here are four essential tips you will find useful: 1. Analyze the questions [...]

Three Tips for Scoring Higher in IELTS Listening2020-10-24T13:45:56+00:00

IELTS Speaking: 5 Examiners’ Tips to Score Higher


For both actual IELTS exam and's online IELTS mock tests, the Speaking test is made up of three sections. By understanding what happens in these three sections of the Speaking test, you will be better prepared. In Section 1, which lasts about 4 to 5 minutes, the examiner will ask you questions about yourself. Topics might include your work, your family, your home life or your interests. In Section 2 of the Speaking test, the examiner will give you a card with a topic and a few set of questions. You will have one minute to prepare yourself and [...]

IELTS Speaking: 5 Examiners’ Tips to Score Higher2020-08-26T18:26:56+00:00

Improve your performance by 62% in just 6 hours


There is clear evidence that getting familiar with the IELTS exam and learning the ins and outs of it is the quickest and most effective way of improving your band score. We have analyzed over 10,000 of IELTS candidates who have taken our mock tests in the past three years to understand how important test familiarization is in performance improvement. The findings of this study were quite astonishing: after taking only one full-length mock test which takes less than four hours, and analyzing the test report for about two hours, candidate’s scores improved by, on average, 62% Obviously, in six [...]

Improve your performance by 62% in just 6 hours2020-07-15T16:35:30+00:00

Four Strategies that help you in IELTS reading


One of the common mistakes that many IELTS candidates make in the IELTS Reading test is that they put the questions aside and begin reading the text from beginning to end, word by word. Many times there are words and phrases in the text that they don't understand and it puts them under more stress. Add the ticking clock to the equation, and they find themselves panicking just a few minutes into the test. As you might've guessed, this is a wrong approach to the IELTS reading. In this test, time is valuable, and it is essential to stay sharp [...]

Four Strategies that help you in IELTS reading2020-06-12T08:47:41+00:00

The most important 60 seconds in IELTS Speaking


In section 2 of the IELTS Speaking test, you will be given a task card with a topic, and you'll have 60 seconds to prepare your speech. You'll then have to speak about the topic for one to two minutes. This 60 seconds of preparation is quite essential since it can be the difference between getting your target band score in speaking or not. In this article, we will look into this part of the speaking test and how to prepare for it: What is the second part of the speaking test all about? How to get prepared in just [...]

The most important 60 seconds in IELTS Speaking2020-05-18T14:49:54+00:00

IELTS Indicator: Your most important questions answered!


IELTS Indicator, which is developed by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge, is a temporary solution for students who want to continue with their applications at institutions that require evidence of English language proficiency. Test takers have so many questions about this new exam and we have tried to answer some of the most frequently asked ones here. What is IELTS Indicator? How does IELTS Indicator work? How to register for IELTS Indicator? How much does IELTS indicator cost? How to prepare for IELTS Indicator? What is IELTS Indicator? IELTS Indicator is an online test [...]

IELTS Indicator: Your most important questions answered!2020-05-18T14:46:19+00:00

Coronavirus and the IELTS exam, what you need to know.


While the IELTS exam tests continue in many places around the world amid the Coronavirus situation, test takers may experience some disruptions when they attend the exam, due to additional precautions in place to help create a safe space. In other locations, IELTS testing has been suspended in line with official requirements of healthcare authorities. In these locations, detailed plans are being put in place to ensure that you can take your tests as soon as possible once the official restrictions are lifted. You can see the updated information on suspended tests here. If you're interested in [...]

Coronavirus and the IELTS exam, what you need to know.2020-07-22T14:37:47+00:00
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