Wednesday, 26th June 2019

Achieving A 7.0 In Academic IELTS Writing Task 1

Many of my students ask me what is important in order to achieve a 7.0 or higher in Academic IELTS Writing Task 1. I believe that 6 main things are required:

1. Accurate description of the data/information 2. Consistent use of the correct verb tense 3. Variety of vocabulary, especially different verbs and also adverbs and adjectives if appropriate 4. Making different types of sentences or beginning sentences in different ways 5. Correct use of phrases required for comparing data and trends such as ‘By contrast’ and ‘Similarly’ 6. Only occasional and minor grammar and spelling mistakes

Monday, 30th April 2018

Should You Use A Pen Or Pencil In The IELTS Exam?

I often get asked whether a pen or pencil should be used in the IELTS exam. The answer is simple. You must use a pencil in the listening and reading test and therefore you should take an eraser into the test so that you can erase any mistakes you make. However, in the writing test you can choose to use either a pen or pencil.

Tuesday, 16th January 2018

Achieving A 7.0 In IELTS Writing Task 2

Many of my students ask me what is important in order to achieve a 7.0 or higher in IELTS Writing Task 2. I believe that 5 main things are required:

1. Good planning/thinking of ideas before writing 2. Good grammar (tenses, articles) 3. Good organisation/structure (paragraphs, topic sentences) 4. Use of topic vocabulary 5. Keeping relevant to the question

Sunday, 26th March 2017

Questions and Answers about IELTS

I get asked a lot of questions about the IELTS exam from my students. Here are 3 very common questions:

Q: Can I write my answers in upper case (capitals) rather than lower case? A: Yes – as long as the writing is legible.

Q: Can I use my own personal experience in my writing answers? A: Yes – it is fine for Writing Task 2. In fact, usually Writing Task 2 asks test takers to include examples from their own knowledge or experience. However, do not write too much. I recommend 2-3 sentences.

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