Dealing with Difficult Vocabulary
Apr24

Dealing with Difficult Vocabulary

The IELTS reading exam often proves challenging for students because it can include some difficult vocabulary. In general, you won’t need to understand extremely complex, uncommon words. The examiners would never expect you to know technical vocabulary for a particular specialist area. You wouldn’t, for example, be expected to know the meaning of pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis. However, you will almost certainly come...

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IELTS Reading Practice: Plastics
Apr18

IELTS Reading Practice: Plastics

Readers of this blog will know that I really care about the environment, and as such it’s one of my favourite IELTS topics. Yesterday, I came across this news report in the Guardian. It tells us about a fantastic new scientific development that could be great for our future. I was very excited and wanted to share it with my readers for some valuable IELTS reading practice. Synonyms and Antonyms for IELTS Reading You probably...

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Reading Practice: Save the Shark
Nov19

Reading Practice: Save the Shark

In today’s lesson, we shall look at an article from New Scientist. This article is shorter than a typical IELTS essay, but thematically and linguistically it is the same. This falls under the IELTS topic of environment. I have put together some questions to help you with your IELTS reading skills, and the answers are located further down the page. The questions are not all exactly IELTS reading question types but they are...

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How to Prepare for the IELTS Reading Test
Oct28

How to Prepare for the IELTS Reading Test

Although most students seem to be more worried about the writing and speaking tests, many ask me how to prepare for the IELTS reading test. This exam is much more difficult than it seems, and being prepared is absolutely essential. This guide should help you get ready for your own IELTS reading exam. Know the Exam Format The first thing you should do is get to know the test format. Even if you are really confident in your reading...

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How to Prepare for the IELTS Exam
Sep26

How to Prepare for the IELTS Exam

I’ve been teaching IELTS for nearly ten years and every student I encounter has the same question. They all want to know how to prepare for the IELTS exam. Of course, there is no one simple answer to that question. The exam is a test of your English and you must bring up your overall language ability in order to do well. However, it does help to look at the different parts of the exam and think about some things that you can do to...

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