Do You Need to Provide a Balanced Answer to Agree/Disagree Questions?
Aug19

Do You Need to Provide a Balanced Answer to Agree/Disagree Questions?

In the IELTS writing exam, as with other forms of academic English, people often feel as though they need to provide a balanced answer. The reason for this is simple: a balanced answer shows a greater degree of thinking. For example, if I asked you, “Do you think capital punishment is a good thing or bad thing?” you may want to talk about both sides of the argument, before stating your opinion. Likewise, if I asked whether...

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Immigration Topic [IELTS Writing Task 2]
Aug06

Immigration Topic [IELTS Writing Task 2]

Today we’re going to look at a typical IELTS writing task 2 question about immigration. I will show you how to analyze the question, generate ideas and examples, structure your essay, and then finally write it. This question type is “discuss both views” but remember that the topic of immigration could be addressed in various ways for IELTS writing task 2. Analyze the Question Here is the question we will answer...

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How to Get Band 7 in IELTS
Aug03

How to Get Band 7 in IELTS

The IELTS exam is graded from 1-9, which band 9 indicating an expert user. Generally, band 9 can be thought of as native-level. It is the ultimate target for all English learners, but for most students, the most realistic target is band 7, meaning a fluent user. Band 7 is the category most students want to achieve because it is the most commonly cited IELTS requirement. Around the world, universities, governments, and businesses are...

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IELTS Topic: Money [Speaking, Writing, and Vocabulary]
Jul29

IELTS Topic: Money [Speaking, Writing, and Vocabulary]

Can money make you happier? Does money make the world go round? That’s what some people say. In any case, money is important in our daily lives and so it is also a topic that may come up in the IELTS exam. Therefore, you should be ready to talk about it. Money in the IELTS Exam Listening Money could theoretically appear in any part of the IELTS exam. It is probably most common in the listening exam, where it often appears in...

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IELTS Writing Task 2: Two-Part Questions
Jul18

IELTS Writing Task 2: Two-Part Questions

Introduction Today we’re going to look at one kind of IELTS writing task 2 question that often makes students a little worried: the two-part question. This is also sometimes referred to as “the direct question” as it is more direct than other types of writing question, such as advantage/disadvantage or problem/solution. I will show you what this question looks like and how to answer it. What is a Two-Part Question?...

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IELTS Writing: Should I Write 4 or 5 Paragraphs?
Jul08

IELTS Writing: Should I Write 4 or 5 Paragraphs?

If you’ve been studying IELTS for a long time, you’ll see certain teachers and textbooks recommending one structure or another. Generally, what they suggest is something like this: Introduction 2-3 body paragraphs Conclusion That’s it. Pretty simple, right? Well, some students ask, “Should I write 4 or 5 paragraphs?” because they want to know which is best. When they look at model essays by IELTS...

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