Is IELTS Fair?
Nov17

Is IELTS Fair?

It is quite common to hear people saying on various Facebook groups that IELTS is unfair. But is it really? Most of the time, these people get a lower band score than expected, and they complain that it is unfair to make themselves feel better. However, maybe there is something to their argument. Maybe IELTS really isn’t very fair. Maybe it is slightly biased in some way. Let’s look in more depth. Writing I see it every...

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The Best Facebook Groups for IELTS
Nov13

The Best Facebook Groups for IELTS

Unless you live in China or North Korea, it’s likely that you use Facebook. Many people have problems with its privacy policies and recent data breaches, but still the internet monolith dominates much of our lives. Just like we use Google to find information, we use Facebook to reach out and talk to others. Facebook can be a great way to prepare for IELTS, too. There are so many ways you can use the social network to improve...

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What to do when you don’t understand a question
Nov08

What to do when you don’t understand a question

The IELTS speaking exam can be difficult. One of the biggest problems is not understanding the examiner. So what do you do when you encounter a difficult question? In today’s lesson, I’ll show you how to deal with this problem without losing marks. This is the video lesson: What should you do when you don’t understand a question in IELTS speaking? First of all, try not to panic when the examiner asks you a question...

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How to Think of Ideas for IELTS Writing Task 2
Oct31

How to Think of Ideas for IELTS Writing Task 2

Recently, I have been asked by several TED-IELTS email subscribers for advice on how to think of ideas for IELTS writing task 2. Basically, they find it difficult to generate ideas to use in writing their essay. This is a topic I hadn’t previously covered (in depth) on this website, so I decided to write a special post today. So if you are having trouble with IELTS writing task 2, and you need to come up with better ideas, keep...

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Describe Someone in your Family [Speaking Part 2 Cue Card]
Oct21

Describe Someone in your Family [Speaking Part 2 Cue Card]

It is really important for IELTS speaking that you are able to describe people. There are so many questions about friends and family and even celebrities. In part two of the speaking exam, you may be given a cue card that asks you to describe a person. You should be comfortable talking about their personality, their appearance, and their habits. All this can come in really useful. Today, we’re going to look at how to describe...

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Be Careful Buying IELTS Materials
Oct15

Be Careful Buying IELTS Materials

This is a public service announcement of sorts. Today I was looking at IELTS books on Amazon, and saw one that was so incredibly bad, I had to share. It cost more than $10, and yet even if it were free, it wouldn’t be worth looking at. 🤦 The book is called Teaching IETLS Manual. Yes, that’s right, IETLS. They misspelled IELTS! Of course, anyone can make a typo (even if some are more embarrassing than others),...

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