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Describe a Historic Place [IELTS Cue Card]
Jan10

Describe a Historic Place [IELTS Cue Card]

Looking back at the “recent posts” section of this website, I see that I haven’t posted much since before Christmas! I am very sorry about that. As many of you know, I quit my job in China and returned to Scotland to spend Christmas with my family. It was a wonderful time and I’m so glad that I could go home. It had been eleven years since I was last home for the holidays!!! Can you believe that? Here is our...

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A New Year Resolution: Getting Your Dream IELTS Score
Jan04

A New Year Resolution: Getting Your Dream IELTS Score

Happy New Year to all my readers! First of all, I’m sorry for not posting more articles recently. As you may have seen in my recent videos on YouTube, I have been come back to Scotland for Christmas with my family. Here in the UK, Christmas is a long season, and we celebrate for most of December, and even some of January. So I have been too busy with family stuff to post more often on this website. If you want to see what I have...

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The Perfect Book for Studying IELTS Writing [Academic]
Dec20

The Perfect Book for Studying IELTS Writing [Academic]

I have some great news for you. Today, I am delighted to announce the release of my new book, The Complete Guide to IELTS Writing [Academic]. This guide tells you everything you need to know about the IELTS exam, and is packed full of helpful advice. The Definitive Guide to IELTS Writing The Complete Guide to IELTS Writing contains all the essential information you need to prepare for the IELTS writing exam. It tells you how to...

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Why Is My IELTS Writing Score So Low?
Dec18

Why Is My IELTS Writing Score So Low?

On Facebook and Reddit, I often hear a similar complaint: “Why is my IELTS Writing score so low?” Many IELTS candidates sit the exam and do well in reading, listening, and speaking, but then get a comparatively low score for writing.  Mostly 8 and 9, but a 7 for writing They feel frustrated. They ask, “Why did this happen?!?!” Their friends tell them that the IELTS exam is unfair or that they should appeal...

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The Countryside [IELTS Topics]
Dec06

The Countryside [IELTS Topics]

In the IELTS exam, you sometimes find topics relating to towns and cities, and sometimes it can be about the countryside. You probably know more vocabulary relating to towns and cities: skyscraper, supermarket, subway, etc. However, out in the countryside, maybe there is less that you know. So let’s look at how the topic could arise in the IELTS exam, and what you need to say in order to give a good answer. Speaking Exam Ok, so...

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Describe a Modern Building [IELTS Speaking Part 2]
Dec01

Describe a Modern Building [IELTS Speaking Part 2]

I have talked before on this website about how to describe buildings. Here I gave some general information and example questions and here is some useful vocabulary. Today, however, we are going to get more specific. I will show you how to describe a building for IELTS speaking part 2. We’ll look at how to analyze the cue card, make suitable notes, and then give a perfect answer. The Cue Card – Describe a Building There are...

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