There are many reasons why students do not get the band they require in their IELTS writing. Probably the most obvious reason is that when students practise the IELTS writing task ones and task twos outside of the academic environment, they are not as strict with themselves about the time limits, which under exam conditions are strenuously controlled, so that you have exactly one hour in which to write the two tasks. Prepare wisely and develop your English – but time your writing and stick to … [Read more...]
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One of the most common mistakes in IELTS Writing is incorrect use of articles. Mastering the three articles in English will give your writing a band score boost. There are two categories of article: definite and indefinite. Definite Article – “the” The definite article ‘the’ is used to introduce a certain or particular noun. In short, the noun being talked about is familiar to both the speaker/writer and the listener/reader. See the example below: Susan: Did you enjoy the … [Read more...]
Have you ever experienced a situation where you are stuck with the clock ticking because you can’t figure out how to spell a word? You wracked your brain yet nothing came out? This is a universal struggle of both native and non-native speakers of English, let alone IELTS Test candidates. Spelling Most people, in their lives, have experienced this inability to spell correctly. Even professional writers. Why should we spell correctly? Is it really important? Read this … [Read more...]
David Beckham and Tiger Woods each possess more talent in their little fingers than most of us have in our whole body. Yet they still practise. Boy, do they practise! Beckham and Woods never stop practising When Beckham was at Manchester United Alex Ferguson (Team Coach) said that he “practised with discipline to achieve an accuracy that others wouldn’t care about”. Tiger Woods is the same. The day after he won the 2000 PGA championship he didn’t take a well-deserved break. He was back on the … [Read more...]
What stops you from achieving IELTS band score 7? Is it low language proficiency, the lack of time for your preparation? Perhaps it is the psychological trauma caused by trying several times while your band score remains resolutely nailed at band score 5. To achieve IELTS band score 7, a candidate’s discourse must be advanced. This means that your vocabulary must be broad and more sophisticated than most, for example using “however” instead of “but” or “competent” instead of “good”. Your … [Read more...]