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Find blog articles written by IELTS experts to help you improve your knowledge of the English language and the IELTS test.

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Common problems in IELTS Listening

Published on September 30, 2019

This post will identify problems that test takers often face in IELTS Listening and show you how to deal with each one of them, so you can go into your Listening test feeling calm and confident.

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IELTS Writing skills: the paragraph

Published on September 5, 2019

If you want to improve your IELTS writing score, you’re going to have to write paragraphs like an expert. If it’s for work emails, for school assignments, or for IELTS tasks, here are five tips to help you ace* your paragraphing.

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Grammar mistakes: the common ones

Published on August 26, 2019

There are many different grammar rules to follow when writing in English. Mistakes can occur, and some mistakes happen more frequently than others. Before writing the IELTS test, here are some common grammar mistakes to be aware of.

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Is my accent hurting my IELTS score

Published on August 3, 2019

This blog is about accents, but first I’d like to show you a few numbers. IELTS has more than 1200 testing locations across the globe. You can find test centres in more than 140 countries. IELTS is recognized in more than 10,000 organisations

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Talking numbers in IELTS

Published on July 15, 2019

Throughout all sections of the IELTS test, numbers occur in different forms. There are different strategies to use when dealing with numbers. Here is a breakdown of each section and the variety of numbers that may be included within them.

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Problem solution essay

Published on June 17, 2019

Are you trying to understand and prepare for the essay writing section on the IELTS test? Do you want to make sure you avoid typical errors? Would you like a simple template for one of the more challenging essay structures? If any of the above

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Speaking clearly on test day

Published on June 1, 2019

Is it sheep or ship? Fan or van? Dessert or desert? Sixty or sixteen? Pronunciation can be difficult! Many agree that this is one of the most challenging skills to learn in English.