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Writing Task 2: Why can’t I get a band 8?

Published on December 2, 2019

Getting the score you need in IELTS Writing Task 2 is achievable when you know the criteria examiners mark against. Our IELTS experts have put together a guide on what you need to do right and what you might be doing wrong when writing your essay.


IELTS Writing Task 2: 7 steps towards a band 7

Published on November 29, 2019

For many of you, achieving that magic number in your IELTS Writing test can be a big challenge. Sometimes, all you need is a mentor who could guide you on how to approach the test. Here are 7 important steps that will help you easily achieve a band 7


What kind of topics are on IELTS?

Published on October 11, 2019

Predicting what specifically you will see on test day is near impossible. However, there’re certain themes you can focus on, and there’re certain approaches you can take. So, as you work through your preparation materials, keep these points in mind.


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.


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.