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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.


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.


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.


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.


Things to do before your IELTS test

Published on April 22, 2019

As a certified IELTS examiner, I have spent a lot of time examining people from around the world who are taking the IELTS test. In this time, I have come up with some tips and recommendations that I think those taking the IELTS test should consider


IELTS preparation tips: effective translation

Published on April 1, 2019

Subtitles on or subtitles off? For English language learners, this is a common question. If I turn the subtitles off, I can focus on my listening skills. If I put the subtitles in English, I can easier /understand the actors. If the subtitles are in


Real grammar goals

Published on March 18, 2019

Although a frustrating and tedious task, achieving perfect grammar is the goal for English language learners. You have to be a realistic about your skills and goals when it comes to grammar and the IELTS test.