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Secrets from inside an IELTS IDP Test Centre! Yes! Today, I enter the “enemy camp” to talk to Katerina Polianskaya, the administrator at LT Pro, my old IELTS IDP test centre here in St Petersburg, Russia, to find out what happens behind the scenes at an IELTS test centre.  Honestly, I really didn’t think that Kate would be able to answer many of the questions that I had for her because I assumed that much of the information would be “sensitive”. However, in the  end she gave me a clear answer to EVERY question, including classics like: What happens if you write T and F instead of True and False on your reading answer sheet? How are the scores for[…]

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NHS UK Foundation Programme IELTS: Academic or General Training? This week, the NHS UK Foundation programme made a major announcement regarding the English language requirement to enter one of its internship programmes. In the past, you had to achieve a minimum of 7.5 in every module of the Academic IELTS exam to be eligible to register for foundation training. However, as of this week, you can now provide a General Training IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 7.5 in every module as well. In other words, the NHS UK Foundation programme is now accepting General Training and Academic IELTS results. This obviously leads to the question, which is the best exam for you to sit? Today, I will explain what are the pros and cons[…]

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Ask a former IELTS examiner anything! Yes! It is my favourite type of podcast episode – an IELTS question and answer session! Thank you to everybody who submitted a question on Facebook or Instagram (and if you are not following me there, you should be as I add free new material every week). If we don’t cover your query today, don’t worry – we will run another “ask an IELTS examiner anything” episode again very soon! Below, you can find a summary of the episode, which includes all of the links to useful materials and the times of each part of the discussion (so you can go directly to the part you want to listen to) 🚀 Subscribe to My IELTS Classroom[…]

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Podcast / Video: A guide to the IELTS Computer Delivered Test  If you are unsure whether or not the IELTS computer delivered test is right for you, then why not listen to our latest podcast, where Nick and I discuss the advantages and disadvantages of sitting the paper-based test versus the computer-based. Plus, this week, we got access to the official IDP PowerPoint that explains how you can control the computer during your test, so you can scroll down to watch Shelly talk you through it. Yes, another exclusive here at the My IELTS Classroom podcast! Below, you can find a summary of the episode, which includes all of the links to other useful materials from Beverley and the times of[…]

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Psychologist Beverley A’Court on IELTS stress management One thing I have learned while running My IELTS Classroom is that many students need as much emotional support from me as academic guidance. However, I sometimes feel that I do not have the skills needed to help my students who are dealing with failure and IELTS stress management. That is why today, I am so glad to be able to share this interview with the psychologist and art therapist Beverley A’court.

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7 free ways to prepare for IELTS How are you doing? I am personally finding life very strange and stressful at the moment thanks to the impact of COVID19. However, I also know that I cannot control what is happening outside my apartment walls, so all I can do is stay inside and try to make the best of this difficult situation (which means finally starting to make some new teaching videos!!!!!!). So, if like me you would like to make the most of this extra time at home, here are seven great free ways to prepare for IELTS!

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Are you ready for an IELTS Essay Correction Service? One common aspect of many students’ preparation for writing is signing up for an IELTS essay correction service. However, is this always necessary? At what stage of your preparation should you consider signing up for one? And what makes a marking service good or bad? Guess what – that’s what we’ll be discussing today! Below, you can find a summary of the episode, which includes all of the links to useful materials and the times of each part of the discussion (so you can go directly to the part you want to listen to) 🚀 Subscribe to My IELTS Classroom podcast on Apple podcasts here  Subscribe to My IELTS Classroom on Google podcasts here My[…]

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IELTS Listening Part 1 Most students think that IELTS Listening Part 1 is the easiest part of the test, but I disagree! I have seen many high-level student lose marks here, which can be a complete disaster if you are aiming for the highest band scores, like an 8.0  for CLB9. So today, I want to show you the 4 most common reasons why students make errors in this part of the test, and explain what you can do to avoid falling for these IELTS “traps”.

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Should you apply for an IELTS EOR? If you are reading this blog post, then I expect it means that you have recently received some IELTS results that did not match your expectations, so let me start by saying how sorry I am. I know how difficult it can be to have your plans postponed by a test, especially one that has such high stakes. In today’s episode, Nick and I have one goal – to help you decide whether or not an IELTS EOR (Evaluation of Results) is a good idea or not. There are a number of factors that you should consider before deciding to pay for your test to be re-marked by a senior examiner. Trust me, the[…]