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The 9 Types of IELTS Cue Cards Hey! The IELTS cue cards change every 4 months, with 50% of topics being replaced every April, September, and December. This means that it is almost impossible for students to know and prepare for the 50 possible cards that could appear in their test. Honestly, I think that this is a good thing! Part 2 of the speaking test is supposed to test your ability to speak naturally about a topic, not to test your ability to memorise pre-prepared answers (plus, when you work as an examiner, it is obvious when students have done this).  So, if you can’t predict what the topic of your cue card will be, does that mean that you[…]

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Introduction to IELTS Listening Test Welcome to the third lesson in our IELTS 101 series – an introduction to IELTS listening. I think that listening is usually the easiest of the four tests, but it can still definitely be very tricky if you don’t prepare well. As usual, Nick and I start the episode by giving you some basic facts about the IELTS listening test, such as the types of conversation that you will hear in each part and the types of question you will have to tackle.

20 Recent IELTS General Training Task 1 Questions Since publishing my blog post 50 recent IELTS essay questions (General Training and Academic), I have been flooded with requests for similar posts for Task One questions. So, today, I want to share some recent IELTS General Training Task 1 questions that appeared in the January 2020 exams.

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Introduction to IELTS Speaking Welcome to the second lesson in our IELTS 101 series – an introduction to IELTS speaking. This should be a fantastic episode for anybody who is just starting their IELTS preparation as Nick and I describe what happens in each part of the test and what the examiner is looking for in your performance (remember, we are both ex-IDP examiners, so you can 100% trust everything we say!)

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50 Recent IELTS Essay Questions – Jan 2020 Hey! It is so important that when you sit down to practice IELTS writing, you only use questions that are “genuine”. This means using either questions that come from the IELTS Cambridge 1 – 14 series or those that have been created by an exam writer, like those in my 100 IELTS essay question blog post. However, many students like to practice recent IELTS essay questions i.e. topics that have been reported by recent test-takers.

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Introduction to IELTS Welcome to My IELTS Classroom podcast. In this first episode of our IELTS 101 series, Nick and I introduce you to every part of the IELTS test. Today, is an introduction to IELTS or, in other words, an introduction to the most basic facts about the IELTS exam. If you are just starting your IELTS preparation, then this is the perfect place to start, as we will  cover everything about the IELTS exam, from what “IELTS” means to how your final score is calculated (and everything in between!).

Welcome to My IELTS Classroom Podcast Welcome to the new My IELTS Classroom podcast! Yes, every week I will sit down with my good friend Nick Lone, who is also an ex-IDP examiner, to talk about all things IELTS. We will give advice, teach you high-level skills, and hopefully guide you to a high score (while having some fun along the way!)

Can you pass my IELTS Grammar Quiz? We know that to get a high score in IELTS writing  you need to be able to produce sentences that are error-free. Every year I mark literally thousands of IELTS writing scripts, and it is amazing how often I see the same mistakes again and again, no matter what the nationality of the writer. So, in today’s post, I want to challenge you to complete my IELTS grammar quiz to see if your current knowledge is up to the mark or not!

IELTS Examples: Where should you put them in a paragraph? Hey! We all know that every IELTS essay needs at least ONE clear example to satisfy the band descriptors. But, where are you putting that example in your essay? Did you know that examples have to support the sentence DIRECTLY before them? If not, read on to save your Coherence and Cohesion score in your next essay!