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Speaking Part 2: The IELTS PPF method There is no doubt that Speaking Part Two can be challenging for many students. After all, talking continuously for 2 minutes is not something we do very often in every day life! However, is using the IELTS PPF method the best way to keep going until the examiner interrupts you? Nick and I think that it is definitely NOT for three reasons (that sounds like a To What Extent essay!) Listen to today’s episode to find out why we would never recommend this method and to find out our alternative suggestions. Below, you can find a summary of the episode, which includes all of the links to useful materials and the times of[…]

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IELTS Essay Questions 2021 Today, Nick and I take a first look at IELTS essay questions 2021. Yes, even though it is only the start of January, we have already collected and published over 50 essay questions that have been reported in the exam this January. You can find the full list in this blog post, but today we focus on 6 that I think are most interesting. Why? Well, it could be that the topic is new, or the format of the question is slightly different to usual, or it could be that it is difficult to generate ideas to address the topic fully – you will need to listen to the episode to find out! In fact, why[…]

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50 Recent IELTS Essay Questions  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 – 15 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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IELTS Teacher Training Success Story, Alisa! Hey! Students take the IELTS exam for a range of reasons, but most are either migrating to an English-speaking country or planning to study in one. However, occasionally, we get to work with a student who has a totally different and much simpler goal – to improve their own teaching. Alisa is such a student. Having achieved a very respectable 7.5 in the academic exam in her first attempt, Alisa decided to try to better herself and managed to climb from a 6.5 to a 7.5 in writing, and from a 7.5 to an 8.5 in speaking after preparing with us at My IELTS Classroom. Today, you can listen to her full story to[…]

IELTS Letter Topics 2020 Archive Hey! The following IELTS general training task one questions were reported to have appeared in the real exam this year. I have edited the tasks to be as close as possible to the real questions. However, I want to make it very clear that these are only reproductions. It is highly unlikely that you will get one of these questions in your exam and even if you do, you should check the bullets as they may differ form those here. Use my IELTS letter topics 2020 archive as an extra source of practice, but stick to the Cambridge books for any work that you wish to be assessed by our marking service. IELTS Letter Topics 2020: Informal Letters[…]

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IELTS Band 7 Essay Checklist Today, Nick and I want to give everybody self-studying for the exam a head-start by sharing our IELTS Band 7 essay checklist. When you are learning to write IELTS essays, it’s really important that you constantly check that your writing satisfies the IELTS Band Descriptors .  If you can tick every box on the  checklist then you will be very close to achieving a 7.0 for Task Response, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resource and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. In short, if you can complete my IELTS Band 7 essay checklist, you have a high chance of acing the exam and moving forward to the next stage of your life in 2021 🚀 You can download a copy of the IELTS Band 7 essay[…]

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The best and worst of IELTS 2020 Hey! I think that we can all agree that IELTS 2020 has not been easy. COVID has meant that many of us have had to spend weeks or months indoors, with test centres around the world closing, university courses moving online, and future plans being put on hold as we all try to ride the storm into 2021. However, despite of the hardships of this year, there have been bright spots.

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IELTS Christmas Quiz! Hey! The festive season is with us, and whether or not you are going home for Christmas or even celebrating at all, today, Nick and invite you to join us for three fun IELTS Christmas quizzes – we will practice some grammar, review some lexis and, most importantly, have some fun at the end of what has been a very long year! Plus, you can enter the My IELTS Classroom Quiz to win a free monthly subscription to the My IELTS Classroom Bronze Writing Package by emailing the answers to the three questions at the end of this post to us by December 31st! 🎅🎅🎅 Yes, you have a chance to win access to our entire IELTS video[…]

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IELTS Heading Matching Last week Nick and I looked at box matching questions, which I think are the most difficult type in the IELTS listening test. Today, we turn our attention to IELTS heading matching, which, once again, is probably the most challenging in the reading test. The sad thing about headings match questions is that not only are they genuinely the most difficult to answer as they test you ability to summarise information, but they are made doubly-difficult by all of the poor advice given online about how to tackle them. In today’s episode, Nick and I complete two IELTS headings matching questions (one GT and one academic) to show you the right way to approach these questions (and[…]

IELTS Listening Matching Questions

IELTS Listening Matching Questions The matching questions in the IELTS exam should be easy. I mean, you can see the answers – they are just sitting there in the box. So why is it so difficult to match them? Well, that all depends on what the type of matching task you have been given. That’s right – there are TWO types of IELTS listening matching questions – one that focuses on testing your vocabulary, and one that focuses on testing your ability to follow a conversation. Today Nick and I will break down both types to show you how they work and why they can be so tricky (Spoiler – it is all about SYNONYMS!) Plus, if you like this[…]