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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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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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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[…]

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IELTS Success Story, Noor! Hey! Every week Nick and I give advice to help people get the IELTS score they need. But I think it can sometimes be hard for students to believe that their IELTS journey will ever be over. So, today, I want to share with you an interview with one of our students who went from a two-time fail to a massive PASS in just 2 months. If you are looking for inspiration, motivation, or just good advice about what you can do to reach your target score, then stop listening to me, and start listening to our lovely student, Noor, who is our IELTS success story today!

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How do I start preparing for IELTS? Hey!  Many students feel confused when they start preparing for IELTS. With so much information online, it can be really hard to know how or where to begin to get the best results. In this post, I want to give you a simple step-by-step guide to starting your preparation for IELTS that is based on my experience as an ex-examiner.

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30 Day IELTS Motivation Challenge Hey! Are you tired of preparing for IELTS? Do you have good intentions but never seem to get the work needed done? Well, you are not alone! Almost all of my students tell me that they would like to be more motivated to study. That’s why today, Nick and I will start the podcast by going through 5 great motivational tricks that will help you start studying again. Then, we will encourage you to take the first steps to positive change by asking you to join us in our 30 day IELTS motivation challenge. Are you ready? Let’s do this!!!