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Why You Must Use Conjunctions in IELTS

In both the IELTS Writing and Speaking exams you will be assessed on your range of grammar and accuracy; this marking criteria actually makes up 25% of your overall score. Too often students focus only on fixing grammatical mistakes, but it is also important to use a variety of sentence structures (i.e. range) to get […]

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How to Estimate Your IELTS Band Score

As you probably are aware, the IELTS exam ranks your level of English mastery in four areas – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.  You are given a band score for each part of the test and the average of these produces your overall IELTS band score.  The scores range from 1 to 9 and can […]

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Useful IELTS Vocabulary and Phrases

If you’ve been studying for the IELTS, you already know that a major component of your score for both the IELTS Speaking and IELTS Writing exams will be around your range of vocabulary.  In both, your range and accuracy will account for 25% of your your overall result.  To help increase your lexical resource, you […]

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How Hard is the IELTS?

If a student asked me this question, I’d probably respond by saying, ‘How long is a piece of string?’, which is a classic idiom that is used to indicate that something cannot be easily measured. You see, technically a piece of string has length, but that length is unknown, hence the phrase ‘how long is […]

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