18th March 2019

Common problem: People often tell me they don’t know what to write about in writing task 2 and they find it hard to get ideas. When candidates don’t know what to write about, the result is often at least one paragraph where the same idea is repeated over and over. This type of writing will…

29th January 2019

Many native speakers have to take IELTS for immigration purposes. Their writing is judged in exactly the same way as that of non-native speakers, because not all native speakers reach the same level of literacy. Many professionals rarely write in their day-to-day life. In fact, many may not have had to write in any formal…

11th January 2019

People often ask me to review their writing a day or two before their test date.  With only a few days to go before a test, there is not a lot you can change in your writing. However, there are key changes you can make to the way you approach the test on the day…

21st December 2018

I am often asked whether you will lose marks for writing more than 150 words in writing task 1.  The answer is both yes and no, which can seem confusing. In the test, you are told that you must ‘write at least 150 words‘, but no upper limit is given.  So, you will not be…

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