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…

2nd December 2018

In chapter 7 of The Key to IELTS Success, I shared the following writing task 2 question. I used the question to show you how to quickly plan your answer during the test. Planning your answer helps you to achieve band 7 and above in Task response because it means you address ALL parts of…

16th November 2018

Discussing Problems and solutions and advantages and disadvantages I am often asked ‘How should I answer questions about problems and solutions, or questions where we need to say whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?”  The questions I’m asked often focus on numbers: ”How many paragraphs should write? Can I write about just one advantage and one…

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