Is it true that taking rural Punjab as your center will give you more bands in the IELTS?

Do rural Punjab centers give better IELTS band scores? Is the exam particularly “easy” in Punjab? Is there an easy way to pass the exam? Google sometimes returns peculiar suggested searches for the IELTS: These can be quite the rabbit hole if you venture deep enough! What I find interesting is that many students look […]

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Three things you should AVOID on the IELTS Speaking exam

Last month, I had the unique opportunity to have a chat with a room full of IELTS examiners, and the conversation soon turned to one of their pet peeves: common test-taker errors in the Speaking exam. Knowing that this was something most of my students initially struggled with, I asked them what they wished test-takers […]

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Which exam is easier – IELTS or CELPIP?

“Should I take the IELTS or the CELPIP? I don’t know the differences between these exams!” “I’ve heard that CELPIP speaking is very tough.” “The IELTS is so tough! I tried three times but I was unable to get the scores I needed!“ “IELTS writing is very hard and it is impossible to get over […]

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Why do I keep getting 6.5 in IELTS writing?

“Ugh, not again! I sat the exam four times, and I still can’t get past a 6.5 in writing!”One of the commonest complaints that I encounter from prospective test-takers is that they find themselves stuck at a band score of 6.5 when it comes to writing. What’s worse is that they often feel like there […]

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