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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