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Do you ever check the listening transcripts after doing practice tests in the Cambridge IELTS books?
Try today’s practice exercise. Read the passage and choose the best title.
Read my band 9 essay about the advertising of new products, and see if you can list the ‘less common’ vocabulary that it contains.
A subscriber asked me a huge question this week: How can I improve my English vocabulary and grammar?
Let’s write our overview paragraph for the ‘airport diagrams’ task.
Can you write two sentences to complete the first paragraph in this formal email to a hotel booking department?
Describe something important that you learned in a maths lesson at school. Read my sample answer and useful vocabulary list.
Listen to a presentation about fertility rates in China, South Korea and France, then complete today’s multiple choice exercise.
Try today’s multiple choice exercise.
Read my band 9 paragraph and complete the quick vocabulary exercise below it.
Remember not to use ‘although’ and ‘but’ together. Open the lesson to see some examples.
Let’s write an introduction for the ‘airport diagrams’ task.
Can you write a ‘purpose sentence’ for the formal letter task in this lesson?
In this lesson I demonstrate that it’s fine to give negative answers in part 1 of the speaking test.
The most difficult thing about the IELTS listening test, in my opinion, is the fact that you only hear the recording once.
Try today’s quick paragraph headings exercise.
Can you write a conclusion to finish my ‘essay skeleton’?
I can’t stress enough how important and how useful examples are! We can use them to support our ideas and also to spark more ideas.
Let’s start work on a new ‘before and after diagrams’ task.
Can you rewrite three informal sentences in a more formal way?
In part 3 of the speaking test, you should try to give longer, more detailed answers. A great way to do this is by giving an example.
Listen to a speech to high school students on the benefits of a philosophy called ‘Stoicism’, then fill the gaps in the summary.
Many IELTS candidates fail to get to the end of the test. In other words, they don’t reach question 40.
In this lesson we’ll write the introduction for a new essay task, which comes from Cambridge IELTS book 16.
Sometimes listing is good, but sometimes it’s bad. In this lesson we look at two examples that show the difference.
One easy way to describe the information on a graph or chart is by writing a sentence that lists three related figures.
Here’s my band 9 answer for the ‘offering help’ letter task. You’ll also see a list of the good vocabulary that I used.
In this lesson we look at examples of three types of question that are often used in part 3 of the speaking test.
Listen to some advice about financial planning for retirement, and choose the best answers for the multiple choice questions.
Try today’s multiple choice exercise on the topic of happiness.