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Describing the main features on charts in Academic IELTS Writing Task 1

In Academic Writing Task 1, you are asked to summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

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Peter Fullagar

26 May, 2021

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Simple ways to study for IELTS at home

Here are some simple things that you can do from home to maintain your general English level.

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Emma Cosgrave

23 March, 2020

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How to write a semi-formal letter for IELTS General Training Writing Task 1

If you read my posts on how to write a formal or informal letter for IELTS General Training Writing Task 1, you may be wondering what a semi-formal letter is.

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Pete Jones

29 October, 2020

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How to answer a process question in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

Many of the tasks you are asked to write for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 include graphs and charts, but what do you need to remember if you are faced with describing a process? In this blog post, we will look at how to organise your answer to a process question as well as some key grammar and vocabulary. 

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Peter Fullagar

3 August, 2021

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Preparing for Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking Test

Do you find part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test difficult? You're not alone. Many people get really nervous about this. Don't panic, We Love IELTS is here to help.  

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Emma Cosgrave

9 July, 2020

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Reading
IELTS Reading Test Practice: Recorded Lesson 2 with IELTS teacher Sophie

Following on from your feedback, I have created another audio reading lesson to help you with IELTS Reading Passage 2. If you haven't already listened to me speaking about passage 1 yet...

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Sophie Hodgson

21 July, 2021

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Writing
Writing an agree/disagree essay for IELTS Writing Task 2

Knowing how to write an agree or disagree essay is very important because if you get this type of task question in the test and you don't know how to approach it, you might not get a very high score. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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Fabio Cerpelloni

15 July, 2021

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Writing
Modal Verbs Exercises for IELTS on Obligation, Necessity and Suggestions

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed my previous blog post. Today we are going to continue looking at modal verbs. If you have not already read Modal Verbs 1 then I hope you find that a useful resource too. If you've read it already then let's get started!

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Emma Cosgrave

1 July, 2021

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Speaking
How to improve your pronunciation for IELTS: 1: ‘Good’ pronunciation

This is the first of a six-part blog series focusing on pronunciation: what 'good' pronunciation is, why it's important, and how to improve your pronunciation in preparation for your IELTS Speaking test.

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Paul Dixon

7 July, 2021

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Writing
Describing percentages and fractions in IELTS Writing Task 1

When you look at an IELTS Writing Task 1, it is often full of numbers and possibly percentages too. But how can you use a wide range of vocabulary when describing percentages?

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Peter Fullagar

24 June, 2021

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Writing
How thinking about burgers can help you with your IELTS Writing score

When you are writing IELTS Task 2 essays, it is very important that you know what you need to include in each paragraph. One easy way to remember this is to think of a big juicy burger with 2 pieces of meat in the middle!

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Neil Holloway

16 June, 2021

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Reading
IELTS Reading: Better vocabulary equals a better band score

In this blog, I'll be focussing on showing you how you can improve your Academic and General Training Reading band score by thinking about vocabulary. 

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Liz Marqueiro

9 June, 2021

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Speaking
Preparing for IELTS Speaking Part 3

The IELTS Speaking test is a face-to-face test that lasts approximately 15 minutes. Let's have a quick overview of the timings and tasks.

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Emma Cosgrave

3 June, 2021

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How to improve your vocabulary around sports

One of my passions, in addition to the English language, is sports. Sports vocabulary is useful in all four parts of the test as well as being an important factor in socialising with people outside of the test context.

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Sophie Hodgson

2 June, 2021

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Reading
IELTS Reading Test Practice: A recorded lesson with IELTS teacher Sophie

The We Love IELTS team have challenged me to complete a task from IELTS 13 and record the audio of how I would answer the question. I hope this will help you when answering practice questions on your own.

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Sophie Hodgson

29 January, 2021

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Writing
Describing the main features on charts in Academic IELTS Writing Task 1

In Academic Writing Task 1, you are asked to summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant<

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Peter Fullagar

26 May, 2021

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Listening
Improve your listening skills with IELTSi

IELTS Listening has many different question types. Each question type tests a different skill, these are known as subskills. Learning about these subskills will help you get a better understanding of the test and help you answer the questions correctly.

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Neil Holloway

21 May, 2021

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Writing
Modal Verbs Exercises for IELTS on Ability and Possibility

Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about modal verbs, this is the first of two posts that I am writing on this topic so keep an eye out for the next one in the coming weeks. I will start with a brief overview of modal verbs and then focus on ability and possibility. Don’t forget to complete the activities as you read.

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Emma Cosgrave

19 May, 2021

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Speaking
How to become more fluent for IELTS Speaking

Welcome to the first in a series of 4 blog posts which will help you develop essential subskills for the IELTS Speaking test. Subskills can be defined as the smaller skills that make up a bigger skill, such as speaking. In this post, I will focus on the subskill of fluency.   

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Lucy Passmore

18 September, 2020

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How to improve your vocabulary around animals

There's a myriad of animals in the world, and the topic happens to be a very popular one in the IELTS test. Especially in IELTS Reading, where an extraordinary number of texts and sections seem to be about obscure beetles in South America that nobody has ever heard of. It can be really difficult to decide what vocabulary around animals you should study in preparation for the exam. 

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Sophie Hodgson

11 May, 2021

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Writing
Describing change in line graphs in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

When describing the changes on a graph, the examiner is looking for you to use a good range of vocabulary and not just to use words such as increase or decrease. However, what other words could you use to describe changes?

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Peter Fullagar

5 May, 2021

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Reading
IELTS Reading Subskill: Understanding sentences

Welcome to the final blog in the series IELTS Reading subskills: finding details, identifying main ideas and understanding sentences. Out of these three skills, understanding sentences is arguably the most difficult, as you need a good understanding of words, phrases and grammar as well as the links between ideas and between sentences. 

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Sophie Hodgson

4 May, 2021

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Reading
IELTS Reading Subskill: Identifying main ideas

Out of the three Reading subskills, finding details, understanding sentences and identifying main ideas, IELTS test takers often think that the latter is the easiest, because they mistakenly think that it's about having a general idea of the text. Far from it! When a task involves identifying main ideas, you have to think about the main point the writer is making in a text or part of a text, not just 'what the section is about'. In order to do that, you need to recognise how ideas relate to one another – for example the relationship between a generalisation and an example. You may also need to think about whether the text contains information or opinions. 

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Sophie Hodgson

4 May, 2021

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Reading
IELTS Reading Subskill: Finding details

In order to improve your chances of doing well in the Reading test, there are three key skills you will need to develop: finding details, identifying main ideas and understanding sentences. There is no clear-cut distinction between these different skills, and often, you will need to demonstrate more than one of them in order to answer a question correctly. However, these subskills are a useful tool to structure your studies and measure your progress. 

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Sophie Hodgson

4 May, 2021

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CommonMistakes
Common Mistakes: Verbs about problems

Do you want to avoid making the same mistakes others have made in their IELTS test? I'm sure you do.

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Liz Marqueiro

23 February, 2021

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CommonMistakes
Misusing linking expressions with examples (Logic and Syntax)

I'm going to outline typical examples of common mistakes students make in logic and grammar and I'll give you a few tips on how to avoid them in the exam.

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Sophie Hodgson

20 March, 2020

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CommonMistakes
Making progress in small doses

'I didn't know. Now I know.' This is a comment on one of our Facebook posts. It was an answer to one of the riddles posted there and after I read it, I couldn't get the comment out of my head. To me, it represents the joy of learning and the transformative power of knowledge. So, I thought I’d try a little experiment.

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Sophie Hodgson

9 December, 2020

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CommonMistakes
Common Mistakes: Verbs about money

This blog looks at common mistakes made by students when using the following verbs related to money...

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Liz Marqueiro

2 February, 2021

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Writing
Grammar essentials: The Definite Article

Did you know that 'the' is the most common word in English? It's also a word that many learners find very hard to use. Grammatical accuracy is important in IELTS so if you can use 'the' correctly, you will be one step closer to a high band score.  

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Emma Cosgrave

14 April, 2020

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Understanding your strengths and weaknesses

Which of these skills do you feel most confident with: listening, reading, writing or speaking? Which do you feel you most need to improve?

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Pete Jones

30 April, 2021

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Reading
Avoiding distractors in the IELTS Reading test

Why might you get an answer wrong in the IELTS Reading test?

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Pete Jones

27 April, 2021

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Top 3 strategies from a successful IELTS candidate

What are the best strategies to get the IELTS band score you need? What do a sloth and an ant have to do with IELTS? Is it a good idea to study with another IELTS candidate? These are some of the questions I am going to answer today.

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Fabio Cerpelloni

21 April, 2021

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All the vocabulary and grammar you need for IELTS success

We're excited to share three new editions of our popular IELTS books focussing on Grammar and Vocabulary. Whatever your target band score - we have the product for you! The new editions include:

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We Love IELTS

19 April, 2021

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Reading
Finding the right words from the passage

In the IELTS Reading test, there are several types of questions that ask you to write a word and or a number from the

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Emma Cosgrave

12 April, 2021

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Speaking
Improve your band score for vocabulary and grammar (Part 2)

Welcome back to this series focusing on improving your band score for vocabulary and grammar. I will be sharing an example Part 2 task, asking a Part 3 question and giving you useful language to complete the task. For those of you aiming for a band score of 7 and above, there are examples of language at this level too. IELTS Speaking Part 2

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Liz Marqueiro

6 April, 2021

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Speaking
Developing cohesion and coherence for the IELTS Speaking test

In this post, we will focus on cohesion and coherence in speaking and how improving these can help you to improve your score in the IELTS Speaking test.

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Lucy Passmore

31 March, 2021

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CommonMistakes
Common Mistakes students make when talking about appearance

The word appearance is used to talk about both a person's looks and also the look of a thing. But how do we use them in context? Let's take a look.

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Liz Marqueiro

23 March, 2021

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Word families: learn one new word and ‘meet' two more

Looking to expand your English vocabulary? Learn more about word families and how they can help you in adding to your word list.

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Liz Marqueiro

19 March, 2021

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Speaking
Talking about Winter Sports

What was the last sport you played? Do you prefer to play team sports or exercise alone? What is the most popular sport in your country? Sport is a topic that often comes up in the IELTS test, so today let's talk about winter sports.

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Emma Cosgrave

17 March, 2021

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What is computer-delivered IELTS?

When you book your IELTS test you may have to choose whether to do the test on a computer or on paper. Today I am going to answer some of the questions I am asked most often about the computer-delivered IELTS.

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Emma Cosgrave

9 March, 2021

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Writing
Where are the commas in your IELTS Writing?

When you do IELTS Writing practice, how much attention do you pay to punctuation (capital letters, full stops, commas, semi-colons, etc.)?

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Pete Jones

3 March, 2021

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Speaking
IELTS Speaking Game: Don't Say It!

When you're speaking in English, do you sometimes find that halfway through a sentence you can't remember the word you want? Or do you find yourself talking about something and realise that you don't actually know the word you need in English? Don't worry – it's not just you – it's a very common problem.

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Liz Marqueiro

17 April, 2020

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Listening
What is American English?

Whether you're living in the USA or not, you'll no doubt be familiar with American English through movies and TV shows or perhaps through watching or reading the news on an American channel. I was too when I visited the USA a few years ago but unfortunately this wasn't enough to make all routine tasks easy, which was quite a surprise given that I'm from an English-speaking country!

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Pete Jones

28 May, 2020

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Three ways to remember vocabulary for your IELTS test

Do you find it difficult to remember new vocabulary? If you do, you're certainly not alone. I think most language learners struggle to remember many of the new words and phrases that they note down or read in vocabulary lists.

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Pete Jones

7 September, 2020

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How to improve your vocabulary around energy

How electricity is produced may not be something you think about every day, but it's definitely a topic you should learn more vocabulary on for your IELTS test.

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Pete Jones

11 September, 2020

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How to improve your vocabulary around technology

If there's one topic you should learn more vocabulary for in the IELTS test, it's probably technology.

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Pete Jones

9 September, 2020

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How to improve your vocabulary around personality

There are many words in English to describe someone's personality - the type of person someone is because

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Pete Jones

23 October, 2020

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Speaking
Talking about your hometown

When we meet new people, especially people from other parts of the world, it's natural to be curious about where they come from.

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Emma Cosgrave

16 November, 2020

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Writing
Grammar essentials: past simple versus present perfect

Developing your general English is essential to improving your band score. I am sharing the difference between the present perfect and past simple tenses, something lots of people have trouble with.

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Emma Cosgrave

27 February, 2020

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Birthday vocabulary

We Love IELTS is officially a year old today and to celebrate our first birthday I'd like to help you learn some vocabulary on the topic of birthdays and milestones.

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Pete Jones

26 February, 2021

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It's our birthday - enter our competition to win!

We Love IELTS turns 1! Thank you for being part of our community and supporting our vision to provide industry-leading preparation for IELTS test takers.

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We Love IELTS

22 February, 2021

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Writing
Checklist for editing your IELTS Writing

Do you forget to leave time to check your writing at the end of a timed IELTS practice? Catching those mistakes that are easily corrected can make all the difference to your band score. Today, I'm going to give you a checklist of 10 things to look out for as you review your work.

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Emma Cosgrave

18 February, 2021

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CommonMistakes
Common Mistakes: Vocabulary about work

Do you know the difference between earning a salary and earning a wage? Do you know what skills you have and what knowledge you possess? If you're not sure about the differences then this blog is for you. Here we will focus on the common mistakes made with the language around money and work.

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Liz Marqueiro

12 February, 2021

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Speaking
Improve your band score for vocabulary and grammar (Part 1)

Everybody wants the chance to do well in the IELTS Speaking test. This blog is here to help you improve your band score.

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Liz Marqueiro

10 February, 2021

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Writing
How to improve your vocabulary using collocations

All students tell me they need to learn more vocabulary but what they don't often realise is that when you learn a new word, you should also learn what verb, adjective or preposition it goes with. The way words are used together is called collocation.

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Liz Marqueiro

1 February, 2021

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CommonMistakes
Avoid Common Mistakes to achieve IELTS Writing 6.0-7.0

One way of improving your IELTS score is to eliminate mistakes from your writing. That can be easier said than done though.

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Julie Moore

27 January, 2021

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Writing
5 ways to improve your IELTS Writing skills

Writing is a difficult skill and not just for people learning English or doing the IELTS test but for a native English speaker as well. In our day-to-day life we don't often have to write essays or describe graphs. We’re more used to writing text messages or emails. But there are things you can do to practise and improve your writing.  

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Liz Marqueiro

15 January, 2021

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TopTips
Are you feeling anxious about your IELTS test?

Feeling nervous before taking a test like IELTS is very natural. 

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Pete Jones

11 January, 2021

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Reading
Grammar Essentials: What is the passive voice?

Have you heard the words 'active' and 'passive' used to talk about verbs in English? Do you know what they mean? These are not tenses, they are voices. Put simply, the active voice shows what something does while the passive voice shows what happens to something. Today we will look at the structure of the passive, why we use it and when you might need it in IELTS.  

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Emma Cosgrave

25 May, 2020

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Listening
How to speak Kiwi English

I'm writing this in Auckland, New Zealand and it's the middle of summer, so what better than a look at (and listen to) some Kiwi English words for the season?

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Pete Jones

1 March, 2020

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Listening
How to speak Australian English

If your plans after taking IELTS are to head 'down under' (to Australia), here are some essential Australian English words and phrases.

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Pete Jones

31 March, 2020

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TopTips
Set SMART goals

For many students, gaining their required grade in the IELTS test isn't easy and it can be really hard to stay motivated and positive every day.

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Sophie Hodgson

7 May, 2020

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Writing
Grammar: What is future tense?

Grammar in English can be a love/hate thing. Some of us love completing grammar exercises and seeing how language patterns fit together, while others are just left confused and frustrated. If you're in the latter category, things aren't made any better when explanations include expressions like 'future perfect continuous'.

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Sophie Hodgson

9 June, 2020

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How to get a better score for grammar

Do you want to go from a good band score to a better band score? Of course you do! This blog will look at a few ways you can improve your band score in grammar. Examiners will be looking for a good 'grammatical range and accuracy'. This means using a wide variety of grammar structures and using them correctly.

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Liz Marqueiro

7 July, 2020

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Speaking
Essential Grammar in IELTS Speaking

In this post, I will focus on grammar as a speaking subskill. It's common to feel anxious about using the correct grammar when speaking, but your grammar doesn't need to be 100% accurate to get a good mark in the IELTS Speaking test.

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Lucy Passmore

4 November, 2020

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Writing
Grammar Essentials: Subject and Verb Agreement

To get a good band score in IELTS it is important that your written and spoken language is accurate. As teachers we are always telling our students to check their subject-verb agreements but for many this is a real challenge. Don't worry though, I am here to help!

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Emma Cosgrave

11 December, 2020

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Writing
Describing processes in IELTS Writing Part 1

Fun fact: most of the birthdays in my family are in November and December.

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Sophie Hodgson

14 December, 2020

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TopTips
How to improve your vocabulary around education

One way to improve your vocabulary for IELTS is to learn more words and phrases connected to the common IELTS topic of education.

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Pete Jones

27 July, 2020

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TopTips
Words, words, words – here’s a challenge for you

Play our vocabulary building game, Boggle, which will push you to think about words you know, but don't use. Great for pairs or multiple players.

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Liz Marqueiro

20 March, 2020

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Listening
What is British English?

If you're planning to live, work or study in Britain after taking your IELTS test, here are some differences in British English you might notice.

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Pete Jones

12 May, 2020

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Writing
5 ways to improve your spelling

Do you get told time and time again that spelling is your weakness? Maybe it's time to do something about it. In today's blog I'll be discussing five (fun) ways to make spelling practice part of your daily routine. 

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Sophie Hodgson

15 June, 2020

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TopTips
New Year’s Resolutions

At this time of year most of us are looking to the future. As one year ends and another begins, it is good to take stock ...

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Emma Cosgrave

20 December, 2020

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A year of We Love IELTS - IELTS Experts' Top Picks

As you know, our IELTS experts are a really important part of the We Love IELTS team and one of the main reasons we can deliver high quality content to help your IELTS preparation. We've asked our writers what their top picks are from over 100 blogs posted this year.  

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We Love IELTS

19 December, 2020

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Reading
A year of We Love IELTS – your top picks for IELTS Reading

We know 2020 has been a strange year for most of us! Let's talk about the positives, with We Love IELTS launching in February, we hope we have been a great support to you on your IELTS journey. 

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We Love IELTS

15 December, 2020

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Speaking
A year of We Love IELTS – your top picks for IELTS Speaking

We know 2020 has been a strange year for most of us! Let's talk about the positives, with We Love IELTS launching in February, we hope we have been a great support to you when preparing for your IELTS Test. 

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We Love IELTS

18 December, 2020

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Listening
A year of We Love IELTS – your top picks for IELTS Listening

We know 2020 has been a strange year for most of us! Let's talk about the positives, with We Love IELTS launching in February, we hope we have been a great support to you when preparing for your IELTS Test. 

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We Love IELTS

17 December, 2020

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Writing
A year of We Love IELTS – your top picks for IELTS Writing

We know 2020 has been a strange year for most of us! Let's talk about the positives, with We Love IELTS launching in February, we hope we have been a great support to you when preparing for your IELTS Test. 

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We Love IELTS

16 December, 2020

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Listening
Understanding the IELTS Listening test

My students spend a lot of time worrying about IELTS Speaking and Writing and forget that they need to prepare for the IELTS Listening and Reading tests too! In fact, I am often surprised by how little people know about the IELTS Listening test. So today I am going to share with you the basics of the IELTS Listening Test.

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Emma Cosgrave

17 December, 2020

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TopTips
Understanding how you prefer to learn

Do you prefer studying alone or with others, studying in a quiet environment or one with background music, using an electronic device or paper?

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Pete Jones

3 December, 2020

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Speaking
Everyday English: Ordering Coffee

Preparing for your IELTS test is really important, but what about real life English? Could you order a coffee in a busy coffee shop?

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Emma Cosgrave

20 November, 2020

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TopTips
How to choose the right IELTS course or tutor

Getting help with your IELTS preparation may be the best decision you can make.

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Pete Jones

11 November, 2020

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TopTips
8 websites to help you prepare for IELTS

In this blog I want to share some of my favourite websites and apps with you to help your IELTS preparation. These links are not all IELTS focussed, some of them are just for fun, and yes, I know that you're preparing for IELTS and that you're focussed on the test, but it's equally important to work on your general English.

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Emma Cosgrave

6 November, 2020

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Writing
How to write a semi-formal letter for IELTS General Training Writing Task 1

If you read my posts on how to write a formal or informal letter for IELTS General Training Writing Task 1, you may be wondering what a semi-formal letter is.

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Pete Jones

29 October, 2020

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Top tips for describing maps in IELTS Writing Part 1

When I was younger, I used to have a recurring dream: I would show up for an exam and fail terribly because I had studied geography but instead it was a history exam. It was extremely stressful.

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Sophie Hodgson

27 October, 2020

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Reading
Improve your Academic Reading skills with IELTSi

IELTS learners often tell us that it's difficult to understand what the test is assessing, and this makes it hard to prepare for. If this is a problem for you too, don't worry - you're not alone. Why not try IELTS intelligence?  

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We Love IELTS

19 October, 2020

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Reading
IELTSi – improve your skills the intelligent way

When preparing for the IELTS test, it can be hard to know what to focus on to make the best of your preparation time. IELTS intelligence, or IELTSi as it's also known, is a new digital tool to help you maximise your study time and develop your weaker skills.  

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We Love IELTS

15 October, 2020

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TopTips
Developing your English for work after IELTS General Training

One of my former students has become a good friend of mine. Many years ago, he hired me as a private tutor to work with him towards the General Training version of the IELTS test. He needed the test to apply for a visa to Australia in order to start a job as a carpenter.

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Sophie Hodgson

9 October, 2020

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Speaking
Essential Vocabulary in IELTS Speaking

Following on from my post on fluency, I want to focus on the subskill of vocabulary. We all know that to become more proficient in a language, we need to build our vocabulary, but how should we do this with the IELTS Speaking test in mind?

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Lucy Passmore

6 October, 2020

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Writing
How to reach band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing Task 1

As part two of our writing series, I'm focusing on Task 1 of the IELTS General Training test and how you can make it a more realistic target.

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Pete Jones

20 March, 2020

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Writing
How to reach band score 7 in IELTS Academic Writing Task 2

Can you write 250 words in 40 minutes on a topic you may or may not be familiar with? Well, if you're aiming for a band score 7 in IELTS Academic Writing, this is one of the challenges you face for Writing Task 2. Read on to learn more about this part of the Writing test and find out exactly what you need to do.  

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Pete Jones

20 April, 2020

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Listening
Avoiding distractors in the IELTS Listening test

Why might you get an answer wrong in the IELTS Listening test?

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Pete Jones

24 September, 2020

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Writing
Describing Maps in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

You may be asked to describe a map in Task 1 of your Academic IELTS Writing test. Today we are going to have a look at a test question, talk about some of the specific vocabulary that you would need to answer this question, and then have a go at editing an answer. 

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Emma Cosgrave

22 September, 2020

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Reading
Timesaver Techniques for Multiple Choice Questions

In previous blogs, we've seen that while some types of reading questions require careful preparation, others should only be read once you've completed individual paragraphs to save time and avoid confusion. When it comes to multiple-choice questions, you'll need to combine both techniques. 

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Sophie Hodgson

16 September, 2020

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TopTips
Working with a Study Buddy

It can get lonely studying on your own. It's so easy to lose your motivation when the only person cheering you on is your reflection in the mirror. You might find yourself wondering 'Does it really matter if I do this Listening task today?' Does this sound like you?

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Emma Cosgrave

1 September, 2020

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CommonMistakes
Common Mistakes: -ed or -ing for adjectives describing feelings

As you may know, in addition to writing this blog, I also teach English at University.

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Sophie Hodgson

28 August, 2020

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Reading
Academic question types in IELTS Reading

Do you want to see all the IELTS Reading tasks at a glance? Today, I'm sharing the questions types in Academic Reading to help you understand the different types of questions that come up. 

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Liz Marqueiro

22 August, 2020

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Speaking
Using artificial intelligence to check and improve your spoken accuracy

Almost everyone has access to at least one item with this, they use it a lot of the time and it makes their lives much easier.

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Jishan Uddin

19 August, 2020

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Writing
Comparatives in IELTS Speaking and Writing

Would you like to show your IELTS Speaking examiner how good your range of language is? Would you like to do better in your Writing test? If the answer to these questions is 'Yes!', then read on.

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Liz Marqueiro

13 August, 2020

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Speaking
Top 5 ways to improve your IELTS Speaking skills every day

Being able to speak English fluently is the goal of most language learners. Speaking English when you're travelling or living abroad can make the experience easier. But if you don’t live in an English-speaking country, then having the opportunity to practice speaking in English is quite difficult. 

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Liz Marqueiro

5 August, 2020

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Writing
Using noun phrases to improve your writing

Have you ever wondered why academic English sounds so, well, academic? Your choice of vocabulary and linking words is certainly important, but there's another element to it that we rarely talk about, namely how we organise information within our sentences.

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Sophie Hodgson

30 July, 2020

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Listening
How to speak Canadian English

After my posts on Kiwi, Australian, British and American English, this post is all about the English you may see, hear and need to use in Canada.

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Pete Jones

22 July, 2020

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TopTips
How to be an independent learner

It's every teacher's dream - a class full of highly motivated and independent learners. Perhaps you are one of these students. Almost certainly though, you've met one and have shared a class with them. You've probably wondered how they became like that and maybe how you could become one of these types of learners.

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Jishan Uddin

15 July, 2020

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TopTips
IELTS 15 - What's new?

IELTS Authentic Practice Tests are one of our bestselling books on Amazon and really popular with IELTS candidates because they are EXACTLY like the real exam. We check the practice tests with real students to make sure they are the same level as the IELTS Academic and General Training tests so you can be confident you are getting the most authentic experience possible.

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We Love IELTS

2 July, 2020

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Speaking
Top tips from examiners for IELTS Speaking

As an author for IELTS, I always find it's really important to fully understand the exam and hear from experiences of a really important group of people: IELTS examiners. Many of them have been doing this for a long time and have seen thousands of students.

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Jishan Uddin

3 July, 2020

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TopTips
Developing your English for university after IELTS Academic

I've spent many years as a language teacher preparing students for the IELTS exam, and during that time, I've become quite passionate about making this as positive and useful as possible and helping students get their required IELTS score.

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Sophie Hodgson

24 June, 2020

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TopTips
A test-taker's perspective: easier said than done

Rafael, a past IELTS test taker (and now an English Teacher!), shares his experience of taking IELTS. It helped him to understand the test from his students' perspective and what's needed to prepare and pass the test to achieve band score 9.

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IELTS Test Taker

4 June, 2020

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Writing
New Podcast Episode: Top Tips for IELTS Writing

Listen to our latest episode of our "All you need for IELTS success" podcast! IELTS teachers Emma and Liz give some top tips on the IELTS Writing Test. 

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We Love IELTS

29 May, 2020

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CommonMistakes
Misusing linking expressions (Grammar)

Welcome back to the third and final part in my blog series on common mistakes in using linking expressions.

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Sophie Hodgson

26 May, 2020

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Listening
Using Audio Scripts to improve your IELTS listening

In my career, I have often heard teachers say, "listening cannot be taught only tested". It's true that when you do a listening exercise, it's often in the format of 'listen and answer the questions', and while practice does help improve your performance, there are a few exercises you can do to accelerate the rate at which you improve. 

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Sophie Hodgson

19 May, 2020

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Speaking
Prepare for IELTS Speaking with our NEW podcast

We're pleased to announce the launch of our podcast, 'All you need for IELTS success'. This podcast is for anyone taking the IELTS test. Every episode we'll be joined by experts from the world of IELTS (teachers, authors and former IELTS examiners) to help you prepare for your test.

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We Love IELTS

6 May, 2020

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TopTips
Join or create a study group

Are you finding it difficult to stay motivated in studying for IELTS? One really good way to stay on track is working with others in a study group.

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Sophie Hodgson

29 April, 2020

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Writing
How to reach band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing Task 2

Whether you're new to IELTS General Training or have taken the test before, it's really important to understand the types of questions you're asked and how you’ll be assessed before jumping in and taking a test. So, if you need a band score 7 in IELTS General Training Writing, here are two steps you need to take before you do anything else:

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Pete Jones

27 April, 2020

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Listening
5 ways to better prepare for IELTS Listening part 4

Which of the four parts of the listening exam do you think is most difficult? When students, teachers and examiners are asked this, many would probably say part 4. Why? Well, it's about an academic subject for a start – something we may not hear about if your listening tends to be from TV shows and films. 

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Jishan Uddin

24 April, 2020

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TopTips
Find the right preparation materials for you

With so many websites and books offering IELTS preparation materials out there it's difficult to know where to find reliable, authentic resources. We get a lot of questions about our bestselling authentic resources, so today I will try to answer some of them.  

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Emma Cosgrave

21 April, 2020

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Listening
Top tips for multiple choice questions in IELTS Listening

There are many different question types in the IELTS Listening test. These can appear in any part of the Listening test (there are 4 parts) but not all types will appear in each test. 

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Liz Marqueiro

10 April, 2020

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Speaking
Preparing for the IELTS Speaking Test: Part 1

The IELTS Speaking test is designed to see how well you can communicate in English. There are 3 parts to the test, each part lasts for about 5 minutes and is important!

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Emma Cosgrave

7 April, 2020

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TopTips
5 ways to keep learning from home

Are you stuck at home, wondering how to stay focussed on your English when all classes have stopped? We Love IELTS is here to help! 

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Emma Cosgrave

20 March, 2020

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Speaking
Understanding the IELTS Speaking Test

Find out more about the IELTS Speaking test to help you understand what is expected of you. This is the first step to getting the results you need.

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Emma Cosgrave

4 March, 2020

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TopTips
Creating a motivational goals board

As part of our Top Tips series, we'll explore the importance of motivation. Find out how you can keep your goals at the forefront of your mind through creating a goals board.

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Sophie Hodgson

27 February, 2020

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Writing
How to reach band score 7 in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

As part of our writing series, I'm sharing two actions you can take to make it a more realistic target.

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Pete Jones

26 January, 2020

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Listening
5 ways to improve your IELTS Listening skills every day

Five practical tips you can add to your everyday routine to improve your listening skills.

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Liz Marqueiro

26 January, 2020

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Writing
How to write an informal letter for IELTS General Training Writing Task 1

When was the last time you wrote a letter to a friend? I'm guessing it may have been a long time (or perhaps never) because you use texts, email or social media instead.

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Pete Jones

25 August, 2020

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Writing
How to write a formal letter for IELTS General Training Writing Task 1

Can you put the following examples in order from the most formal (serious and official) to the least formal (relaxed and friendly)?

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Pete Jones

3 September, 2020

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Writing
Describing charts and graphs in Academic Writing Task 1

When you try to describe a chart or a graph, quite often you're so worried about getting the facts and the data correct that you forget to focus on the language and the grammar you are using. Does this sound familiar? 

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Liz Marqueiro

29 June, 2020

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CommonMistakes
3 mistakes to avoid with IELTS test practice

Test practice is an essential part of your IELTS preparation if you want to give yourself the best chance of getting the band score you need. But to make IELTS test practice effective, there are three common mistakes you’ll need to avoid:

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Pete Jones

2 June, 2020

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CommonMistakes
Misusing linking expressions

Linking expressions can have a serious effects on the reader's understanding of a text. To make sure you aren't making this mistake in the IELTS exam, Sophie shares her tips!

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Sophie Hodgson

28 February, 2020

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TopTips
Find your passion and achieve your English language goals

Here at 'We Love IELTS', we love IELTS. We love it because we see the possibilities it opens up for our readers, and because we love helping you achieve the score you need. However, we don't expect you to love the exam itself, because, let's face it, very few people actually like exams.

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Sophie Hodgson

2 July, 2020

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Reading
Time-saver strategy for IELTS Reading: matching headings

Time pressure is one of the main issues when dealing with the reading part of the IELTS test. Here's our step-by-step guide to managing your time more effectively.

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Sophie Hodgson

2 March, 2020

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Reading
Time-saver strategy for IELTS Reading: True/False/Not Given

Welcome back to my blog series on saving time in the IELTS Reading test! Today, we're going to look at True/False/Not Given questions.

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Sophie Hodgson

9 April, 2020

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Reading
Time-saver strategy for IELTS Reading: Summary Completion

Today we'll be looking at the summary completion task although some of the principles outlined below also apply to sentence completion, note completion, table completion, flow chart completion and diagram label completion tasks. So, hopefully, you'll find this helpful. 

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Sophie Hodgson

15 May, 2020

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Reading
Skimming and Scanning in IELTS Reading

The IELTS Reading Test is only 60 minutes long with 40 questions to answer from multiple texts, so reading and finding answers quickly is essential. Check out https://weloveielts.cambridge.org/prepareforielts/reading">this page on our website for a summary of the test format for Academic IELTS and General Training IELTS.

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Emma Cosgrave

18 June, 2020

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Reading
IELTS Reading: Using word forms and questions to complete gapfill tasks

In my last reading blog, I looked at how you can manage your time while completing gapfill tasks by searching for synonyms and by approaching the task in the most time-effective way. Today I want to share two more tips to help you get to the right answer, even if you don't know all of the vocabulary in the sentence. These two techniques work particularly well if the gapfill task is quite short, or you are trying to find an answer you have missed on reading the text for the first time.

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Sophie Hodgson

17 July, 2020

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Speaking
Essential Pronunciation in IELTS Speaking

In the last post of this speaking series, I will be focusing on the speaking subskill of pronunciation. 

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Lucy Passmore

25 November, 2020

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TopTips
Using body language to reduce stress levels and improve IELTS performance

Have you ever heard the expression 'fake it till you make it'? In today's blog I'm going to explore how by 'faking' relaxation and confidence in your body language during the Speaking test, you can impact both your stress levels and your performance.

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Sophie Hodgson

11 August, 2020

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TopTips
5 top tips for test day

Prepare for test day with answers to five of the most frequently asked IELTS test day questions.

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Emma Cosgrave

29 February, 2020

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TopTips
Your views can help learners around the world

How are you getting on with your IELTS preparation? Or perhaps you've already taken your test? We hope the materials on our website and social channels have been helpful!

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We Love IELTS

4 September, 2020

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TopTips
What is IELTS?

If you are new to the world of IELTS it can all be a bit confusing. Today we will try to answer some of your questions. 

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Emma Cosgrave

13 October, 2020

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Speaking
Getting it right by using the question

IELTS is a test. This means that certain answers are considered 'right' and others are considered 'wrong'. In the Listening and Reading test, it's easy to see how this works. However, in the Writing and Speaking test it's more difficult to see what the examiner 'wants' and what is 'right' or 'wrong' as there are so many possible options.

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Sophie Hodgson

30 September, 2020

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TopTips
Simple ways to study for IELTS at home

Here are some simple things that you can do from home to maintain your general English level.

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Emma Cosgrave

23 March, 2020

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