How to write the balanced/neutral Task 2 essay – To what extent do you agree or disagree?

Kristina Alexanderson via Compfight I wrote a full sample essay to this type of question – see this post: Sample IELTS Task 2 essay for agree disagree. A good question came up from a reader: The question type “to what

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Happy New Year 2014 – Global test dates for IELTS

Is 2014 the year to achieve your goal in getting the score you want on the IELTS exam? Here are the test dates for 2014:        

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IELTS Task 2 essay – Discussion only essay

To prepare for writing the IELTS Task 2 essay, make sure you know the different types of questions and understand how to answer and organize your essay. Here is one type of question that asks you to only discuss two

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How to write quick conclusions for your IELTS Task 2 essay

In an essay, the introduction and conclusion act like bookends – they’re strong and hold up the books (your argument and ideas) inside them. The conclusion also wraps up your essay neatly and completes your argument for the reader. It

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IELTS Reading – How to identify and match information to paragraphs

joiseyshowaa via Compfight One type of question you’ll get in the IELTS Reading test is identifying information and matching information to the paragraphs that contain that information. This type of question checks your scanning skills and comprehension when you read

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How to write the introduction for an essay on IELTS Task 2

The introduction should be clear and concise. It doesn’t need to be very long and grand since this is a short 250-word essay. Here’s what it should include: a paraphrase (use of different words but same meaning) of the topic

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How to answer diagram label completion questions for the IELTS Reading Test

e_monk via Compfight One type of question that you might get on the IELTS Reading test is completing labels for a diagram. This tests how well you can follow a detailed description of a process or features/traits of something. You

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Speed of Language – Which is faster – English, Japanese, Chinese or Spanish?

This isn’t directly related to IELTS, but I thought this was interesting about how different languages sound to other speakers. If you think English sounds fast, well, compared to Japanese or Spanish, it’ slower. BUT, there are a lot more

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More examples on how to answer true/false/not given and yes/no/not given IELTS questions

See my previous post on strategies for answering  True/False/Not Given and Yes/No/Not Given questions on the IELTS Reading section. The basic strategy is: SKIM for main idea and organization of passage SCAN for key words you’ve highlighted in the question

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What IELTS score do you need to study in New Zealand?

Christopher Bowley via Compfight I thought I’d make a resource list of places that state what their requirements are for IELTS. It’s just a start and it’s mostly the main ones that I know off the top of my head,

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