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IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: How to reach a band 7 or higher in Task Achievement

IELTS — February 25th, 2020

Do you struggle deciding what to present and how to present an IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 response? We'll take a closer look at IELTS Academic Writing Task 1, Read the tips on how to get a high score.

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IELTS Writing Task 2: 8 steps towards a band 8

IELTS — February 25th, 2020

IELTS Writing Task 2: 8 steps towards a band 8 To achieve a Band 8 in Writing Task 2, you will need to produce an essay that contains all the positive features contained in the band 8 writing assessment criteria. Let’s take a look at these in the table below. Task response sufficiently addresses all parts…

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IELTS Writing Task 2: 7 mistakes preventing you from a band 7

IELTS — February 25th, 2020

Need some help in preparing for IELTS? We’ve got your back! Read on to understand 7 common mistakes that might prevent you from reaching a band 7 in IELTS Writing Task 2.

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Grammar 101: Feminine And Masculine Words in English

IELTS — February 25th, 2020

Are there masculine or feminine words in English? In general, there’s no distinction between masculine and feminine in English nouns. But sometimes we show gender in different words when referring to people or animals. In this article we’ll explain gender in English language in more detail.

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Grammar 101: Too vs To – Learn the difference

IELTS — February 25th, 2020

Too vs to: These two words cause a lot of confusion and it’s well worth to spend a few minutes to know the difference between the two. “Too” is an adverb. You can use it to replace words such as “excessively”, “additionally”, “as well” or “also”. “To”, on the other hand, is a versatile preposition.…

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IELTS reappointed as a language test trusted by the UK government for visas

IELTS — December 17th, 2019

IELTS reappointed as a language test trusted by the UK government for visas This week, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) announced IELTS, the world’s most trusted language test, will continue to be accepted for UK visas that require applicants to demonstrate their English. Following a tender process, IELTS was reappointed as an official test provider…

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Which IELTS test should I take?

IDP IELTS — July 15th, 2019

Which IELTS test should you take? There are two tests available: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The test you choose should be based on what it is you want to do. The Academic test is usually for entry into university. General training is used for migration purposes.

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IELTS on computer vs IELTS on paper

IDP IELTS — July 20th, 2019

If you’ve done IELTS before, you might know the paper test. So, what about the computer test? IELTS on computer is exactly the same test as paper-based IELTS, but instead of writing your answers on paper, you will type them on a computer. Read the benefits of computer here.

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How much does IELTS cost?

IDP IELTS — August 5th, 2020

What is the IELTS test fee in 2020 and 2021? The cost for an IELTS test in New Zealand is $385.00. The price for the exam is the same whether you take IELTS General Training or IELTS Academic. There is no separate registration fee or payment processing fee. There is also no late payment fee. However, in some locations the test fee can be slightly higher. Read more.

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Does using AI eliminate bias? MIT doesn’t think so.

IDP IELTS — June 5th, 2019

Researchers from MIT –the top university in the world– found that Artificial Intelligence, is biased. So, what does it mean when machines that are testing your English language ability are unfair? Read it here.