Tips

This section is dedicated to various English exam tips and techniques. It will also hold various articles that do not belong to any particular exam and are useful for any test-taker.

Improve Your English: 7 Easy Steps

Do you think you need to improve your English and you don't know where to begin? Here are 7 aspects of English that you could improve to speak and write with ...
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writing mistakes

6 Common Writing Mistakes

The Writing aspect of certification exams tends to be the most difficult of the four. Students scores are 10-15% lower than in the other aspects. To avoid making typical writing ...
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speaking mistakes

5 Common Speaking Mistakes

There is nothing easier than going wrong with the Speaking section of your exam. There are many speaking mistakes that are too easy to make. Know these simple pitfalls to ...
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IELTS Speaking example

IELTS Speaking Example (Band 7)

The best way to learn is to observe others and learn from their experience. Below is a video of a pretty Syrian girl named Sawson doing the IELTS interview. We ...
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skim and scan reading

Scan and Skim Reading

Skim reading and scan reading are two fundamentally different approaches, both extremely effective. Knowing these two techniques is a valuable asset at your exam and studying in general. Mastering them ...
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Cohesion in text and speech

Cohesion is the way your text is linked together. Cohesion shouldn't be confused with coherence. Coherence, simply put, is whether or not your text makes sense. Cohesion is how well ...
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IELTS Writing

IELTS Writing Task 1 General

In IELTS Writing Task 1 General you have to write an answer to a given situation in a letter. This letter should be at least 150 words long. You have ...
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Essay Writing for IELTS and CAE

Essay writing is by far the most frustrating part for most. It is a serious challenge even for native English speakers. In this article, I will share my view on ...
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Mind flexing — keeping your brain fit

Thinking is a power-hungry process. One-fourth of all calories that you spend daily are used by your brain. And like just about anything in your body, your brain needs warming ...
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Concise writing — short and simple

What is concision? Simply put, it's saying much by using few words. It is not the ultimate goal when doing your writing part of the exam, however you should consider ...
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