IELTS WRITING

Which writing task do you prefer?
Which one is most important?
How long should you spend on each task in the test?

Well, the recommended time is 20 mins on Task 1 and 40 mins on Task 2. Both tasks are important, but most marks are allocated to Task 2 so you need to get a good mark on that to have any chance of getting the overall IELTS score you need.

One way to manage your time in the test is to start with Task 2. That way you can ensure that you spend enough time on it.

IELTS WRITING Tip 1

IELTS WRITING Tip 1

IELTS SPEAKING

Eek! What can you do if …
… you are in the middle of the Speaking Test and the Examiner asks you a question, but you don’t quite understand?

Well, you can panic; you can answer what you think the question might have been; or …
you can ask the examiner to repeat the question or explain a word to you.

The examiner will probably help you a little. But you can only get away with this once or twice.

IELTS SPEAKING TIP 2

IELTS SPEAKING TIP 2

Speaking

A lot of candidates make the mistake of thinking that their job is to answer the question. It isn’t!

If the examiner asks you about your hometown and you say, “It’s called Carrara,” you have answered the question, but you haven’t answered it well. Your job is to keep talking. Add more information. “It’s called Carrara. It is about 10 minutes by car to a beautiful beach. My family moved there when I was eight years old. I went to school there and I used to go to the beach most weekends. Transport was mainly by bus, but there was  good network. I left Carrara when I started studying at university.”

SPEAKING TIPS 4