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Avoid this IELTS Writing Mistake!

Planning on taking IELTS soon? Then you absolutely must read this post to learn about one of the most common IELTS writing mistakes, and improve your IELTS writing score!

31 Aug 2023

Top IELTS Writing Mistakes

Wondering how to improve your IELTS Writing score? Check out our post with professional tips to avoid common mistakes.

06 Jul 2023

IELTS Speaking: Friends and Family

Not sure how to prep for IELTS Speaking? Steal some ideas from our teachers, who share their own answers to common IELTS questions about the topic, ‘Friends and Family’.

08 May 2023

Reading Strategies for IELTS

IELTS test designers often give True/False/Not given questions in the reading test to check your understanding and to make your life difficult. The good news is that the steps outlined below will help in answering these question types more quickly and accurately.

18 Nov 2019

How to Get a Good Score in your IELTS Essay (Writing Task 2)

The IELTS essay (Writing Task 2) is about constructing an argument. In this blog, I will specifically deal with Task Achievement (one of the criteria set by the Exam Board) because we often see students who write well, but still don’t achieve the magic 7 for their writing. Mostly, it is because the question has not been answered.

22 Aug 2019

IELTS Pre-reading strategies

Students who take the IELTS reading exam often make the mistake of trying to read the whole text from start to finish, and then don’t have enough time to answer all the questions. In this blog Christelle outlines some strategies for overcoming this problem.

07 Aug 2019

IELTS Task 2 Writing

5 IELTS Pre-Writing Tips: Task 2 Essay

We know preparing for your IELTS Writing exam can be nerve-wracking, so we’ve put together these five tips for the essay in Task 2. They are plan, analyse the question, identify the topic, brainstorm and plan your supporting evidence. These will help you to get the score that you want.

01 Aug 2019

Intro to the IELTS Speaking Paper

The IELTS Speaking paper is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability in spoken English. The Academic test is the same as the General training, so for many students this is an opportunity to boost their overall IELTS score. The key here is to make are you are familiar with the format and get enough practice before the exam to approach it in an assured and confident manner.

25 Jul 2019

Intro to the IELTS Listening Paper

For many students, the IELTS listening paper is a chance to pick up points that boost your overall score, especially in parts one and two. That’s certainly not to say it’s ‘easy’, but students who prepare well often achieve a band higher than they do in the reading and writing papers.

11 Jul 2019

Intro to the IELTS Writing Paper

The IELTS Academic writing paper can be challenging, but if you plan carefully and use appropriate text and paragraph structures you can write an essay that will get you the results you need. This is a brief introduction to the IELTS writing paper.

04 Jul 2019

Intro to the IELTS Reading Paper

IELTS Academic reading is probably the paper that students struggle most with, especially because of the short time allowed to read the three texts and answer the forty questions. Here’s a quick intro to what you can expect from the reading paper.

27 Jun 2019

About the IELTS Exam

Over three million people take the IELTS exam every year, for university admission, their careers and to emigrate to other countries. In this post, find out more about the world’s most popular English exam.

14 Jun 2019

Five IELTS Tips

FIVE Tips on Getting Started with IELTS

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the standard entry exam for many a university and may be required at embassies when making a visa application.

There are hundreds of websites offering IELTS preparation courses, classes, tutorials, tips, strategies, do’s and don’ts and the list goes on. However, it can sometimes be hard to know where to start.

09 May 2019

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What Business English Exams are available?

Not everyone who takes a business English course needs to prepare for a business English exam. But, for those who do, here is a breakdown of the Cambridge business exams available to you.

04 May 2018

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English Exams – Which One is for Me?

There are so many different types of English Exams out there, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you. We summarise the most popular choices offered at the UCT English Language Centre here.

26 Mar 2018

Opinion Based Essays | Exam preparation | UCT English Language Centre

How to Write an Opinion Based Essay

Writing essays, especially for exams, requires structure. Teacher Shannon provides some tips and strategies on writing an opinion based essay in this post.

13 Oct 2017

TOEFL | UCT English Language Centre

Free TOEFL Exam Practice

Not everyone has the time or resources to travel abroad to attend an English exam preparation course. For those who cannot, you can attend a free, 6-week MOOC compiled and administered by the people who create, administer and score the real TOEFL exam. Read more about it here.

07 Jul 2017

EAP | Teacher Alex | UCT English Language Centre

EAP – English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes is a very specific type of English course aimed at students who wish to improve their academic English. Teacher Alex, the EAP course designer and facilitator briefly explains what EAP is.

28 Mar 2017

Studying for an English Exam | UCT English Language Centre

Preparing to Write an English Exam

It may seem like studying for an English exam is totally different from studying for that biology exam in high school, but while the subject matter and content might differ, the same study rules apply! Read on for some studying tips.

20 Oct 2016