Learn the rules of the game

For those of  you who didn’t already know it, let me repeat the basic fact about the IELTS test:

The IELTS test is a uniquely difficult test.  That’s why it is so highly rated. That’s not to say that it is a logical or sensible test. It isn’t.  However it is constructed so that you have to have a high level of English to be able to get a high band score.  Even if you do have strong English skills, you still need to know what to expect in the test. If you don’t know the rules of the game, then you can’t possibly win.

So here’s today’s tip.

Learn the rules of the IELTS game.

If you haven’t already done so, then you should take a look at the following link;


On that page you will see the option of doing either a complete practice IELTS Academic Module or General Training writing test. Just type in the user name and password on the page and you can begin the test.

Now, that exercise is useful in its own right. However to really get an insight into how the writing test is marked; you need to get the writing tests marked by me. This will allow you to see what your current level is, how the marking criteria works, and crucially, what you need to do in order to make your answer good enough to get a high band score. Believe me when I tell you that there is formula for getting a high band score. If you have ok English writing ability and read the task question fully, then you by using a simple formula you will get at least a band 6 and probably higher depending upon how much practice you put in. ( I have  experienced intermediate level  English candidates getting a band 7.5 in writing because of their technique.)

So take your first step on the road to IELTS success by paying GBP 9.99 after you have submitted your answer to me online  (payment is easily  done via the paypal button on the above page www.passieltsonline.com/writing) for me to evaluate your writing performance and give you some much needed advice.

And of course it needs to be repeated – you have to put what I say into practice to make it work in the real test…and that means internalizing it  through repeated practice. That’s right, it isn’t enough just to do the writing test  once, you have to do it again, and again, and again! Each time using what you learnt in your previous feedback in order to make your next answer even better.

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One Comment on “Learn the rules of the game”

  1. saman Says:

    Thanx for the tips! I believe that it is not all English skill, but someone should be so good to be able to get good mark!

    I got problems in reading :-S in fact, I can’t find TRUE, False or not given correctly 😦

    But I’ll do my best
    wish you luck

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