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Reading Skills for the IELTS Exam

The Reading Comprehension task of the IELTS exam requires you to utilize some effective reading strategies for a good score. Here are some popular tips that have helped many IELTS test takers achieve flying colors on the IELTS Reading section. Identify Context Clues It can’t

Receptive English Language Skills: Reading and Listening

Before taking the IELTS or the TOEFL tests, it is imperative to have a grasp of the sections that are evaluated. In the tests, the four language skills are being measured to determine a candidate’s ability to understand and use English.   In education, the

Strike up the Bands: Understanding IELTS Scores

The IELTS scoring system is quite an enigmatic one. First off, it goes up to an arbitrary number of 9. Why not 10? Why not 11? Some IELTS researchers say it comes from Dante Alighieri’s work The Divine Comedy, in which the author travels through

Words of Caution

Has anybody ever told you to choose your words carefully? Well, when it comes to the English language, you need to keep a guard not only on your tongue, but also on your pen (or keyboard). As you most probably know, a great deal of

Four Steps to Demystify the TOEFL Integrated Writing Task

The TOEFL Writing Section consists of two tasks: one integrated and one independent. The latter one is nothing short of an ordinary essay that expresses and supports an opinion. The former involves first reading a text, then listening to a recording, and finally, writing a

The IELTS & TOEFL Writing Process

The writing sections of the IELTS and the TOEFL exam require a thorough understanding of the task or prompt. Not only that, a working technique is needed to ace the organization and development of your essay. One of them is recognizing the different stages of

Top 5 Mistakes Singaporeans Make on the IELTS

The majority of Singaporeans speak Singlish—a colorful and unique Singaporean English that lives by the rules of Chinese grammar and is generously sprinkled with words form Hokkien, Malay and Indian dialects. Although some Singaporeans smartly switch between English and Singlish, for many others, the difference

Five Tips to Improve Your TOEFL Listening Score!

The TOEFL Listening portion is a tricky one. You are required to listen to four to six lectures, which each have six questions, and two to three conversations, which each have five questions. It will take a total of 60 minutes for the shortened version
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