Since January 2015 the Reading and Use of English exam papers have been combined. This exam is made up of seven parts in total. The first three parts test your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar while then next three parts focus more on reading comprehension. This blog will focus on the final three parts of

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1          Read the title and subtitle of the passage to orientate yourself to the text. 2          Look quickly at the questions to analyse what kind of questions are being asked but don’t read them individually.  This wastes time and without a context for the questions, it will be difficult to understand them. 3          Skim the

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What have we to be happy about, I hear the cynical among you cry! Its always raining and grey! Well, according to recent research by Britain Thinks, the people of Glasgow are 12% happier and prouder about our city heritage than the rest of the UK.   Heritage plays a powerful role in bringing people

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5 free resources to practise your IELTS

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 by

1. EssayBuilder This is a fantastic resource for students who want to improve their IELTS writing task 1. It shows you the vocabulary and the grammar that you need to describe a graph, chart, table or diagram. 2. iPass IELTS videos IELTS speaking test practice videos showing real candidates doing mock interviews; includes full transcripts

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Personal Statements, what to do?

Friday, 13 September 2013 by

First impressions last, at least that’s what they say.  With your personal statement this is your big chance to make a lasting impression on the university you have chosen to spend the next 4 years of your student life at. Give your opinions: Universities don’t expect all students to be Einstein or Newton, but they

7 tips to improve your IELTS listening score

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 by

Circle keywords before each question to make sure you know when an answer is coming. Use the 30 seconds before and after each section to predict answers.This will help you catch the answer when you hear it. Students with a Band 7 or Band 8 can predict answers with a high level of accuracy. Understanding

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