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Are you Stuck at band 6.5 in IELTS Writing?

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IELTS BAND SEVEN WRITING Why I get 6.5 Bands in writing?  Have you taken IELTS multiple times and still not able to get more than 6.5 Bands? Well, in this blog, I have tried to explain an important trick involved in IELTS  Writing   Task 1 and IELTS  Writing   Task 2.  Before reading this blog, I would request you to read my other article on band descriptors.  Moving on to this topic, most of the videos on the internet insist on writing complex sentences; however, a very few tell about writing complex structure in writing tasks.   Thus, according to my understanding and experience, we are supposed to write two or three such sentences with complex structure. Writing them accurately or at least a sensible try to write them in IELTS exam can get you 7 bands in writing.  This brings us to a question. What is the difference between a complex sentence and complex structure?   First of all, let us understand, what is a complex sentence? A complex se

All about Comma Placement in the IELTS and PTE Context

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Well, there are many available resources on the internet to learn about the use of a comma in a sentence.  However, none explains the use of a comma in the IELTS or PTE context . This article focuses on those uses of a comma which are generally not that commonly discussed. This article will help you to avoid common errors in writing.  Please note that I am not covering all types of uses of the comma here as we, generally, do not require to use them in the context of IELTS or PTE.  1. Rules to use a comma in an adjective clause.  An adjective clause usually gives some important or extra information about the noun it follows. It helps to form a complex sentence. A complex sentence is a sentence which basically has two pieces of information in which one piece of information depends upon the other information.  There are certain rules to follow in this clause to ensure that the sentence formation is correct.  Rule no 1.  If the adjective clause gives some essential information or if it is

Time management in the PTE Exam to get 79+

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In this article, I am going to discuss a very important aspect which is often neglected by many test-takers, and they end up scoring less than 79 in the PTE exam. This aspect is time management in both the Listening and Reading sections which could hamper the scores in listening, reading and writing, too.  I have observed many candidates missing out on questions in listening and reading section and end up getting there desired scores. The first time test-takers, please note here that you may get slightly less time in the actual test as compared to mock test. So, you need to hurry-up in both sections. Let us start with the reading section. In the reading section, we generally get the following questions: 1. Reading and writing - Fill in the blanks 2. Fill in the blanks 3. Reorder Paragraphs 4. Multiple choice multiple answer 5. Multiple choice single answer Normally the total questions in the reading section may vary in the range of 15-20 and the average time allotted varies between 32-

HOW TO PREPARE FOR DUOLINGO ENGLISH TEST

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE DUOLINGO ENGLISH TEST In this article, I am trying to cover the important things you should know about the Duolingo English Test along with the different types of questions. Along with this, I will also try to cover the Duolingo test preparation methods. First of all, let us discuss the important aspects of this test.  HIGHLIGHTS OF DUOLINGO ENGLISH TESTS  The main highlight of the Duolingo test is that it can be taken from home, and it lasts for a very short duration of 60 minutes.  There are no separate sections for reading, writing, listening and speaking. The questions are presented in random order.  Most of the questions are based on writing and speaking. Very few questions are there specifically for reading and listening.  The test lasts for a short duration of around 60 minutes in which 45 minutes goes to the actual test and 15 minutes goes for the unscored interview section.  Results are declared within 48 hours from the day of the test.  This test has an

Adjective Clause and its usability in IELTS & PTE

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ADJECTIVE CLAUSE OR RELATIVE CLAUSE I have seen in many students' essays that they often use 'that' and 'which' without knowing their proper use. Do you know that there are some rules for using such words in writing which you should know before you start preparing for IELTS and PTE tests? In this article, I will discuss important things to take care while writing such sentences.   Fist of all, let us understand what is an adjective clause. An adjective clause is a type of dependent clause that gives some additional or important information about the noun in a sentence. An adjective clause generally presents its own idea or information in a sentence in addition to the main or central idea of the sentence. Thus, a sentence with an adjective clause presents two ideas to the reader or listener, and it helps to form a complex sentence. An adjective clause has its own subject and verb. What forms the adjective clause?  The following pronouns/adverbs

Learn how to write IELTS Task 1 - Academic

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How to Write IELTS Task 1 - Academic The IELTS writing task 1- Academic is often neglected by most of the test-takers. Most of the tutors and test-takers themselves focus more on writing task 2 only. They do not realise their low scores can be due to inadequate performance in this task as well.  In this article, I am trying to cover key points that should be included while writing task 1- Academic. In this task, test-takers are supposed to write on an image that could be anything like a map, graph, pie chart and so on.  Let us first list out the most common types of images.  1. Diagrams 2. Maps 3. Graphs- Line, Bar, Mixed 4. Pie Charts 5. Process 6. Tables 7. Images Word limit---- 150 words minimum Recommended word limit----- 180-200 words The main features which you should include are the following: 1. Introduce the main points of the image. 2. Explain the main features. 3. Show trends (Very important). 4. Conclude (clos

Some useful tips for IELTS Reading-Fill in the blanks

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IELTS- Reading Fill in the Blanks - Some Tips  IELTS - Reading is one of the most daunting tasks for IELTS test-takers. There are not many tricks involved in Reading as compared to other tasks. In this article, I am trying to present a few tips and tricks to tackle this difficult task.  The good thing about IELTS reading fill in the blanks is that they generally come in a sequence from the question passage. And more importantly, the words from the passage as it fits in the question fill in the blanks. That is we just need to focus on the right keywords. However, it is still somewhat tricky.  Here are some tips for you to get clarity of certain aspects of grammar and try to solve them based on your knowledge of grammar. These tips are equally applicable in IELTS writing.  Some general tips to use nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives and their preferred placement in a sentence.  1. After having helping/auxiliary verbs like is/am/are/was/were in the sentence

ADVERB CLAUSE - A MUST KNOW - IELTS & PTE WRITING

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ADVERB CLAUSE - A MUST KNOW FOR IELTS & PTE WRITING One of the basic things to know before you set yourself on IELTS or PTE writing journey is Adverb clause and Adjective clause. In this article, I am going to discuss the adverb clause which is also known as the subordinate clause. This clause helps to form complex sentences which are the basic necessity of IELTS and PTE writing.  A subordinate clause is a clause that has one independent and one dependent clause. If we talk about the literal meaning of the word 'subordinate', it means assistant or junior. So, a subordinate clause or adverb clause means a sentence that is having at least one dependent clause. Here, why I made reference to the literal meaning of 'subordinate' is to ensure that you can remember this for a long time and can differentiate it from the adjective clause.  If you want to refresh your understanding of an independent and dependent clause, please check my article on the types

Use this accurately in writing- NOT ONLY+BUT ALSO

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NOT ONLY + BUT ALSO Many test-takers often fail to use a proper sentence variety in their writing and often end-up getting band 6.5. The 'not only + but also' correlative conjunction is a nice add-up to the sentence variety if one can use it properly. This conjunction should present two pieces of information in a parallel manner. To know more on parallel structure , please check my other article. The first information should come after not only and second should come after but also. Generally, in a sentence 'not+only' occur together, whereas 'but+also' may or may not occur together based on the sentence formation. Let us discuss a few examples. Example 1. This progression will not only reduce the unemployed population but also contribute to the nation’s progress. Here, after not only the verb is 'reduce' and after but also the verb is 'contribute'. Example 2. Crime shows on TV not only make people