Rules of Formal Writing

There are certain things that can be done in spoken English or in written English in newspapers, magazines, or lecture notes or web pages which are not appropriate for formal writing. Formal English follows the rules of grammar very strictly. Sentences tend to be...

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IELTS Speaking Section Critieria

In the IELTS speaking section there are 3 tasks namely:  short answer questions, prepared speech and a discussion.  The test is quite short; it takes a maximum of 15 minutes and is recorded.  It is then assessed by a second examiner to ensure a fair score.  Usually,...

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Speaking in PTE and IELTS Tests

The Rule of Thumb dictates that in IELTS, speaking is usually the highest score, whilst in PTE it is the lowest score.  This has more to do with how the PTE test is marked and with the algorithms programmed into the computer and less about your ability to speak...

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The Subject Verb Agreement

Subject Verb The subject and the verb in a sentence have to ‘agree’. The subject is the main person, animal, object or thing in the sentence.  Some subjects are singular whilst others are plural. The verb is the action or state of being in the sentence, just like...

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Writing an Effective Conclusion in an Essay

To score well in IELTS and PTE, you have to combine your English ability and test taking skills.  There is limited time;  40 minutes in IELTS and 20 minutes in PTE to write approximately 270 words and 250 words respectively. Therefore, you have to develop ‘recipes’ to...

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How To Use Commas Correctly

Hello! Commas are wily, little things and it is exceptionally important to get them right; whether in the correct place or not to use them at all.  These small symbols have huge significance and are expensive mistakes to make if used inappropriately.  This video will...

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IELTS Essay Writing Workshop

IELTS ESSAY WRITING WORKSHOP 21 October 2017 – 9am to 12pm Waterfall, Durban The workshop will cover IELTS Writing Task 2. - Essay. Requirements Layout / Structure How to build & support the argument Introductions & Conclusions Feedback on your writing during the...

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