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Review of the week

In this video, Neil, Lead Educator on this course, looks back over some of the highlights and discussions of the week, and shares some additional advice.

Neil mentions the Covid-19 situation and test centes being closed around the world. While that situation continues, IELTS have introduced an online test in some countries to support and help test takers move forward with their plans and applications for studying abroad during these challenging times. You can find out more here.

Neil also mentioned the interesting discussion started by Yobaida Afrin Ara Eti on the pros and cons of automatic spelling and grammar checkers, and you can join in here. He also mentioned the Cambridge website recommended by Katharina B, Dasha Koval and others, Write & Improve. Try it out - it can really help you with identifying and fixing common errors.

You can find and join in the discussion on academic writing and other types of writing here and you can find Neil’s feedback and advice on writing introductory sentences here. He encouraged everyone to look through and comment on the full Task 1 answers, and this one by Georgiana Apostol is a good place to start.

One final point - in Week 1 we have been focusing on Task 1 for the Academic test, and people who are interested in taking the General test have been asking about resources. If that’s you, here are some useful resources to help you prepare:

Coming up in Week 2

Next week, we’ll look at Part 2 of the Writing test - writing an essay. We’ll discuss how to brainstorm, plan and write a strong, well-organised and effective essay. We’ll also look at the examiner’s assessment criteria for task response as well as for coherence and cohesion. You’ll then have a chance to try writing your first complete essay.

If you want to get started straight away, go to the To do list for Week 2.

Remember, you can always use the To do icon at the top of the page to see what’s coming up or go back to previous weeks and catch up.

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IELTS Indicator - an online test to support you during the COVID-19 situation

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