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Thanks to your guidance, I was able to increase my writing score from 6.5 to 7.5, and then to 8.5! I really don't believe I could have done it without you.
-Imam Mohamed

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I am so happy to inform you that I scored 7.5 in writing!
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I prepared just by looking at your videos and scored 7.5! Thank you!
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I would like to thank you for your very helpful lessons. I finally got 7 in all modules and can now start residency processing for New Zealand!
-Kiran Kiccha

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I obtained a writing score of 8.5. Your videos were instrumental in helping me achieving this score. Thanks, mate!
-Carlos Flores

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Quick tips on immigrating to Australia

Posted on April 30, 2012 by - Comments are off

It was wonderful meeting you all again last night for our session with Australian immigration expert, Barry (from http://www.immistay.com).  I think you’ll agree with me when I say that Barry’s insight was invaluable.  For those of you who missed the evening, a copy of our conversation can be found here.

In this post, I want to summarize some of the helpful resources and information Barry shared:

  • -Barry stated that immigrating to Australia as a student is often easier than as a professional (unless, of course, the professional’s skill is in high demand).  For information on changes to the 457 Visa, click here.  To help calculate your score in the Skills Migration Points Test, Barry recommends this iPhone app from Acacia Immigration Australia.
  • -When I asked Barry to share something he felt all Australian immigrant hopefuls should know, he replied that those applying for immigration should remember that day-to-day life in Australia is often much more expensive than most people expect (factoring in bills, transportation fees, meals, etc.).  Barry let us know that most newly arrived students end up having to share apartments.  He also suggested all students become familiar with the various Visas available to them (information on this is available at http://www.immi.gov.au/).
  • -Students planning to study in Australia for a period of 2 years will need to provide proof that their financial situation is capable of covering the following:
  • $2000 x 24 months = $48000 AUD for you course
  • $1500 x 24 months = $36000 AUD for living expenses
  • $2000 AUD for the air fare home.
  • -Having a valid Australian driver’s licence is highly recommended.  International driver’s licences are accepted in Australia.  For more information on this, click here.  If you cannot attain a driver’s licence for whatever reason, consider reading Barry’s article on Australian public transportation by clicking here.
  • -Often students will find the qualifications they achieved in their home country are not recognized at the same level in Australia.  This situation may require them to take additional training to bridge this disparity.
  • -You can operate a business as a non resident in Australia.  Information on how to do this is available here.

Model Academic Task 1 response to a question seen in India in April 2012

Posted on April 29, 2012 by - 6 Comments

The following chart illustrates the results of a British survey taken in 2005.  Write a report summarizing the data shown.

 

The chart illustrates housing preferences among people who lived in the British cities of London, Oxford and Cambridge in the year 2005.  It appears partiality towards certain housing types is inverted between larger and smaller English cities.

58% of Londoners list ‘flats’ as their preferred living arrangement, a number much higher than its Oxford and Cambridge counterparts, at 29% and 20% respectively.  Fondness of terraced housing is roughly equal between the three cities, all of which show figures within the 16% to 19% range.  However, a stark difference is seen among the figures representing people who prefer detached houses, with London clocking in at 9%, Oxford at 25% and Cambridge at 36%.  Semi-detached housing also shows a pattern of variation that appears to be sensitive to city size.  17% of people living in London in 2005 preferred this style of housing.  Oxford and Cambridge, however, both have figures of 27%.

Video – 6 quick questions to test your General Task 1 lexical resources!

Posted on April 26, 2012 by - 8 Comments

Even if you are taking the Academic exam, give this quick test a try.  How many questions can you get right out of six?

Have you scored IELTS band 7 or higher? I want to talk to you!

Posted on April 25, 2012 by - 2 Comments

I need your help!

In an effort to produce more resources for online students, I have started performing recorded interviews with successful IELTS test takers via Skype.  These interviews are only about 20 or 30 minutes in length, but I think they will prove to be very helpful study materials for online IELTS students wishing to better their mark on the exam.

Have you successfully achieved an overall band of 7 or higher?  Would you like to help other IELTS students around the world by sharing the strategies you followed to prepare for and engage the exam?

If you answered ‘yes‘ to the above two questions, I want to work with you!  Don’t be shy!  I will send you the interview questions ahead of time to give you a chance to prepare.  You may also remain anonymous during the interview if you wish.  For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at ryanthiggins@gmail.com.

So what will you get in return?  Well, aside from aiding other test candidates around the world, I would be happy to help you promote an endeavor of your own via the recording.  This could be a great way to let everyone know about that amazing new website or online service you’ve just started.

Let’s get started!  Please send me an email as soon as you can!

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Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages in this IELTS essay? Watch and find out!

Here is the essay from the video:

Some people believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

Foreign language studies are a typical component of curriculums the world over. However, the exact age at which students should first be introduced to a second language is often debated. Whether first taught at primary school or secondary school, advantages and disadvantages can be identified. This essay will analyse these items in an effort to prove one age group better than the other at which to begin foreign language studies.

Firstly, introducing a new language to primary school students has several advantages over delaying this introduction to secondary school. For one, as evidenced in numerous scientific studies, young minds are much more capable of acquiring accent, a truth that enables young people to reproduce language at a quality comparable to that of a native speaker. In addition to this, the heightened memories of young children make them much more capable of taking on the task of learning the massive amounts of vocabulary needed to be communicative in a second language. This of course accelerates their second language studies in ways not seen at the secondary school level. It is thus clear that teaching a second language at primary school has certain undeniable benefits.

Despite these advantages, there are potential drawbacks to introducing a foreign language at the primary school level. If the language component of the curriculum is not sensitive to local customs and traditions, it could interfere with a young learner’s understanding of their own culture, a challenge that is not apparent among the more mature secondary students. However, although this is a concern that should be taken seriously, educational bodies within a country have the power to review and vet content. This is a practice that curbs the possibility of cultural erosion. Further, delaying the introduction of foreign language studies also delays a student’s development as a worldly person that understands cultures outside their own. Thus, after analysis, the disadvantages to foreign language studies in primary school are not quite as discouraging as they may at first seem.

The above discussion makes clear that, despite select disadvantages, language learning is more effectively executed at primary school than secondary school. I thus hope governments the world over encourage the introduction of foreign language classes among their young learners.

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First model essay of 2017! I make up all of the examples!

Some people feel raising the age limit required for obtaining a driver’s licence can enhance road safety. Would this be an effective strategy in your country?

The age at which a person is legally able to drive is a very important consideration. In my home country of Canada, successful test takers can drive independently at the age of 16, an age that I feel is too young. I thus agree that raising the driving age limit in my country would enhance road safety. To prove this, I will look at a driver’s maturity and the motivators behind their decision to drive.

Firstly, the experimental nature of the adolescent growth stage makes it a dangerous time at which to drive. Adolescent men, for example, are scientifically reported to have heightened levels of aggression, a trait that statistically diminishes by the time they are 20 years old. Thus, removing people prone to these more immature emotions can clearly have real ramifications on the overall safety of driving in Canada. Increasing the driving age should therefore be supported.

This position is further exemplified when looking at motivators behind a person’s decision to drive. For 16 year olds in Canada, these motivators tend to be social in nature, such as using a car to meet friends. Although many would argue this is a sign of healthy social development in a human being, it is a driving arrangement that sets up scenarios that can be very distracting for an inexperienced driver. In Canada, for example, traffic accidents are reportedly higher among 16 to 18 year olds travelling in cars with several passengers. Because motivators become less social as a person enters their twenties, these statistics suggest Canadian roads would be safer were the age limit of drivers raised and their motivations for driving evolved.

As the above shows, raising the age at which a person can drive would increase the safety of roads in my country. It is my hope that Canada does indeed take steps to put this new restriction on driving in place.

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