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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

Hi Ryan,
I am so happy to inform you that I scored 7.5 in writing!
-Sunish Manalody

Hi Ryan,
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-Vladan Martinovic

Hi Ryan,
I prepared just by looking at your videos and scored 7.5! Thank you!
-Rahul Paldiwal

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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

Hi Ryan,
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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-Vikrant Mahajan

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Listen to my conversation with Farhan, an IELTS student who scored 8.5 in the listening section of his exam

Posted on June 27, 2012 by - 11 Comments

Recently, I started a little project called IELTSCast.  It is a podcast where I talk to successful IELTS students and ask them to explain how they managed to score so well on the exam.  For those of you with iTunes, you can subscribe by clicking here.  If you do not have iTunes, you can access all of the conversations at www.ieltscast.com.

So, in the latest episode, I talk with Farhan about how he managed to score 8.5 in the listening section.  To listen to the entire interview, click here.

If you have achieved an overall band of 7 or higher, please consider talking with me for 20 minutes on Skype about your experience.  Your study advice is both useful and inspirational to other students.  Contact me at ryan@ieltsielts.com.

(As always, please provide me with feedback on how I can improve.  Are these interviews helpful?  How could they be better?  Any and all comments to this post greatly appreciated!)

(For those of you waiting for more model essays and videos, they are coming.  I’m having a few small technical issues, but these should be sorted within the next few days.)

The Australian immigration process is going to change within the next couple of days

Posted on June 24, 2012 by - 1 Comment

Barry Johnson of Immistay.com has kindly written this article for ieltsielts.com to help explain what is happening:

SkillSelect commences 1st July 2012: Act now!

As at of the 1st of July 2012 SkillSelect (http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/) will be introduced in Australia.  This will be a major change in the Australian migration process.  These changes are designed to limit the successful visa applicants to only the very best.  It will involve in the applicant lodging an expression of interest online to the Australian department of immigration and citizenship.  These expressions of interests are reviewed via a computer system that looks for the finest applicants who meet the selection criteria.   This will involve looking at the applicants with the strongest English language ability, the most work experience and the highest qualifications.  It is these successful applicants who will be issued with an invitation to apply.  The SkillSelect program will also be subject to a quota system for each occupation.  The department of immigration and citizenship has provided an FAQ regarding SkillSelect, which you may be interested in accessing (http://www.immi.gov.au/skills/skillselect/index/faqs/).  I suggest you have a good look at this to get an idea of the implications of these changes and their impact upon your circumstances.

There are some advantages to this system.  Under the current system, there is a waiting period of twelve to eighteen months or more for your skills point visa to be granted.  This is due to the backlog of applications.  With SkillSelect, you effectively jump the cue.  It is designed to eliminate any backlog due to the highly selective nature of the system.  The department of immigration and citizenship will control very carefully who is invited to apply.  After the 1st of July 2012, if invited to apply you will move quickly through the system, much more so than under the system currently in place.

After reviewing the information from migration agents it is highly recommended to lodge your application before midnight on the 30th of June 2012.  This is before SkillSelect commences.  If you have a passing score in the skills, migration points test or know that you are eligible, act now.   The future of the points tested skilled migration looks bleak.  Have a look at the following pulled from the department of immigration and citizenship information pdf (full document link below):

From the 1st July 2012 intending migrants, both in and outside of Australia may submit an expression of interest (EOI) for a 189, 190 or 489 visa.  From the 1st of July 2012, points tested skilled migration visas granted outside of Australia (subclass 175, 176 and 475) will be closed for all new applicants.  From the 1st of January 2013, points tested skilled migration visas granted in Australia (subclass 885, 886 and 487) will be closed for all new applications.  http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/general-skilled-migration/pdf/points-tested-visas.pdf

There is also speculation that under SkillSelect that there will be new visa categories and possibly the elimination of the sub visa categories.  The reason for this is that not all the SkillSelect changes have been announced.  In other words, it is better to be safe than sorry.

Because of the limited time before the 1st of July 2012, I would recommend that you contact your migration agent and lodge.  If you do not have a migration agent, I would highly recommend ACACIA.  To receive a discount on the initial consultation just mention Immistay and the 10% discount when you call.   http://www.acacia-au.com/ or call +061 0292300888.

I will not have Internet access from 12 June 2012 to 22 June 2012

Posted on June 10, 2012 by - 14 Comments

Hi everyone,

I hope your studies are going well.

Please excuse the lack of updates recently.  This coming week, I will be saying ‘farewell’ to China and returning to my native land for a period of time.  This of course involves lots of packing and preparing and has not left me with much time for anything else!

As my current online students already know, I will be without Internet access for about 10 days until I get myself resettled in Canada.  This means I won’t be available to answer your emails, update my blog or correct your Task 1 and 2 submissions.  Please rest assured that all will return to normal come the 22nd of June.  I’ll try my best to pop into an Internet cafe sometime during this hiatus, but no promises.

Have a productive month!

Ryan

Academic Task 1 model response to a question seen in the UK on 19 May 2012

Posted on June 2, 2012 by - 4 Comments

The following tables depict the reliability of print and non-print academic materials as voiced by undergraduates and postgraduates at 3 different British universities.

Write a 150 word report for a university lecturer summarizing the information given.

The two charts illustrate the views of undergraduate and postgraduate students from 3 different British schools on the reliability of print and non-print academic resources.  Across all spectrums, students feel printed materials to be more reliable than their non-print counterparts.

75% of undergraduate students at Cambridge and 81% of undergraduate students at both Oxford and Leeds gauge printed material ‘reliable’.  These 3 figures are all lower than their postgraduate equivalents, who support printed materials in strengths of 92% at Oxford, 87% at Cambridge and 96% at Leeds. Thus, postgraduates are more likely to label printed material reliable than undergraduates at these 3 schools.

However, this trend is reversed when looking at backing for non-print academic sources.  The second chart depicts much weaker support for these resource types among undergraduates, namely 59% at Oxford, 63% at Cambridge and 61% at Leeds.  Even more astonishing are the numbers of postgraduates who feel positive about non-printed academic items.  These values are 50%, 54% and 47% for the same 3 schools.

The charts depict a trend in which positive opinions regarding the reliability of printed material move in tandem with academic level of study.

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Thanks to ‘Examiner C’ for this model. Here is the essay as it appears in the video:

Many people think that public celebrations (like national holidays, festivals, etc.) are a waste of money and that the government should spend these funds in a better way.

Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and examples from personal experience where appropriate.

National holidays cost countries and their governments a lot of money. Wages need to be paid to employees despite their absence from work, and a national loss in productivity is experienced. For these reasons, some people suggest governments do away with holidays and instead spend the money on worthy projects. While this might seem at first to be a practical suggestion, I disagree strongly for a number of reasons.

Firstly, it is axiomatic that a country’s production of goods declines when workers are not working; however, this is a tiny part of a much larger economic picture. Productivity is a function not only of hours worked but also of energy, drive, and morale. Thus, national holidays, which give workers a chance to relax and to celebrate aspects of their country and their lives, make for a happier and more productive workforce. In Australia, for example, the long weekend is a tradition that helps to unify society by making all feel rewarded and valued in a common enterprise and identity. It is for these reasons that labelling public celebrations ‘a waste of money’ cannot be supported.

Further, having the financial means to start new national projects is a good thing, but the question of apportioning funds in a manner that an entire society agrees is ‘a better way’ is simply unrealistic. A further consideration is the ramifications of pressure put on workers to work 52 straight weeks a year, a policy that could lead to stress-related illnesses and serious social problems. As this shows, the cancelling of public holidays and redirection of funds is an implausible suggestion.

In conclusion, I must affirm that while it is tempting to realise the short-term increase in productivity and savings that would result from abolishing public holidays, the overall cost greatly outweighs the gains.

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Here is the essay as it appears in the video:

Many people believe that a large proportion of a country’s health budget should be diverted from treatment to spending on health education and preventative measures. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give examples from personal experience where appropriate.

Modern medicine has evolved along two lines: prevention and cure. Many believe that too much emphasis is placed on the latter and that the balance of national health spending should shift to prevention. I am inclined to agree; however, my support is with the stipulation that an imbalance in the other direction should be avoided.

Many modern diseases that require pharmaceutical or surgical intervention, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, are induced by poor lifestyle choices. There is an abundance of evidence that these conditions are brought on by such factors as smoking, excessive dietary fat and sugar, and a lack of physical exercise. I have myself lost several family members to cancers and heart disease caused by smoking. Because the cost of treating these diseases is very high, and the prognosis uncertain, the need for preventative intervention is clear.

Fulfilling this need could be exercised in a number of ways. For one, the government could provide more health and fitness centres, and mount a public awareness campaign to encourage people to use them. In addition to this, taxes could be placed on excessive salt or sugar in processed foods, and special taxes could be added to tobacco products to discourage their use. I believe that measures such as these will in the long term dramatically reduce the incidence of certain deadly diseases.

However, it should be remembered that not all examples of modern disease are preventable or predictable, and it is critical to maintain research into cures for all diseases. Thus, in diverting health spending from treatment to preventative measures, countries should encourage a balanced approach to help extend lifespans and maximise quality of life. Prevention may be better than cure, but it can never wholly replace it.

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Here is the task and response as they appear in the video:

Consumers are exposed to an extreme amount of advertising in the modern era. To what extent do you think people are influenced by ads? What measures would you suggest to protect them?

Modern approaches to marketing have become increasingly intrusive, and this has exposed people to more advertising than ever before in history. Because many of these advertisements successfully manipulate the viewer’s lifestyle and opinions, I feel their influence is profound. This essay will analyse examples that demonstrate this influence. It will also offer suggestions regarding how society can guard itself against the powers of advertising.

The influence of advertising can change lifestyles and societal values in dangerous ways. For example, fast food, such as that served by McDonald’s and KFC, is often presented as the diet of athletic people. To the public, these images normalise and validate what many scientific studies have confirmed is a very unhealthy dietary choice. In addition to altering lifestyles, marketing campaigns can also confuse the public about important societal events. For instance, a recently released video depicts a group of marching protestors defusing a confrontation with the police by giving them a Pepsi. Many people correctly pointed out that such imagery trivialises the purpose of protest and the professional role of the police, images that could dangerously alter the opinions of impressionable young people. Thus, as the above examples show, advertising in the modern era is extremely influential.

To protect people from these negative effects, one approach is to regulate the number of times a marketing campaign can target a specific person’s social media account. This has been effective in Canada, where marketers are only allowed to present their promotional Facebook imagery to people old enough to know they are being advertised to. A second strategy could be to create awareness programs in high schools that educate young people about advertisements and their influence. These two policies would help preserve the public’s ability to remain critical of what they see.

Although advertising is an economic necessity, its influence should be recognised and kept under control. As the above has shown, societies should work to guard their freedom to make decisions unaltered by the interests of large companies.

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Please remember to send me your success story after your IELTS. Here is one I received this week:

Dear Ryan,

I must give all my gratitude to you and if I had not used your correction service, I would definitely have not achieved writing band 7 so smoothly!

Recent success story

If you need any testimonial, just feel free to ask me to do that. 

I have recommended your website, YouTube video lessons and correction service to many of my clients, who also have the same IELTS requirement for the migration purpose. 

One thousand thanks are not enough for you, indeed!!!


 Here’s another one from a few weeks earlier:

Dear Ryan,

I am writing this email to genuinely thank you for helping me crack IELTS writing. I wouldn’t have been able to do that, if it wasn’t for your ebooks.

I scored 8 in writing only because I followed your blogs, watched writing videos and read your ebooks for task 1 and task 2. It took me six months to raise my score in writing from 7.5 to 8 but it was all worth it. I was in desperate need for this perfect score so I could become eligible for my permanent residency application process and now I can gladly say that I am.

So thank you for the amazing work that you are doing to help out thousands of people who are struggling to achieve their target score.


Big congratulations on the success and thanks for sharing, guys!  😎

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