IELTS and TOEFL

IELTS Practice Test: Get Your Band Score!

Do you need help practicing for the IELTS test? Do you want feedback on you IELTS writing skill? Do you want to improve your band score? The Virtual Writing Tutor now offers a series of free IELTS practice tests. 4 IELTS Practice Tests There are four tests to choose from: 2 x Task 1 tests,

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Essay Checker

Imagine a website that could help students write better essays with automated feedback. Now imagine the same website but with additional commenting tools to help people record audio comments and rate each other’s essays using IELTS and TOEFL rubrics and comments. There you have it: an essay checker for the Virtual Writing Tutor. That’s what

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Transitions for Better Cohesion

Cohesion is what helps your reader understand the connection between your ideas. Transitions and conjunctions are the words and phrases that build cohesion. Here is a list of cohesion-building words. I have designed the Virtual Writing Tutor’s Cohesion Checker to measure the cohesion in your text by looking for transitions and conjunctions. When the system

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Best IELTS Vocabulary Courses Online

In the IELTS Task 2 rubric, your band score will be determined in part by the sophisticated control of a wide range of advanced vocabulary that you display in your writing and the elimination of word choice and word form errors. An online IELTS vocabulary course could be the one thing that really helps you

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Writing about Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams

Make sure to organize your IELTS Task 1 essay so that the reader can navigate it easily. Step 1: Give a clear overview of what the figure is about, showing that you understand the main message it conveys. Step 2: Describe the data in a systematic way (left to right, top to bottom, biggest to

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TOEFL Writing Topics

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A person should never make an important decision alone. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A person’s childhood years (the time from birth to twelve

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IELTS or TOEFL: Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing an English proficiency test for immigration or university entrance can be a challenge. Two of the most popular tests are the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS). They have similarities and differences you need to know about before you choose so that you make the

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Essay Writing in 9 Easy Steps

Follow these steps to write a successful essay.  Step 1: Choose a purpose Which question will you answer with your essay? The question you attempt to answer will determine your purpose. What isn’t what it appears to be? Purpose = to inform What situation needs to change? Purpose = to persuade How have I been wronged?

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240 IELTS Essay Writing Topics

If you want a good IELTS workout, set yourself the goal of writing a 300 word essay for one IELTS task 2 writing prompt from each of the 17 categories listed below.  After you have drafted your essay, do a grammar check. For Vietnamese students interested in the IELTS, check out IELTS defeating. Free IELTS Essay

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30 Kickass Ways to Start an Essay

    The purpose of the first sentence in your essay is to make your reader want to read your next sentence. In truth, every sentence you write has the same purpose: to keep them reading to the end.   So, you have to start off strong. Your first sentence has to have some impact on the

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