Vocabulary and Tips for IELTS Speaking Part 1
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Vocabulary and Tips for IELTS Speaking Part 1

Do you know how to prepare yourself for the IELTS Speaking Paper? Follow these tips and learn this vocabulary and you will improve your confidence (and score) on Part 1 of the IELTS Speaking Exam. First, three useful tips . . . Vocabulary and Tips for IELTS Speaking Part 1 #1: Be able to describe...

How to Pass the IELTS Exam
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How to Pass the IELTS Exam

Are you planning to take the IELTS exam? Don’t stress: we have all of the tips you need to pass the test. Follow these recommendations and learn how to pass the IELTS exam. How to Pass the IELTS Exam Know the test format This may sound obvious, but it’s very important. The IELTS test is...

5 Podcasts for the Academic English Student
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5 Podcasts for the Academic English Student

Forget listening to podcasts about learning English: instead, learn about English through podcasts about interesting subjects! If you need to improve your academic English skills for the American college or university setting, spend some time listening to these fascinating podcasts about science, the humanities, culture, and technology. 5 Podcasts for the Academic English Student Astronomy...

Exam Prep Writing: Beginning an Essay with an Effective Hook
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Exam Prep Writing: Beginning an Essay with an Effective Hook

Many writers (both native English speakers and English learners) agree that beginning the essay is often the most difficult part. For English proficiency exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge FCE and CAE, this is certainly the case! Take a look at this sample TOEFL Agree/Disagree statement. How would you begin an essay? (For tips on...

IELTS Writing Part II + Lyrics Training
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IELTS Writing Part II + Lyrics Training

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ― Albert Einstein Would you like to use music to improve your English? We suggest an incredible website, Lyrics Training! With this website, you...

TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE Scores Equivalency Chart
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TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE Scores Equivalency Chart

CISL is proud to have 45 years of English test preparation experience, including Cambridge preparation and TOEFL preparation classes at CISL San Diego and CISL San Francisco and IELTS preparation courses at CISL San Diego. Are you taking an exam soon to meet your personal, professional, or academic goals? We can help! Our small class sizes...

Idioms about “Importance” for TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE
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Idioms about “Importance” for TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE

Are you planning to take a proficiency test (like IELTS or TOEFL or Cambridge FCE/CAE)? If so, your writing, reading, speaking, listening, and grammar skills will be tested. But what exactly is an examiner looking for, and how can you improve your score? One of the most important things that you can do is learn to...

Using the Colon and Semicolon in English
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Using the Colon and Semicolon in English

English uses two important punctuation marks: the colon and the semicolon. colon  : semicolon  ; What’s the difference, and when do we use them? Read on to find out information on using the colon and semicolon in English. Using the Colon and Semicolon in English COLON : Use 1: Headings and Descriptive Titles Examples: “Punctuation...

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Expressions with “march” + proficiency test speaking practice

Spring is here! As we move into the warmer months, we are taking a look at expressions that use the word MARCH. These are excellent expressions to use when describing people, so take note of their use and try to incorporate them into an upcoming Cambridge FCE or CAE exam, your IELTS exam, or TOEFL...

FCE and CAE preposition practice (through San Francisco quotes!)
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FCE and CAE preposition practice (through San Francisco quotes!)

Do you have a problem with prepositions? Most English learners do! Prepositions are important of the English language and they are particularly important for students who are studying for tests like the Cambridge FCE and CAE. In both of these tests, you must often deal with prepositions in the exam, especially in Part 2 of...