Why you should take the IELTS exam

What is the IELTS? IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is a standardised English language test that is used to determine proficiency for foreign speakers who want to live, work and study in an English-speaking environment. Receiving an IELTS certificate can be used by individuals to progress their academic and professional career. The IELTS is …

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Universities and students welcome IELTS Indicator around the world

A focus on real life conversation critical to helping people connect  In the month since launch, more than 280 leading universities around the world have welcomed IELTS’ new online test, IELTS Indicator, specifically designed to help students who cannot access a language test due to precautions against the spread of Covid-19.   The high number of …

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How to improve your telephone English

Do you want to be more confident communicating in English on the telephone? Here are some tips and useful expressions to help you develop your telephone skills so you can deal with any call effectively.     1. Ask the person to slow down  There are key expressions you can use if you find it difficult to follow what the other person is saying. For example, “Can you slow down, …

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Wanting to study abroad? Here are the IELTS entry scores

Planning to sit an IELTS exam for studying abroad or migration? In this article, we discuss how different educational institutes / organisations / immigration authorities set their minimum entry score requirements. IELTS is recognised by more than 11,000 organisations across the globe as a true indicator of English language skills. It remains the gold standard …

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Form successful business english habits

The key question is: How do you respond to an expectation? We all face two kinds of expectations: Outer expectations: meet a work deadline, observe traffic regulations Inner expectations: stop snacking, start running Upholders respond readily to both outer expectations and inner expectations. They’re self-directed and have little trouble meeting commit­ments, keeping resolutions, or meeting deadlines (in fact, they often …

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6 Steps for Taking a Message on the Phone in Business English (With Phrases to Use on the Phone)

Let’s run through the typical scenario and what phrases will help push the conversation along in an organized manner. Explain That the Call Recipient Isn’t Available Let the caller know that the person they’re looking for isn’t able to take the call. Normally, you’d start with some apologies: Sorry, I’m afraid… My apologies, but… Then explain …

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