How to Generate Ideas for IELTS

generate ideas For IELTS

People frequently ask us how to generate ideas for IELTS writing task 2. This is a great question, because getting writer’s block in IELTS is definitely something you want to avoid. The most important thing to … Read More

Where Should I Start with IELTS?

start ielts

If you are approaching the exam for the first time, you have probably asked yourself: “Where should I start with IELTS?”. You may have asked people online, too, and received conflicting answers. It’s an important question … Read More

IELTS for Arabic Speakers

IELTS for Arabic Speakers

At Highway IELTS we service an international clientele. One of our priorities is developing training to make IELTS accessible for Arabic speakers. This post is part of a series dealing with language-specific topics and issues. It … Read More

IELTS Reading: True False Not Given

True False Not Given

One of the trickiest parts of the IELTS exam is the True/False/Not Given question type in IELTS Reading. We will refer to this as TFNG. This question type requires you to distinguish between true statements, false … Read More

IELTS Speaking: the Long Turn

ielts speaking long turn

The long turn in IELTS speaking is the most daunting part of the exam. This is because you will have to speak for two minutes, without any input from the examiner. Understandably, many people get nervous … Read More

IELTS Task 1 Maps

IELTS task 1 maps

One of our Writing Development students recently wrote in with an excellent question about IELTS task 1 map question. I’d like to address her question and answer it for you here: Okay so when it comes … Read More

Improve your Reading for IELTS

IELTS Reading

Many people ask us how they can improve their reading for IELTS. This is a very important question, because the IELTS Reading test is challenging. It exists in two forms: General Training and Academic. Each of … Read More

IELTS on a Computer or on Paper: What’s Better?

Ielts on a computer

IELTS is available in both paper-based and computer-delivered form. This means that it is possible to take IELTS on a computer or on paper. Some people talk about the “traditional” (paper-based) form, and the “computer-based” form. … Read More

Can I Buy an IELTS Certificate?

Among the many questions people ask us, one of the strangest is: “Can I buy an IELTS Certificate?” Of course, the question has a simple answer: no. But the fact that it comes up so often … Read More

IELTS under Quarantine

IELTS quarantine

“IELTS under quarantine” is not an article I ever expected to write. Quarantine is not a word that anyone likes. It comes into English from the Italian quaranta giorni (forty days), which was the period that … Read More

Writing an Introduction for IELTS Task 2

introduction to IELTS task 2

One of the most important aspects of your IELTS experience will be your skill at writing an introduction for IELTS task 2. As the saying goes, well begun is half done. If you get the introduction … Read More

IELTS Listening is changing!

IELTS listening

It was recently announced that IELTS Listening is changing. To help you navigate these changes, we have summarised them and commented on how they will effect your test experience. The IELTS listening test can be a … Read More

Common Mistakes with Idioms

common mistakes with idioms

In this article we will be discussing and correcting some common mistakes with idioms. This topic is directly relevant to the speaking and writing IELTS tests. This is because the concept “idiom” features in the rubrics … Read More

IELTS for Afrikaans Speakers

IELTS for Afrikaans Speakers

As a proudly South African company, IELTS for Afrikaans speakers is one of our most important research topics. It’s no secret that South Africans are currently seeking to emigrate in fairly large numbers. A large number … Read More

Can IELTS Examiners Teach IELTS?

examiners teach IELTS

People often ask us: can examiners teach IELTS? Unlike most of the questions we handle at Highway IELTS, this one has a very simple answer: no. In this article we will be describing the role of … Read More

You Need Time to Prepare for IELTS

time to prepare for IELTS

Whether you are a first-timer or an IELTS veteran, you will need time to prepare for IELTS. All too often, people find this out too late. We really wish nobody would fall into this trap. It’s … Read More

Online versus In-Person IELTS Preparation

online in person IELTS

You’re probably already aware that to succeed in IELTS you need to prepare beforehand, but you might be unsure of the value of online versus in-person IELTS preparation. This decision should take account of many factors, … Read More

IELTS for Teachers

IELTS for Teachers

Education is one of the industries for which countries like Australia, New Zealand and Canada offer visas. Teachers with adequate experience will find a range of prospective employers in their target countries. Teachers with additional or … Read More

IELTS Listening: A Road-Map

IELTS Listening

In this post we will delve into the structure of the IELTS Listening exam. This article will give you a comprehensive road-map of the test so that you know what to expect. This test is no … Read More

From 6.5 to 7 in IELTS Writing

6.5 to 7 IELTS Writing

Moving from 6.5 to 7 in IELTS writing is a hot topic. Falling short of a required band score is a common problem for IELTS test takers. This is particularly true for people who go in … Read More

Why Students Need IELTS

IELST Students

At Highway IELTS, people often ask us why students need IELTS. It seems unnecessary, so the argument goes, to make young people who have just graduated from high school sit yet another exam. This is all … Read More

IELTS Speaking: How to Keep Going

IELTS speaking

The IELTS Speaking exam has a frightening reputation. Thankfully, this is totally undeserved. If you prepare in advance, the IELTS speaking test can be an opportunity to get a high band score on your certificate. For … Read More

IELTS for the Construction Industry

IELTS Construction

A major part of our work at Highway IELTS is IELTS for the construction industry. It’s no secret that South Africans are emigrating at fairly high rates. Australia and New Zealand remain the most popular destination … Read More

What is Task Achievement in IELTS Writing?

Task Achievement

Task Achievement is one of the criteria in the examiner rubric for IELTS writing. It’s very important that you understand what task achievement means, from the point of view of the examiner. In this post we … Read More

IELTS for Nurses

IELTS for nurses

IELTS for nurses is a much-discussed topic. At all Highway IELTS workshop locations, a significant share of prospective test takers are in the medical field. If you are a nurse and you are looking to emigrate … Read More

IELTS for Second Language Speakers

IELTS for second language speakers

The subject of IELTS for second language speakers is an important one. IELTS can be intimidating for people who speak English as a second (or third) language. Every year, millions of people take the IELTS exam, … Read More

Failing IELTS Costs More than Preparing

Preparing for IELTS

Failing to achieve the band score you need will cost more than preparing in advance of taking IELTS. In this post, we will compare the exorbitant costs of having to retake the exam with the moderate … Read More

Should I Take IELTS or PTE?


Many people ask us which English test they should take. Often, they want to know which of the many English tests available is the “easiest” or “best”. To answer a question like this, you have to … Read More

Grammar for IELTS Writing

IELTS grammar

Grammar is important for IELTS writing exams. If you are able to use a suitable range of grammatical structures to express your ideas you will enhance your score. However, it is equally important that you use … Read More

Why Professional People Fail IELTS

professionals fail ielts

Many highly educated people fail IELTS and have to make additional attempts at the exam. Professional people with university education make up a large proportion of the millions who take the IELTS exam every year. The … Read More

The Apostrophe in the IELTS Writing Exam

Many people ask us: does the apostrophe matter in the IELTS writing exam? The answer, of course, is yes. Putting an apostrophe in the wrong place, or leaving it out, can damage the impression that your … Read More

How to Identify Good IELTS Preparation Sources

IELTS grammar

You probably know already that the internet is teeming with IELTS preparation sources. A quick internet search will reveal a vast amount of information on IELTS preparation. Of course, free access to near-unlimited information comes with … Read More

Answering the IELTS Listening Test

In this post we will be discussing one of the most common pitfalls in answering the IELTS listening test. Very often, people who achieve a good band score in other areas of the IELTS exam fail … Read More

How to Format Your IELTS Writing Task

IELTS Writing Task Format

How important is format in the IELTS writing test? Coherence and Cohesion, in other words, format, makes up 25% of your total writing score. It is essential that you understand how to format your responses when attempting the IELTS writing test.

Passing IELTS in three P’s

For many people, passing IELTS is part of their life plans. The decision to study, work or live in a new country is a big one. Once you have made this decision with your family, the … Read More