Top 10 Posts on IELTS Academic in 2015

It’s been a great year for IELTS Academic with the launch of online lessons and more than 30,000 fans reached on Facebook. We’re now helping more than 100,000 people every month achieve the IELTS score they need to study or work in another country.

In case you discovered IELTS Academic recently, here are the top ten most viewed posts published during 2015. Did you miss any?

IELTS Writing Discuss Both Sides Essay

Number 1

IELTS Writing Task 2: Discuss Both Views Essay with Sample Answer

You all wanted to know the secret of high-scoring IELTS Writing answers. This Task 2 answer discussed the controversial issue of free trade.

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IELTS Writing Task 1: Natural Process Diagram

Number 2

IELTS Writing Task 1: Natural Process Diagram with Sample Answer

Process diagrams seem to cause panic and distress in IELTS candidates. Hence the need to seek comfort in model answers like this one.

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IELTS Writing Task 1: Map Diagram

Number 3

IELTS Writing Task 1: Map Diagram with Sample Answer

Note how the top three is composed entirely of IELTS Writing model answers. We can certainly see a pattern emerging here!

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Common IELTS Mistakes

Number 4

Do You Make These 8 Common Mistakes in IELTS?

Do you ever get the feeling that you’re doing something wrong? No, I don’t mean that thing! I mean in IELTS!

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IELTS Vocabulary

Number 5

Do You Know This IELTS Vocabulary?

This post was a fun way to measure how much vocabulary you actually know. Were you a word wizard or is it time to learn up?

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IELTS Speaking Sample Questions: Money

Number 6

IELTS Speaking Practice Test 5: Money

It seems like money is never far from your mind. Especially when someone is asking you all these tough questions about it.

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IELTS writing two-part question

Number 7

IELTS Writing Task 2: Two-part Question with Sample Answer

Did you know that the United Nations celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2015? You would have known if you’d read this Task 2 model answer.

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Advanced IELTS Writing

Number 8

Write Amazing IELTS Essays Like This IELTS Teacher

In September, I introduced you to an instructor with a great method for teaching IELTS Writing. His course is still available on Udemy.

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IELTS Speaking Tips

Number 9

IELTS Speaking Tips: How to Achieve 7.0

I know many of you are struggling to get from Band 6 to Band 7 in IELTS Speaking. This post offered five ways to hack the assessment criteria.

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IELTS Beginner Course

Number 10

What’s the Best IELTS Course for Beginners?

The tenth most popular post in 2015 introduced a process to follow if you’re completely new to IELTS, and a link to a great beginner course.

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IELTS TeacherFinal Message

Well, that ends a great year! You may have noticed other new content on this website, including four new pages of IELTS tips and two IELTS practice tests. You can access all of this content from the top menu.

There is much more to come in 2016, including more IELTS vocabulary and more IELTS Reading practice. Good luck to everyone taking IELTS next year!



Which Countries Are Crazy About IELTS?

Thousands of students worldwide use to succeed at IELTS and enter top global universities. By analysing global traffic to the site, we can also predict which countries are most enthusiastic about IELTS and most interested in study abroad.

IELTS Academic Views by Country September 2015

The world map shows which countries were the most popular source of visitors to the website during September 2015. The table below gives the exact number of views from each of the top ten countries.

India tops the list with more than 10,000 views during September, which is evidence of a strong interest in overseas study among Indians.

Though IELTS is usually associated with the UK and Australia, it’s surprising to find that there were more visitors from the USA (8,962) than from the UK and Australia combined (3,396 and 3,262 respectively). This is surely evidence that IELTS is rapidly gaining in popularity Stateside.

The website also proved to be extremely popular in Vietnam with over 6,000 views during September, making it the second largest source of visitors in Asia after India. This could be evidence that more and more Vietnamese students will venture abroad in the near future.

Finally, the website received no visits at all from Iceland, North Korea, and several countries in West Africa and central South America, showing a low interest in study abroad in those parts of the world.

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Free IELTS Course Online from the British Council

Are you looking for a free IELTS course online? Do you want to learn from a senior IELTS teacher at the British Council? As you’re here, the answer to both questions is probably Yes!

You may have heard lots of talk about MOOCs in recent years. MOOCs – or Massive Open Online Courses – allow free access to learning for anyone with an internet connection.

The British Council has teamed up with FutureLearn to offer a six-week course in IELTS. Understanding IELTS: Techniques for English Language Tests will launch on May 11th 2015 and last for six weeks.

The course covers all four sections of the IELTS test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. It is delivered completely online and you’ll learn practical test techniques that you can apply to all English language tests and not just IELTS.

Who is the online course for?

The course is suitable for intermediate English speakers intending to take IELTS or another test of English. Before signing up, please make sure you can commit at least two hours a week to work your way through the course content. Like most MOOCs, this is not an accredited course. However, there is an option to purchase a Statement of Participation at the end.

Will my IELTS answers be scored?

The course is delivered by video tutors and, because there are many thousands of students, there is no teacher feedback on an individual basis. However, you will have the opportunity to participate in an online community and have your answers evaluated by other course participants.

How do I join?

It takes only a few seconds to enrol in this course at FutureLearn. You just need to submit an email address and then wait for the first video lesson to be made available online.

Don’t miss this fabulous opportunity to take a free IELTS course online!