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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
Which punctuation mark shows you can write well and will impress the examiner?

Which paragraph in the essay must have a thesis sentence?

Which of the following is an example of a complex sentence?

Which of the following sentences has a capitalization error?

Which of the following sentences is correct?

Which sentence would impress the examiner more?

What is the purpose of a topic sentence?

How many parts should be included in a good essay?

On the TOEFL exam, if you are asked to write 300 to 350 words in your essay, is it okay to write 250 words if you can't think of any more ideas?

Transition words include the following expressions: "for example", "in addition", and "on the contrary".

Is it important to use transition words such as these in your essay?


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81 Comments on “Learn the Keys to IELTS & TOEFL Essay Success”


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What a shame I got 3 out of 10. It was difficult for me, but I don’t think to give up. I’ll try it again. Anyway Rebecca thanks for the good lesson.

Monday, October 31st 2016

    Thanks for your feedback. You have a great attitude and I am sure you will continue to learn and improve. All the best to you.

    Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

Hello Rebecca ,
Thank you for this lesson . Punctuation seems to me difficult as I am so used to punctuation in French and that is , not totally , but different from English . For example , I am always confused with coma’s position in a sentence . I think it would be my main source of error if writing an essay ( among many others )
I wonder how an examiner marks an essay ? Can we get a good mark with several punctuation errors but a well developed idea and powerful vocabulary ?
What is the marking scheme for the different kind of exams ?
Thank you , see you

Monday, October 31st 2016

    If you check the official websites for the IELTS or TOEFL, you will find a “scoring rubric” or “band descriptors” which explain how the examiners give scores. If you know that commas give you trouble, then look up this topic in one of the many English textbooks available, and do the exercises until you master it. Welcome every opportunity to learn what you need to learn! All the best to you.

    Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

nice lesson I got 5 out of 10.

Monday, October 31st 2016

Although this is my 1st time i got 5
out of 10

Monday, October 31st 2016

    Nepali yay..Don’t worry, try next time to get 10.

    Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

I’d like to practice my englsih with someone. desirable with female :D

Monday, October 31st 2016

Actually, it’s a very interesting lesson .It explain what we shoud do and at the end of the lesson we have to practice what we have learnd .

Monday, October 31st 2016

    Thanks. Yes, each of these points makes a difference in giving you a higher score on your essay. All the best to you.

    Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

Thank you very much Rebecca!!
You explained very simple things, but most of the times students forget about them at the time of writing.
Thank you for refreshing all these ideas and giving us advice ;)

Monday, October 31st 2016

hi, im a master student from Iran.
at first i want to say thank you for teaching.
and then i wanna say i have a big problem with these words:
1) so as to
2) in case
3) in that
4) as though = as if
5) so far as
6) in order that
7) thereby
8) therein
9) thereof
10) therefore
11) thereafter
12) wherein
13) henceforth=henceforward
14) barnone
15) bar=except
16) as for
17) as per
18) as to
19) much as
20) many as / as much
21) …
What are these words and what do you calls these words in English?
Is there a complete categorization for these words?
These are really confusing for me. Help me. Thank you.
If it is possible for you, please make a video for these words.
R.S.V.P.

Monday, October 31st 2016

    Some of these are expressions, others are transition words. If you look them up online or in a good English textbook, you should be able to find explanations and exercises. Instead of trying to learn everything at once, take one at a time, and master that one, till you can use it perfectly. It’s better to do that than to try to learn too many at one time and get confused. I admire your determination and am sure you will succeed. All the best!

    Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

      Please if it is possible for you, make a video for these words. Thank you.

      Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

good advices for examiners but i think i should be very very advanced learner to succeed in such tests and i am on a mission for that, thank you rebecca,i like your lessons.

Monday, October 31st 2016

    Hey, congrats on using the expression “I’m on a mission” from another lesson! Good for you that you have made that a part of your vocabulary. I wish you all the best, SKIKDA.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

useful lesson and clear explanation.
Thank you so much Rebecca

Monday, October 31st 2016

That was an important lesson. Thank you Rebecca.

Monday, October 31st 2016

Hi everybody, thank you for the topic, I’ve understand how to prepare at an exam.
See you soon

Monday, October 31st 2016

Lets do it more often to be prepared for the test!

Monday, October 31st 2016

I have gotten 08/10 ☺ You highlighted a highly important points in that topic. In short , rebecca you have opened so many gateways for improving English. Interestingly, I like the way of your teaching very much. Love you❤

Monday, October 31st 2016

    Thank you. Yes, all these points make a difference to your score on a essay, whether for an exam, test, or assignment. I wish you all the best.

    Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

I have gotten 08/10☺. You highlighted a highly important points in that lesson. And i like your way of teaching.

Monday, October 31st 2016

    Anne Would you mind being my partner for IELTS?
    Add me on Skype for Speaking Practice.. Thanks.

    Skype name: malik.aftab2020

    Monday, October 31st 2016

10 out of 10 :)))
Thank you Rebecca for such an informative lesson.

Monday, October 31st 2016

I took 08/10 fortunately. overall, The video was good and useful for all IELTS aspirants. I learned many new things in this short video.
Your way of teaching is really commendable.
Cheers from Pakistan. :)

Monday, October 31st 2016

    Thank you. I am glad you found the lesson useful, not only for the IELTS or TOEFL, but for all kinds of writing. All the best, Aftab2020.

    Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

Well done, Rebecca. Thanks a lot!

Monday, October 31st 2016

What a really fascinating lesson! This will help me a lot in my studies of English language. Thanks Rebecca!

Monday, October 31st 2016

    Yes, thanks. Many students do not realize all the factors that add up to a high score. I tried to explain that in the lesson, having graded so many English papers in my life! Glad to know you found the lesson helpful. All the best!

    Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

good quiz i got 40 of 10 .

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

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my wathsAPP Number is +93780720023 every one is want to improve their English send me your number for more conversation i am online every time

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

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Tuesday, November 1st 2016

I got 2-10 this so bad

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

    Don’t worry! This was a more advanced lesson, with a lot of detail. The important point is that you are now aware of the information and it will help you the next time you write an essay or anything else in English. All the best to you.

    Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

I got 5/10
Thank u

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

I had 8 out of ten but what are the benefits to do this kind of exams?

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

    Most people do these exams when they have to, for immigration, certification, or university purposes. People do not usually do exams for fun! Still, they help us to know our strengths and weaknesses and how to move forward to improve. For example, writing is an excellent way to improve your English – but only if you have someone to check your work and give you feedback! All the best to you, CART.

    Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

Thank you for the lesson, you are amazing teacher

Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

Dear Rebecca,
Superb lesson that reminds us to master the basics to pass exams.
Yours sincerely.

Thursday, November 3rd 2016

it was a great lesson, Thank you so much

Thursday, November 3rd 2016

I felt so sure but I got only 7/10!
I console myself thinking that the difference between good writers and bad writers has little to do with skills; it has to do with perseverance: bad writers quit, good writers keep going.

Friday, November 4th 2016

6 out of 10 but its a very learning.. thank you..

Friday, November 4th 2016

interessant bt difficult lesson! 5/10, according to my level, it’s good, and after the test, there are questions i could have just! thanks Rebecca for your work! :)

Saturday, November 5th 2016

Excellent, You are the best teacher of all. God bless you byeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Saturday, November 5th 2016

    Thank you very much for your generous comments. Each teacher helps us to understand in a different way, and that makes life more interesting! I wish you all the best, dfantauzzi769.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

      I wish you all the best too

      Wednesday, November 16th 2016

I have got 7 correct out of 10 , it is not a good result for me.

Saturday, November 5th 2016

Thanks Rebecca…for your outstanding lesson. I don’t have any good idea on the use of semi colon (;). Could you please suggest me how I gonna improve it?

Saturday, November 5th 2016

    I have just recorded a lesson on how to use the mysterious semi-colon! It is such an important punctuation mark. Stay tuned for this lesson in the future. All the best!

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Hi it is just second time to visit here and first to log in as a member.
I note your comments above to improve in learning expression and transition work to go to online of “Good English Textbook”. Could you give me the website for that?
Thanks

Sunday, November 6th 2016

    There are many good vocabulary textbooks available, depending on your level and needs. It’s best to go to a bookstore or library when you’re not in a hurry and find the book you feel the most comfortable with. In that way, you will feel like studying more often. Online, you could search for “English expressions” or “English transition words”. Welcome to engvid, Him Sreng. I wish you all the best.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

I need more help on this.

Sunday, November 6th 2016

ohhaa I have not done well it bcouse I get 4 out of 10 but it will be well .

Monday, November 7th 2016

    Yes, good for you and your positive attitude. We can learn so much from our mistakes. All the best to you.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

thanks rebecca

Monday, November 7th 2016

Thank you Rebec ca. I have watched your videos for the first time.And actually i learned useful things.
And when i was checking you comments i noticed that you answer to some comments.It is great and interesting-in my opinion-that you communicate with your students.I think your action makes us want to learn more and increases our self-confidence.Thank you again and please continue this good action.

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

    Welcome to engvid and thank you for your kind feedback. Please explore the many sections of our site to find the lessons you need. Your English seems to be quite advanced, so do check out our lessons at intermediate and advanced levels. I wish you all the best, nkh.453.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Sorry,I maked some mistakes:when I was checking your comments…

Wednesday, November 9th 2016

Rebecca, thank you so much for such a crystal clear explanation. This video presented a different viewpoint which most exam-takers have overlooked it; as they have never been an examiner before.

Although a good structure is needed in order to get a high score, there are several things in which you should concern about, otherwise you can lose marks easily. The correct use of punctuation and spelling, for example, can greatly increase your scores; what I heard from the video challenges me to practice those more.

Thursday, November 10th 2016

    Thanks very much for your detailed feedback. Yes, all these small elements can make a big difference to the quality of our writing and our score on essays, tests, or exams. Your English is clearly quite advanced already, so congratulations on that, and also on having such a positive, determined attitude to keep on improving. My best wishes to you, Ammy Yourcat.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016
Sunday, November 13th 2016

hello im new here

Sunday, November 13th 2016

    Welcome to engvid, yousefdubai. I wish you all the best as you explore our site and find the best lessons for you!

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

hello I am new. how are you all friends??

Monday, November 14th 2016

    Welcome to engvid, md shihab. Thanks for your friendly introduction. Please take the time to look through our many lessons and find the ones that speak to your needs. Watching many short lessons can make a big difference to your English! All the best to you.

    Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Thanks to all for your comments. My goal in this lesson is to help you realize the many elements that contribute to a high score. Getting a good score doesn’t happen by chance. It’s because we pay attention to the small details and the bigger structure as we write. I wish each of you the very best.

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Also, remember that good writing starts with good thinking – for exams or for life!

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Thank you Rebecca, it was a good lecture.
I’ve got 5 of 10 in the test, what do you say about my score?
and what should I watch in your channel in YouTube?I need from you to write to me scheme to follow it,And I’ll be grateful to you.
I am new here in website.Thank you so much

Wednesday, November 16th 2016

What are the next lecture?

Wednesday, November 16th 2016

would you please tell me about my English
may I be a good teacher?

Thursday, November 17th 2016

I found these lessons effective pills to cure my “essay composition” deficiency, and the website the most perfect ever!! Thank you!

Thursday, November 17th 2016

Thanks.I have got 5 of 10

Saturday, November 19th 2016

I lost twenty marks…any way it was really a wonderful starting…it helps me a lot .thank you Rebecca.

Sunday, November 20th 2016

Today I just started to watch some of the videos on this site. It was really awesome. I like the way you are giving instructions to us especially when you explain all the core elements of an essay ,it was precise yet very helpful. I am planning to do an IELTS exam very soon.so I hope watching these kinds of videos will definitely a great asset for me .Thank you so much for sharing such valuable videos .

Sunday, November 20th 2016

I want yo take the quiz on ilets. How can i do that here?

Monday, November 21st 2016

Thank you very much!Your lessons are great!

Sunday, November 27th 2016

NOT SO BAD , I GOT 5/10

Monday, November 28th 2016

I got 8/10 ı think not too bad!!!

Tuesday, November 29th 2016

Thanks Rebecca I appreciate your efforts this video was great I got 8 out of 10

Wednesday, November 30th 2016

Thanks

Monday, December 5th 2016
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