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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.
IELTS essay questions fall into 3 categories: opinion, no opinion, and _______.

A question that adds, "Which view do you think is stronger?" is equivalent to a question that asks, "_______."

Regardless of the type of question, every essay must have an introduction, body, and conclusion.

A task that asks for possible solutions to a problem is essentially asking for the writer's opinion.

"Some people take a year off after high school before they go to college. Others go right to college and graduate earlier. Which approach do you think is better? Why?"

This is a(n) _______ type question.

If an essay asks you to compare two views, it's fine to look at the pros and cons of one view only.

Creating a template answer that applies to any question is a good strategy.

Regardless of essay type, you should always include a thesis statement.

Which of the following is a hybrid?

You should never present the thesis statement using the pronoun 'I' or 'my'.


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Got 06. Ah essay! Difficult for me as usual. Thank for your effort. You discussed the topic so well.

Tuesday, January 9th 2018

Thank you Adam for the lesson! I got 7 of 10!

Tuesday, January 9th 2018

Hi Adam! What do you think, do corporations or educational establishments make difference where you had IELTS exam in Russia or EU?
Thanks for the lesson.

Tuesday, January 9th 2018

    Hi Muslim Ru,

    No, the score is official and all testing centers are licensed by the British Council.

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

Thank you teacher….!!!

Tuesday, January 9th 2018

Thanks for the lesson and happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 9th 2018

    Happy new year to you as well, Byte :)

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

Thank you teacher!
I have a little trouble on question 9. Why not choose A? Is it not a comprasion about pros and cons and then give my own solution?
Another: Are there any problems about what I say? Such as grammer vocabulary. It’s my first time to ask question, thank you again.

Tuesday, January 9th 2018

    Hi Jianhua,

    It’s not really a hybrid because you are not asked for an opinion on another solution. You are merely asked to provide possibilities. You don’t need to argue a case for them.

    You writing is fine, just watch the spelling ;)(spelling counts on the IELTS)

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

Thanks for this lecture, it is helping me tune into thinking the way it’s needed to score high at IELTS

Wednesday, January 10th 2018

Hi Adam! I think I have some trouble with hybrid questions! Any suggestions?

Wednesday, January 10th 2018

    Hi Emanuela,

    It’s just a matter of reading the task slowly and carefully and dividing the paragraphs into the two parts. You can see more about these types of essays here: https://youtu.be/1W9iimRFmF0

    Hope this helps :)

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

Thank you Adam ! But still out my depth here (7/10). It’s Greek for me.

Wednesday, January 10th 2018

    Keep practicing, Tyrion, and it’ll be all English soon enough ;)

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

Hi Adam! i apreciate your help whith this topics, i´ll do my best to learn better nex time!

Wednesday, January 10th 2018

I got 9 out of 10 , but question no.9 about hybrid is a little bit confusing >any way thank you Adam 4 this interesting lesson .

Wednesday, January 10th 2018

    Hi Yasser,

    do the advantages outweigh…? This is asking you to choose and defend your choice, but first you need to discuss both pros and cons. This is what makes it a hybrid.

    Does this help?

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

Thanks Adam!!

Wednesday, January 10th 2018

Thank you. Greaat lesson.

Wednesday, January 10th 2018

thk you … excellent your guide…

Wednesday, January 10th 2018

thank you very much sir

Friday, January 12th 2018

The lesson is OK (as usual; thanks, Adam), but the quizz is full of unclear or ambiguous questions. I usually succeed but in this quizz I’ve got a 6/10 :-(

Saturday, January 13th 2018

    Which questions were unclear Earthling? (I like your handle btw) :)

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

Thank you Adam, I think if I read previous tests the idea will be much clearer, there is one point I didn’t get it though, in the test below the video, question 9, the correct answer was the second choice while the first choice was exactly as you described under the Hybrid type.. I even rewatched the video again but I’m still confused.

Tuesday, January 16th 2018

    Hi Hanan,

    It’s not really a hybrid because you are not asked for an opinion on another solution. You are merely asked to provide possibilities. You don’t need to argue a case for them.

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

Thank you, Adam!

Thursday, January 18th 2018

Thank you Adam, I scored an 8. However, I’m quite confused with the answer marked as right for question 9.

Friday, January 19th 2018

    Hi Richard,

    do the advantages outweigh…? This is asking you to choose and defend your choice, but first you need to discuss both pros and cons. This is what makes it a hybrid.

    The first choiceIt’s not really a hybrid because you are not asked for an opinion on another solution. You are merely asked to provide possibilities. You don’t need to argue a case for them.

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

Thank you Mr Adam

Saturday, January 20th 2018

Hi Mr Adam .
Could you tell me whether there are a difference in meaning between (to love) or (loving).
I know we can use both without any important difference in meaning.
Is that correct?

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018

    Hi Muhammed,

    Out of context, I’d have to say one is a verb (action), and the other is gerund noun (idea). Is this what you had in mind?

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

      What I mean is :Is there any difference in meaning between infinite and gerund with (like), (love),(hate),(start),…?
      For example :I love to ear pizza
      I love eating pizza

      Sunday, January 28th 2018

        well, then my explanation still applies. I love to eat = I love to do this action. I love eating = I love this activity. In terms of your listener, they will get the same idea essentially.

        Wednesday, February 21st 2018

I like your way of explaining .. thanks

Tuesday, January 23rd 2018

Thank you so much Adam, I admire with every your lessons, my great professor. Adam

Thursday, January 25th 2018

Hey man, I would appreciate so much if you could make some videos about past perfect and past perfect continuous, or if you know some good video about that it would help me a lot. Thanks!!

Thursday, January 25th 2018

    Hi Rosaneli,

    If you do a search on this site you’ll see there are a few already. You can also try this one:
    https://youtu.be/qavSH7RIGLg

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

Hello Adam. How are you? Next jokes…

1 British scientists proofed that fat women live
longer … than men who mention them about that!

2 – Natasha is so stupid!
– Why?
– She married an idiot!
– Why is he an idiot?
– Do you think it’s a luck to marry a stupid
woman?

3 A boy comes to the market and says:
– Mrs yesterday you gave me the wrong change!
She (sell person) says:
– It was yesterday! You should be here yesterday!
It’s too late now!
A boy says:
– Well, give me chocolate to this extra money you
gave me then.

Thank you.

Friday, January 26th 2018

    Hi Katrin,

    Not sure I get number 3. :)

    Sunday, January 28th 2018

      I’ve never heard the word that means money which a sell person gives back to a purchaser in the shop after buying goods. So I wrote “change”.
      PS Sometimes sell persons are able to chit you (in our country). In this case she gave him more money than she should (of course she didn’t know that – she thought she gave him less). I hope you understand now Adam.

      Friday, February 2nd 2018

        Now I do ;)

        Wednesday, February 21st 2018

      Hi my best teacher
      could you please tell me how can l reach 9 in IELTS

      and tell me is it possible to do that?

      Friday, February 9th 2018

        Hi Shahin,

        Yes, 9 is possible, but you don’t need 9. 8 will get you everything you need (school, immigration, etc.).

        Build vocab, read a lot, and practice every day.

        Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Adam please consider doing a video about the different uses of the word “AS”

Tuesday, January 30th 2018

    I’ll see what I can do Viictro

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Thanks! very nice topic
I got 8/10

Friday, February 2nd 2018

Thanks Adam! I got 8/10

Friday, February 2nd 2018

Hello Adam! Thank you very much for your lessons!
Could you please tell are there any differences between Academic and General Writing Task 2 requirements?
For instance, according to the majority of the books(for Academic module) it is said that in agree\disagree types test taker should give opinion in introduction (agree od disagree with the statement) and in body paragraphs give reasons to support it and make a concession. But in General, as far as I know, you should not make concession.

Friday, February 2nd 2018

    Hi Dim,

    It’s not that you shouldn’t give a concession; it’s that you don’t need to because they expect less for the general test. If you can do it well, by all means go for it. The general test is mostly for immigration purposes, so they want to see you can go to the new country and communicate well enough.

    Does this help?

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

      Hi Adam!
      Yes, surely! Thanks a lot Adam!) Finally I recieved professional and full answer. One more question, if you don’t mind – do you personally give lessons or any quidance\ feedback for the General module, especially for the Writing Tasks? I need to improve my score in Writing. Thank you in advance!

      Wednesday, February 21st 2018

        Hi Dim,

        I will be starting a writing assessment service soon. You can check my website (writetotop.com) for details. I hope to have it up by next week.

        Friday, March 9th 2018

I loved your posts! You are a great teacher. Thank you a lot for your lesson.

Saturday, February 3rd 2018

I got 6 out of 10. Anyways I will gradually improve on myself.

Saturday, February 3rd 2018

Hi,Adam!
Thank you for doing such a wonderful job.
You are the best.

Saturday, February 3rd 2018

Hi,Adam!
Thank you for doing such a wonderful job.

Saturday, February 3rd 2018

thanks teacher for that quiz

Wednesday, February 14th 2018

Hi Adam. I am wondering if there’s a difference between the two sentences:

I thought it was him. OR I thought it would be him.

Is one form incorrect?

Thursday, February 15th 2018

    HI JimFawn,

    Both are correct. the meanings are different. The first is a real situation in the past. The second is a hypothetical future. In both cases you just found out that it wasn’t /isn’t him.

    Does this help?

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

      Yes, it does. Thank you!

      Wednesday, February 21st 2018

I have one doubt about the introduction part of the essay. You said in your video about paragraph , that we have to identify the topic and the question in specific that is asked . but i came across a question wherein i found myself short of information to start of for the introduction . The planning part of the essay was difficult for me . what do u suggest i do to get a better understanding about the topic so that i dont waste my time planning for the introduction in my essay .

Friday, February 16th 2018

    Hi Jason,

    The question will always make it clear what the general topic is and then you have to look for the specific question. As far as planning, you are not planning the intro, you are planning the essay as a whole.

    See if this helps:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMdslt0bFdk

    Wednesday, February 21st 2018

than you adam as you well done.

Friday, February 16th 2018

Nice one …all the way from Nigeria…

Sunday, February 18th 2018

I got 10

Sunday, February 18th 2018

thanks teacher, I will try again

Sunday, February 18th 2018

Thanks everyone :)

Wednesday, February 21st 2018

Many thanks to you, i got 08/10

Saturday, February 24th 2018

Hi Adam, thank you for your great introduction of essay writting, I have a question; If a TOEFL taker writes an essay of say 222 words, which is still complete with introduction two body paragraphs and conclusion, rich of academic vocabulary, how many scores can he get?

Saturday, February 24th 2018

    Hi Armenuhi,

    If all else is very good, you might still get 17 or 18, but not higher because technically you ddn’t complete the task.

    Friday, March 9th 2018

Its very helpful.

Friday, March 2nd 2018

Hi Adam i am watching your vidoes about how to write an essay.If it is possible to you to check my essay’s,and inform me where i should work more,so it will be helpfull to me.If you give me your email i will send it on your email

Sunday, March 4th 2018

    Hi Farid,

    I will be starting a writing assessment service soon. You can check my website (writetotop.com) for details. I hope to have it up by next week.

    Friday, March 9th 2018

hello, i wanted to ask if there’s an informal writing mistakes that someone can do during the writing test, and if i can use lists (ordered or unordered) and if i can write abbreviations such as (ETC…)
also if i can use keyboard signs such as brackets.

Monday, March 5th 2018

    Hi Rene,

    Avoid slang, contractions (it’s should be it is), and abbreviations. Also, no lists, just paragraphs and sentences.

    Hope this helps.

    Friday, March 9th 2018

Hello Teacher, tell me, Is there any website which can we sign in to make a IELTS test and to get score? (for free). hehehehe

Friday, March 9th 2018

Thank You Adam!

Saturday, March 10th 2018

hello Adam, I just start studying for the IELTS and I need someone to chick and correct my essays , could you please do that for me ? , and if it yes where could I send it?

Monday, March 12th 2018

I cannot see anything on the lesson.. Page cannot be displayed :(

Tuesday, March 13th 2018

Thank you Prof. Adam :) This is a great help!

Monday, March 19th 2018

Thanks a lot Adam, nevertheless i still have difficulties but it’s really an adorable lesson.

Monday, March 19th 2018

Hi Adam
thanks for your vids, they’re really helping me.

Friday, March 30th 2018

Hello Adam,
your explaination is explicit, and it is really a great help. Thanks a lot.

Monday, April 9th 2018

hello adam i need some information qabout ielts..

Wednesday, April 11th 2018

Hello Adam, I started my studies for the IELTS test today, and your video was the first that I watched. Thanks for the lesson. Could you give me a topic to write an essay using opinion, non-opinion and hybrid, please. Do you know who can correct or there is a site can correct when I write?
Thanks,xoxo.
Viviane Medeiros

Monday, April 16th 2018

Dear Sir,
I need your help.I am new person as a student.I am so week in english. So help me. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday, April 25th 2018

Thanks Adam for a good lesson!

Friday, April 27th 2018

Thanks Mate! Nice viu eh.

Friday, May 4th 2018

*view

Friday, May 4th 2018

Hi Adam! Thank you so much for your lessons, its so helpful for a IELTS preperation! I saw that you are living in Toronto and i am thinking about canadian universities as my foreign education, but have nobody there to ask some questions :(
If it is not a problem for you, can i write to you on e-mail please? It would help a lot!
Thank you!
Best wishes!

Saturday, May 5th 2018

Dear Adam,

Thank you for this lesson.

I got 9 out of 10. However, I do not agree with the answer in Q9:
– Which of the following is a hybrid?
According to the quiz result, the answer is:
– Do the advantages of doing this outweigh the disadvantages?
As you state in your video, at 12:01 – discuss both+opinion, the correct answer should be:
-Discuss the pros and cons of doing this and suggest another solution.

Looking forward to your reply.
All the best,
gracioza

Thursday, May 10th 2018

Hi teacher!
I want to reach 8.0 IELTS. Could you give me some advices to reach this goal?
Thank you so much.

Wednesday, May 16th 2018

thanks adam I got 8/10

Thursday, May 17th 2018

Hi Adam,
Not sure you’ll see this since the original video was posted a few months back. However, I’m wondering why you self-corrected and said we shouldn’t use “I believe” in the concluding paragraph of a hybrid-type question. Since it would be asking for our opinion too, why isn’t this a correct turn of phrase?

Thanks, your vids are very instructive!

Sunday, May 20th 2018

Great lesson as usual! Thank you, Adam!

By the way, is there anyone here interested in practising English on Skype? If so, let me know, please.

Regards!

Thursday, May 24th 2018

Hi Adam can I send you my essay and provide me with your feedback? but tonight because my exam is after tomorrow

Monday, June 4th 2018
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