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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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133 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

    lol, don’t worry trust your self and you can do it! :)

    Saturday, July 28th 2018

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

Monday, October 31st 2016

    Could I help you?)

    Friday, February 24th 2017

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.

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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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?

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


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


Monday, December 5th 2016

hello mam, i m doing ielts class since one and half month but i think no improvement come in mine.so pleas give me few tips about preparation of ielts

Sunday, December 11th 2016

I’m glad I found this website. Thank you all for making this possible to everyone especially for the people like myself working-i guess it is not late to enhance my Speaking, Writing, and Listening skills.

Monday, December 12th 2016

I have got 8 correct out of 10 , it is a good result for me.

Friday, December 16th 2016

Hi I am new here my name is Lubna.

Friday, December 16th 2016

The lesson was very interesting to me and i have enjoyed it well.. thanks to my lecturers

Saturday, December 17th 2016

I got 9/10 before going through the video. I look forward to improving on my English vocabulary though and punctuation which would help me as I prepare for my IELTS :)

Monday, December 19th 2016

I have scored 7/10. I am going to appear for IELTS exam on 11th February. I hope to learn a good tips from this website.

Tuesday, December 20th 2016

Dear teacher , thank you very much ! I really love the vidoes about writing essays !

Wednesday, December 21st 2016

Hi Rebeca, It was a stunning lesson which gave a useful overview. I got 10 out of 10. Thank you very much.

Thursday, December 22nd 2016

Oh! Got 4 out of 10. Really ned to learn more.

Monday, December 26th 2016

Waw I am so excited to be part of this site. I find it difficult to write sometimes.

Monday, December 26th 2016

I got 10/10

Wednesday, December 28th 2016


Sunday, January 1st 2017

Thanks Rebecca! You are a life saver, always!

Tuesday, January 3rd 2017

Owo! I have got 10 out of 10.

Sunday, January 8th 2017

despite of the fact that i didn’t have any practice about it,I have got 9 out of 10 . ;)

Wednesday, January 11th 2017

Thanks Rebecca

This overall view of how to write an essay synthesizes a large body of concepts in English writing in so few minutes! Very interesting and useful.

Friday, January 20th 2017

why do we use punctuation as ; which express we can write well??

Wednesday, February 1st 2017

All my respect for you. you are very professional teacher.

Wednesday, February 8th 2017

ms. rebecca teach very well. thank you so much ms :). i’ved exam tomorrow and got B+. not well, but its better than F right?, haha. once again thank you so much ms. rebecca. ;););)

Monday, March 6th 2017

Thanks Rebecca

Friday, March 17th 2017

Thanks, Rebecca. I got 70

Thursday, April 13th 2017

i gain a better understading

Thursday, April 27th 2017

Hello Rebecca. Thanks for the lesson.
I have a doubt about the writing independent question.
When at the statement is writing “Do not use memorized example.”. What should I avoid on my essay?

Saturday, May 27th 2017

Thank you … Igot 9

Friday, July 7th 2017

Hello Rebecca ,
thank you for the great effort ,i got 100%

Thursday, July 20th 2017

Thank you my teacher

Monday, July 24th 2017

Year! I got 8 of 10. I really liked your videos. You have a very good way to teach. thanks!

Wednesday, November 8th 2017

    Year! I got 8 of 10. I really liked your videos. You have a very good way to teach. Thanks!

    Wednesday, November 8th 2017

What a shame I got 10 out of 10. Thank you

Saturday, December 9th 2017

thank you so much teacher, now I know that I have a lot of work to do and where to start

Sunday, December 24th 2017

I got 9 out 0f 10, not too bad. Thanks Rebecca.

Wednesday, February 7th 2018

Thanks teacher for your wonderful lesson, I got 10/10 for the quiz *

Friday, March 9th 2018

You got 8 correct out of 10.


Sunday, April 1st 2018

Thanks Rebecca for the perfect lesson, good talking, and the literacy rate!

Saturday, April 21st 2018

I got 7/10, Hope that I’ll perform well in my ielts exam, Thank you ma’am..

Saturday, June 23rd 2018

6 out of 10! not good, I will return here…

Monday, July 9th 2018

Hello Rebecca,I am really interested in your teaching methods and I have learnt alo. I am going to take an IELTS exam next month, but I thing my writing skills and speaking have problems because there is no one to score me and tell me my problems . What should I do?

Tuesday, July 10th 2018

I got 4 correct out of 10. Little confusing quiz

Wednesday, July 25th 2018

wow i got 9 out of 10

Sunday, August 12th 2018

Thanks very much u are so good teacher for me I am registere right now I Will follow u keep going

Saturday, December 15th 2018

thanks a lot

Wednesday, December 26th 2018

I cant believe i got 100%.
This was a great lesson!

Monday, May 6th 2019

Dear Rebecca thanks for useful lesson I got 6 out of 10.

Tuesday, May 14th 2019

a nice lesson I got 100 out of 100

Saturday, June 15th 2019

I got 6 out of 10 not happy with my result, but won’t quite. Thanks Rebecca.

Thursday, June 20th 2019

There’s a big chance of me being mentally challenged, I got negative

Thursday, September 12th 2019

You got 8 correct out of 10.Thanks

Saturday, September 14th 2019

thank you for this, i got 8 over 10

Monday, September 16th 2019

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