Are you still struggling to get a high score in IELTS?

Free tips, advice, and lessons for the IELTS exam.

Hi, I’m Ray and I run a small English school in Kyushu, Japan (London Language Lounge). I have been teaching IELTS here since 2009. I founded IELTS Focus in 2016 to help my students hit their target score in the IELTS exam.

This website contains free materials, tips, strategies and free lessons to help you on your IELTS journey. I also have an online writing correction service and one to one IELTS speaking sessions online.

There is so much bad advice online regarding IELTS and many students are completely misinformed or simply confused. The aim of this website is to clear up confusion and show you clearly what you need to do to get a Band 7 or more.

Take a look at the testimonials page to see what my students have said.

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Vocabulary issues in IELTS writing.

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Model answer for a pie chart and table

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Comment adverbials and set phrases for a higher speaking score. Updated: April 28th 2022. In the IELTS speaking exam you ...

IELTS vocabulary: crime and punishment

Updated: April 7th 2022 In IELTS writing task 2 various topics come up, such as the environment, family, society, work, ...

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Writing an introduction without paraphrasing

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Unusual IELTS speaking part 1 topics

Tricky or strange IELTS part 1 speaking topics. Updated:  September 2023 Part 1 of the IELTS speaking test is actually ...

IELTS speaking sessions online.

I offer 30-minute IELTS mock speaking sessions online covering part 1 to 3 of the speaking exam.  Full feedback is given to help you find what is stopping you from getting a higher band score in your speaking. This is a one to one session on Skype or Zoom. Click here for more details.

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