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Video Interviewing Tips For Candidates

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Video interviews can be advantageous for candidates and in some cases
can be as effective as the ‘in-person’ interview. The interview may
take place either at the candidate’s home, a nearby company office, via a
webcam provided by the employer or at an off-site location via webcam.
If the employer supplies the webcam it will be accompanied with full
instructions on its use.

The key to success, as with every interview, is an awareness of
procedures and thorough preparation. A video interview is no different
to a ‘proper’ interview. The candidate’s responses will be assessed as
they would for a face-to-face interview.

If you are invited to attend a video interview, typically held via
Skype, the following tips will help you to perform to the best of your

Prepare thoroughly : As you would for an ‘in-person’
interview, prepare for your interview in detail. Review the job spec,
research the company, prepare a list of responses to typical interview
questions, review your CV and prepare questions for the employer. If
anything, your preparation should be more thorough than usual. The
interview is being recorded leaving no room for misinterpretation or a
vague recollection of your answers.

Choose your timing : Check the time difference if
relevant for your video interview and try to arrange a time that suits
you where possible. For example, if you are not a morning person request
an interview early evening.

Ensure everything is in working order : If the
interview is being carried out on your own equipment double check
everything, including your microphone and your internet connection. If
necessary, purchase a separate webcam rather than rely on the sometimes
distorted sound and vision that comes from the built-in system of your
laptop. Carry out a test run with a friend who will provide you with
uncompromising feedback on how you sound – and your visual position.

Double check your surroundings : Ensure a neutral
and uncluttered backdrop, which may mean removing books and files for
the duration of the interview. Your intention is to keep the interviewer
firmly focused on you, not on your collection of books.

Agree how to handle a pause : Internet connections
drop out, screens freeze. Candidates should agree upfront with the
interviewer on how to handle any problems arising during the interview.

Refer to your CV if necessary : Keep an online copy
easily accessible as well as a printed copy for your reference. This
will enable you to quickly highlight points in your career history which
are relevant to the vacancy and share them via Skype. It is also useful
to have online links to your portfolio ready to share during your

Dress professionally : Irrespective of the time of
day, always dress for a formal interview Wear a suit and stick to
neutral colours – patterns may be distorted on a video screen. Again, if
in doubt, ask a friend or colleague to carry out a trial run and
provide candid feedback on your onscreen appearance.

Be confident : Be aware that you may be talking to
more than one interviewer, even if you cannot see them. Speak clearly
and express enthusiasm. A mumbled answer during a video interview does
not project confidence.

Be aware of body language : The normal body language
indications such as a firm handshake are lost in a video interview.
Candidates can, however, maintain an upright posture, smile and engage
eye contact to compensate for what is missing. For jobs where
interaction with colleagues takes place regularly online, the video
interview is an opportunity to display how comfortable you are in
handling technology. Please also see the note on eye contact below.

Record your own interview : If you aren’t successful
with your application, recording your interview will enable you to
assess your performance and make your own notes on how to improve in
future video interviews.

Always follow-up after your video interview :
Follow-up after a video interview is perhaps more important than it is
after an in-person interview. Send an e-mail expressing your gratitude
to the interviewer for their time and reiterating your interest in the
vacancy. Cover the points where you felt your experience was relevant
and your skills were a strong match for the position.

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How to Learn Effectively During Covid 19

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Having deadlines and exams coming soon? Don’t worry, here are 10 effective learning methods for you to get ready during Covid 19.

Study Alone

Unless you’ve got a couple of friends who are super-serious about
getting down to business, stay away from group study sessions because
they tend to get off-topic pretty quickly. Save the social time till
after you’ve handed in your test.

Create Your Perfect Study Area

The place where you study should be quiet, comfortable and free from
distractions. Go to your room, close the door and kill as many
distractions as possible – like music, television, and even the internet
and your phone. If you don’t have your own room that you can sneak
away to, consider studying at the library instead

Get it All Out

Your study materials, that is. Before you dig in, make sure you have
all your books, notes, study guides and writing utensils in front of
you. Don’t give yourself another excuse to get up and rummage around.

Turn Your Notes into Flash Cards

Now that you’ve got all your notes in front of you, open up a pack
of index cards. As you read through the important facts, rewrite them
in Q&A form on the cards. For instance: to study historical facts,
write the historical fact on one side of the card and the key details
on the other side. To study geometry formulas, right the name of the
formula on one side and the formula itself on the other side

Snack Healthy While You Study

If you want to stay sharp while you study, stay away from junk
food. Instead, snack on studying-friendly foods like dark leafy greens,
whole grains, peanut butter, milk and seafood. Feeling sluggish?
Caffeine or energy drinks won’t help you in the long run. Get your
energy boost instead by eating a banana or an apple

Narrow it Down

If you try to study every single thing your teacher’s ever said,
you’ll go crazy. Instead, focus on the most important topics. If you’re
not sure what those are, read the study guide (if there is one), or
ask your classmates. Once you’ve nailed down the important stuff, if
there’s still time left before the test, you can move onto the finer

Take a Break

Your brain can only take so much hard work at one time. For every
hour that you study, take about 15 minutes to do something mindless,
like taking a walk, listening to music or playing a computer game. (You
can even take a 15-minute nap, if you’re confident you can wake
yourself up at the end of it.) It’ll keep your stress level down and
give your brain a chance to let all that information sinks in.

Put Yourself to the Test

Once you’ve got your set of flash cards, test yourself with them. If
you don’t trust yourself not to cheat, give the cards to your parents
and have them test you. Don’t stop till you’ve made it through the
whole stack without any mistakes. And be sure to bring your flash cards
to school with you on the day of the test: you’ll be amazed at how
much more you can retain if you run through the cards right before your
teacher hands out the test packet

Get Some Sleep

You might be tempted to pull an all-nighter, but if you do, you’ll
only be hurting your chances of getting an A. Get a full 8 hours of
sleep so your brain is in good shape on test day

Study All Semester Long

It’s tempting to hold off on studying till the last minute, especially if you tell yourself that anything you try to memorize earlier on won’t really stay in your brain. That’s not true. Take some time throughout the semester to review all of your notes and re-read important passages in your text book. It might seem tedious, but it’ll really keep all those facts in your brain on test day .

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Second Career: Get Skills-training and Financial Support When You Qualify

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What Second Career gives you

You can get new skills – those needed for jobs in demand now – and financial support when you qualify for Second Career.

Apply for up to $28,000 for costs including:

  • tuition
  • books
  • manuals, workbooks or other instructional costs
  • transportation
  • basic living allowance (maximum $410 per week)
  • child care

How you qualify for Second Career

As a start, you qualify for Second Career when:

  • you have been laid off and have not been working
  • you have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs

If you’re receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply.

When preparing your application, you also have to show:

  • how long you have been unemployed, or working your temporary job, and looking for work
  • places you have applied and positions you have applied for (e.g. cover letters, CV and responses from potential employers)
  • what level of education you reached
  • where you worked before, for how long and what skills you needed for that work
  • what skills you want to get and where you can get trained in them
  • information showing the skills and job you want to train for are in demand

What you pay into Second Career

When you apply to Second Career, you have to show the costs to be covered during training.

You may have to pay part of these costs yourself. The amount you’ll have to pay is based on several things, starting with your gross (before tax) household income.

Financial information

You must provide information about:

  • your income
  • your household income (e.g. spouse)
  • current expenses

School information

You must research at least three training institutions to make sure they offer the training you need. Make sure to include:

  • at least one college of applied arts and technology
  • at least one private career college

Job market information

You must show that the skills you want to get – and the work you want
to do – are needed by employers. This can be shown through:

  • job postings
  • news of future job opportunities (e.g. office expansion, new company)

Applying to Second Career

You are at the right place! We are here to assist you with Second Career evaluation and application. Please call us at 905-273-6788 to make an appointment. 100% free service.

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Staying at Home During Covid19 But keep Learning

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Now the world is going through unprecedented times because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are out of work, some are working from home, and others are going out everyday as a part of the essential services workforce. All of them are balancing the multiple responsibilities of putting food on the table and providing care for children, seniors, and those who are sick, or in isolation.

While the doors of our home are closed, we are doing our best to keep windows of learning open. Here are still some things we can do to keep learning during Covid19 Pandemic.

Take Online Courses

As the saying goes, ‘Live and learn’. Learning is a lifelong process no matter what stage you are at. There are many online courses you can take during the COVID19 Pandemic. One of the best choice is to learn at our college – Academy of Learning College Mississauga campus.

What’s so good in us?

For more than 30 years with over 50 Academy of Learning® College campuses, Academy of Learning’s focal point has always been and continues to be the student. It provides methods of learning that will fulfill students’ needs, as well as the requirements of today’s competitive job market. We have helped learners successfully complete over one million training courses and successfully landed on their dream jobs.

Academy of Learning Career College continues to meet adult learners’
changing needs by leveraging technology to offer an innovative method of
learning – virtual learning. Students have the opportunity to learn and
participate in a Virtual Classroom and participate in a live session
with their instructor every day. Students also master the skills and
knowledge they need to succeed in their future careers through online
digital media, textbooks, and software programs. A community of
like-minded learners who are also changing their lives is just a click

In more recent years, Academy of Learning® Career College adopted “e-learning” technology as an extension of the Integrated Learning™ System. Students complete course materials presented within a comprehensive Academy Online system. This system incorporates online presentations, tutorials and media that combine with access to instructional materials, simulated labs, exercises, as well as quizzes, review questions, or pre- and post-tests. In this delivery method, students are supported by a qualified Online Instructor or an on-site qualified campus Facilitator.

We are also providing students’ grant to solve all sorts of students’ financial problems. So learning for a diploma will not be a burden at all.

Why not upskill from today? Call us at 905-273-6788.

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10 Self-Care Tips During COVID-19 Lockdown

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Now that we are in the middle of lockdown and have plenty of time on our hands, this is the perfect time to turn our focus onto something which most of us are guilty of neglecting: us. Perhaps one of the perks of social distancing is that it has given us some much-needed space. With less interaction with the outside world and other people, we do not have to worry about pleasing others and putting their needs over that of our own. Now is the time to put yourself first and do things that will make you feel happy and relaxed. In such difficult times we all deserve a little self-love and what better way to do that than self-care?

Not to worry if you don’t know how or where to start, here are 10 tips for self-care that you can practice.

Revisit an old skill

All of us have a kill that we have now stopped putting to use due to
different reasons. This might be an opportunity to revisit that old
skill and rediscover why you fell in love with that particular thing in
the first place. We often let go of skills that we think are useless
because they cannot be monetized. But under current circumstances,
mental peace and happiness are a luxury and these skills could just buy
us those.


Time to stir the pot a little, even if it is to make instant noodles.
During the lockdown, cooking has emerged as a go-to chore for many to
pass time, provide nourishment to the body, and to fill up the wide hole
left by the absence of takeaway meals and gourmet restaurants. People
are cooking because they have to cook. Or because they have nothing
better to do. But also because it is therapeutic. Cooking or baking a
dish that you like to eat may prove to be a fulfilling experience. Plus
home-cooked food is healthier, which means this one is both for the body
and for the soul.

With various cooking trends and challenges doing rounds on social media, why not try new recipes, and flaunt your newly acquired skills in front of your friends and family digitally. this could also be a good distraction from constant news updates on COVID-19.

Catching up with your long-lost friends

Life before COVId-19 was busy ad eventful. A lot of us had little time to catch up long-lost friends. We often wonder whatever happened to that girl who used to share tiffin with us during recess in the fifth standard. Or what’s up with the BBF from the seventh standard who we lost touch with. Now is the time to find out. Use the power of digital technology at your disposal and reach out to old friends via social media. Talk, text, video call and catch up. A heart to heart with an old school friend, reliving your childhood, will not only make you feel good but also bring back a valuable person, the one you cherished a lot at one point of time.

Practice your self-care routine

Take your sweet time to go through your morning self-care routine and your bedtime routine. You can also experiment with some home-made masks as well as face packs. You can make these masks with just simple everyday ingredients like milk, cream, aloe vera, besan, etc.

Spend time in your garden or your terrace

Have your morning coffee outside in your garden with a fresh cool breeze in your face and the sound of birds chirping. You can also enjoy your evening tea watching the sunset from your terrace. Now that we have got time, we should learn to reap these little pleasures of life that bring so much joy to our day to day life.


This is one of the ways to not let the lockdown get to your head. You can go for different kinds of workouts which can be done indoors like yoga, cardio, treadmill, etc. There are so many indoor exercise videos available online that you can practice at home. Exercise helps you clear your mind as well as stay healthy and feel good. Taking out an hour or so to workout will bring positivity in your mindset too.


Remember the cupboard and the bookshelf that you were supposed to organize three months back? Now you can clear all the clutter and mess in your room and at your home. This will help relieve the stress as well as make you feel more comfortable and happy in your home. Scoring extra spaces to store by decluttering is an added advantage.

Set screen time

This is very important so that you don’t waste all your time binge-watching series and movies and not do anything productive. Too much screen time will affect your vision and make you feel irritable and sluggish. So put a cap on your screentime, and use your day to pursue other chores. these chores don’t have to always be productive, you can do something unproductive like playing ludo with your sibling, just because it’ll be fun.

Explore your creativity

Letting your creative juices flow will refresh your brain and offer a respite from a life that may seem very dull and mundane right now. Redecorate the house with DIY hacks, paint, sketch, sing, write. Do whatever that challenges your mind to think out of the box.


Staying at home all the time means that we go lax on our bedtime. Just
one more episode of that web-series, we tell ourselves, because why not.
There’s no hurry to get up early and thus we go to sleep late. but
these erratic sleeping patterns may affect our sleep cycle. So make sure
that you get enough sleep. Instead of staying up late, use this time to
catch up on your sleep and reduce your sleep debt.

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Student-specific CESB- Support for students and new grads affected by COVID-19

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Post-secondary students are feeling the economic impacts of COVID-19.
Many students were preparing to start a summer job in May, and are now
worried about how to pay rent and cover basic living expenses, while
recent graduates are struggling to find meaningful work. This is a
critical point in their lives, and we must do everything possible to
support their future.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced comprehensive support of nearly $9 billion for post-secondary students and recent graduates. This plan will help provide the financial support they need this summer, help them continue their studies in the fall, and help many get the experience they need to start their careers. These measures include launching:

  • the proposed Canada Emergency Student Benefit, which would provide support to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. This benefit would provide $1,250 per month for eligible students or $1,750 per month for eligible students with dependents or disabilities. The benefit would be available from May to August 2020.
  • the new Canada Student Service Grant, which will help students gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during the COVID‑19 pandemic. For students who choose to do national service and serve their communities, the new Canada Student Service Grant will provide up to $5,000 for their education in the fall. 

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The Government of Canada will expand existing federal employment, skills development, and youth programming to create up to 116,000 jobs, placements, and other training opportunities to help students find employment and develop valuable skills this summer and over the coming months. In addition, to help students continue their studies in the fall, the government will:

  • double the Canada Student Grants for all eligible full-time
    students to up to $6,000 and up to $3,600 for part-time students in
    2020-21. The Canada Student Grants for Students with Permanent
    Disabilities and Students with Dependents would also be doubled.
  • broaden eligibility for student financial assistance by removing
    the expected student’s and spouse’s contributions in 2020-21, in
    recognition that many students and families will struggle to save for
    school this year.
  • enhance the Canada Student Loans Program by raising the maximum
    weekly amount that can be provided to a student in 2020-21 from $210 to
  • increase existing distinctions-based support for First Nations,
    Inuit, and Métis Nation students pursuing post-secondary education by
    providing an additional $75.2 million in 2020-21.
  • extend expiring federal graduate research scholarships and
    postdoctoral fellowships, and supplement existing federal research
    grants, to support students and post-doctoral fellows, by providing
    $291.6 million to the federal granting councils. In addition, the
    government intends to enhance work opportunities for graduate students
    and post-doctoral fellows through the National Research Council of

Taken together, these programs will not only help ensure more
students get the financial support they need, but the opportunities and
experience many students were counting on.

The government will continue to monitor and respond to the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19. We are ready to take additional actions as needed to stabilize the economy and mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on Canadians.

Find the COVID-19 benefits and programs relevant to you

Need any help with applying for the student benefits or finding the programs that suit you? We are ready to help you anytime. Call us at 905-273-6788.

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Apply for Second Career – Get skills-training and financial support

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What Second Career gives you

You can get new skills – those needed for jobs in demand now – and financial support when you qualify for Second Career.

Apply for up to $28,000 for costs including:

  • tuition
  • books
  • manuals, workbooks or other instructional costs
  • transportation
  • basic living allowance (maximum $410 per week)
  • child care

How you qualify for Second Career

When you apply to Second Career, you have to show the costs to be covered during training.

You may have to pay part of these costs yourself. The amount you’ll have to pay is based on several things, starting with your gross (before tax) household income.

Applying to Second Career

To apply to Second Career, you’ll work with an employment services
agency, where people are trained to help you decide if this program is
right for you – and, if it is, to complete your application.

Find an agency in your community and make an appointment.

Staff at the agency will help you gather the information needed to support your application to Second Career.

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Meet with a counsellor

You can also request an appointment with an Employment Ontario counsellor.

A counsellor can help you find an employment services agency in your community and can answer any other questions you may have about Second Career.

Financial information

You must provide information about:

  • your income
  • your household income (e.g. spouse)
  • current expenses

School information

You must research at least three training institutions to make sure they offer the training you need. Make sure to include:

  • at least one college of applied arts and technology
  • at least one private career college

Find a college of applied arts or technology or private career college near you.

Job market information

You must show that the skills you want to get – and the work you want
to do – are needed by employers. This can be shown through:

  • job postings
  • news of future job opportunities (e.g. office expansion, new company)

Contact us to help with your application

If you have any questions or difficulties in applying for Second Career or preparing for the documents, we are ready to help you anytime. Please call us at (905)-273-6788 or Email

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Application for EI – Start to Apply as Early as Possible

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What is EI (Employment Insurance)?

Employment Insurance (EI) provides regular benefits to individuals
who lose their jobs through no fault of their own (for example, due to
shortage of work, seasonal or mass lay-offs) and are available for and
able to work, but can’t find a job.

Always apply for EI benefits as soon as you stop working. You can apply for benefits even if you have not yet received your Record of Employment (ROE). If you delay filing your claim for benefits for more than four weeks after your last day of work, you may lose benefits.

Who are Eligible?

You may be entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits if you:

  • were employed in insurable employment;
  • lost your job through no fault of your own;
  • have been without work and without pay for at least seven consecutive days in the last 52 weeks;
  • have worked for the required number of insurable employment hours in the last 52 weeks or since the start of your last EI claim, whichever is shorter;
  • are ready, willing and capable of working each day;
  • are actively looking for work (you must keep a written record of employers you contact, including when you contacted them).

How much you could receive ?

For most people, the basic rate for calculating EI benefits is 55%
of your average insurable weekly earnings, up to a maximum amount. As
of January 1, 2020, the maximum yearly insurable earnings amount is
$54,200. This means that you can receive a maximum amount of $573 per

What you need before you start

To complete the online EI application for EI regular benefits, you will need the following personal information:

  • your Social Insurance Number (SIN). If your SIN begins with a 9, you need to supply proof of your immigration status and work permit.
  • your mother’s maiden name.
  • your mailing and residential addresses, including the postal codes.
  • your complete banking information to sign up for direct deposit, including the financial institution name, bank branch number, and account number
  • names, addresses, dates of employment, and reason for separation for all your employers over the last 52 weeks
  • your detailed version of the facts (if you quit or have been dismissed from any job in the last 52 weeks)
  • the dates, Sunday to Saturday, and earnings for each of your highest paid weeks of insurable earnings Footnote 1 in the last 52 weeks or since the start of your last EI claim, whichever is the shorter period. This information will be used, along with your Record(s) of Employment, to calculate your benefit rate.

Start Applying

To find out if you are eligible to receive EI regular benefits, you must submit an application online. It will take about 60 minutes to complete the online application.

The website takes you step by step through the application
process, and provides detailed instructions on how to complete the form.

When you apply for Employment Insurance benefits, you will be asked for your email address. If Service Canada needs more information about your claim and cannot reach you by phone, a Service Canada agent will send you a toll-free number by email, asking you to call an agent.

Contact us to help with your application

If you have any questions or difficulties in applying for EI or preparing for the documents, we are ready to help you anytime. Please call us at (905)-273-6788 or Email

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Free Resume Writing & LinkedIn Profile Writing Workshop

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About the Workshop

Academy of Learning College Mississauga is delighted to provide a free Resume Writing and Linkedin Profile Writing Workshop for those who are struggling to find a job in their field. The aim of this workshop is to help you with finding a job with the right Resume and Linkedin Profile.

What’s in for you?

This workshop will help you:

  • Write a compelling Resume that will maximize the application process and get you noticed
  • Learn critical resume tips and insights
  • Learn how to apply for jobs online with your personalized resume
  • Create a compelling headline on Linkedin
  • Showcase your expertise in the summary section
  • Differentiate yourself in the experience section
  • Leverage your LinkedIn profile using endorsements, recommendations, groups and more to grab clients’ and recruiters’ interest.


Academy of Learning College Mississauga Campus

1310 Dundas St E Unit #4, Mississauga

Date & Time

March 17, 3:00pm-5:00pm

March 18, 3:00pm-5:00pm




Please make a Registration or drop-in with your details at our location on the given timings.

Make the best of this opportunity and make a registration here today.

Any questions? Please call 905-273-6788.

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Tips to Improve Writing Score in IELTS and CAEL

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Most test takers struggle with achieving a band score of 7 in writing and 70 in CAEL. Various factors can be the cause of a lower band score in writing as compared to other modules in English language assessment. Factors like: Grammatical accuracy, range of vocabulary, organization of content and task achievement play a major role in your overall band score.

Here are some tips that you can follow to
improve your score in writing exam:

  • Task Achievement: This
    is what is often missed or misunderstood when it comes to writing an essay
    question in any English Language Assessment. Many candidates have a tendency to
    start writing without understanding or analysing the topic. They simply write whatever
    comes to their mind or whatever idea they have about the topic, without knowing
    and thinking of what’s been asked in the question.

Task achievement is as
important as are the other elements in an English exam. Achievement of a task
would mean covering all the elements like answering all the questions and
staying on topic and supporting your arguments with relevant examples. For
instance, if you have been asked to state different reasons for the
unemployment in the developing nations, you should be able to organise your
thoughts in a manner that you end up listing and outlining the various causes
for it and nothing supplementary.

  • Range of Sentences and Vocabulary: Merely using precise vocabulary and accurate sentences is not enough to get a high band score in writing. A candidate needs to showcase his/her ability to use a range of sentence structures and word bank. The more sophisticated vocabulary you use, more are the chances of you getting a band score above 7 or 70, whichever the case may be. Variety of sentences would include passive sentences, compound sentences, complex sentences and compound-complex sentences etc.

  • Organization of Content: The
    way you structure your ideas and content says a lot about your writing style. There
    is an undecided way of writing academically and it is the way you start your
    argument and develop it as you go forward. There has to be a continuous flow of
    ideas which can be generated by using various sentence types and connecting

  • Grammatical Accuracy: Last but not the least, is grammatical accuracy, this is something that can’t be overlooked. If you want to score good bands in writing then you have to make sure that your writing answer sheet is devoid of any grammatical errors which include the errors of subject-verb agreement, punctuation, noun-pronoun reference and wrong usage of forms of verb etc.

Lastly, do not forget to proof-read your answers.

Good Luck for your exam and contact us, if you need input on CAEL and IELTS. Please contact us at or call 905-273-6788 for more information.

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