IELS TIPSWhat is your full name?- Can I see your ID?- Where do you live?- Tell me about your hometown.- Where do young people go to have fun in your hometown?- Where young people used to go for fun in past?- What games were you playing in the past?- Did you always play indoor games?- Can boys and girls play together in your hometown?- Could they play together in old days also?Thẻ nóiDescribe an occasion on which you were late, please say- Why were you late?- What did you miss because of being late?- What did you have to face after being late?Câu hỏi khai triển- What are the reasons people are late in your city?- Are you punctual?- What are the reasons you usually are late?- What are the traffic problems in your hometown?- Do you think sometimes time passes too slowly? When?- Do you think this feeling of slow passage of time depends on age or situation?- Why is it / is it not associated with age?- Are people punctual in your hometown? If not, why?- In what situation being late doesn’t matter?- What are the situations when being on time is necessary?- Do you work or study?- What subject are you studying?- Why do you think people choose such a subject in your country?- Do you like reading books?- What type of books do you read?- Are you reading a book presently?- Would you like to write a book in the future ?hẻ nói
Describe a situation when something in your house broke or stopped working. Please say- What was it?- What happened when it broke/stopped working?- How did you feel about it?Thảo luận khai triển- Why do you think people buy second-hand products?- Why do people sell second-hand goods and advertise them on the internet?- Do you think advertising fools people?Interview- What’s your name?- Do you work / study?- Do you have time to relax?- When and how do you relax?- How is relaxing different for men and women?- What food did you like when you were a child?- Do you still like it?- What food do you recommend to your children?- How do you feel about going with children to restaurants sometimes?Cue CardDescribe a job that you applied for recently, please say- What type of job was it?- How did you find out about it?- Would you take the job, if you were accepted?- Explain why you were interested in that job.Discussion- How have work conditions changed recently and why?- Do you think that certain jobs should be well-paid and why?- What other things should be given to employees in addition to their salaries and why?- What do you think about working long hours?- What’s the difference between work and leisure activities?interview- Introduce yourself. What do you prefer that I call you?- Why are you taking the IELTS test?- Have you ever been to an IELTS exam before? What was your speaking score?- Where are you from? What is your hometown like?- What do you do in your leisure time?
- What do you want to change about your hometown?- What natural noise do you like?- What noises do you dislike?- What noises take you back to your childhood?- Do you prefer to study in a quiet place?Cue CardTalk about a healthy activity that you do, please say- what it is,- what it requires,- what are the benefits for you,- why you recommend it to others,- how often you do it.Follow up questions- Do you recommend it to your friends?- Do they listen to you and accept it?Interview- What’s your full name?- Do you work or study?- Did you enjoy visiting museums when you were a child?- Do you think museums are enjoyable for children?- Do you think it is good to sell things in museums?- What is a good place to meet people?- How do you think people used to meet friends in the past?Cue CardTalk about a friend that you’ve met a long time ago. Please say- How did you meet?- How do you keep in touch?- Why is this person important to you?Discussion- Do you think technology has played an important role in friendships?- What do you think are the characteristics of a good friend?- Have you ever met someone through the Internet?- Do you think that in the future friendships are going to be virtual and people are notgoing to have the need of physical contact?
Chúng tôi xin trích đăng chia sẻ kinh nghiệm học và thi IELTS từ bạn Jo, đã học xongchương trình Thạc sỹ tại Uni Tasmania. Đây là bản tiếng Anh chúng tôi sưu tập được.Hi my name is Jo. I am from China. I just graduated in my Master degree last December(2008) in UTas. I took IELTS test twice. In 2005, I did IELTS test in China for postgradstudy application in Utas and got score 6.5 (IELTS in Academic - listening 7, reading 7,writing 6, speaking 6). And then in 2008, I did it again in China for my visa applicationand got score 7.5 (IELTS in General - listening 8.5, reading 7, writing 6.5, speaking 8).I’d like to share some of my experience in taking IELTS test.1. Only treat it as an exam.Only treat it as an exam. Do not treat it as something that can raise your English to ahigher level after getting through it. There is no magic in this IELTS thing. You won’t getto a very high level just because you get through it. However, you have to get through itto buy yourself a chance to improve your English to a higher level, which is studying in awestern country. Thus, bear in mind, don’t you try to actually improve your English levelto get through the test (unless you have a couple years to do this which you don’t have).What you should do is, finding another way to get through the test first, and thenimproving your actual English level when you are studying in a western country.“Another way” I am talking about here is not cheating, but strategy. Before developinggood strategies, you need to get to know about the test and yourself first.2. Knowing the test and yourselfFirst of all, you need to know how much you need to score totally and how much you
have to get in each section to achieve the total score. There are only four sections in thetest and you need to know what they are, how the score system is in each section, whattypes of exam questions are in each section, how much time you have to finish eachsection, which sections are your strengths and weaknesses, how much score you areexpecting to get in your strong sections and weak sections to achieve your expected totalscore. Think about those questions and write down some notes. Now you know a little bitabout your advantages and disadvantages in the test, as well as the question types, scoresystem etc. But more importantly, now you have a goal - knowing how much you need toscore and how to achieve it from each section. Now you can develop some goodstrategies for yourself.3. Developing strategies fit for yourself.Well lets say you are good at listening and reading but not doing well in writing andspeaking (most Asian cases I guess). Assuming you need a 6.5 total score, by getting 7 inlistening, 7 in reading, 6 in writing and 6 in speaking. Then you break down the strategyinto four sections aiming at four test sections. Everyone has their own study method orpattern. There wont be an universal strategy. Therefore now I am only going to put downa rough strategy according to my own situation. I hope it will be helpful to your own oneor you may modify mine in terms of your own situation.First of all, check around the test schedule to see when you can do it. I would do it onemonth or 3 weeks before the school final exams (like in June if the school final exams arein July; In January if the school final exams are in February) because my “study mind” or“exam ability” is in a very good status before the school final exams (in June or Januarymy whole body tells me it is time to concentrate and put time, effort into my study sincethe exams are coming!!!). So, knowing your study pattern, pick a time that you areregularly ready for exams, physically and mentally. However, make sure you book thetest in advance minimum one month to give you time to study.Secondly, knowing your English level, estimate how much time you need to study beforethe test accordingly. However, regardless of your level, DO NOT make your study planover 2 months. You wont be able to hold on there for so long (well….I definitely cannot).So, let’s say you estimate you need 35 to 40 days.Thirdly, think about your study plan in your head, and then put it down to paper.Here is my own study plan.a). Knowing your level and your strengths and weaknesses.First 4 days, do 3 previous REAL IELTS test papers (From “Cambridge Ielts” series).Treat it like a real exam. Time yourself strictly. make sure nothing could interrupt you.Then mark yourself. Now you know where you are in this test.b). Listening and Reading (we need 7 and 7 in these two sections)From the 5th day on, start doing one hour listening and one hour reading excise in themorning (there wont be any break time between these two sections in the exam so dont
give yourself any break time). Excise I mean “simulated exam paper” from books orinternet or whatever sources. Time yourself very strictly. Make sure no interruption.Mark yourself. Dont worry about the score too much (unless you get less than 4. Couldbe something wrong with your English foundation). Make sure you go back to eachwrong question, correct them very carefully, think about why you did it wrong (thinkabout it is enough I reckon. But it is not that easy as it sounds. People tend to not facetheir mistakes). For listening, listen those sentences where you didnt hear clearly again.One more thing, CIRCLE any words that you dont know when you are doing the excisesboth reading and listening). Put all of them to a notebook, look then up. Create your ownvocabulary. This is very vital because I reckon IELTS Reading section is all aboutvocabulary. Keep doing this for 10 days (flexible, but no less than 7 days).c). Writing (we need 6)Also from the 5th day on, start reading “good example articles” from books, internet orwhatever sources. Read about 5 or 6 good example articles (both big and small sections).Copy down all the good vocabulary, good phases, good sentences, good ideas, goodexpression, good formats etc. to your notebook (good here I am talking about, other than“good” good, I also mean those you are able to use, remember. Regarding to those lookgood but too complicated to use or remember, either ignore them or convert them tosomething that u can remember and use). Keep doing this for about 5 days (you will getvery bored if you continue doing it for too long), then you will have quite a lot of goodwriting materials. Spend some time to sort them out, categorise them, read them, thinkabout them, imagine how you would use those phases, sentences in specific somescenarios. Then you can start doing the writing excised from the 6th or 7th day. Find abunch of topics from books, internet. Pick 2 topics (one for small one for big section)randomly and write them up every afternoon (morning for listening and reading sections.Dont try to do those 3 sections together in three hours. You would be very exhausted andcould not focus on correcting, finding problems, copying new vocabulary). After finishthe writing, try to ask your English teacher or classmates or friends to fix it for you andask for any suggestions. But if nobody can fix for you, dont worry about it. Fix it byyourself and think about how to improve it. Keep doing this excise for about 10 days.Writing in English doesnt come to us naturally. We need to read others’ writing first andthen simulate them. However, the most important thing is, we dont copy it, but learn itand use it. It is easy to “know” something from a book. But it is hard to actually “learn”that thing from a book, no mention to use it. Thus, writing is all about convertingsomething that not belong to you, to your own knowledge, and then use it. Oh yes, neverever separate the small and big writing assignment when you are practising. Finish themin one hour.d). Vocabulary.After finishing 10 days listening and reading excises and 5 days writing excises, now youhave quite a lot of new words in your vocabulary. Spend a couple days (3 or 4 or 5depends how many words you got) on the new words in the morning (writing excise stillon-going in the afternoon). Actually this vocabulary section is just a little break for you.There is no need to spend too much time on IELTS vocabulary specifically (unless your
vocabulary is really really poor. I mean really).e). Speaking (we need 6).Pretty much like writing. From the 20th days on, spend about 5 days (1 to 2 hours a day)on finding most popular topics in the test, and then ask yourself the questions, write downthe answers to those questions that could be asked by the examiner (You could also readabout how other people answer to the questions as a reference. But do not try to copyothers’ answers because it would be like you are reading when you answer the questions.Make the answers as easy as possible. Don’t use complicated sentences. Make theanswers as real as possible). Keep practicing it by yourself in the first 5 days. Spend atleast one hour every day. Imagine you are being asked all those kinds of questions aboutall different topics. Try to talk to yourself, not limiting in the practising time but anytime(like in the shower, toilet, whenever you are in a mood to do so). (writing practice ends inthe 20th day so there will be nothing in the afternoon while you are doing speaking in themorning. This is flexible time you can plan whatever you feel you are still weak in intothe afternoon schedule). After 5 days practice, now you need someone to help you tocreate a “conversation scenario”. It could be your friends or your family. Doesn’t reallymatter who they are. All they need to do is sitting here and looking at you (pretend to belistening if they don’t know English). You ask your friend to ask you the questions andthen you answer them. One hour a day. Keep doing it for at least 5 days. Meanwhile, youneed to go back to do 5 more days reading and listening practice in the afternoon.Speaking is all about confidence, nature. When you are sitting in the speaking test, beconfidence, convince yourself you are a native English speaker, talk as much as you can,doesn’t matter your answers are fake, boring, annoying, stupid, as along as you keeptalking (of course don’t talk to far away from the topic), and make sure you are nottalking too fast, make sure the examiner understands your accent. Be polite of course. Ohyes don’t ever try to be funny if you are not.30 days are gone. If you stick to your plan for a month, oh yeah you are good now. Spend3 days (no more than 5 days) to do 3 whole sets (or 5 sets if you are energetic) ofprevious exam papers (from Cambridge Ielts). Don’t panic if your score is still not asgood as you want (just practice, plus at this point what else you can do, you already doyour best so don’t worry about it too much). Now 2 days before the test, scan the“previous exam questions and answers” quickly. This “previous exam questions andanswers” thing I am talking about is the Chinese ielts cadidates put the questions andtheir own answers online to share with other people after the test. The point of this is,other than sharing experience, because the test questions are rotated in some pattern in aperiod, there will be some chance we will see the exact questions in our own test. So it isstill worth to have a look.Good Luck guys!!