IELTS introduction and practical tips

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IELTS introduction and practical tips

  1. 1. Students Doctors & nurses Continuation of the study
  2. 2. 1. Generally for finding jobs in English speaking countries 2. Suitable for general learners of English
  3. 3. • It has four sections. It usually takes 35 minutes Listening • You will face three readings.The time allotted is one hour.Reading • It usually has two parts. 20 minutes for task one and 40 minutes for task twowriting • It has three parts. It will be held a couple of days before or after the written test.Speaking
  4. 4.  Try to be vigilant form the beginning.  Give listening a general look before the listening test starts.  Read the questions beforehand. Make sure you read all the questions related to the track being played. It is usually said to which questions you will find the answers before the track starts.  There will be extra time (ten minutes) given to you to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.  remember, The questions are in order. If you can not find the answer to one question move along to the next one.  Never leave any blanks.
  5. 5.  there are three passages in reading.  It is usually said that part one is easier than part two and part two is easier than part three i.e. the test gets difficult in order.  You should answer 40 questions in one hour.  There is no extra time given for transferring the answers to the answer sheet.  There are various types of question formats from multiple-choice items up to fill in the blanks with no more than three words and pictures  Never leave a question unanswered.
  6. 6.  Give the reading and questions a general look before you start.  Remember, questions are in order.  for dates, names etc , you should scan the paragraph. Underline dates, names and important information chunks so that you don’t waste time finding the answers to the questions.  If you are asked to choose the right heading for paragraphs, you should skim the paragraphs and answer. you should choose the topic while you are reading.  There is not enough time to read each paragraph twice or trice. So when you are reading the paragraph you should know which questions are potentially or even practically related to that paragraph. In order to do it, you should read the questions before you read the text.
  7. 7.  In writing you are supposed to write about two topics. In the first one you should describe a chart, table, diagram or a set of pictures and the second one is a psychological, sociological or an economic topic which you should write about around 250 words.  In General module, the first part requires writing a letter on a chosen topic. In both modules you should write over 150 words for part one.
  8. 8.  Start with part 2, this way you will have more time for the part that carries more mark. Part 2 has two-third of the whole writing test mark.  Organize your thoughts before you start writing. A Road Map is the best way.  In the first paragraph, describe the general situation and pick your side. The next 2 or 3 paragraphs should be describing why (advantages and disadvantages) you picked that particular position. The final paragraph is a round up.
  9. 9.  Try to depict the chart as clear and exact as possible.  Your language should be very formal.  Do not try to describe every little detail when the chart is abundant with information. Choose the main peaks and troughs.  Use phrases like: the number of visitors reached a peak at 10000, the number of visitors fell to a low of only 556 in 1978, the chart shows ……  Use adverbs to show the process: the number of visitors gradually/ dramatically decreases until it fell to a low of 100. we see a sharp/sudden change in the amount of income….
  10. 10.  The IELTS speaking test takes around 15 minutes. The interview will most probably be in a form of a friendly conversation which typically covers acquiring some information about your past and present situations as well as your opinions on different topics.  There are three sections in speaking: warm up, cue card and discussion.  In warm up you are asked general questions: like where you are originally from, what your favorite food is, And whether you think cooking is necessary for everyone to learn.  In part 2 you are given a piece of paper on which a number of questions are written.You will be given a minute to prepare your answer for it.  In part three, the examiner will ask more abstract questions about the topic, e.g. how important you think cooking is for children to learn at school.
  11. 11.  Try to be confident  Think simple, talk simple  If you don’t know what you should talk about, use gap fillers as you are looking for an answer. like: well, to be honest with you, to tell you the truth, As you know, as a matter of fact, etc.  In cue card use as many adjectives as possible  be careful with the time you are using. If you are talking about an event in the past you sure need to use the past form to describe it.  If you don’t get the question ask in this way: “do you mean…”

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