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Helpful Hints for IELTS INTRODUCTION HOW TO USE THIS BOOK STEPI The IELTS Academic Writing module measures your ability to write in my mind. Helpful Hints for IELTS Academic Module: International Edition: Practice Tests and Persist and publish: helpful hints for academic writing and publishing . ' Helpful Hints for IELTS - Academic Module'. International Edition - Practice Book & Cassette. Book: ISBN # 0 6 2. Cassette: ISBN # 0 0 2.
There are 3 parts tothe Reading Test, and many candidates begin each part in the same way - by reading the passage. It is primarily designed to assess the readiness of candidates to study or train in further or higher education courses held in English at college or university. Before each listening passage, in the time given to you to look at each section in the test booklet, youshould try to predict information about the listening passage situation. Read the questions very carefully. You should wait for the speaker to sum up before giving your short answer to a question. A - What kind of Answers do you need to give? It is important to think about the words that you expect tohear.
Apply only when you feel you have adequately prepared and are ready for the examination. It is primarily designed to assess the readiness of candidates to study or train in further or higher education courses held in English at college or university.
The results of the Academic Module may be used to determine a candidates suitability for study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. The General Training Module is suitable for candidates wishing to continue their studies at diploma level only.
The General Training Module is also used for immigration purposes to Australia or New Zealand, and for students who wish to complete their secondary education in an English-speaking country. You will not be tested on your specific knowledge of a subject; only your English language skills are assessed. All your answers must be written on the Answer Sheet provided.
The university or college that you wish to enter will inform you of the overall IELTS Band Score they require for enrolment in the particular course you wish to study. Note that you may also need to achieve a minimum score in a particular Sub-test often the Writing Sub-test. Your Overall Band Score is an average of the 4 Sub- test Band Scores, with fractional scores rounding up or down to the nearest x. Therefore, if you score 6. There are 40 questions in total.
This is usually a conversation between at least two speakers. This is usually a passage with only one person speaking. This is often a conversation with up to four speakers. This applies to all the types of answers you give: Make sure that each answer is transferred accurately and is legible. There are 3 passages with a combined length of words and a total of 40 questions.
All the topics are of general interest and are not specialised texts. If a reading passage contains technical or specialised words, a glossary is usually provided. There are two writing tasks. The first task will take approximately 20 minutes, and you are required to write a minimum of words.
The second task will take approximately 40 minutes with a minimum of words. For Task 1 you describe information that is presented to you in a graph, table, chart, diagram, or short piece of text. The description is usually given in the form of a report. You might have to compare sets of data, or use a set of data to support a given statement. Alternatively, you might be required to describe the stages of a process, describe an object, or explain how something works, or how it is used.
For Task 2 you are asked to write a formal essay or a report in which you might have to offer a solution to a particular problem, present and justify an opinion, compare information given in the question task, or evaluate and challenge a given argument. In both tasks you must write in the formal academic style appropriate to the question task. You will also be marked on your ability to organise your writing, and on your choice of content within your answers. The question tasks do not require you to have any specialised knowledge of a particular subject.
The Sub-test consists of an interview with a trained examiner, and is recorded on a tape recorder. However, this recording is made to assess the examiner and not the candidate. There are 3 parts to the Speaking Sub-test. Part 1: The instructions to guide your talk are written on a card given to you by the examiner.
Your talk should last for 1 -2 minutes. The examiner will ask one or two questions at the end. This part of the test requires discussion of more abstract ideas. Most of the questions asked in the Sub-test are scripted; they come from a bank of questions prepared by the test authorities. These questions are being continually added to and updated. The Speaking Sub-test Band Score is calculated from a comprehensive checklist of speaking skills in 4 distinct areas of ability: The IELTS test will certainly challenge you because the training course you are considering will be tough, too.
The General Training Module is for diploma level courses and immigration purposes. But it is true that the IELTS test module you take is determined by the choices you make about your future.
There are many versionscA ttietest, andatanygiven in various parts of the world. Of course, it could be true that taking IELTS in an English- speaking country is beneficial, but only because you are being exposed to English every day.
This is the minimum time considered necessary to improve upon your Overall Band Score. The authors realise that every the test by myself. To get a good result in the Really? Achieving a satisfactory Overall Band Score is IELTS test 1 should do as many the result of a number of strategies, not o1 justtaking practice practice tests as possible.
And, definitely, if you do a practice test, you must work out why you made each and every mistake; otherwise you are missing out on valuable learning time. Of course, all they are realty tests.
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If 1 dont think my score is If you have received a Band Score that is clearly an error, accurate, there is nothing 1 you have the right to have your test papers and speaking can do about it. But remember that this process costs extra, and the second set of Band Scores is official, even if one or more of these scores is lower than before.
If 1 get a good score, 1 can use Not at any time in the future, no. There is a time limit on it as proof of my ability at any the usefulness of the Test Report Form which you receive time in the future. This period is about two years, providedyou can prove that you have maintained your English. Read the hints before you attempt the Practice Tests, preferably in the order they are written, to prepare yourself for the various types of questions you might be asked.
Refer to each hint as you check through the Practice Tests after you have taken the tests under examination conditions. Multiple hints separated by a dot indicate each hint is relevant. A hyphen between two hints indicates that all the hints between those two hint numbers arerelevant to a question: Note that questions with a hint number in bold italics next to them in the margin have a hintspecifically linked to that question: Hint numbers shown in normal print indicate that the advice given is generally applicable tothe question.
References to the "Quick Punctuation Guide" Writing Hint 59 , and to the "10 Point GrammarChecklist" Writing Hint 65 , are given with a superscripted number to the right of the hintnumber. The superscripted number refers to one of the numbered points made in that sectionof the hint: At the end of each set of questions in the Practice Listening and Reading Tests, a check guideis given, referencing certain hints that assist with checking your work: Similarly, an overall check guide is given at the end of each Sub-test: If the goal is to reach acertain level of English proficiency, success can only be achieved with much practice.
An outlineof the Overall Band Scale levels is given below: Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
Should be able to handle basic communication in own field. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
Has great difficulty understanding spoken and -written English. Do not concentrate only on your weakest areas. Be regular in your practice, and give yourselfa rest between tasks. Take at least one day out of your week to rest and forget the test completely. The secret of success is to work towards your goal slowly, steadily and regularly. Take every opportunity to listen to English whenever and wherever you can.
Watch TV programmesand films, listen to radio programmes and English language tapes - even songs in English on tape. Have as many conversations with native English speakers as you can, and practise in English as oftenas possible with your non-native English-speaking friends. Try to read texts in English at least once every day. You should always be in the process of readinga book in English - a page or two each night before bedtime is an excellent plan. Read newspapers,magazines, and novels written for your English level available from good language bookshops.
Academic Module candidates should obtain academic articles, if possible. Always carry Englishtexts with you, so you can read when you have spare time that would otherwise be wasted. Do not worry about understanding every word. Read some articles in detail and some for speed. Candidates who have taken the test and did not perform aswell as they had hoped often complain that they were unable to give all the answers in the ListeningTest because the tape was too fast, and that they ran out of time in the Reading Test.
To begin with, do not worry if you do not finish the tests. Remember, the test is designed to measurecandidates over a range of scores from 0 to 9 0 indicates the test was not attempted.
Candidateswhose English is near perfect can expect to score 9, but even native English-speaking people wouldbe unlikely to complete every Listening Test answer perfectly or finish the Reading Test a long timebefore the examination ends.
Remember, the test is meant to be challenging. The IELTS test measures many aspects of your English ability including the speed at which youlisten, read, write, speak, and think in English. Your personal speed is not something which changesa great deal from day to day, but does change considerably over a longer period of time, as a directresult of practice in working with the English language.
Your personal speed and ability in the 5 areas previously mentioned is pretty well fixed at any giventime. The official IELTS Band Scores you receive are extremely accurate, since each test is trialledextensively to achieve standardised results for candidates at all English levels. Nonetheless, thereare certainly many things you can do, before and on the day of the test, to help maximise the use ofyour time and give yourself the best chance of success.
Consider the following situation: An expert racing car driver will: The Listening, Reading, and Writing Tests are given in that order, and are usually held on a singlemorning.
The combined length of those three tests is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The Speaking Testis conducted at an appointed time in the afternoon. Only one short break is given between theReading and Writing Tests, so you need to be at your best for a long period of time, which is whyyou must sleep and eat well before the test. The hints and guidelines in this book should help youachieve your "maximum speed". The more effort you put in, the faster your personal speed will beon the day.
In all thetests, the instructions, the example, and the questions themselves need to be read quickly, and mustbe well understood in order for you to have more time to find the answers. It pays to increase youroverall reading speed. See also Reading Hint To increase your reading speed, you must learn to read in groups of words that form logical unitsof thought within sentences. Look at the following sentence: Britain has been a popular choice for thousands of international students over many years.
Britain has been a popular choice What and where? If you read each word in a sentence one at a time, you will read very slowly and most likelymisunderstand the meaning of much of what you read. So read your sentences in phrases byconsidering all the words of a phrase as a single unit. Notice how much quicker it is to read the sentence, and how the meaning of what you say is moreclear.
Practise reading in phrases everyday. Look ahead on the page as you read, and always aimto find logical places in the sentences where phrases begin and end.
Note also that there is often morethan one solution as to where the logical breaks between phrases occur within sentences. However, in the Listening Test you cannot go back, and the tape is onlyplayed once. To improve your "English memory", try the following exercise. Using the pause button on the taperecorder, repeat the sentences spoken in the passages on the audio cassette tape that comes with thisbook, gradually increasing the length of what you repeat.
Do not worry about repeating the exactwords. Simply aim to remember more of what you have heard. Time is, therefore,managed for you, but you have a short period of time after each passage is heard to check your work.
Do not use this time to transfer your answers to the Answer Sheet because you are given 10minutes at the end of the test in which to do this. The Reading Sub-testAn advised period of time is usually given in which to complete each of the three sections of the test. Keep an eye on the time as you progress through the Reading Sub-test, and as you complete eachquestion group. Make sure that you stop answering questions when the advised time is up.
Moveon to the next group of questions even if you have not finished those questions. If you do not, youwill probably not complete as many questions as you could.
Remember that you are in charge ofmanaging your time in the Reading Sub-test. If a monkey asks for a banana, you must give him a banana and not an apple. In other words, your answer to a question must be exactly what is required.
You must be quite sure of the type of information you are asked to give as an answer, and what you must do with that information to give an accurate answer. You might think that this advice is too simple to be worth remembering. Itmight seem obvious that you have to do what the test asks you to do and give the answersthe test asks you to give. Yet failure to remember and apply the Golden Rule is one ofthe main reasons why candidates do not score as well in the test as they believe theyshould.
Read the questions very carefully. Know the type of information the test asks you to give: Is the answer a method of transport? If you know, you have a better chance of giving the correct answer. Know what you have to do with the information: Do you have to complete a sentence, or fill in the missing words in a sentence?
If so, your answers must, therefore, be grammatically correct within that sentence. Do you have to provide an answer with no more than a maximum number of words? If so, your answer must not contain more than that maximum number of words.
Do you have to name two items that you must hear on the tape, or find in a reading passage? If so, your answer must contain two items only; three items would be incorrect. You might not have time to complete the test if you are too slow at reading the explanatory information.
Some candidates believe they can save time by not looking at the example. This is a mistake. If you do not know how to give the answer, you are very likely to give an incorrectanswer or a correct answer in the wrong form. The example tells us 3 very important pieces of information about the task: The example tells you how to give the answer to questions. You should usually answer questions in the same form as the given example.
Your answers to Questions 1 - 3 can therefore be given in number form where applicable. The instructions will often tell you in what form the answers are to be given. The example illustrates what the instructions state. The example gives you information about the listening or reading passage. You will understand more about what you listen to and read if you can predict what is to come.
The example gives information that is easily understood and helps you predict information about the ideas behind the main topic of the passage.
There are presently more than 1,, foreign students of English abroad.
In this case, the example tells you that the statement is true, and that studying English abroad is very popular. Note that it can be a good idea to read the example statements and the questions before reading the reading passage in full.
The example tells you when to start listening, or where to start reading to find the answers. The logical place to commence looking for the answers would not be at the top of the reading passage, but after the position of the example word in the passage.
Of course, in the Listening Test, the answers will come after the example that you hear. This is truefor both the Listening and Reading Sub-tests.
First, you must choose which word or phrase to listenfor on the tape, or search for in the reading passages. There may be more than one keyword orkeyword phrase in a question, and they can be placed before or after the answer.
IELTS Test - Basic HintsSince topic keywords and keyphrases are heard or read some time before or after the answer is found,they are similar in function to street signposts; they can point forwards to where you are going orback to where you came from.
Other keywords are very close to the answerand often form part of the answer phrase. In Question 19 ofListening Test One, the signpost keywords to listen for are "witnesses", "heard",and "lorry".
The destination keyphrase is "sound the You should also be aware of when thisevent occurred; that is, something was heard before the lorry collided with traffic. Note that the signpost keyword in this case "witnesses " is usually heard a short time before theanswer is given, and tells you that the answer is coming.
You may not hear or find in a reading passage all the keywords or keyphrases; you may insteadhear or read words with the same or similar meaning. You donot hear the word "collided", but you do hear the phrase "pick up the cars", which has a similarmeaning. You should be aware that flexibility is most important when dealing with keywords. In the Listening Sub-test, you are given aminute of silence after each section has finished.
Candidates who forget to give a logical guess toquestions they cannot otherwise answer, do not give themselves any chance at all to get a mark! Study destination choices are mostly influenced by proximity to home. A logical guess would be that the statement is likely to be true. A quick look at the passage tells us that "the country of choice depends to a large extent on economic factors.
Not all logical guesses are correct! Students who wish to study business will probably study English overseas.
T F N A guess might be that in this age of globalisation the statement is likely to be true. The passage states that "The strength of international business connections between countries also gives a 17 The instructions clearly tell us to refer to the passage for the answers. Since we are given no indication of whether future business students will study abroad, the answer must be "N".
Standards at tertiary institutions in Australia and New Zealand are improving. T F NIt is obviously difficult to guess if a statement is not mentioned in the passage. If in doubt, do notchoose a statement that is likely to be false as not mentioned in the passage. In most cases, onlylikely to be true statements are not mentioned in the text. They are often put there to trap candidatesinto believing the statement is actually mentioned.
The answer to Question 14 is "N". Also, your own knowledge of the actual truth of a statement might not always be helpful. The answermust be given according to what is said in the passage. Nevertheless, logical thinking is the key toworking out and guessing!
While it is true that not all words and phrases given as answers to questions in the Listening andReading Tests need to be grammatically correct, it is often possible to work out the correct answer byusing your knowledge of grammar. Always consider whether your choice of answer is grammaticallyacceptable before making your final decision. This is especially true of the following types of tasks: Police believe the driver of a 17 lost control of the vehicle before reaching the traffic 18 at the corner of Avalon Road and Batty Avenue.
Question 17 must be a singular noun beginning with a consonant, since the word before the gap is the indefinite article "a". The answer is "lorry". The answer to Question 18, however, is a plural noun, "lights". The singular noun "light" does not make English sense.
English-speaking people always talk of traffic lights. The answer "light" might be unacceptable as an answer in the actual test. Take no chances. Verb forms, plural forms and other grammatical forms can be important when you give Listeningand Reading Test answers. A good rule is to always try to give the answer in correct grammaticalform. Even if one of the multiple answers you give is correct, you might score zero if too manyof the other answers are incorrect. Surprisingly, candidates sometimes give more answers thannecessary!
If you are asked to name just three items that you hear or read about in a passage, it makesno sense to give four items as your answer. You will score zero, even if all four items are correct. Remember the Golden Rule. However, you waste valuable time if you givemore than one of the correct answers to short-answer questions. Alternative answers are given tovarious questions in the Answer Keys for the Listening and Reading Tests contained in this book. It is only necessary in theListening Test if a word answer is spelt out for you on the tape.
Family Name: You must spell Georges family name exactly as spelt out letter by letter on the tape. Other correct answers in the Listening and Reading Tests can be incorrectly spelt and still counttowards your Band Score, but they must be sufficiently well spelt to indicate the correct answer.
Copy answers from the passages accurately in the Reading Test. In the Listening Test, if you areunsure of the spelling, write an approximation of the way the answer sounds. It would be unlikely for the spelling "Sweterlan" to be accepted as "Switzerland" because it is not close enough to indicating the country.
Besides, you are asked to give the nationality, not the country. Candidates may be unaware that theiranswers cannot be understood by the examiners who mark the tests. Be careful! Practise, so your letters look like these: Pay particular attention to: Numbers can be even more difficult to read: Practiseso that your numbers look similar to those shown above. There are 4 sections, and each is treated separately and played once only. Themoment you hear the words "Section 1", "Section 2" etc.
First, check where the questions are located on the pages in the section to be heard. In the short timegiven to you before the listening passage begins, which is usually only about ten, twenty or thirtyseconds at most, you should do your best to predict what you will hear. When the conversation, interview or lecture begins, the first item to listen for is the example. Sometimes, the example is heard first and then again when the passage is played in full; in otherIELTS Listening Tests it is heard once only.
It is not surprising that candidates often find thisthe most demanding of the four tests. You need to be able to: Before each listening passage, in the time given to you to look at each section in the test booklet, youshould try to predict information about the listening passage situation. Predict the number of peopleinvolved and what they might be doing or planning. Try especially to predict what they might sayand the words they might use.
You are given only a short time to look at the questions before the listening passage begins. However,to score well in the Listening Test you need to develop the ability to think ahead. The moreeffectively you can predict, the quicker your mind will form the correct word associations to makewith the topic, and the better you will be able to work out the meaning of what you hear. A useful exercise for helping to develop the ability to predict is to play audio cassette tapes in English e.
This can also be done with videos, taped news items onthe TV, interviews on the radio etc. It is important to think about the words that you expect tohear. Write them down, and then check to see how many you guessed correctly. The secret to increasing your listening skills is to better predict what you might hear20 Each section becomes progressivelymore difficult.
If you know your English level is average or above average, that is, you have a goodunderstanding oT basic survival English, you should have little trouble hearing all the answers inSection 1. However, it is so easy to makeunnecessary mistakes due to nervousness or lack of preparation. Listen for a general understandingof the situation, and at the same time listen for the specific keywords or phrases.
The keywords or keyphrases in Section 1 are most likely to be presented to you in the test booklet inthe form of pictures, charts or diagrams; in the other three sections they are usually given in words only. Predicting the words you might hear in Section 1 is easier if you work out the word variables.
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