IELTS test in India – September 2017 (Academic Module)

Our friend H remembered the following topics and questions from a recent IELTS exam in India:

Listening testIELTS test in India

Section 1. A phone enquiry about rental accommodation.

Section 2. About the fire department in a company.

Section 3. About different types of pigeons.

Section 4. About a plum tree.

Reading test

Passage 1. About an Olympic torch.

Passage 2. About a company established by New Zealand farmers.

Passage 3. About a pest found in sub-Sahara region.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a diagram showing the recycling process from waste to production of new aluminium cans.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some people thinks that it is necessary to travel another country to learn about it. Others argue that all the information is available on TV and the Internet. Discuss both the views and give your own opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you like watches?
– Do you wear one?
– Did you buy it or got it as a gift?

Cue Card

Talk about two people from same family that you know well. Please say:

– who these people are
– how long you know them
– what their differences and similarities are

Discussion

Don’t remember.

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Beginning of the Year Conversation Game

Beginning of the Year Conversation Game This worksheet is a nice way to to review previous knowledge. Everything is here: grammar (tenses, modals), topic vocabulary (free time activities, school subjects, extreme sports, music, description of a person/city, etc). Also, it gives students the …
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IELTS Listening: How important is spelling?

IELTS Listening: How important is spelling?

 

The British Council’s LearnEnglish site answers this question clearly and succinctly: ‘Everything must be spelled correctly.’ So, what are the pitfalls? In this blog post we’re going to look at just one scenario.

The problem

In the IELTS Listening test, you may have the answer spelled out for you. For example, one of the speakers might spell their name, and you have to copy it down. This can present a number of challenges:

  1. Some English letters sound similar to each other: m and n, for example, are very similar so you have to listen carefully.
  2. Some English letters sound like different letters in other languages. For instance, j in English sounds like g in French.
  3. Two English letters may simply sound the same in your language. A Spanish speaker might find it difficult to tell the difference between b and v.

The solution

You can overcome these problems by practising. Start with this video.

  1. Watch the first 45 seconds of the video. Stop it. Repeat the letters. Check that you are pronouncing them correctly.
  2. Start the video again and switch off your monitor. With a pen and paper, write the words you hear.
  3. Watch from 00:47, and check your spelling.

Free IELTS band score calculator

Of course, spelling is just one aspect of the IELTS Listening test. In order to prepare for the test efficiently, you need to go through the experience of the test so you can pinpoint your weak areas. You also need to be able to compare your current band score with your target band score.

Do you know the approximate band score you would get if you took the IELTS Listening test today? Follow the steps below to find out.

  1. Click here. Then click on Start to open Road to IELTS. On the front screen, choose Listening, and then Test practice. Print out Practice test 1, and when you are ready, click to start the audio. Complete the test.
  2. When you have finished, download Answer key 1 and mark your test. You will have a mark out of 40.
  3. Click on My Profile at the top of the screen. In the Listening and Reading Score Calculator input your score. The calculator will convert this to an estimated IELTS band score.

Going through this process will help you understand how much practice you need in order to achieve your target band score.

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IELTS Writing: Boost your score by reading

IELTS Writing: Boost your score by reading

 

‘Reading and writing cannot be separated from each other: the more in-depth reading you do, the more in-depth writing you will eventually do.’ The University of Washington points to a clear link between reading and writing. Reading exposes you to different styles; it shows you how grammar is used correctly; and it helps you to build vocabulary and use it accurately. But to get the maximum benefit for your IELTS Writing test, you need to use reading as a source for focused writing activities. Read on for an example of how you can do this.

Task

In IELTS Academic Writing Task 1, you will describe a chart or a process. Where do you find the language to do this? Let’s start by reading this article from the UK’s Independent newspaper on the topic of the global middle class. Here’s your task:

  1. Print out the article and read it.
  2. Take a pen and underline every mention of quantities or proportions, or how they change (for example, 88% of…, just over a tenth, … rose significantly)
  3. Now copy down each sentence that includes one of these examples, and write a parallel sentence on a different topic underneath it. In this exercise we are focusing on language, rather than the interpretation of the graph. So it doesn’t matter whether your sentences are true or not; what’s important is that you practise using the words.

Example

Original sentence:
The middle-income population nearly doubled between 2001 and 2011.

Parallel sentences:
The population of rhinos in Kenya nearly doubled between 2005 and 2015.
Over the same period, the population of elephants more than doubled.

Here are three more original sentences to get you started.

  1. The middle classes amount to just over a tenth of the global population.
  2. By 2011, over half of the world’s population lived on a low income.
  3. In Africa and Central America, middle class populations barely rose.

How does this help?

In this exercise first you read, then you write. Why this two-step approach? It’s because to get the greatest benefit from reading, you need to use the text as a source for a writing activity.

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IELTS Speaking test in Brazil – July 2017

When A took the IELTS Speaking test in Brazil, he was asked the following questions:

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Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Let’s talk about your home.
– Where do you live now?
– Is it a house or an apartment?
– Do you like it there?
– Do you think of moving out in the future? Why?
– What kind of house do you like?
– Why is that?
– What size of home do you need?
– What style of interior decoration do you prefer?
– Why do you like it?

Cue Card

Talk about a married couple you know well, who inspire you. Please say

– Who are they?
– How did you meet them?
– What is their secret of happy marriage, in your opinion?

Discussion

– What is the ideal of good and happy wedding?
– Has the age of people getting married changed, compared to the past?
– How do people celebrate weddings in your country?
– Many people spend a lot of money on big weddings. Why?
– Is the size of families now and in the future going to change?
– Do you think children should have an influence on the family size?
– Are they able to make this type of decisions?

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IELTS test in Brazil – July 2017 (General Training)

Our kind friend E took the IELTS test in Brazil and remembered the following details:

Listening testIELTS test in Brazil

Section 1. Information about a new job vacancy at a company.

Section 2. Students talked about different universities.

Section 3. Don’t remember.

Section 4. About certain caves and animals that live there.

Reading test

Passage 1. About maple syrup farms.

Passage 2, 3. Don’t remember.

Passage 4. About a railway station and its history.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Write a formal letter to the manager of a construction company. They are building a house near your apartment and you want to complain about the noise and inconvenience in the area.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people believe that money is more important than free time for a good quality of life. Others say the opposite is true. Discuss both views. What is more important in your opinion? Give relevant examples.

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What subject are you studying?

Cue Card

Talk about two people from the same family. Please say

– who they are
– how you know them
– what their similarities and differences are
– and explain how you feel about them

Discussion

Don’t remember.

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IELTS test in India – July 2017 (Academic Module)

Our friend R took the IELTS test in India and remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions:

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Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a graph showing the population figures of three cities from 1990 to 2000 and the predicted population for 2020. We had to summarize and describe it.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Scientists believe that in the near future cars will be driven by computers. What are the reasons behind it? Would it be a positive or negative development, in your opinion?

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Do you like it so far?
– What are your plans for the future?
– Let’s talk about birthday celebrations.
– Do you celebrate your birthdays?
– How do you do it?
– What was the most memorable birthday for you?
– Why is that?
– Do you like marriage celebrations or weddings?
– When was the last one you attended?
– Who did you go there with?

Cue Card

Describe a happy married couple that you know well. Please say

– Who are they?
– When and where did you meet them?
– What is the secret of their happiness, in your opinion?

Discussion

– Is parenting a hard task? Why?
– Should parents have long maternity/paternity leave or not?
– Why do you think so?

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IELTS Results competition winners in July 2017

Today is the day every participant in our monthly IELTS results competition has been waiting for! We’re happy to report that, although many of you were enjoying your IELTS-free summer, we are about to present 11 bright people with a very good reason to celebrate!

Have you ever had doubts about passing IELTS with the score you need? The good news is – it’s not out of reach, it’s definitely possible. Look at these test takers, they made it, and so will you!

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 8 in IELTS

  • Akshi Shah from India, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Lahari Umesh from India, Band 8
  • Elizabeth Cherian from India, Band 8
  • Farrukh Shermatov from Uzbekistan, Band 8
  • Nihal Zubair from India, Band 8
  • Karen Eden from Canada, Band 8

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Kay Yi Chook from Malaysia, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Harsimran Anand from India, Band 8
  • Nain Pancholi from India, Band 8

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Viswa Demado from Malaysia, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Rajeev Shah from India, Band 7

Congratulations to the winners! A day like this shouldn’t go unnoticed – and so we are sending your certificates of achievement to your emails. Your IELTS results will be displayed in the IELTS-Blog hall of fame – please feel free to show off to your family and friends!

I’m sure everyone is wondering how these lovely people were able to score so well. At the moment we only know that Karen Eden (Band 8) prepared using our book ‘Target Band 7’ and Viswa Demado (Band 7.5) was using ‘Ace the IELTS’.

This is why we’re asking ALL the winners to share their stories of how they prepared and studied, and what helped them achieve success in IELTS. Anything they wish to share will be posted on IELTS-Blog without delay, so everyone can use the same technique and get a better score in their own exam this month.

P.S. IELTS results competition runs every month, and everyone is welcome to participate. Learn how to enroll here.

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IELTS Reading: True/ False/ Not Given

IELTS Reading: True/ False/ Not Given

 

Many candidates find the True/ False/ Not Given question one of the most challenging tasks in the Reading test. In fact, the biggest problem is the ‘Not Given’ option. Most candidates are not used to having this option and it confuses them a lot. They spend too much time making sure that it is ‘not given’ and this affects the rest of their test.

Well, what does True/ False/ Not Given actually mean?

  • True means that the text agrees with or confirms the information in the statement.
  • False means that the text contradicts or is the opposite to the information in the statement.
  • Not Given means that there is no information or it is impossible to know.

Try a True/ False/ Not Given exercise

Here’s an example. First read the text. Then answer the three questions below.

 

IELTS Reading: True/ False/ Not Given

 

  1. Children under 12 cannot leave the camp without an adult.
    a. True
    b. False
    c. Not Given
  2. Children aged 11 go to bed at 9.30 on Friday evenings.
    a. True
    b. False
    c. Not Given
  3. Only parents are allowed to visit.
    a. True
    b. False
    c. Not Given

Check your answers

When you have decided on the three answers, read on to see whether you are correct.

The answer to question 1 is True because it is stated clearly in the passage: “Children under 12 must not leave the camp unless accompanied by an adult.” The answer to the second question is False because in the passage it is mentioned that “Bedtime is at 10.30 for children under 12” and “On Friday and Saturday nights bedtime is an hour later.” The answer for question 3 is Not Given as there is no such information in the passage. It says “visitors” and does not specify what kind of visitors.

Lessons to learn

So, what are the key strategies when answering this question?

  • Read the instructions and all the statements carefully. Try to understand what the whole statement means, and do not focus only on key words.
  • Identify any words that qualify the statement, for example some, all, mainly, often, always and occasionally. These words are there to test if you have read the whole statement because they can change the meaning.
  • Don’t skim and scan the text to find the final answer. You will have to read the appropriate part of the text very carefully in order to understand what the writer means.
  • Try to think of what synonyms might be in the text. This will help you identify the matching part of the text.
  • The answers will be sequential with the passage. This means that the answer to the first question will come first in the passage, the second question after and the last one or two, near the end.
  • Do not spend a long time looking for the answer to one question; if you have no idea what the answer is, put ‘Not Given’. You probably have no idea because the answer is not there.

And finally:

  • Don’t assume anything based on your knowledge and experience. Read the text and find the answers there.
  • Don’t overthink your answer. You could start building long logical sequences that will lead you to the wrong answer.

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IELTS test in Saudi Arabia and India – July 2017 (Academic Module)

Our friends K and J took their IELTS tests in Saudi Arabia and India, and remembered some of the questions they had:

Writing testIELTS test in Saudi Arabia

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a bar chart showing the consumption of bottled water and soft drinks per person in five different countries in 2002. We had to summarize the information.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Many countries aim to improve their standard of living through economic development. Sometimes this may bring loss of social values as a result. Do the advantages of higher standard of living outweigh its disadvantages?

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?

Cue Card

Talk about an occasion when you received a good service from a person. Please say

– What was the service?
– When and where did you receive it?
– Why did you like it so much?

Discussion

– How did you feel after it?
– What is the difference between services from a big or small companies?
– What jobs require staff to get in touch with a lot of people?
– What qualities should the staff member have for such job? Why?
– What should people do when they receive bad service?

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