Rounding Off Questions in IELTS Speaking Part 2

Rounding off questions often surprise people in IELTS Speaking Part 2 because they aren’t prepared for them. These are questions which are asked at the end of your part 2 talk and before the part 3 discussion begins. IELTS Speaking Part 2 is the talk or sometimes called “the long turn”. You will be given […]

Answers to Plastic Straws Listening Practice

Below you will find the transcript and answers to the listening practice lesson about plastic straws and the environment. If you haven’t completed this lesson, please do so before reading the transcript and answers. Click here: Straws Listening Practice Transcript I usually offer the transcripts so you can listen and read at the same time. […]

Answers to Reading Lesson – News we can trust

The answers to the reading lesson about “News we can trust”. If you haven’t completed this lesson yet, please do so before you look at the answers. To complete the lesson, click here: Reading Lesson Below are the questions, answers and vocabulary focus for the lesson. Questions 1 – 7: Complete the sentences using no […]

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  • 6 more IELTS Essay Questions from 2021 broken down!
    by Shelly on September 14, 2021 at 7:25 am

    6 more IELTS Essay Questions from 2021 broken down! Yes! Nick and I are back with one of our most popular episodes – breaking down IELTS essay questions from recent exams! Today, we look at 6 that I think are interesting because they either introduce a new topic that we have never seen covered in the exam before OR are a common essay question format that students often find difficult As always, the questions that we are looking at today are reported IELTS questions i.e. they are questions that have been remembered by my students in the test and re-told to me for inclusion in this post. However, although I am employed as a professional exam writer (you can read The post 6 more IELTS Essay Questions from 2021 broken down! appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • How to approach an IELTS 2-Part Essay
    by Shelly on September 7, 2021 at 8:44 am

    How to approach an IELTS 2-Part Essay Over the last 12 months, I have noticed a definite trend in the type of questions that IELTS students are being asked to address in writing task two. It seems that the classic “problem / solution” questions are appearing less and less and, instead, test-takers are being asked to write an IELTS 2-Part essay. But, what is a 2-part essay? And how should you approach one to maximise your chance of a high score? That is what Nick and I are discussing in today’s podcast episode! Below, you can find a summary of the episode, which includes all of the links to useful materials and the times of each part of the discussion The post How to approach an IELTS 2-Part Essay appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • IELTS Exam Results: how you can apply for a breakdown of your speaking and writing exam scores
    by Shelly on August 31, 2021 at 10:13 am

    IELTS Exam Results One of the main frustrations for IELTS test-takers is that IELTS does not provide a breakdown of the scores for writing or speaking. In other words, you know that you  got a 6.5 for writing, but you don’t know why. Was it a problem with lexis? Did you write off-topic? Or was it your Task One that let you down? Until now the answer has simply been, only the examiner knows. IELTS exam results were essentially a black box. However, this week, I received an email from a student that may change this. She was able to capitalise on the new European laws for data protection (called GDPR) to find out exactly what scores she was awarded The post IELTS Exam Results: how you can apply for a breakdown of your speaking and writing exam scores appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • IELTS Progress Check: A Review
    by Shelly on August 24, 2021 at 8:18 am

    IELTS Progress Check: A Review A number of students have asked recently what we think about the new IELTS Progress Check. This is a relatively new service that offers students the chance to complete a full mock test in exam conditions that is marked by a trained examiner. The marketing for the service says that you will receive “an official feedback report, which includes an indicative overall test band score as well as a band score for each section of the test”, plus you will “receive personalised feedback chosen by the IELTS markers on all assessment criteria in your Speaking and Writing tests.” But, how does the service work and how detailed is the feedback that you will receive from The post IELTS Progress Check: A Review appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

  • A deep dive into IELTS Matching Headings Questions
    by Shelly on August 17, 2021 at 9:03 am

    A deep dive into IELTS Matching Headings Hopefully, you have already completed our Introduction to IELTS Matching Headings questions and so know the basic techniques for approaching these questions well. If you haven’t, I strongly recommend that you click on this link to complete the lesson now. Too many students rely on skimming or scanning to find the answers, or just reading the first and last lines of a paragraph. Neither of those techniques work and will leave you feeling confused and frustrated  But, what do you do if you are already using good technique but still cannot find the correct answers? Well, you are definitely not alone. IELTS Matching Headings questions continue to be the most difficult for many students, The post A deep dive into IELTS Matching Headings Questions appeared first on My IELTS Classroom Blog.

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