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IELTS General Tips

Success in the IELTS exam requires a candidate to know the test format and the
specific techniques for answering questions. Make sure you are fully equipped with
this knowledge. ( Please see Resources on the Internet and Books )
Don't believe people who tell you that IELTS needs no preparation if your English is
good. Even if it is, you still need to learn the right skills for the test. I would suggest a
period of two weeks as preparation time, though this would vary depending on your
level of familiarity with English. The test fees are high and if you don't get the band
score you need, you have to wait for three months before you can take the test again.
Like in all other exams, practice is the key to doing well in the IELTS. Make sure you
have plenty of it before you appear for the test.
Answer all questions. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
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IELTS Speaking Section

So, you've signed up for a language course to prepare for the IELTS exam and are
now looking forward to the chance to showcase your English speaking skills in the
IELTS Oral Paper. OK, you may be feeling a little nervous as well! Try our tips
below to help you relax and show the IELTS examiner just how well you speak
Part 1: Introduction and Interview
This first section of the IELTS Speaking exam lasts about 4-5 minutes and gives the
examiner the chance to find out a little about you through some simple 'getting-to-
know-you' questions. These will be questions that you'll have something to talk about
such as your family, where you come from and what your interests are. This is also
YOUR chance to get off to a good start!

Part 2: The Long Turn
In Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking exam you have to speak for between 1 and 2 minutes
on a set topic based on information on a card the examiner will give you. You'll be a
given a minute to prepare what you want to say - just enough time to jot down some
ideas to help give your talk structure and interest.

Part 3: Two-Way Discussion
In Part 3 of the IELTS interview, which lasts between 4-5 minutes, you will
participate in a discussion with the examiner based on the topic in Part 2. The
examiner is likely to ask you questions based on your experience or opinion of the

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Speaking Part 1

Speaking Part 2 & 3

IELTS Listening

Your performance on the IELTS listening test will be enhanced if you try the IELTS
example listening test below.
The IELTS listening test is in the same format for both the Academic and General
Training Modules.
You will hear a number of recorded conversations and dialogues in the English
language for the IELTS listening test.
The audio tape or CD will feature speakers with a variety of accents.
There may also be some monologues or lectures.
You will be given time to read through the questions on the IELTS listening test
before you hear the tape.
However, you will only hear the tape once.
The IELTS listening test usually last around half an hour to 40 minutes.
There are 40 questions on the IELTS listening test, which is divided into four parts.
When the listening test ends, you will be given 10 extra minutes to transfer your
answers from you IELTS test paper to your answer sheet.
The listening tests on each of our practice tests are in the same format and style as the
actual IELTS listening test.

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Academic Writing for IELTS

This page is designed to improve your skills for academic writing for IELTS. In other
words, it is for students who need to write an essay for the Academic Module of
However, this page is also helpful for students who are preparing to write an essay for
task 2 of the IELTS General Training module.
The Academic Writing module consists of two IELTS essay tasks.
In task 1, you will be asked to examine a chart or diagram. You will then write a 150-
word essay that summarises the key features of the figure.
In IELTS essay task 2, you will be asked to write another essay. The second essay is a
written response to a statement or question. The essay for task 2 should contain a
minimum of 250 words.

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IELTS General Writing

The IELTS General Writing section measures your ability to communicate about
common, practical issues and expand on topics of personal interest. You may be
asked to provide factual information, make suggestions, express likes and dislikes, or
present complaints, opinions, or views. This section lasts for 1 hour and includes 2
tasks. Task 2 carries more marks than Task 1. Therefore, you may wish to divide your
time as follows:

Task 1 150 words 20 minutes
Task 2 250 words 40 minutes
According to the makers of the IELTS exam, assessment of General Writing tasks is
based on the following criteria:

Task Achievement - how thoroughly you do what is asked
Coherence and Cohesion - how organized your letter is
Lexical Resource - the range of vocabulary you use
Grammatical Range and Accuracy - how correct your grammar is

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The IELTS General Training Reading Test is quite a lot to do in an hour though if you
concentrate hard and are used to the tasks set, then it can be done without too much
The Test Format
The IELTS General Training Reading Test has 3 sections. You have 60 minutes to
complete the test. There is NO extra time at the end of the test to transfer your
answers to the answer paper (you get 10 extra minutes in the listening test only); your
answers must be on the answer paper at the end of the 60 minutes. The test has 40
questions based on a series of texts. The total length of all the texts put together will
be between 2000 and 2750 words. As in all the different parts of IELTS, the IELTS
General Training Reading Test gets progressively harder through the paper. Possible
formats of texts could be: notices, advertisements, newspapers, instruction manuals,
leaflets, timetables, books and magazines.
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IELTS Academic Training Reading

Passages are taken from original sources like magazines, books, newspapers and even
medical journals. You can expect to see material similar to what you would see in any
university course. There can also be non-verbal material such as diagrams and graphs.
Expect a variety of styles and issues that are of interest to the world we currently
live in. One passage usually contains very detailed information about a particular
subject while other passages may be more general.

The total word count for the three passages will not exceed 3000 words. Normally,
the total is about 2,500 words.

The reading comprehension section focuses on sentence completion based of a sample
paragraph. The passage will be preceded by a brief context review. Take the time to
read the opening review of the passage before jumping into the passage. This will
help give you the right framework for the passage. Consequently, the questions will
make more sense about the passage.
You do have time to read the passage and not skim over the passage. Test questions
distracters are set-up for skimmers. Even slow readers can complete the reading
passages and have a good opportunity to answer the passage due to the fact they
understand the passage. Five answer choices are presented and only one choice is the
correct answer.
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