Posted on 08. Dec, 2013 by admin.
There are two basic question types for IELTS Writing Task 2; argument essays and accounts. Let’s think about argument essays in this post. Argument essays often end with a question such as ‘Do you agree or disagree?’ or they may begin with the words, ‘To what extent…’ You need to consider an argument essay as [...]
Posted on 04. Nov, 2013 by admin.
In the IELTS Speaking Test Part 2, you have to give a short talk (1-2 minutes) on a topic given to you by the examiner. I have had a lot of students dread this part of the speaking test; “What if it’s difficult topic?” “What if I don’t understand the topic?” Well, firstly, I’m not [...]
Posted on 14. Oct, 2013 by admin.
OK, so the most obvious thing is to do lots of practice and make sure your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are good enough to get the IELTS Band Score you need. In the last post, I suggested that you familiarise yourself with what’s expected in the test at the official IELTS website but [...]
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination is primarily designed to assess the ability of candidates to study at a higher education level in the English language. The examination lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes and consists of 4 tests in the following skills; listening (approx 30 minutes), reading (1 hour), writing (1 hour) [...]
Here’s a practice Academic IELTS Reading Test I found at Oxford University Press: IELTS Reading Test section 1, section 2, section 3, answers. The British Council website also has practice IELTS Reading Test exercises: Test 1 section 1, Test 1 section 2, Test 1 section 3. [...]
Posted on 14. Jul, 2013 by admin.
It’s a sad fact that there are many candidates who have a good enough level of English to get the IELTS Writing Band Score they need but who fail to complete the writing test. The issue here is really about time management. In the Writing Test, you have exactly 60 minutes to complete two tasks; [...]