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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Who Should Take the IELTS Exam?

"I am currently in an IELTS review program. We are about 20 in the class, and we come from different professions. This got me into thinking. Who can take the IELTS? Is there a particular profession requirement?"

International English Language Testing System – an English proficiency examination that has been gaining a lot of test takers yearly here in the Philippines. The IELTS examination is administered every month in the Philippines and each month is fully booked. Indeed, there are a lot of Filipinos who are taking the IELTS examination. With this number, some people are wondering who can take the IELTS examination. Can anyone take the IELTS? 
The answer is YES. The people taking the IELTS come from different groups of people. The best way to understand who takes the IELTS is by categorizing them to why they are taking the test – for work, study, and immigration.

Working professionals are the first on the list. There are a lot of job opportunities overseas. Most of these jobs are skilled workers. Luckily for Filipinos, most of our professions are under the skilled worker visa category. Some professions that need the IELTS to be able to work in other countries are nurses, engineers, and even butchers.
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Another group of people who take the IELTS are students. These students have applied for a degree program that they want to pursue overseas. Different institutions have different score requirements. Without getting this score requirement, the candidate has to take the examination again to be able to lodge their applications.

Finally, there are other people who take the IELTS for they are planning to live in other countries permanently. Being an immigrant needs you have to be able to speak and understand English well. Taking the IELTS will be a measure of how well you can adapt to an environment where English is the first language spoken.

With the importance outlined, candidates for the IELTS test have to get their target scores badly. To be able to be successful in hitting these scores, candidates enrol in IELTS review centers to attend classroom discussions that will improve their understanding of the language. Moreover, by attending in these review classes, candidates are given the opportunity to take mock examinations. These mock exams are helpful in gauging the candidate’s progress in the program he or she is enrolled.

Anybody can take the IELTS test; they all just differ with the purpose in taking the test. For more information about the IELTS, check their website or consult with your nearest IELTS review centers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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- What is IELTS?
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Monday, October 13, 2014

What are the Five Useful Grammar Tips on IELTS Writing?

Almost everyone in an English class thinks grammar class is difficult. Well, the reason behind this impression is the different rules in grammar that every English speaker must know. In taking English proficiency examinations like the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System, grammar is most needed in the writing section.

IELTS writing - grammar tips to remember
There are a lot of people who commit grammar mistakes. Some may have overlooked the rule while some are just careless in committing these mistakes. Grammar is an important criterion in the test. Poorly constructed essays due to grammar errors will not give you a good score. So as not to waste your effort in writing, here are the five useful grammar tips on IELTS writing.

1. Run-on sentences

This kind of sentence happens when two independent clauses are joined in one sentence without the correct conjunction or punctuation.

For example:
  • My niece is a smart baby, she learned to speak at the age of one year and six months.
  • Fixing this sentence can be done in three ways:

(a) Instead of making it in one sentence, make them into two separate sentences.

My niece is a smart baby. She learned to speak at the age of one year and six months.

(b) Use a semi-colon instead of the comma.

My niece is a smart baby; she learned to speak at the age of one year and six months.

(c) Use a coordinating conjunction between the two sentences.

My niece is a smart baby, and she learned to speak at the age of one year and six months.

2. Subject and Verb Agreement

If the subject is singular (only one), use a singular verb. If it is plural (more than one), use the plural form of the verb.

For examples:

The president, who is talking with his cabinet members, is discussing the current problem.

We use “is” as the subject of the sentence is the president, not the cabinet members.

The police are expected to respond in crime scenes as soon as possible.

The verb “are” is used as the noun “police” only takes a plural verb.

3. Pronouns and Antecedents

Pronouns substitute nouns; however, make sure that the pronoun you are using is a correct replacement of the noun. Singular nouns should take a singular pronoun and plural nouns with plural pronouns as well.

For example:

The class must turn in ITS/THEIR project by Thursday next week.

Its and Their can be used in this sentence with difference in meaning. 
When we use “its” we are referring to the class as a single unit while “their” refers to the individuals in the group.

4. Misplaced Modifiers/Dangling Modifiers

Modifiers describe the word within a sentence; hence, it should be next to the word it modifies. Misplaced modifiers when the modifier is placed away from the word it modifies making the context of the sentence confusing.

For example:
Incorrect: While I was in Europe, I was shocked to see a gate behind a house made of paper.

Is the house made of paper or the gate?

Correct: While I was in Europe, I was shocked to see a gate made of paper behind a house.

Incorrect: Walking to the theatre, the rain poured heavily.

The rain was the one walking?

Correct: Walking to the theatre, Jim help an umbrella as the rain poured heavily.

5. Apostrophes

Apostrophes are mainly used to show possession and contraction of some words. Other than that, it is already a grammatical error in the usage of punctuation.

For example:

The stars' at night looks so bright. (incorrect)

The stars at night look so bright. (correct)

These five common grammar errors can be avoided through constant practice in grammar. Familiarity with the rules is easy as long as you keep reviewing and keeping in mind the basic rules in grammar.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Top 10 Mistakes in the IELTS Listening and How to Avoid Them

Who wants to get a perfect score in an examination? Well, everybody wishes to perfect an examination. People feel good about themselves when they get perfect scores – makes them feel smart among others. However, there are times that we commit mistakes in the examination. Mistakes are normal but can be avoided. That is why it is important for every student to review for the exam and be able to answer all the questions correctly. What if you are taking the International English Language Testing System examination, are mistakes unavoidable?

As like what other candidates for the IELTS test say, “There’s no room for mistakes in taking the IELTS.” Well, this is a good motivation for candidates. It will push them to study harder and learn more skills for the exam. However, what will make them avoid them is to know the common mistakes in the listening section. Here are common mistakes one gets in the listening plus solutions on how to avoid them.

Incorrect spelling. There are no considerations done with incorrect spelling. To avoid this problem, listen closely to the audio. Pay attention if it’s a singular or plural noun.

Leaving a question unanswered. Unsure of your answer? Do not just leave it blank. Take a guess of the closest option you have in mind. It is better to answer it with your best guess. Who knows, this could be right.

Number of words on the blank. Do not write over three words. Follow the instructions carefully to avoid this mistake.

Impulsive answers. Some candidates immediately write their answers as soon as they hear a clue within the listening passage. As much as possible, let the passage finished first before finalizing your answers.

Ignoring keywords. Before the listening passage is heard, candidates are given some time to browse on the questions. Look for key words that will serve as hints for the answer.

Failure to answer map directions. Reading maps can be very difficult. To avoid mistakes, listen to it carefully. Take note on the turns mentioned, right or left, and even street names to get the questions right.

Not understanding the question. Candidates have to comprehend what the task is all about. Read it carefully and understand what it needs from you.

Choosing an option because the keyword is there. Do not be complacent with this type of options. It is usually a trick option; hence, it is important to listen on the exact details in the listening.

Overlooking the 30 seconds to revise answers. Some do not revise their work for misspelled words making their answers wrong. Given this time, review your answers. Change if necessary.

Losing focus on the audio passage. While you listen, you multitask. However, do not lose focus on the passage. To avoid losing focus, use the time given to browse the questions and concentrate on the listening passage when it is time to listen.

Mistakes can be avoided if you know what these mistakes are. Practice more on listening and learn how to answer the listening section correctly.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ten Facts You Need to Know about the IELTS Exam in the Philippines

Are you taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam here in the Philippines?

Filipinos, known to be good English speakers, are one of the nationalities who have the highest number of people taking the IELTS test. This number shows us that more and more Filipinos are interested in working and studying overseas. Some of these people are even taking the IELTS for their immigrant visas to grow old or retire in English speaking countries.
There is no doubt that Filipinos are good at speaking English. However, being known to be good is not enough. Filipinos need to provide proof of their fluency through the IELTS examination. It gauges their expertise in using and understanding the language that will make them productive once working, studying or living overseas.

Need to know more about the IELTS Exam here in the Philippines, here are some more details:

1. The IELTS is hosted by its two agencies here in the Philippines: British Council and IDP. These are two different organizations but the content of the exam is the same for both.

2. The IELTS test is available in the three major cities in the Philippines; Manila, Cebu and Davao; and other cities like Dipolog, Batangas, Iloilo, Naga, Leyte, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Cabanatuan, and Tagum.

3. The main office of IDP is located at 2/F, Pioneer House, Makati 108 Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village and British Council is at 10th floor Taipan Place, F. Ortigas Jr Road, Pasig City.

4. Registering for the test on both organizations can be done online or by directly going to their offices. Registration can also be done with review centers that are accredited IELTS registration agents.

5. The cost for registering in British Council is PhP 8986 while PhP 8900 for the IDP. Be sure to have all the necessary requirements upon registration such as a valid passport, any government issues IDs and photos.

6. Registering in IELTS review centers are also possible as long as you are enrolled in any of their course programs for the IELTS test.

7. Most of the time, the IELTS test is scheduled once or twice in the cities mentioned above.

8. Reviewing for the IELTS is crucial. The British Council and IDP have free practice tests for their candidates to practice on before the test.

9. The IELTS certification is good for two years. It the certificate expires, the candidate has to take the examination again if he or she needs it for another requirement.

10. IELTS can be pretty challenging; hence, IELTS test takers are encouraged to take review courses for the test. This will help them prepare and be ready for the examination.

Taking IELTS in the Philippines is easy. Get more information about the IELTS by engaging in course programs in IELTS review centers. You can also visit this page for frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the IELTS test.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

IELTS Reading Tips for Non-Readers

The fact that not all people are into reading brings problems to those people who need take a reading comprehension exam. Reading is something not most people would consider enjoyable or worthy of their time. For some, reading is pleasurable as it takes them to worlds unknown to mankind – that is reading fiction books. Others consider reading as their connection with reality as they are kept informed with the latest news and current trends around the world.

In the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination, reading is a crucial part in the candidate’s examination. In the Academic module, there are long and complicated texts from books and journals. Anyone who has taken the Academic reading module says that it is really difficult and challenging. Having this said, how can one appreciate reading, especially for non-readers?

- Letting this people know the benefits of reading. Reading is a good source of information and most of all new words. Through reading, people improve their vocabulary essential for the reading test.

- Choose books that interest you. Find reading materials that will entertain you. You need to have your focus fixed on the reading and not wander.

- Find reading materials that have light topics. Do not go into heavy reading materials such as long novels and epic poems.

- Every day, read a single chapter of a book. It will help you gain motivation on reading. Eventually, you will improve by reading two to three chapters in the process.

- Read news online. There are a lot of websites that have updated news that are not lengthy and wordy.

- Find interesting blogs and websites on the internet.
- Read comic books if you are into visual reading.

- Browse the newspaper. If you are not interested reading the editorial or the headlines, go read on lifestyle or sports.

- Find a topic that you think is interesting. If you are a medical professional, use your web browser and key in topics you are interested and read blogs or news articles about it.

- Motivate yourself in reading. Always think of the positive effects and advantages most especially that points reading can help you in your IELTS test.

Reading does not always have to be on books. Generally, you have to know what your interests are and find materials relating to it. It can be any reading material that you enjoy. It is an activity that is entertaining and educational.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

British Council IELTS Test Registration Procedure Online

Being one of the authorized agents of the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination, the British Council is more than willing to accommodate candidates for the examination.

Once an individual has decided to take the IELTS test, he or she can choose to register between the IDP and British Council. IELTS candidates need not worry about which to choose for the contents on both exams are the same. However, there are some candidates who are confused on how to do an online registration for the exam. Some people prefer it online as it is more convenient to do as you are just right at home in registering for the exam. For candidates who wish to register under the British Council, here is what you need to do:

1. Go to this link This is where the schedule of exams is listed together with their registration period. Remember to choose Academic or General Training to choose the type of module you are taking for the test.

2. Once you have chosen which module to take, look for an available date and click Register Online.

3. You will be asked to read a Registration Checklist before continuing. You have to prepare the following requirements:

a. A valid ID document or passport. This ID should be the same ID to be presented on the exam day.

b. A soft copy of your passport size photo.

c. If you have taken the IELTS before, provide a copy of your IELTS test report.

d. A VISA or MasterCard for the online payment.

e. A scanned copy of your ID or passport.

4. The online registration should be done within 30 minutes. The registration is on first-come, first-served basis so candidates need to register as early as possible. Candidates have to remember that no refunds will be given upon cancellation of the exam.

5. If the candidate has special needs during the examination, he or she should notify the test center.

6. After these guidelines, you will be asked to log in to your account. If this is your first time to register, you will need to create your account.

7. After registration, an email will be sent containing all your details and free online preparation course. Be sure to save this email.

If you have any problems registering online, authorized IELTS review centers are more than willing to help you. Just bring the necessary documents including the fee of P8986. They will assist you in registering to avoid mistakes.