FREE IELTS Review Materials

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IELTS Apps Review

comprehensive review of various android/iOS apps for the IELTS

IELTS Books Reviews

dissecting various IELTS books

IELTS Speaking Topics Compilation

practice your speaking skills with these topics

IELTS Test Schedule 2015

2014 test schedules for the IELTS in the Philippines

IELTS and IELTS UKVI Comparison

Differences between IELTS and IELTS UKVI

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Punctuation Saves Lives, the #NationalPunctuationDay

Planning to take the IELTS or the TOEFL anytime soon? Train yourself or with a respective IELTS or TOEFL review center, and start by spotting the punctuation errors in your written works!

Remember Jeff Rubin? He’s the founder of the National Punctuation Day and the humorous but extremely serious idea behind raising awareness for the value of correct punctuation. Since 2004, every 24th of September, the odd celebration of promoting correct punctuation occurs in the United States of America.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Choosing Which Appropriate Words to Use

Having a hard time looking for the right words to express your ideas and opinions? Is your vocabulary good enough to survive an English proficiency examination?

One of the problems for IELTS test candidates is expressing their ideas in both speaking and written responses. The most effective way is to use appropriate vocabulary to effectively convey their ideas. However, some candidates have troubles finding the exact words to use when they respond to these tasks. Most of the time, they end up using very basic word expressions and repeat these words again and again in the response. Though this response is still evaluated, examiners expect IELTS candidates to make use of different vocabulary words.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

What Is Your Most Frustrating Writing Mistake?

Writing is the most challenging part of the IELTS test. As a matter of fact, a lot of Filipinos have to retake the examination because they failed to hit their target band score for the writing. It is not surprising that IELTS test candidates look stressed and dreadful during the writing test.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Having Good Pronunciation Is An Important Factor, Learn It The IELTS Way

Since English is not the mother tongue of non-native English speakers, there is a possibility that their pronunciation is influenced heavily by their native language. In the IELTS examination, pronunciation is one of the criteria in evaluating how well you can speak English. Thus, a review center for the IELTS is very particular in honing the pronunciation of their students to make it clearer and sound natural. An IELTS review center may have special classes to improve pronunciation to get a good band score for the IELTS speaking test.

Learning English pronunciation can be a little challenging. Speaking examiners look at the accuracy and the variety of pronunciation in your responses. First, there is stress. Both word stress and sentence stress are considered in a response. Word stress can actually change the meaning of a particular word. For example, when the stress is placed on the second syllable of the word present, it means to show something like a report or a presentation. However, when placed on the first syllable, it means not absent or a gift. Sentence stress puts emphasis on words that you want the examiner to focus on. These words in your responses are important keywords in your response. For example, putting emphasis on the word never in I have never been to any parts of the Philippines means you have not have any opportunity to get out of your city.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

How to Apply For A UK Tourist Visa

The United Kingdom has been a great place of adventure and backpacking to many nationals over the years. With the rich culture and history of this country, it is not surprising that thousands of tourists visit the country to experience what UK has to offer. Many are intrigued with the country’s beauty; hence, a lot of foreigners apply for a UK tourist visa. 

Applying for a UK visa is not a walk in a park. There are certain documents that applicants need to comply before visa applications are approved. When you go to the UK, there are certain things that you need to remember to have a smooth visa processing.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

IELTS Speaking Test: Handling Nervousness

Some candidates of the IELTS see themselves on a hot seat during the speaking test. When you get nervous, you all get sweaty and your voice starts to sound weak. Your performance in the exam can be greatly affected with these when you let your being nervous overwhelm you. Stress and pressure in getting your target score are the common reasons why you get nervous for the examination. However, letting these two consume you will not result to a good performance in the examination. How should one handle nervousness in the IELTS speaking test?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ten Don'ts For The IELTS Speaking Test

Speaking in front of a native English speaker increases the anxiety of almost anyone, particularly candidates for the IELTS speaking test. Some candidates are dumbfounded once the examiner starts throwing them the questions. Seriously, what the examinees need to do is relax and be calm during the examination.

Being nervous can affect the score as one can start to stutter, stammer and even forget what he or she has to say to the examiner. Also, one thing that is a problem to most candidates is the relevance of their answers to the questions. Anxiety and poor content combined result to a poor score in the speaking test. To avoid being in a difficult situation in the speaking, here are some things that one should not do in the speaking test.