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IELTS Speaking Topics Compilation

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IELTS Test Schedule 2014

2014 test schedules for the IELTS in the Philippines

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Commonly Misused Words in the English Language (Slide)

Here's a slide deck discussing some of the most commonly misused words in the English language. This can help you improve your English language skills, in preparation for the IELTS.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2015 IELTS Test Guide

For those who are planning to take the IELTS this year, you may want to check out this slide deck:



IDP Philippines to Host the Australia & New Zealand Education Exhibit 2015 This April

IDP, one of the accredited testing centers for IELTS (International English Language Testing System) in the Philippines, will be hosting the Australia & New Zealand Exhibit 2015 in April 2015. Check the schedule below:

MANILA
April 25, 2015
, 11am to 5pm
SHANGRI-LA HOTEL MAKATI
Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue
Makati City 1200, Metro Manila

CEBU
April 26, 2015
, 11am to 5pm
RADISSON BLU HOTEL
Serging Osmena Boulevard
Corner Juan Luna Avenue
Cebu City, Cebu 6000

DAVAO
April 28, 2015
, 2pm to 8pm
MARCO POLO HOTEL
C. M. Recto Street
Poblacion District, Davao City

If you wish to unfold opportunities in studying in Australia and New Zealand, this exhibit will be perfect for you. For more information, please visit http://www.idp.com/philippines/studyabroad/events/2015/04/ausnz-exhibition-2015


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

How to Improve Your IELTS Speaking Skills?

Communicating in English is an advantage to any individual. Most companies and institutions in English speaking countries hire people who can use and understand the English language. Hence, Filipinos who are applying for work, student or even immigrant visas to the said country are required to take an English proficiency exam such as the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. 
 


Many Filipinos are preparing these days for the IELTS test. One of the most crucial parts of the test is the speaking exam. This is when candidates will have to sit in front of a native English speaker for a speaking test. The test will last for about fifteen minutes that involves three different tasks. Each task is unique and quite challenging, so here are a few tips on the three tasks of the IELTS speaking test.

Task 1 Interview

In this part, the examiner will be asking general and familiar questions. These can be about your family, school, work, hobbies, and even your interests. The purpose of this task is to know the examinee and to make him or her comfortable in the whole duration of the test.

Tips!

  • Give some details in your responses. For example, when you are asked about your family, do not just say how many you are but also a little background about each member.
  • Yes or No type of questions should not be answered with a simple YES or NO. Provide more reasons.
  • Always answer questions in complete sentences.
  • Giving out examples makes a better response. For example, when asked about a hobby, describe the hobby and cite a time when you last did this activity or hobby.
  • Do not spend so much time thinking of an answer. The questions are simple and starters for more serious talk.

Task 2 Long Turn (Cue Card)

A cue card will be given to a candidate on the second task of the IELTS speaking test. He or she will be given a minute to prepare and about a couple of minutes for the response.

Here is a sample question:
  1. Talk about a subject you are studying
  2. What subject are you studying?
  3. What is the subject about?
  4. How do you feel about it?
  5. And explain why you are interested in it.

Tips!
  • Use the preparation time to write words and phrases that you will use in the response.
  • To have an organized response, follow the flow of the guide questions. This will give a smooth flow of ideas for your response.
  • Choose a particular response, in this case a subject in school, which can be easily supported in the response. This should be something you are very fond of or familiar with.
  • Be conscious with the response time. Make sure that you have enough time to talk. Practice often.
  • Do not go off the topic. Be careful with the verb tenses that are used in the questions and so is with your response.

Task 3 Two-way Discussion

The third task’s question is still related with the second task. This task is about three to five minutes. Questions will be an in-depth discussion on the second task’s topic.

Tips!
  • When you need to think about the question, do not hesitate to use fillers such as, “It is a good question, well…”
  • Always provide details and examples to support your answer.
  • Do not hesitate to ask the examiner to repeat the question. There could words or expressions that may seem unfamiliar. Asking them to repeat is not a deduction to your score; however, do not do this for all the questions.
  • Do not give responses that have incomplete thought. Always finish your sentences and the ideas in it.
  • Use transition words to guide the examinee in your response. Responses could be fairly lengthy, so the use of such will make it sound better.
Follow these tips for good and satisfying results for the IELTS speaking test.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jrooz Review Center Gets Top Registration Agent Awards by British Council Philippines in 2014

Philippines, January 21, 2015 - Jrooz Review Center was awarded as the top 5 and 6th IELTS registration agent in the Philippines for FY 2014 by the British Council. Jrooz Cebu was top 2 IELTS registration agent in the Visayas while Jrooz Makati secured the top 5th spot in the National Capital Region (NCR) category.


 
Known for its quality review and training programs, Jrooz continues to provide affordable IELTS courses to Filipinos and foreigners who hopes to pass the IELTS test. It has five branches all over the Philippines – Makati, Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Baguio. Check out the latest promos and events of Jrooz Review Center by visiting them on their offices or contact them via the following:

Jrooz Manila: Unit 409 and 412 Dona Felisa Syjuco Building, 1872 Remedios Street corner Taft Avenue Ermita, Metro Manila
(02) 846-4532 | 09209519546

Jrooz Makati: 1514 Cityland Herrera Towers Valero cor. Rufino St. Salcedo Village, Makati City
(02) 555-0013 | 09178954671

Jrooz Cebu: Unit 1601 Metrobank Plaza F. OsmeƱa Blvd., Cebu City
(032) 266-2822 | 09178657669

Jrooz Davao: Suite 2 Jaltan Bldg. C.M. Recto Corner Bonifacio Street, Davao City
(082) 282-4479 | 09178941546

Jrooz Baguio: Unit 3, 3rd floor ECCO Building, Assumption Road corner General Luna Road, Baguio City, Philippines
(074) 422-7745 | 09276252505


Official website: www.jroozreview.com
Email: desk@jroozreview.com


About Jrooz Review Center:

JROOZ REVIEW CENTER was established in 2001 in order to bring the best possible opportunity for Filipinos looking to reach the standards in the English language (IELTS and TOEFL IBT) that are required by many overseas universities, professional bodies and immigration departments.

JROOZ REVIEW CENTER also trains students who wish to pass the Physical Therapists exams and become licensed Physical Therapists either in the Philippines (PT exam) or in the U.S. (NPTE exam).

The center maintains branches in Makati, Manila, Cebu, Davao and Baguio and has achieved an enviable record of successes through its highly-developed curriculum and its dedication to employing the best available instructors.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

How to Organize Your Thoughts in Writing an Essay

Thinking of ideas on what to write could possibly the first problem people have when they are asked to write an essay. Though a topic is already given, getting the right angle for the essay can be tricky. There are a lot of people who consider writing essays as difficult. However, writing, in truth, is pretty easy when the person knows how to organize his or her thoughts for the essay. How can one write a good essay?

Writing an outline

 
 
Outlines are like framework of the essay. It is with the outline that the writer will be able to organize his ideas. Ideas can be organized according to its time order or its importance. Brainstorming for ideas comes in to this stage. One can generate a lot of ideas at first. Then, these ideas have to be grouped. Examine the ideas to which group can have a strong support to the main argument of the essay. Eliminate weak ideas and those which do not directly address the argument. Once you are done with brainstorming and the outline, it is now time to write the essay.

Introduction
An introduction welcomes the reader to the essay. It is where the writer gets the interest of the reader to continue reading the essay. A perfectly written introduction can awaken the curious mind of the reader. Writers should always remember to write the main argument in this part. As the reader sees and understands the main idea, expectations are set for the essay.

Body

The body of the essay contains the supporting ideas and details to the main argument. Writers should indicate clearly the reason they have. Reasons should be made general in order to further explain the idea in the succeeding sentences. Further, topic sentences should be clear and concise.

There should be at least two body paragraphs. One paragraph should contain one idea. This idea is further elaborated by giving examples. The discussion should be from the general idea down to specific details.

Conclusion

A good essay has a closure – a summary of all the ideas discussed. Conclusions should not discuss further the idea. Conclusions can either leave a question to the reader or provide a solution to the argument. It can be optional to essays, but it is advised to any writer to include a conclusion to any of their writings.

A lot may have problems on writing essay, but the best thing to do is to practice. Start by writing simple journals and write longer essays on specific topics in the long run. Writing is fun. Let it be an outlet of what you are feeling inside.


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How to Handle IELTS Examiners Who are Intimidating?

Coming to a job interview can bring cold feet to anyone. Everyone feels scared and very anxious when sitting in front of their future employers and is being evaluated with every question they ask. Some are very good in handling themselves in these stressful situations while others are not, and as a result, they fail to get the job. This exact scenario also happens to people who are scheduled for the IELTS speaking examination. 
 

 
The IELTS speaking test is a face-to-face interview with a native English speaker or a trained non-native English speaker. The test will last for only about fifteen minutes but, according to some candidates, the fifteen minute interview seems to be an hour because of the anxiety they feel during the interview. To make matters worse, some examinees have very intimidating IELTS examiners. With this type of examiner, candidates are distracted on how they can impress their examiner. How exactly can one handle intimidating IELTS examiners?

· Before going in the interview, think of the reason why you are taking the IELTS. You need an inspiration to help you do well in the speaking test. Tell yourself that you need to do well because your future relies on this examination. Have a positive mind set before stepping inside the room.

· During the interview, look at the examiner straight in his or her eye. This will show them that you are confident with your answers. This is a display that you do not fear whatever intimidation they are planning to show on you. Act tough and always smile in giving your answers.

· Maintain the tone of your voice. When your voice sounds on high or very low, the examiner knows that you are nervous; thus, you will start feeling anxious. Always speak in your normal tone. Clear your throat before speaking if you think this helps.

· Speak clearly when you are being interviewed. Do not give the examiner the chance to comment on how confusing your response is with his or her facial expressions.

· Give them full detailed answers. Make them feel that you are interested with what they are asking.

· Do not look on the notes the examiner is writing. Once you look at them, you will get distracted.

· Always come to a speaking test prepared. When you know that you have the right amount of preparation, no one can intimidate you.

Feeling anxious or getting intimated is a normal feeling in an interview. You have to handle yourself by believing that you are prepared and your responses can impress the interviewer.