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 2014

2014 test schedules for the IELTS in the Philippines

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What is the Process in Taking the IELTS Exam for UKVI?

There are some changes in taking the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination (IELTS) that non-native English speakers such as Filipinos who are interested in applying for a visa in the United Kingdom. The changes in the Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) include the IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration and IELTS Life Skills. What are these new changes all about?

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The IELTS Life Skills is taken by individuals who are in need to prove their fluency in speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels A1 or B1. The IELTS Exam for UKVI is the same with the existing IELTS exam. It still has the two modules – Academic and General Training. The exam’s content, examiners, format and level of difficulty are the same with the IELTS exam of non-UKVI applicants. However, applicants have to make sure that they are registered in a UKVI approved test center. It is very important for you to know the target scores that you need before taking the test. Ask your agency or the school you are applying for their score requirements.

The IELTS for UKVI Academic test is mostly taken by individuals who wish to study undergraduate or postgraduate courses. These are for individuals who are seeking professional registration in the UK. The General Training under IELTS for UKVI is for individuals who are going to migrate to the UK or going to study on a below degree level. The Academic Module and General Training are suitable for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 4 UK Visas and Immigration applications.

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Here are the things that you need to do in booking for an IELTS for UKVI test.

1. A completed application form for the IELTS for UKVI. Make sure all necessary information are filled.

2. Prepare the necessary documents: a valid ID (a passport is recommended) and 2 copies of your latest ID photograph. The ID to be presented on the examination day should be the same with the one used upon registration.

3. Payments can be done online or in person. You visit any local British Council or IDP offices in your areas. It is also possible to complete the registration process in IELTS review centers. These centers are also authorized registration agents for the IELTS for UKVI. The IELTS for UKVI in the Philippines cost PHP 14, 835 for bot Academic and General Training. The IELTS Life Skills test costs at PHP 11,125.

4. The test centers in the Philippines are in Crown Plaza Hotel in Manila and Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City.

5. If you need any special arrangements in taking the examination, it should be indicated upon registrations to avoid problems on the exam day.

What the candidates need to do is to prepare for the examination. Though the exam’s content does not have any difference from the existing IELTS test, it is still best to come in the test prepared and ready. Reviews are available in different IELTS review centers nationwide.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Benefits of Reviewing for your IELTS Online

Everybody is familiar with distant learning programs offered by some university and colleges. From the time this kind of program was launched, many individuals took advantage of it and discovered the benefits of studying their graduate or post-graduate studies online. This is where the online IELTS review got the idea of offering quality IELTS training online.

There has been a great importance emphasized in taking an IELTS review course. The IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination has been taken by a lot of Filipinos for many years now. The reason for this is that the IELTS has been made a requirement by many English speaking countries as a requirement for visa applications. Having an IELTS certificate is a proof that an individual can understand and use the English language, assuring his or her success and productivity in the country he or she is applying for.

Many IELTS review centers operate and offer different review programs in the Philippines. Class schedules are conveniently arranged to have most of the students available for the classes. However, not all students can make it to class due to their hectic schedules or their locations are quite distant from the review centers. It is with this predicament that online IELTS review classes have been offered.

Online IELTS review is the answer to people who want to study for the IELTS but has few complications to attend classes in review centers. What are some benefits one can get from enrolling in an IELTS review course program?

• Flexible schedules

Since the classes are online, the possibility of choosing classes that depend on your availability is possible. It is now much easier to manage your time. You can choose to study in the morning or in the late afternoon. Class schedules are given beforehand so that you can take note of the classes you can attend.

• Convenience

There is no need to leave the house and spend money on fare. With the online IELTS review classes, you can have your classes right at home. You can wear anything comfortable, even not take a shower. All you need is your computer and a good Internet connection to make the class possible.

• One-on-one Coaching

If you are someone who has difficulty catching up with the lesson in a big group, the online IELTS program is perfect for you. Some students do not have the opportunity to ask questions in a group class since they are shy and do not want to get embarrassed in class. With a one-on-on coaching, you can ask anything that you want to understand in your lessons.

• Real time feedback

There is no need to wait for a week to know your strengths and weaknesses. Instructors directly give their comments on things you need to improve in your English skills.

What the students are learning online are just the same with the lessons in a classroom setting. The online IELTS course program is the best way in preparing for the IELTS that you can do right at your own convenience.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Misused Phrases in the English Language

Make sure to avoid these misused phrases so that you can score higher in the IELTS test.

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:

April 25, 2015
, 11am to 5pm
Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue
Makati City 1200, Metro Manila

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

April 28, 2015
, 2pm to 8pm
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

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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.