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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 https://philippines.ielts.britishcouncil.org/iorpsea/html/registration/showExamSessionListServlet.do. 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.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

IDP IELTS Test Online Registration Procedure

Are you clueless on how to register for the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination?


Every candidate of the IELTS is familiar with the IDP. It is one of the two agents, together with the British Council, that are authorized to deliver the IELTS test here in the Philippines. Many candidates are quite worried on how they can register for the test. Do they need it to do online? Do they have to go to IDP’s office in person? Are there any documents needed for this registration? To help candidates have a full understanding on IDP’s registration procedure, here is a guide for candidates who wish to register online in IDP.

1. Go to their website at www.ieltsessentials.com. In this website, you will be asked on your preferred test location – your country and the city. Then, as you see a “BOOK ONLINE NOW” button on the screen, click it. Create a User Account. Be reminded that an email of confirmation will be sent to your email containing your username and password. As you have this information, log-in to the website and complete the application.

2. Do not forget to have all the necessary documents with you. Valid IDs should be scanned and can either be in JPEG or PDF format. IDs can be the following: passport, PRC ID, SSS ID, GSIS ID or Unified Multipurpose ID.

3. Now, it is time to pay for your test. There is a variety of options on how you can pay for the exam.

a. Online payment through Paypal or Credit Card

b. Offline Payment

i. Over-the-counter Payment which can be made through IDP Education PTY Ltd Manila through cash, credit card or manager’s check

ii. Other offline payment options? Follow this step.

1. Check your email and a link provided regarding payments

2. Fill-in the required information including your candidate number and the “invoice no.”

3. Choose the preferred payment method

4. The instructions will be given. Each will have its own validation process so be sure to comply with the instructions in the letter. Take note of the reference number for Bayad Center and Over-the-Counter payments. Here is the list below.


These are easy steps on registering for the IDP. If you have further questions, you can ask your IELTS review center personnel for more information.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Best Grammar Practice Tests for the IELTS

Having a strong foundation in grammar makes one good at using and understanding the English language. Thus, in taking English proficiency examinations, candidates for the exam take time to review their grammar skills. If you are taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, building and improving grammar skills are secrets to a good IELTS score.



Are you already good at English grammar? Then answer the following sections that are helpful for you in your IELTS examination.

Click here for the answers.

Subject and Verb agreement

Underline the correct verb.

1. Either my mother or my sisters (is/are) going to make the decision for the house renovations.

2. Some of the students (seem/seems) to be reluctant in giving their response.

3. The storm that destroys all the crops (is/are) expected to happen in mid-summer.

4. The president seems to forget that there (is/are) matters to be discussed urgently.

5. Mary, together with my cousins, (plan/plans) to visit Korea in September.

6. A high percentage of the population (is/are) composed of women and children.

7. Everyone (needs/need) someone to grow old with.

8. A pair of jeans (was/were) left at the crime scene.

9. My jeans (was/were) torn while I was riding my bicycle.

10. Statistics (is/are) a difficult subject that I kept failing when I was in high school.


Verb Tenses
Write the correct verb tense form to complete each sentence.
note: be - be verbs or verbs that show action or a state of being. (am, was, is, are)
1. Mary’s eyes are red and puffy. She (cry) __________________.

2. When I (arrive) __________________ home, my mother (wait) __________________ for me at the kitchen table.

3. I (wake) __________________ up, (brush) __________________ my teeth, and (drive) __________________ to work.

4. She (eat/always) __________________ in my room. She is very annoying.

5. The card (be) __________________ printed in Holland in 1895.

6. He (be) __________________ a writer. He (write) __________________ romantic novels. He (write) __________________ ten best seller books.

7. The car broke down. By the time we (get) __________________ to the airport, Jenny (wait) __________________ for two hours.

8. By the next fall, my sister (finish) __________________ her course in fashion.

9. The earth (revolve) __________________ around the sun.

10. The bus (leave) __________________ in ten minutes.


Conjunctions and Prepositions

Encircle the correct conjunction or preposition on the blank provided.

1. The country club is located (in/on/at) 43rd Manchester Street, Ohio.

2. I was feeling hungry (but/or/so) I took some eggs in the fridge and made an omelette.

3. I saw a man standing (by/under/above) the door.

4. The airplane is flying (in/off/above) the dark clouds.

5. My mother (or/and/for) my father is going to buy me a new phone on my birthday.

6. The candidate was really pretty, (or/and/but) her answer totally ruined her chance to get the title.

7. The horses are galloping (under/in/into) the barn.

8. The children happily jumped (onto/on/into) the pool.

9. She got a failing mark on her test (so/for/but) she did not study for it.

10. Please take (on/off/in) your shoes when you enter the chapel.



Practice with these grammar tests and be ready for the IELTS examination.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What if I Failed in One of the Subtests in IELTS?

Have you ever had the experience finishing a test and all you could say that you could have done better? How does it feel to fail an examination? 

Failing an examination brings depression to any student. For university students, failing an exam can mean repeating the subject again for the next semester or losing a scholarship grant. When we fail an examination, we tend to look back and remember items that we should have answered right. However, it is just too late. As a result, we regret that we did not study hard for it, and even find other excuses though it is our own doing.

In taking the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System, there is no failing the test but failing to comply with the score requirements of the institutions the individual is applying for. Different companies and universities have set scores for applicants to comply. Some are even strict that they need to get a score of 6 or 7 in a particular subset of the examination.


Imagine that you are applying for a job in Australia and you need a score of 7 in all the subsets of the examination. Upon receiving your score, you get a 6.5 in one of the subsets. It is important for the candidate to know that they should retake the exam over and over again to get all 7 scores. Failure to reach the score requirements on any subtests means a retake of the IELTS examination. Hence, it is really a big importance for candidates to review for the IELTS test.

To successfully hit the score requirements, one must know the skills essential for the examination. Common IELTS skills include scanning, skimming, and note-taking. Moreover, candidates should always find a way for them to speak English. This will not only practice their speaking skills but also their confidence in speaking and facing other people. Being confident in using the language makes one a good English speaker.

Further, candidates should be exposed to practice tests in the IELTS. With these tests, they are able to identify their weak points and put more effort on developing these into their own strengths. The best thing for a candidate to do is attend IELTS review classes. With IELTS review classes, they will be under the supervision of mentors and coaches that are professionals for the job. They train and make every student IELTS ready. With the help of these instructors, there will be no room in failing any subset and taking the test in one shot is possible.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Friday, September 19, 2014

IELTS Dress Code - Dressing Preferred for IELTS Speaking

Dress to impress – this is what most people do when they are scheduled for interviews. Impressing your interviewer is not only limited to the responses you will be making but also with your physical appearance. For candidates taking the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System test, the speaking test is to be prepared for. Coming to the interview looking nicely is important; however, there are some details to be remembered. Here are some guidelines on what to wear during the test.




Women would be very nice if they wear a fresh pair of pants and a blouse. Dresses can be worn in the interview as long as it does not have a plunging neckline or it is backless. Some nice khaki paired with blouses is also good to look at. Flat shoes or high-heeled stilettos are great as long as the candidate is comfortable with them.





Other things candidates need to remember on the day of their speaking test:

  • Prepare your identification. Bring the ID you have used upon registration for the examination. It would be better if candidates have the ID photocopied for the test center might ask for one. Please read this post for the IELTS test registration requirements.
  • Bring two recent photographs. These will be used for your records.
  • Have enough writing materials for the test. Prepare extra sharpened pencils, black pens and erasers.
  • Come to the test center a couple of hours before your scheduled examination. There are some reminders given in the test center. In addition, candidates need to fill out some documents before the test commences. Coming to the test center early also helps the candidates relax for the examination.
  • Do not bring any electronic device once you are called in the room for the interview. Candidates who are bringing bags will be asked to deposit their belongings in a specific area.
  • Remember that these clothes are only guidelines. Do not spend too much time in finding suitable attire on your test day. The way you dress can have an impression on the interviewer but it will not definitely affect your score. The main point here is coming to the interview well-dressed and properly groomed.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Agree or Disagree - Smart Ways to Express Your Opinion and Boost Reasoning Skills for the IELTS

Are you good at reasoning? Can you defend your opinion very well? These are some skills that candidates for the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System that face this dilemma. Taking an English fluency test such as the IELTS involves speaking and writing test that will evaluate how well one can express their points of view. However, if one does not do it well, there is a huge possibility of getting a low score. This is the very reason why a lot of candidates study and prepare for the IELTS speaking and writing tests.
 
One question type that is common in the IELTS examination is an agree or disagree question. Agree or disagree questions ask the candidate to choose whether to make an agreement or disagreement on a given statement.

Here is an example question: 
 
"Do you agree or disagree? Technology has also brought disadvantages to mankind."

Given this question, how will you be able to express your ideas well? Here are some ways on how to respond well to this type of question.

1. Understand the statement. Think about it. There are times that you want to agree with it; however, you reasons are not strong enough to support your opinion. The key here is to make a response or choose the one which you can explain and elaborate.

2. Always create a clear point in your reasons. State why you agree or disagree. However, be careful not to be too specific for you might have problems detailing your response.

For example:

I certainly agree with this statement as more and more children nowadays have become lazy due to certain technologies.

In this response, you are making a general statement that student are lazy without explaining on which aspect. The same thing with the mention of technology – there was no mentioning of what technology.

3. Elaborate your response by explaining in particular what you mean. Make sure that you choose the right words in doing it.

For example:

Compared before, a lot of children nowadays play online games. Before, children played a lot of games that involved physical movement such as running. However today, most children are glued to their smart phones or tablets playing games instead of playing a physically-active game. This situation has contributed to the increase of obesity cases as children lack physical activities.

4. Provide more detail by providing examples. It does not have to something you have already experienced or witnesses. It could be something made up but connected to the idea of your point.

For example:

For instance, my five-year old cousin does not like doing any household chores or go outside and play ball with his friends. He is most of the time seen in his room playing with his iPad. As a result, he has put on weight. He also gets tired easily giving him more reasons to stay home and just play with the iPad. Due to the convenience of this technology, children fail to see the importance of physical interaction and social communication amongst other children.

5. Always use transition words to guide your reader or your listener in your response. A smooth transition in your ideas makes it easier to be understood.

The important thing in an agree or disagree question is providing a clear and good examples to defend your opinion. By using examples, your reasoning is better and much smarter.