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IELTS Test Schedule 2014

2014 test schedules for the IELTS in the Philippines

Monday, October 27, 2014

2015 IELTS Test Dates Philippines - British Council & IDP




British Council:


January 2015

January 10 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
January 17 - Saturday - Academic
January 29 - Thursday -  Academic and General Training
January 31 - Saturday - Academic


February 2015

February 7 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
February 12 - Thursday - Academic
February 14 - Saturday -  Academic
February 28 - Saturday - Academic and General Training

March 2015

March 12 - Thursday- Academic
March 14 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
March 21 - Saturday -  Academic
March 28 - Saturday - Academic and General Training

April 2015

April 11 - Saturday -  Academic
April 18 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
April 25- Saturday -  Academic
April 30 - Thursday - Academic and General Training

May 2015

May 9 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
May 16 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
May 21 - Thursday- Academic
May 30 - Saturday - Academic and General Training

June 2015

June 6 - Saturday - Academic
June 13 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
June 18 - Thursday- Academic
June 27 - Saturday - Academic and General Training

 July 2015

July 4 - Saturday - Academic
July 11 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
July 23 - Thursday- Academic and General Training
July 25 - Saturday - Academic

August 2015
 
August 1- Saturday - Academic and General Training
August 8 - Saturday - Academic
August 13 - Thursday- Academic
August 29- Saturday - Academic and General Training

September 2015

September 3- Thursday - Academic
September 12 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
September 19 - Saturday- Academic
September 26 - Saturday - Academic and General Training

October 2015

October 8- Thursday - Academic and General Training
October 10 - Saturday - Academic
October 24 - Saturday- Academic and General Training
October 31 - Saturday - Academic and General Training


November 2015

November 7 - Saturday- Academic and General Training
November 14 - Saturday - Academic
November 19 - Thursday - Academic
November 21 - Saturday - Academic and General Training

December 2015


December 3 - Thursday - Academic
December 5 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
December 12 - Saturday- Academic and General Training
December 19 - Saturday - Academic

IDP:

IELTS Test Schedule For The Year 2015
Date Venue  Module



10 Jan Manila / Baguio / Bacolod / Cagayan de Oro / Cebu                                                       Academic / General Training
17 Jan Manila Academic
29 Jan Manila / Cebu / Davao / Dipolog / Laguna Academic / General Training
07 Feb Manila / Baguio / Iloilo / Cagayan de Oro / Cebu Academic / General Training
14 Feb
Manila / Cebu Academic
28 Feb
Manila / Cebu / Davao / Naga / Lipa Academic / General Training
14 Mar Manila / Baguio / Bacolod / Iloilo / Cagayan de Oro / Cebu Academic / General Training
21 Mar Manila / Cebu Academic
28 Mar Manila / Cebu / Davao / Dipolog / Pampanga Academic / General Training
11 Apr Manila / Cebu Academic 
18 Apr
Manila / Baguio / Iloilo / Cagayan de Oro / Cebu / Naga Academic / General Training
30 Apr
Manila / Cebu / Davao / Cabanatuan / Tagaytay Academic / General Training
09 May  Manila / Baguio / Bacolod / Iloilo / Cagayan de Oro / Cebu Academic / General Training
16 May  Manila / Cebu Academic
30 May  Manila / Cebu / Davao / Dipolog / Lipa / Laguna Academic / General Training
 13 Jun  Manila / Baguio / Iloilo / Cagayan de Oro / Cebu  Academic / General Training
 18 Jun  Manila / Cebu  Academic
 27 Jun  Manila / Cebu / Davao / Naga / Pampanga  Academic / General Training

What is the Difference of Graph and Diagram for the IELTS Writing Interpretation?

Known to be a very difficult writing task, the International English Language Testing System exam’s writing section is dreaded by most of its candidates. As all IELTS test takers know, the test is divided into two modules: the Academic and the General Training. The most difficult writing tasks are in the Academic Module.

The first task in the Academic module is an interpretation of either a graph or a diagram. People who would experience this task will surely be surprised. Writing an essay is already difficult, what’s more if it is a data interpretation?

Graphs and Diagrams are very different. Let us have an example and outline the things a candidate needs to write in his or her own essay.

GRAPH

The graphs can be pie graph, bar graph or line graph. There is only one graph to for the first task. However, it is best for a candidate to practice on different kinds of graphs to be familiar with the style in writing. For this, let us use a bar chart. Let us have an example:

Source: http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/bar-chart.html

How can one write an essay? Here are some guide questions for your essay.

  • What is the graph all about?
  • Which has the highest reading? The lowest?
  • Is there any significant increase or decrease in the years?
  • Can you see the average percentage in this chart?
  • Are there any exceptions?

Diagram

In diagrams, process diagrams are commonly used. Process diagrams show a step-by-step process of something. This is actually much easier to interpret as what most candidates say. They have said this due to the fact that the flow of the process is easy to follow and all you have to do is choose the right words in describing the diagram. Let us look an example:
 


Source: http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/task-1-process.html

Here are guide questions for the chart:

  • What process is shown in the diagram?
  • What is the vocabulary needed to describe those objects?
  • What happened first? Second? Next?
  • What materials or equipment is involved in the process?
  • What is output?

Looking at it, the two diagrams differ on how you will interpret them. The graph will be more focused on highlighting the increase and decrease of numbers in the data. Transition words to show increase and decrease will be utilized in the essay. On the other hand, the diagram will be concentrated on showing how a product becomes or is developed through its process. Transition words to show flow or step-by-step procedures are needed.

Though they are different, candidates have to consider the flow of ideas in the sentences. It is best that candidates create an outline first before starting to write the essay. In this way, the candidate will be able to make sure that the ideas are organized according to the importance in mentioning in the essay.

To improve writing skills, one must practice a lot. Further, one should ask help from writing mentors such as those in IELTS review centers. Not only writing skills are important but also the correct usage of grammar. Review on grammar and sentence construction to have the best writing possible in the IELTs writing test.

Friday, October 24, 2014

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

What are the Useful Tips on IELTS Listening Test?

The listening test in the International English Language Testing System examination is considered by some to be very easy. While some agree with this, there is still a majority of people reviewing for the test who will oppose with this statement. The listening test is a comprehension test on how well candidates can understand the listening passage and the details in the passage. IELTS test takers need to be good at note taking to be able to answer the questions correctly.

In fact, candidates for the IELTS listening test have the advantage in their test for they can see the question while they are listening to the passage. They are also given a few seconds to scan the questions before the listening task is played. What the candidates should do is improve their listening skills. How?

Here are some useful tips on how to prepare for the IELTS listening test:

1. Generally improve your listening skills by practicing on different listening materials. Do not settle with just practice tests in the IELTS. You can listen to some news reports online, podcasts, or even listening to music can be a big help in enhancing your listening skills. Go online and check websites that have listening exercises.

2. Since it is a listening test, you must be very sensitive in getting details particularly spelling. Some names are spelled out so you have to listen to them very well. Make sure you follow the rules in capitalization while answering the test.

3. Instructions are recorded and not written on your test questionnaire. Listen and find clues in the instruction. You have to learn to anticipate what you will be listening.

4. With the little time given to scan the questions, be familiar with the details that you need to find in the passage like names of people, streets, amount of something, time and the likes.

5. Vocabulary is important. Candidates can be in trouble if they fail to understand what the lecture is all about because of some words that are unfamiliar. Be sure to be familiar with words that are commonly used in the IELTS test.

6. Do not leave questions unanswered. Instead of leaving them blank, take a guess. Choose your best guess and this could be right.

7. Some choices look the same but are entirely different. Know how to eliminate answers until you come up with the best and correct answer.

8. Given some seconds to check your answers, check for misspelled words and word forms of your answers.

9. Avoid careless mistakes by writing your answers on the wrong section of the answer sheet. Do not panic in answering. Keep calm and read carefully.

10. Listen carefully. Focus on the passage while it is being played. Let your mind concentrate on the passage and avoid getting distracted with unnecessary noises.

Listening becomes easier once you practice the tips mentioned. Of course, getting a good IELTS listening score is also possible when you always do practice tests and learn from your mistakes.

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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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.