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

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IELTS Test Schedule 2015

2014 test schedules for the IELTS in the Philippines

IELTS and IELTS UKVI Comparison

Differences between IELTS and IELTS UKVI

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.

Intonation is another factor to consider. This means the pitch– the rising and falling – of your voice. Some people who are nervous during the speaking has a higher pitch and very low pitch. These shows that they are consumed by their anxiety. On the other hand, some are monotones – a clear picture that they have a memorized template in their heads for the examination. Both of these situations can lead to a low band score in the speaking test.

Never talk fast during the IELTS test. IELTS review speaking mock exams train candidates to speak like having a conversation. When you speak to fast, your words do not come out clearly and you might lose your examiner in the flow of your response. Rhythm should be normal and relaxed.

There are many ways on how to improve pronunciation as practices in review centers in for IELTS.

  • Identify the difference of stress and rhythm between your native language and English. Doing this means you are distinguishing the manner of your speaking in your own mother tongue.
  • Use the dictionary. If you are unsure on how a particular word is pronounced, consult the dictionary. Online dictionaries are much preferred since they have audio samples on how the word is spoken in British and American accents.
  • Listen to different English sources. There are lots of American TV shows, news programs, and podcasts that are good sources of pronunciation practice. BBC news can be a good choice most especially if you want to be more familiar with British accents.
  • Record your response. In this way, you will be able to hear your voice when speaking. Once you hear it, you can notice things that you need to improve when delivering your response, particularly your pronunciation, stress, and rhythm.


IELTS review in speaking is a preparation you must consider before taking the test. Review center for IELTS have great programs to help candidates achieve their speaking band score in no time.

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.

Saturday, May 7, 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.



Do not think about what the examiner thinks of

Though some examiners have their own expected answers in mind, they are more concerned with your answer and how well you can elaborate your answer. Simple say, they are focused on your speaking ability – its fluency and if it is grammatically correct. Of course, you should not compromise the content of the answer. It should always answer directly the task.

Avoid bragging your grammar skills

Verb tenses have their particular use in a sentence. Choose one that fits the question. Do not use a particular tense in your answer because you think it will get you a higher score. This is not a verb tense examination. Use tenses appropriately.

Do not compromise your fluency

It is very important to be fluent with your responses. Fluency shows that you can naturally speak the English language without any trouble. If you are too concerned about your grammar, you might end up pausing in the middle of your response thinking whether you are still using correct grammar.

Avoid anxiety consuming you

When people are nervous, they either speak so low or speak so fast. When you speak with a very low voice, the examiner might barely hear you. If you speak too fast, the examiner will have difficulty with the clarity of your speech. Open your mouth and speak at your normal pace.

Do not look at the examiner expecting for some cues in your response.

Some candidates wait for the candidates to tell them to stop speaking or to encourage them to speak more. You are in control of the examination. It is you who should know when to stop speaking. Reminder, sometimes the more you talk, the more possibility of getting off the topic.

Do not give scripted responses

Examiners are good at noticing memorized answers. Answer naturally. If they spot that you are giving a scripted response, they might make the test difficult for you by asking complicated questions.

Do not use words you are not familiar with.

It is good to have good vocabulary; however, choose when to use them. No matter how good the word is, you have to understand that its definition should fit the content of your sentence.

Never say, “I don’t know.”

If you are given a question which you cannot relate with, think of a made-up answer. Do not say that you do not know anything about the topic. It is a big deduction to your score.

Have good accent

Having a good accent does not mean having perfect American or British English. The important thing is you can speak clearly and your accent does not cause any problems with your response.

Always arrive on time.

Be at the test center an hour before your scheduled time. Give yourself time to rest and relax for your exam.

If there is a secret to make your speaking test a good one, you should be prepared for it through practice and calm yourself prior to the test.

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.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Factors That Can Improve Your IELTS Speaking

Communicating in the English language has become one of the most important qualities to have in the competitive world today. In fact, better opportunities await for those individuals who can speak the language well. These opportunities are the reasons why people take the IELTS examination. With Speaking as one of the subtests, getting a good IELTS review to hone speaking skills is just the secret in a successful IELTS examination.

However, it is not all the time that an IELTS test candidate can sit in a class and learn things to improve their speaking skills. There are various factors one should know on how to develop this skill that will help them perform better during their IELTS review.