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IELTS Apps Review

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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

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.

Friday, September 12, 2014

How long do I need to Review for the IELTS?

Studying habits are very important for students. Having a good timetable of topics to be studied and the amount of time to given on these subjects should be given priority before taking an examination. Students spend hours at night reviewing - memorizing every fact and detail they need to know for the examination. Some students study a couple of weeks before while others choose to cram a day before the exam.

For people who are taking an English proficiency examination, getting ready for the examination is a must. This is true most especially to individuals who are scheduled to take the International English Language Testing System or the IELTS examination.

Since it has been a primary requirement in visa applications in countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom and even in the United States of America, more and more Filipinos who are seeking better opportunities abroad have been looking for quality reviews that will prepare them for the examination. All candidates for the IELTS test should realize that the test is not a simple English comprehension test, but it is a test that will gauge how well a person can also use the language.

The IELTS test is made up of four sections: reading, listening, speaking and writing. As a candidate for the test, one must know all the skills that are involved in the examination. Hence, most are inclined to buying review manuals to prepare for the test. Though self-studying is effective in reviewing, it does not totally guarantee a high score for the candidate. This is the very reason why many choose to study in IELTS review centers.

Reviewing for the IELTS should be at least three months prior to the scheduled examination. The good thing about reviewing in an IELTS review center is their carefully planned schedule that will take the students step-by-step in getting familiar with the test. Also, with this plan, they develop the skills and understand how to respond to each of the section of the test. Moreover, students are given the opportunity to undergo mock exams. These mock exams are important as they expose the students to what the real test is like.

The three months given to a student reviewing is perfect for him or her to develop the necessary skills and learn different techniques for the exam. It will only take about two weeks for a student to adjust on the class environment and the other weeks are for exercises, class discussions and more mock exams.

Time is very important in the IELTS test. The more time given in reviewing, the more learning one gets for the IELTS. 

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Top Qualities of an IELTS Coach

We always want to learn from the best. We go to prestigious universities not only for the quality of education offered by the institution but also the quality of the teachers. Teacher quality is an important consideration in education. Students learn better when they are taught by experienced teachers. Likewise, individuals who are taking the International English Language Testing System examination are searching for teachers who can give them the best IELTS training along with advice on how they can ace the IELTS test well.

IELTS coaches are carefully selected by IELTS review centers. The skill building and development rely on the expertise of the coach. Having said this, here are the top qualities an IELTS coach should have.

1. Adaptable

The willingness to change should be a quality of an IELTS teacher. If the class discussion is making everyone have a difficult time, the IELTS coach should think of ideas on how he or she can teach it in a very simple way. The coach should be able to make necessary adjustments to his or her teaching in case such problems arise.

2. Creative

Some lessons might be too boring to be taught. Thus, coaches have to think of ways that can have the attention of student’s in class. This way, the students will get interested in how the class is taught and will look forward to every class meeting.

3. Determination

There are some students that are quite slow in keeping up with the pace in the class. As the coach, he or she has the determination to make sure that everyone in the class understands the lessons. There have to be ways the instructor is willing to do to give results to students no matter what the obstacles they may face.

4. Fearless

Some students may test on how well you are experienced in teaching IELTS and give you questions or even criticise you in class. As the coach, facing this kind of students should be a challenge and he or she must know how to defend himself or herself professionally.

5. Happy

Everyone wants a coach who comes to class bringing a big smile. Come to class with a positive outlook. Be enthusiastic and in your best mood in teaching. Leave other problems right outside the room once you go in.

6. Resourceful

Since the IELTS deals with a lot of things on the English language, the coach has to find materials that will make learning even better and more fruitful. The coach does not only rely on books but other available materials to improve learning.

7. Experienced

The coach needs to be experienced in teaching. Being well-rounded with the topics comes with the time you spent teaching it. Teachers who have been in the field for a long time conduct discussions in a breeze and with almost no books or manuals on hand.

8. Patient

Skills are not easy to improve in class. Some students find it difficult so coaches need to have the heart to understand the situation and try more strategies for the student. Giving up is not an option.

9. Organized

Materials should always be ready for class and if needed, they have to be easily acquired. Smooth flow of classes is expected when things run according to plan. Organization is the key.

10. Dedicated

Arriving early for class shows how dedicated the coach is in his profession. Further, dedication is also evident in minimal class absences. The teacher should always think of his student’s learning all the time.

If your IELTS coach has all of these, then you have come to the right IELTS review centers. Screening teachers for the IELTS is strict, so better be sure to be with the best IELTS coaches in your city.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Time Management Tips for Working Professionals Reviewing for the IELTS

Balancing time between work and one's social life has been a problem of working professionals. To add more to this dilemma, there are working professionals who are also studying like those who review for an English proficiency examination like the International English Language Testing System exam. However, since they are very busy with work and with studying, the problem of managing their time is expected to rise.

Doing their work and studying to succeed in the IELTS are very important for these working professionals. This is the very reason why time management has to be practiced. Here are some tips on how these individuals balance their time both for work and reviewing for the IELTS.

· Organization: A must!

Prepare all the materials you need for studying. For example, have a handy notebook where all your notes for the IELTS exam are written. Organize them according to topics so that you will be able to cover important topics. Read these notes while on break or before going to work.

· Make a concrete plan (and follow it)

Determine the amount of time you can give to your studying as you have work to do. Let’s say, give yourself an hour everyday to practice. Each day should cover one of the four sections of the test.

· Know your strengths and weaknesses
Once you know where you are good at, you will be able to prioritize things. Work more on things that you find difficult. These things will need more time to develop.

· Do not study a lot of things on a very limited time.

It is better to study a few things than feed your brain with too much information with only limited time. Create a time table indicating topics that you need to cover in one day.

· Always have a backup plan

You need to work overtime, so your time for reviewing is consumed. The next day, try to cope with this loss of time. Further, if you are not that tired at the end of your workday, work on some easy items to be reviewed.

· Use breaks wisely

If you are not hungry on your break, use this to do some exercises. If there is not an important thing to be done on your break, use them wisely!

· Have a motivation

It is always a good thing to be motivated to do something. On your work desk, write your target score. Once you see this, you will be more motivated to work on your projects at work to give more time for your review.

· Use your day offs well

During your day offs, allot more time on studying. Do practice exercises while doing the laundry or memorize vocabulary while cooking dinner. Find an opportunity to study while doing household chores if you need to do any.

· Have some recordings on your phone or mp3 players

While driving or commuting to work, listen to English recordings that will help your familiarity with the accents used in the IELTS.

· Try enrolling in a review center

Review centers have IELTS course schedules that are convenient for working individuals. They offer classes as late as 9 pm or whole day schedule on a weekend.

Though with a busy schedule, working individuals' candidates for the IELTS can still review for the IELTS. Just follow these steps and your time for work and reviewing will be managed effectively.

Monday, September 1, 2014

There is No Effective IELTS Review Book for Someone Who's Not Willing to Practice Everyday

Imagine that you took a test and you got a very depressing score. Would you blame yourself for not preparing well for the exam or would you blame your review materials for not being very helpful? 
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People take failures on examinations very differently. Some would blame themselves because they lacked the right amount of preparation. Some would even doubt that they have the right notes for the examination. Some would even blame the test for being too difficult. However, the real reason for failing for an examination is the time given for reviewing and preparing for it. Hence, for people taking the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination, candidates dedicate a lot of their time to prepare for the examination. One thing that they do for this preparation is seeking IELTS review books.

If you check online, there are a lot of books recommended for the IELTS test. Some have even written reviews on how these books are of great help for the examination. As a candidate, you are persuaded to buy this material. You go to the bookstore or order it online. Once you have it, you browse through it and answer exercises. You seem prepared for the test; however, upon taking the test, achieving the target score has not been successful. What could have gone wrong?

As a candidate for the IELTS test, you have to remember that PRACTICING EVERYDAY is the basic yet the most important ingredient in getting a good score in the exam. Book reviews will always promote how helpful and easy it is to get your score when using their books. But, the thing here is the commitment someone gives in reviewing. Let’s say you have the book but you just open it a few times in a week. Is that helpful? NO.
Preparing for the exam needs constant practice. As you practice every day, you will discover a lot of things that will help you understand the flow of the examination. You will learn from your mistakes through practices and even discover what your strengths and weaknesses are in the examination. Practicing daily is a process where you realize what you need to work more for the examination. No matter how good your book is, even though you have purchased the best IELTS book made, there is no positive result when you just let it sit there on your desk. Manage your time daily by giving at least two to three hours studying.

Books do not assure your success in the test. They do not make miracles. They are guides in helping you achieve your score. It is still you, the candidate, who needs to put the effort and discipline in preparing for the IELTS. Remember that no IELTS book is effective unless one practices with them every day.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

IELTS Essay Writing Tips That Are Often Neglected

Can you write well? Will you be able to write an essay in just a few minutes?

It is amazing how some people can write an essay in just a matter of ten to fifteen minutes. That is a talent that most candidates for the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS) want to acquire. Writing is not an easy task to do. It involves brainstorming, outlining of answers, and revising the essay. Thus, candidates put a lot of effort in learning skills that they can use for the writing exam. 
Candidates ask for tips for the IELTS exam; however, some overlook these tips. As a result, these candidates regret not doing what they were supposed to do. Let us find out what there IELTS writing tips that are often neglected by candidates.
  • Ever get tired seeing particular word three times in a sentence? Words are important as they are the ones delivering the message. If you use the same word over and over again, you are showing that your vocabulary is very limited. Thus, read to increase your vocabulary power.

· Though it sounds useless, but journal writing has helped a lot of candidates improve their writing. Through this, candidates have been able to develop their ideas in their essays. Write a detailed account of your daily activities.

  •  The poeple beleive in what their principel says. Spelling should always be checked a million times when writing. You have to writing your essays by pen and paper, so it is important to be aware of your misspelled words.

· Check the number of words you have. There is a penalty for not following instructions.

  • A good essay has a good introduction, a developed body paragraphs and a conclusion. Leaving any of these is considered a poorly written essay. 

· Create an outline when writing. Some just jump into writing without a plan. Though the time is limited, you have to organize your thoughts even for 3-5 minutes.

  • Punctuation matters in writing. Be sure to understand when commas, colons, and semi-colons are used in sentences.
· Be consistent with your grammar. Choose the verb tense that fits best to your writing.

  • Always read your writing before handing it in. Take at least 3 minutes to review what you have written.
· Practice writing. There are a lot of materials online that you can use. Have this essay check by a friend you know who is good at English or a teacher in an IELTS review center.

Writing is easy when you are prepared for it. Have these tips in mind and follow them to have a better score in the writing IELTS test.