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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

How to Check the IELTS Candidate Number

It has always been said that the amount of preparation an individual has spent in reviewing for an exam matters a lot and greatly affects the results. The knowledge gained from the sleepless nights of studying will be put to test on the day of the examination. This perception is also true on individuals taking an English proficiency assessment. 

The review has ended and you are all geared up to take the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. You have already registered on the exam and all set to put what you have learned in the IELTS training to the real arena. There are a number of things the candidate has to remember before the exam day and one of these is the IELTS Candidate Number. How can one get an IELTS candidate number?

On the registration, a unique number generated by Cambridge ESOL will be sent to the candidate after receiving the candidate's application date. This will be used as a reference number when the candidate needs to request IELTS related services like an extra Test Report Form in the Exams Unit of the British Council. This number will be posted on the NEEA IELTS web site on the MY STATUS PAGE.  Hence, candidates should constantly check on this and as much as possible remember or even print a copy of this IELTS candidate number. 

Like what is mentioned earlier, the IELTS candidate number is needed once request for an extra Test Report Form is needed. Inside this Test Repost Form, the candidate will find the test module the candidate has taken, the centre number, the test date and the IELTS candidate number. The candidate's name, photo, gender, ID number, and date of birth, first language, band of scores for the four sections – reading, listening, speaking, and writing, the OBS or overall band score, writing and speaking examiners' numbers, administrator's signature, date printed, and the rationale of the bands are all indicated. 

Now, what if you lost your IELTS candidate number? Do not panic. Search the email sent by the British Council, the IELTS candidate number is there. You should also check with the test center of your choice, they should help you with it.

As one of the candidates for the IELTS, be sure to list the important details for the exam. Double check on the identification needed for your verification. Moreover, have all this requirements placed in an envelope so once it is asked, you can just easily locate them – no hassle at all. For more information on this matter, check at

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Popular IELTS Writing Topics for Academic Module Task 1

Candidates for the International English Language Testing System examination or the IELTS are all feeling nervous when it comes to the writing assessment. A lot of candidates think that the IELTS writing is a very difficult task especially the task in the Academic Module. As what most candidates know, the writing test in the Academic Module is much more challenging than in the General training Module. What makes the writing task 1 difficult is the level of difficulty it poses to its candidates. The questions promote analytical thinking; hence, serious training and practice in writing essays on this type is a must. 

The candidates are asked to write a descriptive essay based on a graph or diagram. The number of words the candidate has to write should be at least 150 words. Now here are some popular IELTS writing topics commonly used in the Academic Module Task 1.

• Questions on population 

The table below presents the number of children ever born to women aged 40-44 years in Australia for each year the information was collected since 1981.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Number of children ever born, Women aged 40–44 years

Four or


Source: ABS Births Australia 2001, 2006 (3301.0)

The graphs below provide information on global population figures and figures for urban populations in different world regions.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

• Questions on processes

The diagram below shows the production of steam using a gas cooled nuclear reactor.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

The following diagram shows how greenhouse gases trap energy from the Sun.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown below.

• Questions on expenditures

The table below shows the monthly expenditure of an average Australian family in 1991 and 2001.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Australian Dollar Per Month
 Electricity and Water
 Other goods and services*
*Other goods and services: non-essential goods and services

The table below gives information on consumer spending on different items in five different countries in 2002.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Source of graphs:

What is the advantage of knowing these types of questions and examples?

First, the candidates will be prepared on what to expect on the questions. This will be an avenue for them to practice and create essays that will hone their skills in interpreting data and diagrams. Aside from that, the familiarity among question types poses a huge benefit. When a candidate is familiar with the question, he or she can easily manipulate on the figures on the data.

To be more familiar with these types of questions, it is best to be involved in IELTS classes and be better in writing.