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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

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Friday, August 30, 2013

IELTS Listening Tips (Video) - IELTS Training and Review

Here's a very useful video that provides tips on what to do during the IELTS listening exam.




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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

How to Check Your IELTS Results Online - IDP and British Council

The IELTS of the International English Language Testing System is a world recognized English speaking examination. Here in the Philippines, different kinds of individuals and professionals take the IELTS due to its importance – a primary requirement for employment, education and immigration. With this, examinees of the IELTS are encouraged to study or take review classes in IELTS review centers where they are taught on different techniques and strategies important in responding to the various tasks in the IELTS.

As many candidates know, the IELTS has four different language skills that are evaluated – speaking, reading, listening, and writing. In the Philippines, it is typical to have the speaking test done first, a couple of days before the written tests (reading, listening, and writing). The speaking test usually lasts for ten to fifteen minutes but candidates are expected to be at the test area a couple of hours before the scheduled time. The written tests additionally run for about three hours. After the test is done, the grueling waiting for the results takes place. As a candidate of the test, how will you be able to check your test results? Here’s how.

•    IDP test takers

a.    Go to https://results.ielts.org/.
b.    In this webpage, there are dates indicated where preview of the results are already available.
c.    Fill in the form (given name, family name, passport/ID number, date of birth and the test date) and hit the search button.

The Test Report Form will be posted 13 days after the day the candidate took the exam. Candidates should be reminded that the online preview cannot be used as an official confirmation of the IELTS result.

•    British Council takers



a.    Visit www.britishcouncil.org/philippines-exam-ielts-online-result.htm.
b.    Click on the link (View my IELTS Results Online)
c.    Key in your Candidate Number, Birthday and ID Number (the ID the candidate used on the exam like passport, SSS ID, or driver’s license.
d.    Select the test date you took the exam
e.    Click Search Results

Like in the IDP, the provisional results become available after 13 days of the test date. The results can be viewed between 10 am on the first day of the release until the fortieth of the test day.

Examinees have to bear in mind that their scores online are still not the official results of their IELTS test. The Test Report form can either be picked up from the centers or have it sent to the candidate’s mailing address. This option is made on the day of the registration.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Best IELTS Apps for iPhone and iPad - IELTS Review and Training

The IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination is by far the most taken, popular and recognized English proficiency examination in the world. Different individuals are preparing for this test – working professionals and students – by enrolling in IELTS review classes. In the Philippines, there are different IELTS review centers like this one that offer services and training for IELTS examinees. In addition, if you are someone reviewing for the IELTS and who is constantly on the go, the best thing for you to do is download IELTS apps for your iPhone and iPad. There are some apps (free and purchased) that are available for candidates who are eager to review for the IELTS even outside the review center.

You can also refer to this page to view general IELTS exam tips for free.

IELTS Skills - Macmillan Education

Each four language skill in the IELTS has its own separate app, but in one useful app. This app provides practice examinations that will hone the skills of candidates. The advantage of this app is that each skill - reading, listening, speaking, and writing - are thoroughly explained and is provided with interactive tests. Candidates are given the chance to answer full length questions just like in the real IELTS examination.

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You can download the app here.


IELTS Preparation by XuVi

For vocabulary practice, this app is what you need. It has a wide collection of vocabulary words of over 4000 words from sources like books, papers, and journals. The good thing about this app is that words are defined clearly and very easily for candidates to understand them in a snap. Moreover, it has reading practices that will expose the candidate for common vocabulary words used in the reading section.

You can download the app here.


IELTS Flashcard by XuVi

Difficulty remembering vocabulary? Then flashcards on IELTS vocabulary is the best for you. With more than 5000 vocabulary words in its database, candidates are sure to be familiar with different words from different fields of knowledge with this app. Additionally, candidates can also choose the difficulty of the words that they can practice.


You can download the app here.

Grammar Express: Parts of Speech Lite by Eknath Kadam


With the different parts of speech explained, candidates will not have any troubles with their IELTS writing. Grammar rules are described and provided with examples. Moreover, quizzes are provided at the end of every discussion to gauge the learning of the candidates. The app has a mock test mode wherein users are given questions from the different parts of speech, progress meter to measure how far the user is in terms of his or her progress with the app, and detailed score summary to present the correct and wrong items in a test the user has taken.



You can download the app here.

101 Tips for IELTS Speaking HD by EEKAPP International Limited

Candidates need not worry with the speaking section of the IELTS. With this carefully designed app by an international IELTS coach and examiner, candidates learn effective practical tips for the IELTS speaking. This includes the manner on fluency, vocabulary, pronunciation and the overall preparation for the exam.


You can download the app here.

These applications on your iPhone and iPad are so handy and convenient that you can read them while on the bus, on a coffee break or even when you are shopping for groceries. Review anytime, anywhere with these IELTS applications available in iOS.

Monday, August 5, 2013

IELTS and Student Visas

For some students, studying is a pretty boring and tedious load of work. However for some, studying is their driving force towards attaining their goals in life. It is the fuel of their dreams – studying harder. Some students are even diligent that they find universities and colleges abroad wherein they can experience new culture both social and academic. Hence, they start processing their needed requirements for their student visas, and one of them is to get an IELTS certification (International English Language Testing System). There are a lot of universities and colleges abroad that require an IELTS score to their students. What’s more important is that some countries need an IELTS score certificate for processing of student visas.


In Australia, student visa application needs a score of 5 in the IELTS examination. That requirement is only for the processing of the student visa, not to the school the candidate is applying for. Meaning to say, students applying for a certain university abroad should target the university’s set score as universities and colleges’ score requirements are higher than what the Australian Immigration and citizenship requires. Knowing this, the student need not worry getting a student visa as long as they get more than a score of 5 in the IELTS examination.

In Canada, an overall band score of 6.5 is required from students applying for a student visa. Furthermore, the Academic Module should be taken by applicants. This score requirement should be met to be submitted along other requirements for student visa.

In the United Kingdom, an IELTS overall band score of 6 is needed. The IELTS certificate should still be valid as the certificate is valid for only two years.

Each country has different score requirements when processing a student visa. As a requirement, candidates who fail to reach the required scores will not be able to pursue their applications. Hence, it is very important to an IELTS candidate to get the target score and even am higher. That is the reason why students choose to review with coaches and mentors in IELTS review centers.

In IELTS review centers, coaches will be providing different enriching exercises that aim to develop the skills of these individuals. They will be both intrinsically and extrinsically motivated to do better on the reviews. Moreover, with the guidance of these IELTS instructors, the trainees or their candidates understand better the test and have the necessary knowledge through the different experiences they will encounter in reviewing for the IELTS. 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Top Ten Commonly Misused Words in the IELTS Exam

In speaking and writing, conveying information is effective and efficient if individuals use the right vocabulary. Yes, vocabulary plays a vital role when people communicate. The choice of words that individuals use can greatly affect what they want to express. With a little confusion in this part, misunderstanding arises resulting from communication breakdown. In taking English proficiency examination like the IELTS or the International English Language testing System, there are certain words that candidates use both in the speaking and the writing that are commonly misused. Here are some words candidates have to be aware of to avoid future confusion.

1.    Affect and Effect

These two words are commonly misused by people. As a review, affect is a verb which means to cause something. On the other hand, effect is a noun that means the result of an occurrence or an event.




2.    See and Look

Both are verbs that refer to the use of our sight. However, both are used differently for they have distinct meanings. We use see to say something that our eyes can perceive. We see something because our eyes are open. The verb look is to see with purpose. Meaning to say, you are observing something or in focus in the object that you see.

3.    They’re and Their

There are lots of people who still get confused with these two. They’re is a contraction of the words they are. It functions as the subject and the verb in the sentence. Their is an adjective that is followed by a noun. They might be pronounced in the same way but functions differently in a sentence. 



4.    It’s and Its
 
Like they’re and their, both have the same pronunciation. It’s is the contraction of It is while its is an adjective, so a noun follows after it. 



5.    You’re and Your
 
These two words are common in writing. You’re  means you are – a subject and a verb. Your is an adjective so there should be a noun that follows after it. It may seem easy to remember but there is still quite a number of people who frequently commit these errors. 



6.    Accept and Except
 
Both words are verbs; however, they should not be confused when used in a sentence. Accept means to receive something or somebody. On the other hand, except means to exclude something or someone. They have direct different meanings. 




7.    To and Too
 
To is a preposition which is followed by a noun. Too, on the other hand, is an adverb that means very.  For example, She is too tired. She is going to Las Vegas.


8.    Quiet and Quite

Quiet is an adjective which means silent while quite is an adverb means a little. They have different spellings and pronunciation; however, there are still some people who get confused which of these are to be used in their sentences.


9.    Hard and Hardly

Hard is an adjective to describe something is difficult or solid while hardly means in a minimal amount.

10.    All right and alright

All right refers to something that is very satisfactory or agreeable. It is used to describe things that are good and pleasing. However, alright is informal form of all right. Hence, the latter is commonly used in conversations but in writing all right is to be used.

These commonly misused words are considerations people taking the IELTS should consider. Committing these mistakes are avoidable with constant practice in speaking and writing.