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Monday, March 31, 2014

How Can I Take IELTS in Manila

Feeling lucky to be more successful in other countries? Do you have what it takes to be educated in world class academic institutions abroad?

Many Filipinos consider Manila as a city where opportunities are waiting to be found. This is evident as people from different provinces take their chances in going to the capital city to find work and experience good quality of education. This is true; however, there is an increasing number of individuals who are hoping to find their luck overseas.


 
Working or studying overseas requires quite a number of prerequisites. One of these is taking an English proficiency examination. The International English Language Testing System or IELTS has been known to be the leading English proficiency examination today. It has gained its popularity as more and more professionals and students have been preparing for it and Manila has the greatest number.

If you are taking the IELTS in Manila, registering for the test will not be a problem. Here are a few steps on how you can take the IELTS in Manila.

1. Find out first whether you need to take the Academic or the General Training. These are two modules offered in the IELTS test and are taken by candidates depending on different purposes like immigration, work, and education.

2. Once you are sure which module to take, register under the IDP or the British Council. These are two agencies authorized to deliver the IELTS. Exam content is the same for both exams.

3. Registering online is very easy. Visit their websites and hit registration for the exam. You will be asked to make an account. Personal information such as your name, address, and contact numbers are needed.

4. When registering for a date, be sure that the exam is still available. Dates are already posted in the site and be sure to choose Manila as your test location.

5. Prepare all necessary documents for the registration like scanned copies of your ideas and a credit card for online payment.

6. Upon finishing your registration, a confirmation letter will be sent to your email indicating your candidate number, test schedule and test center in Manila. As much as possible, visit the test center’s location before the exam date. Being familiar with how to get there makes it more convenient on the test day.

Registering is no hassle as it can be done online. All you need to is to fill out necessary information and your payment. For more information, visit British Council at https://philippines.ielts.britishcouncil.org/iorpsea/html/registration/showExamSessionListServlet.do and IDP http://www.philippines.idp.com/ielts.aspx.

Check the IELTS schedule for 2014 at http://www.ieltsexamstips.com/2013/12/ielts-test-dates-2014-philippines.html.


Friday, March 28, 2014

IELTS Vocabulary Training: Useful Words When Interpreting Data from Diagrams and Graphs

Imagine that you are given a line graph that you need to describe or even write an essay about it. Do you think it is an easy task?


Writing essays based on your own viewpoints are already challenging. The time spent for brainstorming for the question would consume time. What more if you are asked to interpret a certain graph? In the writing section in the Academic Module of the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination, test takers are given quite a challenge in coming up with a sensible essay on data or graph interpretation.

In the first writing task of the IELTS Academic writing, candidates are evaluated on how well a candidate can describe the information in the graph objectively, interpret the date solely based on what he or she sees, and the usage of suitable language to describe the graph. Since it is difficult to describe graphs and data, it is best for candidates to know certain vocabulary words and expressions to effectively explain what the task asks. Here is a list of words and expressions commonly used in data and graph interpretation.

Nouns that can be used to show an increase on something:

· A rise, An increase, Growth, An upward trend, A boom

Examples:

  • In the year 2012, a rise in sales has been observed.
  • The growth in numbers in the population indicates that the water in the area is potable.

Nouns that can be used to show a decrease on something:

· A decrease, A decline, A fall, A drop, A slump, A reduction

Examples:

  • The decrease in the number of deaths shows that the antidote worked for a couple of years.
  • A huge drop in sales resulted for the product to be pulled out from different stores nationwide.

Here are some words to be used in data/graph interpretation:

· Remained stable (at)

The figures remained stable for two years making the experiment a huge failure.

· No change

No change was recorded after four years the product was released in the market.

· Rapid/Rapidly

There was a rapid change in numbers as the demand decreased over the years.

The numbers went down rapidly with the current exchange rate.

· Slight

There has been a slight increase in the value of Korean Won recently.

Data or graph interpretation is not a piece of cake; hence, candidates who are to take the Academic Module need practice in this area. Be sure to use the right vocabulary word to clearly show the different trends in your writing. With the right expression, getting the target band score for the IELTS writing is a breeze.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How Can I Take IELTS in Baguio

“Hi, my name is Allen. I am a nurse and applied for work in Australia. I have all my requirements with me, but I am quite confused with this English test called the IELTS. I am from Baguio City and I am not sure if my city caters this examination. What can I do?”

Do you need to take the International English Language Testing System? Are you in city far from Manila like Baguio?


People living in Baguio do not need to worry regarding taking the IELTS test. Unlike before, resident of Baguio City can take the exam with ease and comfort right in the city. There is no need to go to Manila for the exam. IELTS Baguio has got it covered. Registering for the exam is a piece of cake as well.

Candidates have to determine whether they need the Academic and the General Training module exams. These two are different in their reading and writing but the same with listening and writing. Most of the time, individuals taking a course program overseas take the Academic while the General Training is commonly taken by those aiming for some work and immigration.

IELTS has IDP and British Council – two authorities that host the IELTS examination. No need to worry on which agency to register – both uses the same content but they differ with their registration fees though. The IDP charges PHP 8900 while the British Council costs about PHP8986.

There is no hassle in registering as it can be done right at home using the web. Log on to British Council at https://philippines.ielts.britishcouncil.org/iorpsea/html/registration/showExamSessionListServlet.do and in IDP at http://www.philippines.idp.com/ielts.aspx. For first time takers, create a new account for your registration. Be sure to fill in the fields with your information which is correct and truthful. Upon making your account, you are now ready.

Prepare all necessary documents like scanned copy of your identification. Make sure the identification you are using to register is the same with the one you are presenting on the exam day. Choose the date available for Baguio City. Here is the schedule for this year:



Once you are done registering, an email will be sent indicating your test schedule. It will be best for candidates to visit the test center before the examination day.

Candidates need to register early as slots get easily booked. Baguio residents can now take the IELTS without any hassle with the schedules and test centers right in the city.

Monday, March 24, 2014

IELTS Vocabulary for Writing and Speaking Test - Useful Keywords to Remember

Writing and Speaking – these are two English skills that are common and are commonly used in our day-to-day living. In the Philippines, using the English language has already become a part of their daily activities. As Filipinos are exposed to the language starting from a very young age, it is not surprising why most Filipinos do not have a hard time in using the language. At work or in school, you can hear almost everybody incorporate English in their conversations. Say for example, when we meet someone, we normally use “Good Morning!” or depending on what time of the day. It is seldom for us to hear people greeting each other in our native language in conversations. The frequent usage of English has made Filipinos one of the nationalities who can speak English very well. With this, most companies and schools in other English-speaking countries believe that Filipinos are best to be part of their institution not only because of their skills but also their expertise in the English language.

However, Filipinos have to take an English proficiency examination to prove that they can be productive with their English skills. Filipinos are to take the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. The IELTS is a paper-based test that evaluated an individual’s proficiency on English four core skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing. Amongst these four skills, two skills seem to worry Filipino test takers: the speaking and writing assessments. 
 
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Writing

There are two kinds of IELTS writing: the Academic and the General Training. The first tasks of both are different. The Academic deals on a task that will have the candidate interpret data, graph or diagrams, and the General Training asks the candidate to compose an essay based on a given situation. The second task is an independent question which the candidate has to express his or her viewpoints. To get a good mark on the writing test, candidates should showcase their knowledge on vocabulary and grammar. Here are some useful keywords to make your essay writing better.

1. Nowadays/These days/At the present time/Currently

These words are best to describe a present situation that you would like to refer on your essay.

Examples:

  • Nowadays, many students prefer living in their own apartments than staying in university dormitories.
  • These days, the school administration has implemented a new rule allowing students to use the school library on weekends.


2. In my own experience

Writing gets stronger points if you include your personal experience using this expression.

Examples:

  • In my own experience, living alone has both its advantages and disadvantages.
  • I would rather be making decisions alone in my own experience.

3. To sum up
Writing a conclusion is necessary. Sum things up with this expression.

Examples:

  • To sum up, working alone is much better than working with others.
  • To sum up, it is difficult to learn a new language.

Speaking

Everyone taking the IELTS speaking exam gets nervous as they are to speak in front of a native English speaker. Since most people get stressed talking to people in English, having a practice partner can be very helpful in eliminating the tension and also in building the confidence in using the English language. To make your responses better, here are some important keywords for your responses. 
 
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1. One example of what I am talking about is…/ For example,...

A very good way to start detailing your responses is giving examples through this expression.

Examples:

  • For example, when I was younger, I used to love hiking in the mountains.
  • One example of what I am talking about is the greenhouse effect.


2. Additionally/Furthermore/Also

These are words useful in adding more details to your point.

Examples:

  • Additionally, the data indicates a rise in sales in the next month.
  • Furthermore, it is observed that the figures dropped at the end of October.

3. Finally/Lastly/In the end

To show a final point

Examples:

  • Finally, I believe that it is much better to study with teachers.
  • In the end, the government gave what the people were asking for.

Writing and speaking are evaluations that should not make candidates nervous. There are a lot of things that they can do to make studying for these easier and more productive. Practice on more vocabulary and improve grammar skills are the secrets to a successful IELTS writing and speaking tests.

Friday, March 21, 2014

IELTS Training: A Lesson on Verb Tenses

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Speaking and Writing are two language core skills where grammar is evaluated. Without grammar, it is impossible to create sentences and be understood. Hence, grammar is very important in learning English. The importance of grammar is evident in language schools as grammar is included in any English language course. For non-native speakers, learning English grammar is difficult as it can be very technical. However, the advantage in learning grammar makes the candidate express his or her ideas better in both oral and written context. 



For starters, learning the verb tenses is a good foundation in creating effective sentences. Verb tenses show when the action happens, happened and will happen. In the English grammar, we have 12 different verb tenses. Let us find out what these verb tenses are and how they are used in a sentence.

1. Simple Present

Pattern: subject + am/is/are or subject + verb (s/es)

The simple present is used to:

a. show habitual actions

Examples:
  • I always take a shower in the evening.
  • She works here every day.

b. facts or generalizations

  • The moon revolves around the sun.
  • Rain falls from the sky.

2. Simple Past

Pattern: subject + was/were or subject + past form of the verb

The simple past is used to show a completed action in the past. The action started and finished in the past. In addition, we use the simple past tense to talk about dead people.

Examples:

  • My mother did the laundry last weekend.
  • Mozart wrote a lot of masterpieces.

3. Simple Future


Pattern: subject + will + base verb or subject + am/is/are going to + base verb

The simple future shows that an action will or going to happen in the future. It has not happened yet.

Examples:
  • I will go to New Orleans next month.
  • She will be arriving soon.

4. Present Progressive



Pattern: subject + am/is/are + verb~ing

The present progressive is for actions that are happening at the time of speaking.

Examples:

  • I am currently writing a new novel about my travels.
  • She is working at her desk at the moment. She seems very busy.

5. Past Progressive



Pattern: subject + was/were + verb ~ing

This verb tense is used to show that an action in the past was happening was interrupted by a shorter action.

Examples:

  • Rico was cooking dinner when Honey arrived.
  • They were answering the test when the bell rang.

6. Future Progressive


Pattern: subject + will be +verb~ing

Subject + am/is/are going to be + verb~ing

This verb tense shows that an ongoing action in the future will be interrupted by another future action.

Examples:

  • The chef will be preparing the food tonight when I arrive.
  • I will be studying tonight for the exam, so don’t call me.

7. Present Perfect


Pattern: subject + has/have + past participle

The present perfect is used to show that an action has started in the past and has a result in the present time.

Examples:

  • I have washed the car. It is now clean and shiny.
  • My sisters have been to Canada for three times. They like it very much.

8. Past Perfect



Pattern: subject + had + past participle of the verb

The past perfect is used to show that a past action happened before another action in the past.

Examples:

  • Joel had had a car before he sold it to our family.
  • I had studied Spanish before I went to Spain.


9. Future Perfect


Pattern: subject + will have been + past participle

subject + am going to have + past participle

This verb tense focuses on an action that will happen before another action in the future.

Examples:

  • I will have finished cooking dinner for Macky before he arrives tonight.
  • By the time I complete this course, I will have taken five tests.

10. Present Perfect Progressive


Pattern: subject + has/have been + verb~ing

To show that an action has started in the past and is still happening until now, use the present perfect progressive.

Examples:

  • She has been painting the walls for two hours. She really looks tired now.
  • I have been teaching Koreans for 8 years. I like what I am doing.

11. Past Perfect Progressive



Pattern: subject + had been + verb~ing

This shows that an action had started in the past and continued until another action in the past.

Examples:

  • They had been talking about me when I arrived.
  • Mr. Kim had been teaching in the academy before he left for the UK.

12. Future Perfect Progressive


Pattern: subject + will have been + verb~ing

subject + am/is/are going to have been + verb~ing

The future perfect progressive is used to show that an action will be happening until another future action.

Examples:

  • They will be cleaning the house for six hours before the visitors arrive.
  • How long will you have been travelling before your trip ends?

Verb tenses are confusing; hence, it is a must to be familiar with all the rules. Effective use of these verb tenses will better express your ideas in your essay.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

How to Become Familiar with Australian Accents

Filipinos are accustomed to hearing and even using the American English language. What do you think will happen if Filipinos are to be exposed in Australian English?

Australian English is one of the many accents used in the English language. It is commonly used in the IELTS exam or the International English Language Testing System exam – an English proficiency test. Filipinos who are taking the IELTS examination are different individuals gaining a certification of their English fluency as a proof of their fluency in the English language. Since the exam uses Australian accents, it is advised that Filipinos undergo training on Australian accent.

To become familiar with the accent, here are some simple, yet helpful tips.

1. Watch Australian Films
Babe, Moulin Rouge, and Happy Feet - what do these films have in common? That’s right! These movies use Australian English. Learning the accent does not have to be always serious. Watching such films not only does entertain you but also expose you to understanding the accents. Hear how words are pronounced and take note of some vocabulary that seem unfamiliar to you.

2. Learn how words are stressed

It has been observes that the vowels are usually emphasized in the Australian English accent.

Take note of the following vowels:

  • A – sounds like “or” or “aye”. For
  • E – sounds like “er-ee” except for the “r” sound.
  • I – sounds like “ear” or “eye”
  • O – sounds like “ew” or “aw”
  • U – sounds like “uh”

Weird as it seems but learning how these vowels are pronounced helps a lot in getting familiar with the accent.

3. Youtube it!

There are quite a number of video tutorials on Youtube focusing on training with the Australian accent. In addition, these Youtube videos are recorded by an Australian so individuals are assured that they are getting authentic Australian accent training.

4. Familiarity on the differences on vocabulary

Have you been to my flat? Naturally, some would take time to think on what the word “flat” means. American English defines flat as a surface without a slope. However, in the Australian English, flat means an apartment. If you are someone not familiar with the differences with American and Australian English, better start reading and developing your vocabulary.

5. Work with an accent tutor

IELTS review centers have a special program teaching candidates for the IELTS Australian pronunciation. This is done through listening exercises and speaking exercises in classroom lectures. With the help of these tutors, learning Australian accent will be much better.

Learning the accent should be done in an entertaining and fun way. In this way, learning is much easier and more efficient.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Prepositions in the IELTS Test

Find out more about the proper use of prepositions in the IELTS test below:


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Free IELTS Orientation - Know the Basic of IELTS and More Plus Get a Chance to Win Freebies

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Monday, March 10, 2014

IELTS App Review: IELTS Writing Model and Sample - FREE by Impact Learning Ltd.

Having a hard time practicing your writing skills? Do you need to have it improved for a specific English proficiency examination? Then, here is a great app for you.

IELTS Writing Model and Sample by Impact Learning Ltd. is a great app for those candidates preparing for the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. Take note that the IELTS examination has different modules: the Academic Module and the General Training Module. The listening and speaking sections of the test on both modules are the same except for the reading and writing sections. The best thing about this app is that it both caters the Academic and General Training module writing tasks. Let’s look closely on the features of this app. 



This app has got a simple interface. It has a cool view to the eye – neither too tacky nor simple.


On its home area, you will find different options on your writing training. You have the Academic Module and the General Training Module. Each module has different set of exercises that will surely amaze its user. In addition, there are some IELTS FAQs in this app for additional information on the IELTS examination.



 For those taking the Academic module, the two asks have different activities you can practice on.

 



The activities are ranked on different levels. Start with the orange as it is for beginners. However, do not be deceived for the questions are still pretty challenging in this level.





For the first task, graphs and charts are already included in the question. With just a simple tap on your gadget, the chart pops out. The question is below.





Two sample answers are provided for users to check. However, it is best if you write your own answers first before checking the sample answers. Make the sample answers a point of comparison not a model for your own answer.


Sample question for the second task. Still, sample answers are provided. In addition, you can adjust the font size in this app. If you have problems reading small letters, you can have them bigger in your own comfort.




The best thing about this app is it is for FREE! Furthermore, this app is available in both iOS and Android platforms. You can have this app downloaded at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ieltstestonline.com.writingsampleandmodelfree and at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ielts-writing-model-sample/id638538148?mt=8 . Also, you can simply download them at the App Store and Google Play by simply typing IELTS Writing Model and Sample. Install this app now and start developing your writing skills.