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IELTS and IELTS UKVI Comparison

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Top Tips to Excel in IELTS Writing

Are you confident with the content of your essays? Are you having problems developing a single idea? Is it difficult to think of what to write when giving a topic? If you answered yes, then there is a huge chance that you will be having a hard time when taking an English proficiency examination.

Writing is not an easy task to complete most especially if it is an IELTS writing exam. The IELTS writing is divided into two tasks. In addition, since the IELTS have two different modules, writing tasks on both are also not the same. In the Academic writing, candidates are presented with a graph which they need to interpret and describe. They have to explain how they understand the graph in an essay form. In the General Training, the candidate is presented a situation wherein he or she needs to write a correspondence. The second task in both modules deals with an independent question wherein candidates need to give their opinions.

Since writing should be appropriate and effective, here are some tips to have a good score in the IELTS test.

· Know the basic parts of an essay. An essay has three very important and basic sections. The introduction tells us what the essay is all about. The body contains the explanations and reasons for the idea given. It can have at least two to three body paragraphs. Finally, an effective conclusion will give a closure to an idea or leave a question to the rater.

· Study grammar. In any kind of writing, the most effective way in delivering your ideas is by constructing grammatically correct sentences. Choosing the right verb tense and sentence structure matters a lot.

· Vocabulary power is essential. Overusing words in your sentence shows that your vocabulary is very limited. Expand your vocabulary bank by reading different printed materials. In addition, idioms and word expressions are also very helpful.

· Be sure to answer what the task requires. More often than not, candidates fail to answer what the task requires. They are so engrossed in writing that they forget to stay on track. To avoid this, make an outline on what to write and constantly check on your essay’s coherence and flow.

· Do not use contractions in your writing. Formal writing is expected in the IELTS. This means that writing “cannot” as “can’t” is wrong.

· Develop ideas by providing examples. In the independent writing, ideas become stronger when personal experience is given. Make sure to write reasons and examples to support your ideas.

Writing is easier when you know how to do it properly. Learning is better with writing coaches; hence, participating in IELTS training classes is a must and a good way to prepare for the exam.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Differences Between the IELTS Writing Test in Academic and General Training

Writing essays is an ability that needs honing and perfection. Generally, it is difficult to write essays even diaries. The problem starts when you are asked to write on something and you do not have a single idea how to start the essay. This is the exact reason why people taking an English proficiency examination like the IELTS are asked to undergo training in IELTS review centers.

The Writing task of the IELTS is different in both Academic and the General Training Modules. In the first task of the Academic Module, the candidate is required to describe the information presented in graphs or diagrams. The graphs can be a bar graph, pie graph, line graph or simply a table. The challenge with this task is for the candidate to put emphasis on the highlights of the chart or diagram given. It can be pretty difficult to interpret something based only on graphs; hence, training is needed. Here is a sample of the first task in the Academic Module.

  
In the General Training Module, the candidate is asked to compose a letter in response to some information. This is much easier as writing a letter is simpler than interpreting graphs. However, thorough practice is still needed for the candidate. Here is an example of a General Training writing task 1 question.


The second task of both Academic and General Training is an independent question. The candidate needs to write his or her viewpoints on the statement given. Here are two sample of the second task.




The secret in getting a good score in the IELTS is the practice one gets in the IELTS. Working with coaches and trainers are also helpful in getting the desires band score in writing. As early as today, practice writing diaries and journals as practice for the IELTS writing test.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

IELTS Baguio: Facts You Need about the IELTS Test in Baguio City (Test Dates, Testing & Training Centers)

Known to be the summer capital of the Philippines, Baguio City prides itself with breathtaking tourist spots, strawberries and cool climate. Indeed, Baguio City not only has been Filipinos but also foreigner’s vacation destination. Because of this, the economy of Baguio has been observed to be developing in the past years.

 
Not only has Baguio been a destination for vacationers but also now a hub for individuals who want to take the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. What is the IELTS?

First, the IELTS is an English language proficiency examination. This means that any person who takes the exam will undergo tasks in English’s four core skills – reading, listening, speaking and writing. Each skill has different challenging tasks that will measure the candidates’ level in using the English language.

It is paper-based test. Most of the time, the speaking test is done before or after the written examinations. The speaking test is a face-to-face exam with a native English speaker. Because of these challenges, it is recommended for anyone to take IELTS review examinations prior to taking the test.

Many years ago, IELTS review centers were not established in Baguio City. Residents had to take a long travel going to Manila to enrol and receive IELTS training. However, since the demand of IELTS review is growing in the city, IELTS review centers have started to be established and continues to grow in the city.

In IELTS review centers, candidates for the exam are taught on how to effectively respond to the questions. They are taught on strategies to read fast with comprehension, listen with effective note taking, speak with fluency and efficiency, and write effectively and appropriately. Several review centers are already operating in Baguio City like JRooz Review Center, EPro (English Proficiency Training Centre), and Canaan English Language Center. Moreover, here are the available test dates of the exam in Baguio City.

Baguio City residents are now able to review for the IELTS right in the comfort of their own city. No more additional expenses like travel and accommodation like before. With the number of IELTS review centers now in the city, candidates for the IELTS exam in Baguio can be accommodated and trained to get a good score and have a successful IELTS examination.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jrooz Review Center Opens a New IELTS Review Center in Baguio City, Philippines

Baguio City, Philippines - To cater the needs of more Filipinos looking for the best IELTS review and training experience, Jrooz Review Center Inc. opens its fifth IELTS review center in Unit 3, 3rd floor ECCO Building, Assumption Road corner General Luna Road, Baguio City, Philippines. Known for its 100% passing rate and outstanding performance, Jrooz Review Center will continue giving the best and quality review programs that aim to improve the students’ language competency for the IELTS test by providing top-of-the-line materials and equipment as well as highly qualified instructors. Jrooz also provides IELTS training in Makati, Manila, Cebu, and Davao. 
 

Jrooz Review Center is an accredited registration agent of the IELTS examination by the British Council and IDP Philippines. The accreditation has given Jrooz an edge to provide a free assistance to students who wish to register for the IELTS test in their chosen testing center and schedule in the Philippines. This top notch IELTS review center is also trusted by the country’s top consultancy firms and migration experts like Canada Immigration Consultancy (CIC), Golden Summit Immigration Consultancy (GCIS), Nexus Immigration Services, and Australian Nursing Requirements Inc.

IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System. It is an English proficiency examination that is required by universities, colleges, immigration bodies, and professional institutions in English-speaking countries like the United Kingdom (UK), the United States of America (US), Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

Contact Jrooz Review Center Baguio via the following details:


Address: Unit 3, 3rd floor ECCO Building, Assumption Road corner General Luna Road, Baguio City

Contact Number(s): (074) 422-7745 | 09276252505

Email: desk@jroozreview.com

Official Website: www.jroozreview.com/jrooz-review-center-baguio

Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/jroozreviewcenterinc


About JRooz Review Center Inc. 
 

 
The JROOZ REVIEW CENTER was established in 2001 in order to bring the best possible opportunity for Filipinos looking to reach the standards in the English language (IELTS and TOEFL IBT) that are required by many overseas universities, professional bodies and immigration departments.

The JROOZ REVIEW CENTER also trains students who wish to pass the Physical Therapists exams and become licensed Physical Therapists either in the Philippines (PT exam) or in the U.S. (NPTE exam).

The Center maintains branches in Makati, Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Baguio and has achieved an enviable record of successes through its highly-developed curriculum and its dedication to employing the best available instructors.



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Friday, April 11, 2014

Rules to Abide During the IELTS Exam Day

What to do on the day of the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination day? Do you know what to do once you are in the test center? This will enlighten every candidate for the IELTS test.

Candidates for the IELTS examination day should remember to bring the necessary documents that are to be presented on the examination day. This will include your identification card which you used upon registration, your candidate number, and your pencils. In addition, your photo will be taken upon registration for documentation.

Here are other rules implemented that you should know on the day of your IELTS examination.
  • Bring writing instruments such as pens, pencils and erasers. Bring an extra so that you will not have to borrow from a fellow test taker. Talking to other test takers while the exam is ongoing is strictly prohibited.
  • If you have any concerns like instructions that are unclear of test questionnaires that are incomplete or unclear, raise your hand to get the supervisor’s attention. All questions that are not content-related in the exam should be addressed only to the supervisor.
  • In any case that you feel ill, tell the supervisor right away.
  • In any examination, cheating is really prohibited.
  • You are not allowed to disturb your fellow test takers.
  • Bringing of electronic devices such as electronic dictionaries, smartphones, or cellphone are not allowed. These are to be kept in your bag. Once you are caught using these, you will be disqualified. No refunds on your test fee will be given.
  • Eating is allowed as long as it will not disrupt your test or your fellow test taker's examination.
  • Reproducing of the test material is not allowed.
  • Using of digital watches is now prohibited. Some types of this watch have a voice recording and camera features that can be used in cheating on the exam. Hence, digital watches should not be worn. On the other hand, analog watches are allowed.
  • Leaving the examination room without permission is not allowed. If you wish to use the lavatory, ask the supervisor for permission. Once you are allowed, you will be escorted by a test administrator to the lavatory.
These rules are strictly implemented; hence, cooperation from the candidate is much appreciated, valued and expected. Follow the rules so that you will not be disqualified in the exam. Make sure to bring all the requirements and be at the center early to be comfortable and ready for the IELTS test.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Free IELTS Orientation and Openhouse on April 12, 2014 in Makati, Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Baguio

JRooz will be holding a free IELTS orientation across its five branches (Makati, Manila, Cebu, Davao, Baguio) on April 12, 2014 (Saturday 9AM-4PM). 



Attendees will also receive P1000 Discount coupons for IELTS Unlimited Review Fee and a chance to win FREE IELTS Intensive Review Certificates.

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For more information, please visit http://www.jroozreview.com/jrooz-review-open-house-april-12-2014/

IELTS App Review - IELTS Prepare Learning English

Are you not satisfied with your skills in the English language? Do you think that your skills can still be improved and be made better with constant practice and training?

Thousands of Filipinos nowadays are getting worried once they apply for education or employment overseas. They are not really challenged with the academic and work environments, respectively. However, they are more concerned in taking one English proficiency examination required by schools and companies overseas – the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination.

The IELTS is major requirement in their application. Through the test, an individual is assessed on how well he or she can comprehend the English language in its different skills – the speaking, listening, reading and writing. Each skill will challenge the individual’s expertise. The individual is scored on bands of 0 to 9. The score requirement is different from each school and company; hence, applicants should obtain the score to continue processing their applications.

Because of the English language skill test in IELTS, applicants have to practice their skills before taking the test. Some purchase IELTS reviewers or manuals. However, most people choose to be in IELTS review centers. These review centers cater to the different needs of their clients through varied English course programs. What’s more helpful for candidates is to download specific IELTS mobile applications to help them learn IELTS essentials while on the go. One of the best apps made available today is IELTS Prepare Learning English by Freeman


A totally free app with high quality video audio, this app will help candidates for the IELTS build their grammar and vocabulary power – two very important essentials for the IELTS examination. Furthermore, the app is packed with a lot of IELTS conversation perfect for perfecting one’s listening skills. With the usage of Australian English in the app, one can practise listening and get familiar with the language as well. There are also different tips on how to be more successful in getting the target soccer in writing. Most importantly, the app has grammar review to check on the individual’s grammar level – his or her strength and weaknesses evaluated.

Here are some snapshots of what’s the app has to offer:


Three different series the candidate can choose from. Each has specially designed questions to practice candidates and develop their skills in English.

Here are different sample topics candidates can practice on – different situations with different vocabulary building power. 



Listening to activities on this app has been made easier. Bookmark it, mark it as done, or change its setting for better video quality.



Unfortunately, this app is only available at Google Play. Check and download this app on https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.freeman.edu.learnielts. Make IELTS easier with IELTS review courses and helpful apps such as IELTS Prepare Learning English.


 

Monday, April 7, 2014

IELTS Grammar Training: When to Use Has Been and Have Been

Has been? Have been? What is happening?!

Grammar has always been defined as difficult for the varied rules it has imposed with regards to using the English language. In grammar, one has to know the eight different parts of speech namely; nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prepositions and interjections. Nevertheless, it does not stop there. There are more rules on each of these parts of speech. One part which any ESL or English as Second Language learners think that is confusing is studying the tenses of verbs. 
 

 
Verb tenses are important as they show when the action happens, happened or will happen. They indicate the time of the occurrence of the action in the sentence. In the English language, we have 12 different tenses. These different tenses are used differently. Amongst these, has been and have been are both used in the present perfect continuous tense.

Present Perfect Continuous
Form: Subject + HAS BEEN/HAVE BEEN + verb~ing

Has been is used when the subject is singular and have been is used when the subject is plural or more than one.

When do we use this tense?
 
We use this tense to show an action that started in the past and is still happening at the time of speaking.

Examples:

  • The government officials have been discussing the current crisis in that room for hours.
  • She has been painting the room since I woke up in the morning.

We can also use this tense to show an action that has recently stopped. There is a result of that action in the present time.  
 
Examples:

  • Her eyes are red. She has been crying.
  • Those men are sweating like pigs. 
  • They have been running the oval for an hour.

To show an action that has been repeatedly done over time, the present perfect continuous should be used. 
 
Examples:
  • I learned to play the piano when I was 8. I have been playing the piano since that time.
  • They really love meeting in this coffee shop. They have been going here for a couple of months now.


ESL learners should always remember that HAS is for singular subjects while HAVE is for plural subjects. In addition, it is to be remembered that the twelve tenses are used to show different uses. They have to choose which to choose to appropriately express what they want to emphasize in their sentences. Practice more on tenses with free exercises on the web.

Friday, April 4, 2014

IELTS Test Rules Update: Digital Watches are Not Allowed to be Worn in the IELTS Test

Effective April 12, 2014, candidates are now prohibited to wear any form of digital watches during the IELTS test. Digital watches have voice recording and camera features that might breach the security of the IELTS test. Takers can still wear analog watches. 


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The IELTS Reading Test for the General Training Module

Boring as most people see it, reading is skill that needs learning and practice. Not many individuals enjoy the activity of learning; however, in preparing for an examination, one has to improve his or her reading skill most especially on the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. The IELTS reading examination is different in both Academic and General Training module.

A lot have been said that the General Training module is easier than the Academic Module. Individuals who take the General Training are those individuals who want to study or undergo training on an English-speaking university. IN addition, this is also taken by individuals who are migrating to countries like Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The IELTS General Training test uses a variety of different question types like identifying information, matching information, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, table completion, diagram label completion and short-answer questions.



With three different reading tasks, reading topics vary but most of the time, reading materials for the IELTS General Reading are announcements, contracts, and short articles. Topics can usually be about technology, employment, and social concerns. Here are some examples of IELTS reading passages. 

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This is a self-study pack containing guidance, practice and tests. At the end of the course
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There are a number of sites online that provide a lot of reading samples in the General Training test. Practicing on these is a good start on your road to the IELTS test. In addition, it will be best to undergo training in an IELTS review center. IELTS review centers train their candidates on how to respond to reading tasks in an easier and much better way. Strategies are taught and techniques are shared to get a better mark for the IELTS reading evaluation.