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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

IDP IELTS Test Online Registration Procedure

Are you clueless on how to register for the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination?


Every candidate of the IELTS is familiar with the IDP. It is one of the two agents, together with the British Council, that are authorized to deliver the IELTS test here in the Philippines. Many candidates are quite worried on how they can register for the test. Do they need it to do online? Do they have to go to IDP’s office in person? Are there any documents needed for this registration? To help candidates have a full understanding on IDP’s registration procedure, here is a guide for candidates who wish to register online in IDP.

1. Go to their website at www.ieltsessentials.com. In this website, you will be asked on your preferred test location – your country and the city. Then, as you see a “BOOK ONLINE NOW” button on the screen, click it. Create a User Account. Be reminded that an email of confirmation will be sent to your email containing your username and password. As you have this information, log-in to the website and complete the application.

2. Do not forget to have all the necessary documents with you. Valid IDs should be scanned and can either be in JPEG or PDF format. IDs can be the following: passport, PRC ID, SSS ID, GSIS ID or Unified Multipurpose ID.

3. Now, it is time to pay for your test. There is a variety of options on how you can pay for the exam.

a. Online payment through Paypal or Credit Card

b. Offline Payment

i. Over-the-counter Payment which can be made through IDP Education PTY Ltd Manila through cash, credit card or manager’s check

ii. Other offline payment options? Follow this step.

1. Check your email and a link provided regarding payments

2. Fill-in the required information including your candidate number and the “invoice no.”

3. Choose the preferred payment method

4. The instructions will be given. Each will have its own validation process so be sure to comply with the instructions in the letter. Take note of the reference number for Bayad Center and Over-the-Counter payments. Here is the list below.


These are easy steps on registering for the IDP. If you have further questions, you can ask your IELTS review center personnel for more information.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Best Grammar Practice Tests for the IELTS

Having a strong foundation in grammar makes one good at using and understanding the English language. Thus, in taking English proficiency examinations, candidates for the exam take time to review their grammar skills. If you are taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, building and improving grammar skills are secrets to a good IELTS score.



Are you already good at English grammar? Then answer the following sections that are helpful for you in your IELTS examination.

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Subject and Verb agreement

Underline the correct verb.

1. Either my mother or my sisters (is/are) going to make the decision for the house renovations.

2. Some of the students (seem/seems) to be reluctant in giving their response.

3. The storm that destroys all the crops (is/are) expected to happen in mid-summer.

4. The president seems to forget that there (is/are) matters to be discussed urgently.

5. Mary, together with my cousins, (plan/plans) to visit Korea in September.

6. A high percentage of the population (is/are) composed of women and children.

7. Everyone (needs/need) someone to grow old with.

8. A pair of jeans (was/were) left at the crime scene.

9. My jeans (was/were) torn while I was riding my bicycle.

10. Statistics (is/are) a difficult subject that I kept failing when I was in high school.


Verb Tenses
Write the correct verb tense form to complete each sentence.
note: be - be verbs or verbs that show action or a state of being. (am, was, is, are)
1. Mary’s eyes are red and puffy. She (cry) __________________.

2. When I (arrive) __________________ home, my mother (wait) __________________ for me at the kitchen table.

3. I (wake) __________________ up, (brush) __________________ my teeth, and (drive) __________________ to work.

4. She (eat/always) __________________ in my room. She is very annoying.

5. The card (be) __________________ printed in Holland in 1895.

6. He (be) __________________ a writer. He (write) __________________ romantic novels. He (write) __________________ ten best seller books.

7. The car broke down. By the time we (get) __________________ to the airport, Jenny (wait) __________________ for two hours.

8. By the next fall, my sister (finish) __________________ her course in fashion.

9. The earth (revolve) __________________ around the sun.

10. The bus (leave) __________________ in ten minutes.


Conjunctions and Prepositions

Encircle the correct conjunction or preposition on the blank provided.

1. The country club is located (in/on/at) 43rd Manchester Street, Ohio.

2. I was feeling hungry (but/or/so) I took some eggs in the fridge and made an omelette.

3. I saw a man standing (by/under/above) the door.

4. The airplane is flying (in/off/above) the dark clouds.

5. My mother (or/and/for) my father is going to buy me a new phone on my birthday.

6. The candidate was really pretty, (or/and/but) her answer totally ruined her chance to get the title.

7. The horses are galloping (under/in/into) the barn.

8. The children happily jumped (onto/on/into) the pool.

9. She got a failing mark on her test (so/for/but) she did not study for it.

10. Please take (on/off/in) your shoes when you enter the chapel.



Practice with these grammar tests and be ready for the IELTS examination.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

What if I Failed in One of the Subtests in IELTS?

Have you ever had the experience finishing a test and all you could say that you could have done better? How does it feel to fail an examination? 

Failing an examination brings depression to any student. For university students, failing an exam can mean repeating the subject again for the next semester or losing a scholarship grant. When we fail an examination, we tend to look back and remember items that we should have answered right. However, it is just too late. As a result, we regret that we did not study hard for it, and even find other excuses though it is our own doing.

In taking the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System, there is no failing the test but failing to comply with the score requirements of the institutions the individual is applying for. Different companies and universities have set scores for applicants to comply. Some are even strict that they need to get a score of 6 or 7 in a particular subset of the examination.


Imagine that you are applying for a job in Australia and you need a score of 7 in all the subsets of the examination. Upon receiving your score, you get a 6.5 in one of the subsets. It is important for the candidate to know that they should retake the exam over and over again to get all 7 scores. Failure to reach the score requirements on any subtests means a retake of the IELTS examination. Hence, it is really a big importance for candidates to review for the IELTS test.

To successfully hit the score requirements, one must know the skills essential for the examination. Common IELTS skills include scanning, skimming, and note-taking. Moreover, candidates should always find a way for them to speak English. This will not only practice their speaking skills but also their confidence in speaking and facing other people. Being confident in using the language makes one a good English speaker.

Further, candidates should be exposed to practice tests in the IELTS. With these tests, they are able to identify their weak points and put more effort on developing these into their own strengths. The best thing for a candidate to do is attend IELTS review classes. With IELTS review classes, they will be under the supervision of mentors and coaches that are professionals for the job. They train and make every student IELTS ready. With the help of these instructors, there will be no room in failing any subset and taking the test in one shot is possible.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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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.

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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.