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Monday, October 27, 2014

2015 IELTS Test Dates Philippines - British Council & IDP




British Council:


January 2015

January 10 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
January 17 - Saturday - Academic
January 29 - Thursday -  Academic and General Training
January 31 - Saturday - Academic


February 2015

February 7 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
February 12 - Thursday - Academic
February 14 - Saturday -  Academic
February 28 - Saturday - Academic and General Training

March 2015

March 12 - Thursday- Academic
March 14 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
March 21 - Saturday -  Academic
March 28 - Saturday - Academic and General Training

April 2015

April 11 - Saturday -  Academic
April 18 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
April 25- Saturday -  Academic
April 30 - Thursday - Academic and General Training

May 2015

May 9 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
May 16 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
May 21 - Thursday- Academic
May 30 - Saturday - Academic and General Training

June 2015

June 6 - Saturday - Academic
June 13 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
June 18 - Thursday- Academic
June 27 - Saturday - Academic and General Training

 July 2015

July 4 - Saturday - Academic
July 11 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
July 23 - Thursday- Academic and General Training
July 25 - Saturday - Academic

August 2015
 
August 1- Saturday - Academic and General Training
August 8 - Saturday - Academic
August 13 - Thursday- Academic
August 29- Saturday - Academic and General Training

September 2015

September 3- Thursday - Academic
September 12 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
September 19 - Saturday- Academic
September 26 - Saturday - Academic and General Training

October 2015

October 8- Thursday - Academic and General Training
October 10 - Saturday - Academic
October 24 - Saturday- Academic and General Training
October 31 - Saturday - Academic and General Training


November 2015

November 7 - Saturday- Academic and General Training
November 14 - Saturday - Academic
November 19 - Thursday - Academic
November 21 - Saturday - Academic and General Training

December 2015


December 3 - Thursday - Academic
December 5 - Saturday - Academic and General Training
December 12 - Saturday- Academic and General Training
December 19 - Saturday - Academic

IDP:

IELTS Test Schedule For The Year 2015
Date Venue  Module



10 Jan Manila / Baguio / Bacolod / Cagayan de Oro / Cebu                                                       Academic / General Training
17 Jan Manila Academic
29 Jan Manila / Cebu / Davao / Dipolog / Laguna Academic / General Training
07 Feb Manila / Baguio / Iloilo / Cagayan de Oro / Cebu Academic / General Training
14 Feb
Manila / Cebu Academic
28 Feb
Manila / Cebu / Davao / Naga / Lipa Academic / General Training
14 Mar Manila / Baguio / Bacolod / Iloilo / Cagayan de Oro / Cebu Academic / General Training
21 Mar Manila / Cebu Academic
28 Mar Manila / Cebu / Davao / Dipolog / Pampanga Academic / General Training
11 Apr Manila / Cebu Academic 
18 Apr
Manila / Baguio / Iloilo / Cagayan de Oro / Cebu / Naga Academic / General Training
30 Apr
Manila / Cebu / Davao / Cabanatuan / Tagaytay Academic / General Training
09 May  Manila / Baguio / Bacolod / Iloilo / Cagayan de Oro / Cebu Academic / General Training
16 May  Manila / Cebu Academic
30 May  Manila / Cebu / Davao / Dipolog / Lipa / Laguna Academic / General Training
 13 Jun  Manila / Baguio / Iloilo / Cagayan de Oro / Cebu  Academic / General Training
 18 Jun  Manila / Cebu  Academic
 27 Jun  Manila / Cebu / Davao / Naga / Pampanga  Academic / General Training

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What is the Difference of Graph and Diagram for the IELTS Writing Interpretation?

Known to be a very difficult writing task, the International English Language Testing System exam’s writing section is dreaded by most of its candidates. As all IELTS test takers know, the test is divided into two modules: the Academic and the General Training. The most difficult writing tasks are in the Academic Module.

The first task in the Academic module is an interpretation of either a graph or a diagram. People who would experience this task will surely be surprised. Writing an essay is already difficult, what’s more if it is a data interpretation?

Graphs and Diagrams are very different. Let us have an example and outline the things a candidate needs to write in his or her own essay.

GRAPH

The graphs can be pie graph, bar graph or line graph. There is only one graph to for the first task. However, it is best for a candidate to practice on different kinds of graphs to be familiar with the style in writing. For this, let us use a bar chart. Let us have an example:

Source: http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/bar-chart.html

How can one write an essay? Here are some guide questions for your essay.

  • What is the graph all about?
  • Which has the highest reading? The lowest?
  • Is there any significant increase or decrease in the years?
  • Can you see the average percentage in this chart?
  • Are there any exceptions?

Diagram

In diagrams, process diagrams are commonly used. Process diagrams show a step-by-step process of something. This is actually much easier to interpret as what most candidates say. They have said this due to the fact that the flow of the process is easy to follow and all you have to do is choose the right words in describing the diagram. Let us look an example:
 


Source: http://www.ieltsbuddy.com/task-1-process.html

Here are guide questions for the chart:

  • What process is shown in the diagram?
  • What is the vocabulary needed to describe those objects?
  • What happened first? Second? Next?
  • What materials or equipment is involved in the process?
  • What is output?

Looking at it, the two diagrams differ on how you will interpret them. The graph will be more focused on highlighting the increase and decrease of numbers in the data. Transition words to show increase and decrease will be utilized in the essay. On the other hand, the diagram will be concentrated on showing how a product becomes or is developed through its process. Transition words to show flow or step-by-step procedures are needed.

Though they are different, candidates have to consider the flow of ideas in the sentences. It is best that candidates create an outline first before starting to write the essay. In this way, the candidate will be able to make sure that the ideas are organized according to the importance in mentioning in the essay.

To improve writing skills, one must practice a lot. Further, one should ask help from writing mentors such as those in IELTS review centers. Not only writing skills are important but also the correct usage of grammar. Review on grammar and sentence construction to have the best writing possible in the IELTs writing test.

Friday, October 24, 2014

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

What are the Useful Tips on IELTS Listening Test?

The listening test in the International English Language Testing System examination is considered by some to be very easy. While some agree with this, there is still a majority of people reviewing for the test who will oppose with this statement. The listening test is a comprehension test on how well candidates can understand the listening passage and the details in the passage. IELTS test takers need to be good at note taking to be able to answer the questions correctly.

In fact, candidates for the IELTS listening test have the advantage in their test for they can see the question while they are listening to the passage. They are also given a few seconds to scan the questions before the listening task is played. What the candidates should do is improve their listening skills. How?

Here are some useful tips on how to prepare for the IELTS listening test:

1. Generally improve your listening skills by practicing on different listening materials. Do not settle with just practice tests in the IELTS. You can listen to some news reports online, podcasts, or even listening to music can be a big help in enhancing your listening skills. Go online and check websites that have listening exercises.

2. Since it is a listening test, you must be very sensitive in getting details particularly spelling. Some names are spelled out so you have to listen to them very well. Make sure you follow the rules in capitalization while answering the test.

3. Instructions are recorded and not written on your test questionnaire. Listen and find clues in the instruction. You have to learn to anticipate what you will be listening.

4. With the little time given to scan the questions, be familiar with the details that you need to find in the passage like names of people, streets, amount of something, time and the likes.

5. Vocabulary is important. Candidates can be in trouble if they fail to understand what the lecture is all about because of some words that are unfamiliar. Be sure to be familiar with words that are commonly used in the IELTS test.

6. Do not leave questions unanswered. Instead of leaving them blank, take a guess. Choose your best guess and this could be right.

7. Some choices look the same but are entirely different. Know how to eliminate answers until you come up with the best and correct answer.

8. Given some seconds to check your answers, check for misspelled words and word forms of your answers.

9. Avoid careless mistakes by writing your answers on the wrong section of the answer sheet. Do not panic in answering. Keep calm and read carefully.

10. Listen carefully. Focus on the passage while it is being played. Let your mind concentrate on the passage and avoid getting distracted with unnecessary noises.

Listening becomes easier once you practice the tips mentioned. Of course, getting a good IELTS listening score is also possible when you always do practice tests and learn from your mistakes.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Who Should Take the IELTS Exam?

"I am currently in an IELTS review program. We are about 20 in the class, and we come from different professions. This got me into thinking. Who can take the IELTS? Is there a particular profession requirement?"

International English Language Testing System – an English proficiency examination that has been gaining a lot of test takers yearly here in the Philippines. The IELTS examination is administered every month in the Philippines and each month is fully booked. Indeed, there are a lot of Filipinos who are taking the IELTS examination. With this number, some people are wondering who can take the IELTS examination. Can anyone take the IELTS? 
 
 
The answer is YES. The people taking the IELTS come from different groups of people. The best way to understand who takes the IELTS is by categorizing them to why they are taking the test – for work, study, and immigration.

Working professionals are the first on the list. There are a lot of job opportunities overseas. Most of these jobs are skilled workers. Luckily for Filipinos, most of our professions are under the skilled worker visa category. Some professions that need the IELTS to be able to work in other countries are nurses, engineers, and even butchers.

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Another group of people who take the IELTS are students. These students have applied for a degree program that they want to pursue overseas. Different institutions have different score requirements. Without getting this score requirement, the candidate has to take the examination again to be able to lodge their applications.

Finally, there are other people who take the IELTS for they are planning to live in other countries permanently. Being an immigrant needs you have to be able to speak and understand English well. Taking the IELTS will be a measure of how well you can adapt to an environment where English is the first language spoken.

With the importance outlined, candidates for the IELTS test have to get their target scores badly. To be able to be successful in hitting these scores, candidates enrol in IELTS review centers to attend classroom discussions that will improve their understanding of the language. Moreover, by attending in these review classes, candidates are given the opportunity to take mock examinations. These mock exams are helpful in gauging the candidate’s progress in the program he or she is enrolled.

Anybody can take the IELTS test; they all just differ with the purpose in taking the test. For more information about the IELTS, check their website or consult with your nearest IELTS review centers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Monday, October 13, 2014

What are the Five Useful Grammar Tips on IELTS Writing?

Almost everyone in an English class thinks grammar class is difficult. Well, the reason behind this impression is the different rules in grammar that every English speaker must know. In taking English proficiency examinations like the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System, grammar is most needed in the writing section.

IELTS writing - grammar tips to remember
 
There are a lot of people who commit grammar mistakes. Some may have overlooked the rule while some are just careless in committing these mistakes. Grammar is an important criterion in the test. Poorly constructed essays due to grammar errors will not give you a good score. So as not to waste your effort in writing, here are the five useful grammar tips on IELTS writing.

1. Run-on sentences

This kind of sentence happens when two independent clauses are joined in one sentence without the correct conjunction or punctuation.

For example:
  • My niece is a smart baby, she learned to speak at the age of one year and six months.
  • Fixing this sentence can be done in three ways:

(a) Instead of making it in one sentence, make them into two separate sentences.

My niece is a smart baby. She learned to speak at the age of one year and six months.

(b) Use a semi-colon instead of the comma.

My niece is a smart baby; she learned to speak at the age of one year and six months.

(c) Use a coordinating conjunction between the two sentences.

My niece is a smart baby, and she learned to speak at the age of one year and six months.


2. Subject and Verb Agreement

If the subject is singular (only one), use a singular verb. If it is plural (more than one), use the plural form of the verb.

For examples:

The president, who is talking with his cabinet members, is discussing the current problem.

We use “is” as the subject of the sentence is the president, not the cabinet members.

The police are expected to respond in crime scenes as soon as possible.

The verb “are” is used as the noun “police” only takes a plural verb.


3. Pronouns and Antecedents

Pronouns substitute nouns; however, make sure that the pronoun you are using is a correct replacement of the noun. Singular nouns should take a singular pronoun and plural nouns with plural pronouns as well.

For example:

The class must turn in ITS/THEIR project by Thursday next week.

Its and Their can be used in this sentence with difference in meaning. 
When we use “its” we are referring to the class as a single unit while “their” refers to the individuals in the group.

4. Misplaced Modifiers/Dangling Modifiers

Modifiers describe the word within a sentence; hence, it should be next to the word it modifies. Misplaced modifiers when the modifier is placed away from the word it modifies making the context of the sentence confusing.

For example:
Incorrect: While I was in Europe, I was shocked to see a gate behind a house made of paper.

Is the house made of paper or the gate?

Correct: While I was in Europe, I was shocked to see a gate made of paper behind a house.

Incorrect: Walking to the theatre, the rain poured heavily.

The rain was the one walking?

Correct: Walking to the theatre, Jim help an umbrella as the rain poured heavily.


5. Apostrophes

Apostrophes are mainly used to show possession and contraction of some words. Other than that, it is already a grammatical error in the usage of punctuation.

For example:

The stars' at night looks so bright. (incorrect)

The stars at night look so bright. (correct)

These five common grammar errors can be avoided through constant practice in grammar. Familiarity with the rules is easy as long as you keep reviewing and keeping in mind the basic rules in grammar.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Top 10 Mistakes in the IELTS Listening and How to Avoid Them

Who wants to get a perfect score in an examination? Well, everybody wishes to perfect an examination. People feel good about themselves when they get perfect scores – makes them feel smart among others. However, there are times that we commit mistakes in the examination. Mistakes are normal but can be avoided. That is why it is important for every student to review for the exam and be able to answer all the questions correctly. What if you are taking the International English Language Testing System examination, are mistakes unavoidable?

As like what other candidates for the IELTS test say, “There’s no room for mistakes in taking the IELTS.” Well, this is a good motivation for candidates. It will push them to study harder and learn more skills for the exam. However, what will make them avoid them is to know the common mistakes in the listening section. Here are common mistakes one gets in the listening plus solutions on how to avoid them.

Incorrect spelling. There are no considerations done with incorrect spelling. To avoid this problem, listen closely to the audio. Pay attention if it’s a singular or plural noun.

Leaving a question unanswered. Unsure of your answer? Do not just leave it blank. Take a guess of the closest option you have in mind. It is better to answer it with your best guess. Who knows, this could be right.

Number of words on the blank. Do not write over three words. Follow the instructions carefully to avoid this mistake.

Impulsive answers. Some candidates immediately write their answers as soon as they hear a clue within the listening passage. As much as possible, let the passage finished first before finalizing your answers.

Ignoring keywords. Before the listening passage is heard, candidates are given some time to browse on the questions. Look for key words that will serve as hints for the answer.

Failure to answer map directions. Reading maps can be very difficult. To avoid mistakes, listen to it carefully. Take note on the turns mentioned, right or left, and even street names to get the questions right.

Not understanding the question. Candidates have to comprehend what the task is all about. Read it carefully and understand what it needs from you.

Choosing an option because the keyword is there. Do not be complacent with this type of options. It is usually a trick option; hence, it is important to listen on the exact details in the listening.

Overlooking the 30 seconds to revise answers. Some do not revise their work for misspelled words making their answers wrong. Given this time, review your answers. Change if necessary.

Losing focus on the audio passage. While you listen, you multitask. However, do not lose focus on the passage. To avoid losing focus, use the time given to browse the questions and concentrate on the listening passage when it is time to listen.

Mistakes can be avoided if you know what these mistakes are. Practice more on listening and learn how to answer the listening section correctly.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ten Facts You Need to Know about the IELTS Exam in the Philippines

Are you taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam here in the Philippines?

Filipinos, known to be good English speakers, are one of the nationalities who have the highest number of people taking the IELTS test. This number shows us that more and more Filipinos are interested in working and studying overseas. Some of these people are even taking the IELTS for their immigrant visas to grow old or retire in English speaking countries.
 
There is no doubt that Filipinos are good at speaking English. However, being known to be good is not enough. Filipinos need to provide proof of their fluency through the IELTS examination. It gauges their expertise in using and understanding the language that will make them productive once working, studying or living overseas.

Need to know more about the IELTS Exam here in the Philippines, here are some more details:

1. The IELTS is hosted by its two agencies here in the Philippines: British Council and IDP. These are two different organizations but the content of the exam is the same for both.

2. The IELTS test is available in the three major cities in the Philippines; Manila, Cebu and Davao; and other cities like Dipolog, Batangas, Iloilo, Naga, Leyte, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Cabanatuan, and Tagum.

3. The main office of IDP is located at 2/F, Pioneer House, Makati 108 Paseo de Roxas, Legaspi Village and British Council is at 10th floor Taipan Place, F. Ortigas Jr Road, Pasig City.

4. Registering for the test on both organizations can be done online or by directly going to their offices. Registration can also be done with review centers that are accredited IELTS registration agents.

5. The cost for registering in British Council is PhP 8986 while PhP 8900 for the IDP. Be sure to have all the necessary requirements upon registration such as a valid passport, any government issues IDs and photos.

6. Registering in IELTS review centers are also possible as long as you are enrolled in any of their course programs for the IELTS test.

7. Most of the time, the IELTS test is scheduled once or twice in the cities mentioned above.

8. Reviewing for the IELTS is crucial. The British Council and IDP have free practice tests for their candidates to practice on before the test.

9. The IELTS certification is good for two years. It the certificate expires, the candidate has to take the examination again if he or she needs it for another requirement.

10. IELTS can be pretty challenging; hence, IELTS test takers are encouraged to take review courses for the test. This will help them prepare and be ready for the examination.

Taking IELTS in the Philippines is easy. Get more information about the IELTS by engaging in course programs in IELTS review centers. You can also visit this page for frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the IELTS test.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

IELTS Reading Tips for Non-Readers

The fact that not all people are into reading brings problems to those people who need take a reading comprehension exam. Reading is something not most people would consider enjoyable or worthy of their time. For some, reading is pleasurable as it takes them to worlds unknown to mankind – that is reading fiction books. Others consider reading as their connection with reality as they are kept informed with the latest news and current trends around the world.


In the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination, reading is a crucial part in the candidate’s examination. In the Academic module, there are long and complicated texts from books and journals. Anyone who has taken the Academic reading module says that it is really difficult and challenging. Having this said, how can one appreciate reading, especially for non-readers?

- Letting this people know the benefits of reading. Reading is a good source of information and most of all new words. Through reading, people improve their vocabulary essential for the reading test.

- Choose books that interest you. Find reading materials that will entertain you. You need to have your focus fixed on the reading and not wander.

- Find reading materials that have light topics. Do not go into heavy reading materials such as long novels and epic poems.

- Every day, read a single chapter of a book. It will help you gain motivation on reading. Eventually, you will improve by reading two to three chapters in the process.

- Read news online. There are a lot of websites that have updated news that are not lengthy and wordy.

- Find interesting blogs and websites on the internet.
- Read comic books if you are into visual reading.

- Browse the newspaper. If you are not interested reading the editorial or the headlines, go read on lifestyle or sports.

- Find a topic that you think is interesting. If you are a medical professional, use your web browser and key in topics you are interested and read blogs or news articles about it.

- Motivate yourself in reading. Always think of the positive effects and advantages most especially that points reading can help you in your IELTS test.

Reading does not always have to be on books. Generally, you have to know what your interests are and find materials relating to it. It can be any reading material that you enjoy. It is an activity that is entertaining and educational.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

British Council IELTS Test Registration Procedure Online

Being one of the authorized agents of the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination, the British Council is more than willing to accommodate candidates for the examination.

Once an individual has decided to take the IELTS test, he or she can choose to register between the IDP and British Council. IELTS candidates need not worry about which to choose for the contents on both exams are the same. However, there are some candidates who are confused on how to do an online registration for the exam. Some people prefer it online as it is more convenient to do as you are just right at home in registering for the exam. For candidates who wish to register under the British Council, here is what you need to do:

1. Go to this link https://philippines.ielts.britishcouncil.org/iorpsea/html/registration/showExamSessionListServlet.do. This is where the schedule of exams is listed together with their registration period. Remember to choose Academic or General Training to choose the type of module you are taking for the test.

2. Once you have chosen which module to take, look for an available date and click Register Online.

3. You will be asked to read a Registration Checklist before continuing. You have to prepare the following requirements:

a. A valid ID document or passport. This ID should be the same ID to be presented on the exam day.

b. A soft copy of your passport size photo.

c. If you have taken the IELTS before, provide a copy of your IELTS test report.

d. A VISA or MasterCard for the online payment.

e. A scanned copy of your ID or passport.

4. The online registration should be done within 30 minutes. The registration is on first-come, first-served basis so candidates need to register as early as possible. Candidates have to remember that no refunds will be given upon cancellation of the exam.

5. If the candidate has special needs during the examination, he or she should notify the test center.

6. After these guidelines, you will be asked to log in to your account. If this is your first time to register, you will need to create your account.

7. After registration, an email will be sent containing all your details and free online preparation course. Be sure to save this email.

If you have any problems registering online, authorized IELTS review centers are more than willing to help you. Just bring the necessary documents including the fee of P8986. They will assist you in registering to avoid mistakes.