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Friday, November 16, 2018

The Importance of Rote Learning in Your IELTS UKVI Training


Honing your memorization skills plays an important role in your IELTS UKVI training. Aside from attending IELTS review classes, it is also crucial to seek various tips and techniques that can help develop your memorization skills. One practical study technique that you can apply in your study sessions is rote learning.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Five Practical Tips for the IELTS General Training Reading Test


IELTS General Training – Reading Test

The Reading Section is one of the four components of the IELTS General Training Test and evaluates your skills in the following areas:

        ·         reading for gist, main ideas, and supporting details;
        ·         skimming;
        ·         grasping logical arguments; and
        ·         identifying the writer’s opinions, attitudes, and purposes.

Similar to the IELTS Academic – Reading Test, this IELTS test version also contains 40 questions and takes about 60 minutes.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

5 Types of Essay and How to Write Them (Part 1)


Do you often have a figuring out how to structure your essays during your IELTS review Philippines sessions? Worried that it will keep you from acing the IELTS writing test? Don’t be. This article can help you out! Read on to learn about the essentials of the various types of essays that you can use for the high-stakes exam.

Friday, October 26, 2018

145 American/British Words People Frequently Mix Up and Misspell


Should I use American or British English in the exam? This is one of the questions many test takers ask their IELTS package instructors. And, the answer is either. You can use either US or UK English when you take the test.

However, just because you’re allowed to use American and British English, doesn’t mean that you can needlessly switch between the two. You need to be consistent, especially when it comes to the writing tasks. Otherwise, you’ll lose points. So, stick to a single English style. Study up on its vocabulary alongside your sessions at your review center for IELTS.

Below is a list of US and UK English words that people frequently misspell. Get used to spelling them based on your preferred English style during your IELTS package sessions.

Friday, October 19, 2018

IELTS Writing Tips: How to Avoid Comma Splices and Fused Sentences


The IELTS writing test is crafted to assess a wide range of writing skills, including how well you can organize ideas, use a range of vocabulary and grammar accurately, and write a response properly. As a test taker enrolled in a review center for IELTS, it is practical to seek for different tips and strategies that can help boost your writing skills and ace the writing section.

For instance, learning how to avoid comma splices and fused sentences is one awesome writing tip that you can apply in your IELTS review classes.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

IELTS Writing Tips: How to Use Absolute Phrases


Are you looking for simple yet effective tips to boost your writing skills? For test takers enrolled in IELTS Manila, using absolute phrases is a practical writing strategy that can help hone your essay-writing skills and ace the IELTS writing test.

Friday, October 12, 2018

IELTS Tips: 23 Ways to Describe Someone's Voice


Although some people sound similar, no two voices are exactly alike. It’s why you can easily recognize the voice of your best IELTS review center instructor when you encounter each outside the classroom. Unfortunately, it’s also why it’s often a struggle to describe someone’s voice quality.

Expand your voice-related vocabulary for the high-stakes exam. Here are 23 words and expressions that you can use to describe someone’s voice.

Friday, October 5, 2018

12 Exam Tips Every IELTS Taker Must Know


There is no shortage of IELTS exam tips online. To save you the trouble of browsing through hundreds of these articles, we’ve put together the ones that you definitely can’t do without if you want to ace the test!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

What You Need to Know When Proofreading Your Own Work


You’ve finally finished writing your essay for an IELTS practice test. You’ve deliberated over your structure, double-checked your choice of words, and made sure you addressed all the task points.  You’ve also reread your final work several times to pick out grammatical inconsistencies. You’re positive that it’s error-free.

Unfortunately, your essay is anything but error-free. Your online IELTS review instructor was quick to point out as such. Some of the errors he/she identified are so obvious that you wonder how you missed them.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Top Business Schools in the UK Accepting IELTS Scores


The United Kingdom is home to some of the world’s best business schools providing top-of-the-line quality of teaching and fascinating learning facilities with an international mix of students, teachers and work opportunities. UK business schools also offer MBA programs that cater to students regardless of their nationality, financial status, and career aspiration.
As a student attending review classes in an IELTS review center, studying in one of the top business schools in the UK opens a lot of opportunities to work in prominent companies around the world.

Friday, September 21, 2018

IELTS Writing Tips: How to Use Relative Clauses


Did you know that using various types of sentences is the key to get a high band score in the IELTS writing test? As a student enrolled in an IELTS UKVI review center, it is important that you understand the four types of a sentence such as simple, compound, complex and compound-complex.

However, most test takers find it hard to construct good complex sentences in their essays. To help you overcome this and boost your IELTS training, check out these writing tips on how to use relative clauses in complex sentences.

Friday, September 14, 2018

6 Sentences to Avoid in the IELTS Writing Test


One way to boost your IELTS training and ace the exam is to hone your writing skills. As a test taker, it is essential to look for various writing tips and strategies that can help enhance your language skills. For instance, using writing prompts and avoiding fluff writing are some of the strategies that you can use to construct a good essay in the IELTS writing test.

However, some test takers tend to include unnecessary sentences in their IELTS essays. These sentences have been overused in the IELTS writing test and considered as learned expressions, which are not accepted by the examiner.

Friday, September 7, 2018

How to Delete/Add Words in the IELTS Writing Test


Proofreading is essential in the IELTS writing test. You have to check your essay and look for any errors (spelling, grammar, and sentence structure) before you submit it to your IELTS examiner. However, committing a lot of mistakes in writing can be tricky. You have to delete/add some words to improve your essay. Although deleting or adding words is fine in the IELTS writing test, you still need to be very careful when doing these actions so you don’t end up having a messy essay.

Friday, August 31, 2018

How Words Are Counted in the IELTS Writing Test


Word count is very crucial in the IELTS writing test. In writing task 1, your task is to summarize the information presented in a table, graph or diagram. Your response must be at least 150 words. In writing task 2, you will be asked to write a 250-word essay in response to an argument or a problem. As a student enrolled in an IELTS center, it is essential that you know how the words are calculated in the IELTS writing test.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

5 Things IELTS Test Takers Do While Studying … to Avoid Studying (Part 1)

Everyone is guilty of doing something just to avoid their studies. Most trick their mind into thinking that what they’re doing will further their test preparations—and to some extent—it probably does. Taking study breaks, for instance, are essential to a productive review session right? Not all the time.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Acing the IELTS Reading Test: Matching Headings


IELTS Reading Test: Matching Headings
In this reading task, test takers are given a list of headings, usually with lower case Roman numerals (i, ii, iii, etc.). Each heading refers to the main idea of the paragraph or section of a specific text that is marked alphabetically. The task is to match each heading to the correct paragraph or section by writing the correct Roman numeral in the boxes on their answer sheets. Moreover, this reading task measures the exam takers’ ability to recognize the main idea in the paragraphs of text.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

IELTS Listening Tips for Diagram/Map/Plan Labeling Tasks

Are you attending an IELTS review center in the Philippines in preparation for the high-stakes exam? Want to take your test training up another notch? If so, then this article is for you!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

IELTS Speaking Tips for Introduction and Interview

Introducing yourself is probably never going to be as nerve-wracking as it is in the IELTS speaking exam.

Think about it. You have 4–5 minutes to introduce yourself and answer some questions about your life. While you’re undoubtedly familiar with the topic that does not necessarily mean that it’s less demanding than the rest of the tasks. After all, how well you respond will have a huge impact on your speaking score.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

IELTS Listening Tips for Sentence Completion Tasks

Are you preparing for IELTS with a one-day IELTS review course? Want to elevate your chances of success? Hone your approaches to the various task types of the high-stakes exam! Read on to find out what you should and shouldn’t do to ace the sentence completion tasks of the listening test.

Friday, July 13, 2018

IELTS Hacks: Four Effective Keys to Remembering


Learning is an active process that requires energy, dedication, and deep concentration. As a student enrolled in an IELTS center, finding ways to hone your learning abilities is essential as it helps boost your communications skills and increase your chances of getting a high IELTS band score. For instance, one practical tip that you can apply is learning the four effective keys to remembering.

The Four Effective Keys to Remembering
Recalling information is essential for exam takers as it helps them answer challenging questions during the IELTS test. By learning how to use the four keys to remembering, you can acquire more information as each key can help retain ideas into your long-term memory. Do you want to utilize these in your IELTS training? Read and follow these four effective keys to remembering:

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

5 Myths About IELTS Instructors


Almost everyone has had at least one teacher in their life that they wish they never met. There’s the professor who only cares about you passing their requirements, the lecturer who loves oversharing about his/her personal life, and—of course—the teacher who lives for on-the-spot graded recitations. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

English 101: How to Use Participial Prepositions


Perseverance and hard work are key elements to achieve language comprehension and acquisition. As an IELTS test taker, it is important that you have these characteristics as they can help boost your learning abilities and develop your communication skills. Aside from that, you can also enroll in an IELTS review center to further enhance your language skills as it provides course training materials and qualified instructors to guide your IELTS preparation.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About the IELTS Scoring System

Whether you’re taking the IELTS UKVI, Academic, General Training, or Life Skills exam, it’s imperative that you know how the test is scored. Knowing how you’re going to be assessed has a lot of advantages.
              ·         It’ll help you determine which sections to prioritize.
              ·         It’ll help tailor your review to the various criteria of the exam.
              ·         It’ll enlighten you as to how your performance in one part of the exam will affect your performance in the other parts of the exam.

Below is a comprehensive overview of the IELTS exam’s scoring system. Study up on it during your IELTS review center classes to boost your chances of success.

How is the IELTS overall band score computed?

The IELTS overall band score is indicated by the numbers 0–9—sometimes, with a .5 (e.g., 5.5 and 7.5). It’s the average of the four test components.

If your overall grade has a decimal point that’s not exactly .5 (like 4.25 or 7.75), it’s rounded to the nearest whole or half band value. Confused? Check out the examples below.








Listening
Reading
Writing
Speaking
Average of the four components
Overall band score reported in the IELTS card
IELTS Taker A
6
5.5
4
6.5
5.5
5.5
IELTS Taker B
8
7.5
8
7
7.625
8
IELTS Taker C
5
5.5
5.5
5.5
5.375
5.5
IELTS Taker D
6
6.5
6.5
5.5
6.125
6

The overall band score of all of the test’s versions (IELTS UKVI, Life Skills, Academic and General Training) are calculated this way.

How is each IELTS component scored?

The IELTS listening exam is composed of 40 items. The score out of 40 is translated to the IELTS nine-band scale. Here’s how the raw grade is converted.

Correct Answers
Band Score Equivalent
39–40
9
37–38
8.5
35–36
8
32–34
7.5
30–31
7
26–29
6.5
23–25
6
18–22
5.5
16–17
5
13–15
4.5
11–12
4

The IELTS reading exam is composed of 40 questions. Similar to the listening exam, what appears on the IELTS card is the nine-band scale equivalent of its raw score.

Since there are two versions of the reading exam (IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training), the conversion varies depending on the IELTS test type. Check out the tables below to learn more.

IELTS ACADEMIC
Correct Answers
Band Score Equivalent
39–40
9
37–38
8.5
36–36
8
33–34
7.5
30–32
7
27–29
6.5
23–26
6
19–22
5.5
15–18
5
13–14
4.5
10–12
4
8–9
3.5
6–7
3
4–5
2.5


IELTS GENERAL TRAINING
Correct Answers
Band Score Equivalent
40
9
39
8.5
37–38
8
36
7.5
34–35
7
32–33
6.5
30–31
6
27–29
5.5
23–26
5
19–22
4.5
15–18
4
12–14
3.5
9–11
3
6–8
2.5

The IELTS writing exam is composed of two tasks. Both tasks are assessed using the same criteria.

                ·         Task Achievement (Task 1) and Task Response (Task 2)
                ·         Coherence and Cohesion
                ·         Lexical Resource
                ·         Grammar Range and Accuracy

These criteria are marked equally. The band score in the writing exam is the average of the two tasks.  

The IELTS speaking exam is scored by examiners using the following criteria:

                ·         Fluency and Coherence
                ·         Lexical Resource
                ·         Grammatical Range and Accuracy
                ·         Pronunciation

These criteria are marked equally. And, like in the writing exam, the speaking band score is the average of the component’s various tasks.

Want to learn more about the IELTS scoring system and supercharge your test performance? Enroll in an IELTS Review center! 

References:
"How IELTS Is Scored." Calculate IELTS Score, IELTS Score Calculator. Accessed March 27, 2018. https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/how-ielts-is-scored.

"IELTS Band Scores: How They Are Calculated." IELTS Liz. Accessed March 27, 2018. http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-band-scores/.

"IELTS Scoring in Detail." IELTS Scoring Calculate Your Band Score. Accessed March 27, 2018. https://www.ielts.org/ielts-for-organisations/ielts-scoring-in-detail.