Dave Allen on Airplanes

We just have to share this video – from one of the funniest comedians of all time, and about Aviation (well specifically airplanes and more importantly, the language of airlines). We are including this video into our reference material on the context that once you learn to laugh (and learn…

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Tips for the Listening Test

The accents of the speakers on the tape are primarily British. This means you must become accustomed to understanding the nuances of such accents. If you have been watching a lot of American television, (shows such as Friends, for example) it will not really help you. British accents are quite…

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Listening – An Overview

The IELTS Listening Test is the same for the Academic and General Training modules. You listen to language spoken in a social or academic context and answer a series of questions. The tape is played only once so you have to practice sufficiently beforehand to pick up what’s being said…

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IELTS Scoring

The IELTS exam tests your ability to communicate in English. The way to higher IELTS scores is three-fold: understand the test format develop the primary and supporting language skills required in the exam implement specific strategies, techniques and “tricks” to earn extra marks in the speaking and writing sections where…

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What is the IELTS Test?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is an English language proficiency exam which measures the ability of test-takers to communicate in the four basic language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. The IELTS is managed by three main institutions: the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the…

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More Crazy English

Let’s face it – English is a crazy language.  Have a read of this and see is it makes sense…. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France . Sweetmeats are…

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Connecting Sentences

Being able to connect your sentences with other sentences will make you sound more professional – plus it shows that you are more fluent in English.  Speaking or writing in short sentences that do not connect to each other is very bad and also gives you a low score.  It…

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The Speaking Module

The Speaking Module of the IELTS Test consists of three parts that take about 15 minutes to complete. Part 1 You will need to answer general questions about yourself, your homes/families, your jobs/studies, your interests, and a range of familiar topic areas in four to five minutes. Part 2 You…

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Reading Tips

1. Beat the fear – read as much as possible Read as much as possible. Don’t do endless IELTS practice tests but focus on reading short articles on topics that interest you or on topics that are common in IELTS – newspapers and magazines are a great resource here. One…

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Letter Writing Tips

Answering the question. Task achievement (answering the question) is one quarter of your total mark. What you must do is to write a letter, which would fully answer the needs of the problem in a real life situation. Even if you have covered all that the question itself asks, have…

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Speaking Strategies

Part 1 What if the examiner asks you a question you don’t understand? How should you respond in a situation like this? You may have problems understanding a question. The simple answer is: ask for clarification. If it was a word or phrase you didn’t quite understand just say something…

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Sample Band 8 Essays

The following essays are all real essays and have been graded as equivalent to Band 8. Have a read of these essays and take note of the style, language used and how the students answered the actual question.  The examiner’s comments are at the end of each essay too.  This…

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Sample Band 7 Essays

The following essays are all real essays and have been graded as equivalent to Band 7. Have a read of these essays and take note of the style, language used and how the students answered the actual question.  The examiner’s comments are at the end of each essay too.  This…

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Sample Band 5 Essays

The following essays are all real essays and have been graded as equivalent to Band 5. Have a read of these essays and take note of the style, language used and how the students answered the actual question.  The examiner’s comments are at the end of each essay too.  …

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