Month: September 2012

Sample IELTS Task 1 diagram essay

I previously wrote about how to organize and write your diagram/process essay for Task 1. Below I’ve written a full essay following that 4-paragraph plan.   Here is my sample essay for the above diagram on how bricks are manufactured: The

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IELTS Speaking Topics – Personal Experiences

For Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test you will be given a  cue card with a topic to talk about for 1 – 2 minutes. You will have 1 minute to prepare.  After you talk, be ready to answer 1 or 2 follow-up questions

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Strategies for IELTS Listening Section 3 – Conversation between 2 or more speakers

Section 3 of the IELTS Listening module involves 2 to 4  people discussing an academic topic. This section requires more careful attention to the conversation or argument being expressed because of the academic topic. General listening test strategies: Preview the

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How to answer multiple choice questions in the IELTS Reading exam

Make sure you’ve read the general strategies for answering the reading section. For multiple choice questions, the strategy is very similar: you preview your text, skim the passage and questions, then analyze the questions by identifying your key words to

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Analyzing Task 2 Essay questions – Examples

If you read my post on How to Analyze the Task Question, you’ll see how to identify the topic key words , claim and call-to-action parts of a question. Here are the answers to the sample task questions from that post.

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How to answer IELTS Task 2 question on “suggesting measures”

Here’s a question my student asked about: More and more city workers are deciding to live in the country and travel into work everyday. The result is increased traffic congestion and damage to the environment.  What measures do you suggest

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IELTS Speaking Topics – Things & Objects

For Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test you will be given cue cards with a topic to talk about for 1 – 2 minutes. You will be given 1 minute to prepare. After you talk, be ready to answer 1 or 2

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IELTS Writing Task 1 – Describing movements in graphs

Here are some useful vocabulary to describe movements in graphs  with example sentences . Take note of how it is used along with the different prepositions . Similar words meaning “to become greater in number; to go up”: to rise

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Strategies for Section 2 IELTS Listening – Talk by a single speaker

Section 2 of the IELTS Listening test is a monologue (one person talking) based on a general subject in a non-academic situation, such as a short talk on healthy eating or tourist information or a sales presentation. Here’s a link

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IELTS Reading: Strategies for True/False/Not Given and Yes/No/Not Given

Make sure you’ve read the general strategies for answering the reading section. For the true/false/not given or yes/no/not given type questions, the strategies are similar: skim questions identify keywords scan read carefully choose answer carefully With this type of question it’s

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