Month: June 2013

How to write the introduction for an essay on IELTS Task 2

The introduction should be clear and concise. It doesn’t need to be very long and grand since this is a short 250-word essay. Here’s what it should include: a paraphrase (use of different words but same meaning) of the topic

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How to answer diagram label completion questions for the IELTS Reading Test

e_monk via Compfight One type of question that you might get on the IELTS Reading test is completing labels for a diagram. This tests how well you can follow a detailed description of a process or features/traits of something. You

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Speed of Language – Which is faster – English, Japanese, Chinese or Spanish?

This isn’t directly related to IELTS, but I thought this was interesting about how different languages sound to other speakers. If you think English sounds fast, well, compared to Japanese or Spanish, it’ slower. BUT, there are a lot more

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More examples on how to answer true/false/not given and yes/no/not given IELTS questions

See my previous post on strategies for answering  True/False/Not Given and Yes/No/Not Given questions on the IELTS Reading section. The basic strategy is: SKIM for main idea and organization of passage SCAN for key words you’ve highlighted in the question

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What IELTS score do you need to study in New Zealand?

Christopher Bowley via Compfight I thought I’d make a resource list of places that state what their requirements are for IELTS. It’s just a start and it’s mostly the main ones that I know off the top of my head,

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Sample IELTS Speaking questions – Full Interview

As you know, the IELTS Speaking session is divided into three parts. Here’s a sample of what you would expect to hear from the examiner. Of course, the number of questions they ask will depend on the time spent –

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How to get a 7 on your IELTS essay – use sentence variety

If you look at the band descriptors for both Task 1 and Task 2, you will find that under Grammatical Range and Accuracy,  you should “use a variety of complex structures” to get a 7+. You want your writing to be

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How to write an Opinion Essay for Task 2 in IELTS

Wendell via Compfight Using the steps I’ve written about before: Analyzing the Task Question and the 4-Paragraph Structure, here is how you can approach the Opinion essay.  Example: With the recent developments in technology like e-books, some people feel that

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Overview of the IELTS Speaking Test

There are 3 parts in the IELTS Speaking test. Part 1: Introduction & Interview (4-5 minutes) The examiner introduces him/herself and confirms your identity and will ask for your passport. The examiner will then ask you general questions on familiar

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