SelfAccess.com - Hints and Tips
SelfAccess.com contains hundreds of lessons and practice
exercises suitable for IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC and FCE preparation.
You can study for these exams online using our online
academic English lessons; these lessons will help you
prepare for IELTS, FCE, TOEFL or TOEFL. There are lessons
which practise the Listening, Reading and Writing papers.
The General English lessons cater for all levels of
ESL students: elementary to advanced.
The latest ESL lessons can be accessed from the classroom
page. For other lessons go to the lessons library. A full
list of available lessons will be displayed. The title
of each lesson, topics focussed on, skills practised and
release dates are all outlined. Click on the lesson title
to begin working through the lesson. Read the tips and
hints below so you can learn the most from our online
Reading and Listening
In these sections you will be asked to answer questions
or complete information based on a recording or piece
of writing. As in the exam it is a good idea to read
the questions before starting to listen or read. Try
to predict what the answer may be. Predict what kind
of information you need to pick out, for example, a
price, a location, a description, a percentage etc.
When you have read all the questions click on the "Start
Reading" button or Click Here To Listen.
This will help you focus on important information when
listening, and develop your ability to scan-read. These
skills are essential as in IELTS you will only hear
recordings once, and in the reading paper you have a
limited time so you must not stop every time you come
across a new piece of vocabulary.
There are reading exercises which require you to reorder
paragraphs in an essay or article, and general comprehension
questions to help develop your ability to understand
gist, or general understanding of the writers
thoughts. To help you with this, read the article through
quickly once. Then read again more slowly and complete
You can also practise sentence transformation exercises
for FCE, improve your grammar and practise with our
many types of cloze exercises.
The writing tasks focus on the skills you need to be
successful in IELTS. They may require you to re-order
paragraphs in order to improve your ability to structure
an essay. You may have to type in suitable discourse
markers to improve the coherence of your writing. You
may have to correctly analyse visual data and provide
accurate figures as in IELTS Task 1 Writing. Other exercises
work on your grammar by making you rewrite sentences
or complete a cloze test. As in the real exam, it is
vital to read the question very carefully before starting.
The questions in IELTS writing tests are often long
and confusing, and it is essential to analyse them correctly
before you start.
All of the exercises are auto correcting and you can get
instant feedback by clicking on the Check your Answers
button. You will be given a percentage based on how many
of your answers are correct and how many attempts you
In many exercises you will be given feedback, telling
you where to find correct answers and why your answer
may not be the correct one.
If you do not understand what is required of you or cannot
find an answer, click on the Hint button and it will give
you part of the answer.
If you are still having difficulty go into the General
English lesson library. This contains hundreds of lessons
at different levels, from Elementary to Advanced. You
can search for lessons based on skill, level or topic.
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