How can I prepare for the IELTS exam?
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for the IELTS (International English Language Testing
System) exam by providing hours of exam practice.
IELTS is one of many ESL tests. It tests reading, writing,
listening and speaking. The IELTS exam is trying to test
the skills you will need in the real world.
- All IELTS candidates take the same listening and
speaking modules when sitting the IELTS exam. There
is no difference between the IELTS Academic module
and the IELTS General training module for the listening
and speaking components.
- The reading and writing
sections are different for the Academic module
and General Training module.
- The listening section of the IELTS
exam has four taped sections that become progressively
more challenging. The listening passages are on a
variety of current topics and are chosen for their
suitability for people entering university.
- The IELTS Academic Reading Module has three reading
passages that become progressively more challenging.
IELTS candidates are given 60 minutes to answer questions
for all three passages. Texts can often be very long
and on topics ranging from complex scientific issues
to articles on psychology and the environment.
The reading component of the IELTS test is trying
to assess your ability to extract specific information
from written texts, as well as understanding their
general meaning. The following questions types are
used in IELTS and we have many exercises that encourage
you to practise and develop the same skills.
- short answers
- multiple choice
- matching classifications
- completing sentences
- completing notes
- completing a summary
- completing a table
- completing a form
- completing a flow
chart or diagram
- selecting headings
- recognising a writer's
views or claims
The Academic Writing
module consists of two activities: IELTS task 1 graph
and report writing and Task 2 writing - often an argumentative
essay. IELTS test candidates must write a minimum of
250 words for Task 2 writing and should spend about
40 minutes. IELTS test candidates are given 60 minutes
to complete both IELTS writing tasks. The writing tasks
are on a variety of subjects and are chosen for their
suitability for candidates entering university, as are
all our Reuters news article topics.
In Writing Task 2, IELTS exam candidates
are asked to:
- put forward a point
of view on a given topic
- argue in support
of or against a given statement propose a solution
to a given problem
- speculate on implications of
a given issue
In writing for IELTS Task 1, IELTS exam candidates
are asked to describe information that is usually presented
in the form of a graph, table or diagram.
The General training module
also requires IELTS candidates to complete 2 IELTS writing
tasks: a personal semiformal or formal letter, or to
write an essay stating an opinion on a given topic as
part of a simulated class assignment.
The Selfaccess exercises include activities that are
similar to those found in the IELTS General training
module and IELTS Academic module exams. By using the
SelfAccess lessons you will be able to learn English,
practise IELTS reading questions, and improve your IELTS
score. Selfaccess provides IELTS style exercises including
IELTS Task 1 essays writing about graphs and tables,
letters, IELTS Task 2 essays, academic writing and argumentative
essays, online IELTS listening, reading, True, False
Not Given questions, writing, gap fill, grammar, graph
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