Popular IELTS Speaking Cue Card Topics

English speaking tests – a test of how conversant you are in the English language. Do you think you can pass such test?
Many Filipinos today are very conscious with the way they speak English. English has become one of the world’s most spoken languages and being able to speak the language brings advantages to anyone – professionally or academically. For many years now, Filipinos have been studying in different review centers in the country to prepare for the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. This English test will gauge how well an individual is when it comes to the usage of the said language. However, the IELTS speaking test is different from other speaking test: it is an interview by a native English speaker. The test has three parts and among these, the second part is one task to watch out for.

The second task of the IELTS speaking requires the candidate to speak on a given topic. The topic is written on a cue card given by the interviewer. The candidate is given a minute to prepare his or her response and another couple of minutes for the candidate to give the response. The topics on the cue card are varied. It can be about people, places, things, habits, plans for the future and life experiences.

Here are some questions used in the IELTS cue card:

Describe an old person that you know.
You should say:
• Who the person is
• How you know this person
• What this person does and explain why you choose this older person

Describe a friend you had when you were a child
You should say:
• How you met
• How long have you been friends
• What you liked doing together and explain why you liked this person

Describe a sea you have visited.
You should say:
• Where the sea is
• How often you have visited it
• What activities you do there and explain why you like this particular place.

Describe a sporting event you attended.
You should say:
• What kind of sport it was
• How it compared to other events you’ve been to
• How often it takes place and explain why you consider this event to be of interest.

Life Experiences
Describe a happy childhood event.
You should say:
• When it happened
• Who was involved
• How you felt at the time and explain why you remember this particular occasion.

Describe an important decision that you made
You should say:
• What the decision was
• How you made your decision
• What the results of the decision were and explain why it was important.

When making your responses, always follow an outline for a smooth flow in your response. Coherence is very important to give a clear viewpoint. Two minutes is very short so just feel free to plan your response. Practice well and making responses under a minute will be easier for this task.

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Facts about the F1 Visa for International Students in the US

Aiming to study in the United States of America? Then, it is time for you to understand the F1 Visa or Student Visa for the US.
The visa, F1 visa, is primarily awarded to international students who will be studying under an academic program or English language course in any university or college in the US. Moreover, people who have this type of visa can stay up to 60 days beyond the given allowable stay to complete their academic course. However, individuals who have this via has to finish their course program indicated on their I-1-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status) given by the university or college you are to be enrolled.
For those who want to study in the US, here is some information that will help you understand the US F1 visa.

1. In any kind of visa application, you have to be sure that you have the right requirements. First, applicants should find a university or college that they will be attending to. They need to satisfy the institution’s requirements for them to be awarded a certificate of their enrolment that is needed for the visa application. One of the requirements might include an English proficiency exam certificate like the IELTS. For more information about the IELTS for student visas, please visit http://www.ieltsexamstips.com/2013/08/ielts-and-student-visas.html. In addition, the individual should be able to provide proof that they have financial support to complete their course including other living expenses.

2. There is a required interview that will determine if an applicant will be awarded or declined with the said visa. Interview question usually focus on the applicant’s academic qualifications and the academic institution they are enrolled. Additional questions will be more on the applicant’s personal information.

3. Travelling outside the US while on F1 visa is possible. However, this absence should not be more than five months. If your visa is about to expire before you leave the US, applicants should get a new one and should always have the I-20 form signed by a school representative before travelling outside the US.

4. Some are wondering whether it is possible for people under F1 visa to work while studying. This visa is strictly for academic purposes. However, students can do some work provided it is within the school campus. Training programs are also allowed. If any student wishes to work, they should consult from the DSO or any foreign student advisor.

5. If a student wishes to transfer to another academic institution, students have to inform the current school and obtain a new I-20 form from the new school and should be completed within 15 days.

F1 visa status is one of the most used and awarded visa to foreign applicants. If you wish to know more about the F1 US visa, visit http://www.internationalstudent.com/immigration/f1-student-visa/.

Source: http://blog.peertransfer.com/2013/02/27/what-can-international-students-do-with-a-f1-visa-in-the-u-s/


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Things To Avoid During the IELTS Speaking Tests

Imagine that you will be stepping into a room with a native English speaker who will be interviewing you, what would you most likely feel?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination’s speaking examination is a great opportunity for any individual to have a face-to-face interview with a native English speaker. Some may find this a good way of assessment, whilst some see this as a threat to their band scores.

For Filipinos, speaking in English might not be a problem. Filipinos are accustomed to using the language even at a younger age as it is mostly spoken in schools and even at home. However, it does not mean that when you are used to doing something, you are already good at it. In the IELTS speaking examination, there are strategies and techniques taught and learned to get a good band score. Getting the target band score is very important; thus, people work hard in practicing their English skills. People are taught tips on how to do well in the speaking examination, now, let us give you things on what you should avoid doing during your speaking tests.

1. Do not slouch.
Slouching is a sign that you are too confident or disrespectful. Giving this impression to your interviewer can somehow affect how he deals with you. Instead, once you are asked to sit, sit straight and always listen carefully with what the interviewer is going to say.

2. Wear proper clothing.
Come to the interview like you are going to a job interview. For girls, wearing sexy outfits should be avoided. You do not want to make your interviewer distracted, do you? Men should wear something with collar, some nice khakis and leather shoes. Do not come in with a shirt and running shoes. That attire will totally ruin your interview.

3. Avoid being nervous.
If your interviewer asks you if you are nervous, never say yes. Tell them that you feel good and ready for the exam. Telling them that you are nervous won’t get you any good score nor sympathy from them.

4. Focus on the interviewer.
When the interview starts, always establish a good eye contact with your interviewer. Do not look at what he or she is writing. Reading his or her comments about you is disrespectful. Be professional and look your interviewer in his or her eyes.

5. Avoid yes and no responses.
This is an evaluation of how conversant you are in English. Make the conversation active by providing more details to your answer or even ask the same question with your interviewer. Carry the conversation well and stop giving your interviewer close-ended responses.

Speaking should not be stressful and must be enjoyed. Learn how to control yourself and be confident of your responses. That’s the little secret in obtaining a good score in the IELTS speaking examination.

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How to Retrieve Missing IELTS Candidate Number?


Preparing for an exam matters a lot. It is with the amount of preparation that the candidate can gauge his or her readiness for the examination. The lack of practice can have negative effects not only in the score but also with the test candidate. Thus, it is believed that getting ready for an examination, most especially in an English proficiency examination, is highly needed.

People take review classes for a reason – to know and have their skills improved for the examination. In the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination, review classes are one type of preparation that most candidates believe to be effective. Say the candidate is ready to take the challenge of the exam; the candidate prepares all the necessary documents to be brought on the exam day until the candidate realizes that he or she cannot find or has forgotten his or her candidate number. What can the candidate do?

Upon registration for the IELTS examination, Cambridge ESOL will be sending a uniquely machine generated number. This reference number or candidate number can be used when the candidate needs to request services from the IELTS such as another Test Report Forms. To find this number, it is posted on the NEEA IELTS website on the MY STATUS page. As a candidate, you have to write down this candidate number for future purposes.

If you think that you lost your candidate number, simply check the email sent to your email and the IELTS candidate number is indicated on the email. However, it is still best to write this number down on your notebook or phone and keep it well.

As a candidate, you have to be responsible on important details sent to your email with regards to the IELTS examination. This information is needed when requesting for an extra Test Report Form. In the Test Report Form, candidates will be able to view the test module taken, center number, test date, and the IELTS candidate number. Test Report Forms are needed as they contain the band scores on the reading, listening, speaking and writing tests together with your overall band score.

With the popularity of the IELTS, more and more people are registering for the examination. It is an important requirement to be fulfilled. Furthermore, because of a good score in the IELTs, individuals are offered better job opportunities or academic institutions for work or academic purposes respectively.


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Proven and Tested Tips on How to Make Yourself Familiar with the British Accents in the IELTS Listening Exam

Have you ever heard Hugh Grant speak? Have you had a little difficulty understanding what Harry, Hermione and Ron were saying in the Harry Potter movie series?

British English poses a challenge for any individual. For Filipinos who are accustomed to using and hearing American English, it is best for Filipinos to undergo some training for British English most especially when you are taking an English proficiency exam like the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System.

How can one be familiar with the said accent? Here are some tips on how to be good at listening to British English accent.

• Watching English movies using British English is one practice candidates must do. Watch films like the Notting Hill, Harry Potter and Bridget Jones’ Diaries. These films star English actors and they use their accents quite strong. If you are having a hard time understanding what they are saying, do not hesitate to switch the subtitles on. In this way, you will be able to list the words that you hear that sound quite unusual in the British English accent.

• Practice British English accent and pronunciation through different tutorial videos online. These videos online teach candidates on how such words are pronounced in the British English accent. For example, in this Youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2oIO5EWAVc), the speaker practices with the introduction of himself and has also provided subtitles for better understanding. There are also other links that are focused in British English accent training.

• Furthermore, knowing some words in the British English that are commonly misused is a plus. Here are some British terms that are commonly misused and their right usage.

1. Plethora
People often use it as “a lot”, but it actually means “an excess of something.”

2. Alas
Thought by many as “finally”, yet it really means “an expression of grief.”

3. Battling down the hatches – batten down the hathes

4. Find a penny pick it up – find a pin pick it up

5. A mute point – a moot point

6. One foul swoop – one fell swoop

7. A damp squid – a damp squib

8. On tender hooks – on tenter hooks

9. Nip in the butt – nip it in the bud

10. Champing at the bit – chomping at the bit

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/4799157/Damp-Squid-The-top-10-misquoted-phrases-in-Britain.html and http://hellogiggles.com/10-more-words-that-youve-probably-been-misusing

• Practice with speaking coaches. There are a lot of IELTS review centers that teach the pronunciation of words in American English and British English. Enrolees in IELTS review centers are given exercises until they become familiar with the accent.
The secret in getting a good score in the IELTS listening exam is getting the right amount of training on words in the British English accent. Try the tips mentioned above and be ready for the real IELTS test.


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How to Organize your Thoughts in Writing an Essay

An essay, defined as an intellectual, opinionated article, should feature several characteristics in order to be called “good”. These characteristics include the following: good exposition, narration, or description; proper Grammar and word usage; aesthetics; and organization.


Organization is essential to your essay because it affects the other factors. If your essay is organized, your exposition, narration, or description would make more sense.  Also, Grammatical and lexical usage can either be highlighted by good organization or exacerbated by a bad one.


Here are some tips that will help you organize your thoughts in writing essays.


1. Create an outline. Creating an outline is like making a skeleton of the article. By doing so you are already creating the sequence of ideas, which you can eventually make into sentences. A logical sequence is one of the characteristics of a well-organized essay. Apart from this, an outline will help you discern if the ideas you plan on putting in your essay is actually significant to your exposition, description, or narration.  


2. Have at least three (3) parts of the essay. An essay has an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. The introduction serves as the general discussion of the theme of the essay and the specific topic for discussion. The body is where the points for discussions are placed. The conclusion terminates the essay. Arranging your ideas – and thus your essay – in this manner will create a more organized presentation of ideas.


3. Have one paragraph in the body for every point you wish to make. This ensures that the explanation for each points are not jammed together and are discussed separately. For instance, if you are tasked to write the advantages of modern technology and you are able to enumerate three benefits, you may discuss these advantages in three different paragraphs.



4. Make use of transition words. Transition words are essential to provide logical sequencing in a paragraph and article. For instance, the use of “first”, “next”, “before”, “after” and “during” can show the logical progression of any process. These words also show the chronological order of ideas. Both orders are important in narration, exposition, and even description. Transition words are definitely essential to keeping your thoughts organized.


5. Follow the inverted pyramid format. In news writing, following this format meant starting with the most important idea and ending in the least significant. In essays, you can use this format to mean a general to specific discussion of the topic.  By writing this way, you are making sure that your thoughts lead to a specific idea that would back up a general topic.

 ImageI hope these tips are helpful in keeping your essay organized. Good luck!

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Do’s and Don’ts When You are in a Corporate Interview


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Learning the ropes when it comes to dealing with corporate interviews will not only give you an advantage when it comes to the International English Language Test System (IELTS). In several circumstances, corporate interview skills are also important. For instance, in presentation and defense of proposals and studies to clients or an academic panel, having corporate interview skills are an advantage.

Here are some do’s and don’ts you can follow when in a corporate interview.

DO wear something smart. This means business attire, clean shoes, minimal make-up and jewelry. Remember that any speech – including an interview – is a performance. You must dress to impress.

DO be calm. Being nervous will not help you ace the interview.  Make sure that before you enter the room, you have calmed yourself reasonably. Take several deep breaths before going into the interview. Having a calm state of mind will help you perform better in your interview. This would also help you focus on the task at hand and not get mind-blocked when you are already speaking.

DO try and know as much as you can about the interview topic. How can you talk about something you have no idea about? Prior knowledge regarding a topic that is sure to come up would help boost your confidence as well as better your performance. Research the company you’re applying to if it is a job interview. If it is a project you are defending to a panel, make sure you know the project inside out. If it is the IELTS Speaking Test, do not be afraid to surf the net for old IELTS questions which may crop up again. Asking other test takers who took the examination before you may also help.

DON’T be too stiff, but don’t be overly friendly either. You must find the balance between friendly and frigid, and that middle ground is usually professional warmth. Remember that the person interviewing you is not your friend, but to exude confidence you must also be an open and easy going conversationalist.

DON’T be afraid to ask for clarification. Whether you missed out on a word your interviewer used or you really did not understand the question the first time, asking for clarification is still a better step to having a good interview than answering wrongly.

Acing an interview is easy, once you have the confidence and the experience. Practice is the key, together with a healthy belief in your own abilities and some essential tips like what we have here.

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