15 Days Practice for IELTS Reading


It is important to any non-native English speaker to study English reading skills. As a practice, most of them read newspapers, magazines, journals, books, and even books on how to be good at the English language. Training on how to understand written English text is very necessary most especially if you are to take the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination – an English proficiency examination for non-native English speakers.

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The reading section in the IELTS is considered difficult by many who have already taken the said examination. Remember that the reading content for the Academic and General Training modules – two modules of the IELTS exam – are different in terms of their content. In the Academic reading, the content is mostly taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. Passages are longer and much more complicated. On the other hand, the General Training sources are from authentic notices, advertisements, handbooks, books, magazines and newspapers.

Training on reading should be planned carefully and must be followed strictly. So the question is: can a candidate for the IELTS review for the reading test in just 15 days? It is possible! Here is a schedule one can try to develop skills for the IELTS reading test.

Day 1 to 5

• Read on what the IELTS test is all about. Gather enough information on the different types of questions used in the exam.
• Search online on different free websites that offer reading practices. Bookmark them or have them printed.
• Make a schedule of your reading practices. Have yourself do about 4 reading practices every day.

Day 6 to 10

• Have a dictionary with you and get familiar with different words.
• Practice context clues. This skill is helpful in determining a definition of a word without having to look it up in a dictionary.
• Skimming and scanning – two essential skills for the IELTS. Know what these are and put them into practice on some reading materials.
• Improve your vocabulary by reading the newspaper, news online or even blogs on the internet.

Day 11 to 15

• These will be the days for practice. Have at least four passages to do in a day. Check them and take notes of the mistake. Go back to the reading passage and find the correct answers.
• Do not let yourself get distracted. Choose a place where you can conveniently study.

Some people have tried this and gotten good results. This kind of practice is also done in some IELTS review centers. These centers have programs designed for people who want to study in just two weeks. This intensive style of studying is good at review centers since schedules are strictly followed and instructors are there to guide students on their learning in the IELTS reading test.

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15 Days Practice for IELTS Writing


Every candidate in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam knows that the writing section is a huge challenge. Moreover, the writing section of the IELTS is different when a candidate is taking the Academic or the General Training module. However, in general, every candidate has to practice hard to write correct essays for this section of the exam.

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The IELTS writing section has different content in both Academic and General Training modules. In the Academic test, candidates have to interpret a graph or a diagram. They need to describe the data given using words and expressions that will best illustrate the facts on the data. In the General Training, candidates have to write a letter – formal or informal depending on the recipient of the letter – based on a given situation. Guide questions are given to help candidates organize their thoughts in their writing. The second task is an independent question wherein candidates are given a statement and are asked about their own opinion. The independent type of question is both in the second task in the Academic and the General Training.

Writing takes a lot of practice but with determination, it is possible for anyone to improve their writing skills in just 15 days. Here’s how you can compose good essays for the IELTS writing:

Day 1 to 5

• Gather information about the IELTS writing. Know how many words you need to write and how many minutes are given.
• Look for writing topics for both the first and the second tasks.
• For the Academic module, it is best to find different materials for graphs such as line, bar, and pie.
• For General Training module, find materials that would require candidates to write a formal, semi-formal and informal tone of letter.
• Know the criteria on how writing essays are evaluated.

Day 6 to 10

• Review on the rules of grammar and punctuation. It is important for essays to be grammatically correct and appropriately punctuated.
• Improve your vocabulary by learning expressions that will show the rise and fall of numbers, changes in the trends and the like. Choose words that will best describe the facts in the graph or diagram.
• Learn how to outline. Outlining makes the writing easier and the flow organized. Create a timetable on schedule of writing practices for the next five days.

Day 11 to 15

• Write at least two sets of writing tasks in a day. Have them checked by someone you are confident who is good at the English language.
• Be open to feedbacks on how you can improve your writing.

This kind of schedule is usually followed in an IELTS review center. In these centers, candidates are given lectures on grammar and writing skills. Following this, examinees are exposed to different writing exercises that will hone skills for the data or correspondence writing for the IELTS test. Writing teachers will check, evaluate and provide comments on how essays will be become more appropriate for the IELTS test.

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15 Days Practice For IELTS Listening


English is spoken to many parts of the world, and the Philippines is one of the countries which uses English as its second language. The exposure to the English language has started in schools as the medium for teaching is in English, reinforced further with books and other reading materials which are almost all printed in the English language. With this background, Filipinos do not have any difficulty in learning the English language.

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However, there are instances where Filipinos have to demonstrate their expertise in the English language through taking an English proficiency examination such as the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination. The IELTS is a trusted English proficiency examination making it one of the visa requirements of different English-speaking countries.

Listening is a very important skill in the IELTS. In general, you need to have a good listening skill to be able to interact with other people. You have to understand what a person is saying to have a logical and meaningful conversation. In the IELTS listening, candidates are presented with four different tasks which evaluate their skills. To add challenge to the test, the accents used in the listening passages are Australian and British accents. How can one practice for the IELTS listening test? Is it possible to review for it within 15 days?

An intensive practice for the IELTS listening for 15 days is possible. Here is what candidates must to within the fifteen day practice.

Week 1

Learn the basics about the IELTS listening. Start off by knowing the different types of questions in the listening test. Be familiar of the usual topics used and the techniques in answering the questions. Listen to sample materials. It will be a big help if you have materials on the different accents such as mentioned above. Familiarity with how particular words are pronounced on different accents is an advantage to any examinees. Gather as many materials as you can. Further, prepare a timetable or a schedule of exercises you will be doing. This will be a good marker of your progress within the week.

Week 2

As you have studied the basics and gathered enough materials, it is time to practice a lot. Answer practice tests. Check your score and review on the items that are incorrect. Play the audio again and assess what your strengths and weaknesses are. Every day, do at least two practice tests and compare your scores.

Self-studying for the IELTS is possible, but it is better to be in an intensive program in IELTS review centers. This program will allow students to develop their skills for the listening tests for two weeks and give students a lot of mock exams and coaching to prepare them for the test. Again, the best way to get a good score in the IELTS is knowledge about the test and practice.

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Steps on How to Reschedule a TOEFL Exam


It is not surprising that more and more Filipinos are taking the TOEFL or the Test of English as a Foreign Language since it has been made a requirement for visa applications in English speaking countries. Many Filipinos are taking the TOEFL either for work or study applications in the United Kingdom or the United States of America. Since it is a requirement, getting the score is important and can cause stress to any candidate.

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Reviewing for the TOEFL is advised to any candidate. Since it the content of the test is academic, there are some topics that might seem unfamiliar to the examinee that needs to be reviewed. There are a lot of TOEFL review centers in the country where one can take advantage of their very good programs. Most of the time, TOEFL review coaches encourage their students to prepare for at least two to three months before the examination. It will give them time to understand the flow of the exam and make better responses in both speaking and writing.

Registering for the test is easy as candidates can setup an account in the TOEFL homepage. Online registration is possible. However, there are instances whereby the candidate needs to reschedule the exam due to varied reasons. This could be illness, a death in the family, a conflict in schedule, or even the realization that the candidate is not ready to take the exam yet. For whatever reasons the candidate has, rescheduling of the exam is possible. Here is how:

Rescheduling can be done online or thru phone call.

Online rescheduling

1. Log in to your TOEFL account in http://www.ets.org.
2. Go to View Order in your page.
3. Click “Modify” on rescheduling for the exam. Check for available test dates for your next target date.

Through phone call

1. Have your registration number ready.
2. Call this number 60-3-7628-3333 and have your exam rescheduled.

Most candidates would opt to do it online for it is much easier and convenient. Candidates should also know that there is a fee of $60 (about PhP 2700) in rescheduling the examination. Further, rescheduling of the examination is only possible three days before the scheduled exam. Candidates who fail to reschedule a day before the exam will not be allowed; hence, they should take the test because refunds will not be given.

TOEFL review centers can be of help to candidates rescheduling their test dates. Visit one nearest to you so that they can explain and process the rescheduling with your permission.

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