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Made from, made of, made out of,made with


Getting a maximum score in IELTS Writing band encompasses thorough understanding of commonly accepted sets of lexemes. In IELTS Preparation we cover the details of these sets and make sure our students become familiar with and get used to using the customarily approved expressions. Let us now explore the meaning of ‘made from’, ‘made of’, ‘made of’, ‘made out of’, and ‘made with’.

Made from. We often use made from when we talk about how something is manufactured. Made from changes form, the item cannot reconstitute:Plastic is made from oil(we cannot see oil in plastic anymore).The earliest canoes were made fromtree trunks(we no longer see the tree trunks in canoes).The wine is made from grapes (we cannot see grapes in wine). The paper is made from trees(we cannot see tree anymore).

Made of. We use made of when we talk about the basic material or qualities of something. It has a meaning similar to ‘composed of’. Made of does not change form:She wore a beautiful necklace made of silver(we can see the silver). “What’s this table made of?” “It’s oak, American white oak”(we can still see the oak tree). The house is made of bricks(we can still see the bricks as the dominant outlook of the house). The t-shirt is made of cotton(we can pull strings of cotton from the cloth).

Made out of. We usually use made out of when we talk about something that has been changed or transformed from one thing into another.It consists of one main source:In the 1970s, it was popular to have candle-holders made out of wine bottles(physically completely wine bottles).They were living in tents made out ofold plastic sheets(completely plastic).The remote control made out of plastic(completely plastic). The table is made out of wood(completely wood).

Made with. We use made with most often to talk about the ingredients of food and drink.Itisa mixture of ingredients or parts or pieces that comprise the item:This dish is made with beef, red peppers and herbs(the ingredients make up the food).Is sushi always made with raw fish or do the Japanese use cooked fish too?(raw or cooked fish together with other parts are called sushi). The eyeglasses are made with metal, glasses, plastic(there are items that compose the eyeglasses). The cake is made with flour, sugar, and eggs. The cake is made with love, care, sweetness (something intangible).

Remember in IELTS Course we drill these expressions so that students are really accustomed with the varied contexts and situations. Get hold of much practice guys so you will excel in IELTS Test.

Tips Sebelum dan Sesudah Mengerjakan Writing Test


Dalam setiap IELTS Writing Test (baik Academic Test maupun General Training Test), terdapat dua tugas (task) yang harus dikerjakan oleh para peserta tes dalam waktu 60 menit. Writing Task 1 (menulis report atau letter) disarankan untuk dikerjakan dalam waktu 20 menit, sedangkan Writing Task 2 (menulis essay) disarankan untuk dikerjakan dalam waktu 40 menit, sehingga total keduanya harus dapat terselesaikan dalam waktu 1 jam. Menulis dalam keterbatasan waktu seperti pada saat menjalani IELTS Test ini tentunya dapat membuat siapa pun merasa tertekan, apalagi bila topik soal yang diperoleh cukup sulit untuk dipahami!

Maka, apa yang harus dilakukan supaya waktu tes yang tersedia dapat dimanfaatkan dengan sebaik-baiknya?

Setiap kali memberikan latihan soal writing untuk murid-murid di IELTS Preparation Course, saya selalu menganjurkan pemanfaatan waktu yang efektif dan efisien, yakni dengan cara:

  1. Sebaiknya jangan langsung mulai menulis, melainkan luangkan waktu 3-5 menit terlebih dahulu untuk memahami soalnya, menemukan kata-kata kunci pada kalimat pertanyaan, memikirkan berbagai kemungkinan jawaban dan memilih yang tepat, serta merencanakan kerangka tulisan yang akan ditulis.
  2. Barulah kemudian tulis semuanya dengan cepat sesuai dengan apa yang telah direncanakan sampai dengan selesai dan memenuhi jumlah kata minimal untuk IELTS (Task 1 => 150 kata; Task 2 => 250 kata). Sebagai catatan, pada saat proses penulisan ini, sebaiknya jangan menghabiskan terlalu banyak waktu untuk memikirkan tata bahasa (grammar) yang sempurna ataupun kosakata (vocabulary) yang terlalu rumit.
  3. Sebelum tes berakhir, sedapat mungkin sisakan waktu 3-5 menit untuk membaca ulang dan menyunting apa yang telah ditulis, sekaligus mengkoreksi tata bahasa yang salah dan mengganti kosakata yang terlalu umum.

Semoga tips ini dapat membantu rekan-rekan IELTSJakarta.com dalam mengerjakan IELTS Writing Test!

Be SpecTacular! ;)
(Fredrik Nael)

Berapa kali harus tes IELTS?


Mungkin pertanyaan semacam itu sempat terpikirkan oleh rekan-rekan IELTS Jakarta yang belum pernah mengikuti IELTS Test. Tentu saja jawabannya adalah cukup 1x saja. Kalau seandainya kita mampu mendapatkan skor yang kita butuhkan hanya dengan satu kali mengikuti tes, untuk apa melakukannya berkali-kali, kan?

Maka, apa yang harus dilakukan agar tidak perlu mengikuti tes IELTS lebih dari satu kali?
Yang paling penting adalah mencari tahu terlebih dahulu seperti apakah IELTS Test itu dan mencoba mengikuti trial-nya atau biasa disebut prediction test. Ada banyak informasi gratis tentang tes IELTS yang dapat diperoleh dari Internet, termasuk yang diberikan oleh IELTSJakarta.com di sini. Perlu diingat bahwa IELTS tidaklah sama dengan TOEFL ataupun tes-tes bahasa Inggris lainnya, sehingga jenis soal maupun cara mengerjakannya pun sangatlah berbeda. Kemudian setelah mendapatkan informasi yang dibutuhkan, kita juga harus mencoba mengerjakan soalnya. Ada banyak IELTS Course ataupun lembaga bahasa lainnya yang menyediakan jasa IELTS Prediction Test, khususnya di Jakarta. Bila rekan-rekan belum pernah sama sekali mengerjakan soal-soal IELTS, sangatlah penting untuk mencobanya dalam predictiontest. Mengikuti prediction test biayanya jauh lebih murah daripada harus melakukan international test IELTS berkali-kali. Belum lagi, ada lokasi-lokasi untuk tes percobaan ini yang mana selain dapat memberitahukan prediksi nilai IELTS kita dengan lebih akurat, namun juga dapat memberikan masukan atau input untuk memperbaiki nilai-nilai kita yang masih kurang, seperti misalnya di SpecTa Education.

Bila hasil prediction test sudah memuaskan dan melampaui skor yang kita butuhkan, serta kita sudah cukup percaya diri untuk mencapai hasil yang diinginkan pada international test nanti, maka kita tidak perlu ragu lagi untuk melakukannya. Akan tetapi bila hasil prediction test ternyata masih kurang, pastinya kita harus mencoba berlatih soal dengan lebih giat lagi atau mengikuti program IELTS Preparation yang banyak tersedia pula di kota-kota besar untuk membantu memperbaiki kemampuan berbahasa Inggris kita serta mendapatkan strategi-strategi jitu guna mencapai skor yang kita inginkan. Ada banyak hal yang dapat dipelajari untuk meningkatkan kemampuan IELTS Listening, Reading, Writing, dan Speaking kita, dan pelajaran-pelajaran berharga ini pastinya dapat diperoleh dengan lebih mudah dan lengkap di IELTS Course.

Nah, setelah melakukan persiapan yang matang, kita dapat mencoba kembali melakukan prediction test atau mengikuti tes evaluasi seperti assessment test yang disediakan sesuai dengan program IELTS Preparation yang kita ikuti, sebelum pada akhirnya berlanjut ke international test.
Semoga rekan-rekan IELTS Jakarta dapat memperoleh skor yang dibutuhkan hanya dengan 1x melakukan IELTS Test yah!

Be SpecTacular! ;)

(Fredrik Nael)

SPELLING THE LETTER PART 2

In the previous lesson, I have describe how to get the right answer in IELTS Listening questions especially when the candidates have to complete a form, which could be dates, places, name, numbers, and times. This time, I will also explain how to write the correct answer when the candidates have to write numbers, such as dates or phone numbers.

Again, this is also kind of questions in which I find few students taking IELTS Preparation Course in www.ieltsjakarta.com make mistakes. As well as trying to remember and match the spelling into the right letters, the students sometimes should try to match and write the pronunciation of numbers in the paper.  It will be great if they could write correct answer in order to have an expected score. So, the students should write the pronunciation of the number in the questions sheet, and think about it later when the transfer the answer to the answer sheet since they have 10 minutes to transfer the answer. Even for the simple thing such as guessing SEVENTEEN is for 70 or 17 could break the students’ concentration and loss next number.

For example: Telephone number : 9367 6701. In the questions sheet, the students could write
9 3 double sixty seven 0 1
Then when transferring the answer to the answer sheet, the students could write 9367 6701.

This trick will help the IELTS candidates to keep focus to the next questions.

 Spectacular

Onny 

SPELLING THE LETTER PART 1


IELTS Listening questions are divided into 4 sections, and each section has 10 questions. Usually in IELTS Listening exam, the candidate may have to complete a form. This question type can often be found in Section 1. Normally, each answer is one or two words and the information is factual, such as dates, places, name, numbers, and times. When it comes to name of a person or places, sometimes the candidates should write the spelling correctly, while the speaker in the recording spell the letter one by one. The candidate from non-speaking English countries, like Indonesia, sometimes finds it is hard to write the letter in the paper as they should remember and match the spelling into the right letters. If they try to think the letter, it may take time and it increases the possibilities to miss the next letter and make the wrong answer.

After giving the answers to the students in the listening class, I usually evaluate the students’ mistakes, and give advices relating to their weakness. However, few of them make mistakes in this kind of question. Hence, I am as the teacher the students taking IELTS Preparation Course in www.ieltsjakarta.com usually ask the students to write the pronunciation of the letter in the questions sheet, and think about it later when the transfer the answer to the answer sheet since they have 10 minutes to transfer the answer. This is suggested to be the best time to think about it, instead just think about the letter and finally give wrong answer.

For example: name of a person is CRYSTAL. In the questions sheet, the students could write Cristal or Kristal but when the speaker spell it, they could write si ar wai es ti ei el. Then later in the answer sheet they could write CRYSTAL.



Spectacular

Onny 

Pemilihan Tenses dalam IELTS Writing Test


Selama mengajar di IELTS Course, seringkali saya mendapatkan pertanyaan mengenai tense yang harus digunakan dalam mengerjakan writing.

IELTS Writing Test pada dasarnya terbagi menjadi dua tugas (task) yang harus dikerjakan oleh peserta tes dalam waktu 60 menit/1 jam. Untuk IELTS Academic Test, yang harus dikerjakan adalah menulis laporan (report) dan esai (essay). Sedangkan untuk IELTS General Training Test, yang harus dibuat adalah surat (letter) dan esai (essay).

Baik pada tes Academic maupun General Training, penggunaan tense yang tepat sangatlah penting karena tata bahasa (grammar) merupakan salah satu poin yang dinilai. Tense adalah pengkategorian atau metode penentuan kata kerja dalam suatu kalimat berdasarkan referensi waktu kejadian atau kondisi yang dinyatakan dalam kalimat tersebut. Dalam tata bahasa Inggris, jumlah tense yang ada mencapai belasan. Namun tentunya dalam percakapan sehari-hari atau bahkan dalam IELTS Test sekalipun, tidak semua tense tersebut haruslah digunakan. Tiga tense utama adalah present, past, dan future. Selain ketiga tense dasar tersebut, yang juga sering digunakan dalam percakapan sehari-hari adalah bentuk variasi progressive/continuous, dan yang juga cukup relevan dalam IELTS Writing Test adalah bentuk variasi perfect.

Pemilihan tense yang tepat dalam IELTS Writing Test pastinya bergantung pada isi atau konteks dari kalimat yang akan ditulis. Dalam penulisan laporan (Writing Academic Task 1), misalnya, sangatlah penting untuk memperhatikan keterangan waktu yang tercantum pada diagram/grafik/tabel di soal. Jika data yang disajikan berasal dari periode yang sudah lewat atau lampau, tentunya pada saat melaporkan datanya, bentuk kalimat past tense-lah yang harus digunakan. Sedangkan dalam penulisan surat (Writing General Training Task 1), seluruh variasi bentuk tense yang umum dipakai dalam percakapan keseharian sangatlah mungkin digunakan, yakni simple, progressive, dan perfect; yang perlu diperhatikan adalah kerangka waktu cerita atau kondisi yang ingin disampaikan dalam surat.

Nah, meskipun ada banyak tense yang harus dipahami, semoga rekan-rekan IELTSJakarta.com tetap semangat dalam mempersiapkan diri yah!

Be SpecTacular! ;)

(Fredrik Nael)

Things that you have to know before doing IELTS Listening Test





  • You must read all the instructions very carefully so that you understand what is required to answer each of the questions.
  • When you read the instructions for note-taking tasks, underline the number of words you are allowed to write for each answer. The notes are in the same order as the information that you hear. You have to write the exact word that you hear. Make sure that you spell everything correctly.
  • If you are asked to write the name of the street, person or company, it will be spelt for you. Practice the names of the letters or the alphabets so that you will be familiar with them, as you only hear them once. When a letter or number is repeated, the speaker will say ‘double’ as for example, FF is ‘double F’.
  • You can write a date in three different ways (e.g. 13th June, June 13 or 13 June).
  • For questions involving things like measurements or money you must write the unit of measurement if this is not already given on the question paper. You can write the whole measurement or abbreviation (e.g. 25 metres or 25m, 25 kilometres/kilometers or 25 km).
  • Predicting what type of word will go into each gap helps you to be ready to hear it during the recording.
  • Follow the recording by listening for the answer to each question. As soon as you get the answer, listen for the answer to the next one.


That is all things you need to consider before taking listening test. This listening tips is supposed to help your IELTS preparation. Now the last part of your preparation program is do more exercise in IELTS Listeing. If you have difficulties in preparing yourself, we are always ready to assist you through our IELTS Preparation Course. All you need to do is contact us at IELTS Jakarta Office or SpecTa Education.


by Yunita
SpecTa Education

Should I Master The Topic in IELTS Test?

Dear IELTS Seekers, we have received many questions in IELTS Jakarta regarding vocabulary, especially when people feel unknowledgeable with the given topic. Commonly, students will easily feel thwarted by topics such as sciences, politics and agriculture. The first question that will be revealed is

“Am I expected to know specialized technical words and use them in my test?”

Unexpectedly the answer is NO. In this case, student should understand the fact in IELTS, you are not required to be a professor or expert in science to get score 7.0 neither in speaking or writing. Diction which normal person can meet when reading the media, newspapers, popular websites and magazines is the best choices indeed.

The next puzzle is what makes those words in magazines sound special. Even people never realize, magazines’ editors and journalists have done great jobs by maintaining the variation of words and organization of idea in their articles. They systematically used variety of synonym and analogy to create non-monotonous works, instead of struggled with boring word repetition.

To give you a clear understanding about experts and commoners ways in the choices of vocabulary please refer to examples below.

1. Expert in Mechanical Fluid
In order to improve the speed of existing car, systematic evaluation about the weakness in conventional transportation technology has been conducted. One of the most crucial issues is drag forces. Unfavorable drag forces could be indicated by the pattern of fluid’s boundary layers surrounding the solid object which is car in this case. Based on this analysis, modification to create more aerodynamic shape will increase the maximum speed that could be achieved by car.

2. Commoners
Our innovators in automotive segment recently tried to improve the performance of existing cars. Recent study has successfully confirmed that car shape can contribute to the reduction of energy consumption. A great design may reduce the energy lost caused by friction between air and body, in other words, better fuel efficiency and higher speed. They are optimist that their idea will be successfully implemented and produce 10% faster car compared to the conventional one.

The first writing is complex and consists of too many unfamiliar phrases. In contrast, the second writing uses more common dictions. Even though both writings are good enough to achieve band 6.5, the second writing is the one that represents the quality of vocabulary that is expected in IELTS.

by Phelia
SpecTa Education

IELTS Prediction in BPK Penabur Sentul


IELTS Jakarta is a credible institution that provide IELTS simulation test. Based on our post experiences, our simulation results vary plus minus 0.5 from the actual test result. We make sure that the quality of our test speciment is at middle standard difficulty compared to the official International IELTS. For companies that intend to take this test in group, the arrangement of test schedule, mechanism, and location are flexible based on the request from your corporate.

In this article, IELTS Jakarta will share our experience in conducting IELTS simulation test in BPK Penabur Sentul. The test was conducted on 20th June 2016, and the purpose of the test was to evaluate teachers and staff capability to communicate in English. This event was a success, with 95% of attendees out of 90 registered participants. Two weeks after the test took place, the results were distributed to school and staff. We then compared these results with their official test last year, and the differences are still in between 0.5 range.

BPK Penabur Sentul is one among many of our customers that plan to conduct regular IELTS prediction test every year as part of their appraisal evaluation program. Many schools, universities and educational institution have trusted IELTS Jakarta in conducting IELTS Prediction Test and Workshop for staff and students. We always feel glad to meet new partner, build connection and learn how IELTS evaluation benefits them in improving their performances.


If you have any interest to conduct prediction test in your site with minimum 40 participants, please contact us. We will be pleased to support your needs and give you objective explainations about the quality of your active and passive communication skill in English.

Have a nice day :)
Phelia

IELTS Jakarta

How is Listening Test in IELTS Conducted?



The IELTS Listening Test is the same for both Academic and General Training candidates. Typically, it has two dialogues and two monologues which will be played only once for approximately 30 minutes. Pauses are included to allow the candidates to read the questions and check their answers. Afterwards, the candidates will have 10 minutes to transfer the answers to the answer sheet. 

There are several types of questions with a total of 40 questions in four sections. 
Multiple-choice
Short answer
Matching
Sentence completion
Table/form/note/summary/flow-chart completion
Labelling a diagram/plan/map

The IELTS Listening Module contains a combination of some or all of the listed types. The level of complexity increases throughout the test, where Section 1 is the easiest and Section 4 is the most difficult section of the test.

 IELTS Listening would assess the candidate’s skills on listening for and identifying the gist of specific factual information, speaker roles, main ideas and the relationship between the pieces of information conveyed by the speaker, such as: causes and effects, order of events and comparison. Following directions and instructions, identifying details of numbers, dates and time will also included in it.

The candidates will receive a band score depending on how many correct answers. Ranging from 0 to 9, the score can be reported in whole or half band scores, e.g. 7.5 or 8.0.

by Yunita

Basic Explanation of Subject and Verb Agreement



Some say that the most challenging part of IELTS Test is the IELTS Writing Test that consists of two Tasks. It really deals a lot with Grammar since it is the first and very crucial component of your writing. The most common mistake of Grammar that IELTS Test Takers always produce is Subject-Verb Agreement. The following mistake examples are taken from the some practice tests in the class:

“The diagram show how big the population in Someland”
“Giving all the food to all the children are really encouraged”
“The only reason that the members of the House gave for the people were not accepted”.


Let’s discuss what Agreement between subject and verb actually is. The following illustrations are only the fundamental brief and there will be another article that will expand further.

A. First, if a sentence has a singular subject it is followed by a singular verb, and if it has a plural one then it is followed by a plural verb; that is, the verb agrees with the subject. Compare:

  • She lives in China. 
  • More people live in Asia than in any other continent.

When the subject of the sentence is complex, the following verb must agree with the main noun in the subject. In the examples below, the subject is underlined and the main noun is circled. Notice how the verb, in italics, agrees with the main noun:

  • Many leading members of the opposition party have criticized the delay.
  • The only excuse that he gave for his actions was that he was tired.


The verb must agree with the subject when the subject follows the verb:

  • Among the people invited was the mayor. (compare The mayor was among…)
  • Displayed on the board were the exam results. (compare The exam results were displayed…)

B. Next, if the subject is a clause, we usually use a singular verb:


  • To keep these young people in prison is inhuman.
  • Having overall responsibility for the course means that I have a lot of meetings.
  • Whoever took them remains a mystery.
  • That Rangers won both matches was a great achievement.

However, if we use a what-clause as subject, we use a singular verb if the following main noun is singular, and either a singular or plural verb if the following main noun is plural (although a plural verb is preferred in more formal contexts):

  • What worries us is the poor selection process.
  • What is needed are additional resources.

C. Some nouns with a singular form, referring to groups of some kind, can be used with either a singular or plural form of the verb:


  • The council has (or have) postponed a decision on the new road.

We use a singular verb if the focus is on the institution or organization as a whole unit, and a plural verb if the focus is on a collection of individuals. In formal contexts such as IELTS Writing, it is more common to use a singular verb.

In some contexts, a plural form of the verb is needed. We would say:
The committee usually raise their hands to vote ‘Yes’. (not The committee usually raises its hands… as we are referring to the members not as a group).

D. When names and titles ending in –s refer to a single unit we use a singular verb. Examples include countries; newspapers; titles of books, films, etc.; and quoted plural words or phrases:

  • At this time of the year the Netherlands is one hour ahead of the UK.
  • The Los Angeles Times lists Derek Jones as the fifth richest man in the world.
  • The Machine Gunners was one of Robert Wetall’s most successful books.
  • ‘Daps’ is the word used in the south west of the country for sports shoes.


I hope you can apply the above basic rules of Subject-Verb Agreement in your IELTS Writing, both Tasks 1 and 2. Good luck!!


By Almio

Strong Vocabulary Will Help You to Understand Reading Passages in 60 Minutes

Almost all students find it is difficult to answer the 40-question IELTS reading test in only 60 minutes as they say that they do not have enough time to read all the passages. As well as, they also comment that some of the vocabulary words in the reading passages are not common for them, so they get troubles in understanding the passages. In fact, the words in the questions seem different from the passages but have the same meaning. This will make the students get more frustrated answering the questions. 

For example: 

............... This ability to reach fast has been greatly improved with the aid of technology. The telephone and police radio, already long in use, assist greatly in the reduction in........... In more recent times, there has been the introduction of the “911” emergency system, which allows........, and the use of police computer system, .........

The questions: 
Name of the two latest technological developments that reduce police response time.

The students with lack of vocabulary words will answer telephone and police radio since they think that latest means the oldest one. However, when the students know that latest in the question has the same meaning with more recent times, the will answer 911 and computer

This is one of the example of the question showing that understanding and improving  variety of vocabulary words is a crucial thing to have better score. Also, this fact is true to other bands in IELTS, which are LISTENING, WRITING, and SPEAKING. 

There are many tips and tricks that the teachers explain when they teach the students attending the IELTS Preparation Course at www.IELTSjakarta.com before the students sit in the IELTS Test and the explanation above is one of the examples. 

The teachers always as much as possible set the time needed for each band when the class starts. So, the students get accustomed to the limited time and do not get shocked when sitting in the IELTS Test. It is important to note that the candidate will not be given extra time for each band. 

Hence, in favor of having high score in IELTS reading, the candidates should start learning new vocabulary words and find the synonym to improve themselves in understanding the passages and the questions as well, or they can take IELTS Preparation Courses.

by Onny

Common Grammatical Errors in Quantifier Adjective


In an IELTS Test, particularly IELTS Writing and IELTS Speaking, Grammar is one of the factors being assessed by the examiners. A lot of people made many grammatical errors during the test simply because they thought some things are grammatically correct since they seem to be common. But only after the teachers in your IELTS Preparation Course pointed out the mistakes, then soon you realized how terrifying English grammar can be! >.<

Determiners are some of the trickiest things. 
There are many occurrences in which course-takers wrote phrases like “most of countries” or “all of people” in their IELTS reports or essays. The phrase “most of countries” is obviously a common error. Articles which refer to quantities, such as “most”, “all”, “many”, and “a few”, can be used in either two ways:

  1. Followed directly by the noun to refer things in general, or;
  2. Used with the preposition “of” and the article “the” before the noun to refer to a quantity of a specific group which is defined directly in the expression.

Examples:

  1. Most countries are affected by the new regulation.
  2. Most of the countries which are experiencing poor economic performance are affected by the new regulation.

The incorrect phrase “most of countries” is probably a mixed expression of both usages.
Things like understanding the determiners and other grammar-related skills undeniably play huge roles in assuring higher IELTS test score.  So, good luck from us, IELTSJakarta.com, and have fun with your grammar adventure!


Be SpecTacular! ;)
By Fredrik Nael
SpecTa Education

Tips dan Strategi dalam Mengerjakan Paragraph Headings



Dalam tes Reading IELTS Anda mungkin akan diminta untuk mencocokkan judul untuk bagian teks. Ini merupakan jenis pertanyaan untuk menilai kemampuan anda untuk memahami gagasan utama setiap paragraf. Main idea atau gagasan utama adalah kalimat pendek yang merangkum informasi dalam paragraf. Anda harus memilih salah satu yang terbaik diantara 5 sampai 7 judul yang telah disediakan dan diminta untuk mencocokkan setiap paragraf dalam teks bacaan. Selalu ada lebih banyak judul daripada  paragraf.

Berikut adalah daftar masalah yang sering dihadapi peserta IELTS. Apakah Anda mengalami masalah ini?
  • Ada terlalu banyak informasi yang harus dibaca dengan kurun waktu yang terbatas. 
  • Mencoba untuk mencocokkan kata atau kata-kata dari “headings” dengan sebuah kata dalam teks.
  • Beberapa judul/headings mungkin tampak memiliki arti yang sama.
  • Beberapa peserta hanya membaca kalimat pertama dari setiap paragraf dan tidak memahami gagasan utama paragraph tersebut.
  • Menghabiskan terlalu banyak waktu di satu paragraf atau heading.
  • Jawaban tidak berada dalam urutan yang sama seperti teks.

Jawab pertanyaan satu persatu. Dengan melakukan ini, anda akan bisa mendapatkan arti umum teks secara keseluruhan dan ini akan membantu anda menyelesaikan sisa pertanyaan yang mengharuskan anda untuk melihat lebih rinci pada teks.


Anda tidak diharapkan untuk membaca setiap kata dari teks. Ini akan memakan waktu terlalu lama dan anda tidak punya waktu untuk ini. Dalam pertanyaan semacam ini anda hanya diharapkan untuk memahami gagasan utama setiap paragraf. Cara yang baik untuk melakukan ini adalah untuk membaca satu atau dua kalimat yang pertama dan kalimat terakhir dari paragraf. Anda juga dapat secara singkat melihat sisa paragraf tetapi anda tidak perlu membaca setiap kata.

Jika ada kata-kata yang tidak anda mengerti, jangan terlalu khawatir tentang hal ini. Sekali lagi, anda hanya perlu khawatir tentang makna umum kalimat secara keseluruhan, bukan kata per kata. Bahkan penutur aslinya pun akan gagal untuk memahami setiap kata dalam tes membaca IELTS.

Mengerti arti dari sinonim. Banyak peserta IELTS Reading Test mencari kata-kata yang sama persis dengan kata-kata dalam teks dan mengabaikan sinonim. Misalnya, kata kunci di judul mungkin 'Beautiful', namun kata yang anda cari bisa banyak sinonim yang berbeda dari 'cantik' seperti 'menarik', 'indah' atau 'menakjubkan'.

Jika ada dua atau tiga judul yang sama, tulislah di samping paragraf dan coba untuk mencari tahu perbedaan antara dua judul. Apakah kata kuncinya? Bagaimana kata kunci ini mengubah makna? Mana yang paling cocok dengan paragraf?

Jika anda masih tidak dapat memutuskan mana yang paling sesuai, kerjakan soal yang selanjutnya dan anda bisa kembali lagi ke soal tersebut nanti. Biasanya akan lebih mudah bagi anda untuk menemukan jawaban untuk soal tersebut setelah anda telah mencocokkan beberapa judul lainnya.

Abaikan apa pun yang anda sudah tahu tentang topic yang sedang dibahas. Fokus terhadap teks yang ada di hadapan anda dan bukan pengetahuan yang anda tahu tentang topik tersebut.

Jangan membaca terlalu cepat. Beberapa penguji menyarankan bahwa peserta hanya diharuskan meng'skim' teks karena anda tidak punya banyak waktu. Dalam pengalaman saya, ini justru mengakibatkan peserta tes IELTS tidak memahami teks dan membuat kesalahan dalam menjawab. Akan lebih baik untuk melakukan hal ini walaupun sedikit lebih lambat tetapi peserta benar-benar memahami apa yang ada di dalam teks yang sedang dibacanya untuk bisa memilih heading mana yang paling pas untuk paragraph tersebut.

Jangan panik jika anda tahu apa-apa tentang topik umum dari teks bacaan. IELTS tes membaca bukan tes tentang pengetahuan dan anda tidak diharapkan memiliki pengetahuan tentang topik tersebut.

Hindari untuk membaca ‘Heading’ terlebih dahulu karena ini secara otomatis akan membuat anda mencari kata-kata tertentu dalam teks daripada memahami gagasan utama. Ingat IELTS Reading “Paragraph Headings” adalah kemampuan anda untuk menemukan gagasan utama dan bukan kemampuan anda untuk menemukan informasi spesifik. 

Baca satu atau dua kalimat awal dan kalimat terakhir dari setiap paragraf untuk memahami makna umum ayat tersebut. Jangan khawatir tentang menyoroti kata kunci dalam ujian. Cobalah untuk meringkas arti umum paragraf dalam satu atau dua kata.
Ulangi sampai semua soal terjawab.

Selamat mencoba
by Yunita
IELTS Jakarta

Improving Vocabulary For Writing Proficiency

Many of you guys might be wondering just how to improve your writing abilities for the IELTS Writing section of the test. A major component of writing fluency, proficiency, and ability is through the use of a wide range of vocabulary. Words are a powerful tool in and of itself, it enables us to express our thoughts in a concise manner and create descriptive and powerful imagery in the minds of the readers. 

IELTS Preparation programs at IELTSJakarta.com through SpecTa Education aim to develop students’ ability to employ a vast array of vocabulary and utilize it in their writing tasks. With this they will improve their lexicon and knowledge of the appropriate contexts of when to apply a specific synonymous word into their sentences. Thus increasing the overall score for the writing section of the IELTS test through well elaborated essay's content becomes possible.

Reading novels on a frequent basis is one of the easiest ways of grasping unfamiliar words never seen before. Being able to understand a word by using inference from the surrounding words in the sentence will give a clue as to the meaning of that particular term. If you are still stumped about the method to enrich your vocabulary, referring to a dictionary will aid in understanding the word. Through constant practice and support from IELTS courses offered at SpecTa Education, there is no doubt that your writing score will vastly improve.

By Alex
IELTS Jakarta

Spelling and Capital in IELTS Listening Test


The most common questions arising when I teach IELTS Listening in the class from the students taking IELTS Course whether it is important to write the correct spelling in the answer sheet and to write the answer in capital letters, or on the reverse, write the answer in lower case.  

Initially, at the beginning of listening class especially to new students attending the IELTS Preparation Course at www.IELTSjakarta.com, I usually convey them some tips and tricks which should be done to reach expected score that they need. So, they could use these tips when practicing their listening skill required in IELTS test. Again, before I set the recording for the students to exercise their listening skill, I will repeat these tips and tricks trying to remind them the simple things they could do to raise their score. 

One of the tricks is that they should write the answers with the right spelling. Actually, some sources say that it is important to write all of the answers in sentence case, which it needs to make capital letter at the beginning of the words as long as it is appropriate. As an example, the student should write Spanish, not spanish, since it is the name of language. On the other hand, some sources also say that it will not affect the score if the candidates write the answers either in capitals or in lower case. However, even though these rules would not affect the score, I always remind the students to use capital letter for the first alphabet if it comes to the name of people, country, language, date, name of road, or other words which need to be capital at the first alphabet. This intentionally will train them to use this rules when they do the essay in IELTS Writing Test. 

Also, it is vital to know that plurals are important. Example, when the questions ask the candidate to fill the gap “There are many ……..”, so the answers would be “children” but not “child”.

Hence, in favor of having high score in IELTS listening, the candidates should start practicing their skill in listening to improve themselves in understanding the recording and the questions as well, or they can take IELTS Preparation Courses.

By Onny :)

Pronunciation Dalam Speaking Test


IELTS Test menguji 4 hal terkait kemampuan berbahasa Inggris, yakni Listening, Reading, Writing, dan Speaking. Setiap subyek yang diuji memiliki cara penilaian tersendiri yang menjadi tolak ukur kemampuan berbahasa Inggris para peserta tes.

Untuk IELTS Speaking Test, salah satu hal yang diuji adalah pelafalan (pronunciation). Pelafalan bahasa dan kata seringkali dianggap remeh oleh para peserta tes bila dibandingkan dengan tata bahasa (grammar) dan kosakata (vocabulary), padahal pelafalan yang tepat dan akurat sangatlah penting bila kita tidak ingin kalimat-kalimat yang kita ucapkan memiliki arti dan makna yang berbeda dengan apa yang kita niatkan.

Salah satu contoh sederhana adalah pengucapan kalimat berikut:

“I love to eat steak.”

Kata “steak” yang berarti “bistik” atau “daging” seharusnya dilafalkan [steyk]. Namun tidak jarang orang Indonesia melafalkannya menjadi [stik], sehingga bila diucapkan malah menjadi kalimat:

“I love to eat stick.”

Kata “stick” sendiri memiliki arti “tongkat” atau “batang kayu”, sehingga bila kalimat tersebut diartikan, akan menjadi: “Saya suka makan tongkat kayu.”

Kekeliruan pelafalan kata sederhana semacam ini tentunya dapat menimbulkan kesalahpahaman yang tidak perlu dan terkesan konyol, apalagi jika kata tersebut diucapkan berkali-kali selama tes. ^^

Semoga rekan-rekan IELTSJakarta.com semakin menyadari pentingnya pelafalan yang tepat dan serius berlatih, baik sendiri ataupun dengan lawan bicara di IELTS Preparation Course, sehingga dapat berhasil mendapatkan nilai IELTS yang diinginkan yah!

Be SpecTacular! ;)
by Fredrik Nael
SpecTa Education


What Exactly Does the Speaking Section of IELTS Consist Of?


Many prospective students during my time at SpecTa Education have taken their prediction tests with us, in order to assess their capabilities before beginning IELTS courses or directly taking the official IELTS test at a later date. As one of the teachers who also assist in evaluating the prediction tests, there has always been one section that has fallen short for many who take them, the IELTS Speaking portion.
For those who are unfamiliar or have never researched into IELTS, it can be nerve wrecking to have a one on one speaking conversation with an examiner, especially where English is not one's own native language. Knowing exactly what this section consists of will be the first step to prepare test takers to be well equipped beforehand.
IELTS Speaking consists of three specific parts: Q&A, Extended Dialogue based on a particular topic and the corresponding prompts, and Discussion.
Time and time again many have been mislead by the simplicity of the questions being asked of them during the Q&A, such as "Where were you born?" This is frequently answered with one word replies, "Bandung", to give an example. While this would be absolutely acceptable in everyday speech, IELTS Speaking is all about determining a person's fluency with formal English. Thus, answers should be given in complete sentences with additional detail to boost the score.
After the Q&A, a card will be presented with various prompts related to a topic. Examinees are given 1 minute to collect their thoughts or write down any ideas they have regarding it, before having to present their dialogue to the examiner within a maximum allotted time of 2 minutes. This part of IELTS Speaking can be considered as the most difficult due to the nature of having to continuously speak, and requires a great deal of practice before taking the test.
The last part of the speaking section would be discussion, with questions being broader and more complex compared to part 1, such as global affairs. Responses to these should be much more detailed in order to score well.

This might all seem like a lot to take in and requires quite a bit of practice to grasp, however IELTSjakarta.com through SpecTa Education, is able provide the support you need to pass the test with flying colors through its various comprehensive IELTS preparation courses taught by qualified native and non native English speakers with years of experience helping students achieve their future ambitions. Whether it is for admission into an overseas university or immigration to an English speaking country, we are here to help.

by Alex
SpecTa Education

Speaking Bahasa Indonesia for IELTS Speaking

Speaking Bahasa Indonesia for IELTS Speaking


There are many people who have asked us www.IELTSJakarta.com and in our IELTS Preparation Preparation whether speaking Bahasa Indonesia intentionally or unintentionally is actually acceptable in regards of successfully scoring the IELTS speaking interview. All of us here are extremely certain that such action of speaking Bahasa Indonesia is unacceptable because it naturally provides the interviewer or examiner a clear distinction of mistake that would be counted as fault or in an even more unpredictable moment, it could cause the applicant’s result to be completely cancelled, simply put, failure in their IELTS result. This situation would happen regardless of the intention of the applicant, whether he or she speaks Bahasa intentionally or unintentionally.

When people generally speak in IELTS exam, they are required to voice out coherent English words to be understood as thorough as possible. Our IELTS Preparation here commands the students to be very diligent and careful in terms of using their vocabulary and lexicon because it is always better to speak fluently, regardless of their speaking speed, than to speak incoherently fast, even worse when they accidentally mumble a word or two in Bahasa Indonesia. That simply would not do well at all.
The IELTS experts in IELTSJakarta.com suggest to every applicant to always take their time to think for a moment of two to three seconds before they want to utter the answer so that they could answer the given questions as smooth and as correct as possible with confidence and in English. 


By Melvin Tera

Symbols in IELTS Reading

Symbols in IELTS Reading




IELTS has four different subjects which are called Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. With this article, I’d like to specifically discuss about the Reading subject which I am sure that most people find it to be very complex, especially in regards to obtaining a good result. That point of view is actually quite common because, though some people might favor reading as a hobby, there are some others who do not find reading to be that interesting as an activity. Essentially, I am certain that human beings biologically and naturally tend to remember and memorize pictures better than words. Hence, the importance of pictures and symbols in purpose of attaining remarkable score for IELTS Reading.
The IELTS Preparation in SpecTa Education actually teaches and guides all of the applicants to use pictures and symbols while doing the Reading subject. There are usually three long essays which are divided into three sections in Reading, to make matter easier in terms of reading the passages, it would be more pleasant for an applicant to underline those long sentences with their own version of symbols such as circle, square, double or triple underline. Our IELTS Course undoubtedly believe that by drawing symbols on the passages and essay, the applicant’s brain would automatically remember certain keywords or sentences or topic that relate to the Reading questions.


By Melvin Tera

Basic Grammar Saja Tidak Menjamin Score Tinggi dalam IELTS

Basic Grammar Saja Tidak Menjamin Score Tinggi dalam IELTS





Banyak orang yang beranggapan bahwa pemilihan kalimat yang aman denga grammar sederhana saja cukup untuk memperoleh score tinggi dalam IELTS. Kenyataannya banyak dari mereka belakangan kecewa dengan hasil yang mereka peroleh terutama dalam ujian writing. Untuk memperoleh score lebih dari 5.5 Anda perlu lebih dari single clause sentence. Dengan kata lain Anda perlu menguasai intermediate dan advance grammar.

Apakah penerapan intermediate dan advance grammar ini sulit bagi pemula? Pertanyaan ini gampang-gampang susah untuk dijawab. Beberapa orang dapat menerapkan dalam beberapa bulan namun sebagian lainnya memerlukan waktu 1 sampai 2 tahun untuk terbiasa menggunakannya. Perbedaan terletak pada peran penting tutor ketika member masukkan dan evaluasi sehingga siswa lebih terpacu dan berani untuk menggunakan sistem kalimat baru dalam tulisan mereka.

Tutor yang baik akan mampu menilai dengan tepat tingkat grammar dari peserta didik mereka dan menentukan dengan tepat materi grammar apa yang sesuai untuk meningkatkan kapasitas tiap siswa. Akan sangat disayangkan bila peserta IELTS memiliki ide yang baik untuk menjawab soal writing namun terbentur dari sisi pilihan grammar yang terlalu sederhana dan monoton. Dengan kecakapan grammar yang mengimbangi dua keterampilan lain (penguasaan materi dan perbendaharaan kata) score maksimal dapat diraih.

Grammar apa saja yang tergolong dalam Advance dan Intermediate? Temukan jawabannya melalui IELTS Preparation program di IELTS Jakarta. Dibantu dengan dispilin diri memperoleh score 6.5 - 7 bukan hal yang mustahil bagi semua orang. Yuk segera hubungi kami untuk memperoleh informasi detail tentang IELTS Preparation Program kita.

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IELTS PREPARATION JAKARTA UTARA

IELTS Preparation di Jakarta Utara

IELTS preparation di jakarta utara menjadi salah satu yang juga banyak di cari di search engine. Kurangnya informasi menjadi faktor utama ketidak tahuan bahwa sebenarnya banyak tempat yang mempunyai program IELTS preparation di jakarta utara. Salah satunya adalah IELTS jakarta sendiri yang mempunyai 2 tempat yang menyelenggarakan ielts preparation di jakarta utara.  Untuk Lokasi sendiri ada di Kelapa Gading dan Pantai Indah Kapuk. Sebagai tempat les ielts yang juga sebagai IELTS test venue yang menyelenggarakan ielts international test, IELTS jakarta mempunyai keuntungan sendiri sebagai tempat preparation. Salah satunya anda akan terbiasa dengan tempat test  yang juga merupakan tempat les atau tempat preparation.

Tempat pertama terletak di Kelapa Gading , Lokasi tepatnya di jalan kelapa nias raya atau samping sportmall. Ieltsjakarta Kelapa Gading yang merupakan bagian dari SpecTa Education group merupakan salah satu tempat pertama penyelenggara ielts international tes di jakarta utara. Dengan pengalaman lebih dari 10 tahun. IELTS jakarta kelapa gading telah membantu banyak para peserta test meraih score yang mereka inginkan. Dengan Metode yang telah terbukti dapat membantu mereka yang merasa kesulitan dalam mngerjakan tes IELTS, menjadikan ielts jakarta kelapa gading menjadi salah satu tempat favorit para siswa di kelapa gading dan sekitarnya untuk les IELTS atau IELTS preparation. Selain metode yang tepat, sistem preparation yang ada juga di dukung oleh jadwal yang fleksibel sehingga bisa disesuaikan dengan kesibukan masing masing. Dengan demikian tidak akan mengganggu jadwal sekolah atau kuliah.

Why Should I take IELTS Simulation

Many students are questioning the necessity of IELTS simulation before taking the real international certification test. This simulation will facilitate the needs of valid tool to measure how close your actual capability toward targeted IELTS score. Other additional point, participants who are new to IELTS may get some overview about the technical aspect of the test, and the best strategy to make them feel comfortable with test format itself. All of these are fundamental in answering the curiosity about how IELTS Simulation indirectly supports improvement of students’ scores. 


Talking about IELTS simulation cannot be separated from IELTS Jakarta as the first credible provider of Simulation Test. Different from other institute that provide partial test (listening and reading only), we give full package of test including listening, reading, speaking and writing. Based on our experience for 10 years, our modules are adapting the standard level of IELTS Certification Test. Moreover, our teachers are knowledgeable to exert parameter of scoring to maximize the objectivity in speaking and writing tests. Mostly, our customers, both individual and institutional, feel satisfied with their prediction test results and feel more confident in taking International IELTS Certification.

Based on these let’s plan your success in IELTS, starting from IELTS Simulation Test with IELTSJakarta. Make sure that you consult to our experts to arrange schedule for your simulation test as soon as possible. Whatever your purpose and whatever your target is, we are here to support you.

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