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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.

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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. 
Short answer
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.


  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