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What is The IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is taken by people who are required to certify their level of English proficiency for educational, vocational and immigration purposes, and it measures a person’s ability to communicate in English across four language skills—listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The IELTS is developed and delivered through the partnership of the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council and IDP Education Australia. It is currently administered at over 500 centres operating in more than 100 countries. Centres supervise the local administration of the test and recruit, train and monitor IELTS examiners. SpecTa Education is one of the well-known and trusted IELTS test venues/IELTS Preparation Courses located in Jakarta.

IELTS sessions are administered according to local needs. Most centres conduct a testing session up to four times a month. Test results are available within two weeks. You will receive only one copy of your results, but additional copies of the Test Report Form may be sent to organisations you specify.
There are no restrictions on retaking the test. However, if you want to retake the test immediately after receiving your first results, you may need to wait due to the time needed to complete the registration process.

The Academic IELTS is taken by people who wish to enrol in undergraduate and postgraduate courses and those who wish to undertake work experience at a graduate and postgraduate level.
The General Training IELTS is taken by people who are going to English-speaking countries to complete their secondary education or undertake work experience or training programmes and by people who are planning to emigrate to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

The IELTS is a British test created by the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES) in the United Kingdom. It is written in British English. Although, since it is an international test, the vocabulary and syntax used will be completely understandable to anyone who has studied English in an English-speaking country. If you don’t recognize a word at first, you will be able to assess its meaning through its context in the sentence. In addition, you do not have to use British English in the Writing module. However, you must use just one form of English consistently—that is, either British or American throughout the exam.

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Multiple Choice Questions in IELTS Listening Section (Part 1)

One of the many possibilities of question type in IELTS Listening Test is the multiple choice question. As the best way to improve the ability is by practicing as often as possible, it is also important to understand the common problems and master the tips to tackle them. In these compilation articles, IELTSJakarta.com will help you in finding the correct answers to such questions.
Mainly, there are three different formats for the multiple choice questions:
  1. The first is a short answer multiple choice question. You will be given a statement and a number of different options to choose from.
  2. The second type is sentence completion question. You will be given a sentence stem and you will have to complete it with one of a number of options.
  3. The last is when you are given a sentence and you have to match this to one of a number of pictures.

Some multiple choice questions require you to choose more than one answer from a variety of options. You may be asked to choose two answers from five options or four answers from seven options. Approach these in the same way as a single answer question.
There are certain things that can trip you up and can lead to mistakes. Before knowing the strategies, here are the common problems that candidates face in answering the multiple choice questions.
  • Indifferent order. The speaker may not necessarily give the information or answers in the same order as the choices seen on the paper. Therefore, do not assume that the order will be same as those given. Listen carefully to know which answers fit correctly with the questions.
  • Similar Choice. There will be more than one option in the multiple choice questions, but the options can be so similar to each other that you may face difficulty in finding the correct answer. Also, the information you hear about each choice may be quite similar to each other.
  • Listening to all the words. There is a possibility that you will hear all the words which are given in each choice. Obviously only one out of them will be correct. To be able to mark the answer correctly, always listen carefully. This will help you locate the correct answer.
  • Paraphrases and synonyms. When you are listening, do not match exact words you read in the questions or listening script. The words you read will be different from those you hear in the actual listening script. Instead, you can search for synonyms or paraphrases.
Source: Compiled from Linguasoftech and IELTS Advantage
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(Fredrik Nael)

Going Over the Word Limit --> IELTS Course Jakarta Utara

In IELTS Writing Test, one of the important requirements that should be fulfilled by the participants is writing with the required length and certain amount of words. IELTS Writing Task 1 will ask you to accomplish writing of a report or letter with the length of at least 150 words, while Writing Task 2 will ask for a 250-word-minimum essay.
When doing writing, part of answering the question correctly is actually by having at least the minimum word count limit. The examiner will count every word, so do not think you can get away with just writing around 150 words of Writing Task 1, for instance. It must be more or you will lose marks.
During the international IELTS Test, you will not have time to count how many words you have written. Here are some tips to avoid writing insufficiently:
·         The best thing to do is practice with the official IELTS exam paper and count how many words you write on that. You will then be able to see how much of writing 150 or 250 words looks like.

·         Try to write about 10% over 150 words for a report and 250 words for an essay when you are practicing. By doing this, it will help you to secure the limit number in the exam.

·         Plan your writing before you start. Having an outline of your writing before starting will help you a lot in managing the length of your writing. It is always good to know when to add some more sentences and when to stop giving too much explanation.

·         Providing examples in your essay will definitely boost your word count. However, you need to make sure that your examples are necessary to support the explanation. In the end, it is not smart to put examples that are redundant with your explanation.

·         Do not repeat words or phrases. One thing you should avoid is aiming to write long by repeating your sentences or adding irrelevant information in order to make a longer writing. If you have to extent the writing and you are out of ideas already, the one thing that you can try is paraphrasing certain main ideas from your body paragraphs in the conclusion. Do avoid adding new information in the conclusion part as it will damage the purpose of the paragraph.

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Source: Parts are taken from IELTS Advantage
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Tackling True, False, Not Given Questions --> IELTS Course Near Kebon Jeruk

IELTS Reading Test will have several types of question given to assess our skill in understanding passages. One of the possibilities is ‘True, False, Not Given’ question, which requires you to identify if information in a text is true or not in comparison to a number of factual statements.

Here are some tips to tackle these questions:
·         Read the instructions carefully and make sure you know if it is a TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN or YES/NO/NOT GIVEN question. TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN questions deal with facts. YES/NO/NOT GIVEN questions deal with opinion.
·         Ignore anything you already know about the topic and don’t make assumptions. You should answer based on the text only.
·         Read all the statements carefully. You should try to understand what the whole sentence means rather than simply highlighting keywords.
·         Don’t skim and scan the text to find the final answer. You will have to read the appropriate part of the text very carefully in order to understand what the author means.
·         Don’t look for words that exactly match those in the statements. You should also look for synonyms. Remember that you are matching meaning, not words.
·         Focus on the statement and carefully read the matching part of the text to establish if it is true or false. The meaning should exactly match that of the statement if it is true. Underline the words that give you the answer, this will help you focus and you can check back later.
·         Identify any words that qualify the statement, for example some, all, mainly, often, always and occasionally. These words are there to test if you have read the whole statement because they can change the meaning.
·         Be careful with verbs that qualify statements, such as suggest, claim, believe and know.
·         On most question sets, answers are in the same order they appear in the text. Just keep on reading.
·         If you can’t find the information you are looking for, then it is probably ‘Not Given’. Don’t waste time looking for something that is not there.
·         Also, if you have no idea what the answer is put ‘Not Given’. You probably have no idea because the answer is not there.
·         There will be at least one of all three answers. If you don’t have at least one ‘True’, ‘False’ or ‘Not Given’, then you have at least one answer wrong.
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Source: Compiled from IELTS Advantage
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(Fredrik Nael)

Guide to IELTS Letter Writing (Part 2)--> IELTS PREPARATION CLOSE TO MUARA KARANG

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As the continuation of article before about Guide to IELTS Letter Writing (Part 1), here are additional suggestion that certainly need to be considered in order to improve your letter writing :) 

4.       Open and close the letter correctly
Open a formal and semi-formal letter with a formal sentence. Don't try to be friendly, as you do not know the person you are writing to. Get right down to business and indicate the reason you are writing.

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing to inquire about…/I am writing with regards to...
Dear Mr. Smith,
I am writing to inform you.../I am writing in connection with...
End with: Yours faithfully/Yours sincerely

Open an informal letter with a general, friendly paragraph. We have a broader relationship in the context of which the communication is taking place. So it is best to acknowledge that friendship first.
Dear John,

How are you doing? It was such a pleasure to see you again last summer. We sure had a great time catching up with each other after so many years. You have always been a cherished friend of mine.
Anyway, the reason I'm writing is that I have some good news—I am getting married this summer...
End with: Best regards/Warm wishes

5.       Learn and use standard written phrases and the correct spelling of commonly used words
In conventional letter writing, we actually use a number of standard expressions and phrases and add on to them the specific information we wish to communicate. By learning how to use these expressions, you will find the task much easier. You can also prevent yourself from losing marks by learning the correct spelling of commonly used words and expressions which you are likely to use in the test.

6.       Stay on topic and make sure you write at least 150 words
IELTS Letter Writing does require you to make up a bit of a story to complete your letter, but don't make it so complicated that you run out of time. Stick to the point and write the required amount of words within 20 minutes. It is essential to include all three bulleted points. If you exclude one of the points given in the question prompt, you will lose valuable marks. You will also lose marks if you write less, but not if you write more; the only restriction on writing more is in terms of time, not the number of words.

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Source: Compiled from Good Luck IELTS, IELTS Liz, Magoosh, and IELTS Advantage
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Guide to IELTS Letter Writing (Part 1) --> IELTS PREPARATION COURSE CLOSE TO PLUIT

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The first task in IELTS Writing Test for General Training (GT) module is writing a letter. Here are some tips compiled for IELTSJakarta.com to guide you to achieve the best test result.

1.       Read instructions carefully
You will be given instructions and three points to include in your letter. The instruction tells you about the purposecontent, and recipient of your letter. Moreover, it is essential that you use the three points to structure your letter and provide foundation for the information.

2.       Identify the main purpose of the letter
Letters can be based on different content which will affect the style of the letter. Are you asking for help, apologizing, inviting someone, complaining or thanking someone? Learn appropriate and polite expressions that will support what you need to say.

3.       Identify the type of letter 
The entire tone of your letter is based the type of letter. Adjust your style and choice of words according to the type you have been asked to write. There are three types of letters in the IELTS: a formal letter, a personal/informal letter, or a semi-formal letter.

 Formal letters: writing to someone you don’t know. If you have never met the person before and you don’t know their first or last name, then you should use a formal style. You should definitely use a formal tone for letters of application and when making complaints. Formal styles allow us to sound respectful and professional; however, if we use this tone with someone we know it can often sound cold or unfriendly.

Personal letters: writing to someone you know very well. If the person is a friend then you should use an informal style. With people we know well, we don’t need to sound too formal and the letter should have a relaxed tone.

Semi-formal letters: writing to someone you don’t know well. Semi-formal is often the one that confuses people. Semi-formal is used when you know the name of the person, but it is within a professional or official context. Imagine writing a letter to a colleague or someone from a different company you know. If you write in a formal style it will sound unfriendly, but informal might sound disrespectful. In this situation we should use a semi-formal style.

Source: Compiled from Good Luck IELTS, IELTS Liz, Magoosh, and IELTS Advantage
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(Fredrik Nael)

Types of essay – Writing task 2 (part 2) --> IELTS PREPARATION PANTAI INDAH KAPUK


In previous article, I already discuss about two types of essays. Here, I will discuss about other essay types.

a.       Two sides of argument
Usually the task words are:
-          Discuss
-          Compare/contrast
-          Advantages/disadvantages
When writing an essay discussing about two sides of views, the students should give balanced presentation, which means they should write equally about both sides of the issue. Furthermore, in conclusion, the students could indicate their position.
 b. Evaluate an arguments
Usually the task words are:
-          To what extent….?
-          How important …..?
-          What do you think?
The students will probably take a position which is neither in total agreement (100%) nor total disagreement (0%), but somewhere in between. Hence, they need to explain why.
c. Make choices and justify
Usually the task words are:
-          From options A, B, C, D, E, etc, choose 3 most important. Justify your choice.
This is the most uncommon essay types in academic writing, but usually found in general writing.
Each of the student’s choices becomes the main idea of one body paragraph and they have to give reasons for choosing in the orders.

So,,, before you start write your idea into introduction, body, and conclusion, it would be wise to analyse which essay type is to help you make a good essay.


By Onny Anastasia Tampubolon

Types of essay – Writing task 2 (part 1)

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Before writing an essay, the students need to analyse the task that is given. After reading the questions, they should analyse the essay types of writing task 2 because each type of essay has different way to explain the idea. The students also have to read and underline the key words related to the topic and the task, as well as to explain the main terms in introduction.
There are few types of essay, which are

1.  Problem/Solution
Usually the task words are:
-          What can be done to solve ……..?
-          How can this problem be addressed?
-          What challenges ….?
-          What strategies …?
This means that the students need to explain two or three aspects of the issue, which of each becomes the main idea of each body paragraph. They also need to suggest some solutions or make some recommendations.

      2. Agree of disagree
Usually the task words are:
-          Do you agree or disagree? Why?
-          Explain your position.
-          Justify your opinion.
This means that the students need to take a position either agree or disagree and defend it strongly. They should give several reasons to support their arguments, which of each is the main idea of each body paragraph.


(to be contiued)
By Onny Anastasia Tampubolon


Speaking English Naturally and Fluently

One of the points being assessed during the IELTS Speaking Test is fluency. Fluent in a language means you don’t have to think before you speak, you don’t have to consider grammar rules, and vocabulary to translate in your mind. What you have to do is expressing the thought when you have it; there is no in-between stage for stopping and frame a sentence according to grammar and vocabulary.

1.       Listen, Listen and Listen
 Before you learn how to speak English you need to learn how to listen to English. As you listen, you are filling your memory bank with information. The more times you listen to something the better, and all of the information will come out naturally as you start to speak. Study the real conversations that happen in real life instead of books!

2.       Pronunciation
Pay attention to the pronunciation of native speakers. You can find a lot of videos on YouTube. Read aloud in English, any text or poem or a passage; it is also simply the best way to practice. Then, try speaking with native speakers, for example via video calls. Start with small conversations.

3.       Stop Thinking About Grammar
To improve your speaking you have to stop thinking about the grammar and rules that you have learned. The grammar rules have helped you learn how to write better, but they are not helping you to speak better. In fact, these grammar rules are stopping you from speaking fluently because you are thinking too much about which words to say and what tense to use.

4.       Have Confidence
Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to speak English, but you felt too shy, nervous and scared to speak? Were you afraid of making a mistake? Were you worried the other person wouldn’t understand what you were saying? Don’t be afraid! Have confidence, just open your mouth and speak.

5.       Practice
The more you practice and interact, the more natural it will be to speak English! The exposure to other people speaking English will allow you to learn how they speak.
Finally, have fun learning English!

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Source: Compiled from IELTS Material
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(Fredrik Nael)

LEARN TO PREDICT


by Onny Anastasia Tampubolon

There are many types of IELTS listening question tasks:
• matching tasks
• multiple choice tasks
• short-answer question tasks
• true/false tasks
• sentence completion tasks
• chart / table completion tasks
• gapfill tasks
• diagram labelling tasks

In the Listening Test, the candidates usually use four skills at once. It is not surprising that candidates often find this the most demanding of the four tests. The candidates need to be able to:
read the instructions and questions
listen for general information
listen for specific information
write the answers as you listen for the answers to the questions that follow.

Before each listening passage, in the time given, the candidates should look at each section in the test booklet and try to predict information about the listening passage situation, predict the number of people involved and what they might be doing or planning, and try especially to predict what they might say and the words they might use.

The candidates are given only a short time to look at the questions before the listening passage begins. However, to score well in the Listening Test you need to develop the ability to think ahead. The more effectively the candidates can predict, the quicker their mind will form the correct word associations to make with the topic, and the better they will be able to work out the meaning of what you hear.
A useful exercise for helping to develop the ability to predict is to play audio cassette tapes in English (e.g. the tape that accompanies this book), and pause after every minute or two to ask yourself what will happen and what you will hear next. This can also be done with videos, taped news items on the TV, interviews on the radio etc. It is important to think about the words that you expect to hear. Write them down, and then check to see how many you guessed correctly.

The secret to increasing your listening skills is to better predict what you might hear

References:
IELTS Jakarta Collection of IELTS Books.


IELTS Speaking Part 1


Speaking is the last part of IELTS test. The interview lasts for approximately 11-14 minutes. The examiner starts the test by introducing him or herself and confirms the identity of the candidate. Being able to talk naturally in a constant flow smoothly and confidently without major pauses is important to score high in IELTS. 

Part 1 would be a series of personal questions; therefore, personal answers should be given. The examiner will ask general questions about familiar topics such as family, friends, work, studies, hobby and interests which will last around 4 to 5 minutes. The speaking Test assesses the candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in English. Make sure you give clear and concise answer. Speak in logical sequencing. Use variety of words in simple and complex sentences accurately. Avoid getting too carried away on answering the questions in part 1.

First impressions are very important. You should always reply with an answer that is informative and as interesting as possible. Aim to create an intelligent answer. Do not simply reply yes or no to a question. In order to present yourself in the best way possible you should try to sound positive.

Ask yourself these questions when doing some practices:
  1. Can you be easily understood?
  2. Do you use a reasonable wide range of vocabulary?
  3. Do you use the proper English grammar?
  4. Do you use the right pronunciation?



Remember! It is better to give simple and accurate answers than complex, inaccurate answers. But it does not mean simple answer is only one word answer because it will prevent you from showing your ability to speak well.

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Speaking English Naturally and Fluently


One of the points being assessed during the IELTS preparation for Speaking Test is fluency. Fluent in a language means you don’t have to think before you speak, you don’t have to consider grammar rules, and vocabulary to translate in your mind. What you have to do is expressing the thought when you have it; there is no in-between stage for stopping and frame a sentence according to grammar and vocabulary.
1.       Listen, Listen and Listen
 Before you learn how to speak English you need to learn how to listen to English. As you listen, you are filling your memory bank with information. The more times you listen to something the better, and all of the information will come out naturally as you start to speak. Study the real conversations that happen in real life instead of books!
2.       Pronunciation
Pay attention to the pronunciation of native speakers. You can find a lot of videos on YouTube. Read aloud in English, any text or poem or a passage; it is also simply the best way to practice. Then, try speaking with native speakers, for example via video calls. Start with small conversations.
3.       Stop Thinking About Grammar
To improve your speaking you have to stop thinking about the grammar and rules that you have learned. The grammar rules have helped you learn how to write better, but they are not helping you to speak better. In fact, these grammar rules are stopping you from speaking fluently because you are thinking too much about which words to say and what tense to use.
4.       Have Confidence
Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to speak English, but you felt too shy, nervous and scared to speak? Were you afraid of making a mistake? Were you worried the other person wouldn’t understand what you were saying? Don’t be afraid! Have confidence, just open your mouth and speak.
5.       Practice
The more you practice and interact, the more natural it will be to speak English! The exposure to other people speaking English will allow you to learn how they speak.
Finally, have fun learning English!

Source: Compiled from IELTS Material
Be SpecTacular! ;)

(Fredrik Nael)

Causative Verbs: Make, Have, Get

BY almio harjanto ON May31, 2017 
In IELTS writing, the very essential evaluation of your essay is grammatical range. We have to be aware that even a very simple grammar aspect is taken into account. The example of it is Causative Verbs.
Often times wewant to describe someone, or something makes us do something, or helps us to do it. In this case we need to use causative verbs. While it might seem like a daunting word, causative verbs are actually really easy to use.
a)      I made my brother carry my suitcase.
b)      I had my brother carry my suitcase.
c)       I got my brother to carry my suitcase.
Make, have and get express the idea that “X” causes “Y” to do something. When they are used as causative verbs, their meanings are similar but not identical.
In a): My brother had no choice. I insisted that he carry my suitcase.
In b): My brother carried my suitcase because I asked him to.
In c): I managed to persuade my brother to carry my suitcase.


Causative Make



d)      Mrs. Lee made her son clean his room.
e)      Sad movies make me cry.
Causative make is followed by the simple form of a verb, not using “to”.
Incorrect: She made him to clean his room.
Make gives the idea that “X” gives “Y”no choice.


Causative Have

f)       I had the plumber repair the leak.
g)      Jane had the waiter bring her some tea.
Causative have is followed by the simple form of a verb, not using “to”.
Incorrect: She made him to repair the leak.
Have gives the idea that “X” requests “Y” to do something.


Causative Get

h)      The students got the teacher to dismiss the class early.
i)        Jack got his friends to play soccer with him after school.
Causative get is followed by a to and simple form of a verb.
Get gives the idea that “X” persuades “Y” to do something.


Once we are well versed with the use of the explained above, we could definitely boost IELTS Test especially in writing.

The Duration Needed to Study for IELTS Preparation


In life, there are always obstacles which appear and need to be overcome so those in trials would emerge victorious. This type of understanding actually applies to every aspect in people’s lifestyle no matter what their background is. In respect of the mentioned case, the same point of view is necessary to be used in IELTS Preparation as well, especially when the participants need to achieve incredible score of IELTS. Nowadays, the basic instinct of most humans is procrastination, which is the dangerously infectious activity to delay every work or task using various excuses with a sole purpose of not doing it right away. Unfortunately, it is also quite common to find this epidemic disease affecting students and applicants who want to nail the IELTS test.

Based on a personal experience, it is always best for everyone to study three times every week consistently, regardless of the subjects. This positive awareness also needs to be applied to IELTS Preparation and the mentors in SpecTa Education know how paramount it is to always remind the students to study effectively for 2 – 3 hours every meeting, which should happen 3 – 4 times a week. Therefore, improvement in IELTS could only be attained when a participant studies regularly, but they also need to know that having a good rest for the body and brain is important for fast progress as well, due to the fact that studying hard without rest is ineffective. Last but not least, www.IELTSJakarta.com perpetually advises the candidates never to postpone their duties and responsibilities, no matter how troublesome their situation might be, because when there is a will, there is always a way.

Melvin Kevin

12thJune 2017