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Matching-Heading Questions

As there are many different types of questions asked in IELTS Reading Test, students need to get familiar with all of them. In IELTSPreparation Course, students are provided with practices and strategies that will improve their familiarity with those different sets of questions.

Here are some tips for matching headings with their paragraphs/sections compiled by IELTS Jakarta to help you with your IELTS Test:

1. Do heading questions first
Headings summarize the text. By finishing them first, you will have understood the context of each paragraph and are mostly helped to scan the answers to the other questions later.

2. Read the instructions well
Some heading questions allow you to use a heading more than once. Make sure you read the note in the instructions first.
3. Read through the list of headings
Getting familiar with the headings is important as you will be scanning for the target words or just identifying certain keywords as the main idea of the paragraphs in the passage.

4. Look for answer to the shortest paragraph first
Shorter paragraph means shorter amount of time to skim throught it. Fewer headings to choose are then left for the longer paragraphs.

5. Look for the most general heading
For most heading questions, the most general heading may be the answer for the first paragraph or the conclusion paragraph as both provide introduction and summary for the article, respectively.
6. Figure out the difference of similar headings
When you have similar headings that you are unsure about, it might become handy to write them beside the paragraph and try to figure out the difference between them. Pay attention to the keywords and understand how these words modify the meaning of each heading, then pick one that matches the paragraph best.
7. Be aware of similar words/synonyms
Most heading words that match exactly with words in the passage might not be the correct answers! Many correct heading answers are in fact written with synonyms.


Source: Tips are compiled from IELTS Material
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(Fredrik Nael)

How To Tackle the 3 Main Types of IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions


When dealing with IELTS Writing Task 2, it is compulsory that IELTS Test takers write a 250 word essay based on a given topic. Beside the significantly important Grammar point, one other crucially of the same substantiality in the marking criteria – constructing 25% of the total score – is the Task Response.This criterion evaluates that your composition satisfies all parts of the question(s) asked and that your ideas and examples are relevant to the question.

Today we will we will look at the three main types of questions provided on the exam: how to identify and tackle each of them. Being familiar with this obviously helps improve your IELTS Score especially in IELTS Writing band.

Opinion (on a Topic)
This type of task presents an opinion that is mostly related to a problem or issue in society – as social concerns – and requires you to extend your agreement or disagreement.
Typical Instructions to Identify:
§  To what extent do you agree (or disagree)?
§  How far do you agree (or disagree)?
§  What is your opinion?
§  Do you agree that…?
§  Discuss.
How to tackle:
§  Do not write about both sides of the problem, although you can write a concession paragraph.
§  Be careful not to confuse the background information from the opinion.  You must discuss the opinion.  Usually the background information will be in the first sentence and the opinion statement will be the second sentence as explained in class when you join IELTS Jakarta for you IELTS Test preparation.
§  If you are just asked “To what extent do you agree?” It means that you can disagree!
§  Spend plenty of time making sure that you fully understand what you are being asked.
Argument (Opposing Views)
In this question type, you are given a problem or issue and two different solutions or opinions about it. Then, you are asked to discuss and give your opinion.
Typical Instructions to Identify:
§  Discuss both views and give your opinion.
§  Discuss both opinions and include your own.
§  What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?
How to tackle:
§  Evaluate both sides of the argument and give your own opinion on the argument.
§  Use markers, especially, of comparison and contrast such as ‘In contrast’, ‘On the one hand’ and ‘On the other hand’, and many others as signpost words.

Problem-solving
Here you are given a statement about a common social issue or problem and are usually asked one or two questions regarding the problem or issue, such as why it occurs or what causes it, and what can be done to solve it.
Typical Instructions to Identify:
§  What are the causes of this?
§  What are the challenges that are associated with the problem?
§  What solutions can you suggest?
§  What measures can be taken to help reduce this issue?
How to Tackle:
§  Confirm that you answer all the questions asked.
§  Outline the reasons or causes or effects or solutions if the question asks for these.
§  Give your personal view. Do not just talk generally about the topic given.

Many other IELTS Writing Task 2 aspects are discussed in our IELTS Preparation course prior to the initiation of and during the classes. We train our prospective IELTS Test takers through writing exercises that are done step by step so they comprehend the tasks completely.

10 Commonly Used Figurative Expressions

Speaking can be quite a nuisance especially when we have to produce words that are rarely used in daily discourses. Uncommonly used vocabs can add greatly to your IELTS Speaking Test score if you can successfully exercise them fluently. Indeed, this inconvenience can be overcome by the use of idiomatic expressions that are frequently brought forth in your dialog with people around. As Amy Gillet, American English idioms expert says, idioms add color to the language.

These phrases can convey that the current situation being described has a resemblance with past history, and in that sense they may be similar to analogies or metaphors. Learning some key idioms and their usages can help your score in IELTS Speaking Tasks.

IELTS Test takers can try to memorize at least ten of these commonly used figurative speeches and repeat them regularly in particular occasions to identify each phrase’s contexts before finally confidently apply them in the IELTS Speaking Test.
  1. Piece of cake – When someone says that the assignment they just finished was a piece of cake, means it is a very easy task or accomplishment or something takes small effort to complete.I thought I was going to fail the test, but it turned out to be a piece of cake!
  2. Costs an arm and a leg –When something costs an arm and a leg it actually means that something is very expensive.These opera tickets cost an arm and a leg!
  3. Every cloud has a silver liningBelievingthat every bad situation has a positive side / eventually leads to something good.I’m sorry your business is going badly, but don’t despair, every cloud has a silver lining.
  4. State of the art – very similar to cutting edge. This means thatthe subject being discussed is so modern that it represents the latest science or technology; the most modern process known for it. Young people always hope to own cellphones that represent state of the art technology.
  5. Hit the books –Before students are dealing with tests, they run into their campus library and deal withlots of written resources to intensively study.We have exams next week, we better hit the books this weekend.
  6. Let the cat out of the bag – It actually means to disclose a secret or surprise that was supposed to be kept, well, as a secret. I was trying to keep the party a secret, but Jim went and let the cat out of the bag.
  7. Hit the nail on the head – This idiom has to do with doing or saying something that is precisely right. To do exactly the appropriate and effective and efficient way. You’ve spotted the flaw, Sally. You hit the nail on the head.
  8. When pigs (can) fly – At a time that will never come to pass or that something will never happen. It shows skepticism or cynicism over someone’s hypothetical remark.Democrats and Republicans on a tax reform bill when the pigs can fly.
  9. Can’t (or don’t) judge a book by its cover – This means we can’s base our opinion of something or someone on the way it or one look. This report looks dull, but don’t judge a book by its cover, since it is so detailed.
  10. Bite off more than (one) can chew – It just means to attempt to take on a task that is too much for one to handle. Or to decide/agree to do more than one can finally accomplish.“They offered me the job but the it was so difficult! I definitely bit off more than I could chew.”

In IELTS Jakarta wetrain our students to maximize their speaking experience by using these every day idioms.

BY almio harjanto ON february 23, 2017 

Getting to know IELTS Listening Test

IELTS Listening test is the same for both Academic and General Training modules. It lasts approximately 30 minutes with four separate sections. At the end, you will be given 10 minutes to write your answer onto your answering sheet.

The listening test features a number of questions types. Knowing how to do these different questions is important to achieve well on the test. One of the question types is multiple-choice questions. You will be given a question and you have to choose one out of three possible answers or two answers out of five choices. The first thing you need to do is look through the questions within the 30 seconds given before you hear the audio. The correct answer can only be selected through careful listening.


Omit any obvious incorrect answers. Mark any key words that you believe would be a possible answer. Check for words that might change the meaning. Do not answer the question based on your personal knowledge or opinion. Listening to a word or phrase from the recording does not necessarily means it’s the correct answer. There would be statements that are quite similar to the correct answer to distract you. So concentrate! Even after you have heard the answer, keep listening, as the speakers may change their mind or add other information. 

(Ms.Y)
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Improving Vocabulary Skill


Vocabulary plays a significant role in achieving higher IELTS Test score, as it is very useful for all bands being tested. Particularly for IELTS Writing and IELTS Speaking, the more vocabulary we know how to use and to apply, the broader in content the discussion we can write and the more fluent the explanation we can speak.

Even though we are not going to be able to memorize all English words, the subject is still important for us to master the IELTS. That is why we need to focus on certain vocabulary and classify the right words, which can help us improving the score, into different topics.

Here are some general suggestions to improve your vocabulary skill for IELTS:
·         List a new word to a notebook in terms of various topics (with its translations or definitions)
·         Write the words and definitions on a small piece of paper (try to write the new word on the front side and its definition on the back side, so that you can only turn the note back when you forget its meaning)
·         Speak the new words out repeatedly; if you don’t know how to pronounce them, you can use the help from the online dictionary
·         Make associations (in pictures or with other words)
·         Have somebody test you about the vocabulary 
·         Utilize them for practicing your IELTS Writing or IELTS Speaking

As it is crucial to actually practice the vocabulary in writings or talks, we need to have the facility to help the attempt. IELTSCourse is definitely one of the better possibilities as we here in IELTSJakarta always try to provide the best efforts to ensure people achieving their needed score through IELTS Course carried out by SpecTa Education. Practice makes perfect!


Source: Suggestions are compiled from IELTS Material
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(Fredrik Nael)