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I suggest a solution could be for you to stop playing music late at night. If the situation does not improve I will take action. The highlighted words show that the student has simply copied most of the words from the instructions.
A better answer for the third point would be something like this: If the noise continues, I will have to report you to the local authorities. Flag for inappropriate content. Related titles. Jump to Page. Example Here is an example of a Task 1 question.
Huy Tran. Muhammad Zai. Lawrence Briones Icasiano.
Rajarshi Patel. Waqas Muhammad. Ashiqur Rahman. Carlos Alberto Gonzalez Olivar. Thieu Duc Pham. Enas Elsheikh. Adnan Sohail. NiNi Jerica. The background noise is also varies. It can be of airport, cafe-shop, street, University lecture hall, you name it.
Be ready for it and don't let it distract you — because that is exactly what they want. Ignore the noises and listen for the answers. Later you will have some time to check your answers. So write them as you hear them, leave nothing for later. To prevent that from happening, always look one or two questions ahead.
It sounds confusing, but after a little practice becomes very natural and helps a lot. Even if you have missed the answer to a question — admit it and move to the next one, otherwise you will loose it too. With some practice you will be able to tell the difference. Spelling tasks As simple as it sounds, the spelling task is not so easy. You should practice a little to be prepared for it. Just ask someone to spell the names of cities from the following list for you.
If you study alone, you could record yourself spell those names and numbers, and then play it. The same goes for the list of telephone numbers I include here. It is a good practice and will only add to your confidence.
The following table shows you every type of task you may see in the Listening test booklet. Different task types come with different instructions, so if you see and remember them now, it will save you time later. Of course, you won't get every type I show here in your test and the table looks a bit boring. Anyway, my advice is to get to know them now. Usually only one answer is correct, unless instructions say something else.
You should decide for every choice of answer - is it True, False or Not Given in the passage. After you have decided, choose the one that is True — this is the correct answer. Any other choice, False or Not Given, is incorrect. Keep in mind that there are cases when all the choices are correct or none of them is correct.
Read the instruction carefully and you will know what to do in such cases. Once you have picked a word, write it above the gap and then read the whole sentence to be sure that it makes sense. It could be expressions or synonyms. The correct answer is True because "have to" means "must". Trap Number Two — generalizations You might hear speaker first gives a list of things and then says them all in one word.
For example: Trap Number Three — explicit answer choices Explicit answers choices can be and mostly will be traps. The following example demonstrates what I mean: The tape says: Check the grammar If the answer you give is grammatically incorrect — it can not be the right one. During the test you have written all of the answers in the Listening test booklet.
These 10 minutes are given you to copy your answers to the Answering sheet, and you should use them smartly.
The Answer Sheet has 2 sides, one for Reading test and one for Listening test, so make sure you are writing on the Listening side. I include here an example of Answering Sheet so you could get familiar with it and use it for practicing. First, copy all the answers from the booklet to the Answering Sheet, and pay attention to the following guidelines as simple as they sound — they are BIG time savers: Now, if you missed some questions — it is a good time to guess.
Practice, practice, practice! I strongly recommend that you use all the tips while practicing. In order to practice you are going to need samples of Listening test, which can be found on the following internet sites good quality, free of charge: This is the only way to really understand how these tips work. You may have to play the same Listening file more than once, to practice in different techniques.
Academic Reading on most cases consists of 3 large texts from newspapers or magazines. In General Training there are several smaller passages that are taken from advertisements, official documents, booklets, manuals and 2 or 3 larger texts taken from books, magazines or newspapers. Like in the Listening test, questions in the Reading test are given in groups. Instructions will tell you which group of questions belongs to which paragraph or portion of text.
You may see the questions before or after the passage they belong to. Manage your own time As I said before, time is your greatest enemy. In the Listening test it was managed for you, but not in the Reading test. So manage it very carefully yourself. When you receive the Reading booklet, first of all count how many passages are there. It means that you have 15 minutes for each passage.
Write the time when you should start and when you should end working on each passage and stick to it. Use 13 minutes to actually answer the questions write the answers on the booklet pages and 2 to copy your answers to the Answer Sheet. The biggest mistake you could make is to start the test by reading the whole passage.
The best thing is to scan quickly through the text. Don't try to understand every word! Just go over it and get the idea of what each paragraph is about.
Usually you don't need to read the whole paragraph — a couple of first sentences are enough. What you need is a map that will help you to orientate. Every paragraph in the passage has its own main idea, different from all other paragraphs. Write on the margins near the paragraph what is its topic, main idea. If writing takes too much time, underline the words in the paragraph that explain its main idea. You have just created a map that later will guide you through the search for answers.
Learn the rules First, read instruction and example. They show you exactly how your answer should look like — is it a number or a name, how many words you must write, etc. The following points are important because they may affect your score. For demonstration look at the following table: Words Limit Usually if there is a word limit for answer, it is no more than 3 words.
Prepositions in, of, to, at, etc and articles a, an, the do count for a word. The reason behind this 3 word limit is small space on the Answer Sheet. It will result in ZERO score. Only if they ask for two names, you should name two, etc. Tasks of different types come with different instructions. It will also save your time, if you will know in advance what you need to do in every type of task. This way during the test you will only read the instructions to confirm what you already know.
Task Type What do you do Instructions in the booklet Matching There is a list of headings, your job is to Choose the most suitable heading choose most suitable heading for every for each paragraph from the list of paragraph of the text. Multiple choice There is a question and a number of Choose the appropriate letter.
Sentence completion Complete a sentence according to what Complete the sentences below you hear with words taken from the reading passage. Reading Passage. Gap-fill There are several sentences with missing Complete the summary below.
Choose from the list at the bottom of the page if there is one , or from the text. Diagram labeling Write description in 1 to 3 words for Label the diagram below. WORDS from passage for each answer. Read question one-by-one, for every question see what its theme is. Then find it or some thing close to it on your map - that is the paragraph to search for the answer. Choose your battles If any question takes you too much time — give up, move to the next one. Don't forget to mark it with some sign like "?
There are a lot of questions and you might miss the easy ones if the hard ones take all of your time. Another reason to leave hard questions for last is that after you do all the easy ones, you know more about the text, so then solving the tricky questions might become easier. Use passage layout Every text and every paragraph in it has a certain structure, meaning it is written according to some rules.
Last paragraph often summarizes the main points of the passage. Every paragraph has its structure that is similar to the structure of whole text. It has introduction, body and conclusion.
The main idea is usually can be found in the introduction. It means that if you want to understand quickly what paragraph is about, it is enough to read only its introduction. Find the keywords Keywords are the main words in the question; they contain the most important information.
Identify keywords in each question and look for them in the text — the answer will be near. If instructions say that a heading can not be used more than once — cross the heading used in example out of the list. Second, return to the map you prepared. Go over the text, look on your map what it says about the idea of first paragraph. Go to the list of headings and choose heading that has the most similar meaning to idea on your map, write its number on the margins of the first paragraph.
Now continue and do the same for the second paragraph, and so on. If some paragraphs are hard to match — leave them alone, keep moving forward. Come back to them later. When finished matching - check your answers carefully, because they can influence each other. Don't forget to copy answers to the Answer Sheet. The best advice here is not to over think it. Otherwise what happen is that you start building logical sequences that take you to the wrong direction.
The difference is that you need to use it on each answer choice. For every possible answer you need to decide, if it is True, False or Not Given in the text. Finally, answers you have marked as False or Not Given are incorrect, and the ones you marked as True are correct. Then find it on your map — this should take you to the paragraph that "hides" the answer.
Now, when you know where to look, you need to know what to look for. For example, what is missing here: You have 4 choices: Now it is time to start reading the text. Find where example answer is and start there. Remember to read only first, second and last sentence. Sometimes there are words near gap that will give you a clue what kind of word is missing. There are 2 types of gap-fills: If there is more than one possible answer — write them all and then decide which one is better.
It is better then "inventing" it, because it saves time and your chances of being right are higher. After you have decided about the word that goes into gap, read the whole sentence again. It must make sense according to the text, and it must be grammatically correct. When you move forward to the second gap, keep in mind that usually there are no more than 2 gaps per paragraph. It means that if you have found answer to the first gap in paragraph 1, the answer to the second gap will be in the paragraph 2 and so on.
When answering the questions, you must stick to the facts as they are written in the paragraph. Forget all about your personal knowledge and experience! Relying on your own knowledge is the most natural thing for you, so sometimes they use it in IELTS to trick you into making a choice of answer according to what you know or believe and not according to the passage.
Reading the text in the way I described in this chapter must become your second nature. The only way to make it happen is to practice in using my tips while doing the Reading test. When practicing, finish the reading test and then check your answers according to answer key. Pay attention to those you've got wrong, not those you've got right — understand why didn't you do them right and try to remember, so that mistake won't come back. Practice with a clock and copy your answers to the Answer Sheet.
You may use the one from the chapter on Listening test; it is similar to Reading test Answer Sheet.
In order to practice, use not only the General Training module tests, but also Academic module reading. This advice has 2 main reasons behind it — there are more Academic texts available to practice on than General Training, and it is a proven strategy to get your score higher, because while hoping for the best you are preparing for the worst.
Academic reading is much more difficult than General training, and if you are ready for Academic — General will be a piece of cake for you.
Generally, you need to download texts to practice on, but I have managed to find a few sources of free tests and recommend them to you. Writing Task 1 - to write a letter. Writing Task 2 - to write an essay. Writing a letter must not take you more than 20 minutes, so there will be 40 minutes left for the essay.
Usually, not all of us are good in writing letters, not to say essays, forget in English! First, some general guidelines You will receive two Answering Sheets to write on — one for the Writing Task 1, meaning letter, and one for Writing Task 2, meaning essay.
Keep your writing neat, clean and nice-looking. It is important for your score. You need to show the examiner that you read and understood the instructions; otherwise he might think that you didn't.
It is absolutely forbidden, wastes precious time and people lose points for it. You can use what is written in task instructions only if you write the same in other words. Length is very important. So if you can not reach the words limit for letter, for essay , try to be closer to it. These simple rules apply to both letter and essay.
Stick to them, and your work will leave good impression on the examiner. When a letter is graded by IELTS examiners, its structure, vocabulary and fluency of language are equally important. So I will show here a model for every one of the letter types together with phrases and forms of speech, and the only thing you need to do is to insert your specific topic information in it. I also supply you with examples to demonstrate what your letter should look like. Complaint This is a letter you write to complain about something.
It could be something you have downloadd or a bad service that you have received, or an accident that happened to you. You must describe it and demand appropriate actions from relevant people. There are 4 paragraphs in this type of letter. They should look like this: Explain in more details a What happened, what the problem is. He refused to replace the tape recorder and suggested that I had it repaired. You can even divide it into several parts. Write formal ending for the letter, your name and sign.
In case it is hard for you to remember all of them, choose just one for each paragraph, memorize it and use for all the letters of this type. Unfortunately, he denied me the service that I requested. There are notes on the margins, which indicate paragraphs numbers as explained on pages After only two times it was in use, problems started to appear.
We discovered another problem when tried to use the blender. It started working but suddenly got stuck and we were unable to use it since. I was very 2b surprised to discover that much problems in a quite expensive model.
Naturally, I returned the blender to you to be replaced with a new one. Your assistant 2c said that I would have to wait only a week. After two weeks the food processor had still not arrived.
Finally, four weeks later, I was contacted by your representative. Imagine my feelings when I learned from him that I can not receive the same model 2d of food processor as I bought. As a solution he offered that I upgrade my model to a better one and this too will take two weeks. I am very disappointed with both the equipment and the service have I received.
Yours faithfully, 4 Mr. There are 3 paragraphs in this type of letter.
Explain in more details who you are, exactly what information you need, why, when and in what form do you need it — a letter, a fax, an e-mail, a phone-call, etc. This should be the biggest paragraph of the whole letter. The trip I refer to starts on August 12, I am supposed to leave with a group 2 of 16 people. The information I would like to obtain should include the following: You could send the above-mentioned information to my e-mail or a fax.
I would like to receive it as soon as possible but not later then a week before my flight. I look forward to hearing from you.
In the real life you would attach your resume to it. Write about your skills, diplomas and experience. Explain, why you are interested in this job, express your motivation to contribute. Ask to schedule an interview as soon as possible. Thank the person. As you can see from my CV, I am a flight attendant with 5 years of experience.
The last year I was working for AirComfort Airlines, providing customer service to first class passengers. I have a pleasant personality and good communication skills. I am familiar with service and emergency instructions, and used to working unsupervised.
My experience includes administering first aid to ill passengers and dealing with unusual incidents. I am available to work weekends, holydays and overtime. You can return to the difficult questions at the end if you have the time. When you start reading, you should do so with some questions in mind. Practice doing lots of reading tests. This is the best way to use your time before the exam! Read the Task Carefully Whenever you start doing a task, make sure you read the instructions and the examples carefully.
However, there are some details you need to pay special attention to. There are a few tricky questions in which not all of the details are true. Some may be true while others are false. This may seem like a fast way of doing the task but it can lead to mistakes.
Instead, reconsider all the options for each question. Get Better at Scanning Scanning is a reading method that allows you to find information faster.