IELTS Useful Tips: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

You are here most probably because you are preparing for the IELTS exam, and that alone is commendable.

Your humility will take you to where you want to be. As Benjamin Desraeli puts it, “To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge".

Preparing for this test needs time, effort, dedication and support. The last one is the most important for it is the only one that is beyond you. For someone who has not yet taken the road to IELTS, material and personal supports are so essential.

This test is not that easy at all. It is not just about a test of your knowledge of English, but also about your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

IELTS-Useful-Tips.com is here to answer some of your nagging questions about this test, and to give you some useful tips on:

IELTS Academic Writing

What are trends that you need to identify in writing task 1?

In task 1, there are specific words to use. What are these words?

Find out how essay writing in task 2 should be written, and how the body should be structured.

What linkers are and how useful they are in answering task 2.

What are idioms or idiomatic expressions like add insult to injury. How helpful are they in task 2?

Academic Reading

In answering Multiple Choice (MCQ) and Short Answer questions, you don't need to read the previous paragraphs to find your answer for the next question. Find out why.

In Sentence Completion task, the question itself may provide you with the answer. How?

You need scanning, skimming and speed reading skills to answer other task types like Notes/Flowchart/Summary/Table, Labelling diagram, Choosing headings and Identification of Writer's view. Why?

Contextual clues are good aids in looking for an answer. What are they?

Academic Listening

Why not reading and understanding the instructions will cost you points.

You will find out why knowledge of spelling is so vital in the listening module.

What are homophones? What are some examples of confusing words.

Academic Speaking

Why your knowledge of verb tenses like past tense is one of the keys to getting a good score in speaking module?

Humor increases your chance to get a better band score in speaking. Why?

What is stage fright and how to conquer it?

Grammar

Punctuations and their uses

Rules on Subject-Verb Agreement

Find out why it is wrong to say "It was me who wrote the essay."

Verb tenses and voice of verb

These are just some of the topics that will be covered here. You will notice that some had been answered, but some were not just yet.

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Academic Writing Task 2

Linkers

Brainstorming


Academic Writing Task 1

Describing a Chart

Describing a Graph

Explaining a Process

Labelling a Diagram


Academic Reading Task Types

Multiple Choice

True/False/Not Given

Sentence Completion

Choosing Paragraph Heading

Short Answers

Matching Types

Classifying