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Getting 9 in Listening IELTS: Is it possible?

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The highest score in IELTS is 9. To achieve this score will not be so easy to do. But still, there is an opportunity for you to get it. There are some important things that you may not forget when you are dealing with this section.
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Introduction to Reading IELTS

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In reading IELTS, you have to deal with three reading passages with some questions as a companion. These reading passages are given based on its level of difficulty. These passages show increasing difficulty.

For each reading passage, there will be about 500-900 words existed. You have total 60 minutes to answer all questions about those three passages. The passages might involve information in form of tables, diagrams, charts, etc. Therefore, you need to have enough practice to understand on how to read those forms. Don’t be afraid of a topic that is unfamiliar for you. You will not be accessed about the knowledge of any particular subjects. You will be access merely on your skill to answer questions which are based on the reading passages. You may give marks on the question paper, but you should write down the answers directly to the answer sheet. Different from listening section, this section does not give you extra time for copying your answers to the answer sheet.

In reading sections, you could find several types of questions as follows.
  • Short answer
  • Multiple choice
  • Matching
  • Classification
  • Completing sentences
  • Completing notes
  • Completing a summary
  • Completing a table
  • Completing a form
  • Completing a flow chart or diagram
  • Selecting headings for paragraphs and sections
  • Recognizing a writer’s views or claims
The same as listening section, you cannot predict which type of question you will have to answer. Reading IELTS might give you some combination of the listed types of questions to answer.

In this section your skills in the following aspects will be tested.
  • Identifying the gist of a passage
  • Finding detailed factual information in a passage
  • Identifying relationships between ideas or information items such as cause and effects, order of events, and comparison
  • Making inferences
  • Distinguishing between fact, assumption, or opinion
  • Understanding text organization
  • Summarizing information
Source: IELTS to Success Preparation Tips and Practice Test by Eric van Bemmel and Janina Tucker (Melbourne: 1997)

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The Importance of Text Analyzis in Reading IELTS

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One form of questions in reading IELTS is multiple choice. The kinds of questions that are given can be various as well. Purpose of the text can also be the question in this part. Have a look at the following example: 
Question 1
Choose the appropriate letter (A-D) and write it in box 1 on your answer sheet.
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Sharpen your skills on IELTS listening test | Part 1

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“Listening is a skill, not a gift”, said Simon Braverman on his book titled Ace the IELTS. Here are some tips to sharpen your skills on IELTS listening taken from the same book. You may find many tips about listening already; assume these as added value for your experience.  
  1. Teach yourself the words. The main point of this is to train your ears to understand the words you hear in the flow of the sentences. You may hear flow of sentences that you could not follow, resulting in misunderstand of the sentences. Train your ears using recording or podcast or even the real audio selections. Use a mp3 player that is small and light so you can bring it wherever you go. Here are some tips while practicing with podcast: 
    • Listen, and remember what you heard and stop the podcast after each phrase. Even if you did not understand, keep play it in your head. 
    • Say it out loud. If you understand the phrase, this practice will improve your pronunciation. If not, break the sentence into words, look at the dictionary, and make sense out of them. You got new vocabularies and your skill to make sense of sentences sure is improving. 
  2. Instruction will keep you safe. Every task in IELTS listening test has its instructions. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. If the instruction states that you have to choose 3 words, choose exactly 3 words, because choose 4 or 2 words will get you 0 score. Moreover, when counting words, “a” or “the” count as a word. 
  3. Divide and concur. The recording in audio selections IELTS divide questions into groups, so every time you are instructed to answer a group of 4-5 questions, there are 20-30 seconds to prepare before each group. 
    • Understand which group of questions you need to answer. Example: “Look at questions 1 to 4”. Take your 20-30 seconds to pay attention and underline the keywords of those questions. Draw a line under the last question (question 4) to prevent your eyes from seeing the other questions. 
    • Answer all the questions while listening to the passage. You can answer one questions while still listening to answer the next questions.   
    • Repeat the process to the next group of questions. In the next article of this series, we will talk about 5 more tips to sharpen listening skill in IELTS. 
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Reference: Ace the IELTS (Simon Braverman)

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IELTS Reading: Improving Reading Score | Part 3

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What are other things that we can do to improve your reading score? One stimulant that you think about is soldier’s activity. When a soldier is going to be involved in a war, he or she will learn on the battle itself, including the place, the time, and the enemy. The same thing happened in IELTS. You have to learn on the types of questions that you deal with in this reading section. You need to do many exercises on these different types of questions as each type of questions need different treatment.
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IELTS Reading: Improving Reading Score | Part 2

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In this article, we are going to discuss more on how to improve reading score in IELTS. Besides applying skimming and scanning as the strategies, you can do some actions such as:
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IELTS Reading: Improving Reading Score | Part 1

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When we talk about IELTS, it will be also about reading section. This section gives you a big opportunity to increase your overall band score as long as you can manage everything properly. One form of managements itself can be translated as using skimming and scanning techniques. If you have got the basic ideas of these two techniques pretty well, you can ask whether you have got the idea to improve your skimming and scanning ability or not.
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Having a Smarter Practice of IELTS

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Being closer to the test day, you might feel more worried on your test. Some of you might also take the chance to postpone the test itself. Well, IELTS does not only test on your academic skills in English but also your mentality towards the test. You might feel some series of fears starting from fear of the questions, the time, and also the strategy. This test stresses on test taker’s ability to cope these fears. A successful test taker will be able to manage his or her mentality in order to perform his or her best on the day of the test.
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Important Things in Listening IELTS Part 1

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In listening section, you will face 40 questions which are divided into four sections. The first and second section is about social needs. In the first section, you will listen to conversation between two speakers while in the second section you will hear speech by a speaker. The next two sessions will be about educational or training. It covers conversation between up to four speakers and speech by a speaker.
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A Good IELTS Essay

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How test taker knows that he or she has written a good IELTS essay is a common come up-question after test taker finishes his or her essay. In order to anticipate this, test taker has to master the points that are used to score the essay.
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Reading IELTS: Is it True, False, or Not Given?

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Another form of True/ False/ Not Given is Yes/ No/ Not Given. The difference is on the basic of these options. True/ False/ Not Given is based on fact. Meanwhile, Yes/ No/ Not Given is based on opinion.
In this kind of question, test taker has to pay attention on how to interpret the passage and the question. Usually, test taker finds it difficult to differentiate the use of ‘not given’ and ‘false’.
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IELTS is the Key to Unlock the World

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IELTS, International English Language Testing System, consists of four modules: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing and takes two hours and 45 minutes to complete. Here are IELTS details:
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Fourth Strategy in Reading IELTS: Eliminate Choices and Look at the Opposites

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The way to apply eliminating choice in IELTS is not so complicated. First, you need to have a look at the choices then eliminate it quickly. For example, in one of the choice, it is stated “Ary Prihayati studied there”. Make sure that you check whether Ary Prihayati is mentioned in the passage or not. If not, quickly eliminate it.
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Third Strategy in Reading IELTS: Contextual Clues

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What is contextual clue? Context clues are words or phrases in sentences that can help you to find the meaning of an unfamiliar word. More than likely, you can figure out the meaning of new or unfamiliar vocabulary by looking at the surrounding language.
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Second Strategy in Reading IELTS: Paragraph Focus

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The second strategy that you can apply in reading section is having “paragraph focus”. What is meant by paragraph focus here is that you are expected to get the right paragraph to get the answer. You will be able to save your time if you jump straight to the paragraph. So, what you need to do are as follow.
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First Strategy in Reading IELTS: The Application of “Skimming”

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In reading IELTS, you deal with 40 questions which follow three different passages, with a total of 2,000 until 2,750 words. To answer those questions, we can use ‘skimming’ appropriately. So, what should we do to use it appropriately?
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What We Should Know about Reading IELTS

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Reading is the second skill tested in IELTS series of test. After finishing listening section, test taker gets 60 minutes to finish three sections in reading IELTS with 13 until 14 questions for each section. A total question in this section is 40. The detail time arrangement for reading IELTS is:

  • 17 minutes on section
  • 20 minutes on section 
  • 23 minutes in section 

In IELTS, test taker has to realize that he or she is going to deal with a three long passages. The passages are taken from academic sources. These passages can be categorized as an advanced text.  These three passages will be given started from the easiest until the most difficult one.

Passages in IELTS reading section are followed by some different kinds of question. There are 11 types of question that test taker meets in completing this section. The lists are:

  1. Multiple choice
  2. Multiple matching
  3. Short-answer
  4. Sentence completion
  5. Tables, diagrams, flow charts
  6. Summary completion
  7. Paragraph headings
  8. Locating information
  9. Identifying writer’s views or claims
  10. Classification
  11. Matching

As test taker can see, there are many kinds of questions that test taker should deal with. Therefore, test taker needs to try each type of question to find out the most difficult type for him or her. Focus exercise on the most difficult type of question will contribute a lot in improving reading IELTS score.

Test taker can also apply another strategy in finishing this section by giving mark on the difficult question, moving from that question then coming back later when he or she has completed all questions. Test taker also needs to prepare some time for correcting his or her works.

In saving more time in doing this section, test taker should do three reading techniques, which should be matched with kind of question test taker are dealing with. The techniques are:

  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Reading for detail

Besides applying the techniques above, test taker could also do some other efforts such as adding his or her bank of vocabulary by reading newspaper, books, and magazines. Test taker could improve his or her skill and speed in reading as well by taking more reading resources, especially from authentic materials.

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Reading: True/False/Not Given Question Type

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The True/False/Not Given question type is maybe one of the question type in IELTS reading that is hard to answer by the test takers. Here are some tips on how to deal with those kind of question type.
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IELTS Reading Task: Scanning and Identifying Location of Information, Labeling a diagram which has numbered parts

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Scanning and Identifying Location of Information
These questions require you to scan the text to find the location of information. You will be given a set of statements and you need to find the paragraph each one comes from.
Look at the example below.
Questions 1-5
The passage has ten paragraphs labelled A-J. Which paragraphs contain the following information? Write the appropriate letters A-J in boxes 1-4 on your answer sheet. NB You may use any letter more than once.
1 Concern that recycling is not profitable.
2 Explanation of why fees for dumping waste should be increased.
3 The best way to deal with garbage.
4 The problem of decaying organic waste.
5 Recycling of automobiles.

Questions 1 - 6
Label the booths at the exhibition.Choose your answers from the box and write them next to questions 1-6.

Oriental vases
Korean cabinets
Indian rugs
Chinese furniture
Thai silk
Malaysian batik
Tibetan prayer rugs
Balinese woodwork
Oriental art

How to do:
-          Read the instructions carefully,
-          Quickly read the statements to get an idea of what the text is about.
-          Take the statements one by one. Underline the key words.
-          Search the text to find where the info is mentioned.
-          Remember to look for synonyms and parallel expressions.

Labeling a diagram which has numbered parts

In this type of the task, you will be given a diagram and asked to label it with words from the text or labels given.

How to do:
-          Read the instructions carefully,
-          Study the diagram and the labels if they are given.
-          See you can guess any of the answers,
-          Scan the text to find the info. If labels are not provided, make sure you use words from the text.

Reference: How to Prepare for IELTS Writing. City University of Hongkong: English Language Center.
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IELTS Reading Task: Choosing Headings

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There are two types of headings questions:  Type 1. Choosing headings for paragraphs or sections of a text. This type of question requires you to sum up the meaning of a paragraph in order to match it to a bank of possible headings. You may be asked to match every paragraph or section of the text or just a selection of paragraphs.  
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