Answer to Understanding IELTS Lesson

Yesterdays I asked you certain questions about the IELTS test to check your understanding of IELTS.

Lets take a look at the answers:

Answers for Question 1 to 6

  1. Will IELTS listening accept 25th MARCH or 25 MARCH?
  2. Can you write 9am or 9.00am?
  3. Will IELTS writing accept American spelling?
  4. Can you ask for extra paper to plan your essay in IELTS writing?
  5. Can I use a highlighter pen in IELTS reading?
  6. Can I use body language in the speaking test?

You will find the answers to the above questions on this page: IELTS FAQ. The IELTS FAQ page contains over 130 answers to your concerns about IELTS. Quick answers: 1) both, 2) both 3) yes but don’t mix it with UK English 4) no, use the question paper to plan, 5) no 6. yes – be natural, but remember body language isn’t marked.

Answers to Questions 7 & 8

  • 7. Are my ideas marked in IELTS speaking?
  • 8. Are my ideas marked in IELTS writing?

I am glad I asked these questions because many of you seem confused about how your speaking and writing are marked. If you don’t understand the marking system, you will struggle to get a good score.

Lets look more closely and understand the marking criteria.

IELTS Speaking Marking

You are marked on your spoken English only. Criteria:

  1. Fluency – ability to speak at length with few pauses, hesitations or repitition
  2. Vocabulary – range and accuracy of your words for a variety of topics
  3. Grammar – range and accuracy of your grammar (particularly tenses)
  4. Pronunciation – the pronunciation of sounds & words, and intonation and sentence stress etc

As you can see, your ideas are NOT marked. There is no marking criteria for ideas or being on topic. Only the language you produce is marked.

IELTS Writing Marking

You are marked on your English and IELTS essay writing skills. Criteria for task 2:

  1. Task Response – your answer, your extension of ideas, your ability to complete a task, relevancy of ideas
  2. Coherence & Cohesion – paragraphing, organising, linking, logical flow of information
  3. Vocabulary – range and accuracy including spelling
  4. Grammar – range and accuracy including basic punctuation

As you can see, your ideas ARE marked. If your ideas are not valid OR are off topic OR contain irrelevant information or you don’t complete your task – you will get a lower score.

Your essay writing skills which are specific to IELTS pay a LARGE role in your marks. This is not about being able to write an academic essay for university or other types of writing, it is specifically about IELTS Writing and the marking criteria for IELTS.

I hope this has been helpful. Again, the IELTS FAQ Information is an essential read to understand more about the IELTS test.

All the best

Liz

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Checking your Understanding

Questions to check your understanding of the IELTS test.

  1. Will IELTS listening accept 25th MARCH or 25 MARCH?
  2. Can you write 9am or 9.00am?
  3. Will IELTS writing accept American spelling?
  4. Can you ask for extra paper to plan your essay in IELTS writing?
  5. Can I use a highlighter pen in IELTS reading?
  6. Can I use body language in the speaking test?
  7. Are my ideas marked in IELTS speaking?
  8. Are my ideas marked in IELTS writing?

Answers

You can find the answers to the above questions here:

CLICK FOR ANSWERS: ANSWERS FOR UNDERSTANDING IELTS

 

All the best

Liz

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Post your Exam Questions Reminder

Hi guys,

This is a reminder to post your recent exam questions on the following page: Recent Exam Questions.

We need up dates on topics for June 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th – and any date coming this month. Older dates are not needed.

Topics for all parts of the test: speaking, writing, listening and reading are welcome.

Sharing is caring 🙂

Thanks

Liz

IELTS Essay Questions & Answer June 2018

IELTS Writing Task 2 Questions and Model Essay June 2018

Below you will find:

  1. June IELTS essay question with model answer
  2. List of more June essay questions for you to practise at home
  3. List of March April essay questions
  4. Tips for Writing Task 2 Preparation
  5. 50% discount offer for Advanced IELTS Writing Task 2 Lessons

Take your time to read through this page and make the most of the tips and links.

Please note: these are past essay questions which have been used this month. They are not predictions. To prepare for IELTS writing task 2, you should prepare ideas for recent questions and common questions. See below for recent questions and here is a link to common essay questions: 100 IELTS Essay Questions

IELTS Essay Question June 2018

Some people think that the teenagers should concentrate on all subjects at school. Others believe that teenagers should focus on the subject they are best at or they are most interested in. To what extent do you agree?

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Model IELTS Essay June 2018

While it is thought that adolescents ought to focus on a broad range of school subjects, others feel it would be better for them to concentrate only on chosen subjects. I believe the number of subjects they study should depend on their age.

One reason adolescents from around the age of 13 to 18 ought to focus on learning as many different subjects as possible is that they are too immature to make serious decisions that will affect their future. By studying various subjects, they will develop a clearer understanding of their skills and interests, which often change as a child ages. Secondly, teenagers need to vary what they learn to help them develop into well rounded adults. For example, they need sport to encourage health, they need maths to be able to perform simple arithmetic in life, and they need languages to help them learn communication. At a young age they are not mature enough to be responsible for their own development.

However, by the age of 18, adolescents know not only what subjects they most enjoy or excel at, but also which subjects are most useful for their future prospects in life. For this reason, the majority of university applicants are 18 years old, and they are eager to engage more deeply in specific subject matter. Furthermore, their ability to concentrate on one specific subject and study in depth is fully established at that age, unlike when they were younger. Lastly, older adolescents have the ability to manage their own schedule and can take responsibility for continuing art or sport as hobbies.

To conclude, younger teenagers are not ready to specialise and require a broad framework of subjects to help them develop, but at the age of 18, this is no longer the case.

More IELTS Essay Questions June 2018

  1. Nowadays, people move from one country to another for work. Some people think children of these families suffer because of this, while others think it is helpful for them. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  2. Adults do less exercise these days. Some people think that showing sports events on the television such as the Olympics and international tournaments is the best way to encourage adults to do exercise. Others believe there are more effective ways to do so. Discuss both views and give your opinion.
  3. Some parents, specially mothers, stay at home instead working, and some people think that they should receive monetary compensation from the government. Do you agree or disagree?
  4. Some people use technology to take advice for their medical problems rather than seeing a doctor. Why this is so? It is positive or negative development according to you?
  5. Although more and more people are reading the news on the internet, most people still prefer reading the news in a newspaper. What are your views?

Click here for: March & April Essay Questions

How to Prepare for IELTS Writing Task 2

  1. Prepare ideas for topics. You can do this by googling online. Here is a list of common essay questions and topics for IELTS writing task 2: 100 Essay Questions
  2. Make sure you have learned your list of linking words which must be used flexibly: Linking Words for IELTS WT2
  3. Learn about essay length and paragraphing:
    1. essay length
    2. structure and importance of conclusions
  4. Learn how to add examples to your essay: Adding Examples Language
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All the best

Liz

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Answers to Cue Card Meaning

Hi guys,

I’ve posted the answers to yesterday’s lesson about asking the examiner the meaning of the cue card. Go back to original page to see my answers. click here: Cue Card Meaning

All the best

Liz

IELTS Cue Card Meaning

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Cue Card Topics

Many students have written to me about whether or not they can ask the examiner to explain the cue card topic in IELTS speaking part 2. Other students ask if they can change the topic of the cue card.

Understanding IELTS Cue Cards

  1. Do you think you can change the cue card topic?
  2. Can you ask the examiner to explain the topic if you don’t understand?

Answers

The examiner will give you the cue card with the main topic and prompts underneath. Here is an example:

An outing that didn’t cost anything. You should say:

  • when it was
  • where you went
  • who was with you
  • what you did
  • how you felt about it

You will also be given a piece of paper and a pencil to make notes. You will have one minute to prepare. During that 1 min, the examiner will remain silent. At the end of 1 min, the examiner will ask you to start speaking. You should aim to speak for 2 mins.

Can you change the cue card?

No, you can’t. You are given the IELTS cue card and then you start preparing. There is no chance to change it.

Can you ask the examiner to explain it?

No, you can’t. The examiner is not allowed to help you at this time. The cue card is given to you for your preparation time and also for your talking time. At no point, can the IELTS examiner explain in part 2 speaking.

What if you don’t understand?

  1. Then you must try to speak about something you think is similar. You can explain your choice when you start speaking. Also follow the prompts so that the examiner doesn’t think you are trying to change the topic completely.
  2. Most cue cards are simple topics. They rarely contain language that is complicated. Common cue card topics: a meal you enjoyed, a book you read, an item of clothing you like, your favourite season, a place near water etc. Very easy to understand.
  3. You are not marked on your choice of subject. If you get “a place near water”, you could talk about a place near the sea, a place near a river or just a place near a swimming pool. It really doesn’t matter. The examiner is only interested in your spoken English.
  4. The topic above “an outing that didn’t cost anything” is similar to “an activity that was free”. This is about leisure time activities that do not cost money (no fee was paid) – going to the park, having a picnic, playing badminton in the garden, going to the beach etc.

All the best

Liz

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IELTS Speaking Topic: Films

The topic of films is common for IELTS speaking part 1, part 2 and part 3.

IELTS Questions for Films

Part 1

  • Do you often watch films?
  • What kind of films do you like?
  • Are foreign films popular in your country?
  • Do men and women usually like the same kinds of films?

Part 2

Talk about a film you enjoy

  • what type of film it is
  • when you first saw it
  • what it is about
  • why you like it

Part 3

  1. Do you think subtitles are better than dubbing for foreign films?
  2. Why do some people prefer watching a film in the cinema rather than at home?
  3. What makes a film successful?
  4. Do you think film stars are more important than special effects?
  5. What kinds of films are not suitable for children?

Film Vocabulary

It is important that you learn different genre of film.

How many genre do you know?

Click here: FILM TYPES  to get a listening practice lesson and learn the different film types.

All the best

Liz

Dakshita’s Tips for Band Score 8 in IELTS

Dakshita’s Tips for IELTS 8

Dakshita has generously written some useful tips to help all IELTS aspirants with their test. Dakshita has some great advice to share and I think you can benefit greatly from reading it.

I have added some links that Dakshita has mentioned in the list of tips 🙂

Dakshita Says: I am a doctor, just finished my undergrad course and wanted to qualify for IELTS in the first attempt to apply for PLAB 1 as early as possible.

Dakshita’s IELTS Results May 2018

Overall IELTS Band Score 8

  • Listening: 8
  • Reading: 9
  • Writing: 7
  • Speaking: 8

Dakshita’s Tips & Experience

Coming to my preparation tips :

READING :

Honestly, I couldn’t believe I scored a 9 in reading! I was very tensed about my answers because I got stuck in the last sentence completion task of the third passage and the clock was ticking away fast. I didn’t get to re-check any answers because of this and just prayed I’d hit a 7.5 in reading. My weakness was the TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN task and I went through Liz’s video on the tips for this which made me mindful of my mistakes and avoid repeating them.

I would say practice would be essential, after being aware of the different question types, of course. I went through all the tasks on Liz’s website and then did tests from other free websites with a timer. I didn’t score more than 7.5 on most of my reading practice tests because I’d get impatient and try to finish the tasks as fast as I could. The recommended division is 20 minutes for each passage, but I would suggest 15 + 15 + 20 respectively so there’d be some time left over. I also want to reiterate that you should read the whole passage! Sometimes there are answers which are hidden in a few simple sentences which may be missed while skimming the passage. It’d be easier to have an idea of the passage and then see then questions, as they can be tricky. Always circle the questions that you may have doubts about so you can go back to them at the end. Make sure to attempt every question (check the question number properly) and don’t leave the answer space blank!

Links: TFNG Video Lesson   /  TFNG Extra Practice

LISTENING :

As most people (and Liz) have said, its vital to concentrate and pay attention to every single sentence in this task. Do not try to look at more questions than instructed (Ex. Look at only Q 1-5 and not beyond, etc) and make quick notes about the conversation if you’re not sure about the answer. I felt a couple of sections were a bit tricky so I noted some key points from the speakers so I could ponder over the answers later. You have to keep going with the recording so don’t get stuck and don’t worry if you don’t get an answer immediately! As soon as the recording stops, make sure to enter all the answers immediately in the answer sheet; changes can be made later. You’re instructed to stop writing as soon as the timer stops so please don’t leave any answer blank.

Link: Listening Tips

WRITING :

Ah, the dreaded task!! I must say, my heart was pounding for this one, as I needed a minimum score of 7. I am more than satisfied with my score because I made mistakes in my tasks and was slightly below the word limit in Task 1. I expected to lose points for that and hoped my second task would make up for it.

Task 1 : We were given a diagram of a process to be described. Personally, the mistake I made in the practice sessions was not being mindful of the tense while writing my report. Simple past, people! I reminded myself on the morning of the exam to make sure the tense was correct in Task 1. Overview in simple present, process/description in simple past. Please remember this while practicing. I spent the last 10 minutes fixing the tense and counting words when I realized I was under the word limit. And it was too late to add any more sentences.

Task 2 : Yes, it is important to spend time planning the points to be discussed in the essay. While you’re in the midst of the exam its usually a high stress situation but force yourself to stick to two points only. You wouldn’t be able to expand on more points anyway. I think Liz’s videos of the writing task are VERY HELPFUL, refer to them multiple times. Even though its been said that there isn’t a prescribed structure,  and introduction, opinion (if asked), examples and conclusion have to be clearly present. A very useful tip I got was to keep in mind your examiner has no idea what you’re talking about or explaining. So make sure they have no doubts by the end of your concluding paragraph.

Finally, you must print out the task sheets and practice writing on them to have an idea of the word limit and the size of your handwriting. It’ll help save time if you need an extra sheet during the exam.

Links: Answer Sheet for Writing with tips  /  Introduction Video   / Diagram Model Answer

SPEAKING : This was nerve wracking no matter how many times I was assured that the examiners are usually friendly and there was nothing to worry about. I went through all the speaking tasks on the ieltsliz website and spoke out loud about them to have an idea about what I was going to say. During this task, my examiner was extremely friendly and engaging, smiling and nodding at the things I said. I had immensely enjoyed speaking to her even though I slipped up a little in the second section. Just keep talking and smile through it! Most of us speak English on a daily basis anyway.

Links: Speaking Topics, Tips & Model Answers

I spent about 10-12 days of focused preparation for the exam and most of it was going through every single bit of ieltsliz.com. Thank you so much again Liz, you’re doing gods work here and helping thousands of us every day. I hope these points will help at least one person. Cheers!

Comments to Dakshita: Very well done with your results!! And a big thank you for sharing your tips and experience – very useful for everyone! I’m really pleased my lessons were helpful 🙂

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