How to prepare for the IELTS

IETLS tips

What is accepted world-wide by more than 9,000 organisations as a means of measuring language proficiency — any guesses? Yes, we are talking about the world’s proven English language test — the IELTS! IELTS is jointly owned by IELTS Australia, British Council, and Cambridge English Language Assessment Test. It has over 900 test centres in over 130 countries. The registration fee for the test is INR 9,900 currently.

Just last year, we heard that 2 million students flocked from all around the globe to take this test! It makes you stop and wonder what all the big fuss is about, doesn’t it? Keep reading and we’ll tell you.

Why the IELTS?

Universities and also employers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and the USA take the IELTS into consideration. If you want to be flying to any of these destinations for your higher studies anytime soon, it’s time to take the IELTS seriously. Taking the IELTS could really open doors for you all over the world!

Interested to know how to get started with your IELTS prep? Here are a few pointers for you…

Know. It. All.

As the very first step of your IELTS prep, we suggest you learn all about the test itself. Go online and visit their official website and read up.

The test is divided into four modules that will test your listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Each module will fetch you a certain band score as per your performance. One interesting must know fact for you — when it comes to the IELTS, there is no pass or fail! Your results will be reported on a 9-band scale and will be valid for a period of two years… How cool is that?

Now, a little bit about the modules you will be taking:

  • Listening: This 30 minute-module has four sections and will basically have you listening to an audio recording and have you answer questions from a booklet.
  • Reading: This 60 minute-module comprises 40 questions that will test you on a wide range of reading skills include reading for main ideas, skimming, reading for detail, and understanding logical argument. It is divided into two versions: the academic and general training versions.
  • Writing: This 60 minute-module has two versions: academic and general training. The academic comprises two tasks, in short — one: describing a chart or a diagram; two: writing an essay in response to a problem or argument. The general training also comprises two tasks – 1) writing a letter in response to a situation; 2) writing an essay in response to a problem or argument (this one may be a bit more personal than the first one).
  • Speaking: This module may last from anywhere between 11-14 minutes and assesses your spoken English skills. This will be nothing but a conversation with a certified IETLS examiner.
  • The Listening, Reading and Writing modules will come one after the other on your test day. Your Speaking module, however, may be on a different day — mostly either seven days before or after your actual test date.

Time to Go Shopping!

Research online and make sure you buy yourself some top study guides fresh from the market. You will not regret investing your money in these, we promise.

Paint Yourself A Clear Picture!

We recommend you to get your prep on at least three to six months ahead of time, if not earlier. We know that you want to obtain a certain IELTS Band Score that you have in mind, which is great, as long it is an achievable and realistic goal. Bear in mind that this test is an overall test of your proficiency in the language so it requires you to be more than just a book worm (you heard right!). Stay 100% dedicated to your prep and sharpen your language skills in all methods possible.

Practice Away!

As you start with the prep, how many hours per day do you plan to spare for all four subtests?

Regular practice is key, but do give yourself a breather; a day off of your hectic prep in a week won’t do you any harm. They don’t say that slow and steady wins the race for no reason! Long intervals are not a good idea though!

As you take practice tests, you will notice your areas of weakness that you may need to put some extra time into. Don’t get carried away and put too much time into your weak areas alone though. Make sure you cover and work on all areas.

How Fast Are You?

Many a times, we hear that candidates are unable to perform as well as they had hoped to, because time ran out fast in the reading test or their tape was so fast in their listening test. If you are unable to finish your test, it is not the end of the world, as you will only be measured on a scale from 0 to 9, where 0 is for those who did not attempt it. Focus on getting yourself to your best pace in the test — be fast, attentive and sharp. This way you will minimize your chances of running out of time.

All Ears!

When you are taking the listening test, keep in mind that the tape is played only once — so it pays to remember what you hear. Pay close attention!

Talk, Walk & Breathe in English!

For acing a test like the IELTS, we strongly recommend you to use English as much as you can in your everyday life. Here are a few simple things you could do that could make a difference:

  • Read up journals, articles, and newspapers and be informed of current events and issues, which may very well turn out to be a topic for the speaking or writing module!
  • Switch on your TV and tune in to CNN and BBC; British movies — that will help!
  • Get yourself used to the various English accents from around the world — the Australian, American, British, New Zealand, and even Canadian.
  • Practice thinking and also speaking in English as much as you can with your buddies and your family.
  • Write emails and letters to practice your written skills and — who knows — you may make a pen pal or two in the process!

Fake Accent!

What’s important is your pronunciation, not the accent. If your pronunciation is wrong even with a stylish accent, it will still cost you marks here. Stay away from mispronouncing and that’s all you need.

Who Says?

Heard that the IELTS would be a more difficult exam in comparison with any other? Don’t believe everything you hear — there are quite a lot of myths about the test! The test does not pose any more difficulty than any other exam you would have to take for higher studies abroad. The IELTS has questions that are straightforward to assess your English language skills — so don’t get all worked up. Losing your cool isn’t going to do you any good here — trust us and focus on your prep!

Rest before D Day!

The three tests: Listening, Reading, and Writing Tests are usually held on one morning and with no break — so in other words, you really have to be at your best for quite a considerable amount of time here. This is why we strongly advise you to eat well and get some good sleep before your big day — your mind should be fresh and ready.

Results!

You will receive your test results 13 days post your test date. Your test centre will post your Test Report Form to you and some test centres may offer you text alerts and an online results service as well.

Retake?

Are you disappointed with your results? Well, you can retake the IELTS test if you are looking to do better. There are no limitations on how many times you can retake the test but you must apply within six weeks of the test date. There are no limitations as to how many times a person can retake the IELTS.

IELTS Training

To help you further with your test preparation, Vatslya provides IELTS training classes in its offices in Delhi and Chennai. In-class training sessions, as well as online classes, are available for students. The classes, which are held six days a week, are conducted by experienced tutors who are qualified English language experts.

Conclusion

Based on the programme and institution where you plan to study, you will need to secure an overall IELTS score ranging from 5.5 to 7.0. Now that you have read this article, we hope that you have a clear plan to crack the IELTS now? If you have anything to add to this, feel free to drop us a comment! In case of any other assistance with your study abroad plans; get in touch with us. We’d be happy to hear from you!

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Reading test advice

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Make the most of your Reading test:

  • look out for the title, headings and any special features such as capital letters, underlining, italics, figures, graphs and tables
  • make sure that you understand the questions and follow instructions carefully
  • pay attention to timing; do not spend too long on one passage or question
  • do not try and read every word; remember, you are reading for a purpose
  • if you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one
  • do not panic if you do not know anything about the subject of the text; all the answers can be found in the text
  • the word(s) you use must be taken from the Reading text; you must not change the form of the word(s) in the text
  • do not worry if there is a word that you do not understand – you may not need to use it
  • check your spelling
  • be careful to use singular and plural correctly
  • focus precisely on what you are asked to do in ‘completion’ type questions
  • if the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the correct answer is ‘evening’, just use ‘evening’ as your answer; note that ‘in the evening’ would be incorrect
  • pay attention to the word limit; for example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, if the correct answer is ‘silk shirt’, the answer ‘shirt made of silk’ would be incorrect
  • attempt all questions; there are no penalties for incorrect answers, so you have nothing to lose
  • check your answers

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How Can You Help Yourself in IELTS?

IELTS tips

When you plan your higher education abroad, you must have to work on your English language communication skills before applying. To achieve required score in IELTS is must if you are seeking admission in an English speaking country. You start classes for guidance and attend seminars related to IELTS to get better insight and ideas about how to get maximum score.

There are a few things you should be doing to help yourself for obtaining desired bands in the test.

1. The best time to study IELTS is 3 months before the exam. That keeps the learning fresh as the practice has improved you   language ability.

2. Involve ‘English’ in your daily life by reading English newspapers and magazines, watching English movies and having conversations in English.

3. Keep up with current affairs and other human interested stories as writing task is based on general interest. You should have ideas and sufficient vocabulary to express them when you write an essay.

4. Practice every day what you learn. Practice of all four modules can be done in routine with your friends. Discuss the new words, movies and books. Make sure you use only English.

5. Understand well when your teacher is providing exam instruction. Follow it when you prepare for the test. Stick to word limit, completing task in particular time, how to answer correctly, what to use and what to not while speaking, etc.

6. Work on techniques. Speed up with time schedules of the exam. Practice writing paragraphs in lesser time before exams. Appear for mock tests and observe where you lack. Work on the weak points to be your best in the test.

For more information regarding foreign education, IELTS coaching and student visa, visit nearest office of  Vatslya Education Consultancy.

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IELTS – Prepare for Retaking the Test

IELTS tips

Many candidates find it difficult to retake the IELTS test. They cannot figure out what went wrong in their last test when they had put their best efforts. Re-sitting in the test can be stressful for the candidates who have applied for immigration visa or student visa but there are best possible chances to achieve desired bands.

● Be Prepared mentally

Uncontrolled stress can be worse enemy in exams if you unaware of how to handle it. See the positive side of stress and it will sharpen your senses and help you in staying focused. During the test, pay attention on time management and follow the strategies you have made for the exam instead of thinking of consequences of exam results.

● Have Patience

When your score is significantly lower than your expectations, it is better to keep a gap of six months before you retake your IELTS test. Language proficiency is not something you can improve much in short period of time. Concentrate on every modules of the test and organize your time to prepare accordingly.

● Make the Best of Your Last Test

Taking an IELTS test is itself an advantage. You get to learn how to manage the time and also get to know where and what you lack. Give your best in enhancing those parts of the language proficiency. Ask your teachers when you are confused or have questions. This preparation gives you clear idea of your next IELTS test and it increases the chances of success.

Stay determined for the next test and you can nail it for sure. For more information regarding IELTS and its coaching, visit Vatslya Education Consultancy in Surat, Gujarat.

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IELTS Online

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IELTS, The International English Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.

The IELTS test is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 9,000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IELTS Australia and Cambridge Language assessment.

The IELTS TEST requires preparation prior to the test. One needs to make sure that the IELTS test format is thoroughly understood so that one knows what to expect on the test day. Once you are familiar with the IELTS test format, you will need to undertake a number of focused preparation activities. This is what a coaching on IELTS is all about so that one can achieve desirable results.

online portal for international education understand this very need of preparing oneself for the IELTS test and thus strives to help in preparation of the IELTS test. The portal has introduced one of a kind ONLINE IELTS TRAINING first time in India. It has two convenient ways to prepare for the IELTS test online: IELTS MASTER and IELTS EXPRESS.

IELTS EXPRESS is designed for people who want to quickly prepare for the IELTS test , it takes 45 days to complete whereas IELTS MASTER is a detailed and comprehensive course offering extensive preparation and practice for the IELTS test and is open for 90 days with a detailed study plan.

Both the courses have been created by experienced English language course developers and IELTS test tutors and are highly successful in helping you succeed in the IELTS test.

IELTS online is basically an online preparation for all 4 IELTS test modules- Reading, Writing, Speaking and Learning. It is a 24×7 real time training with useful IELTS test tips, online activities, detailed feedback, and sample answers for IELTS test questions. One can discover the secrets of scoring high in IELTS and improve your bands with 24X7 learning as you can access whenever and wherever you want to, you just need to make sure your computer / mobile / tab etc has access to internet and the latest version of your internet browser is downloaded.

Studying for the IELTS test involves more than just reading and writing. Our IELTS preparation courses involve activities in listening and speaking that are practical, allowing you to listen to audio samples and record your own speaking that can be submitted for assessment by qualified IELTS Tutors. IELTS Online provides you a clear path to success with an easy to use interface and a simple step by step course structure. Throughout your study you can track your progress with the Activities Summary and Study Planner; IELTS Online guides you through the entire process, right up to the day of the exam.

In today’s time IELTS online is the best and the most cost effective. Being an advance technology it saves one’s time, money and energy as you can get access. 5000+ students globally have used IELTS Online to prepare for the IELTS test.

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Understand the Reading test of IELTS

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You will need to read quickly and efficiently, and manage your time

You will be asked to read three different passages and respond to related questions in your IELTS Reading test.

The content of the Reading test is different for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests. Details of each version are given below.

Purpose of the test

The IELTS Reading test is designed to assess a wide range of reading skills, including how well you

  • read for the general sense of a passage
  • read for the main ideas
  • read for detail
  • understand inferences and implied meaning
  • recognise a writer’s opinions, attitudes and purpose
  • follow the development of an argument

This is the case for whichever version of the IELTS test you are taking.

Timing

The IELTS Reading test takes 60 minutes.

You are not allowed any extra time to transfer your answers, so write them directly on to your answer sheet.

You will need to manage your time during the test because you will not be told when to start or finish each section.

Three sections

You will be given three different passages to read, each with accompanying questions. You can expect to read 2,150 – 2,750 words in total during your test.

IELTS Academic Reading test

There are three sections to the IELTS Academic Reading test, and each contains one long text.

These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest.

They range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical.

Each text might be accompanied by diagrams, graphs or illustrations, and you will be expected to show that you understand these too.

A simple glossary is provided if the material contains technical terms.

IELTS General Training Reading test

There are three sections to the IELTS General Training Reading test.

The texts used in each section are taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books, magazines and newspapers.

Section 1 contains two or three short factual texts, one of which may be made up of 6 – 8 short texts related by topic, e.g. hotel advertisements. The topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country.

Section 2 contains two short factual texts focusing on work-related issues, e.g. applying for a job, company policies, pay and conditions, workplace facilities, staff development and training.

Section 3 contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest.

Questions

There are 40 questions.

A variety of question types is used. You may be asked to

  • fill gaps in a passage of written text or in a table
  • match headings to written text to diagrams or charts
  • complete sentences
  • give short answers to open questions
  • answer multiple choice questions

Sometimes you will need to give one word as your answer, sometimes a short phrase, and sometimes simply a letter, number or symbol.

Make sure you read the instructions carefully.

Marking

Each correct answer receives one mark.

Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

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9 important tips to quickly prepare for the IELTS

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Do you speak English well already, but are still not sure how to pass the IELTS?

TIP 1

The first step – define your level and record your results while you prepare for it. It’s always a good idea to see visible progress and understand your weaknesses.d then you just have to come, focus – and achieve

TIP 2

Make a plan! One day focus on all the sections, some day only on Speaking or Listening. Depending on your results, and progress. (#1!)

TIP 3

Include constant English language on your background at any time of the day or night (yes, even if you sleep, the brain learns some of the information ). The BBC Podcasts, the HSE podcasts, podcasts IELTS, anything, as long as you are nor overwhelmed. In addition, repeat after listening. This can be very useful in the exam! After all, if the repeat skill becomes a habit, the listening becomes merely an exercise in vocabulary: even if you did not catch the answer at first, then certainly when your mouth silently repeats it for you, you just need to carefully write it in the note-book.

TIP 4

Reading – it’s pure logic plus some British formalism. The main advice: Do not read the text! Read the first question and immediately look for the answer to it. Then the second question. And so on. The practice is so simple that you can handle for half an hour. Check everything.

TIP 5

Speaking – it’s about how to make an impression. Do not learn the answers. Just speak as fluently as possible for at least for an hour every day. Pinpoint two minutes, choose a theme and forth. Talk to the mirror. Talk to the camera. Meet up with friends in pairs and threes, talking turns on various topics, throw around ideas and vocabulary. Experiment with a mirror, a video camera and the human beings.Practice makes perfect. Exercise, download manuals, go through special apps and online exams. As a student, the world is your information oyster! And, generally, if you attend IELTS classes your teacher will guide you in a way that will force you to create and learn. The best teachers inspire progress and fun from their students!

TIP 6

Make yourself a picture of successful results and visualize it. Yes, in the best tradition of the movie “The Secret”. As corny as it sounds, our body, mind, psyche adapt to the images of the desired result. If you see yourself in the exam (or even from the eyes of the examiner), you can see your confidence pose, relaxed and calm voice – your neurons are gradually aligned to the desired number. And then you just have to come, focus – and achieve

TIP 7

Get a tutor or attend professional IELTS preparation classes. This is not only useful for Speaking, but in general allows you to organize your studies better and learn tips and tricks of IELTS.

TIP 8

Listening Make sure you practice listening as much as you can! You can practice with sample IELTS listening tests but you should also expose yourself to as much English as you can. Find resources on the internet that suit your level and gradually increase difficulty. And don’t worry if they are not exams or specifically for IELTS, any kind of listening helps. Try to make listening fun and listen to things you like.

TIP 9

Writing – it’s the same logic, plus a bit of vocabulary. Read reference essays, discharge design, compose sentences. Get flashcards or conventional paper for the repetition of terms and phrases.
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Timing and word length in the writing module

IELTS tips

The writing module contains two compulsory tasks, namely Task 1 and Task 2. In Task 1, you must summarise and compare information from a graph, chart, table or diagram, or a combination of these, and Task 2 is a topic on which you have to write a discursive essay. The topic may be in the form of a statement or a question.

Task 1 tests your ability to analyse data objectively without giving an opinion, whereas Task 2 usually requires a subjective piece of writing on a fairly general topic. In addition, it is worth noting that the exam is not testing knowledge of English language, but rather competence in using English. In other words, it is not testing memory. Awareness of this might help reduce some of the problems that many candidates have in the IELTS exam.

In the exam, the minimum word limit for Task 1 is 150 words and you need to spend about 20 minutes on this part of the test. Task 2 must be at least 250 words, on which you need to spend about 40 minutes. In both Tasks, there is no upper word limit.

Many candidates frequently exceed the minimum amounts by a very wide margin, which creates several problems. Rather than concentrating on producing a good essay, candidates write beyond what is necessary, thinking that there are extra marks for writing more. This is usually not the case.

It is very important that you try to keep the word limits, and perhaps write just a little more. You could write between 150 and 180 words for Task 1 and 250 and 300 for Task 2. If you write too few words, you will lose marks. While practising for the IELTS exam, count the number of words you write per line and then work out how many lines you need to reach the 150/250 word limit. It may surprise you how little you have to write! You could draw a line to mark the word limits when you are writing your homework. This will help train you to keep to the limits and help you to focus on where you are going and what you are aiming for.

One important reason for writing just a little more than the word limit is to give yourself enough time to check what you have written. During the actual exam, you should spend 6-7 minutes analysing the question, about 30 minutes writing your essay, and 3-4 minutes checking your essay for mistakes.

Task 1 or Task 2 first? Students frequently ask whether they should do Task 1 first or Task 2. This obviously depends on the individual. It is probably wise, however, to do Task 1 first. From the psychological point of view, it gives you a sense of accomplishment when you have finished it.

Note that the value of the marks given to each Task is reflected in the time. There are twice as many marks for Task 2 as for Task 1. The marks are combined to produce one Band Score from 1 to 9 for the whole test. Note also that if you write less than 150 words for Task 1 and less than 250 for Task 2, you will lose marks.

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Advice for IELTS General Training Task 1 Letters

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If you are preparing for the IELTS General Training test, you will be asked to write a letter to a fictional person or organization. The reason for writing the letter and the details you need to include will be given to you.

That may sound easy to some of you but before you write the test, I think you need to sit down and ask yourself, “Do I actually know how to ORGANIZE a letter in English? If you are unsure, keep reading because this advice about proper letter structure could make a big difference to your performance.

This isn’t your typical DO and DON’T article. Instead, I am going to demonstrate ORGANIZATION for you using an example correspondence. What follows are two letters: The first is a request for letter writing advice and the next is my reply. In this way, you can read about and see how to organize your ideas.

As a BONUS, although this entry focuses on organization, if you look carefully, you will get some clues about how to use TONE or polite language when writing to a stranger. Remember, using the correct TONE is important in letters.


Dear Sir or Madam,

I signed up for the IELTS General Training exam and would like some advice about Task 1 letter writing.

I have a lot of questions but I will start with asking about how to organize my ideas. I write lots of emails, but I am not sure if I can write a letter well. How do I know if my ideas are arranged correctly on the test?

Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. John Rochon


Dear Mr. Rochon,

Thank you for your letter. It would be my pleasure to help you prepare for the writing test.

You are wise to ask about the format of the IELTS letter. You may write letters or emails everyday but the IELTS letter is part of an exam so it’s important to be clear about what is expected. Knowing the most effective way to organize your ideas will improve your score.

The good news is that you already know a lot about the correct structure. In your letter to me, you began with a greeting. You used “Dear Sir or Madam” which was suitable because you did not know my name. You also ended with the complimentary closing “Yours faithfully” which signaled that the letter was finishing. Finally, to close, you ended with your signature. IELTS candidates lose points for forgetting these little details, so excellent work!

Between the salutation and closing is the body of the letter and it is made up of short paragraphs that are organized simply and logically. In fact, if your letter focusses on each of the bullets from the task assignment in a separate paragraph, you can be sure that your letter will be easy to read.

To help you a little more, I am providing you with some useful pointers for organization and a model letter.

If you have more questions, please call me at my office and we will set up a face to face appointment.

I hope you find this information useful and good luck with your exam.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Angela Rutherford


Here are some pointers for organizing your ideas in IELTS letters:

  1.  Think about how each sentence relates to the one before and after.  Choose words that clearly guide the reader from one thought to the next.For example, where appropriate:
    1. Use sequencers – “To begin with . . . Finally, . . .”
    2.  Use phrases to signal your ideas – “The reason why I need time off . . . The solution to this problem is . . .  “
    3. Use specific linking words to show contrast, similarity, cause – “similarly, however, as a result . . .”
  2. Avoid repeating key words in your answer.  Don’t be boring and repetitive – you want to demonstrate that you have a variety of words in your vocabulary bank.
    1.  Think of synonyms for words that you are repeating (the problem, this issue, these complications, another annoyance . . .)
    2. Use pronouns (she, them, these . . .)
  3.  Each task bullet point can be used to create the body paragraphs.
    1. Let the first sentence of the paragraph communicate the subject in some way.
    2. Either indent the first line of each paragraph or separate the paragraphs from each other with a space.
  4. Be sure the main purpose of the letter is clear from the beginning to the end.
  1. Open the letter with a short explanation of the purpose and close the letter with a call to action that relates to this purpose.

Open the letter with a short explanation of the purpose and close the letter with a call to action that relates to this purpose.


Sample Question and Model Answer

You recently ordered a small item online but when it arrived it was unusable.
Write a letter to the company that sold you the item:

  • give details about the order you made
  • explain what was wrong with the item
  • tell the company what you want them to do about it

Dear Sir or Madam:

Three weeks ago I ordered a cover for my Samsung phone from your online store. I was excited when it arrived but very disappointed to find that the product was poorly produced and unusable. I am hoping you will replace it.

In relation to the specifics of the order, I purchased this leather wallet/phone case through your website called Phone Fun on January 14th using my PayPal account. The order number is 257380 and I am attaching a copy of my receipt.

The issue with the cover is that the credit card pockets are sewn shut and I am unable to store my cards inside securely. The picture of the item on your website clearly shows cards safely stored in the little pouches so I’m sure this is a manufacturing flaw.

As a solution, and because I really like the functionality of the cover, I am hoping that you will agree to send me another one for free. Otherwise, I would like a full refund and I will be contacting PayPal complaints if I do not hear back from you in regards to this within a week.

Thank you for giving the matter your attention and I hope to hear your reply soon.

Yours faithfully,
XYZ

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How to Prepare for IELTS Exam | Tips to Crack IELTS in First Attempt

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How to Prepare for IELTS Exam

If your next step is to study abroad, then you have to pass the International English Language Testing System [IELTS] first. How to Prepare for IELTS Exam is the major problem for the contenders who plan to study or immigrate to the other countries. So to help you with your preparation, we are providing the Tips to Crack IELTS in First Attempt. To give yourself the best opportunity to achieve this goal, you need to be painstaking in your preparation and capable of providing critical literary analysis in both written and oral formats.

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. Though most of us try to converse in English these days But in India, where English is not a native language, most of us may not be proficient in the language.

  • In Listening, use the example at the beginning of the first section to familiarize yourself with the sound, the situation, and the speakers.
  • Keep listening until the recording stops, looking only at the questions that relate to the part being played.
  • There are often pauses in the recording between different sections. Use these to prepare for the next set of questions.
  • Answer Listening questions in the order they appear on the Question Paper. Remember that they normally follow the order of the information in the recording.
  • At the end of the recording you have some time to transfer your answers to the Answer Sheet. Check your grammar and spelling as you do so.
  • In Academic Reading, begin by going quickly through each passage to identify features such as the topic, the style, the likely source, the writer’s purpose and the intended reader.
  • As you read, don’t try to understand the precise meaning of every word or phrase. You don’t have time, and those parts of the text might not be tested anyway.
  • Reading tasks sometimes have an example answer. If this is the case, study it and decide why it is correct.
  • Some tasks require you to use words from the text in the answer; in others you should use your own words. Check the instructions carefully.
  • The instructions may also include a word limit, e.g. Use no more than three words. Keep to this by avoiding unnecessary words in your answer.
  • In Academic Writing, you must always keep to the topic set. Never try to prepare sections of text before the exam.
  • Keep to the suggested timing: there are more marks possible for Task 2 than Task 1.
  • Organize and link your ideas and sentences appropriately, using a wide range of language and showing your ability (in Task 2) to discuss ideas and express opinions.
  • If you write less than 150 words in Task 1 or less than 250 in Task 2 you will lose marks, but there is no maximum number of words for either.
  • When you plan your essay, allow plenty of time at the end to check your work.
  • In Speaking, don’t try to give a prepared speech, or talk about a different topic from the one you are asked to discuss.
  • Always speak directly to the Examiner, not to the recording equipment.
  • Whenever you reply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the Examiner’s questions, add more details to your answer. In each case, aim to explain at least one point.
  • Remember that you are not being tested on your general knowledge but on your ability to communicate effectively.
  • Organize and link your ideas and sentences appropriately, talking clearly at normal speed and using a wide range of structures and vocabulary.

IELTS Exam Tips – Listening Section Tips:-

  • Read the questions at the beginning of each section carefully before the recording starts. This will help applicants to follow the recording & identify the appropriate answer.
  • Concentrate on the introduction of each section which will give you useful information about the situations & the speakers.
  • Listen very carefully for clues that indicate which stage of the recording they are listening to for example words such as ‘Firstly’, ‘Lastly’.
  • Write your answers clearly without any grammatical mistakes, otherwise you will not be awarded with any marks.

IELTS Exam Tips – Reading Section Tips:-

  • Concentrate on the item as it may pass very fast, so make sure you don’t spend too much time any question or text.
  • Start from beginning of the exam, if you are unable to answer, do not waste your time and move on to next one. You can re-visit the question later, if you have time.
  • Read instructions carefully and concentrate on title of text subtitles & illustration to get a quick idea of what the text is for.
  • Make sure to answer without any grammar mistakes. Copy words accurately so that you can avoid any spelling mistakes.

IELTS Exam Tips – Writing Section Tips:-

  • Make sure your ideas are relevant to the questions and your last paragraph should be a conclusion which is consistent with the arguments you have included in your essay.
  • Avoid any spelling, grammar mistakes and write as clearly as possible.
  • Organized and logically linked paragraphs and also make sure to have language used is in academic style.
  • Write with required number of words and do not use bullet points.

IELTS Exam Tips – Speaking Section Tips:-

  • Make sure to involve in the conversation and concentrate on the questions being asked.
  • Always answer the questions with some detailed manner.
  • Always support your opinions with good examples.
  • There is no right or wrong answers in the speaking test and this is just to assess on how good

In the end, we must understand that listening comprehension skills improve with more and more practice. But reading skills improve with more and more analysis. Always spend time in finding out why certain questions went wrong. The above mentioned tips are a few important things we advise you to keep in mind for promising results.

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