About IELTS

How I can help you get through the IELTS test

When taking the IELTS test, you have two options Academic or General.

In both the Academic and General Test you will be assessed in four areas: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Which is the best for your needs?

Academic test

This test is usually more for people who are wanting to study in an English-speaking environment, or for professional registration (Nurse, Doctor, Teacher or Veterinarian).

Academic Writing Task 1: 

The Academic Writing Task 1 (AWT1) task consists of line graphs, bar charts, pie charts, tables, maps, process diagrams and two/three diagram combination. You will be asked to describe the chart in your own words, and make comparisons where relevant. To achieve this task you must write at least 150 words in approximately 20 minutes.

How I Can Help with AWT1

Together we will look at the marking rubric and discuss what each area means. Then, we can look at the different types of charts that you might be presented with, and I will teach you how to structure and form the essay. In addition, I will introduce you to academic phrases, linking words and how to express numbers in different ways.

Writing Task 2: 

In both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, Task 2 asks test takers to respond to a question or statement. The Academic Writing Task 2 (AWT2) tends to use questions more suitable for people planing to study at university level. The test taker must formulate and develop a position for this writing task, and should always be supported by evidence, and examples. Responses must be at least 250 words, and written in approximately 40 minutes.

How I Can Help with AWT2

I can teach you about essay structure and how to formulate paragraphs. It’s also important to learn how to support your ideas. Then, we will look at writing introductions and conclusions. Often this will lead to some lessons on vocabulary for connecting sentences and paragraphs and topic-related vocabulary.

Academic Reading Task: 

During the Academic Reading Task you will be presented with texts taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. Some of the tasks may also contain materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations. There will be a variety of question types: identifying the writer’s views/claims; matching headings; table completion; matching sentence endings, and more! This all needs to be completed within 60 minutes.

How I Can Help with the ART

I will help you learn effective strategies to find information quickly and accurately, through skimming and scanning. As well as conducting real practice tests. We can also analyse previous questions and answer papers. In addition, you will get important tips on how to improve your reading score.

General test

This is for people applying to study below degree level, and measures English proficiency in an everyday context. The IELTS General Training is also required for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.

General Writing Task 1: 

In the General Writing Task 1, you will be presented with a situation which requires a personal response from you. This response will take the form of a letter. Each situation will be about a common, everyday topic. However, your type of response must be written in one of the the following registers: Formal, Semi-formal or Informal. You must write at least 150 words in approximately 20 minutes.

How I Can Help with GWT1

I will guide you through how to write in different types of register. This will include all three styles; formal, semi-formal, and informal. We will work on generating and expanding ideas for the letter and how to ensure you are responding to the questions accurately and completely.

General Writing Task 2: 

This task is quite similar to the AWT2, where test takers must discuss a question or statement given. The response involves providing general factual information, outlining and/or presenting a solution, or justifying an opinion. Responses must be at least 250 words, and written in approximately 40 minutes.

How I Can Help with GWT2

The support for this task is much like the support I give for AWT2. I will help you you learn about essay structure and show you how to formulate paragraphs. The, we will look at writing introductions and conclusions. Often, this will lead to some lessons on vocabulary for connecting sentences and paragraphs and topic-related vocabulary.

General Reading Task: 

Much like the Academic reading task, the General Reading Task (GRT) consists of materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations. There will be a variety of question types: identifying the writer’s views/claims; matching headings; table completion; matching sentence endings, and more! However, the difference is in the GWT the topics are based on general interest and the texts tend to be shorter. This all needs to be completed within 60 minutes.

How I Can Help with the GRT

I will help you learn skills which are essential to getting a high score in this area of the test, such as: reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument. We will also read some tests to recognise writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.

Listening & Speaking

The Listening and Speaking tasks do not have any differences, they are the same in both the Academic and General test.

Listening

Conduct real practice tests with online material and receive important tips to improve your listening score.

Speaking

One to one real practice tests under timed conditions and improve your ideas/opinions for many speaking topics. Also improve your fluency, make less grammar and pronunciation mistakes and receive helpful tips to achieve a high speaking score.

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