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星期五,2014年07月18日      

Dear Kishore, I am in senior high school, grade 1, just get in touch with IELTS but don't know where to start with, I should recite IELTS words first or practice with IELTS test samples?

Kishore:   Vocabulary is not everything – IELTS is not simply a test of vocabulary & grammar – unlike your school tests. It is not just a case of reciting vocabulary, you need to know when to use that vocabulary, how to use it, etc. In speaking and writing there are 4 assessment criteria, one of these is vocabulary, one is grammar, one is coherence (ie how you like what you say or write) etc. Look for our video content which explains all this here https://www.chinaielts.org/guide/band_descriptors.shtml Make sure you understand all parts of the test – do some practice tests first and then get a sense of your strengths and weaknesses – what areas do you struggle with the most? Ideally your English proficiency will improve with time. Good luck!

星期五,2014年07月18日      

How to practice IELTS writing within one month?

Kishore:   Make sure you understand how you will be assessed – see these videos to help explain this: http://www.chinaielts.org/guide/band_descriptors_writing.shtml When you practice your writing use these criteria – either yourself or through a teacher – to evaluate your writing. As you get closer to the test make sure to practice your writing in timed circumstances. That will ensure the practice is realistic.

星期五,2014年07月18日      

I am in self preparation for IELTS exam, I would like to know how to efficiently practice IELTS reading and speaking?

Kishore:   There is no magic approach to improving reading & speaking, it takes time and practice. When you practice reading make sure you cover all the different question types in the reading test. When you check your answers try to understand why those are the correct answers. When you practice, read the questions first – decide what information you need – then decide what reading strategies to use – for example skimming or scanning There is more guidance and advice here http://www.chinaielts.org/guide/band_descriptors_reading.shtml For speaking, make sure you understand how you will be assessed. You can find that info, with other tips and advice, in these videos: http://www.chinaielts.org/guide/band_descriptors_speaking.shtml Remember you can practice speaking, even by yourself, on different topics. Talk for one minute, then make it 2 minutes, then increase again and again.

星期五,2014年07月18日      

It's very very difficult to reach score 7 from score 6.5, how to do that ???

Kishore:   It is very difficult to say specifically – you haven’t said if this is overall or in a specific skill. See which module you are weaker in and then practice this more. In speaking and writing remember there are 4 criteria you are assessed on in each of these tests. You are clearly very close but you need to pinpoint where you need to make more effort.

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星期日,2014年09月21日      

In writting task 2, question like "What are the advantages and disadvantages relates to this topic", do you have to state your own opinion in the essay?? Thanks

Kishore:   Simple answer - yes, you are expected to state your opinion. For example, you could say that, in your opinion, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, or the opposite, or that they two are equal.

星期五,2014年09月19日      

hi, kishore,nice to meet you here.I just graduated from high school and i want to go abroad for futher study.I stareted perparing the IELTS Test these days.My targer is to get a band of 7 to 8.Can you give me some advice on improving my speaking and writing please?It's hard to find opportunities to practice my spoken English in our university .How can i make progress in the two aspects with a relatively tight schdule? I feel it difficult to strike a balance between my regular courses and IELTS Test preparation.Do you have any suggestions?I also need some advice on expanding my range of vocabulary.

星期五,2014年09月19日      

The first time I took part in the exam,I got 6 in written work.But the second time I got5.5 in writing.I don't know why,because the method I prepare it is the same as the first time.I want to know what I should do and how I take exercise now to prepare my third time exam in October 26.

Kishore:   Hi. The slight difference in those writing scores can happen - there could be any number of reasons, perhaps your ideas and arguments were not quite as strong in the second exam, perhaps you made a few more grammatical or vocabulary-related mistakes. I cannot say for sure. In terms of preparation, I suggest you look through all the videos here to understand precisely what is expected in the writing test, and also learn the tips that are suggested ?http://www.iqiyi.com/v_19rrhtfbv4.html. Also look at the writing section on Road to IELTS where you will have the chance to practice some techniques. Good luck!

星期五,2014年09月19日      

I am very confused about how to use "-"symbol. For example, "low-risk investment". Will I loose mark if I write "low risk investment "?

Kishore:   You would not lose any marks for this specific example. It is difficult to generalise so I cannot say this will always happen in all cases.

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星期五,2014年10月31日      

i will have the speaking exam this sunday and i am very afriad of being asked a difficult question in part2.help!TAT

Colin:   Just remember that the IELTS speaking test is about communicating. It’s okay to pause, hesitate, start again, make small mistakes… Just focus on communicating YOUR ideas to the examiner. Best of luck!

星期五,2014年10月31日      

How can I improve my listening ability?

Colin:   If you can work with a good teacher the following might be easier…the different task types assess different listening skills such as listening for main ideas and listening for detail. Find out what you are already good at and what you need to improve in. There are a variety of different listening sub-skills so it’s good to find out which are your strengths and areas for development… oh of course you need to practice listening too! Visit learnEnglish.britishcouncil.org.cn for different listening activities.

星期五,2014年10月31日      

Hi colin, m I late? Can you help me with my writing problem? I feel blank when dealing with writing task 2..it is really difficult for me to generate a 150 words...I don't know what to start ,how should I expand my answer? Help me please

Colin:   Hello! You need to spend some time brainstorming ideas. So the fact that you are thinking about generating ideas is good thing! First thing to do is read the topic and then understand it. Then on a piece of paper or the question paper, make notes about any ideas that come to mind. You can increase your ideas by looking at the question from different perspectives…what might an older or very young person say? What ideas are there from a(n) economic/environmental/political/society perspective etc.? When you have some ideas you need to organise them. You need to practise generating and organising your ideas. Practice is important. Look at our online prep course www.roadtoIELTS.com for more ideas on generating ideas.

星期四,2014年10月30日      

Hi colin, from your opinion, what kind of key facts I need to be ware of for the preparation of IELTS listening test? I found i can easily get lost during the test...not easy to concentrate on the content for me....

Colin:   Hello! You need to remember that the test is designed with lots of places to start again (section 1, section 2 etc.). Also remember that the test is designed so that you can answer question 5 without knowing the answer to question 4, for example. Spend the silent time, reading the tasks and doing two things: predicting possible answers (and then listening to check or reconfirm your ideas); predicting possible paraphrases of the words in the question. If you are getting lost it helps to listen for paraphrases (similar words) that are used in the questions. And try to relax… if you are getting stressed or anxious, you won’t be able to listen as well as you can… keep breathing!

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