Candidates might get map type of questions in section 2 of IELTS listening test but luckily since it will have one speaker alone guiding through the map, they can easily follow and find the answers. Initially, the candidates should make use of the time gap given before the start of listening transcript, during which they should check the places mentioned the maps and consider them as landmark. After that, they can mark the direction of north east west and south so that while the transcription is played, they can easily follow them and find the places.
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Candidates usually read the question, underline the keywords and wait for the keywords to hear the answers but multiple choice questions does not work that way. The candidate should understand the conversation which comes from usually three or four speakers and then try to answer the questions. And another challenge here which the candidate has to face is, the speaker will discuss all the three options and then later will confirm an option which tends to be the correct one.
To get the answer correct in fill in type of questions, there are more strategies than listening alone; which will be discussed in this article. Firstly, the instructions are to be read clearly, it may mention one word only or one word and a number or a number alone. We should always adhere to this as if we fail to do so, we will be penalised for it. For example, if the answer is a year, it should be mentioned as 1944 and not in words if the instruction says one word or a number.
Task 1 in academic writing will be a formal report on graphical representation of an image which can be a graph like bar, line or pie chart or a flow diagram. The formal report should be of 150 words and should be well organized with three paragraphs, out of which introduction and conclusion is a must. Then supporting evidence should be given in middle of it. Candidates should ensure that the body part of this task 1 academic is rich in vocabulary and full of different types of sentence structure.
Conclusion is the last paragraph of the writing task-two essay, for candidates who sit for both general and academic. Therefore it is mandatory to have a conclusion as a part of your writing task, if not included, the examiner will provide you less marks and the band score won’t be more than four. There is a strategy to write conclusion which is to be followed and an important rule is that the conclusion should never have any news points which were not discussed in the supporting paragraphs of the essay.
Supporting paragraphs of writing task two irrespective of it being general or academic, should be not more than two or three. If the questions are regarding advantages and disadvantages or agree and disagree, two paragraphs are enough whereas if it being regarding problems causes and solution, it can have three paragraphs for each. Each paragraph should be well organized with the first sentence being topic sentence with no linking words as it should be an individual one and do not depend on any other sentence.
IELTS has writing task one and two which amounts to total of one hour of the whole IELTS exam. Both the tasks have different question such as task 1 having graphical representation and task 2 an essay, where the latter carries more weightage. Therefore the introduction of the task 2 essay should be written clearly and well organized furthermore rich in vocabulary. Candidate should write three sentences alone for task 2 essay, it can be either general or academic, but should follow the same rule.
Achieving band 9 in IELTS speaking needs to know the band descriptors with which the examiner assesses the candidates speaking skills. Since it is not about knowledge, candidates can even make false statements but it should be grammatically correct with proper pronunciation and fluency without any fillers. There are four band descriptors in IELTS speaking, such as fluency where the candidate will be assessed for his speaking skill where he should use less filler and should not hesitate in English usage or choosing words.
Candidates must follow some strategy for scoring band 9 in reading as this part of the test is the one which tends to be more challenging for most of the candidates who sit for IELTS; which may be due to the fact that they are not aware of the challenges which they might need to overcome. Candidates are never advised to go directly for the passage, they can first go to the questions and then followed by skimming the passage instead of reading all the lines and they should exactly skim for keywords.
Achieving band 9 in listening needs more practice and also overcoming the challenges listed below. There are many challenges, the first being the accent which can be British or Australian or American accents. The pace of the audio plays a vital role as it will be increasing throughout the four sections and the candidate should able to follow the words as there may be more than two speakers in section three in particular. Third, there might be distractors during the listening test especially when numbers are mentioned as they may give the wrong one first followed by the right one.