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Lesson Posted on 11/12/2017 IELTS Academic Reading

Difference Between IELTS, TOEFL And PTE

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Difference Between IELTS TOEFL AND PTE The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized Test jointly conducted by British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP Education. The test was established in 1989 to test and certify the proficiency of the non-native... read more

Difference Between IELTS TOEFL AND PTE

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized Test jointly conducted by British Council, Cambridge English Language Assessment and IDP Education. The test was established in 1989 to test and certify the proficiency of the non-native English speakers.

The Pearson Test of English (PTE) was launched by Pearson in 2009 and thus is one of the latest entrants into the field of testing and certifying English language proficiency of non-native English speakers.

IELTS and TOEFL are similar in many aspects, although there are several distinct features unique to each of them. One has to analyze strengths and weakness and choose between the two tests with the motive of getting a better score.

IELTS is a very popular English language proficiency test accepted by European, Australian and now even by most of the American universities too. The PTE test by Pearson is also getting wide recognition in universities across all regions and its test takers are also increasing in number.

IELTS Academic vs TOFEL vs PTE Academic: 

IELTS Academic vs TOEFL vs PTE Academic-magoosh

Detailed Section wise Difference:

i. Listening:

ii. Reading:

IELTS Academic reading vs TOEFL reading vs PTE Academic reading-magoosh

iii. Writing:

IELTS Academic writing vs TOEFL writing vs PTE Academic writing-magoosh

iv. Speaking:

IELTS Academic speaking vs TOEFL speaking vs PTE Academic speaking-magoosh

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Lesson Posted on 31/10/2017 IELTS General Reading IELTS Academic Reading

IELTS Reading Tips

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Before you take the test 1. Read as much as you can in English. 2. Keep a notebook of the words you learn. 3. Try to write these words in a sentence. Try to put these sentences into a paragraph. 4. Learn words in context- not from the word list. 5. Know the types of questions found on the IELTS... read more

Before you take the test

1. Read as much as you can in English.

2. Keep a notebook of the words you learn.

3. Try to write these words in a sentence. Try to put these sentences into a paragraph.

4. Learn words in context- not from the word list.

5. Know the types of questions found on the IELTS test.

6. Know the type of information sought on the IELTS test.

7. Know how to make predictions.

8. Know how to skim and scan, to look quickly for information.

 

During the test

1. Read the title and any headings first. Make predictions about the topic.

2. Look over the questions quickly. Make predictions about content and organisation.

3. Read the passage at a normal speed. Don't get stuck on parts you don't understand.

4. When you answer all the questions, don't spend too much time on the ones you don't feel sure about. Make a guess and go on.

5. After you have answered all the questions, you can go back and check the ones you aren't sure about.

6. Don't spend more than 20 minutes on each passage.

So, these are the great tips to practice IELTS Reading module. 

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Asked on 27/07/2017 IELTS Academic Reading IELTS Listening Test

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Lesson Posted on 08/06/2017 Exam Coaching/IBPS Exam Coaching Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/Advanced Placement Tests Coaching Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/Advanced Placement Tests Coaching/English Language & Composition +2 IELTS Academic Reading IELTS General Test less

How To Crack English Section In Exams Like IBPS, SBI, SSC etc?

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Hi all, If you are here reading this, then it means you too are one of those many people who are looking to get an extra edge in your english section. English is all about your reading skills. The more you read, the more will be your chances to score high in very less time. And trust me you can not... read more

Hi all,

If you are here reading this, then it means you too are one of those many people who are looking to get an extra edge in your english section. English is all about your reading skills. The more you read, the more will be your chances to score high in very less time. And trust me you can not bell this section without improving your reading speed.

For example: In a 60 mins prelim exam of IBPS, you should try to solve the english section in 10 mins ideally and aim to score more than 60% correct out of total no of english questions in the section. This much should be your level in english.

How you can improve your English:

  • Buy any of the good bestsellers available online and read atleast 10 pages daily. Buy book of any genre: romance, motivational, adult anything. The main idea is to read and read a lot.
  • Download a magoosh GRE vocabulary application from google play store on your mobile and practice it daily. It is free of cost. For those who do not know, Magoosh is famous online preparation website for exams related to GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, SAT and many more.

I have seen people keep on practising from different books but still unable to score good marks. It is because they are unable to judge from the structure of sentence whether it is correct or not and this is what will makes the difference between an ardent reader and an irregular one.

You do not need a single thing extra apart from above two to excel in your english.

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Lesson Posted on 18/05/2017 IELTS Academic Reading Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/IELTS Coaching

IELTS Academic Reading Practice Tests

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The Academic Reading test is 60 minutes long. There are 3 sections. The total text length is 2,150-2,750 words. Each section contains one long text. Texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience and... read more

The Academic Reading test is 60 minutes long.

 
There are 3 sections. The total text length is 2,150-2,750 words.

  • Each section contains one long text.
  • Texts are authentic and 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.
  • Texts are appropriate, and accessible, to test-takers entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses, or seeking professional registration.
  • Texts range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical.
  • Texts may contain non-verbal materials, such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations.
  • If texts contain technical terms, a simple glossary is provided.

Question types

A variety of questions is used, chosen from the following types: multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.

Marking

Each correct answer receives 1 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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Academic Reading sample task – Multiple choice

[Note: This is a mock of an extract from an Academic Reading passage on the subject of government subsidies to farmers. The text preceding this extract explained how subsidies can lead to activities which cause uneconomical and irreversible changes to the environment.]

All these activities may have damaging environmental impacts. For example, land clearing for agriculture is the largest single cause of deforestation; chemical fertilisers and pesticides may contaminate water supplies; more intensive farming and the abandonment of fallow periods tend to exacerbate soil erosion; and the spread of monoculture and use of high- yielding varieties of crops have been accompanied by the disappearance of old varieties of food plants which might have provided some insurance against pests or diseases in future. Soil erosion threatens the productivity of land in both rich and poor countries. The United States, where the most careful measurements have been done, discovered in 1982 that about one-fifth of its farmland was losing topsoil at a rate likely to diminish the soil's productivity. The country subsequently embarked upon a program to convert 11 per cent of its cropped land to meadow or forest. Topsoil in India and China is vanishing much faster than in America.

Government policies have frequently compounded the environmental damage that farming can cause. In the rich countries, subsidies for growing crops and price supports for farm output drive up the price of land. The annual value of these subsidies is immense: about $250 billion, or more than all World Bank lending in the 1980s. To increase the output of crops per acre, a farmer's easiest option is to use more of the most readily available inputs: fertilisers and pesticides. Fertiliser use doubled in Denmark in the period 1960-1985 and increased in The Netherlands by 150 per cent. The quantity of pesticides applied has risen too: by 69 per cent in 1975-1984 in Denmark, for example, with a rise of 115 per cent in the frequency of application in the three years from 1981.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s some efforts were made to reduce farm subsidies. The most dramatic example was that of New Zealand, which scrapped most farm support in 1984. A study of the environmental effects, conducted in 1993, found that the end of fertiliser subsidies had been followed by a fall in fertiliser use (a fall compounded by the decline in world commodity prices, which cut farm incomes). The removal of subsidies also stopped land-clearing and over-stocking, which in the past had been the principal causes of erosion. Farms began to diversify. The one kind of subsidy whose removal appeared to have been bad for the environment was the subsidy to manage soil erosion.

In less enlightened countries, and in the European Union, the trend has been to reduce rather than eliminate subsidies, and to introduce new payments to encourage farmers to treat their land in environmentally friendlier ways, or to leave it fallow. It may sound strange but such payments need to be higher than the existing incentives for farmers to grow food crops. Farmers, however, dislike being paid to do nothing. In several countries they have become interested in the possibility of using fuel produced from crop residues either as a replacement for petrol (as ethanol) or as fuel for power stations (as biomass). Such fuels produce far less carbon dioxide than coal or oil, and absorb carbon dioxide as they grow. They are therefore less likely to contribute to the greenhouse effect. But they are rarely competitive with fossil fuels unless subsidised - and growing them does no less environmental harm than other crops.

Academic Reading sample task – Multiple choice

Questions 10 – 12
Choose the appropriate letters A, B, C or D.
Write your answers in boxes 10-12 on your answer sheet.

  1. 10  Research completed in 1982 found that in the United States soil erosion

    1. A  reduced the productivity of farmland by 20 per cent.

    2. B  was almost as severe as in India and China.

    3. C  was causing significant damage to 20 per cent of farmland.

    4. D  could be reduced by converting cultivated land to meadow or forest.

  2. 11  By the mid-1980s, farmers in Denmark

    1. A  used 50 per cent less fertiliser than Dutch farmers.

    2. B  used twice as much fertiliser as they had in 1960.

    3. C  applied fertiliser much more frequently than in 1960.

    4. D  more than doubled the amount of pesticide they used in just 3 years.

  3. 12  Which one of the following increased in New Zealand after 1984?

    1. A  farm incomes

    2. B  use of fertiliser

    3. C  over-stocking

    4. D  farm diversification

Academic Reading sample task – Multiple choice

Answers:

10 C

11 B

12 D

 

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Lesson Posted on 27/02/2017 IELTS Academic Reading

IELTS - Re-marking

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One of the gravest concerns students have is whether or not to get their tests remarked if they don’t get the scores they were expecting. There less official guidance from IDP and the British Council on when you should do this, so I have given you some advice below. When you should apply for getting... read more

One of the gravest concerns students have is whether or not to get their tests remarked if they don’t get the scores they were expecting. There less official guidance from IDP and the British Council on when you should do this, so I have given you some advice below.

When you should apply for getting Remark.

  • If You have been assessed by an experienced IELTS teacher/examiner and your scores have been consistently higher.

This is probably the most common reason. However, you should make sure that the person assessing your work actually knows how to assess your ability. If you totally trust your teacher, then this is probably a good reason to get a remark, but remember that not all IELTS teachers know how to accurately assess IELTS tests.

The key word above is ‘consistently’. Just because you once got a 7 in writing during a class test, does not mean that you are guaranteed to do this in the exam. All of your class assessments should also have been done under exam conditions in order to be reliable.

  • You’ve done the test before and your scores were significantly higher last time while this time it is lesser.

If you have done the test before and your latest test is showing that you are a whole band or more lower, you should probably get a remark.

However, if it has been more than a year since your last test and you have not prepared since then, it might be that you English skills have just got worse.

  • You are dead sure that what you prepared is confidently correct

If you have prepared for your test effectively and you are confident that the test went well, you should probably get a remark.

However, you should only believe this if you really know the test and you have used a reliable teacher to help you. Many students think they did very well, when in fact they simply don’t have enough knowledge of how the test is marked or have been misinformed by other people.

When You Should NOT Get a Remark

  • if One of your other skills is two bands higher.

If one of your other skills is two whole bands higher, you will get an automatic remark in your local test center. This means that an examiner and a senior examiner have already assessed your test and it is unlikely that a third examiner will have a different opinion.

  • You did not understand the question in Writing.

If you found either Task 1 or Task 2 particularly difficult, then you have probably not answered the question correctly and you will be penalized heavily for this.

  • You did not reach the word limit in Writing.

If you do not write at least 150 words for Task 1 and 250 words for Task 2, you are likely to lose lots of marks.

  • You keep getting the same score again and again.

If you consistently get the same score, this is your score. Getting the same score many times indicates that you need to improve your IELTS skills, your knowledge of the test, your general level of English or all three before you can get a higher score.

  • Your friend/relative/colleague got a higher score than you.

This is a surprisingly common reason. Just because someone you know got a higher score than you and you think you are either the same or better than them, does not mean that your score is wrong. It probably just means that you and the person you know are not actually on the same level or they simply did better on the day of the test.

  • You need an improvement of more than half a band.

Examiners can sometimes make mistakes, but it is unlikely that they have made a mistake of more than half a band overall.

This is not unknown, but in my experience, very rare.

  • You want a remark on your listening or reading.

These questions are either right or wrong, so there is no point in getting them remarked.

Possible solution

Like most things in the world, IELTS is not a perfect system. Most people who do the test more than once get different scores. This is not so much about how the test is assessed but about how suitable the questions are for you as an individual and how you perform on test day.

If you have the money and the time, you should always book more than one test and you

will normally get a higher score in one of them.

A much better strategy than getting a remark is to simply learn from the experience, book another test and go again.

 
 
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Lesson Posted on 24/02/2017 IELTS Academic Reading

Raise the bar in IELTS

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Everything is possible to achieve if you have a well planned and full proof strategy for each and every section - Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Let me do the sector-wise analysis. For Reading do some mock tests. And imbibe habit of reading. Use the clock nearby and as per assigned time you... read more

Everything is possible to achieve if you have a well planned and full proof strategy for each and every section - Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. Let me do the sector-wise analysis.

For Reading do some mock tests. And imbibe habit of reading. Use the clock nearby and as per assigned time you can practice with checked efficiency. Understands the question type - what question is asking from you rather than beating about the bush.

For Speaking Try and find those people who are known and unknown to you so that you can explore yourself which will boost up your confidence. During speaking try and experiment new words and vocabulary for this New paper will provide an ideal environment. Try and be more interactive.

For Listening, be the patient listening and inculcate some quality like perseverance and meticulousness. These skills will give you the approach to anticipate what speaker is implying. Never focus too much on typical or unfamiliar words while focus on key informative words and transition phrases or words.

For Writing, have the depth understanding of the punctuation and basic English grammar - parts of speech, sentence-verbs agreement, etc. Good phrases and enriched English language will definitely an edge for candidates.

Best of Luck!!

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Lesson Posted on 23/02/2017 IELTS Academic Reading Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/PTE Academic Exam Coaching

Comperative Analyssis - IELTS and PTE

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Both of the Exams are equally important but there is always a comparison. For quite some time now, there have been two major English language proficiency tests that are used test an applicant’s efficiency of English. One is Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the other is International... read more

Both of the Exams are equally important but there is always a comparison. For quite some time now, there have been two major English language proficiency tests that are used test an applicant’s efficiency of English. One is Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the other is International English Language Testing System (IELTS). However recently, Pearson – most sought after educational institution and publishing house in the US has launched its own Proficiency Exam to test English in 2009, The Pearson Test of English, Academic (PTE Academic test). IELTS which is already famous is most competing one to PTE Test. On the contrary, PTE is increasing substantially, leaps and bounds.

While each exam claims to be a test of “English” in the most universal sense of the word. IELTS is an international English language test. English language experts from around the globe contribute to the content and design of this testing system. On the other hand, matter for PTE Academic are submitted to Pearson by item writers from Australia, the UK and the US. Furthermore - from Australian content writers are reviewed by reviewers from the UK and the US, UK content writers by reviewers form Australia and US and US writer’s content by reviewers from Australia and UK. So, PTE Academic explicitly draws on all three major varieties of English, but the review process makes sure each item is perfectly understandable by speakers of all varieties.

It is appropriate to say that IELTS and PTE Academic tests claim to deliver equatable results; yet, not every program accepts both these exams. There is geographical variations in acceptance for both. In general, the IELTS exam is more accepted in Europe and Australia while the PTE Academic test, though the newest, is gaining significant traction into being accepted by Australian immigration and various academic programs. Moreover, its partners (of which, in the interest of full disclosure, Strictly English is one) are gaining a sizable footprint in the Australasian test-prep market.

In nutshell, Each program required different test altogether. So it high time to make sure you take the necessary exam for each program you apply to. This might mean you have to take IELTS for one program and PTE Academic test for another.

First of all, know the in the course or program requirement then compare the content and syllabus viz-i-viz your potential or capabilities. For instance, the Speaking section of IELTS and PTE Academic is very different. And since this language skill is often the most difficult for test-takers to master, you should consider which test’s Speaking section is best suited to your strengths.

In IELTS, you speak face-to-face with the Rater, which for some test-takers is more comforting, while for others is more nerve-wrecking. On both the other hand - in PTE Academic you speak into a microphone and the computer captures the audio. Again, this might be a little relaxing for some people or more unsettling. (NOTE: Your PTE speaking is evaluated by a computer program.)

All in all, familiarize yourself with all the options you have for each requirement. Do not just assume that a program will take a certain test, and please do not just assume that even though the tests say they all deliver equatable scoring, that you’ll score the same on each test. Make sure you take a couple of tests to figure out what works best for you.

 

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Lesson Posted on 15/02/2017 Exam Coaching/Foreign Education Exam Coaching/IELTS Coaching IELTS Reading Test IELTS Academic Reading +1 IELTS General Reading less

IELTS Reading Test Academic/General Band 7+Strategies by Arun Anand IELTS Trainer Trivandrum

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1. Always read the instructions carefully before answering the questions. If your answer is not in accordance with the instructions given, you will lose marks. 2. Skimming and Scanning are the two techniques commonly used to become acquainted with the text. In skimming you read the first few sentences... read more

1. Always read the instructions carefully before answering the questions. If your answer is not in accordance with the instructions given, you will lose marks.

2. Skimming and Scanning are the two techniques commonly used to become acquainted with the text. In skimming you read the first few sentences in each paragraph or section and see what it is all about.It would be advisable for you to make a map for the passage in the margins. It means you may jot down some words in the margin of each paragraph to tell you what it covers. That way, later when you are looking for the answer to a particular question you can easily identify the relevant paragraph. In scanning you read less. You flip through the enitre passage to get a hang of what it deals with. For most candidates the skimming technique works better.

3. Time management is very important when it comes to the reading test. If you do not manage to answer all the fourty questions in less than sixty minutes you will be in trouble. A good idea is to spend 15 mins on the first passage,20 on the second and 25 on the final one. There is no negative marking in the IELTS Reading test which means it does not matter if you have more wrong answers to questions based on a particular passage. You will get full credit for your correct answers.

4. You may answer the easier questions first.Do not spend too long trying to answer a difficult question.Move on to the next question. You could use the time to answer three or more further questions correclty this way.You can go back to the tough question later.

5. You must realise that the number of correct answers you need to qualify for a particular score differs for Academic and General Training. For Academic for 30 correct answers you will be awarded a score of 7 but in the General version you need 34 right answers to be eligible for a 7 score.

6. You need to employ different strategies for each question type. As soon as you start preparing for the examination you need to become familiar with the different question types for the IELTS Reading test. Each question type demands a particular skill from you.

7. Most reading questions are ordered in such a way that their answers appear in the same sequence as the passage. The exceptions are Matching Questions.

8. You must understand that the questions are always paraphrases of sentences in the passage. You must watch out for synonyms and paraphrases as you hunt for the answers.

9. Always look at the example answers. They can tell you whether you are supposed to look for general or specific information.

10. A good mastery of English Grammar can definitely help you score better in the Reading module. If your grammar skills are strong enough you can easily predict what kind of word will fit in a gap. Look at the grammar of the question statement and see if the choices you have fit its grammar.

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Lesson Posted on 13/02/2017 IELTS Academic Reading

Answering True/False/Not Given Questions in IELTS Reading by Arun Anand

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Many candidates find the True/ False/ Not Given question one of the most challenging tasks in the reading test. In fact, the biggest problem is the ‘Not Given’ option. Most candidates are not used to having this option and it confuses them a lot. They spend too much time making sure that... read more
Many candidates find the True/ False/ Not Given question one of the most challenging tasks in the reading test. In fact, the biggest problem is the ‘Not Given’ option. Most candidates are not used to having this option and it confuses them a lot. They spend too much time making sure that it is ‘not given’ and this affects the rest of their test.
Well, what does True/ False/ Not Given actually mean?
  • True means that the text agrees with or confirms the information in the statement.
  • False means that the text contradicts or is the opposite to the information in the statement.
  • Not Given means that there is no information or it is impossible to know.
The key strategies for True/False/Not Given Questions
  • Read the instructions and all the statements carefully. Try to understand what the whole statement means, and do not focus only on key words.
  • Identify any words that qualify the statement, for example some, all, mainly, often, always and occasionally. These words are there to test if you have read the whole statement because they can change the meaning.
  • Don’t skim and scan the text to find the final answer. You will have to read the appropriate part of the text very carefully in order to understand what the writer means.
  • Try to think of what synonyms might be in the text. This will help you identify the matching part of the text.
  • The answers will be sequential with the passage. This means that the answer to the first question will come first in the passage, the second question after and the last one or two, near the end.
  • Do not spend a long time looking for the answer to one question; if you have no idea what the answer is, put ‘Not Given’. You probably have no idea because the answer is not there.
And finally
  • Don’t assume anything based on your knowledge and experience. Read the text and find the answers there.
  • Don’t overthink your answer. You could start building long logical sequences that will lead you to the wrong answer.
 
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