Is grammar important in IELTS Listening and Reading?

The answer is, it depends. IELTS candidates will have to look at the type of task that they have to do. For example, in Section 1 where you are often required to complete notes, then accurate grammar is not important. Sometimes, you can find this in other sections of the test. Section 1 (Task type: complete notes) overlooking ……………….. […]

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How to guess meaning in IELTS Reading

IELTS Reading can be difficult for candidates who are struggling with unfamiliar vocabulary in the text. There are several techniques to overcome this problem. Try out the tasks below and see how you do. via Compfight I do not take credit for the following exercise. This is from: Kenji Kitao. 1994. Developing Reading Strategies. Eichosha. […]

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IELTS Reading – Which one to read first: questions or text?

Many IELTS students have asked me this question on how to approach reading tasks. Quite often, candidates have been told by a lot of IELTS teachers to start by reading the questions first and then work on answering the questions. This is the popular approach but not necessarily the correct one. Let’s find out why: […]

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How can I improve my IELTS Reading skills?

Recently, a student asked me for help with what she should do to better her skills in the Reading component of the IELTS. Apparently, all she has been doing is practise reading IELTS texts and looking up new words in the dictionary. Now, doing this has some disadvantages. Depending on which training module candidates are […]

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Discussing poor and wealthy nations in the IELTS

Another possible IELTS topic that candidates may want to take note of, is the issue of wealthy nations helping poor countries. These questions came up on at least two occasions in IELTS Writing Task 2. Should wealthy nations be required to share their wealth among poorer nations by providing such things as food and education? […]

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