Hello IELTS Candidates!

I’m Isabella, the IELTS cat! But please call me Izzi.

I have the inside scoop on what goes on in the IELTS exam.  So listen up as I’ve seen and heard it all! I’ve recorded some handy hints and tips in my big red book!

How do I prepare for the IELTS speaking test?

How do I prepare for the IELTS speaking test?

Well dear IELTS candidates, there are so many tips I can give you! For today though, I’ll just share one or two with you. The biggest tip of all is to practice with sample questions. Be sure to research the topics so you have some general knowledge on the topic and be prepared to answer questions asking you to compare or predict what the issue will be like in the future. Let’s take a look at a sample question.

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What is paraphrasing and why do we need to know how to use it?

What is paraphrasing and why do we need to know how to use it?

In Task 2 of the IELTS exam you need to read and understand the essay topic and then paraphrase. This indicates to the examiner that you understand the topic and have a flexible vocabulary knowledge that allows to re-word the topic. Furthermore, this will help you formulate your ideas in your own words and ensure that you don’t repeat phrases and vocabulary.

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How can I improve my listening?

How can I improve my listening?

What can students do to improve their listening or improve their reading. The answer is: “Build your vocabulary knowledge” and never stop. The question is of course: “How?” Well, dear reader the plain and simple truth is to read in English.  Make it a regular practice, make it a daily or weekly goal. When you come across new words or phrases, look up the meanings, listen to the pronunciation, make a note of them and organise them into categories e.g. Travel and Tourism or Technology.

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Task 1 of the Academic Module of the IELTS Exam

Task 1 of the Academic Module of the IELTS Exam

Let’s talk about task 1 of academic module of the IELTS exam. First of all, candidates tend to go into panic mode when they see graphs, pie charts and diagrams. Actually, believe it or not, task 1 is easier than task 2! With the right preparation, task 1 is a piece of cake to ace.

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Izzi’s Big Red Book

Izzi’s Big Red Book

Let’s talk about the speaking part of the exam. First of all, be well prepared. Be familiar with the format and the time allowed. In part 1 and part 2 of the speaking exam, the examiner cannot re-phrase the questions. This is not because they trying to be unhelpful, but are simply following the rules set for examiners. And, oh boy, those examiners have so many rules they have to follow. I’ve heard them say” Oh, I wish I could’ve helped that candidate, but it’s not allowed”.

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