How to approach IELTS Writing Task 1 – Expounding Graphs!

  1. You should write at least 3-4 paragraphs and a minimum of 150 words. This is the fundamental requirement.
  2. In the starting paragraph, one needs to rephrase the question statement. One can start the paraphrase using the following feeds:

The table shows/illustrates the trends in …. between …….

The graph shows……

The chart shows how the ….. have changed ……

The graph depicts….  and the changes….

The graph/chart/table/diagram……gives information….about/on

The graph represents…..

The graph provides information about….

3. The second sentence of the introduction should give an overview of the Chart, graph, and diagram in question. By looking at the start and end of the graph one should be able to write an overview.

4. By looking at the chart one can know if one has to illustrate a progress, draw a comparison or both. The choice of the words for each type will be very important. For e.g.to show a progress one can write ‘there is a marginal increase’ or to compare use ‘they are identical or correlative’.

5. Make good use of synonyms to avoid repetition. E.g. (decrease, comes down, falls) etc.

6. Describe the most common trends in second paragraph, including the most obvious features.

7. Practice the use of linking words to make your writing skills more academic and illustrative. You can use Linkers like:- while, moreover, however, despite, etc.

8. In the third paragraph give some detailed information. You still need to focus on main trends but try to depict the core trends like, for a period of 15 years there was a gradual upward trend till 1999, there after it plummeted quite significantly. Always use data to back your arguments.

9. Avoid going into all the minor facets, as it may sound very boring and way too descriptive. Instead of writing:  ‘there was a continues upward and downward movement from 5% to 7% for a Period of 1year, before it bounced back and then fell again to 3%. Write: ‘It fluctuated between 5%-7% in the year 1999 with a slight improvement afterwards’.

10. Eschew writing a conclusion for IELTS writing task 1. Instead, you should write an “Overview” of the information. An overview could go either at the end or near the beginning. I suggest, it’s a good idea to expound the main features of the graph or chart at the beginning of the report. 

11. Refrain from making spelling errors, punctuation mistakes, using contractions and mixing the use of the following words: Percentage and Percent.

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IELTS READING (HINTS and TIPS)

In Reading Module of IELTS Candidates need to read texts and answer 40 questions (13-14 questions for each paragraph). There are various types of the tasks, which check the ability to read the text and understand it.

Note: General reading module is easier compared to the Academic reading module.


IELTS Reading Tips by Gaffel EduMentors

The following tips will help you find the right approach to this section of the IELTS exam:

  1. Practice Skim (Reading style for a quick overview of the Text) and Scan (reading to find particular information or facts) Reading.
  2. If one can understand the nature of the text before reading it, it will ease the further understanding. Watchful view of the graphs, tables, and any other illustrations often gives a clear idea about the topic of the paragraph.
  3. Remember that there is no extra time to transfer answers. Make sure that you write on the test answer sheet and not on the questionnaire.
  4. If you read the text and answer the questions in a random order, be careful that the answers are in the right place in the table of responses.
  5. If you’re not sure of the correct answer then, try to reread the text and find the right option. Note, that in IELTS Reading you have only an hour and you need to answer 40 questions. If you spend more than a minute on each question, you will hardly have any minute to read the text. Don’t waste too much time on one question.
  6. For Sure, questions like “true/false/not given” are the most difficult types of the tasks, because most of the students get confused with this section. But with lots of practise, one can master the tricks of the trade.
  7. IELTS Reading section contains questions with the sole purpose which is to confuse the candidates Therefore, you should pay attention to the synonyms of keywords.
  8. If the text contains a lot of date, names, events, numbers and big words mark them during the reading, because most of the time, they can carry very important information.
  9. Practice reading different types of material from different sources like magazine, News papers, Blogs and Novels if possible.
  10. Get in the habit of reading to understand in as less time as possible. Try to clock your reading.
  11. Invest time in practise and preparation.

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IELTS Global Test Dates 2019

The International English Language Testing System – IELTS Test in India is conducted by IDP & British Council. Check all available IELTS Test dates online with Gaffel Edumentors. Test availability differs across test centers based on local demand, so please contact your closest IELTS Institutes to confirm upcoming test dates.

The IELTS Paper-based version has 48 fixed test dates each year. These dates are listed below. The Academic version of the Paper-based test is available on all 48 dates. The General Training version of the Paper-based test is available on 24 dates.

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2019 IELTS Global Test Dates

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2019 IELTS Test Dates /  Test Format

Jan. 2019

Saturday, 5 Jan. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 12 Jan. 2019 / Academic only
Thursday, 17 Jan. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 19 Jan. 2019 / Academic and General Training

Feb. 2019

Saturday, 2 Feb. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 9 Feb. 2019 / Academic only
Thursday, 14 Feb. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 23 Feb. 2019 / Academic only

Mar. 2019

Saturday, 2 Mar. 2018 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 09 Mar. 2019 / Academic only
Thursday, 14 Mar. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 23 Mar. 2019 / Academic and General Training

Apr. 2019

Saturday, 6 Apr. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 13 Apr. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 14 Apr. 2019 / Academic
Thursday, 27 Apr. 2019  / Academic only and General Training

May 2019

Saturday, 4 May 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 11 May 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 18 May 2019 / Academic only
Thursday, 23 May 2019 / Academic and General Training

Jun. 2019

Saturday, 1 Jun. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Thursday, 13 Jun. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 22 Jun. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 29 Jun. 2019 / Academic and General Training

Jul. 2019

Saturday, 6 Jul. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Thursday, 18 Jul. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 20 Jul. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 27 Jul. 2019 / Academic and General Training

Aug. 2019

Thursday, 01 Aug. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 10 Aug. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 17 Aug. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 24 Aug. 2019 / Academic only

Sep. 2019

Saturday, 07 Sep. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Thursday, 12 Sep. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 14 Sep. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 28 Sep. 2019 / Academic and General Training

Oct. 2019

Thursday, 10 Oct. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 12 Oct. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 19 Oct. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 26 Oct. 2019 / Academic and General Training

Nov. 2019

Saturday, 02 Nov. 2019 / Academic only
Thursday, 07 Nov. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 16 Nov. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 23 Nov. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Saturday, 30 Nov. 2019 / Academic only

Dec. 2019

Saturday, 07 Dec. 2019 / Academic and General Training
Thursday, 12 Dec. 2019 / Academic only
Saturday, 14 Dec. 2019 / Academic and General Training

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IELTS Test Dates 2018

IELTS Test Dates 2018

Are you preparing for IELTS? Then you need to know about the upcoming IELTS Test Dates.

IELTS Test Dates 2018

People who want to study or work abroad in English Speaking countries like Canada, USA, UK, Canada or New Zealand needs to give IELTS. There are different Band score eligibility criteria based on Universities (for study abroad) and Employers (for work abroad). If you are also looking to go abroad or preparing for IELTS then you should keep an eye on upcoming dates of IELTS Exams.

Below is the list of upcoming IELTS Exam dates.

 

2018 IELTS Test Dates

Test Format

January 2018

6th January 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training
13th January 2018 (Saturday) Academic only
18th January 2018 (Thursday) Academic only
20th January 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training

February 2018

1st February 2018 (Thursday) Academic and General Training
3rd February 2018 (Saturday) Academic only
10th February 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training
24th February 2018 (Saturday) Academic only

March 2018

3rd March 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training
10th March 2018 (Saturday) Academic only
15th March 2018 (Thursday) Academic only
24th March 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training

April 2018

7th April 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training
14th April 2018 (Saturday) Academic only
21st April 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training
26th April 2018 (Thursday) Academic only

May 2018

5th May 2018 (Saturday) Academic only
12th May 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training
19th May 2018 (Saturday) Academic only
24th May 2018 (Thursday) Academic and General Training

June 2018

2nd June 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training
7th June 2018 (Thursday) Academic only
23rd June 2018 (Saturday) Academic only
30th June 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training

July 2018

7th July 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training
19th July 2018 (Thursday) Academic only
21st July 2018 (Saturday) Academic only
28th July 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training

August 2018

2nd August 2018 (Thursday) Academic and General Training
11th August 2018 (Saturday) Academic only
18th August 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training
25th August 2018 (Saturday) Academic only

September 2018

8th September 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training
13th September 2018 (Thursday) Academic only
15th September 2018 (Saturday) Academic only
29th September 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training

October 2018

11th October 2018 (Thursday) Academic only
13th October 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training
20th October 2018 (Saturday) Academic only
27th October 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training

November 2018

1st November 2018 (Thursday) Academic and General Training
3rd November 2018 (Saturday) Academic only
10th November 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training
17th November 2018 (Saturday) Academic only

December 2018

1st December 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training
8th December 2018 (Saturday) Academic only
13th December 2018 (Thursday) Academic only
15th December 2018 (Saturday) Academic and General Training

 

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IELTS Speaking

IELTS Speaking

The last part of the IELTS is Speaking section. IELTS Speaking takes 15 minutes; during which you will have the interview with an examiner.

The first part is a conversation on a common theme: where do you want to study or work, what is your favourite animal, colour or flower. It should be remembered that it’s not necessary to give too common answers to the questions. Try to diversify your answer with the examples and more specific information. Even if you don’t have a favourite colour or animal, you can easily say this and argue your position. It will also be counted as a response. It’s not important for the examiner what you say; it is important how you present the information.

The second section of the conversation is an answer to the give question on a particular Topic. You will be offered a cue card. To prepare the answer you will be given 1 minute. That’s enough time to analyze your response and try to organize it logically.

Here are some tips for Second part of IELTS Speaking:

  • read the task carefully
  • write a short plan of your thoughts and try to cover all the points in your speech
  • use as much vocabulary as you can

The third task of IELTS Speaking is a dialogue with the examiner. Often its topic is identical with the previous question, so the examiner will ask you further questions about the same topic. You are expected to give answers with logical reasoning, so you should not just answer the question, but also complete it with examples.

Everything you need to know about the third part of the IELTS Speaking exam:

After a detailed description of the structure of IELTS Speaking we will give you some useful and effective tips:

  • Don’t try to use memorize phrases without detailed understanding of them
  • Show your rich vocabulary. It will bring you an extra point and make a good impression on the examine
  • Try to use only formal English. Slang is absolutely unacceptable in this type of conversation
  • Try not to repeat the question during your response, use as many synonyms as you can
  • Diversify your answers using examples and personal experience
  • Correct your mistakes as quickly as you can.  If you make a mistake and can correct it immediately – do it. This will show that you are able to control your speech
  • If you do not understand a question, ask the examiner to repeat or explain it. Because if you begin to answer the question, which you don’t understand, the answer will be disconnected
  • Non-verbal communication is very important. Don’t forget that the examiner assesses you and you should try to prove yourself as a good conversationalist. Eye contact can help you to make a good impression from the conversation with you

 

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IELTS Listening

IELTS Listening

IELTS consists of four parts; the first one is called IELTS Listening. This section of the exam takes only 30 minutes, but sometimes it is the most difficult part of the test for many Students. In order to get a good Band score in this section, you should understand the specifics of the test and follow the technique.

This unit consists of four parts. These mini texts on a particular topic have some particular tasks: to choose the correct answer, to agree or disagree with the statement, to write the correct word, number, or date. It should be taken into consideration that each subsequent passage is more complicated than the previous one. So one should not relax on the first task, which is considered to be the easiest one. IELTS is an academic exam and checks the depth of your language abilities.

You will be given 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.

The key to success in IELTS Listening is not only the ability to listen difficult English texts. More important is to be able to analyze the information and choose the correct answer.

Try to start with a reasonable allocation of time. Remember that you get to listen to the text only once. Before each text, you are given about a minute to check your answers and get familiarize, with the subsequent task. Don’t waste time checking the answers, you still will not be able to hear the text again.

Try to determine what kind of task you have to solve. If you need to fill the gap, try to find a clue. For example, if the sentence is presented with a currency symbol you can guess what you have to do. Such markers can help you in advance.

How to prepare for IELTS Listening?

There are only three ways to prepare for Listening

  • Practise
  • Practise
  • Practise

 

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IELTS Reading

IELTS Reading

In the section “IELTS Reading” of the academic version of IELTS exam participants need to read texts and answer 40 questions (13-14 questions for each paragraph). In the General Section of the exam, texts are simpler and shorter than in academic one.  You have 60 minutes to do all the tasks of the Reading section

There are various types of the tasks, which check the ability to read the text and understand it.

 

The following tips will help you find the right approach to this section of the IELTS exam:

  1. If you understand the essence of the text before reading it, it will facilitate the subsequent understanding. Attentive view of the graphs, tables, and any other illustrations often gives a clear idea about the topic of the paragraph.
  2. Remember that there is no extra time to transfer answers. Make sure that you write on the test answer sheet and not on the questionnaire.
  3. If you read the text and answer the questions in a random order, be careful that the answers are in the right place in the table of responses.
  4. If you’re unsure whether your answer is correct, try to reread the text and find the right option. Remember that IELTS Reading don’t last more than an hour and you need to answer 40 questions. If you spend more than a minute on each question, you will have an extra 20 minutes to read the text. If it’s hard to find the answer, go to the next question.
  5. Of course, questions “true/false/not given” are the most difficult types of the tasks, because most of the students get confused with this section.
  6. IELTS Reading section contains questions with words that often are not in the response. Therefore, you should pay attention to the synonyms of keywords.
  7. If your text contains a lot of dates, mark them during the reading, because often they can carry very important information. And don’t forget to read as much as you can! If you have a good practice, you will pass IELTS Reading successfully!

 

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IELTS Writing

IELTS Writing

IELTS Writing consists of 2 tasks; the total time to perform them is 60 minutes. It’s recommended to spend 40 minutes on the second task and 20 minutes on the first one because the result of the second part determines the final mark for the test. IELTS Writing is usually the most difficult section of the exam. For all foreign candidates, and therefore it requires the most Intense preparation.

The first task in IELTS Writing in the Academic Module consists of the description of information that is presented in the form of diagram, charts, tables or graphics.

What abilities are tested?

  • the ability to describe the information objectively;
  • the ability to contrast and compare the information;
  • the ability to use specialized graphics language, not to express your own opinion and don’t evaluate the data.

In the General Module, you should write a letter in which it is necessary to describe the problem and its possible solution.

What is tested in this task?

  • the ability to conduct personal correspondence;
  • the ability to analyze and provide general information;
  • the ability to express your wishes, needs, preferences, express complaints, opinions, etc.

For both modules of IELTS, the second task includes writing an essay in which you have to explain your own point of view on controversy view or the issue. IELTS essay is more important than the first part of the section.

What abilities are tested in the IELTS essay?

  • One should be able to come up with solutions;
  • the ability to express your opinions;
  • the ability to contrast and compare the opinions and facts;
  • the ability to evaluate facts, ideas or arguments.

In this article we present some effective tips which will help you to fulfill IELTS Writing:

  • Don’t be impatient!

Yes ! it is very important to perform both tasks of the section, but that doesn’t mean that you have to start writing immediately. Start writing only when you know the jist of the story.

  • Don’t use the phrases from the Question.

If you rewrite the whole task the examiner will not count these words, so your 260 words can turn into 230 if you’re not careful.

  • Expand the vocabulary

In IELTS Writing you need to demonstrate your knowledge of vocabulary. Therefore, always check for repetition of words. It doesn’t mean that you have to use long sentences, on the contrary, try to use the words with exact meaning.

  • Check what you have written

It is important to check your texts for grammar mistakes. Before official taking the exam, make a list of your most common errors. Try to practice as much as you can, it will be perfect if you write essays on the different topics every day.

 

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