Oct 30th

Essay services analyze Career games

By Ray Tomas

Essay services describe Career games for students as very popular ones today among huge international companies who desire attract young labor force. Students who study at universities or other educational institutions can take part in this event. Not each company establishes clear age borders for students because they consider that if a student wishes to come to them, it must be. Such companies do not take away job opportunities for any students and get more advantages from their approach then rest companies.

Students think that it is really avail for them and are grateful them for the chances. Students become understand better what they want from life and from their professions. They become take their bearings at labor market and see potential, strengths and weaknesses. Universities also help students to find their vocations, but companies are more applied sphere then fundamental activity of universities. More and more companies cooperate with universities on permanent basis. Many students say that such cooperation is built because of companies’ profit, but there are also plenty of profits for students as well. If a student know which his direction and vocation is, he is able to choose any company and not obligatory it where he has gone for the Career game.

Dec 21st

IELTS vs TOEFL: which is better?

By matrix matrix

If you are applying to university in an English speaking country and English is not your first language, your institution may require you to take a standardised test.

There are two main English language tests accepted by universities around the world, IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). But the big question that faces students is; which one is better?

The similaritiesBoth are English language tests aimed at pre-university students planning to make the step to higher education. Both evaluate how well you can combine your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills. You have to pay a fee to take both tests, for both it can vary depending on where exactly you take the test but expect to pay between $150 to $250.

The differencesAlthough both tests ostensibly focus on the same thing, they do so in different ways, which is why so many students want to know which is better (and even more commonly, which is easier). One of the main differences is the speaking part of the test. For IELTS you are required to take this with an IELTS examiner face to face. For TOEFL the speaking test consists of six questions which you answer into a microphone. These are recorded and sent to an examiner to mark.

The scoring system is also different, with IELTS rating between 0 and 9, with halfway points in between. TOEFL gives a more numerical SAT-type grade, totalling your scores from all the areas. This gives an insight into another key difference. TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service, a non-profit US based organisation, and conducts its test according to US English. IELTS is administered jointly by the British Council, the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and IDP Education Australia, and conducts its test in UK English. While the differences are not as great as some assume, accents and spelling variations can cause a problem for some students.

So which is better?

The answer really depends on you; what kind of learner you are and where you want to study. The question of which is easier is largely irrelevant as both tests will grade you accurately according to your level of English. TOEFL may tend to favour more abstract learners as many of the questions are multiple choice whereas IELTS may be more suited to concrete learners as it involves memory recall. The face to face speaking section of the IELTS may be daunting to some candidates who would be more comfortable speaking into a microphone.

Finally, it may be necessary to check that your chosen institution accepts the test. Although both are accepted at more than 6,000 institutions and organisations worldwide, so there is a fairly good chance you will be able to use either, it is always necessary to check beforehand.

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Dec 4th

Different question types come in IELTS Examination

By matrix matrix
we  have 1 hour to answer 40 questions for 3 reading passages. Between these 3 passages (of increasing difficulty), you will see a distinct type of the following different types of questions. It is so helpfull if you know what type of question you are going to addresing in the examination....so here it is

 

1. Matching tasks

2.  Task completion (fill in the gaps)

3. True/False/Does Not Say; Yes/No/Not Given

4. Multiple Choice

5. Short Answers

Dec 4th

Stratigies for the IELTS Reading

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Many people hold the opinion that IELTS Reading is the toughest section in all the 4 sections, perhaps they are right. On contrary, I think it's easy, just we need to do some practice before appearing in examination.Here are some tips which can help you in getting a good score in exam.

Skimming

Skilled readers quickly ‘get the gist’ (understand the main idea) of a passage by using speed-reading, or skimming. They glance quickly at titles and headings to identify the general topic. They know where to look for the writer’s main idea: near the end of the introduction and the beginning of the conclusion. When reading body paragraphs, they stop as soon as they have understood the main idea and they don’t bother reading supporting sentences such as examples and quotations. If they see a word they don’t recognise, they never stop to consider what it means. Instead, their eyes are constantly moving across, or skimming the text. Practice skimming every time you encounter a new reading passage and, as a general rule, don’t spend more than 5 minutes skim-reading a passage in IELTS, not even the longest of the three passages.

Scanning

When reading a question, the temptation is start scanning the text for the answer immediately. However, effective scanning begins with careful study of the question. What information do you need to find? A person’s name? A year? A reason? An effect? Are there specific names or technical terms in the question that are certain to appear in the text? To locate specific facts such as dates and names, one high-speed technique is to scan backwards through the text, which prevents you from re-reading the sentences. To find ideas, you will need to become a master of paraphrase.

Identifying paraphrase

The majority of the 40 questions in IELTS Reading will involve some form of paraphrase of the original text: headings and summaries are typical examples. As a paraphrase expresses the same meaning using different words, it naturally helps to have a huge vocabulary. However, vocabulary size is not everything. Paraphrase recognition starts with knowing which words are most likely to be paraphrased: conceptual words like find/discover, avoid/prevent, and theory/explanation are typically paraphrased, while more technical terms such as infectious disease, volcanic eruption, or silicon chip are likely to re-appear in the text. Concentrate your vocabulary learning on the former group, the core concept words, many of which appear in the Academic Word List.

Time management

By answering 30 out of 40 questions correctly, you can achieve a score of 7.0 in the Academic Reading module of IELTS, which is considered good enough to enter most universities in the world. The lesson here is: Don’t spend too much time on the 10 most difficult questions. It’s more important that you allow yourself time to answer the 30 easiest questions and give the remaining 10 your best guess. As a general rule, if you’re still unsure of an answer after one minute, pencil in your best guess, move on to the next question, and come back to it later if there’s time.

 
Dec 1st

The difference between countable and uncountable nouns

By matrix matrix

Countable nouns can be counted (a/one book, two books, a lot of books), while uncountable nouns cannot (a/one news, two freedoms). Therefore, uncountable nouns only have singular forms and are followed by singular verbs. We should bear in mind that, even though a noun is uncountable in English, the word for it in another language may well be countable, and vice versa. When in doubt, one should always consult a dictionary. However, certain kinds of nouns are usually countable or uncountable in English:

Countable nouns
  • people (a teacher, a child, a gentleman)
  • animals (a butterfly, an elephant, a whale)
  • plants (a flower, a bush, a tree)
  • physical objects (a bag, a pen, a mountain)
  • units (a litre (of), a kind of, a part of, a family, a village, a word)
Uncountable nouns
  • abstract ideas (love, death, beauty)
  • gases (smoke, air, steam)
  • liquids (water, milk, blood)
  • substances and materials (wood, iron, fabric)
  • other substances consisting of many small particles (sugar, rice, sand)
Dec 1st

IELTS score Band means

By matrix matrix

There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Candidates are graded on their performance, using scores from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The results from the four parts then produce an Overall Band Score.

This unique 9-band system measures scores in a consistent manner – wherever and whenever the test is taken. It is internationally recognised and understood, giving you a reliable international currency. IELTS scores have a recommended validity period of two years.


The IELTS 9-band scale

Each band corresponds to a level of English competence. All parts of the test and the Overall Band Score can be reported in whole and half bands, eg 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0.

Band 9: Expert user: has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

Band 8: Very good user: has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.

Band 7: Good user: has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.

Band 6: Competent user: has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

Band 5: Modest user: has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.

Band 4: Limited user: basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.

Band 3: Extremely limited user: conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.

Band 2: Intermittent user: no real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

Band 1: Non-user: essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

Band 0: Did not attempt the test: No assessable information provided.
Dec 1st

How IELTS score are measured

By matrix matrix

How are the tests marked?
IELTS uses a 9-band scoring system to measure and report test scores in a consistent manner. You receive individual band scores for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking and an Overall Band Score on a band scale from one to nine.

Who sets the ‘pass’ mark for the IELTS test?
There is no pass or fail in IELTS. Scores are graded on the 9-band system. Each educational institution or organisation sets its own level of IELTS scores to meet its individual requirements. To find out more, search the IELTS Global Recognition System for specific organisations and the scores they require.

When will I receive my test results?

Your Test Report Form will be posted to you 13 calendar days after your test date. All test centres will post your Test Report Form to you. Keep your Test Report Form in a secure place as you only receive one copy. Some test centres provide SMS alerts and an online results service.

How many Test Report Forms (TRFs) am I entitled to?

You will be given one (1) copy of your test report form. Up to five (5) copies of your TRF will be posted to the relevant institution(s) you have listed on your IELTS application form. Regular postage is free of charge. Charges for courier services and/or overseas postage will be passed onto candidates. Additional TRFs beyond these five can be requested from the Test Centre which issued the TRF. Please note, an administration fee may be charged for additional TRFs.  If you have lost your TRF, please contact the Test Centre which issued your TRF.

 

How can I order more Test Report Forms if my test centre has closed since I took the test?
If the test centre where you took your test has closed we can still send a copy of your Test Report Form to any Receiving Organisation for the first two years after your test. If you have not done so, please check under the IELTS Worldwide Search to make sure that your centre has been closed.

 

To request a Test Report Form you will need to:

 

  • • complete the Application for additional TRFs (from closed centres) form. It is very important that you complete your Family and Given names exactly as they appear on your identification document
  • • Submit the form by clicking the Submit button at the end of the form
  • • Include a scanned copy of the passport or identification document that you used when you sat the test (this is done after you click the submit button on the form).

 

• Test Report Forms can only be sent to Receiving Organisations and additional copies will not be sent to the candidate, their families or friends.

 

There is no charge for this service.

How soon can I re-sit the test?
There is no limit placed on when you can re-sit the test. However, IELTS recommends you reflect on your result and do additional study before taking the test again. Some test centres offer preparatory courses and language classes. See here for further guidance. You can also improve your skills by using the Official IELTS Practice Materials.

What if I feel my test result is wrong?
You can apply for an Enquiry on Results at your test centre within six weeks of the test date. You must pay an enquiry fee, which is fully refunded if your band score changes. Note that IELTS Examiners and markers follow strict assessment guidelines and are regularly monitored. The IELTS testing process has the highest quality control procedures.

 

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Nov 25th

Improve Your IELTS Speaking Skills

By matrix matrix

IELTS Speaking: Improving your Speaking Skills for the IELTS Exam!

To do well in IELTS Speaking you need to develop 3 things: your exam technique, your verbal language and, your speaking skills. Some of this can be done by practising in class but here are some useful tips you should not forget:

 EXAM TECHNIQUE

1)

  • Listen to what the examiner is asking, then answer the question
  • Do not prepare a set speech as your answer – as this will not sound natural
  • The topics in Part 1 and 2 will be personal and familiar so not too difficult to talk about
  • Your answers in part 1 should be quite brief, however be sure to say more than a single-sentence i.e yes or no.
  • Answers in part 3 need to be more developed.

2.)

  • When you are given a topic card, you will have 1 minute of preparation time

You can speak before the examiner tells you to, but it is a good idea to make maximum use of this time. Think carefully about what you are going to say.

  • Underline the topic and 4-5 of the key words listed, this will help with focusing on what you need to talk about
  • Note which points will be descibing and which ones will be explaining (this will require more time)
  • Make a quick decision on at least one thing you can say for each point and write a single word down to remind you (your writing here is not marked so you can write it in your own language if you feel this is necessary)
  • Don’t forget your notes when you start to speak
  • Think about the grammar you will need..for example past and present tense (would, could, should)
  • Remember you must mention all points on the topic card and be able to speak for 1.5 /2 minutes without help from the examiner. They will stop you once the 2 minutes has passed
  • Practice using strong sentence openers such as ‘I am going to talk about………because….’ or ‘ I have chosen this to talk about…because….’

3.

  • Describe your feelings and opinions, and explain reasons for them. Use examples to support your ideas.
  • Be prepared to speculate about what you don’t know, For example; ‘I’m not sure but what I think may happen is….’

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Nov 19th

How to raise your IELTS Band from 6 to 7.5 band in just few days

By matrix matrix

Nikonian, an IELTS test taker and a photography hobbyist, says:

“I’d like to express my gratitude to your contribution on the book titled ‘Target Band 7‘. Briefly, it is a fantastic book and the best summary about how to beat IELTS I’ve ever read!”

Background

Nikonian (who asked us to use this nickname for privacy reasons) is a young man from Vietnam. Since Nikonian works full time, making room for IELTS preparation in his busy day was a challenge. Yet another challenge was raising his IELTS score from Band 6 to Band 7.

Objective

Nikonian had 3 weeks to prepare, the pressure of keeping a full time job, and a requirement of scoring Band 7 or above overall, and no less than 7 in each section (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).

Strategy

Being unable to take a standard IELTS preparation course because of working long hours Nikonian decided to study on his own, using the book ‘Target Band 7‘, to achieve his goal.

Execution

Nikonian began studying 3 weeks before his IELTS exam. He was reading the book and practicing for 3 hours a day on most days.

Advantage 1: Nikonian’s Writing score increased from Band 5 to 6.5 in the first exam attempt, and from 6.5 to 7 in his second attempt (both with ‘Target Band 7′). At the same time he doesn’t think his level of English changed.

How:
He began to manage his time better, avoided writing too many words, and thus was able to make time for proofreading his work at the end of the Writing section. He learned how to convey the same number of ideas in a more compact essay. In his latest exam he had 10 minutes left after finishing both writing task 1 and task 2. This enabled him to find and correct all the spelling and grammatical errors before the examiner saw them.

Advantage 2: Nikonian’s Listening score increased from 6.5 to 7.

How:
Even though the two exams were equally difficult, in the second attempt Nikonian was able to do better, because he did not panic (in fact he was much less nervous), and because he could concentrate better. Thanks to his new awareness of distractions he was able to block them and concentrate more effectively on the recording.

In the first attempt Nikonian lost the initial 10 minutes out of 30, his panic and lack of concentration caused him to lose the easiest answers in Section 1 and Section 2. In his second attempt he was able to identify almost all of the easy answers, and as the recording progressed the clues he learned about helped him identify the answers to the more difficult questions.

Advantage 3: Nikonian’s Reading score increased from 6.5 to 7 – regardless of the fact that in his second IELTS attempt the Reading texts were much more difficult compared to the first.

How:
Amongst other methods, Nikonian used the “mapping” technique that helped him orientate better and faster in the text. He understood better the main idea of each paragraph and that enabled him to find the answers quicker – because he was looking in the right places straight away.