EdNxt Study Abroad for Studies in Australia https://www.studynama.com/ednxt Your Trusted International Education Specialists Mon, 04 Feb 2019 22:10:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 5 Things Band 7+ IELTS Students do While Preparing for their IELTS Exam https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/5-things-band-7-ielts-students-do-while-preparing-for-the-ielts-test/ https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/5-things-band-7-ielts-students-do-while-preparing-for-the-ielts-test/#respond Mon, 04 Feb 2019 22:10:19 +0000 https://www.studynama.com/?p=1506 IELTS Preparation Series Web Banner 15Over 3 million students appear for the IELTS exam annually, but not all of them get their desired IELTS band score. Their levels of English, skills or knowledge are not necessarily the only factors but it also comes down to the key things they do while preparing for the IELTS test. Here are 5 key […]

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Over 3 million students appear for the IELTS exam annually, but not all of them get their desired IELTS band score. Their levels of English, skills or knowledge are not necessarily the only factors but it also comes down to the key things they do while preparing for the IELTS test.

Here are 5 key things band 7+ IELTS students do while preparing for the IELTS test:

Work hard

Nobody has control over the range of questions and their difficulty level in IELTS exam; but candidates have control over how much efforts they put in. Working hard is the number 1 contributing factor towards band 7+ in IELTS exam. Applicants who score good certainly work hard towards achieving their desired IELTS band score.

Don’t complain

Majority of students are habitual of complaining and blaming their inability to achieve the desired band in IELTS on other factors.

Some of the most mainstream factors are:

  • Not enough time for preparation.
  • Exceptionally tough questions.
  • Useless and bad advices from their teachers.
  • Test being unjust.
  • BC/IDP tougher as compared to IDP/BC.

Evidently, those who do not work on the edge and focus on working hard, score remarkably well in their IELTS exam.

Be patient

Many students wish to attain the preferred IELTS band score in a short period of time. In a group of 10 students, depending on the current level of English proficiency of each candidate, it takes varied time duration for each of them to reach the required level and accomplish the goal. Patience is the key. One needs to make a sensible plan, keeping in mind one’s own level of preparation and abilities.

Learn and practice

Most of the students believe that watching YouTube videos and reading a lot of articles will help them accomplish the desired band in their IELTS exam. While this may seem completely effective, in practice, the approach is only partially useful. It is more important to implement the strategies and techniques to improvise your skills. For example- watch 3 to 4 videos on how to improve your IELTS writing task 2; thereafter, write 10 essays to put the tips in practice.

Seek professional advice

A well trained IELTS tutor is really helpful. Many IELTS teachers have a certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) or state teaching certificate in English or language arts. Many tutoring companies and online training websites have designed a planned course of materials and activities for the students. These generalized courses are less than perfect way of teaching. One on one teaching serves your actual needs and can help you prepare in the best possible way for your IELTS exam and tackle specific challenges.

Laxmi was the only financial support to her family and had two children to take care of. She made two failed attempts at IELTS exam. Laxmi worked hard, though she had a lot to complain about. She patiently found time to learn and practiced hard, simultaneously seeking advice from a certified English teacher in her locality. Application of these 5 key things helped her produce band 7.5 in her IELTS third attempt.

Applying these basic points in your preparation procedure can help you get high band score in IELTS too.

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Unexpected Results in IELTS? Should You Get Your IELTS Test Remarked? https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/should-you-get-your-ielts-test-remarked-enquiry-on-result/ https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/should-you-get-your-ielts-test-remarked-enquiry-on-result/#respond Mon, 04 Feb 2019 09:53:59 +0000 https://www.studynama.com/?p=1502 IELTS Preparation Series Web Banner 5The students who fail to score their expected band score are often in a dilemma of whether they should get their IELTS test remarked or not. Official guidance from British council or IDP, in this sector is almost nil. Here are some key facts about IELTS re-evaluation: OFFICIAL FACTS: Getting your test remarked is officially […]

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The students who fail to score their expected band score are often in a dilemma of whether they should get their IELTS test remarked or not. Official guidance from British council or IDP, in this sector is almost nil. Here are some key facts about IELTS re-evaluation:

OFFICIAL FACTS:

  • Getting your test remarked is officially termed as Enquiry on Results.
  • You can apply at your local test center within 6 weeks of your actual result.
  • Your test is then been send to a senior examiner in Cambridge or Melbourne. The examiner is not told your actual score.
  • If you are not satisfied with just one skill, you can get it remarked individually.
  • If your re-evaluated scores differ from your original scores, your fee will be refunded.
  • The complete process is been carried out in almost 7 weeks.
  • Meanwhile, you are not allowed to use your original certificate.

There are not any official statistics published on the success of the process. But there are some advises on whether you should get your IELTS test remarked or not:

Situations under which you should get your IELTS test re-evaluated:

If you have regularly scored higher in the practice tests assessed by experienced IELTS teacher

During your practice tests (conducted under exam conditions), if you have consistently scored higher and the teacher evaluating your score is an experienced IELTS teacher then getting the enquiry on results done is probably a good idea. But make sure that the teacher knows the criteria of assessing.

In the past tests your scores were notably higher

If there is a difference of a whole band between your current result and your past results, then you should get re-evaluation done, provided you’ve taken the last test recently.

You have full confidence of your answers being correct

If you are cent percent sure of your answers and believe that you were fully prepared, ten you can apply for remark. However, if you don’t have knowledge of the test and criteria of assessment from a reliable source, then you should probably think again. Many students are often misinformed, and they think they’ve done the paper quite well. Hence, first try to be very sure.

You scored two bands higher in other skills

If you got band 7 in both writing and reading, band 7.5 in listening and a band 5 in speaking, already a re-assessment has been done in the local test centre. Hence, you need not apply for getting a remark again.

You had trouble understanding the question in the writing section

If you faced trouble while performing the writing task but you still managed to write a considerable essay, then you might have not answered the question correctly.

You weren’t able to do the task in required word limit or you couldn’t reach the word limit

If either of them is true, then you must have lost marks.

Your score in all the tests you’ve taken are constant

If you have scored a constant band in all the recent tests then it’s likely that your level of English is not up to the mark.

If you have scored less than your friend or kin

This is a very common reason for many students to apply for remark. If your friend/relative/ kin scored higher than you, probably their English is better than yours.

There’s a difference of more than half a band in your expected and actual result

Mistakes are likely to be made by examiners sometimes. But a difference of more than half a band is very rare.

You want to get your reading and listening module remarked

There is no scope in these two sections as the answers are either right or wrong.

If time and money permits, a better solution is to take to the test more than once, provided you are not completely sure. Difference in scores can be contributed by many factors viz.

  • How you performed on the test day.
  • How suitable the topics you got for writing section were for you.
  • How well did you prepare this time.

Hence, it is better to learn from your experience and prepare for another test.

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Top 10 IELTS Test Misconceptions that Stop Students from Getting a High Band https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/10-ielts-test-misconceptions-that-stop-students-from-high-band/ https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/10-ielts-test-misconceptions-that-stop-students-from-high-band/#respond Sun, 03 Feb 2019 21:46:17 +0000 https://www.studynama.com/?p=1499 IELTS Preparation Series Web Banner 13A major part of doing considerably well in the IELTS test includes having accurate information about the procedure of the test, expectations of examiners and also criteria of marking. Not having enough prior knowledge of the test makes a way for misconceptions to creep in. Many students have a lot of mistaken believes about the […]

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A major part of doing considerably well in the IELTS test includes having accurate information about the procedure of the test, expectations of examiners and also criteria of marking. Not having enough prior knowledge of the test makes a way for misconceptions to creep in. Many students have a lot of mistaken believes about the IELTS test which hinder them from getting a high band. Hence, it is of great importance to clear these fallacies in order to get a high band.

Written below are the top 10 misconceptions that stop students from getting a high band:

A single answer is correct in the speaking test

Many students believe that the examiner judges your content and thus, if you do not know accurately about the theme, you will not be able to get a high band. In actuality, there is no right or wrong answer in IELTS speaking or writing. The examiner in the IELTS speaking section judges you around four domains, these are:

  • Fluency and coherence
  • Verbal approach
  • Grammatical precision
  • Pronunciation

Remember, IELTS exam is conducted to test your English skills and not your General knowledge.

Your opinion must coincide with the examiner’s opinion

At many points during the exam, examiner may disagree with your opinion but it does not affect your band score. This is because IELTS is not an analysis of your knowledge but assessment of your English. Hence, it is not necessary for your opinion to be same as that of examiner.

British council is easier than IDP or vice versa

Majority of the students believe in the rumors that persist stating IDP to be better than British Council or vice versa. It is certain that your test experience in both of these schools is going to be exactly same, since teachers are well-trained through similar methodology and are compliant to assess the examinee with same criteria. You can try taking exams from both of these schools in the same day and your marks will not wary. If they wary, it is because of difference in your performance.

Role of examiner’s generosity and strictness

Many students appearing for the IELTS exam complain of their exam not going good as the examiner was very strict. The generous and not so generous examiners will lose their jobs if they don’t comply by the rules. Hence, the factors which matter in the exam hall are you and your preparation.

Tricks to cheat the exam

There are many misleading articles on the web, promising you a higher band by teaching tricks to cheat in the exam.  There are absolutely no ways to cheat in the exam. Hence, focus on improving your skills then learning these deluding tricks.

Focusing on just IELTS preparation

A language can be learned only through its application. Instead of preparing just for the sake of getting a high band in the IELTS exam, focus on enhancing your overall English language proficiency and ability. Only once your general English is at the required level, you can work on improving the test based skills.

Complex words and sentence structures

Many students have a misconception that only the usage of complex and big words can make their write-up lucent. Not only the big words make your essay unnatural but also disturb the overall coherence and cohesion of your write-up. It is necessary to use a wide range of vocabulary, but only when you know the word’s forms and collocations perfectly.

Asking the examiner to repeat in speaking test

Majority of students think that asking the examiner to repeat a question in speaking test will form a bad impression. On the contrary, it is perfectly normal to ask the examiner to repeat. You even have the privilege of asking the examiner to explain the meaning of particular word in the question that troubles you. But don’t take advantage of the dispensation given to you.

British or American accents

Many students think that one of the criteria of assessment in the IELTS Speaking test is the accent. They think it is important to have British or American accent in order to score a high band. This is completely wrong. You are assessed on the clarity in your speech and the quality of your speech. Usage of structures like sentence stress, weak sounds, linking sounds and intonations and other ranges of pronunciation are important factors to center your focus.

Wide range of grammatical structures vs. error free sentences

Both of these are the vital parameters of evaluation but when it comes to choosing between the two, you should go with the latter. If you use complex grammatical structures with many errors; the sentence will lose its meaning. Hence, only use complex grammatical structures at appropriate places only when you are completely sure that they are error free.

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How to Write a Complex Sentence in IELTS Writing Without Making a Mistake! https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/how-to-write-a-complex-sentence-in-ielts-writing-without-making-a-mistake/ https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/how-to-write-a-complex-sentence-in-ielts-writing-without-making-a-mistake/#respond Sun, 03 Feb 2019 09:24:22 +0000 https://www.studynama.com/?p=1496 Last Minute IELTS Writing, Reading and Listening Test Preparation Tips for Band 7 & 8Majority of students think writing complicated sentences will earn them more marks. They try to make all the sentences complex and often, in the process, commit grammatical errors. We obviously need to use complex sentences in our writings but the key is to know where and how to use them. What is a complex sentence? […]

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Majority of students think writing complicated sentences will earn them more marks. They try to make all the sentences complex and often, in the process, commit grammatical errors. We obviously need to use complex sentences in our writings but the key is to know where and how to use them.

What is a complex sentence?

The foremost thing to do is to understand what a complex sentence is. Complex sentences are not actually very complicated sentences, but just one or more simple sentences put together to make it sound coherent and cohesive. Students try to form many typical sentences, combining four or more sentences. This affects the meaning as most of the sentences come out to be grammatically incorrect. Given below is an example of forming a complex sentence:

  • Almost all countries are facing problem of declining health.
  • Obesity is the major factor.
  • This is causing a lot of distress.
  • All age groups are suffering from this problem.

This sentence can be rephrased as: Nations worldwide are dealing with the growing issue of obesity and declining health. This is a reason for distress for all age groups.

Where to use a complex sentence?

Complex sentences are mainly used while expanding the main points. Start off with a simple sentence and then go about supporting it with examples using complex sentences.

How to form a complex sentence?

A dependent and an independent clause form a complex sentence. A clause is a group of words having both- noun and a verb.

Example- I switched on the air conditioner because it was very hot.

Here, I switched on the air conditioner is an independent clause, since it is a complete sentence on its own; whereas because it was very hot is a dependent clause, since this sentence does not make any sense on its own.

Complex sentence are not necessarily complicated. Given below are further ways to make a sentence complicated:

  1. Relative Clauses: Relative clauses are used to give essential information about the subject making use of words like who, which and that. For example, deforestation, which is one of the major reasons of global warming, is increasing at alarming rates.
  2. Subordinate Clauses: These types of clauses are used to describe nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives. Also, they act as subject or object of another clause. The words used are as, because, while, until, even though, although, when and if. For example, global warming will not reduce in coming years, as there is no control over deforestation.
  3. Conditional Clause: These clauses are used to explain that the condition in the main clause can happen only if the other condition is met. For example, if we reduce deforestation, global warming can reduce alarmingly. Types of conditional clauses: a. zero conditionals, b. first conditionlas, c. second conditionals, d. third conditionals
  4. Compound sentences: compound sentences are two independent clauses joined together with linking words like and, for or but. For example, we have many ways to reduce global warming but we are too reluctant.

Usage of these clauses can help you introduce complex sentences in your essay and earn you a higher IELTS band score but remember correct usage is the key. Also remember to put these tips into practice before appearing for your IELTS exam.

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British Council or IDP for Your IELTS Exam – Does it Make a Difference? https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/british-council-or-idp-for-your-ielts-exam-does-it-make-a-difference/ https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/british-council-or-idp-for-your-ielts-exam-does-it-make-a-difference/#respond Sat, 02 Feb 2019 20:32:28 +0000 https://www.studynama.com/?p=1494 IELTS Preparation Series Web Banner 3 1 - British Council or IDP for Your IELTS Exam - Does it Make a Difference?Majority of the students believe in the rumors that persist stating IDP to be better than British Council or vice versa. The opinions concerning both of these systems are ever changing. As you get more in touch with different people, you’ll get a myriad of theories. But there are no relevant facts or data confirming […]

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Majority of the students believe in the rumors that persist stating IDP to be better than British Council or vice versa. The opinions concerning both of these systems are ever changing. As you get more in touch with different people, you’ll get a myriad of theories. But there are no relevant facts or data confirming either of the two being better, lenient and friendly.

It is certain that your test experience in both of these schools is going to be exactly same, since teachers are well-trained through similar methodology and are compliant to assess the examinee with same criteria. In listening and reading module, each right answer awards you one point and with each wrong answer you suffer with loss of one point. In writing and speaking sections, the examiners evaluate the candidate with the same marking criteria. Other than this, the examiner’s pattern of checking is also re-evaluated by the senior examiner, considering the same criteria of checking.

IDP, British council along with Cambridge English Language Assessment owns the IELTS test, hence there is no distinction and in essence, they are all one company. All the tests are set by Cambridge English Language Assessment and conducted by British Council or IDP; hence there is no difference in the difficulty level.

You can try taking exams from both of these schools in the same day and your marks will not wary. If they wary, it is because of difference in your performance. These rumors still persist because many students take these excuses into effect for hiding their flaws. It is highly natural to find someone to blame if you fail since it’s difficult to acknowledge that it was lack of preparation or hard work that you couldn’t achieve the desired score.

Blaming the British Council or IDP is like putting the blame on water supplier when you yourself forgot to pay their bills. Your neighbors might be getting the water as they paid their bills off.

Hence, it is better to look into yourself and spend time on working on your loop holes. Work harder and smarter the next time instead of switching between the British Council or IDP.

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International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are two standardized tests to evaluate English aptitude for non-native English language speakers. Majority of students face the dilemma of choosing between IELTS and TOEFL. Both of these tests are widely-accepted tests to certify English proficiency. A commonly asked question is which among them is easier! To find answer to the question, let us first look at the similarities and differences among IELTS and TOEFL:

IELTS vs. TOEFL

Both of these tests have many differences and quite a few similarities too. The similarities and differences between IELTS and TOEFL are listed below:

Similarities

  • As mentioned above, both of these tests are standardized tests. Hence, their scores are accepted everywhere.
  • Both of the tests are divided into four broad sections viz. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
  • The price difference between IELTS and TOEFL is almost negligible with both of these tests lying in the range of $150 to $250.

Differences

Speaking section

The biggest distinction between the two tests is in the speaking section.

IELTS exam pattern

  1. In IELTS speaking section, your exam will be conducted by a real person with face to face interaction.
  2. The test is divided into 3 sections. All the 3 sections last around 15 minutes.
  3. The first section consists of questions related to the candidate’s home, job or studies. In the second section, the candidate has to prepare a monologue of about 1-2 minutes on the given topic. In the final part, the candidate is asked questions related to the topic in part 2.

TOEFL exam pattern

  1. In TOEFL speaking section, the examiner is actually a computer.
  2. The test lasts around 20 minutes and 6 questions are being asked.
  3. 2 questions are based on known topics, taking account of your family or job. The next two tasks include summarizing a text, expressing your personal views on it and abridging information from a short conversation.
Writing section

The difference in the IELTS and TOEFL writing section is also in the way it is conducted.

IELTS Writing section

  1. IELTS Writing is a pen and paper test.
  2. IELTS conducts the test in two distinct types viz. Academic training and General training( if you are not actually going to attend the university and are just appearing for immigration purpose, IELTS General training is the right choice).

TOEFL Writing section

  1. The mode of input in TOEFL Writing is computer.
  2. TOEFL only has one type of exam. In TOELF Writing section an additional 2 minute lecture is given on the topic after you’ve read the text.
Listening section

There are several differences in IELTS and TOEFL listening section.

IELTS Listening section

  1. IELTS listening test is of 30 minutes duration.
  2. IELTS listening is in both academic and social context.
  3. IELTS asks a variety of question types viz. sentence completion, true false, match the headings etc.
  4. IELTS listening module is in an array of accents including Scottish, American, British, Canadian and Australian etc.
TOEFL Listening section
  1. TOEFL listening test is of longer duration (60 minutes).
  2. TOEFL listening is only in academic context.
  3. TOEFL asks only multiple choice type questions.
  4. TOEFL listening module is in customary American accent.
Reading Section

Reading section of IELTS and TOEFL differs in only two parameters.

IELTS Reading section

  1. Like the listening section, IELTS Reading section also has a wide variety of questions.
  2. IELTS gives you two broad exam choices, Academic and General training.
TOEFL Reading section
  1. TOEFL Reading section has all multiple choice type questions.
  2. TOEFL asks all questions in academic context.

IELTS vs. TOEFL- WHICH IS EASIER?

Many students who have appeared for both of the exams have had varied views. Comparison between IELTS and TOEFL can’t be directly drawn. It depends on personal preferences and convenience.  But almost all the students prefer IELTS over TOEFL and many students have actually scored better in IELTS. But ultimately the choice is narrowed down to your preference. To find the test which is more up to your alley, take sample tests for both and decide which test suits you better.

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IELTS vs. TOEFL – What Should I Choose? https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/ielts-vs-toefl-what-should-i-choose/ https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/ielts-vs-toefl-what-should-i-choose/#respond Fri, 01 Feb 2019 19:39:27 +0000 https://www.studynama.com/?p=1488 IELTS Preparation Series Web Banner 3International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are two standardized tests to evaluate English aptitude for non-native English language speakers. Majority of students face the dilemma of choosing between IELTS and TOEFL. Both of these tests are widely-accepted tests to certify English proficiency. The decision to take […]

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International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are two standardized tests to evaluate English aptitude for non-native English language speakers. Majority of students face the dilemma of choosing between IELTS and TOEFL. Both of these tests are widely-accepted tests to certify English proficiency. The decision to take IELTS or TOEFL depends upon the following factors:

Availability

  • The first and foremost thing to check is which universities and institutions accept each test. Most of the students have in their minds, a certain university that they want to get admission in. Hence, check which exam your preferred university accepts.
  • Second factor that you should check before choosing IELTS or TOEFL is whether there is a test centre in your locality or not. The test is itself hectic and you certainly don’t want to make it more stressful by adding lots of travelling to it.
  • Another factor to be considered is your reason of appearing in the test. Both of these tests have same difficulty level if you are appearing for university entrance. On the other hand, if you just need to give the test for moving to another country and you’ll not be actually attending the university, IELTS General Training paper is an appropriate match.

IELTS vs. TOEFL

Both of these tests have many differences and quite a few similarities too. The similarities and differences between IELTS and TOEFL are listed below:

Similarities

  • As mentioned above, both of these tests are standardized tests. Hence, their scores are accepted everywhere.
  • Both of the tests are divided into four broad sections viz. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
  • The price difference between IELTS and TOEFL is almost negligible with both of these tests lying in the range of $150 to $250.

Differences

Speaking section

The biggest distinction between the two tests is in the speaking section.

IELTS exam pattern

  • In IELTS speaking section, your exam will be conducted by a real person with face to face interaction.
  • The test is divided into 3 sections. All the 3 sections last around 15 minutes.
  • The first section consists of questions related to the candidate’s home, job or studies. In the second section, the candidate has to prepare a monologue of about 1-2 minutes on the given topic. In the final part, the candidate is asked questions related to the topic in part 2.

TOEFL exam pattern

  • In TOEFL speaking section, the examiner is actually a computer.
  • The test lasts around 20 minutes and 6 questions are being asked.
  • 2 questions are based on known topics, taking account of your family or job. The next two tasks include summarizing a text, expressing your personal views on it and abridging information from a short conversation.
Writing section

The difference in the IELTS and TOEFL writing section is also in the way it is conducted.

IELTS Writing section

  • IELTS Writing is a pen and paper test.
  • IELTS conducts the test in two distinct types viz. Academic training and General training( if you are not actually going to attend the university and are just appearing for immigration purpose, IELTS General training is the right choice).

TOEFL Writing section

  • The mode of input in TOEFL Writing is computer.
  • TOEFL only has one type of exam. In TOELF Writing section an additional 2 minute lecture is given on the topic after you’ve read the text.
Listening section

There are several differences in IELTS and TOEFL listening section.

IELTS Listening section

  • IELTS listening test is of 30 minutes duration.
  • IELTS listening is in both academic and social context.
  • IELTS asks a variety of question types viz. sentence completion, true false, match the headings etc.
  • IELTS listening module is in an array of accents including Scottish, American, British, Canadian and Australian etc.

TOEFL Listening section

  • TOEFL listening test is of longer duration (60 minutes).
  • TOEFL listening is only in academic context.
  • TOEFL asks only multiple choice type questions.
  • TOEFL listening module is in customary American accent.
  • Reading Section: Reading section of IELTS and TOEFL differs in only two parameters.

IELTS Reading section

  • Like the listening section, IELTS Reading section also has a wide variety of questions.
  • IELTS gives you two broad exam choices, Academic and General training.

TOEFL Reading section

  • TOEFL Reading section has all multiple choice type questions.
  • TOEFL asks all questions in academic context.

IELTS vs. TOEFL, WHAT IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR YOU!

None of the theories and articles can make this choice for you. Select the options from given choices and make the right choice. If majority of your preferences go with option A, choose IELTS, otherwise TOEFL.

  • a. Variety of English accents. b.Only American accent suits you.
  • a.You can write by hand faster and your handwriting is good. b. You are better and faster at typing.
  • a. Variety of questions interests you. b. You like multiple choice questions.
  • a. More comfortable in one-on-one interaction. b. You are shy and prefer talking to a computer.
  • a. You don’t like only reading and listening in academic context. b. You like reading and listening in academic context.
  • a. You lose concentration in short period of time. b. You can concentrate for long periods of time.

Judge your preferences and make the right choices for yourself.

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IELTS vs. OET- 5 Key Differences and Which is Better for Medical Professionals? https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/ielts-vs-oet-5-key-differences-and-which-is-better-for-medical-professionals/ https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/ielts-vs-oet-5-key-differences-and-which-is-better-for-medical-professionals/#respond Fri, 01 Feb 2019 06:53:51 +0000 https://www.studynama.com/?p=1482 IELTS vs. OET- 5 Key Differences and Which is Better for Medical Professionals?With the news that IELTS and OET, both the tests are acceptable by NMC and GMC to check the English proficiency, many medical professionals found it difficult to make the choice. Major similarities and differences between IELTS and OET: Similarities Both the tests judge your English skills on the same four parameters viz. Listening, Reading, […]

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With the news that IELTS and OET, both the tests are acceptable by NMC and GMC to check the English proficiency, many medical professionals found it difficult to make the choice.

Major similarities and differences between IELTS and OET:
Similarities
  • Both the tests judge your English skills on the same four parameters viz. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
  • The scores you receive in each exam are used to determine the current level of English.
Differences

Context

The major difference between IELTS and OET is the context on which each of the two is taken.
  1. IELTS exam judge your English skills with a wide variety of topics. For example- Environment related, Health related etc.
  2. OET exam judges your ability in context of your profession. For example- if you are a doctor, the test will analyze your skills with your profession related topics.

Cost

OET test is comparatively costlier than IELTS. Consider the scenario of retakes. If, by chance, you have to appear for the test 3 times, OET will cost you around $1500 USD and IELTS will cost you approximately half of the amount.

Availability

In terms of availability, more test centers as well as test dates are available for IELTS.Estimated value of students appearing for IELTS is close to 3 million; whereas a much lesser number (25,000) of students appear for OET. Hence, there are more preparation options (both online and offline) available for IELTS than for OET. One thing to keep in mind is that both of these tests require extensive preparation which means you have to input both your time and efforts. Many students, who have invested a significant time in one of the tests, sometimes think of switching to other. This is a completely wrong decision.

Acceptance

IELTS is widely accepted whereas the range of institutions accepting OET is rather limited. IELTS is a better option for the candidates who are unsure of their plans.

Retakes

Many candidates have to take the test twice, as in of the four sections they failed to achieve the required band score. In case of IELTS the candidate is required to reappear for all four sections. OET is advantageous in this term, since the candidate can give exam only for the section he/she failed in. However, some institutions require you to pass all the four section in the same test.

WHICH TEST IS EASIER?

Many medical professions think that the OET exam is easier than the IELTS and it’ll take fewer efforts for them to clear the test. However, this does not happen to be true. The UK government, under any circumstances, will not compromise with your English language proficiency, as it is of utmost importance for you to have an excellent understanding of the language and your ability to communicate in it, for maintenance of standards.

Other than this, both of these tests account for your English language aptitude. Hence, if your skills aren’t up to the bench mark, you won’t be able to pass any of these tests.

WHICH TEST IS MORE SUITABLE?
  • MONEY FACTOR: IELTS is cheaper than OET. Consider the scenario of retakes. If, by chance, you have to appear for the test 3 times, OET will cost you around $1500 USD and IELTS will cost you approximately half of the amount.
  • TEST BEING UNFAIR: Many applicants decide to switch to another test, forming the opinion that the test is unfair itself. This is a completely wrong assumption as it’s your English aptitude that needs improvement to pass either of the tests.

Believing that OET is easier than IELTS is a bad judgment. If you work on improvising your skills, neither of these tests will appear to be tough.

GOOD LUCK!

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5 Common Problems in IELTS Writing Task 2 ‘Introduction’ https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/5-common-problems-in-writing-task-2-introduction/ https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/5-common-problems-in-writing-task-2-introduction/#respond Thu, 31 Jan 2019 18:07:23 +0000 https://www.studynama.com/?p=1249 IELTS Preparation Series Web Banner 3IELTS Writing Task 2 entails you to write an academic-style essay on usual topics. A common type of IELTS task 2 essays is the Problem Solution, Causes Solution or Advantages and Disadvantages essay. Despite being very common, lots of students fail to do well in these questions. Many students are unable to deliver a good introduction which is where the […]

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IELTS Writing Task 2 entails you to write an academic-style essay on usual topics. A common type of IELTS task 2 essays is the Problem SolutionCauses Solution or Advantages and Disadvantages essay. Despite being very common, lots of students fail to do well in these questions. Many students are unable to deliver a good introduction which is where the examiner gets an impression of what to expect in the answer.

Here are 5 common problems that students face while producing a good introduction in IELTS Writing Task 2:

Talking casually about the topic

Many students start off their essays with general information about the topic. Majority of essays open with ‘Nowadays……’ or ‘In modern life….’. This in my opinion is an absolutely wrong way to frame the introduction. The question requires you to answer the question precisely and not casually.

Thesis statement

Thesis statement is a statement that sketches out the problems and its probable solutions. Your main body echoes this thesis statement. The central idea of your essay is included in this statement and your main body should be around it. This forms a vital part of your introduction of the writing task 2. Missing out this thesis statement can lose you marks. Thesis statement is this much important due to following reasons:

  • It describes the central idea of your essay.
  • It gives examiner an impression that you have understood the question well.
  • It makes sure that your essay will be clear and coherent.

Proper outlining of the essay

It is also necessary to outline your essay in your introduction. If you don’t explain what you are going to illustrate, the examiner will not know what the rest of the essay will have. This will also lose you marks. Your essay will include discussion on the points that you mention in the outline statement.

Trying to be entertaining

IELTS exam doesn’t give you marks for being appealing. Trying to write a “hook” or including “flowery” language is not definitely a good approach. Probably, your essay being boring will earn you marks. You should focus on grammar, punctuations, spellings and overall structure of your essay instead of adorning it. Remember, IELTS does not judge you based on how interesting your essay is, instead it judges how accurate your application of English is.

Using informal style

Don’t use an informal style. Remember that you are expected to write in an academic style. Usage of slangs make your writings look informal. Write in complete sentences and focus on vocabulary and sentence structure. Examiner wishes to see certain aspects which include spellings, punctuations, grammar and vocabulary.

The organization of essays and interpreting the questions are important in judging the application of English. Avoiding these 5 common problems can help you write an informative introduction in IELTS Writing task 2 and give examiner an opinion that you have understood the question well and have a cohesive essay to write.

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Improving Skimming and Scanning in IELTS Reading to Make Them Faster and More Effective https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/improving-skimming-and-scanning-in-ielts-reading-to-make-them-faster-and-more-effective/ https://www.studynama.com/ednxt/improving-skimming-and-scanning-in-ielts-reading-to-make-them-faster-and-more-effective/#respond Thu, 31 Jan 2019 05:13:52 +0000 https://www.studynama.com/?p=1246 IELTS Preparation Series Web Banner 2Many students find IELTS Reading to be very harsh. The vocabulary is exceptionally difficult, not to mention the extensive variety of question types. Smart and steady preparation is the only way to score good in IELTS Reading. Maintaining the speed is of grave importance to do well on the IELTS Reading paper. Sixty minutes is […]

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Many students find IELTS Reading to be very harsh. The vocabulary is exceptionally difficult, not to mention the extensive variety of question types. Smart and steady preparation is the only way to score good in IELTS Reading.

Maintaining the speed is of grave importance to do well on the IELTS Reading paper. Sixty minutes is not enough to get through all the passages and answer 40 questions. The most logical way is to divide the 3 sections equally—spending 20 minutes per section, since each question carries same marks.The technique that is known to be best is Skimming and Scanning.

Skimming        

Instead of reading each passage carefully, it works much better for most people to “skim” the Reading passages. Skimming refers to looking only for the general or main ideas. You hone in on what is important to your purpose. The way is to cast your eyes over the words that carry actual information, nouns and verbs, which convey the overall message.

Skimming in IELTS Reading paper is vital because of the following reasons:

  • It helps you get an overview of the complete passage.
  • Makes heading questions easier to do.
  • Doing specific information in paragraph match.
  • Opting titles to texts.
  • Saves time

How to skim in IELTS reading section?

  • Read the title of the passage. It gives you the main idea of the text.
  • Read the initial couple of sentences of each paragraph. Often, this is where the central idea of each paragraph is.
  • Underline the key words. This will help you get a general idea of what is being talked about.
  • Ignore words that you do not know. Focusing on words that are unfamiliar to you will slow you down.
  • Try not to get caught up in the detail while you skim!

Practice is the key to find out what works best for YOU in the IELTS Reading Test. Adopt this skimming exercise to understand its benefits:

  • Select a passage and look at the main content words.
  • Underline the words, you think are important.
  • Jot down the words that you underlined.
  • Create a short summary using just these words.
  • Read the text carefully and see if your summary forms an understandable overview.

Scanning

After you’ve thoroughly skimmed the text, you’re ready for the questions. You’ll have to vary your approach since each question type is slightly different. First, read the questions carefully and look for keywords. Then, scan the passage for answers. To test your vocabulary, IELTS adapt a different approach; the questions will not have exact words as the articles but paraphrases of information found in the article.Paraphrases will be synonyms or different forms of words found in the text or it could also be an entire sentence that put across the same meaning.

Scanning in IELTS Reading paper is vital because of the following reasons:

  • Finding keywords
  • Questions involving gap filler and sentence completion.
  • In YNNG and TFNG questions and tables and flowcharts.
  • Managing time.

Adopt this scanning exercise to understand its benefits:

  • Pick a text and chose some keyword from the question.
  • Looking for the keyword in each line.
  • Underline the word each time you see it.
  • Look for other keywords from the same question and try to find them in the text.
  • Look more carefully at this sentence to find the answer.

These skills are vital for time management. Spending some time on these exercises will help you to speed up and gain a better understanding of how the text works.

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