No, I'm afraid you can't.
Examiners just want to hear good, clear English, wherever it's from.
The simple answer is: do more listening and reading. There are no shortcuts I'm afraid; it takes time to develop a "good ear" for a language, and the reading exam is basically a test of your vocabulary knowledge. Your listening and reading will improve gradually with time, practice and exposure to the language.
Not really. This isn't something that is likely to change your score.
Focus on vocabulary instead of grammar or linking. In parts 2 and 3, explain your ideas in detail to increase your vocabulary score.
Use the breaks to read ahead. When they give you half a minute to check your answers,don't. Use the time to get ready for the next section.
Get to the end! Miss the questions you find difficult, and make sure you do all of the easier ones. Return to the harder questions if you have time.
Writing Task 1
Write a good overview. Examiners want to see a summary of the information, as well as detailed description.
Writing Task 2
Spend more time planning. A good plan will help you to write a more organised essay with better ideas.
Yes, it's ok to lie, but it's better to 'adapt' the truth.
People often wonder why their IELTS scores fluctuate. For example, they might get a band 7 in writing one week, but only band 6 or 6.5 the next week.Does this mean that the test is unreliable or that you had a bad examiner?Probably not. Fluctuations are normal, both in the exam and when you are practising at home. For example, I've seen the same fluctuations in the quality of students' homework. Sometimes they have great ideas for the essay topic, or they find the answers easily in a reading test. Other times everything seems to go wrong; they have a bad day, and get lower scores.
1）. Keep retaking the test
This advice might surprise you, but I remember a student who booked 4 tests in one month. He understood that his scores would fluctuate, but he hoped to improve his chances of having a 'lucky day' when everything went well. It worked! The student told me that the main benefit of taking the test every week was that he stopped feeling nervous. On the third Saturday he performed well in all 4 parts of the test and achieved the scores he needed.*But read the warning below!
2）. Practise until you over-perform
To get a band 7 in exam conditions, you probably need to be achieving band 7.5 when practising at home. Most people perform worse in real tests due to nerves, so make sure you can comfortably get the score you need before taking the test.
3）. Be more consistent in your approach
You might think that you always write essays in the same way, but most people don't. One of my aims in these lessons is to encourage people to use the exact same method every time. For example, I always try to write9 sentencesfor writing task 1, and13 sentencesfor task 2. If you can't say how many sentences you usually write, you're probably not being consistent. I'm using writing as an example, but there are methods for the other parts too.
*Warning: Strategy number 1 can be expensive, and there are no guarantees that it will work. Only try this if you are able to get the score you need in each part and you keep missing your target by 0.5 band in just one part of the test.
Strategynumber 2 is sensible, but some people don't want to wait until they can over-perfom.
Strategynumber 3 is my favourite. If I can help students to become more consistent, I feel like I'm doing my job as a teacher!
8.雅思小作文我可以写A glance at the graph shows..." 在首段吗?
No, I don't recommend using this phrase. It's not normal to use the word "glance" when describing graphs or charts, and it seems strange to me as a native speaker. If you try too hard to use 'original' words, your writing will probably seem forced, unnatural or inappropriate to the examiner.
9.我可以用 "the data of" 代替"the number of"吗?
No. I would only use "data" instead of the word "information" e.g. "the chart gives/shows information about..." could be "the chart gives/shows data about...".
Not in part 1 or 2. The examiner can only repeat the same question in part 1, and refer you to the task card in part 2. In part 3, it's fine for students to ask for clarification e.g. "Sorry, I'm not sure what you mean by that". The examiner is allowed to rephrase the question in part 3. If you ask for clarification once, it shouldn't affect your score, but don't do this too many times!
I don't recommend doing that. Students lose marks for long hesitations, so it's best for them to practise answering quickly.
No. They must take the topic card that the examiner gives them.
Yes, it's perfectly ok to use those words. You might be told to avoid them in university assignments, but the advice for IELTS is different. If the question asks for your opinion, you will probably need to write "I agree", "I believe" or "in my opinion".
14."a number of" 和 "the number of"有什么区别?
There are many grammar websites on the Internet that explain this kind of thing.Click hereto see one that I found just now.
Yes. In all parts of the test, answers written in capital letters are accepted.
Are you analysing your mistakes carefully? If you analyse and understand a mistake, that's an improvement. Also, improvements happen gradually when you're learning a language; you might not notice that you are getting better. Just keep working!
If you've never taken the exam before, take it as soon as you can. You'll be surprised how difficult a full day of testing is! Treat your first attempt as a practice test to get used to what it 'feels' like. Also, taking the exam is the best way to assess your level.
Your next step could be to read about the best ways (techniques, methods) of doing each part of the exam; this is what I try to provide here on the website. Read my advice, analyse my model answers, and try to copy the way I approach each part of the test.
Using what you have learnt, you need to practise and train yourself. This is not the same as testing yourself.
Finally, you need to do some tests and get feedback. You need to find out what you are doing wrong and what you need to do to improve. The best form of feedback is from a teacher who can read your essays or listen to you speak.
You will know that you are ready when you consistently get the score you need in all of your practice tests.
Anything that you read in English will help. My tip is to read things that you find interesting; if you enjoy reading, you'll read more, learn more, and improve http://faster.In my experience, people become good at what they focus on. Are you constantly reading things in English, thinking about English, watching English videos, and making notes of anything new that you learn? If English is your main focus each day, I'm sure you'll improve.
You can, but I tend not to. I'd just write something like: "a growing number of children watch violent films". Instead of inventing a statistic, you can probably find a better way to express the idea.
19.我可以用 "the rate of" 代替"the figure for"吗?
In many cases, no you can't. I like the phrase "the figure for" because it can be used instead of "the number of" e.g. "the number of people who live in cities" could be "the figure for people who live in cities". But I wouldn't write "the rate of people who live in cities". You have to be careful with the word "rate" - look it up on Google to find common uses e.g. unemployment rate, birth rate, crime rate, rate of change. Here's my tip: if you're not sure, don't use it.
Yes. They can say something like: "Sorry, can you repeat that please?". It won't affect your score if you do this.
Again, only in part 3. The student could say: "Sorry, could you explain what you mean by... (unknown word)?"
They can, but they will lose points, so I don't recommend doing this. It's always best to attempt an answer.
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