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The Ultimate Guide to Master Time Management in the IELTS Exam

Excelling at the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) goes beyond language proficiency; it’s about strategy, preparation, and managing one of your most precious resources: time. Whether your academic or professional future hinges on a remarkable IELTS score or you simply aspire to challenge yourself, understanding the art of time management is key to achieving …

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Top IELTS Writing Tips and Tricks to Score 8 Bands

The IELTS Writing section is often perceived as a daunting challenge due to its requirements for language proficiency, time management, and effective communication. Scoring an 8 band in this section requires a strategic approach and diligent practice. Below are some key tips and tricks to help you achieve this goal. Understanding the IELTS Writing Section: …

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IDP Identifies Touchstone as the No. 1 Business Partner for IELTS in India for the 10th Time

IDP Identifies Touchstone as the No. 1 Business Partner for IELTS in India for the 10th Time

In a moment of immense pride and accomplishment, Touchstone Educationals is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the prestigious No. 1 Business Partner Award in India by IDP during their 10th Annual Partner’s Recognition Meet 2022-23. This remarkable achievement marks the tenth year we have received this honor, a testament to the unwavering …

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English Idioms: A Fun and Fascinating Dive into Expression

English Idioms: A Fun and Fascinating Dive into Expression

Have you ever been caught off guard when someone says, “It’s raining cats and dogs”? Or perhaps you’ve wondered why people say, “Break a leg” to wish someone good luck? Welcome to the world of English idioms! English is a language that never fails to surprise with its idiosyncrasies. Among its linguistic wonders are the …

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IELTS reading test- list of free sources to help you score better

IELTS READING TEST- LIST OF FREE SOURCES TO HELP YOU SCORE BETTER While attempting the IELTS Test, it is very important to pay equal attention to all the four sections, namely: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. In addition to being proficient in English language, you are also required to have time management skills. What do …

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3 things to know before taking IELTS test

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the most widely used English language tests. The test consists of 4 sections, namely: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. It is designed for people who want to study or work in English speaking countries. Prospective candidates, who are applying to study in universities/colleges abroad, will …

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Listening

The IELTS Listening test consists of four recordings (four parts) from native English speakers with ten (10) questions in each recording (part).

Recording 1: an everyday social conversation between two people

Recording 2: a monologue set in an everyday social context

Recording 3: an educational conversation with upto four people

Recording 4: a monologue on an academic subject

Listening test scores will be based on your ability to understand the main ideas,
factual information, opinions, attitude and purpose of the speaker and your ability
to follow the development of ideas.

No. of questions: 40 Marks:

each question is worth one (1) mark

Total time: 30 minutes (+ 2 minutes review time )

Speaking

The IELTS Speaking test assesses your pronunciation, grammar, accuracy, fluency and lexical resources while speaking English. There are three (3) parts to this test, with each part fulfilling a specific function in terms of task input, interaction pattern and the test taker’s output.

Part 1: Introduction & Interview This part includes general questions about the test taker like residence, work,family, interests, etc.

Part 2: Long Run Cue cards are shared on a particular topic and one (1) minute will be given to prepare to speak for upto two (2) minutes on the topic.

Part 3: Discussion This part gives you the opportunity to discuss the topic from the cue card in further detail, in a more general and abstract way

Total time: 11-14 minutes

Reading

The IELTS Reading test is designed to test a wide range of reading skills including reading for skimming, details, gist, understanding arguments and writer’s opinions,attitude and purpose

IELTS Academic Reading – It includes three (3) reading passages (with a variety of questions) ranging from descriptive and factual to discursive and analytical. These passages are of general interest dealing with interesting and recognizably appropriate issues, with at least one passage containing a detailed logical argument

Note: The reading texts may contain non-verbal materials as well like graphs, diagrams or illustrations.

IELTS General Reading – It includes three (3) daily passages (with 2-3 short texts in the first passage, 2 texts in the second passage and 1 long text in the third passage), based on an English-speaking environment, from notices, newspapers, magazines or advertisements.

Reading passage 1: texts based on social survival, like advertisements, notices and timetables

Reading passage 2: texts based on workplace survival, like contracts, job descriptions, staff development & training material

Reading passage 3: texts based on general reading, involving more extended prose and a complex structure.

No. of questions: 40

Marks: each question is worth one (1) mark

Total time: 60 minutes (no additional transfer time)

Note: Please note that the question types in the Listening & Reading sections can include multiple choice answers, true or false answers, matching information/headings or sentence, table & flow-chart completion.

Listening

The IELTS Listening test consists of four recordings (four parts) from native English speakers with ten (10) questions in each recording (part).

Recording 1: an everyday social conversation between two people

Recording 2: a monologue set in an everyday social context

Recording 3: an educational conversation with upto four people

Recording 4: a monologue on an academic subject

Listening test scores will be based on your ability to understand the main ideas,
factual information, opinions, attitude and purpose of the speaker and your ability
to follow the development of ideas.

No. of questions: 40 Marks:

each question is worth one (1) mark

Total time: 30 minutes (+10 minutes transfer time)