IELTS: Download Band Descriptors

Band Descriptors describe what the IELTS examiners are looking for in your answers. They are the assessment criteria against which your answers are assessed. You should thoroughly understand the band descriptors and prepare accordingly. You may download the band descriptors and take a printout of the same, for your ready reference. The following links of …

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IELTS: Download Sample Answer Sheets

For those who are planning to give paper-based IELTS examination. You should prepare for your IELTS examination by using officially issued sample answer sheets. This helps you to get an idea of how many words you write in how many sheets. So, in your exam you do not have to count the words, since you …

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Counting of words in the IELTS

1. All words are counted. Even small words like articles (a, an, the) and prepositions (on, in, at, etc.) are counted. 2. Hyphenated words are counted as one word. For example, word-of-mouth, self-esteem, runner-up, up-to-date, etc. 3. Compound nouns written as one word are counted as one word. For example, toothpaste, bedroom, haircut, boyfriend, policeman, …

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IELTS Speaking Band 9 Tips

Speaking is evaluated against four criteria, namely, fluency and coherence, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy, and pronunciation. Fluency and Coherence 1. Speak only in English 2. Don't pause lengthily 3. No repetition of words or ideas 4. No self-correction 5. No hesitation (content-related; lexical-related; grammar-related; language-related) 6. No break-down in coherence (do not go …

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IELTS (General Training) Writing Task 1: Letter Writing

Types of Letters: Personal, Semi-Formal, Formal -apology (adopt a style suitable to the person whom your are writing) -complaints (formal or semi-formal) -explanation (semi-formal or personal) -invitations (personal or semi-formal) -making arrangements (formal) -news letter, letter to the editor, etc. (formal) -request (adopt a style suitable to the person whom your are writing) -resignations or …

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Low IELTS score?

Disappointed you didn’t get the IELTS score you need? Here is a helpful step-by-step guide from IDP to put you on the right track to IELTS success. It can be frustrating and disappointing when you don’t achieve the IELTS score you were hoping for. It can also be very tempting to rush into booking another …

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Managing your time in the IELTS exam

Two useful videos from the IELTS Official YouTube channel: Listening and Reading tests: Writing and Speaking tests: ~0~