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Learn how to answer a task card in IELTS Speaking Part 2

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The IELTS Speaking is a 14-minute long test, where the examiner asks the candidate a set of questions divided into three parts. The second part of the speaking test requires the candidate to speak on a given topic for 1-2 minutes.  Do you want to know how you can manage talking for 2 minutes fluently? Read on to find more about it. What is Part 2 of IELTS Speaking? This section called as 'individual long-turn' requires the candidate to speak on a topic, given in the task card, for about 1 to 2 minutes. Which means, the examiner does not interrupt and you, as the candidate, will have to maintain speaking fro the full 2 minutes.  What is a task card? A task card or a prompt card, is a piece of paper which will have a main statement given, along with 3- 4 sub-points which the candidate will have to develop in his/ her speaking.  Let's have a look at one such task card. Here on the card, the main statement says, 'talk about a course that you would like to do if you had enou

Do you know how the IELTS essay writing is evaluated?

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The IELTS writing task 2 is an essay writing question which requires careful planning and proper structure when being written. So how is an essay assessed by the examiners? The IELTS essay has 5 major question types. No matter what the question type is, the IELTS essay needs to follow a particular structure. You may wonder why we should have a fixed structure. Well the answer is that IELTS essays are evaluated based on 4 assessment factors. So what are these factors? Assessment Criteria- IELTS WRITING TASK 2 1) TASK RESPONSE This criterion checks whether you have responded to the question asked. That is, have you given your opinion. For instance, look at this question. Example: These days, many students go abroad for higher studies. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages? Here, there is a statement given which basically introduces the main theme of the essay: which is "students opting to go outside their country to continue their studies". Along with that, the t

OET Sample tests and test preparation strategies

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Find out how your sample tests and its answers can help you in preparation Have you ever thought about the importance of attending the OET sample tests?  It’s the best way for you to test your skills, to have better understanding of the format and to see the areas that need improvement. The best part about this is you can use the OET sample test’s answers to prepare for your OET.  There are quite a handful of things you can do with your OET sample test’s answers.  Excel at your OET writing and speaking .  Do you know, to improve your writing and speaking skills, you can use your listening and reading papers?  Let me tell you how.  You can take all the needed information from Listening part A to create a referral letter. While referring the patient to a doctor or relevant department, make sure that all the important patient information are included in your referral letter.  In case, you want to practice speaking, use Reading part A as the topic. You can use a friend or a coll

OET Reading Part B: 5-steps to the right answer

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Part B is a multiple choice question section. Read on to find out what strategy best suits this part of Reading. In Part B of Reading, you will be given six short extracts, and each extract will require you to answer one multiple-choice question with 3 answers to choose from. The main intention of part B is to test your ability to quickly understand the main idea of a short text. You have to read for gist. How do we do that?  Here is one strategy you can follow to ensure you get the answers right.Go through these 5-steps and get it right easily. READ the context sentence which offers you information about the text type.  Next read the question without looking at the answer options given. Now, read the sentence pretty quick and decide the answer you think is apt, the one that best matches the question. Once you have an answer in your mind, go through the answers given as options. Does you answer match any of the options given? Look at the text again to make sure the answer you got is r

'THE' confusing ARTICLE

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  One of the most common confusions when it comes to OET aspirants is on the topic “articles”. And, it isn’t just about OET students, but also with native speakers at times, because articles can be confusing if you don’t have a crystal clear idea about the particular topic.   The article “the” is used when we are talking about something, which is one of a kind , or when the reader and the writer are sure about which one is being discussed .   Let’s take an example to clear the confusion.    The low-calorie diet was recommended.   In the above example, we mentioned about one type of diet and there are so many wide varieties of diets available: low-fat, high-protein, fruit, pureed and so on. In such situations, it is important to strictly avoid the use of “the”. So if we avoid the use of “the”, then we are left out with just two options: “a & an”. Since the word “low-calorie” doesn’t start with a vowel sound we can’t use the article “an”.        A low-calorie diet was recommen

The mighty PREPOSITIONs: OET Writing take-aways

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Just two letter long it might be, but it's mighty strong enough to reduce your scores if used at the wrong places. We are talking about the preposition TO.   When it comes to losing marks at OET writing, prepositions are of high ranking. We are going to look at one of the most commonly wrongly used preposition“To”.     “To” is a preposition used to show direction.  If don’t use it right, you know you would be heading towards the wrong direction.  Mistake type 1;   Using TO in places where it doesn’t need to be used.  Mr David presented to me at the hospital yesterday.  Mrs Johnson will be going to home tomorrow after discharging.   These above two sentences are examples for the use of TO in places where no need of it to be.  In English “TO” is not really used in front of the words “home” and “me”.  Correct usages  Mr David presented at the hospital yesterday.  Mrs Johnson will be going home tomorrow after discharging.   Mistake type 2; The habit of writi

17 November 2020: Learn how to write dates naturally in your OET letter

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17 November 2020: November 17, 2020, can be written as 'today'.  17 November 2019: Last 17 November 2019, or 17 November last year? Which is correct? What’s the importance or significance of writing dates naturally?  What does it mean by writing dates naturally?   Let’s discuss…! We need to look at an example to have an understanding about it.   Marry had a heart attack last March 2019.  If you take a close look at the above example you can understand the fact that, the word “last” must be replaced with “on”. But, why is that so?  Reason is simple, since we are living in 2020 the word last means, it is pointing at 2019. The world last in that sentence means, one year prior to the current.  So it is not natural to write “last” in the above example, as the last year (2019) is also mentioned in the same sentence. Marry had a heart attack on March 2019.  This example shows you the natural way of writing or mentioning a date.  We can only use the word “last” if the time