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Expert times from Jan Brown to help you pass the IELTS reading and listening tests.
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Jan Brown

ACU’s resident IELTS expert & teacher Jan Brown has dropped by to share some great tips to help you pass the IELTS reading and listening tests.

This is not an all-inclusive list, however it will provide the main points to consider.

A few recommendations.

–  Listen to news, read papers, books, magazines. Use English everyday – eavesdrop!

–  The Prep. course is not sufficient to pass the IELTS test.

–  Improve language skills especially the ones examiners look for.

     Eg. Use of a variety of tenses, conjunctions, compare / contrast.

  Cohesive devices, inc. pronoun referent words (these,this,those,it etc.)

*  Identify common mistakes and work to rectify those.


* Have a good night’s sleep.

* Prepare adequately.  Pens, erasers, scrap paper, highlighter etc.IELTS academic writing

* Concentrate hard. Do not be distracted.

* Read Instructions and questions carefully.

* Look for key words and highlight them.

* Try to predict, especially in section 1. Think of synonyms.

* Use the time given to keep a step ahead of the recording.

MAKE NOTES…you have 10 minutes at the end to transfer your answers.

   You can use this time to check spellings, grammar, capitals etc.

* If you miss a question – move on. Highlight it and come back to it later.

* Listen for parallel expressions, especially in section 4.

* If three people are discussing something, try to put a name to a voice…recognition. Intonation.

DO NOT leave any blanks on your answer sheet. Guess if necessary.

* Make sure your answers are sensible and appropriate.

* Fill in the answer sheet carefully. One misplaced answer will render the remaining answers wrong.

* Check for spellings, capital letters. Do not include any extra detail which is already there.


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Read questions carefully

* Spend between 17- 20 minutes on each passage, but leave enough time at the end to check your  answers.

There is no time at the end to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.

 * Time is the enemy. No specialist knowledge is necessary.

Skimming – General quick view
(Headings, sub-headings, pictures, 1st sentences in paragraphs.)

Scanning – looking for specific answers.

Detail – only need a small section. Read carefully.

* Read the questions and instructions carefully first. Decide which skill is needed.

* Skim the passage first. Get an idea about the content of each paragraph. Do not read every word.

* Look at the questions and scan the relevant section for the answers.

* Highlight important names, places, words or dates. Don’t worry about unknown words.

* Is there are glossary, explanation via brackets or nearby words?

* Do not spend too long on one question if you cannot find the answer – highlight it and move on.

* About one minute per question should be enough.

* The HEADINGS section. If the instructions say a letter may be used more than once, it probably will.

* Look for parallel expressions and synonyms.

* Yes/No/Does not say ( Writer’s opinion ) or True/False/Not given ( Information ) Use correct response.

Remember the qualifying words… few, almost all, a majority etc.

* Do not leave any blanks. If you have to guess the T/F/NG/ section. NG is the least used.

*Make sure your answers are sensible/appropriate and the grammar fits.

We have tips for the writing and speaking tests too!

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