IELTS MASTER | Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why am I unable to find the correct answers in the IELTS reading, despite the proper location?

Answer – Many students face this problem that they can find the location but not the exact answer. In order to overcome this problem you need two things while attempting reading first is Vocabulary which obviously everybody knows but the second thing which many students do not know or ignore is common sense. I have always maintained that even if your English is not that good but you keep your mind open while reading you can easily score 6–6.5 bands in reading.

Now what do I mean by common sense. While attempting any question you need to understand the underlying idea of the question that is while it is asking about noun for example some person or place, or verb like some kind of activities. These small small things make it very easy to attempt reading. This method is particularly effective for blanks and diagrams.

For MCQs which students find incredibly difficult, the easier method is not to look for the answer but to look for the options which are not there. Since you can find the location of the question. The next step should be at out of four options A, B, C and D find out which ones are not mentioned at the location. Then after elimination you are generally left with two likely answers. To find the exact answer find the synonyms for both the options and which every has more synonyms in the passage is the answer.

2. How do I improve reading skills for IELTS?
Answer – Mostly students find the following two types of questions most difficult in IELTS reading:

List of headings – The best way to attempt list of headings is to read just first 4–5 lines and then look for synonyms from these lines in the headings. If you can find the meaning of these lines in headings then that is the perfect way to do it, but you wont find it in all the cases.

Multiple choice questions – The right way to do these questions is to not look for answers but eliminate the options which are not present at the location of the questions. Here again finding synonyms help to eliminate the non correct options.

3. How can I speak for two minutes on the cue card in IELTS speaking?

Answer – Before we start making points for cue card we need to take care of couple of points:

  1. Firstly decide the tense of the cue card, that is whether the cue card is of past, present or future. Accordingly use the forms of the verb in the cue card.
  2. Which is the broader category of the cue card – category could be among person, thing, activity, place etc.
  3. Build a good vocabulary of at least 10–15 words for each category and use this vocabulary as per the category for good band score.

Now coming to formation of points. For any cue card and I mean for any category the basic formation remains the same which includes the following six basic questions which should be answered in your speech:

  1. What – what is the topic of the cue card?
  2. Where – where this thing happened?
  3. When – when this thing happened?
  4. Why – why did you do it?
  5. How – how did it happen?
  6. Whom – with whom did you do it?

Aforementioned are the basic questions which should be covered in any cue card and if you are able to address all of these questions then you should be able to speak at least for 1.5 minutes if not for 2 minutes. To make sure that you speak for 2 minutes you need to practice the extension of points that is how to make ancillary points around the core point. Making extra, some times non-relevant points, can really help you to cover the time duration and avoid mistakes like pauses and incoherence.

4. Can I take IELTS online?

Answer – Earlier it was not possible since it was only paper based test. But now IDP has introduced computer based IETLS as well but it is not available in all the cities yet. You have to check this option while filling out the test on IDP’s website whether computer based test is available in your city or not.

5. What should I prefer to go abroad and study, IELTS or TOEFL?

Answer – You should go for IELTS because it is accepted in all the countries hence gives you more options in terms of countries to move to.

6 responses to “Frequently Asked Questions”

  1. Halima says:

    It was really great lesson.

  2. Durrah says:

    ٍShould I mention the causes and the solutions when I write the introduction?

    • IELTS-PTE says:

      No introduction should be general and introduce your topic of the essay. Causes and solutions should be discussed in the body paragraphs.

  3. Dipali P says:

    Sir, in listening test this time i was confused with one question. In part 1 , a lady conversing with a person answered two dates for his question of starting of job and answered two amounts for his question on salary . In such a case which answer to accept. In conversation the lady just gave two answers without mentioning anything. Please advice.

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