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Study for IELTS and Win a Cash Prize

School holidays are the perfect time to sit down and plan for your future. Young students often just want to plan some fun activities, while older students may be preparing to work or study in an English speaking country.

The good news is that you can use your holiday to study for IELTS and win a cash prize of up to 80,000 Singapore Dollars too!

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is a requirement to stay in many English speaking countries, including the UK.

Applications for the British Council IELTS Prize will open again in December 2017, and you will need a high IELTS score to enter.

You can take the IELTS test as many times as you like, but the earlier you start, the higher your chances of winning a prize and going to a top English speaking university.

The grading system for IELTS is split into 9 bands, with most schools and universities requiring a score of 6 and above in the Academic IELTS exam.

There are 4 sections to the test, listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will need good scores in each section, so the earlier you start preparing the better your chances of success.

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General or Academic IELTS Writing Exam

Are you planning to study in the UK or work in an English speaking country?

We’re here to help you get a 7+ in your General or Academic IELTS writing exam.

The best way to prepare for your General or Academic IELTS writing exam is lots of sample tests, a teacher to mark them and give you feedback – that’s what you get when you study with English Teacher Online.

Academic or General?

The two formats are graded in just the same way, but each exam presents slightly different challenges:

The IELTS writing exam has two versions, depending on what you are planning to do at the end of it.

If you are going to university or sixth form college, you will require a score in the Academic exam.

If you are immigrating to work in an English speaking country, you will need to take the General test.

There are two tasks in both versions of the exam.

Task 1 Differences

The General test involves writing a 150-word letter. The Academic exam requires writing a 150-word report based on data in a chart or table, describing a process, or comparing information on a map.

Task 2 Similarities

Both versions of the test require writing a 250-word essay. They have a separate question on any given exam day, but the topics and types of essays stay the same.

Four criteria are used to grade both versions of the exam. They are; task response, cohesion and coherence, vocabulary, grammar.

IELTS Writing Preparation

The General exam is easier to prepare for because Task 1 only involves learning how to write a few styles of personal letters.

Studying for the Academic version requires learning how to write about a variety of charts, different time periods, and passive tense in order to describe processes and maps.

The table below shows the similarities and differences between the Academic and General IELTS writing tasks.

General Training Writing Academic Writing
Task 1 Informal, semi-formal or formal personal letter with some information provided Interpreting information from a diagram, graph, chart, or process, etc., using your own words
Task 2 Broad essay on general topic of interest Lengthy essay on academic topic addressed to the educator


Top Tips That Help You Score 7+

1. Do Task 2 first because it is easier and is worth more marks.

2. For Task 1, learn all the writing structures for each type of task. In the real test, you can apply that structure with the data in a suitable verb tense.

3. Read sample essays and take note of the papers with good structure so you have a wide range for Task 1. Some structures might be used in Task 2 as well.

4. Writing requires a broad vocabulary so use a dictionary to enlarge and enrich your use of language. Avoid all informal ways of writing.

5. A paragraph must include, the topic sentence, supporting sentences (2-3 sentences), development sentences (evidence, example, experience, data). Concluding sentence.

6. Practice makes perfect, so start now by asking for a few sample tests. Find a teacher to mark them and give you feedback. Learn from your mistakes.

7. Time yourself. More writing practice – but this time do both Task 1 and Task 2 in one hour. Remember to start with Task 2 – and learn to leave yourself enough time for Task 1 at the end.

8. When you follow these tips, you’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep – Go to your IELTS Test Center early, confident and well prepared.

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Paraphrasing Helps Your IELTS Scores

Do you want to know how to get a higher IELTS score?

Then you need to know how the IELTS examiner will mark you!

This week English Teacher Online reveals how paraphrasing helps your IELTS scores reach 7 and above. We’ll identify the different ways people paraphrase and how it can help you in speaking, reading and writing exams. We’ll give you tips on how to spot a paraphrase and teach you to paraphrase with our fun IELTS Study Partners Paraphrase Game.

Paraphrasing is quite easy really. It doesn’t mean you have to use a lot of big words. It just means you have to use different words when talking or writing about your topics. You can still use the same words a few times but you should be able to express ideas in other ways too.

When Do I Paraphrase?

People often paraphrase in everyday life, like when we tell friends what happened on the weekend. We might summarize our days off work into a few sentences. If we did something exciting or saw a movie, we would paraphrase the event.

When we give a book summary, we paraphrase to tell someone what we’ve read and why we liked it. When retelling stories from newspapers or magazines, we paraphrase too.

In class at college or university you need to take notes during the lectures. Those notes are a type of paraphrasing. If a friend misses the class, you paraphrase what was taught in the lecture. When we write essays, we must paraphrase so we don’t commit plagiarism.

Why Do I Need To Paraphrase?

Examiners are looking to calculate and grade your vocabulary. If you keep repeating the same words over, it will show that your range of vocabulary is limited. You may only get a vocabulary score of 6 or 5.

When you are able to express yourself using a vast array of words, then you are much more likely to score a 7 and above.

Paraphrasing Examples

Let’s take an example, “party.” What synonyms or paraphrases do you know for party?

You could say gathering, event, celebration, reception, shindig, get together, fund-raiser, housewarming party, cocktail party, hen party, tea party, graduation party, gathering of friends to celebrate an event.

Keep mixing and matching words, plus add new ones. The key to paraphrasing is to become more specific about your ideas. Start simple and then expand. Practice so you have 2 or 3 ways to describe the important things in your life.

Paraphrasing on the IELTS Speaking Exam

In the speaking exam, you must show the examiner a range of vocabulary. Use some slang or idioms to get your message across, because the speaking questions are informal and personal. You need to speak in a natural style while mixing up your vocabulary. Paraphrasing helps to show the examiner how sophisticated your English language has become.

Paraphrasing in the IELTS Reading Exam

When the exam creators at IELTS find a piece of writing, they study the text and make questions. If they just copied the words and phrases from the source into the questions, it would be way too easy. That’s why they use synonyms and paraphrase. This means you need to be familiar with questions that have the same meaning as parts of the text but which are written in a different way.

Paraphrasing for the IELTS Writing Exam

You must paraphrase the test question in your essay, you must NOT copy it word for word. If you do, they will not count towards the 150 words required for task 1 or the 250 words needed for task 2.

How to Prepare for Paraphrasing

Look at some of the IELTS sample test questions in each of the sections. Paraphrase them by rewriting and rearranging the words; adding and removing words; and using synonyms in the sentences. Keep playing with the sentences until they contain completely different words but still keep the original meaning.

Write lists of words by topics in your vocabulary notebook. When you read interesting articles in the newspaper, or hear interesting phrases on TV, write them down.

Try to learn a few words every day. Study them so you completely understand and remember them – that way you will be able to reproduce them later.

Do you have any ideas for interesting paraphrases?

Leave a message in the comments section or play our paraphrase game on IELTS Study Partners.

We’re going to start our game by thinking of synonyms or paraphrases for, “a good party.”

Everyone in the group should try to add a new paraphrase in the game thread. I wonder how many synonyms and paraphrases we can write together?