We can’t have too many free tasks samples, can we ? The IELTS official site recently released some more free practice materials.
They have added some Academic and General training reading passages and tasks, Academic and General Training writing tasks and a Speaking test. They also made the answers available and even some listening samples.
So those of you who haven’t seen the free samples yet can find them here:
Academic Reading Sample
Academic Writing Sample
General Training Reading Sample
General Training Writing Sample
Speaking Card Sample
Lately I was thinking a lot about IELTS-Blog and what I should add to it. So far, I’ve decided to continue posting Listening tips, but if you, guys, have better ideas – please let me know.
Anyway, here goes Listening tip # 5 (see the previous 4 under IELTS Preparation>>Listening tips section )
Know your clues
The answer is usually pronounced louder and clearer, it is easier to hear and understand. If you can’t hear something clearly (because the speaker swallows words or whispers), then probably the answer is not there. Practice and you’ll learn to tell the difference.
A good clue to answer is when you hear a repetition of a word, a word being spelled out (G A R F U N K E L) or a number dictated.
The following conversation is a classic example of repetition:
Mary-Joe: “These days there are many changes in our company policy”
Kathy:”Oh, what kind of changes?”
It is clear that the word “changes” is a clue to an answer.