This is one of the most difficult papers in the IELTS test to handle.
Why is it so difficult? Because on the surface it looks so easy! In reality, the structure of the questions is such that only an advanced reader can get high marks in this part of the IELTS exam. Of course, that is the whole idea of the IELTS test in order to differentiate between the level bands.
The IELTS exam reading section consists of three reading passages from a variety of sources such as newspapers books and magazines. Although the content is not specialised, the articles are fairly high level. Even though they may be scientific, they are of general interest and you do not need any prior knowledge of the subject to be able to answer the questions. One will probably contain a chart or diagram, and at least one will contain a complex argument
One of the main obstacles is the fact that the articles are quite long (about 900 words each). There is only 1 hour for the whole test, so its impossible to read the articles and understand every unknown word.
As with the rest of the IELTS test, you must have a good understanding of the types of questions you have to answer. There are ten types of questions including multiple choice, sentence completion, short answer questions, completing sentences, classifying, yes/no/not given, labeling paragraphs with headings, matching, identifying the location of information, and labelling a diagram or completing a summary.
You should also learn which reading skills you should use to answer each type of question. For instance, if the question requires you to label paragraphs then using skimming to get a general idea of each paragraph is the appropriate skill. For the sentence completion tye questions you need to use scanning to get a deeper understanding of the text.
Like the rest of the papers, the IELTS reading texts get more difficult as your progress through the test. Time is limited so if you cannot answer a question, do not waste time trying to find the answer but just leave it and go on to the next question. You can always come back to it and even guess if needed (there is no penalty for wrong answers).
When answering questions be careful about spelling and grammatical mistakes as these will reduce your marks. Be extra careful with plurals as well. And if the question says "write no more than 3 words" then do not write 4!
The IELTS reading test booklet is designed rather like the listening test but in contrast there is no separate answer sheet. You must write all your answers in the test booklet and there is no extra time at the end to transfer your answers. Be sure to write your answers legibly and if you need to change your answers, indicate clearly which is your "final" answer.
How to pass the TEOFL iBT Exam
The English language is probably the most essential second language for anyone to learn if they are not native speakers. In this article we are going to give you some great tips on how you can pass the test without any problems.
1-Find a mentor:
This might seem like a waste of your time because there are plenty of internet resources to help you learn more English, but the truth is that the best way to prepare for any kind of test is to get help from someone who has vast knowledge on the subject.
2-Take plenty of practice tests:
There are many TOEFL oriented practice tests that you can take in order to be ready when the time comes to take the actual TOEFL. Make sure you get as many variations of it as you can I order to be prepared for any kind of questions.
3-Be ready for a very long and exhausting test:
Don’t go to your TOEFL exam without proper sleep and a good meal on your stomach. This test can take up to 4 hours that you will spend in front of a computer. You really don’t want to be doing this on an empty stomach and with a hangover from last night. Make sure you get plenty of rest and avoid any partying before your test.
4- Do not leave any questions unanswered:
Even if you are not sure of a question you should decide on an answer that seems to be the most probably to you. If you leave unanswered questions this might miss some chances of getting them right. Try your best to analyze the question that you are having problems with, but do not leave it blank.
5-Work on all of the 4 skills:
Reading, listening, writing and speaking are all important for this test. Make sure you are going to be at your best on all four of them before you take your test.
To start with, both IELTS and TOEFL are acknowledged and accepted by most universities and institutions for higher studies across the globe. .. There are many who ask which one is better, or which one is easier, though the choice purely relies on the target country of work or study. Understanding the differences between TOEFL and IELTS can help in this regard.
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IELTS & TOEFL Requirements for Hong Kong Universities
In Hong Kong most universities accept both for entry into their undergraduate and post=-graduate programs. HKU, for instance, requires a minimum overall Grade 6.5, a TOEFL iBT score of 80 or a TOEFL Paper Based Test Score of 550 for entry into its MBA Degree Course. Other faculties, such as science, as for a lower IELTS score of 6.
TOEFL vs IELTS
Both TOEFL and IELTS are exams taken by students from countries where English is not the main language. These exams are aimed at judging the English skills of a student and if or not they can meet the required standards of esteemed institutions in countries where English is the main language. IELTS is the most popular English entrance test in the world - but some universities and colleges in the USA only accept TOEFL so always check with the course director before booking your test. IELTS is also accepted for Immigration and their is a specific module for this: The General Training Module.
About the IELTS Exam
IELTS is conducted by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council and IDP Education Pty Ltd. In short, the test is conducted in UK English and quite popular in the UK.
About the TOEFL Test
As for TOEFL, it is conducted by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is quite popular in the US and Canada. For this reason, most students take both tests to be able to relocate to any country they get an opportunity in. Only the Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) is conducted in Hong Kong - which means that students have to speak to a computer. This can be off putting for many students as talking to a machine is not a real life situation and there is no visual feedback.
The two English exams have entirely different structures and demand different skills for their respective candidates. However, both these tests are no different with reference to recognition and esteemed universities across the globe accept the results from either exam.
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