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  • Sujata Saha 4:17 PM on June 18, 2017 Permalink |

    Which spelling is correct: PRONOUNCIATION or PRONUNCIATION or PRONUNTIATION or PRONOUNSATION? 

    CORRECT ANSWER: PRONUNCIATION

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  • Sujata Saha 4:13 PM on June 18, 2017 Permalink |

    Which spelling is correct: commite, committe, committee or comitee? 

    Answer: committee

     
  • Sumanta 8:28 AM on May 17, 2017 Permalink |

    Which spelling is correct- marketing or marketting ? 

    answer: Marketing is correct.

     
  • Sumanta 8:05 AM on November 14, 2016 Permalink |

    What is the meaning of the word Triumph? 

    Triumph means winning something or becoming successful or achieving something.

    E.g.- Mr. Trump’s triumph was due to the people who voted him.

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  • Sumanta 4:37 PM on May 6, 2016 Permalink |

    TIPS for IELTS Listening (academic) 

    The listening exam, seems to be the easiest among the remaining components of the exam, although it might not feel the same to everybody. Let me share here some of the strategies that I found effective for getting a good score in the listening exam:

    1. Listening section don’t require you to look at clock because the time balance is kept over the audio record itself. However, during the last 10 minutes when you are required to copy things to the answer paper, looking at a watch may be helpful to keep pace with time.
    2. I found keeping the audio levels at optimum loudness helpful, but it varies from person to person. If you are a person who keep headphones plugged in to the ears 24*7 at high volume, then you might require a high level of sound. But too low may prove detrimental, since any sudden noise at exam hall situation might mask the sound played over the headphones.
    3. Make sure you know how the test is conducted, how many questions are given and what is expected from you, before hand. It helps to be more focused.
    4. When the tape starts, try to be alert and synchronised with the playing audio, at all times. If you ever get your sync disconnected, the first thing is probably not to panic. Keep scrolling down the questions and try to spot few key words that can help you to establish your sync again and see if you can hear similar things simultaneously. Hope it will help you get you sync back. Faster you sync back, better you do.
    5. If  you miss or get confused with a question, don’t waste time there, rather move on the next questions. Latter, at the end while transferring your answers you may try to make some guess, since their is no negative marking.
    6.  Someone advised me that, its better not to worry about spelling during the initial period when the tape is on, which can waste time, rather to try writing the correct spelling during the last ten minutes, which is given for transferring the answers. I found the advice effective.
    7. When transferring answers be cautious about the alphabets of numbers, for example when copying the alphabet ‘a’ as a answer, don’t copy it as ‘b’. Also be careful about spelling and handwriting.
    8. Try to practice a lot before the real exam, under time pressure.

    That’s all about the listening tips. Hope you will find it useful.

    The writing above is a clip of an individualized experience of the author of this article and has no relation with any official IELTS exam or its bodies. Please cross check issues that concern you from various competent authorities dealing with IELTS. This blog shouldn’t be used as a tool to prepare for any exam or test.

     
  • Sumanta 4:36 PM on May 6, 2016 Permalink |

    TIPS for IELTS reading (academic) 

    Well this discussion is related to academic reading of IELTS.

    The academic reading section has a lot of myths related to it, specially about how to get a good score.

    Following are tips what the author found effective and thought sharing will be of worth :

    1. When you get the task it may be wise to look at the tasks and find out which section looks more simple, and one may start answering from that section. Because more correct answers matter for a good score, not which question.
    2. While reading the paragraphs a good habit may be to mark things that might be important like important dates, names of cities or persons etc. It helps when we skim the paragraphs latter on to find a specific answer.
    3. A big controversy which students discuss in regard to the reading test is, if one should read the whole text or not. Some say they just read the first line of each para of a section and can guess what the answers will be. While others say that reading the questions first helps to find the answers. See, which is effective method for you. What I found is certain paragraphs are easy to understand and can be dealt with reading the questions first, and not reading the whole text at first. However, that don’t look wise way to approach when we are dealing with paragraphs that are bit difficult. In case of the latter, reading all the  paragraphs in detail is the safest strategy, I believe.
    4. Time management in academic reading appears to be a big challenge.  It’s ideal to be fixed to the 2 minutes time allotted for the tasks.
    5. For better time management, leave questions that are difficult and come back to them at the end if you have some time left. although this sounds easy and a matter of common sense, it can become difficult in real testing situation. The time pressure can make things messy.
    6. Many perceive ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘not given’ type questions as difficult and confusing. When got stuck with them, specially the ‘not given once’, a healthy guess work might work. It’s better to guess since there is no negative marking.
    7. Another mistake that can happen when you are not attempting the reading passages in order, for example when you are choosing to answer the second passage before the first, don’t always expect the questions to be found only after where the passage finishes, a part of the questions can be at before the the passage too. So before and after reading the passage, try to check if you went all questions related to the passage.
    8. If possible practice daily. I found it as a skill which improves with regular practice, to learn techniques to handle the the task in limited time. Even a native English speaker probably can’t get a good score without practice, in my opinion the reading test is a type of aptitude test rather than language test.
    9. While copying alphabets like ‘a’ or ‘b’ or ‘c’ as an answer to a multiple choice question be cautious to write the correct letter on the answer sheet.
    10. Spelling is important so take care of it.
    11. Strong nerves help, when little time left and lot of questions are undone. Even you may not be able to complete all, attempts in calm mind may help get more questions right.
    The writing above is a clip of an individualized experience of the author of this article and has no relation with any official IELTS exam or its bodies. Please cross check issues that concern you from various competent authorities dealing with IELTS. This blog shouldn’t be used as a tool to prepare for any exam or test.
     
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