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IELTS Test: Things to Consider Before the Test

How to Prepare for Your IELTS Exam

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the globally acknowledged English language proficiency test for migration. It includes assessment of your comprehensive English skills – reading, writing, understanding, and speaking. This is taken for the immigration departments to determine how well you can adapt to your new English speaking environment, professionally and socially.

The IELTS exam is accepted in schools, universities, corporations, professional institutions, and immigration authorities, globally. It involves a one-on-one speaking test to evaluate an immigrant’s English communication skills. Whatever you take the test for, make sure you pass without concerns.

The academy at Discover English in Vancouver helps you with intensive training and preparation. Here are a few things to follow to increase your chances of scoring well. Don’t rush to book your exam before you prepare. Browse through all the requirements below before you book your test.

Two Types of IELTS Exams

There are two main versions of IELTS tests. Make sure you know which one you are going in for.

  • Academic Exam: This is for students who are planning to register in universities or colleges for higher education or professional purposes.
  • General Training Exam: This is for those who are planning to work, train or study in high school.

How to Prepare for IELTS Exams

Once you know which test you are preparing for, you need to understand how to prepare for it. The stakes are high. You need intensive training. Below is a list of all the documents you require to register:

  1. Application Form: You can get your application form from the nearest IELTS test centre or simply download the document to be filled at the IELTS website.
  2. Valid Identity: Make sure you send a copy of a valid ID card. The administrators accept passports, GSIS (Government Service Insurance System) card, SSS (Social Security System) card, PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) licence and the Unified Multi-purpose card. You also need two passport sized photos.
  3. Preparation: An IELTS exam needs weeks and months of preparation. The best way is to enroll in an IELTS centre or online review course. If you are confident of your English skills, you can join a study group or study by yourself through the online review course. It is best that you take the exam as soon as you are done with the review program. The longer you wait, the easier it may be for you to forget what you learned.
  4. Check the Test Dates: The upcoming test dates are usually available online.

Discover English Academy

If you are looking for help to prepare for your IELTS test, contact our academy. We can take the fear and trepidation out of your learning to make it enjoyable. Our goal is to teach students in a welcoming environment that accommodates individual interests and learning capacities. We help you build your vocabulary for both formal and informal situations and strengthen your comprehensive English skills in all areas so you are well prepared to pass with flying colours.

Program Description for IELTS

Our program is focused on intensive preparation for practical and valid English assessment in any part of the world. It prepares you for international education, professional recognition, and global mobility. We prepare high intermediate to advanced level students for the IELTS in many different ways.

Call us or contact online to see if you meet the requirements and increase your proficiency in time for the test.

 

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IELTS Tips: During the Test

If your IELTS test is coming up soon, you will need to be prepared by studying hard and by preparing your body and mind to ensure your test goes well! Below are a few tips and tricks you should try before and during your IELTS test.

What You Should Do Before the Test

Your IELTS test can take as long as three hours, so you will need to prepare your body and mind to get through your test without stopping. The best thing you can do is to get a good sleep the night before your test and eat a healthy meal before you leave for your test. This will give you the energy to concentrate on your test the whole time.

You should also stay hydrated by drinking water before your test and bringing a transparent water bottle to drink from during the test. You should note that your time won’t stop if you need to use the washroom, so make sure you go, before the test. If you do need to go to the washroom during the test, raise your hand and inform the instructor or supervisor and they will escort you out.

When making your way to the test center, tell yourself you are going to do great because you are prepared! This will give you even more confidence in yourself and it will help you remain calm when you are performing the test.

What You Should Do During the Test

As you are aware, there are four parts to your IELTS test; the listening part, reading part, writing part, and speaking part. Below are a few tips you should follow for each section of your exam.

Listening Test

The most important thing about the listening test is being able to actually listen. If you are having problems with your headphones or if you need it to be louder, get the attention of the instructor or supervisor and let them know your problem.

You should also read the read questions before the recording starts to get a better understanding of what you will be doing.

Reading Test

The best thing to do during the reading part of your test is to fully understand and analyze the questions on the sheet. Keep an eye on the clock to ensure you are utilizing your time properly to get the test done on time. Write your answers on the answer sheet!

Writing Test

For the writing test, make sure you don’t spend more than 20 minutes on task 1 because you will need at least 40 minutes to complete task 2. Keep an eye on the clock to make sure you are writing at a good pace. When you are counting your words, try to focus on how many lines you have written then estimate your total word count. Before the test, you can do a practice where you write words on lines and see how many you can fit into them.

Speaking Test

The best way to prepare for your speaking test is to speak English before your test. The test won’t be a formal interview, so talk like you are talking to one of your friends. It also means you won’t have to wear a suit and you can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in!

With these tips in mind, we know you are going to do really well during your IELTS test! Good luck!

 

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CELPIP Speaking Test: Do’s and Don’ts

During the speaking portion of your CELPIP exam, you may feel overwhelmed or nervous because you want to do a good job but you don’t really know what to expect. The goal of this blog is to hopefully better prepare you for what to expect during the speaking part of your CELPIP exam so you can pass it with confidence!

Before we get further into the essential do’s and don’ts of your speaking part of the test, let’s go over what to do with your voice in general. You should speak at a “normal” level, meaning you shouldn’t speak too quietly or too loudly. If your natural voice is louder than others, try to speak more softly so the rater can better understand what you are saying. If you have a natural voice that is quiet, speak a little be stronger so the rater can clearly hear what you are saying.

With that out of the way, let’s go through some of the important do’s and don’ts for your upcoming CELPIP exam.

Tone and Accent

If you are worried that your accent will be a barrier for you during your exam, don’t be! Your tester will know you have an accent and they won’t take away any points from you for having one. You just have to articulate your words as clear as you can. All they are expecting from you is to speak understandable English.

In terms of the tone, use inflections properly. For example, if you are asking a question, use a higher inflection at the end of your sentence to indicate that a question was just asked. Also use proper inflections for exclamations, disagreements, refusals, etc. Try to avoid using a monotone voice to convey your messages.

Pretend like the tester is a friend you talk to every day to take away some of the stress you might be feeling. Articulate your message as clear as you can so they know exactly what you are saying and speak with confidence!

Use Vocabulary You are Comfortable with

What you should try to do is use adverbs, action verbs, adjectives, and prepositions properly so you can show the tester that you have a good grasp on the English language and can use different techniques in various situations.

What you should try to avoid is using bigger and fancy words to try to impress your tester. Speak with natural words that you would use. If you use a word you don’t know the meaning of, the tester could stop you to define the word you just used.

You should also be confident when you speak. If you make a mistake, don’t stress over it. You will be able to correct yourself if you are aware of any mistakes you make during the exam.

Manage Your Time Properly

You will have 10 seconds before each prompt so use that time to collect your thoughts and relax. When the timer is going down during your exam, don’t let it rush you. Say all the sentences that you can in a clear and concise tone and in a normal speaking volume. After you get through the first prompt with confidence, the rest of the test should be very easy to complete!

 

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Language Tests for Canadian Immigration: IELTS or CELPIP

For new immigrants to Canada, there are a couple of tests that can be taken to prove your proficiency in the English language. Whether you are taking a test for immigration, academic, or another reason,  you will no doubt be taking either an IELTS or a CELPIP test. Both of these tests are designed to provide a standardized method of proving your proficiency.

IELTS

The IELTS test stands for International English Language Testing System and is one of the most popular methods of proving your English proficiency. The IELTS is designed to prove your proficiency in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The test is broken into four separate elements that are designed to specifically test each element of your English language proficiency.

There are two different types of IELTS that can be taken depending on your purposes for taking the IELTS. The is the IELTS Academic and the IELTS General. The difference in the two is that the academic version of the IELTS is for those that want to study at university, at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, or join a professional association where English is a prerequisite. On the other hand, the general IELTS is if you are interested in applying for Express Entry or other immigration programs in order to establish anywhere in Canada.

CELPIP

CELPIP stands for Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program. This test is an English language proficiency test that is designated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada otherwise known as the IRCC. This test is designed to demonstrate that test takers have the ability to function in English. Unlike the IELTS, this test examines the takers ability to use English in everyday situations such as communicating in the workplace, interacting with friends, understanding newscasts, and responding to written materials.

Much like the IELTS, there are two versions of the CELPIP that test takers can take. There is the CELPIP-General and the CELPIP-General LS. The CELPIP-General is a test that examines the takers’ ability to listen, read, write, and speak English. On the other hand, the CELPIP-General LS is a test that only deals with the test takers ability to listen and speak in English.

While both tests are used to determine English proficiency there is a clear difference in how each test is conducted and the purpose that each test serves. The IELTS is more focused on those that are aiming for studying in Canada or in pursuing a professional career in Canada. While the IELTS are aimed at professionals or those that are pursuing the education in Canada, the CELPIP tests are aimed at the general or regular immigrant to Canada. Depending on what your purpose is for immigrating to Canada will affect what test you should aim to take.

If you are planning to take either of the English proficiency tests then you should consult with a professional who can ensure that you are ready and can prepare you to take the tests. If you are looking for professionals who can be there to assist with your test-taking process then look to the professionals at Discover English. The knowledgeable staff is there to assist you and ensure that you will achieve a passing grade.

 

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ESL: A Subject, A Communication Tool, And A Way Of Life

ESL or English as a Second Language is not only a subject AND a communication tool, but it is a way of life for some people. English is one of the languages most commonly spoken throughout the world and one of the most desirable languages to learn. In many countries, you have ESL teachers coming from predominantly English speaking countries to teach the language to the locals. For ESL teachers, it’s an adventure of a lifetime – an opportunity to see the world as well as make some money.

To say that English as a Second Language is just another language subject that one studies in school are a major understatement. People taking ESL aren’t learning the language like a student might take Spanish or French in high school or college. ESL learners aren’t hobbyists – they are studying English because they believe it is a communication tool necessary to further their education and career possibilities.

They aren’t wrong either. ESL has been proven to improve a number of brain functions. Compared with single-language speakers, bilinguals have an easier time with:

  • Understanding math concepts
  • Developing critical thinking skills
  • Paying attention
  • Analyzing languages
  • Learning new languages
  • Problem-solving
  • Abstract thinking
  • Filtering out distractions and extraneous information
  • Multi-tasking

Successful ESL students also enjoy:

Superior Memory

ESL training will lead to an increase in memory ability and is particularly good for short-term memory.  This is a lifelong benefit that helps in school and the workplace.

Mental Flexibility

A second language opens up pathways in the brain which helps a person think from multiple angles. ESL helps exercise the brain to keep it flexible and agile.

The Benefits Of ESL Aren’t Just For Children

Bilingual adults have more employment opportunities than their one-language colleagues and the demand for bilinguals will continue to grow around the world.

ESL benefits are also evident in older groups. As people age, they lose the ability to perform complex tasks. The part of the brain responsible for planning diminishes and older people are less able to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances. However, studies show that ESL senior’s brains decline slower and operate more efficiently than monolingual seniors.

Recent studies have also shown that bilingualism may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s. Researchers have noted that bilinguals showed symptoms of Alzheimer’s four to five years after monolinguals with similar genetic traits.

About Discover English

Discover English is a North Vancouver based English language school founded in 2005. We provide prestigious English language courses that will equip you for academia and business. Contact us today for more information.

 

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Tips to Acing the CELPIP Test

Whether you are applying to become a permanent resident of Canada or to become a citizen of Canada, the CELPIP English test is an important milestone towards that goal. The CELPIP test is designated by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)to assess functional English language proficiency.

Depending on what you are applying for you will have to take one of two different tests. If you are applying for permanent residency you’ll have to take the CELPIP – General Test, which assess functional listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. If you are applying for Canadian citizenship you will be taking the CELPIP-General LS which assess listening and speaking skills only.

There are many things you can do to prepare yourself for the tests and improve your chances of success. Featured below are eight tips for before and during the test that should help you.

Remember That CELPIP Tests General English Proficiency

CELPIP is designed to test your general English knowledge, not your business or academic English knowledge. The best way to prepare for this is to just go out and use English in your daily life.

Practise Using a Computer

The entirety of the CELPIP test is done using a computer so knowing how to use a keyboard and mouse is a necessity. Use the computer regularly and even think about taking the free online practice test to familiarise yourself with using a computer.

Manage Your Time During the Test

The CELPIP test is completely computerized. This allows for a timer to be displayed at all times showing how much time you have left for each section. Keep an eye on these timers and don’t forget to pace yourself.

Focus on What You Know

You may come across words you don’t know during parts of the test. Don’t get stuck worrying about the words you don’t know. Focus on the ones that you do and try to find the general meaning of the passage.

Use Different Reading Strategies

You don’t have to know every single word in order to answer the test. Instead, use strategies such as skimming and scanning on the simple questions so you have the time to tackle the tough questions.

Take Notes

You are provided with a notebook and pen during the CELPIP test. Use the notebook to help make sense of what you are reading or writing. Using the notebook during the listening portion of the test can also be a big help.

All credit goes to DEA Education Center