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Should I read the questions before I read the text?

Candidates often ask this question. They know they don’t have much time in the IELTS reading and the texts are often difficult, and they want to make sure they are reading and answering the questions efficiently. The problem is that different teachers will give different advice. Some will tell candidates to read all the questions … Continue reading

Should I do practice reading and listening tests?

Yes, practice tests should be a part of your preparation. Let’s think about why … (1) Knowing what will happen in the exam will help you feel more prepared and give you more confidence. (2) Practice tests can help you develop your time management and exam taking strategies. (3) After you’ve finished a practice test, … Continue reading

How to convert your scores in the reading and listening papers to IELTS band scores

Do you want to know how many correct answers you have to get in the IELTS listening and reading papers to get the band you need? There is no exact answer to this. It changes (slightly) each time. If a paper is slightly easier than other papers, you will need to get more answers right. … Continue reading

How NOT to lose marks in the IELTS listening and reading papers

This is a guest post from an IELTS clerical marker.   I’m not an IELTS examiner, I’m an IELTS clerical marker. Let me explain the difference. Examiners do the speaking interviews and grade the writing. Clerical markers mark the reading and listening papers.  Clerical markers aren’t allowed to be examiners and examiners aren’t allowed to … Continue reading