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Skim reading for IELTS and Cambridge exams

Analysing a text

In IELTS and Cambridge exams, you are required to read several texts of considerable total length. This can be a daunting task for students and you may feel that you don’t have time to read everything. You’ve probably heard the terms skim reading and scan reading and are probably aware that these skills are important […]

IELTS Listening and Reading Band Score

What each band means to you

To get the IELTS band score you need, you must provide a minimum number of correct answers in the reading and listening papers. The minimum score required varies depending on whether you take the General Training or Academic papers. The table on this page shows how your score in each paper translates into your eventual […]

IELTS Listening Test Structure

IELTS - The test that sets the standard

The IELTS listening paper comprises four sections. Below is a guide to the format of each one: [product_category category=”ielts-2″ per_page=”1″ columns=”1″ orderby=”date” order=”desc”] Section 1 Text type:General conversation Number of people speaking:2 Duration:5 mins approx Number of questions: 10 Register:Informal Examples scenarios: Two young people talking about going to a music festival; a telephone call […]

The IELTS reading paper

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The reading test is one of the 4 papers that you will take during the IELTS exam. You will be required to read between 1500 and 2500 words in a fairly short period of time in order to test you on a variety of skills. In both the Academic and the General Training papers, you […]

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Creating opportunities

“What is the best English exam to take?” is a question we at Desktop English hear all the time. The answer is not always simple. However, if your aim is to study or work in an English language speaking country, then the answer is most probably IELTS. IELTS is recognised by thousands of universities, immigration […]