I am so glad you have finally made the decision to focus on this aspect of IELTS reading (True, False and Not Given – T, F, NG) or (Yes, No and Not given – Y, N, NG)
Truth be told, it takes a while to get very familiar with this question type.
This is a challenging part of the reading that requires your entire concentration.
As a matter of fact, in all my 4 attempts of writing IELTS, the reading module was the only module I first had 6.5. Others were pretty fair.
I later discovered that my weakness in IELTS Reading was in the area of TFNG. Then, I took it upon myself to practise consistently for 3 months before I registered for another exam and achieved band 8. (LRWS – 8878)
After the expiry of the second IELTS, I wrote again and had a beautiful band 9 in IELTS reading!
I needed to max out the rest of the modules and eventually wrote for the 4th time which gave me 8.5 in each of the rest of the modules.
My entire secrets of having a shift from band 6.5 to 9 are already explained in my “Understanding True False & Not Given Tasks” e-book which you can purchase at N2000 if you’re within Nigeria or $8 via Paypal if you’re not within Nigeria.
Get this book and find out all the secrets you need to make a band 9 in reading. Once you have mastered True, False, and Not Given, even your listening module becomes very easy to ace.
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In addition to getting the book, here are other resources you can use:
1. IELTS FEVER (Reading)
I love Ielts Fever because you can have your questions and answers in print. If you also love hard copies than their soft copy counterparts, use this resource.
You can download them to be printed and attempt them in your free time. Here are resources for Reading:
You can practise with a mix of both. Please, note that the question types for Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing Task 2 are 100% the same for both IELTS Academic and general.
2. MINI IELTS (Reading)
Do you want to know why I love Mini Ielts? It’s because you can practice bits and pieces of different question types on your screens.
Be it your desktop, laptop, or smartphone, you can have your passages and answer sheets on the same screen which makes it easy to read and answer at the same time.
This helps you to select the question types you need to master and focus on your weaknesses (questions you usually get wrong) e.g. True, False, and Not Given.
You can also get my book to save you the rigour of failing several times. This was my weakness too until I learnt some secrets that I have willingly shared in this book. The book has over 90 pages of tips you would be grateful for.
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Please note that the question types for Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing Task 2 are 100% the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS general.
3. IELTS LIZ (Writing)
Liz is such a wonderful teacher and a past examiner of IELTS. I had to subscribe to her email newsletters to get notifications of her website publications.
She is so detailed with the answers to the questions and her explanations are eye-opening. She also responds to comments dropped under each post but that’s if you’re fast enough to ask your question because she usually has tons of comments in a matter of minutes.
A slight disadvantage is that you cannot print from her website, you have to stay on it to read whatever you have to read. Please, note that writing is divided into 2 parts – writing Task 1 and writing task 2.
Writing task 1 for academics usually asks questions in the form of bar charts, line graphs, pie charts, tables, or diagrams. You can also use IELTS Buddy for your academic writing task 1.
Writing task 2 is the same for both the IELTS General and Academic test takers.
4. IELTS UP
Ielts Up website has very eye-friendly page fonts. This implies that your eyes will not get weary due to exposure to so many small letters.
The website has some passages and answers below them. The answers are usually hidden until you press a button to reveal them. So, it’s good for anyone who doesn’t want to be distracted with the answers written right below the questions.
Once you’re done with attempting the questions, just press the button to reveal the answers and mark your own scores. Winks. You can use IETLS Up for any of the modules and also print for further practice in your free time.
Please note that the question types for Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing Task 2 are 100% the same for both IELTS Academic and general.
5. E2 LANGUAGE (Writing & Speaking)
Let me be sincere with you 😆 . Many of us in non-English speaking countries have poor writing skills. I mean we are not native English writers; we only just speak it. Even if you speak fluently, there are probably several words you still mispronounce in English.
As such, it is usually rare to see candidates like us having beyond 7.5 or 8 in writing. Another reason is that writing is subjective. What impresses one examiner in writing may not be much of a big deal to another examiner.
When it comes to writing and speaking, the ball is in the courts of your examiner, unlike other modules where you either pass or fail each answer.
Secondly, writing requires appropriate use of words, tenses, punctuation, task achievement, vocabulary, cohesion, and lots more. So, you need to be someone who loves writing naturally and you need to be able to express yourself in words.
Writing and speaking are not YES or NO modules.
Rather, it’s you writing or speaking about what you’re asked in the best possible way.
Jay is the founder of E2 Language and he is a fantastic teacher. I fell in love with his methods immediately after I started watching his videos and I still apply some of his writing tips to my daily life. I learnt Jay also wrote IELTS 4 times to get a high band.
You can use his Youtube writing resources for your writing practice. In fact, I recommended his video to a friend who had a band 8 in his writing module. You don’t want to miss his Youtube speaking tips too.
Feel free to also watch other speaking videos on Youtube. There are a couple of them there and don’t forget to practise with a friend or record yourself speaking before your exam day.
Below are some speaking samples for you to listen to:
6. Clarity English
Clarity English, co-owned by British Council, is a website dedicated to teaching you all that you need to know to ace your exam.
I am particularly fascinated by their thoroughness in all their modules.
There’s a free version on their website for practice but if you really want to enjoy a variety of exercises and get your top-notch scores once and for all, go for the premium version which is also mobile-friendly.
This already comes as a bonus for those who have purchased the “Understanding True False & Not Given Tasks” IELTS e-book.
For IELTS writing, I will encourage you to limit yourself to one or two resources so that you won’t end up being overwhelmed or getting confused.
When it comes to writing, the standard is unique but when you get ideas from so many ‘teachers’, you may end up shooting yourself in the foot with excesses that will weaken the quality of your essay or letter.
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All the best with your exams! 😆