Category Archives: Advanced

IELTS Self-Testing Practice Materials


According to the Journal of Experimental Psychology, self-testing, such as taking a practice test or simulating a testing environment, is an effective study tool. To help you prepare for the IELTS through self-testing, here are some links to IELTS testing materials. These materials are from, and they include pdf tests and answer sheets.

Reading Samples

Academic Writing Samples

General Training Reading Samples

General Training Writing Samples

Speaking Samples

Listening Samples


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A Reading Exercise | How to Build your Vocabulary

Learning to understand new vocabulary through context is a very useful thing for native and non-native speakers alike!

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Here is one way you can improve your vocabulary the next time you are reading in English and don’t know advanced vocabulary.

As a native English-speaker, I too must learn new vocabulary every time I read a new book. This is especially the case for me when I read medical or scientific articles, but sometimes I find it with short stories by writers whose style is very sophisticated. Similarly, non-native English-speakers must always seek to increase the vocabulary count in the memory bank as much as possible to become a better writer in the future. A richer vocabulary allows you more flexibility during communication (either orally or in in written form). Here are a few recommendations for anyone (native, and non-native) to build their vocabulary.


When you are reading, underline or circle any unfamiliar words you come across. Do not look for the word in the dictionary immediately…

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