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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 http://www.ielts.org, 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


IELTS Listening True/False/Not Given Question: Aim for Band 7.5

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In this weeks lesson we have this tricky True/False/Not given exercise (answers coming next week):

Millions of lives around the world could be saved, and the quality of life of hundreds of millions markedly improved – very inexpensively – by eradicating three vitamin and mineral deficiencies in people’s diets. The three vitamins and minerals are vitamin A, iodine and iron – so-called micronutrients. More than 2 billion people are at risk from micronutrient deficiencies and more than 1 billion people are actually ill or disabled by them, causing mental retardation, learning disabilities, low work capacity and blindness. It costs little to correct these deficiencies through fortification of food and water supplies. In a country of 50 million people, this would cost about $25 million a year. That $25 million would yield a fortyfold return on investment.

1. Most illnesses in developing countries are caused by too many vitamin and mineral…

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What’s a “Good” TOEFL Score?


If you are a non-native English speaker planning to attend a US university, you’ll need to take either the TOEFL iBT or IELTS in order to determine and demonstrate English proficiency. But what constitutes a “good” score? Instead of thinking in terms of “good” and “bad” it’s useful to see what your college or university requires and make goals to exceed their requirements. Having a goal in mind will help challenge and direct you in your study of the TOEFL, whether it’s through an English school or private classes. The world-wide average Internet TOEFL score in 2012 was 80/120.

Here is a chart from About.com that shows required scores for a few US universities.

Test Score Requirements
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Internet-Based TOEFL Paper-Based TOEFL GPA/SAT/ACT Graph
Amherst College 100 recommended 600 recommended see graph
Bowling Green State U 61 minimum not reported see graph
MIT 90 minimum
100 recommended
577 minimum
600 recommended
see graph
The Ohio State University 79 minimum 550 minimum see graph
Pomona College 100 minimum 600 minimum see graph
UC Berkeley 80 minimum 550 minimum see graph
University of Florida 80 minimum 550 minimum see graph
UNC Chapel Hill 100 recommended 600 recommended see graph
University of Southern California 100 minimum not reported see graph
UT Austin 79 minimum 550 minimum see graph
Whitman College 85 minimum 560 minimum see graph

If you’re looking to improve your TOEFL score, or study in the US to learn English, look at our school’s programs and contact us for details.

IELTS Listening Test Advice

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From the IETLS website:

Make the most of your Listening test:

  • if you cannot hear the audio clearly, let a member of staff know straightaway
  • follow the instructions carefully; they may be different to practice or previous tests
  • listen for the specific information you want
  • try and anticipate what the speaker will say; this will require concentration
  • do not worry if there is a word you do not understand; you may not need to use it
  • if you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one
  • be careful with your spelling and grammar
  • do not panic if you think the topic is too difficult or the speaker is too fast; relax and tune in
  • read, write and listen at the same time
  • focus precisely on what you are asked to do in completion type questions
  • pay attention to the word limit; for example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, if the correct answer is ‘leather coat’, the answer ‘coat made of leather’ would be incorrect
  • if the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the correct answer is ‘morning’, note that ‘in the morning’ would be incorrect; the correct answer is ‘morning’
  • attempt all questions; there are no penalties for incorrect answers
  • check your answers