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Cara menjawab soal IELTS Writing task 1 ala Kampung Inggris Pare (with a score of 7+)

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Banyak jalan menuju Roma. Hal ini juga berlaku dalam penulisan Writing Report Task 1 pada perolehan skor 7+.

Salah satu cara yang paling cepat dan mudah digunakan dalam penyusunan report writing task 1 adalah dengan membagi paragraf berdasarkan tahun. Contohnya sebagai berikut:

Body Paragraph 1
  • 1900 and 1950
  • Key Features: Agriculture = the highest vs the lowest one = Business and Financial. 
Berikut contoh kalimat yang saya buat: 
The figure for the Agriculture sector in the UK economy accounted for 48% in the initial year. This continued to rise slightly in the 1950 year. The contribution made by the other sectors: Business and Financial was very low, although this showed a slight rise from 1900 to 1950, between 3% and 8%, an increase of 5% in a 50-year period. This contrasted to the sector of Manufacturing experiencing a downward trend to 40% in the second year.          
Body Paragraph 2
  • 1975 and 2000
  • Key Features: Decrease for manufacturing and agriculture vs Business and Financial = increase
Berikut contoh kalimat yang saya buat: 
1975 to 2000 saw downwards in the Manufacturing sector at 18% followed by the trend for Agriculture coming last in the eventual year, at almost 1%, and those contributed the small percentages. The reverse appeared to be true for the importance of Business and Financial increasing to the 1975 year Manufacturing’s sector in 2000 and therefore this became the most important sector from all described on the graph.
Saya sengaja tidak menuliskan Introduction and Overview, karena saya memberikan Anda kesempatan untuk melakukan itu. 

Jika Anda telah menyelesaikan penulisan Introduction and Overview, atau Anda memiliki cara lain dalam menyusun paragraf isi (body paragraphs) yang dapat digunakan dalam menjawab pertanyaan yang disajikan pada sesi Writing Task 1 di atas, silahkan posting jawaban Anda di Group Facebook di sini, dengan senang hati saya akan memberikan feedback terhadap performance Anda.

* Dalam penulisan Introduction, Anda cukup membahasakan ulang dengan bahasa Anda (paraphase) judul yang Ada di atas: The graph below shows the contribution of three sectors-agriculture manufacturing, and business and financial services- to the UK economy in the twentieth century.

** Sesi ini pernah saya ajarkan di Kelas IELTS English Studio Indonesia Kampung Inggris Pare 

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A Big NO in Writing IELTS

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In writing IELTS, there are some ‘other’ things that must be considered by the test taker. Test taker has to realize that those some small things has a great possibility in reducing IELTS score itself. Therefore, it is better for test taker to avoid things as follows.
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The Importance of Text Analyzis in Reading IELTS

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One form of questions in reading IELTS is multiple choice. The kinds of questions that are given can be various as well. Purpose of the text can also be the question in this part. Have a look at the following example: 
Question 1
Choose the appropriate letter (A-D) and write it in box 1 on your answer sheet.
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Sharpen your skills on IELTS listening test | Part 2

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This article is part of the “Sharpen your skills on IELTS listening test” series. In the previous series we have talked about teach yourself the words, instruction, and divide and concur. In this series we will talk about distraction, listen for specific, answer as you listen, and keep moving forward.

4.     Distractions. Some points you need to know is that: 
The audio selection uses several different voices and accents. 

The background noise also varies, start from airport, cafĂ© shop, street, university, lecture hall.. you name it.   
Don't get confused by all the different voices you are going to hear. Ignore the noises and listen for the answers.

5.     Listen for specific things. The specific things we mean here are descriptions and details (dates, places, phone numbers, opening hours, years, transportation). When you are listening, look for them. If you hear them, but do not know where to place them yet – write them on anywhere on your paper. Later you will have some time to check your answers. Going over the questions that you could not answer during the Listening passage, you might see that what you have written about details and descriptions fits to be the answer.

6.     Answer as you listen ! Why? People tend to immediately forget the sentences after they have heard them due to constant flow of information. The best option is to answer as you listen. After hearing the last sentence, you will not have a chance to hear the first question. It means that when any part of Listening is over – you won‘t be able to remember any of the answers. So write them as you hear them, leave nothing for later.

7.     Keep moving forward ! If you miss one answer, you tend to miss the other answer as the audio listening is still playing. This “losing the sequence of answers” scenario can happen if you could not control your focus during listening test due to nervousness, stress, and other problems. Here are some tips to prevent it to happen:  

Always look one or two questions ahead. It may be hard, but with regular practice, it will be natural for you and can help a lot.  
If you miss one answer, admit it and keep moving forward.

Reference: Ace the IELTS (Simon Braverman)

- Read Sharpen your skills on IELTS listening test | Part 1 Here

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How Popular IELTS Test Is

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It cannot be denied that IELTS is one of the most popular English assessment test. Even TOEFL uses similar 4 section in its new test model, the TOEFL-iBT  that is also considering 4 important skills in English.
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IELTS Reading: Improving Reading Score | Part 3

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What are other things that we can do to improve your reading score? One stimulant that you think about is soldier’s activity. When a soldier is going to be involved in a war, he or she will learn on the battle itself, including the place, the time, and the enemy. The same thing happened in IELTS. You have to learn on the types of questions that you deal with in this reading section. You need to do many exercises on these different types of questions as each type of questions need different treatment.
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IELTS Speaking Test - Introduction (part 3)

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From IELTS Speaking Test - Introduction (part 1 and part 2) we have learned about part one and part two of the speaking test. Now, lets continue to the next part.
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Being Smart and Tricky in Writing IELTS Battle

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Why does the test taker need to be tricky as well in facing a battle in this section? Yes, smart is not enough in achieving a high score in this section. That is why being tricky comes up as the best solution for getting the expected score.
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IELTS Reading: Improving Reading Score | Part 2

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In this article, we are going to discuss more on how to improve reading score in IELTS. Besides applying skimming and scanning as the strategies, you can do some actions such as:
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IELTS Speaking Test - Introduction (part 1 and part 2)

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There are 3 parts in speaking test, each part has some characteristic questions. The examiner (interviewer) will record the interview and score you based on what have you answered. This time we will explain you about part one and part two in the speaking test.
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More about Timing Strategy in IELTS

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Simple but important thing to do during IELTS test is wearing a watch. Yes, by wearing a watch, you can check the time regularly. This checking is important to make sure that you are “on schedule”. You can try to check the time after completing each passage.
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IELTS Reading: Improving Reading Score | Part 1

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When we talk about IELTS, it will be also about reading section. This section gives you a big opportunity to increase your overall band score as long as you can manage everything properly. One form of managements itself can be translated as using skimming and scanning techniques. If you have got the basic ideas of these two techniques pretty well, you can ask whether you have got the idea to improve your skimming and scanning ability or not.
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Having a Smarter Practice of IELTS

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Being closer to the test day, you might feel more worried on your test. Some of you might also take the chance to postpone the test itself. Well, IELTS does not only test on your academic skills in English but also your mentality towards the test. You might feel some series of fears starting from fear of the questions, the time, and also the strategy. This test stresses on test taker’s ability to cope these fears. A successful test taker will be able to manage his or her mentality in order to perform his or her best on the day of the test.
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A Good IELTS Essay

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How test taker knows that he or she has written a good IELTS essay is a common come up-question after test taker finishes his or her essay. In order to anticipate this, test taker has to master the points that are used to score the essay.
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Easy to Apply Strategies for Getting Higher Writing Score in IELTS!

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The key point of getting high score in writing IELTS is having more practices. Test taker may not forget to use time limitation for creating a test-like situation. It is okay if test taker gives more practices on one of the tasks which is more difficult for the test taker. However, it is important for the test taker to have both kinds of writing before taking the real test. Remember that practice makes perfect!
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Reading IELTS: Is it True, False, or Not Given?

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Another form of True/ False/ Not Given is Yes/ No/ Not Given. The difference is on the basic of these options. True/ False/ Not Given is based on fact. Meanwhile, Yes/ No/ Not Given is based on opinion.
In this kind of question, test taker has to pay attention on how to interpret the passage and the question. Usually, test taker finds it difficult to differentiate the use of ‘not given’ and ‘false’.
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What We Should Know about Reading IELTS

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Reading is the second skill tested in IELTS series of test. After finishing listening section, test taker gets 60 minutes to finish three sections in reading IELTS with 13 until 14 questions for each section. A total question in this section is 40. The detail time arrangement for reading IELTS is:

  • 17 minutes on section
  • 20 minutes on section 
  • 23 minutes in section 

In IELTS, test taker has to realize that he or she is going to deal with a three long passages. The passages are taken from academic sources. These passages can be categorized as an advanced text.  These three passages will be given started from the easiest until the most difficult one.

Passages in IELTS reading section are followed by some different kinds of question. There are 11 types of question that test taker meets in completing this section. The lists are:

  1. Multiple choice
  2. Multiple matching
  3. Short-answer
  4. Sentence completion
  5. Tables, diagrams, flow charts
  6. Summary completion
  7. Paragraph headings
  8. Locating information
  9. Identifying writer’s views or claims
  10. Classification
  11. Matching

As test taker can see, there are many kinds of questions that test taker should deal with. Therefore, test taker needs to try each type of question to find out the most difficult type for him or her. Focus exercise on the most difficult type of question will contribute a lot in improving reading IELTS score.

Test taker can also apply another strategy in finishing this section by giving mark on the difficult question, moving from that question then coming back later when he or she has completed all questions. Test taker also needs to prepare some time for correcting his or her works.

In saving more time in doing this section, test taker should do three reading techniques, which should be matched with kind of question test taker are dealing with. The techniques are:

  • Skimming
  • Scanning
  • Reading for detail

Besides applying the techniques above, test taker could also do some other efforts such as adding his or her bank of vocabulary by reading newspaper, books, and magazines. Test taker could improve his or her skill and speed in reading as well by taking more reading resources, especially from authentic materials.

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Mitos vs Fakta Tentang Tes IELTS (Part 1)

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Saran yang salah tentang IELTS terkadang muncul, oleh karena itu anda harus lebih berkonsentrasi pada bagaimana caranya untuk meningkatkan kemampuan berbahasa Inggris anda. Selalu berlatih setiap hari dan ikuti saran serta panduan resmi dari ahlinya. Berikut ini beberapa mitos dan fakta yang cukup banyak beredar luas tentang IELTS:

1. Mitos: IELTS itu terlalu sulit
Faktanya, IELTS tidak lebih sulit dari tes lainnya. Pertanyaan-pertanyaan yang diberikan tepat tujuan dan dirancang untuk dapat menilai seberapa bagus anda dalam berbahasa Inggris – bukan untuk menipu anda atau mengetes pendapat anda. Sama dengan tes lainnya, IELTS juga membutuhkan persiapan. Dan yg harus diingat tidak ada kata lulus atau gagal dalam tes IELTS. Nilai hasil tes IELTS ini dibagi menjadi 9 skala (nilai 1 yang terendah dan 9 adalah yang tertinggi). Skala ini masih tetap konsisten hingga lebih dari 20 tahun.
Nilai yang anda butuhkan tergantung pada kebutuhannya, untuk mengajukan visa atau untuk masuk ke organisasi/institusi tertentu. Selalu ingat untuk memeriksa berapa nilai yang dibutuhkan sebelum melakukan tes.

2. Mitos: Jika saya melakukan tes di negara asal saya, saya mungkin akan mendapat nilai yang lebih baik.
Faktanya, penting untuk dimengerti bahwa tingkat kesulitan tes IELTS akan tetap sama, tidak peduli dimanapun anda mengikutinya. Pikirkan dimana anda merasa paling nyaman dan percaya diri untuk mengikuti tes IELTS ini.
Penting juga untuk diingat bahwa makanan yang baik dan tidur yang cukup akan membuat badan anda lebih fit sehingga dapat membantu memberikan performa yang terbaik saat anda mengikuti tes ini. Perhatikan berapa lama waktu tempuh dari tempat anda tinggal ke tempat tes, dan berusaha lah untuk datang lebih cepat dari jam pelaksanaan tes.
Ingatlah bahwa seluruh penguji dalam tes IELTS di setiap negara memiliki tingkat pelatihan yang sama dan terus dimonitor untuk meyakinkan bahwa mereka memberikan nilai yang sesuai untuk anda dalam tes tersebut.

3. Mitos: Jika saya tersenyum dan membuat penguji tertawa saat tes speaking, saya mungkin akan mendapatkan nilai yang lebih bagus.
Faktanya, senyuman dapat membantu anda untuk merasa lebih santai yang mana mungkin akan membantu anda agar dapat menjawab semua pertanyaan dengan lebih tenang.
Setiap penguji dilatih dan dimonitor secara mendalam agar dapat memberikan nilai yang sebenar-benarnya untuk setiap peserta dan hanya menilai tingkat kemampuan berbahasa Inggris anda saja. Penguji tidak akan memberikan anda nilai lebih hanya karena senyuman dan tawa.
Masih ada mitos dan fakta lainnya yang belum dibahas, akan dibahas di artikel-artikel selanjutnya.

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IELTS Reading Task: Short Answer Question

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There are three types of short answer questions in the IELTS reading:
Type 1. Questions.
Type 2. Lists.
These questions will usually tell you to write your answer in no more than three words. So you can answer with one word, two words or three words but no more. However, this is not always the case, so check the rubric carefully.

For these questions, like the multiple choice questions, you have to apply both skimming and scanning techniques. Also note that the answer should not require a hyphenated word (e.g. non-smoker) or contraction (e.g. They’ve).

If the answer requires a number, you can write a numeral number (e.g. 6) or a word (e.g. six) or a combination of a numeral and a word (e.g. 6 million).

Try this examples below.

How to do the short answer questions:
-          Read the instructions carefully and check how many letters you need to circle.
-          Skim all the questions quickly. As you do this,
o   Underline the keywords.
o   Try to get information you need to find in the next.
o   Look out for question words like ‘where’ and ‘who’ which indicate you should listen for specific things like places and people.
-          Go back to the first question. Decide what part of the text you need to read.
-          Read the part carefully to find the answer.
-          Use your own words. You don’t have to write a complete sentence but it does have to be grammatically correct.
-          Remember:
o   If you don’t know the meaning of any of the words in the questions, look at the other questions. They might have some associated vocab in them to help you guess the meaning.
o   The answer could be one word, two words or three word but not four or more.
o   If you think you need more than three words your answer is probably incorrect.

Reference: How to Prepare for IELTS Writing. City University of Hongkong: English Language Center.
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Look at the picture and learn the vocabularies used

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  1. Rose/ increased steadily
  2. Rose/ increased dramatically
  3. Rose/ increased gradually
  4. Plunged to ...
  5. Peaked at / reached a high of ...
  6. Stood at
  7. Fluctuated
  8. Fell/ dropped dramatically/ sharply
  9. Reach a trough of ...
  10. Remained constant/ unchanged/ stable at ...
  11. Levelled off/ evened out at ...
  12. Hit a low of ...

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