Learn how to pass the IELTS exam and get the score you need!
Did you take the IELTS exam but not get the score you want?
Do you need to improve your score in one section? All sections?
The IELTS exam opens up opportunities for you all over the world:
You can get the IELTS score you need and find the opportunities you want.
IELTS instructor Brian Gabriel will guide you through all four sections of the exam to make you feel confident to take it yourself.
In his video lectures, he will let you watch him as he answers exam questions. And he will even tell you why he is giving his answers in the ways he gives them.
After watching him answer questions, practice the strategies yourself with practice questions and resource websites.
Your IELTS scores will improve after you watch Brian take the exam and practice his strategies on your own.
In this course, he demonstrates the skills you need to:
Now, you can relax! In a few short hours, you will see Brian take the entire IELTS exam. And you can copy everything he does to improve your scores on the exam.
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Overview of the IELTS Exam
This introductory video talks about the scoring system on the IELTS exam. IELTS scores are called "Band Scores".
Speaking Part I Overview: Find out what is on Part I of the speaking section
Brian answers a part I question to demonstrate imagination. Then students will get a chance to answer a different speaking part one question to practice using imagination.
Brian answers a part I question to demonstrate speaking boldly. When practicing bold speaking, start with the subjects you are most confident talking about -- such as your hobbies.
Speaking Part one mostly asks you about yourself. But there can be more advanced general interest questions as well. It is a great idea to prepare yourself to speak about general news topics in parts one and three.
In this video, Brian answers a question about news.
Practice questions for Speaking Section: Part I
Overview of Speaking Part II
Practice questions for Speaking Section: Part II
Watch Brian answer a question on speaking part II.
Pay attention to how he takes notes and how he answers all the information in the question.
Remember: you only need to speak for one minute. This is a short talk. You have a maximum of two minutes, but it is not a requirement to speak for your full two minutes.
Overview of Speaking Part III
Strategies for Part III
The most important thing to remember in part III is to stay on topic.
It is easy to drift off the topic and begin talking about a related topic. Focusing on a single topic takes some practice.
Watch Brian answer a part III question with the challenge to focus on a single topic. Will he make a mistake and change the topic during his answer?
Practice questions for Speaking Section: Part III
Tips on how to practice speaking strategies for the IELTS.
Answer some practice questions on all three parts of the speaking section.
Try out the strategies to give your own answers to the questions you saw in the video.
Overview of Writing Task I: Letter
Watch Brian write a formal letter.
You will learn how to begin and end a formal letter. Also learn the style to use in the body of the letter.
The letter is found in Writing Task One of the general IELTS exam.
Watch Brian write an informal letter to a friend.
The letter is found on Writing Task One of the general exam.
You will only be asked to write one letter: it might be formal or informal. It is important to practice both types.
Watch Brian write Academic Writing Task I in this video.
If you are headed for university, you must take the academic version of the exam. Writing Task I is not a letter in the Academic version. Instead, you are asked to interpret the data of a graph or chart.
Brian writes his answer in real-time interpreting charts with data about Wikipedia editors. He also talks about why he is writing what he is writing in the introduction, body and conclusion. Will he reach the minimum 150 words???
Introduction to Writing Task II: Essay
Watch Brian write an essay for Writing Task II.
The essay is written live and Brian discusses what he is thinking as he writes the essay.
Tips on how to practice the writing section of the IELTS.
Practice questions for both Writing Task I and Writing Task II
Overview and strategies for listening.
Start by practicing the listening exam.
You will hear a dialogue and see questions for you to answer.
It is impossible to remember everything the speakers say in the listening section. You must learn how to listen for the answers to the exam questions. Do not try to memorize everything that is said.
What type of information should you be listening for? Find out in this video.
Practice listening to the speakers as they provide answers to exam questions.
Does your voice rise at the end of a question? That is inflection. You can listen for changes in inflection to know when the speakers are going to answer questions on the listening section.
Everybody changes their mind sometimes. Speakers on the listening section of the IELTS are no exception. You can expect them to change their mind at least once per exam. Listen to an example in this video.
Tips on how to practice listening section of the IELTS.
Overview of the Reading section
Simply knowing the topic of the reading passage will give you answers to some of the questions in the reading section of the IELTS.
Watch this lecture to learn how to quickly determine the topic in any reading passage.
Some questions in the reading section ask for a specific number. This video shows you how to practice finding the number in a reading passage.
Time is short on the IETLS exam, so it is important for you to be as fast as you can on each question. Making predictions can help you take the reading section faster.
Watch how to predict the topic in this video lecture.
Practice all of your reading strategies on these questions.
Refer back to previous videos if you are unsure how to answer any of the questions.
The Academic IELTS Exam has more difficult topics compared to the General IELTS Exam. Topics are more academic-- topics you would likely find at university, such as scientific topics.
In this lecture, Brian talks about what is on the Academic Reading section and uncovers some strategies to score better.
Watch live answering for Academic Reading with a type of questions called: Yes, No, Not Given. This is one of the most difficult types of question on the reading because you have to pay careful attention to get the correct answer.
Only answer Yes if you can find the answer in the reading passage.
Only answer No if you can find a part in the reading passage that contradicts the question.
Not Given is appropriate for those questions where you cannot find the information in the reading passage.
Tips on how to practice reading questions on the IELTS.
We have looked at all four sections of the IELTS exam.
If you have any questions about the exam or the best strategies to improve your score, you can ask me a question.
Good luck on your IELTS exam!
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Brian Gabriel works with students in classrooms around the world and through online instruction, helping each student reach their personal goals in the English language.
He worked for Global Education as an IELTS instructor for both group classes and one-on-one instruction, conducting student interviews to prepare them for the speaking section of the IELTS.