IELTS Test Preparation Tips in Dubai & Abu Dhabi, UAE.

IELTS Academic/General reading practice Tips :

Look out for the title, headings and any special features such as capital letters, underlining, italics, figures, graphs and tables

Map a short summary of the passage – in other words write the content of the paragraph in the margin in summary – 3 or 4 words – this will help you find where to look in the reading for answers

Make sure that you understand the questions and follow instructions carefully – try to paraphrase the answer in your mind

Pay attention to timing; do not spend too long on one passage or question – try to stick to 15 – 20- 25 timing in order to maximise the chance to finish the test as it is a progressive test – meaning each section gets harder

Do not try and read every word; remember, you are reading for a purpose – skim for general purpose of the passage/paragraph        scan for specific information – looking for key words – remember to look for synonyms not the same words and remember in this it may be a negative antonym

If you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one

Do not panic if you do not know anything about the subject of the text; everything is in the text right before your eyes – no knowledge needed.

Do not assume anything – if it is not there, it is not there – do not use your own experience here.

The words you use must be taken from the reading text; you must not change the form of the words in the text

Do not worry if there is a word that you do not understand – look at the sentence before and the sentence after and see if you can work out the meaning or the general idea or look for explanations within the text itself

Be careful to use singular and plural correctly

Focus precisely on what you are asked to do in ‘completion’ type questions

If the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the correct answer is ‘evening’, just use ‘evening’ as your answer; note that ‘in the evening’ would be incorrect

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 ‘silk shirt’, the answer ‘shirt made of silk’ would be incorrect

Read lots of books – start your own little dictionary – if you don’t understand a word – look it up and find 4 synonyms and 2 antonyms for the same word – now you have learned 7 words instead of 1 – the main idea is to improve your vocabulary

Do crossword puzzles; play scrabble; boggle or other word games – Western speakers have 15000 head words      here in the Middle East you have 2000 head words ( Most commonly used words)     This deficit in vocabulary is what makes it hard for ESL to understand the questions

Attempt all questions; there are no penalties for incorrect answers, so you have nothing to lose

Check your answers

Check your spelling – spelling mistakes are counted as incorrect


IELTS Academic/General Listening practice Tips :

If you cannot hear the audio clearly, let a member of staff know straight away

Concentrate on the speaker – do not let your thoughts wander to the next section or on unrelated thoughts

Only concentrate on the section of questions the speaker mentions  –   no further.

Follow the instructions carefully;    they may be different to  the practice tests

Listen for the specific information you want

Ary and anticipate what the speaker will say  – look at the words around the gap to see if you can guess what is needed – a name    a number      a time    a place

Do not worry if there is a word you do not understand – try to use the sentence before and sentence after the word to see if you can work out the meaning or get a general idea at least

If you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one

Do not panic if you think the topic is too difficult or the speaker is too fast –  try to relax

Read, write and listen at the same time ( put the notes in the corresponding section so that if you miss a question the answer may be there)

If you miss a question – DO NOT PANIC – simply listen for the next question and  continue the test – if you have been taking notes then the answer you missed may be in the notes and you can simply add the answer when you transpose the answers to the answer sheet.

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 spelling and grammar – if it is spelt wrong it is wrong


IELTS Academic/General Writing practice Tips :


Spend 5 minutes to write a plan of what you need to say  – this helps keep the writing organised

Analyse each task properly and make sure you understand the question

Answer all parts of the question – do not leave out anything mentioned in the instructions

Highlight or underline key words in the tasks to make sure that you focus on what you have to do

Set the writing out in paragraphs clearly; put one idea in each paragraph

Do not repeat ideas using different words – you will not get any extra marks for this

Do not copy whole sentences from the question – you will receive no marks for this – instead put the iquestion in your own words

Stay focused on the topic ; do not write about unrelated subjects as this will not score you marks

Manage your time; remember, Task 2 is worth twice as much as Task 1

Spend approximately 20 minutes on Task 1 and approximately 40 minutes on Task 2

Write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2 under this will result in lower marks

Learn to recognise how long 150 and 250 words look in your handwriting; you will not have time to count during the test

Write your answers in ENGLISH   and in full sentences. Use compound complex and simple sentences ; answers written in note form or in bullet points will lose marks

Pay attention to spelling, grammar and punctuation; you will lose marks for mistakes

Avoid informal language – do not use contractions like : I’ll ; we’ll   can’t   etc

Do not memorise model answers; examiners are trained to recognise them and your test will be invalid

Make sure you spend 5 minutes  re-reading and correcting any grammar/spelling mistakes in your answers


IELTS Academic/General Speaking practice Tips :


Pretend that the examiner is your friend and he/she has asked you this question –

Relax, be confident and enjoy using your English – speak like you would to your friend

Look at the examiner in a friendly manner – not like he is the enemy

Try to talk as much as you can – as fluently as possible and be spontaneous

When you give an answer tell a little more about it  – for example when asked “Where do you live”   the answer of “Dubai “  is not good.  “  I live in Dubai which is the 2nd largest city and Emirate in the UAE” is a much more acceptable answer.

Check out the You-Tube Tips for IELTS Speaking Section 1   2   and   3

Speak more than the examiner – do not wait for the examiner to prompt you to talk

Take notes in the second section so that if you have a mind blank you have something to jog your memory

Ask for clarification if necessary  – if you do not understand just say “ Could you repeat that please – I didn’t hear it” – or “ Could you rephrase that – I don’t quite understand the question”

Do not memorize answers; the examiner is trained to spot this and will change the question

Express your opinions;  don’t be afraid – there is no right or wrong answer here – you will be assessed on your ability to communicate

The examiner’s questions tend to be fairly predictable – look and see what kind of questions they ask

Practise at home and record yourself so you can listen to your faults – for example saying uhmmmmmm  or   ehrrrrrrrrr    all the time.  Remember    it is 14 minutes only  …………….      Do not panic


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SAT Test vs ACT Test Prep Courses in Dubai & Abu Dhabi.

SAT  Test vs ACT  Test Prep Courses in Dubai & Abu Dhabi

Basic differences 

If you’re interested in applying to schools in the United States, you’ve likely heard about the SAT. The SAT tests reading, writing, and math skills, and gives the colleges and universities that you’re applying to an easy way to compare you to other students. Of course, this is not the only criteria they use for admission, but it is very important. You may have also heard some people talk about the “ACT” exam. Like the SAT, the ACT is used by colleges and universities in admissions decisions. All colleges and universities in the United States will accept both.*

So which exam should you take? Let’s look at some key differences:

The SAT tests 3 primary areas, which are divided up into 10 sections. The Verbal section tests reading comprehension and vocabulary. The Math section tests your quantitative skills. The Writing section asks you to write a brief essay in 25 minutes. Then it tests your ability to identify and correct mistakes in grammar, syntax, and rhetoric.

The ACT tests 4 primary areas, which are divided up into 4 sections. The English section tests your ability to identify and correct mistakes in grammar, syntax, and rhetoric, however the level of grammar is generally more difficult than that of the SAT. The Math section involves a deeper knowledge of mathematical concepts than the SAT does, but the questions are more straightforward. The Reading section tests your ability to comprehend passages of prose, social science, humanities, and natural science. Unlike the SAT, it does not ask you to complete sentences with advanced vocabulary words. The Science section tests your ability to understand charts, graphs, and opposing viewpoints. It does not require any specialized knowledge of biology, chemistry, physics, etc. The ACT also has a 30 minute optional writing section (however, many universities in the US require students to take the writing portion).

Each section of the SAT prep test is scored on a scale of 200-800. Each of these scores is added together for a total score of 600-2400. The average score is roughly a 1500.

Each section of the ACT prep test is scored on a scale of 0-36. Each of these scores is averaged together for a total score of 0-36. The average score is roughly a 21.

The SAT Test lasts for 3 hours and 45 minutes.

The ACT Test lasts for 3 hours and 25 minutes with the writing section.


Which exam is harder?

This is a very common question we get. The truth is that each examine is difficult for different reasons. The SAT test Prep Course is a bit like a puzzle. It’s not necessarily about how much you know, but rather how well you can figure out the exams most common tricks. Among the more difficult part for students is learning the commonly-tested vocabulary words. The ACT focuses a little bit more on applying knowledge to problems. The difficulty here lies in learning all of the mathematical and grammatical concepts that will come up. Both test your ability to read and think critically about a number of reading passages.

 So which exam should I take?

If you are applying to schools in the US, we recommend that you actually take both exams. At Brighter Prep Dubai & Abu Dhabi , we can help you prepare for both exams with courses and practice tests. Once you receive your scores, our trainers and consultants can tell you which is more competitive for college admissions. We’ve had many students who took one exam and didn’t get the score they were hoping for, so they prepared for the other exam and did much better. By taking both, you give yourself a better chance at getting the score necessary to get into the college of your choice!

Finally, Brighter Prep Provides Training Classes for both SAT & ACT Test prep Courses in Dubai & Abu Dhabi.

Joshua Donovan
English Language Trainer & Consultant
Brighter Prep Institute
16-06, Al Attar Tower,
Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai.

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