English Grammar & Vocabulary

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IELTS Reading

Reading is the second part of the IELTS test, and takes 60 minutes. It consists of three or sometimes four reading passages of increasing difficulty, and there is a total of 40 questions to answer. … The Academic and General Training Reading Tests are graded to the same level.

Reading Test Tips

Reading Test Tips
You have one hour to complete 40 questions on three passages of text, or 20 minutes
per test. Do not waste time reading the passage from beginning to end before
looking at the questions. The reading test is a test of word recognition rather than
a test of understanding. To answer many of the questions you need to look for a
word or a string of words that have a similar meaning to those of the question.
The word/words for your answer will match with/map to statements made in the
passage. This means that you need to study the first question carefully, then read
the passage of text, starting at the beginning. You can expect to arrive at the answer
within a few sentences. The answer to the second question will come later in the
passage and the answer to the third question will usually come later still, and so on.
Statement: Changes in the earth’s magnetic compass can lead to mistakes
in …
Passage: The stranding of whales in shallow water and on beaches is not well understood but it can occur for entirely natural reasons. One explanation involves the
ability of whales, like many animals, to use the earth’s magnetic field for direction
finding. Ocean currents are thought to cause fluctuations in the earth’s magnetic field
which may leave whales vulnerable to navigation errors when they migrate to their
breeding ground.
Method: the word mistakes in the statement means the same as the word errors in
the passage, so the answer is probably navigation; mistakes in navigation matches
with navigation errors. Now check the rest of the sentence to confirm the match:
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changes are the same as fluctuations and the earth’s magnetic compass is the same
as the earth’s magnetic field, so the answer must be correct. Answer: navigation.
An alternative word for navigation is ‘direction’, that is to say mistakes in direction,
but this is wrong because the word ‘direction’ does not appear in the passage
of text.
Target: aim for at least 30 correct answers out of 40 questions in these practice


IELTS Listening

IELTS Listening practice: the biggest collection of  IELTS Listening tests. Practise IELTS Listening online to get a higher score.




IELTS Speaking is a face-to-face, informal discussion with an IELTS examiner, and is the same for both Academic and General Training. The test is divided into 3 parts and is designed to test your pronunciation, fluency, grammar and vocabulary.



The IELTS Writing modules test your ability to produce two quite different pieces of writing in a fairly short period of time. Before applying to sit the test, you need to decide whether to take the Academic or the General Training module. Each module is divided into two parts and you have only one hour to complete both pieces of writing.


Egnlish Grammar

English grammar is the way in which meanings are encoded into wordings in the English language. This includes the structure of words, phrases, clauses, sentences, and the structure of whole texts. This grammar section explains English grammar in a clear and simple way. Learn more about the English language with our online grammar lessons. 


Learn new words and improve your vocabulary so that you will be able to communicate well in English

English has a large vocabulary with an estimated 250,000 distinct words and three times that many distinct meanings of words. However, most English teachers will tell you that mastering the 3000 most common words in English will give you 90 to 95% comprehension of English newspapers, books, movies, and conversations.