IELTS Listening: an Offical Practice

Here is an IELTS listening practice (Part1) from the offical IELTS Practice Material.  (The question3 is a tricky one.)

Choose the correct letter, A, B or C.
1. What kind of shop is it?
    A. ladies' dress shop
    B. department store
    C. children's clothes shop
2. What is the name of the section Penny will be working in?
    A. The Youngster
    B. The Youngset
    C. The Young Set

Complete the notes below.
$6.5 an hour
Breaks: one hour for lunch and 3…………………….coffee breaks
Holidays: three weeks a year in the first two years
                  four weeks a year in the 4……………………….
Staff training: held on the 5……………………….of every month.


1. B
2. C
3. 15 minute (NOT 15 minutes)
4. third/3rd year
5. first/1st Tuesday

IELTS Speaking Topic: a useful website

Here is an IELTS Speaking Topic about a useful website:
Describe a useful website that you like to visit
You should say:

  • What this website helps you to do
  • What the contents of the website are (or were)
  • How (and when) you first found (or found out about) this website
  • And explain how this website helps you

Here is an sample (audio) answer:

Here is the script of this sample answer:

Whenever I want some basic information about a topic, I go to the website, because I know I’ll always find some information about my topic there.  It’s an invaluable resource, and an example of how powerful a tool the Internet is.

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IELTS speaking: pronunciation and accents

As we all know that pronunciation is a very important criteria in the speaking part of your IELTS test. Here is the marking guide for pronunciation in band 6, 7, and 8

Band Pronunciation
  • uses a wide range of pronunciation features
  • sustains flexible use of features, with only occasional lapses
  • is easy to understand throughout; L1 accent has minimal effect on intelligibility
  • shows all the positive features of Band 6 and some, but not all, of the positive features of Band 8
  • uses a range of pronunciation features with mixed control
  • shows some effective use of features but this is not sustained
  • can generally be understood throughout, though mispronunciation of individual words or sounds reduces clarity at times

Accent, everybody has their own accent when they speak English, and accent is not the marking guide, however, it would definitely affect your score.

NOTE: L1 (first language) accent is not a barrier to you being understood when you're speaking English, hence the part "having minimal effect on intelligibility". Your L1 accent may be noticeable, but its effect is "minimal". It probably means that you're pretty close to sounding like a native speaker, or at least well on the way to it.

Occupational English Test (OET)

Occupational English Test (OET) is an English language proficiency test for trained health professionals from overseas who want to work or study in Australia or New Zealand.

The OET is recognized by the regulatory authorities of most major health professions across Australia and New Zealand. It currently tests the following professions: dentistry, dietetics, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology, veterinary science. It consists of four sub-tests: Listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Currently, one should obtain at least B for all four sub-tests to be eligible to work as a doctor in Australia.

The test is administered up to 10 times a year across over 40 venues, mostly in Oceania and Asia. Not all venues operate on every test date.

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