Friday 15 January 2016

Tips on Essay Writing in IELTS

The International English Language Testing System is recognised as a reliable means of assessing the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. These tests are designed to give potential candidates an idea as to whether their English is at the required level

The IELTS is owned by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations, British Council and IDP

There is a choice of Reading and Writing tests according to whether a candidate opts for the Academic or General module. Candidates who wish to study at an undergraduate or postgraduate level and those who seek professional registration opt for the Academic module, while candidates, who wish to migrate to an English- speaking country and wish to study below degree level, opt for the General training module

Academic Writing

This module consists of two writing tasks. Candidates should spend 20 minutes on Task 1, which requires them to write atleast 150 words, and 40 minutes on Task 2, which requires them to write atleast 250 words

Task 1 requires candidates to analyze a diagram or some data (graph, table or chart) and present the information in their own words. Candidates are assessed on the ability to organise, present and compare data or describe the process of how an object works. Candidates are not required to give their own opinion for this task

In Task 2, candidates are presented with a point of view. They are assessed on the ability to present a solution to the problem, take a stand and evaluate ideas

General Training Writing

This module consists of two tasks as well. Candidates should spend about 20 minutes on Task 1, with a word count of 150 words, and 40 minutes on Task 2, which requires them to write atleast 250 words. The assessment of Task 2 carries more weightage in grading than Task 1

In Task 1 candidate are asked to respond to a given situation by writing a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. They are assessed on their ability to engage in personal correspondence, express needs, opinions, complaints etc

In Task 2 candidates are presented with a point of view. They are assessed on the ability to present a solution to the problem, take a stand and evaluate ideas. Candidates are also assessed on their writing technique

Tips for the essays

  • Both Task 1 and Task 2 have to be structured into 3 paragraphs- Introduction, Body paragraph and Conclusion
  • In Task 1, ensure that you present the key features of the given data, graph or image, and make relevant comparisons. You are not being asked for your own opinion
  • In Task 2, make sure that you fully understand and answer what the topic is asking of you
  • Ensure that you finish both tasks before the allotted time, so you have sufficient time to proof read what you have just written
  • Ensure that you DO NOT make frequent grammatical errors, it will reduce your chances of a good band score
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Thursday 14 January 2016

Tips on Essay Writing in GMAT

The Analytical Writing Assessment consists of a 30 minute writing task called the Analysis of an Argument. In this section you must read a brief argument, analyze the reasoning behind it, and then write a critique of the argument. You are not asked to state your opinion, but to analyze the given one. You may consider the questionable assumptions that underlie the author's thinking, what alternative explanations or counterexamples might weaken the conclusion or what sort of evidence could help strengthen or refute the argument

The Analytical Writing Assessment is designed as a direct measure of your ability to think critically and communicate your ideas. To be more specific, the analysis of an argument task tests your ability to formulate an appropriate and constructive critique of a prescribed conclusion based upon a specific line of thinking. Your responses will be scored on the basis of:

  • The overall quality of your ideas
  • Your ability to organize, develop and express those ideas
  • Your ability to provide relevant supporting reasons
  • Your ability to control the elements of standard written English

Test- Taking Strategies

  • Make sure you have taken all parts of a question into account before you begin to respond to it
  • Take time to organize your ideas, but ensure that you leave time to reread your response and make any revisions that you could to improve it
  • Get used to asking yourself what questionable assumptions might underline the thinking? What alternative explanations might be given? What additional evidence might prove useful in evaluating the reasoning?
  • Explain how your examples illustrate your point, do not just list them
  •  Ensure that your essay consists of full sentences. Your response should not read like an outline

The evaluation of your response depends on how well

  • You organize, develop and present your ideas
  • Control the elements of standard written English

It is important that you plan your argument before you begin writing. Read the analytical task carefully to make sure you understand exactly what is expected. Keep in mind the 30 minute time frame as you plan your response. As you write, try to keep your language clear and the flow of your ideas plausible. State your premise clearly at the start, and make sure you present a strong conclusion at the end

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Friday 8 January 2016

5 Do’s & Don’ts of Studying Abroad

 Studying abroad is one of the most amazing opportunities you will ever experience and something everyone should consider doing. Being in a foreign country will raise many questions for you, and that’s okay! It’s an entirely different culture, so naturally we’re curious about what we should and should not do. Hopefully this Do’s and Don’ts list will help you get a better idea of what to expect!


  1. Keep yourself open for the new experience and the new place.
    Too much of expectation and contemplating too much about the new place and the new environment may lead to disappointment. The best thing to do is get yourself acquainted with the place first hand. Get some vital information like climate beforehand and that will be enough.

  2. Try to be a part of your new environment and get involved with the locals. Get yourself involved in things, say a going out to see a game of football or rugby. Live like the locals. Trust me you will enjoy the experience.

  3. Keep your schedule tight. Join different activity groups in the college. They should act as the perfect foil for being homesick and will provide you with the opportunity of interacting with students from across the world.

  4. Be prepared to live on the staple food of the host country. Try to adapt to the most readily available and budget friendly foods. The street food, sometimes, can be a great delight.

  5. Keep yourself updated with the host country news and happenings, especially the ones related to the state/area where you reside. This will help you relate and interact with the people there. Keeping yourself updated will also help you to face job interviews, later.


  1. Don’t let the homesickness get the better of you. Don’t dwell on the fact that you are separated from your native home by oceans and seas.

  2. Don’t spend too much time talking with your folks, back home over phone and Skype. Also avoid keeping yourself updated 24/7 to your home country’s news over internet; this will restrict you from getting too the homesick. And more importantly, it will take away your time from studying.

  3. Don’t try to make your travel baggage too lean. Later you may repent that the sweatshirt, you left just thinking it to be useless, could have saved some invaluable Dollars/Euros.

  4. Don’t forget to make budgets; weekly, fortnightly, monthly, whichever suits you. Spending without making budgets will lead you astray.
  5. Avoid overdoing anything. Be it the traveling or partying. The new environment may become overwhelming with its innumerable avenues for fun and party.
All said and done, the most important thing to do is to keep up with your studies.

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Thursday 7 January 2016

Useful Information on GRE - Quantitative Reasoning

GRE or Graduate Record Examination is a world renowned admission test required to be given by the candidates desirous of taking admission to graduate programs primarily in the areas of engineering and sciences at education institutions in USA. The GRE is designed to help graduate schools assess the qualifications of applicants for advanced study in technical fields. GRE scores are used by more than 3,000 graduate programs throughout the world

The Quantitative Reasoning measure of the GRE assesses your

  • Basic Mathematical Skills
  • Understanding of elementary mathematical concepts
  • Ability to reason quantitatively and to model and solve problems with quantitative methods
Some of the Quantitative Reasoning questions are posed in real- life settings, while others are posed in purely mathematical settings. Many of these questions are word problems. The skills, concepts and abilities are assessed in four areas

Arithmetic topics include properties  and types of integers such as divisibility, factorization, prime numbers, remainders and odd even integers; arithmetic operations, exponents and roots; and concepts such as estimation, percent, ratio, rate, absolute value, the number line, decimal representation and sequences of numbers.

Algebra topics include operations with exponents; factoring and simplifying algebraic expressions; relations, functions, equations and inequalities; solving linear and quadratic equations and inequalities; solving simultaneous equations and inequalities; setting up equations to solve word problems and coordinate geometry, including graph of functions, equations and inequalities, intercepts and slopes of lines.

Geometry topics include parallel and perpendicular lines, circles, and triangles- including isosceles, equilateral and 30-60 and 90 degree triangles- quadrilaterals, other polygons, congruent and similar figures, three dimensional figures, area, perimeter, volume, the Pythagorean Theorem and angle measurement in degrees. The ability to construct proofs is not tested.

Data Analysis topics include basic descriptive statistics, such as mean, median, mode, range, standard deviation, interquarile range, quartiles and percentiles; interpretation of data in tables and graphs such as line graphs, bar graphs, circle graphs, boxplots, scatterplots and frequency distributions; elementary probability such as probabilities of compound events and independent events; random variables and probability distributions including normal distributions and counting methods such as combinations, permutations and Venn diagrams

Quantitative Reasoning Question Types

Quantitative Reasoning measure has four types of questions:

  • Quantitative Comparison questions
  • Multiple-choice questions- Select one answer choice
  • Multiple choice questions- Select one or more answer choices
  • Numeric Entry questions

Each question appears either independently as a discrete question or as part of a set of questions called a data interpretation set. All of the questions are based on the same data presented in tables, graphs or other displays of data

Tips for answering

  • Become familiar with the answer choices. Quantitative Comparison questions always have the same answer choices, so be careful

  • Avoid unnecessary computations, Transform or estimate one or both of the given quantities only as much as is necessary to compare them

  • Remember that geometric figures are not necessarily drawn to scale. If any aspect of a given figure is not fully determined, try to redraw the figure

  • Plug in numbers, If one or both of the quantities are algebraic expressions, easy numbers can be substituted for the variables and compare the resulting quantities in your analysis. Consider all kinds of appropriate numbers before you give an answer for e.g. zero, positive, negative numbers, small and large numbers, fractions and decimals

  • Simplify the comparison, If both quantities are algebraic or arithmetic expressions and you cannot easily see a relationship between them, simplify the comparison

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