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How about I present you an IELTS Writing Test summary. I will write it down in the next sentences.

Why a note of Writing Test first? It is because I believe that the Listening and Reading Test, taken place before the Writing, is priorly depend on our innate ability to familiarize with English voices and texts; however, some people argue that the tips to be learned are available. Have it your way*, anyway.

I will focus on Task 1. Task 2 will be on my next post. Here I also suggest some of the Internet pages useful to deal with IELTS in general.

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IELTS NOTE: Imagination

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

There are many different IELTS books today. Is one book more important than another book?

Discuss that view and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

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IELTS NOTE: death of a lamp

Missing articles will be categorized as a minor error in the IELTS Writing Test. Articles are any of a small set of words or affixes (such as a, an, and the) used with nouns to limit or give definiteness to the application (Merriam-Webster). Here is a resume of our Writing Class learned on how to use an article:

A — indefinite article — singular
An — indefinite article — countable noun
The — definite article — all noun
No/zero articleuncountable or plural countable noun


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IELTS NOTE: Concentration Camp

I am going to tell you about my today IELTS Listening Class which never be told before. Located at a lab in the third floor of CADL, Center for Art Design and Language, ITB, we should complete tasks given written in Course Materials for IELTS DIKTI PROGRAM book at first. During the completion, we are discussing the tasks in a randomly created listening group. Then, we will hear pak Bambang told us the right answer continued with an individual listening session.
In the class, I catch one word that made me laugh. Pak Bambang said that a lot of ways to express similarity, including to emphasize or limit it. A group of words: a bit, quite, not, a little, and rather is used to limiting the similarity.

“Rather is same as rodo/rada, a word in the Javanese language. They have the same meaning!” He added. Definitely, I and other Javanese or who are getting used to hearing the Javanese language spontaneously laugh. But, not rolling on the floor, laughing, to be precise.

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IELTS NOTE: a cup of coffee in a batik motif glass

#IELTS – The Batik Day is today! We, the Indonesian, commemorate October 2 as the anniversary of when the UNESCO recognize batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2009. Batik is a noun which has a meaning of a method (originally used in Java) of producing colored designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed. It can also be described as a cloth that has been dyed using the batik method. These descriptions are provided by Google. As part of the celebration, I wear my precious batik combined with jeans and participate in a special class to celebrate the International Coffee Day. Oh, wait!

Wiki said that “International Coffee Day is an occasion that is used to promote and celebrate coffee as a beverage, with events now occurring in places across the world. The first official date was 1 October 2015, as agreed by the International Coffee Organization and was launched in Milan.”

YAS! We are having a late International Coffee Day celebration!

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IELTS NOTE: Paramount

A fresh week started with two IELTS Writing Classes is this week. The first Writing Class is about how to understand the question in Task 2, for instance, analyzing general nouns and verbs used in the questions and learning how the text could be produced from these kinds of questions. We were learned new alternative words used to replace ‘main’, that are, chief, paramount, major, primary, or dominant.

The word ‘paramount’, honestly-for me, is not a common word. In my mind, the word is randomly related to Paramore, American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004. I used to read this word at the beginning of a film and defined by Wiki as an American film studio based in Hollywood, California, that has been a subsidiary of the American media conglomerate Viacom since 1994. On the other hand, the studio describes themselves as Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, a subsidiary of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a global content company with premier television, film, and digital entertainment brands.

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IELTS. Today is the D-day, the day we faced a bumpy road with some booby traps appeared: listening trap, reading trap, and writing trap. Once we able to follow the road safety, the shining gate of temporary happiness appears before us. When my classmates having some fun in a local cinema, I went back to Bogor, a mesmerizing city – a home of Bogorian deers and Bogor Agricultural University.

What I want to write, exactly, is we have a weekly IELTS test which is the third examination since we arrived in Bandung to place us whenever we are in a good progress or beyond it. In one week in advance, we broke our legs, pulled ourselves out, crushed the Pyramids, and stormed our brains in order to strategically prepare our mind and body to face this bloody weekly test today.

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IELTS NOTE: the goldsmith palm

A lot of fun moments occurred in our classroom, especially in the last session of IELTS the class, Speaking Class, when we played a game named sherd or shed or sherk – I’m totally in lost when recalling the name of the game. The rule of the game described as one person gave a word card then explained the definition of the word using their own sentences without using the same part of word or gesture. The other classmates should guess the word based on the definition given. The hardest part of it that when it comes to explaining an uncommon word such as goldsmith and gorgeous.

Pak Fachri, Bengkulu University, got the word of ‘goldsmith’. At first, he did not understand the meaning, so the tutor made an explanation about the word. Pak Fachry then explained the word with these sentences:

A person who is working in a mine, xxxxxx (I forgot), in a gold mine…

Teeet! The tutor suddenly stopped the speak because of a mistake he made that is using some part of the guessed word. The tutor then made her own definition, but, in the end, nobody could guessed the word.

Goldsmith: noun, a person who makes or sells articles of gold. — dictionary.com

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It has been two weeks I stayed in Bandung, at Institut Teknologi Bandung, to learn IELTS, a special test to know how much you can listen English well, read accurately and efficiently, write a lot of words in time, and speak fluently to answer some questions. During the time, a lot of funny-sad – breathtaking moments occurred that were experienced by us, participants: the lecturers who became students (again).

It was said that the more you write the more you learn. Any experiences, especially, some tips told by the tutors and us need to be written, in form of a note. So, starting today I will write some experiences, notes, funny moments, and other things about my IELTS course (read: a preparation course).

The tips I will write after this paragraph is originally told by bu Ririn, a participant from Malahayati University. She brilliantly said that you can use your three fingers down to the text to scan or skim in the Reading Test to eliminate the need of reading the whole text. Others, in a different way of thinking, said that they will be used all the fingers to close the text completely! LOL. Continue reading

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