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  Writing Center 1 Standardized Testing Preparation: The IELTS Contents Introduction  ................................................................................................................................................... 2 Which test should I take?  .............................................................................................................................. 3 Philadelphia Testing Sites and Fees  .............................................................................................................. 3 General Testing Vocabulary  ......................................................................................................................... 4 General Testing Speaking Practice  ............................................................................................................... 8 More Advanced Listening Practice  ............................................................................................................. 10 Practice Speaking Prompts  ......................................................................................................................... 12 General Writing Practice  ............................................................................................................................. 12 IELTS Overview  ........................................................................................................................................... 5 Web Resources ............................................................................................................................................ 13  Writing Center 2 Introduction This packet includes general testing practice as well as specific IELTS questions. It is highly recommended to use this packet in a Conversation Partner session, but it can also be used for self-study. The packet provides samples for the speaking and writing portions only. Other practice questions and full-length tests can be found under “Web Resources.” The TOEIC and TOEFL packets also offer questions that are similar in nature and could be used for additional practice.  Writing Center 3 Which test should I take? I am a non-native speaker applying to… An undergraduate program in the U.S. TOEFL; ACT or SAT TOEFL is more commonly accepted in U.S. universities, although some schools now take the IELTS too. An undergraduate or graduate  program in Canada TOEFL; IELTS; CAE Required exams vary widely depending on whether the school is in English or French-speaking Canada. An undergraduate program in the UK, New Zealand, or Australia IELTS and Cambridge English Language Assessment tests As of 2014, the British council is no longer accepting TOEFL or TOEIC scores to obtain UK visas! A graduate program in the U.S. GRE; TOEFL The GRE is the test required for most native and non-native speakers applying to graduate level  programs. In addition, non-native speakers may be required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. A graduate program in the UK,  New Zealand, or Australia Cambridge English Language Assessment As of 2014, the British council is no longer accepting TOEFL or TOEIC scores to obtain UK visas! Business school GMAT; TOEIC The TOEIC is similar to the TOEFL and IELTS, but it specifically tests workplace English. Law school LSAT The LSAT is taken by native and non-native speakers applying to law school. Philadelphia Testing Sites and Fees IELTS: $200 Test dates usually offered once a month   ELTS Test Center: Suite 009   Drexel University   English Language Center    229 N. 33rd Street   Philadelphia, PA 19104 Check site below for exact test dates.   http://www.drexel.edu/elc/resources/testing_services/IELTS/    Writing Center 4 General Testing Vocabulary This page includes vocabulary that is good to study for any standardized test, as well as example sentences that might be used on a test. Affect and effect:  How does the globalization of English affect  other languages? According to the passage, what are the long-term effects  of radiation exposure? Analogy: In the passage above, “a pack of wolves” is an analogy  for what?  Classification: The Dewey Decimal system is a form of book classification  used in libraries. Conclude: What did the researchers conclude  at the end of their study?  Condition: What conditions  must be met for a number to be prime? Connotation: In the passage, fast food has a negative connotation  with laziness. Determine: How did scientists determine  the srcin of the fossils? Discourse:  In sentence 5, the phrase “academic discourse ” refers to language used in the classroom. Draw conclusions: We can draw conclusions  about the author’s emotions based on his word choice.  e.g.  (for example) Legumes ( e.g.,  beans and lentils) contain healthy fats. Genre:  What is the genre  of the passage? i.e.  (in other words): The recent boycott ( i.e.,  the embargo on imported goods) has slowed business. Impact : According to the argument above, how does pollution impact  the fishing industry? Metaphor:  In the text, “the lion” is a metaphor  for the government. Passage: What can we infer from this passage ? Significant:  What significant  changes does the author propose? Symbol/symbolize:  What does the color black symbolize  in the passage? Text: What is Smith’s analysis of the text ?  Tone:  Which sentence below proves that the author’s tone is humorous? Valid/Invalid:  If a=c, which argument is invalid ? Period: In what time period  does the story take place?
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