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  1. I really need the IELTS because I really really really want to study in England. Can you tell me what a (result) 6 means, what is the level(intermediary or?

  2. Where can I find free downloadable tests for the PET exam?
  3. May I reproduce some of your lessons for my English class? Thank you. Your material is very appropriate for my teenagers with special needs.
  4. Hi, Ellie. last time when you answered my question, it was really helpful. Thanks for your answer. Today, i've got another one. This is the sentence i want you to read. " The board of directors decided to adopt Nordstorm's proposal over that of Valassis stating that Nordstorm's proposal is the easier to implement." This is one of the Toeic test problems. In this sentence, 'the easier' was in the blank. i chose 'easier' as the answer. why should i use 'the easier'? Please answer my question~.
  5. Hello Ellie, I've got FC listening and speaking tomorrow.Could you please give me some tips?
  6. I am trying to brush up on my english to be able to past the s.a.t. test....I haven't been in school in 30yrs. and I just took the sample test for the s.a.t. and in the basic grammer I got 5 out of 21 right. will this site help me to get a better grade?
  7. Dear Ellie, How do we call a test that students take with the help of a book or dictionary? Book checking test? Thank you for the help.
  8. How will one answer questions on Lexis and Structure. What are the methods of knowing the answer.
  9. Hi. I'm learning english for IELTS exam. I found an interesting question in reading section but there is no key answer. So, it makes me curious about the answer. There is statement: Studies have also shown that OCD sufferers have less serotonin than the average person. The question is: is it TRUE or FALSE or NOT GIVEN: OCD sufferers are deficient in serotonin. I think the answer is FALSE since has less than doens't mean has deficiency. Am I right? Please answer my question. Thank you very much for your help.
  10. What is the full form of IELTS?
  11. Where can I find articles about food and nutrition, child labor, travel and tourism, environmental issues, and media to give as tests for the students of high-intermediate level? I have to ask comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and I have to ask students to write an essay about the same theme (of the text). Is it possible to find complete sample exams? Thanks in advance for your help.
  12. Hi Ellie Do you have any exercises with answers about subject verb agreement, run ons, fragments, adjectives and adverbs, pronoun agreement and pronoun reference types. Thanks in advance
  13. Plural of ox
  14. Is it a serious mistake if I hadn't noticed the name of a man who I was going to write to in the FCE exam? It was an application letter. I was too frightened of everything happening there and didn't read the task properly. All in all, My letter begins with DEAR SIR OR MADAM and ends with YOURS FAITHFULLY, though it should be otherwise with a name written there and YOURS SINCERELY at the end.
  15. what will be the affirmative form of the sentence: please, sir, my pen has no ink..??
  16. I was given the following topic to write about in a mock IELTS test. I have done some IELTS writing tasks, but unfortunately I can't understand this one. In fact I can't understand the connection between the sentences and I don't know what it wants exactly. I referred to the IELTS official website but they said they could't help with questions of this nature. Would you please help me and explain / simplify what it says and wants exactly so that I can write a good article about it. Thank you very much for your support. "Young people today are better qualified than they were in the past. Some people argue that this is because competition for jobs is greater than it used to be. Others say that people only continue their education because the opportunities exist for them to do so. Discuss both these views and give your opinion ..."
  17. I am taking an IGCSE English exam soon. All of the past papers have question that Start with a Statement and then ask to what extent do you agree with this view? For e.g. Travel Broadens the mind To what extent do you agree with this view? In text book it has the different sections the writing questions could be choen from- Describe Inform Explain Argue Advise Persuade Explore Entertain IMagine I can't work out which one of the 9 is the subject for the question? Could you very kindly help? Many thanks
  18. What do this mean to do: after each sentence, write the comparative or superlative form of the word in parentheses, choosing the form that is appropriate for that sentence. -------------------- What does this mean I need to do? ... after each sentence, write the comparative or superlative form of the word in parentheses, choosing the form that is appropriate for that sentence.
  19. In the Toefl essay writing section, do they deduct marks for incorrect punctuation and capitalisation?
  20. HOW TO WRITE THIS SENTENCE? WOULD YOU CALL ME jENNY HAVE tomorrow



  1. I really need the IELTS because I really really really want to study in England. Can you tell me what a (result) 6 means, what is the level(intermediary or?
    According to the IELTS web site there is no such thing as a fail. That’s nice to know, isn’t it.
    They interpret the results in Bands. Each Band corresponds to a descriptive statement giving a summary of the English competence of a candidate classified at that level. Overall Band Scores can be reported in either whole or half Bands.
    The nine bands and their descriptive statements are as follows:

    9 Expert User
    Has fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.

    8 Very Good User
    Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.

    7 Good User
    Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.

    6 Competent User
    Has generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.

    5 Modest User
    Has partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.

    4 Limited User
    Basic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.

    3 Extremely Limited User
    Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.

    2 Intermittent User
    No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.

    1 Non User
    Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

    0 Did not attempt the test
    No assessable information provided.
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  2. Where can I find free downloadable tests for the PET exam?
    I found some examples here, but remember all these 'tests' are developed to make money. There's not much free legal stuff out there. http://www.cambridgeesol.org/support/dloads/pet/PET_HB_sampleS.pdf
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  3. May I reproduce some of your lessons for my English class? Thank you. Your material is very appropriate for my teenagers with special needs.
    Dear Benjamin, As long as you don't reproduce them on the internet, yes, but feel free to link to them. You may print out and use any materials you feel will be useful.
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  4. Hi, Ellie. last time when you answered my question, it was really helpful. Thanks for your answer. Today, i've got another one. This is the sentence i want you to read. " The board of directors decided to adopt Nordstorm's proposal over that of Valassis stating that Nordstorm's proposal is the easier to implement." This is one of the Toeic test problems. In this sentence, 'the easier' was in the blank. i chose 'easier' as the answer. why should i use 'the easier'? Please answer my question~.
    Because you are talking about the proposal. Maybe this rewrite makes it clearer:- "Nordstrom's proposal was the easiest one to implement."
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  5. Hello Ellie, I've got FC listening and speaking tomorrow.Could you please give me some tips?
    Oops! This is probably a bit late. Listen and read some English out loud before the test to switch your brain into English mode. But, at this late stage the best thing you can do is make sure you are well rested and that you eat properly before the exam.
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  6. I am trying to brush up on my english to be able to past the s.a.t. test....I haven't been in school in 30yrs. and I just took the sample test for the s.a.t. and in the basic grammer I got 5 out of 21 right. will this site help me to get a better grade?
    Good for you - I went to University 20 years after leaving school, so I know how you feel. I didn't design this site to prepare people for specific tests and exams. It's more about helping people learn to express themselves in real situations. However, there are books that concentrate on the types of questions you are likely to get in specific exams, you might find it useful to buy or borrow one of these.
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  7. Dear Ellie, How do we call a test that students take with the help of a book or dictionary? Book checking test? Thank you for the help.
    We call it an "open book test".
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  8. How will one answer questions on Lexis and Structure. What are the methods of knowing the answer.
    Lexis is only the study of words or vocabulary, structure is about getting them in the right order.
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  9. Hi. I'm learning english for IELTS exam. I found an interesting question in reading section but there is no key answer. So, it makes me curious about the answer. There is statement: Studies have also shown that OCD sufferers have less serotonin than the average person. The question is: is it TRUE or FALSE or NOT GIVEN: OCD sufferers are deficient in serotonin. I think the answer is FALSE since has less than doens't mean has deficiency. Am I right? Please answer my question. Thank you very much for your help.
    OCD sufferers have less serotonin than the average person. OCD sufferers are deficient in serotonin. Deficient means a lack of what is needed. So they have less than they need.
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  10. What is the full form of IELTS?
    International English Language Testing System
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  11. Where can I find articles about food and nutrition, child labor, travel and tourism, environmental issues, and media to give as tests for the students of high-intermediate level? I have to ask comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and I have to ask students to write an essay about the same theme (of the text). Is it possible to find complete sample exams? Thanks in advance for your help.
    I would use Wikipedia as it is open source. There are other free article sites you could try, but watch out for some terrible English. http://www.inhand.de/English/free-content.htm
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  12. Hi Ellie Do you have any exercises with answers about subject verb agreement, run ons, fragments, adjectives and adverbs, pronoun agreement and pronoun reference types. Thanks in advance
    All the tests are here:- http://www.learnenglish.de/englishtestspage.html We regularly add new ones.
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  13. Plural of ox
    Oxen. http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/pluraltext.htm
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  14. Is it a serious mistake if I hadn't noticed the name of a man who I was going to write to in the FCE exam? It was an application letter. I was too frightened of everything happening there and didn't read the task properly. All in all, My letter begins with DEAR SIR OR MADAM and ends with YOURS FAITHFULLY, though it should be otherwise with a name written there and YOURS SINCERELY at the end.
    Dear Mr So and So, Yours sincerely Dear Sir or Madam, Yours faithfully To be honest, this kind of etiquette is no longer as important as it once was, a lot of people sign out with Best regards, or Best wishes, but I'm not marking your paper. That said, it sounds as if you wrote the letter correctly, and let's face it, the exam is finished, so don't let it worry you. But for your next exam try to relax and read through things, panic never helped anyone. Let us know how you got on. :)
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  15. what will be the affirmative form of the sentence: please, sir, my pen has no ink..??
    Who asks you guys this stuff? My pen hasn't got any ink. My pen has run out of ink. My pen is empty. Can I borrow your pen? My pens never run out of ink. I always lose them before it happens.
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  16. I was given the following topic to write about in a mock IELTS test. I have done some IELTS writing tasks, but unfortunately I can't understand this one. In fact I can't understand the connection between the sentences and I don't know what it wants exactly. I referred to the IELTS official website but they said they could't help with questions of this nature. Would you please help me and explain / simplify what it says and wants exactly so that I can write a good article about it. Thank you very much for your support. "Young people today are better qualified than they were in the past. Some people argue that this is because competition for jobs is greater than it used to be. Others say that people only continue their education because the opportunities exist for them to do so. Discuss both these views and give your opinion ..."
    Did you know I hate exams? My advice here comes with a health warning. I don't prepare people for exams. It's very possible I have interpreted what they want incorrectly.) The assumption is:- Young people today are better qualified than they were in the past. = Young people get more pieces of paper to prove they are clever than they used to. I guess they want you to write your essay from two points of view. Some people argue that this is because competition for jobs is greater than it used to be. = The competition is making young people strive harder to get better qualified. "... people only continue their education because the opportunities exist for them to do so." = Young people would continue their education regardless of the competition because there are so many opportunities for them to do so. Give your opinion = Do you agree with one or the other of these statements or neither.
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  17. I am taking an IGCSE English exam soon. All of the past papers have question that Start with a Statement and then ask to what extent do you agree with this view? For e.g. Travel Broadens the mind To what extent do you agree with this view? In text book it has the different sections the writing questions could be choen from- Describe Inform Explain Argue Advise Persuade Explore Entertain IMagine I can't work out which one of the 9 is the subject for the question? Could you very kindly help? Many thanks
    You don't have to choose just one, they are merely guides to how you could structure your answer. Try looking at the BBC Bitesize guide. (Your teacher should be helping you with this.) http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/english/writing/
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  18. What do this mean to do: after each sentence, write the comparative or superlative form of the word in parentheses, choosing the form that is appropriate for that sentence. -------------------- What does this mean I need to do? ... after each sentence, write the comparative or superlative form of the word in parentheses, choosing the form that is appropriate for that sentence.
    Oh poor you! Who writes this stuff? The word in brackets (parentheses):- For example:- (big) Needs to be changed into either the comparative form - bigger. or the superlative form - biggest etc. Depending on what is best to make a meaningful sentence. For example:- Lynne saw the (big) dog she had ever seen. Lynne saw the biggest dog she had ever seen. It was (big) than her dog Laika. It was bigger than her dog Laika. http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/adjectivecomp.htm http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/adjectivesuper.htm
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  19. In the Toefl essay writing section, do they deduct marks for incorrect punctuation and capitalisation?
    You shouldn\'t lose points for minor errors as long as that mistake doesn’t change the meaning of what you have written.
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  20. HOW TO WRITE THIS SENTENCE? WOULD YOU CALL ME jENNY HAVE tomorrow
    Would you have Jenny call me tomorrow? I would add please:- Would you have Jenny call me tomorrow, please?
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