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IELTS exam orientation

This section helps to answer students' questions about the exam, and introduces students to examples of questions in the reading paper.

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When students come on an IELTS preparation course they often have a lot of questions about the exam. This section helps to answer some of those questions and at the same time introduce students to some examples of different types of questions they will encounter in the reading paper. Worksheets are provided which you can download below.


  • Stage 1
    Write on the board: What do you know about the IELTS exam? Let students work in pairs or small groups to think about the question and share their information for a few minutes. Students feedback answers to the group. At this stage don’t give any answers to their questions, simply find out what information they already have.
  • Stage 2
    Hand out worksheet 2 and ask the students work through the questions discussing possible answers in pairs.
  • Stage 3
    Hand out worksheet 1. Ask students to skim read and check answers to the quiz questions. Set a time limit.
  • Stage 4
    Hand out worksheet 3 (Summary and True/False/Not Given question types). Allow students to work on questions individually. You may choose to go through one question at a time taking the opportunity to discuss exam technique for each type of question.

You will find a key for the above exercises included with the downloadable worksheets below.

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  • IELTS in my country is good because at my school ACE they provide us IELTS exam when we finish level 12.

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