Introduction to ielts-yasi.englishlab.net
If you have just arrived at this website, you might find it to be rather complex, even chaotic. So, let me explain what this website is all about, what it does and what it does not do, and how to use it.
Background to this Website
- First, I assume your English reading ability is at least Band 5.0 IELTS standard (or a "strong" Band 4.5). If you are much lower than that, you will find it a bit difficult to read my English. Use the Google translation function at, 翻译, if and when you have any problems.
- Second, I assume that you have some background knowledge or understanding of the IELTS Speaking test. If you don't, you can go to some of the websites I have listed on this page, 'General IELTS Links' and read about the test, in Chinese if you want. You also should first read the following two pages in order to better understand the test: Speaking Test Summary and The Grading Criteria.
- Third, I assume that you are mature enough, and have the necessary study skills to study by yourself in order to improve your English and to prepare for the test. This includes the ability to handle a lot of information, such as the large number of Part 3 questions. If you have just finished high school, you might not be used to a situation where you, not the teacher, decide what to study and how to study it. But if you hope to be a university student overseas, you need to have this maturity and these skills. Nevertheless, since I am the teacher and the IELTS expert and you are the student, I will give you some suggestions on what to study and how much time to spend on it.
- Finally, I assume that you have more than just one or two days before your IELTS test. If you do only have a couple of days, I explain on the page called, "Study Guide to this Website" what to do.
The Contents of this Website
The website is broadly divided into two sections: a) Lists of real topics and questions that are being used in the test right now and, b) Information to help you improve your real, overall speaking ability and your ability to speak well in the test.
a) Information about the Real Topics and Questions
This information is mostly what I find on the internet, especially at 3gbbs.com and 51ielts.com. You cannot assume that it's 100% complete and accurate – it's just my judgment, based on my experience.
The information about the real questions is listed in the menu on the front page under the sections, "Part 1" and "Parts 2/3".
To go straight to the current Part 1 topics and questions, in the drop-down menu choose "Current Part 1 Questions". At the moment, it is this page:
http://ielts-yasi.englishlab.net/Part_1_Questions_MAY_to_AUG_2012.htm but this will change after August, 2012.
The current Part 2 and Part 3 topics and questions are listed together. To go straight to the current index of these topics, go to:
http://ielts-yasi.englishlab.net/PARTS_2_and_3_INDEX_P5.htm. Then, from that index, click the page number for the different topics. The topics with the label, (Probably no longer used), are retired topics. That is, those topics are not being used right now.
(If you have more than just a few days before your test, I strongly suggest you actually speak an answer to the Part 2 topics into a tape recorder the first time you read them. Use a clock to give yourself 1 minute, and no more, of thinking time and no more than two minutes to speak your answer. This activity, giving you the experience of the real test, is very valuable.)
Note: This website does not give you answers that you can memorize and use in the test. If I wrote answers and put them on this website, those answers would quickly become useless and even damaging to you. This is because the examiners would be given a list of these answers and, if they heard a candidate speak one of those answers, the examiners would then reduce the candidate's score. Not only that, examiners can usually recognize answers that are 100% memorized and, if they hear such answers, they will both reduce your score and ask you more difficult questions than usual. Nevertheless, if you read this website carefully, especially any notes that I have written about some questions, you will be able to find several examples of model answers that you can use or adapt.
b) Information to help you improve your real, overall speaking ability and your ability to speak in the test.
Basically, this information is found in the drop-down menu on the front page under the heading, "Improving Your English".
There's a lot of different information here to help you but if you only have a short period before your test, you won't have time to study everything. I have written a separate page, called "Study Guide to this Website" that you can use to decide how to best use this website. Depending on how much time people have, they will use this website in different ways.