Tuesday, May 22, 2018

IELTS test in Hong Kong – May 2018 (Academic Module)

Our friend M took the IELTS test in Hong Kong and remembered the following Writing and Speaking questions:

Writing testIELTS test in Hong Kong

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a table and a graph showing the number of people attending cinemas in Australia between 1996 and 2002.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some believe that modern technology is increasing the gap between rich and poor people, while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Speaking test


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– Where do you live now?
– Do you live in a house or an apartment?
– Which room do you like the most in your house?
– Will you move to another place in the future?
– Why would you do it?
– Where would you move to?
– Do you go out a lot?
– What do you do during a day out?
– Do you like spending your day out alone or with others?

Cue Card

Describe a situation that happened to you recently and made you feel happy. Please say

– What was the situation?
– When and where did it take place?
– Who was there with you?


– Do you agree that money is a source of happiness?
– What are your views on happiness?
– Do you think people can be happy because of their work?
– Where or how should people find happiness?
– What is better, to get happiness from money or from a good relationship?

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Monday, May 21, 2018

IELTS Speaking test in Sri Lanka – May 2018

When C took the IELTS Speaking test in Sri Lanka, he was asked the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in Sri Lanka


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Do you like your job?
– Do you use mobile apps?
– How often do you use them?
– What are your favourites? Why?
– What apps do you want to use in the future?
– Why do you need them?
– Would you like to write your own app?
– What kind of app?

Cue Card

Talk about a river or a lake that you visit often. Please say

– What is it?
– Where is it?
– How often do you go there?


– Do you think swimming is important for children? Why?
– Why do people want to spend their time on the beach or near water?
– Are there any jobs related to water that you would like to do?

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Literary Agent Spotlight: Kristin Nelson of Nelson Literary Agency

Kristin Nelson is the President and Founding Literary Agent of Nelson Literary Agency, LLC, and she writes one of the most well-known and respected literary agent blogs around: PubRants. She has her B.A. from the University of Missouri at Columbia and is also a graduate of the University of Denver Publishing Institute. She has honed her skills for years, and as result she has become a highly successful literary agent.

She is looking for: literary and commercial fiction for adults; young adult and middle grade books for kids.

Here, Kristin tells us what she hopes to find in the slush pile. She offers tips for emerging writers and insights into her publishing journey. 

How did you become an agent?

I became an agent by interning at several agencies and publishing houses through college. Once I graduated, I started looking for a position as an assistant at an agency, which is the best way to learn the job. From there, I apprenticed and began taking on clients and working my way up to being a full time agent.

Are you open for submissions? If so, help writers understand what kind of fiction and nonfiction projects you take queries for.

I am definitely open for submissions! I am looking for books that walk the line between commercial content and literary execution, particularly in young adult and middle grade fiction in all genres. I also represent select upmarket women’s fiction and the occasional adult SF/F project. I particularly enjoy complex female characters, queer narratives, quirky adventures, stories that ask readers to think deeply, girls with swords, and seaside novels. I also look for a strong narrative voice and characters I want to spend time with.

Do you have any tips for writers on opening and closing a novel well?

I like to think of the beginning of a novel as the question and the ending as the answer. The entire middle of a book is a conversation between the beginning and ending. As you edit, if you can identify the question the book is asking and the answer it is giving, you’re in great shape. The beginning should always have the end in mind.

Besides “good writing,” what are you looking for right now and not getting? What do you pray for when tackling the slush pile?

I want to be moved to tears. I want novels that are carefully crafted and engage with deep and nuanced thought. I also want stories with a sense of humor. I want projects I will be happy to read again and again. Novels that accomplish those things can be found in any genre—it is the quality of the craft, writing, characters, and story that make me say yes to a project.

What makes a manuscript stand out on a first read?

It all comes down to the writing and execution.

Do you have any tips for emerging authors on all things writing and publishing?

I think it is vital to know your market inside and out. Know the authors who are succeeding right now in your genre and figure out where your book fits in that conversation. Every book that is ever published is part of the greater literary conversation—learn your niche and figure out what your voice can contribute to moving that conversation forward.

What questions should an author ask an agent when they call to offer representation?

An author recently asked me if she could talk to one of my clients whose first book hadn’t sold and who I still hadn’t sold yet. I thought that was a really smart question because not every project sells and you want to know how an agent treats those clients just as much as you want to know how an agent treats the clients who are earning money.

And finally, any last piece of advice for writers seeking an agent?

Be professional! Learn as much about the industry as you can. Meet other writers. Find a critique group. Push yourself to improve your craft. Read lots of books in your genre. Make sure your manuscript is in the best shape possible before you begin the query process. You can read about my latest sales at Publishers Marketplace.

Submissions are accepted via email only.

  • In the subject line, write QUERY and the title of your project.
  • In the body of your email, include a one-page query letter and the first ten pages of your manuscript.
  • No attachments please. Emails with attachments are deleted unread due to virus concerns.

Submit a query directly to: querykristin@nelsonagency.com

Are you a literary agent who’s accepting queries? Get featured on the Guide to Literary Agents blog by contacting jessica.farris@fwmedia.com.

Online Course: Perfect Your Query Letter in 14 Days

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IELTS test in India – May 2018 (General Training)

When K took the IELTS test in India, he got the following topics and questions:

Listening testIELTS test in India

Section 1. A patient registration form at the hospital.

Section 2. About a museum of art.

Section 3. A conversation between students and a teacher.

Section 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Passage 1. About annual leave guidelines for employees.

Passage 2. About a maternity leave and the law.

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Passage 4. About a certain breed of birds.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You recently had an issue with water leaking at your rental property. Write a letter to your landlord to complain about the problem and say

– When did it happen?
– Describe the problem.
– Suggest what could be done about it.

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays more and more people want to live by themselves. What are the reasons? Is it a positive or negative trend?

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

30 Poetry Prompts for the 2018 April PAD Challenge

Find all 30 poetry prompts for the 2018 April Poem-A-Day Challenge below. I will link each day back to the original post with a super concise prompt. Just click the link if you need more guidance or ideas on how to come at the prompt.

Happy poeming!


Master Poetic Forms!

Learn how to write sestina, shadorma, haiku, monotetra, golden shovel, and more with The Writer’s Digest Guide to Poetic Forms, by Robert Lee Brewer.

This e-book covers more than 40 poetic forms and shares examples to illustrate how each form works.

Discover a new universe of poetic possibilities and apply it to your poetry today!

Click to continue.


30 Poetry Prompts for the 2018 April PAD Challenge!

Day 1: Secret Poem
Day 2: Portrait Poem
Day 3: Stop and/or Don’t Stop Poem
Day 4: “Case (blank)” Poem
Day 5: Intelligence Poem

Day 6: Food Title Poem
Day 7: Senses Poem
Day 8: Family Poem
Day 9: “Battle (blank)” Poem
Day 10: Deal and/or No Deal Poem

Day 11: Warning Poem
Day 12: Lament Poem
Day 13: Insect Title Poem
Day 14: Report Poem
Day 15: Metaphor Poem

Day 16: Favorite Poem
Day 17: Love and/or Anti-Love Poem
Day 18: Temptation Poem
Day 19: “(blank) Thread” Poem
Day 20: Earlier Line Poem

Day 21: Danger Poem
Day 22: Plant Title Poem
Day 23: Action Poem
Day 24: Roundelay and/or Anti-Form Poem
Day 25: Word Title Poem

Day 26: Relationship Poem
Day 27: Story Poem
Day 28: “(blank) Wave” Poem
Day 29: Response Poem
Day 30: Closing Time Poem


Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). He edits Poet’s Market and Writer’s Market, in addition to writing a free weekly WritersMarket.com newsletter and a poetry column for Writer’s Digest magazine.

He just completed his 11th April Poem-A-Day Chapbook Challenge and 21st poem-a-day challenge (he hosts one in November too). Join him for his 22nd such challenge on November 1, 2018.

Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.


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IELTS essay, topic: should children grow up in the city or countryside (advantages/disadvantages)?

Some people think it is better for children to grown up in the city, while others think that life in the countryside is more suitable for them. What are the advantages and disadvantages of both places?

Living in the rural area is the best option for children by a group of people, while others believe that cities offer more opportunities. In my opinion, if the city offers security and green areas, I agree it is a better place to raise the next generation some advantages both sides.

Firstly, the countryside in touch with nature, taking care of animals and helping with the gardening. Because of that, they learn how to protect the environment and to live without any technological equipment. Besides that, they have more freedom to play outside the house without any security worries, whereas in the city they are kept at home smartphones and computers for this reason. On the other hand, schools usually have lower quality and it is hard to find extracurricular classes. Therefore, children difficulties trying to develop their abilities besides the school curriculum.

However, schools at metropolitan areas tend to have better quality and offer all kinds of activities. Even if there is a sport or an art course that the institution does not offer, it is possible to look for it in another place around the city. As a result, all children’s talents and passions can be easier to develop. On the other hand, security, pollution and contact with nature are issues that we have to worry about. The better option would be a city with an excellent quality of life where children could play in parks and gardens.

To sum up, growing up in the countryside can be very positive for someone’s childhood, but the city will usually offer better opportunities for their talents’ development.

This is a well written essay. It talks about all parts of the task and the arguments and ideas are extended and supported by some examples. The information is sequenced in a logical way and most of the ideas are linked using appropriate connective words. The choice of vocabulary is suitable to express the meaning of the writer, though in some instances word choice can be improved further (mouse over the words underlined in blue shows suggested corrections). Most sentences are error-free and demonstrate various levels of complexity. Overall this essay seems good enough to deserve IELTS Band 8.

Click here to see more IELTS essays of Band 8

‘thought of as / considered’ are better word choices here
the linking word ‘while’ should be used here, as in ‘while enjoying’
‘of’ is a better choice of preposition here than ‘from’
‘lets children be’ or ‘allows children to be’ are the correct forms
‘and driven towards using’ is a clearer way to say this
‘face’ is a better word choice here
‘lack of’ is a more appropriate way to say this

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

IELTS Results competition winners in April 2018

What a great feeling it is to finally reveal the 8 winners who received the best IELTS results in April. Their hard work resulted in excellent scores ranging from Band 6.5 to 9. Yes, there actually was one winner who got the perfect Band 9!

And the winners are:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Mehdi Matinmonfared from Iran, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Tanishq Kikani from India, Band 8

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Rinchen Dorji from Bhutan, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Sana Nazir from Pakistan, Band 9

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Neha Verma from India, Band 8
  • Gagandeep Kaur from India, Band 8
  • Saema Shaikh from India, Band 8

General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Buddhi Hitihamillage from Sri Lanka, Band 6.5

Congratulations, everyone! To show our appreciation to the winners we are sending their certificates of achievement to their emails. Winning IELTS results will be displayed in the IELTS-Blog hall of fame – so if you won, please feel free to show them off to your family and friends!

We should really find out how these lovely people were able to score so well. All we know at the moment is that Buddhi Hitihamillage used our book Ace the IELTS to prepare for the exam. But we definitely need to know more!

Hope to hear from the winners the stories of how they prepared and studied, and what helped them achieve success in IELTS. Anything they wish to share will be posted on IELTS-Blog without delay, so everyone can use the same technique and get a better score in their own exam this month.

P.S. IELTS results competition runs every month, and everyone is welcome to participate. Learn how to enroll here.

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