IELTS Training at Edwise

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February 2016

Edwise offers intensive and comprehensive training services to students who aspire to obtain an acceptable score in the IELTS. We have a team of experienced, highly qualified and well trained teachers who will be guiding the students

How we coach our students

We conduct a mock test on the first day of training, simulating the testing conditions, to gauge where the candidates stand in terms of English abilities. Students are given their scores once the test is over. We then begin with the classroom training and use the Cambridge IELTS Books, an official publication for IELTS for classroom sessions

In the Listening section, the audio is played non-stop and students answer the questions as they listen. Once the test is over, the answers are given, explaining the focus on spellings, conventions of writing and marking scheme

For Reading, our trainers explain the various question types, and different approaches to answer the same. After the introductory discussion, students are given passages to solve. Towards the end of each test, every question is discussed with the students and answers are explained. In this manner, the students complete four tests. Discussion is an integral part of these sessions

In Writing, the types of tasks are explained with essay-writing guidelines. Each essay is assessed and guidelines are provided to improve the essay

Speaking is conducted on a one on one basis and is conducted on the same lines as that of the IELTS test. The answers are then discussed after the session. Scores are given, and guidelines are provided to improve the scores

After the training period is complete, mock tests are conducted and scores are given for each test

Salient features of IELTS training at Edwise

• Edwise offers/provides 30 hours of classroom training

• Teaching involves enhancing the performance in all aspects of the test

• Guidance towards the type of approach for different questions, with sufficient practice in all areas of the test

• Sessions are personalized, with a maximum of 8 students per batch

• 20 full length mock tests

• Well stocked library

• Availability of weekday or weekend batches ( Tuesday to Friday, 2 hours per day or Saturday and Sunday, 4 hours per day)

• The option of shifting to any branch throughout India

• The Cambridge IELTS, the official publication for IELTS is issued as part of the courseware

Free IELTS Training Scheme (FITS)

Edwise offers free IELTS Training Scheme. Under this scheme, if a student enrols in a university represented by Edwise and obtains visa for study purposes at the same institution, the student is entitled for a fee refund after deducting taxes and the courseware cost

For any queries on IELTS, For complete information, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.

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9 Reasons Why You Should Consider Studying Abroad

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February 2016

If you’re thinking about studying abroad, but aren’t sure how to convince your parents or yourself, here are some of the best reasons why spending a semester or year overseas is the smart and fun thing to do.

1. Improve Employment Opportunities

Want to impress potential employers? Companies around the world continue to invest in the global market, and prefer to hire employees who have international experience. Not to mention knowledge of a 2nd language. Your resume will stand out from everyone else applying for the same position.

2. It Can Be Cheap

Depending on your school, tuition fees may remain the same. Additionally, there’s funding in the form of grants & scholarships that is available. In fact some countries allow you to study abroad for much less.

3. Personal Development

Break out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself with uncommon experiences that make you reconsider or strengthen your values. Get a better sense of who you are and what’s important. Discover what you want out of life. Become a more independent person. International travel shows you what you’re really made of.

4. Learn Foreign Languages

Language teachers say being totally immersed in a culture that speaks the language you want to learn is the quickest and most effective way to learn it. Mastering a foreign language opens up all kinds of new opportunities. As globalization brings the world together, it’s important to be competent in more than one language.

5. Acquire New Skills

When you study overseas, you can take courses you don’t have the opportunity to take at home. In addition to university classes, you can explore new hobbies or sports that aren’t as popular (or even possible) to practice. Traveling outside your home country is an education in itself, learning to interact with & navigate through a culture different from your own.

6. Forge Lasting Memories

Most students who’ve studied abroad claim their time overseas was the best year of college. You’ll meet new friends who will want to share their culture, ideas, and learn about yours. Create lasting memories and develop life-long friendships

7. Experience Different Cultures

Immersing yourself in a totally different culture is powerful. You’ll experience things like trying different foods, celebrating traditional customs, and learning the history of another country. A person’s culture reflects deep perceptions, beliefs, and values that influence their way of life. You’ll gain an understanding of this that can’t be taught with books.

8. Expand Your Worldview

Previously held beliefs about foreign countries will change once you’ve been abroad. However you’ll gain a completely new perspective on your own country too. It can be surprising just how much you know is slightly biased, based on where you’re from. It’s also a unique opportunity to educate others on your country, dispelling their stereotypes about you!

9. Earn Money

You can also earn while studying abroad. English is the international language of business and is an important language that many foreigners wish to learn. You can get paid for teaching, interpreting or translating English while studying abroad.

For any queries on Study Abroad, For complete information & enrolment, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.

How Studying Abroad Can Change Your Life

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February 2016

Students from different parts of the world always are on the lookout for the next best thing in education. There are several different universities all over the world that specializes in various subjects. This is one of the best possible ways in which you as a student will be able to gain a wide velocity of knowledge and excel in a particular field.

Study Abroad

For many students, going abroad for education can be a life-changing experience.

The students who study abroad may get opportunity to conquer new challenges and solve new problems. You may encounter unfamiliar situations and learn to respond in an efficient way. Studying in foreign land also provides you a chance to make friends from around the world. The interaction with people of diverse cultures enables you to see your own culture through a new outlook. You may return home with new beliefs and ideas about yourself that may boost up your confidence. You become familiar with a completely new academic system. Studying abroad may set you apart from the competition of other job applicants.

Studying abroad is a long cherished dream of many students. Different universities offer different opportunities based on their areas of emphasis. An online analysis of the College stats can help you in selecting the best college.

College dorm living can give students the first taste of independence. The students who study away from home undergo an adaptation process that can be very advantageous for them in future.

Besides the enthusiasm of travel, another reason to study in a foreign country is that you can experience new customs, foods, holidays, art and music. You can learn about different people, cultures and their languages. There is no more effective way to learn a language than to immerse in the culture that speaks the language. Students who personally experience the cultural differences can know the origin of the other cultures. By studying abroad, you are much closer to places that you might not have visited otherwise. Academic breaks as well as weekends allow you to venture out and explore new places. Some of the study programs even plan field trips in or around the curriculum.

Studying abroad is quite affordable and practical way of getting good exposure and experience. This exposure and experience helps students in landing in great jobs.

Today, almost every student who wants to achieve something in life wishes to go abroad for pursuing higher studies. There is so much that one gains from studying abroad in terms of experience and exposure that a student can certainly reach great heights in his or her career. The experience that you get when you study in Canada, for instance, changes your perspective from being local to global. Your attitude also changes and you become more practical in your approach.

There are students who are under the false notion that study in abroad is quite expensive and that they cannot afford it. They also believe that going abroad for pursuing higher education is quite a difficult thing to do and they cannot do it. On the contrary, the fact is that studying abroad is not very expensive. It is also not very difficult as some of the students assume it to be. Hiring the services of an education consultant can make things quite easy to organize and also quite affordable.

Most of the companies today are looking for people who have good command over at least two languages. The market value of those students who can speak a second language fluently is much higher than those who cannot. This is one thing in which you can greatly benefit from studying abroad. You get to know another language of another country and mastering it will certainly enhance your market value. For instance, if you already know English and learn French while you study in Europe, you will easily be able to get good jobs as soon as you pass out.

Getting practical experience while you study in UK can be of immense value. This can help you in gaining some invaluable experience, which could land you in great jobs. Some countries such as Australia permit the students to work and earn in their country while pursuing their education. This helps the students in significantly reducing the expense of studying abroad while providing them with great practical experience of working overseas. Earning also significantly helps to increase the confidence level of a student who performs better and is able to organize the available resources in a much better way.

Therefore, studying abroad should not be considered to be expensive and unaffordable. On the contrary, it is quite affordable and not as expensive as you think it to be. The benefits of studying abroad certainly outweigh the drawbacks of it and the student gets a chance of landing in the best possible jobs.

Most of us dream to study abroad but only few eventually realize it. Reason: the tedious formalities involved in the admission process. We at Edwise identify your interest and strengths, channelize them and help you reach your goal. With 25 years of experience in overseas education we are an all round solution for all your overseas education needs

For any queries on Study Abroad, For complete information & enrolment, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.

Important information for IELTS Exam

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February 2016

The International English Language Testing System is recognised as a means of assessing the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. The IELTS is further divided into four parts Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

IELTS- Information

What is the Test Format

IELTS consists of four components. There is a choice of Reading and Writing tests according to whether a candidate is taking the academic or general training module. However, the listening and speaking tests remain the same for all candidates

The test is taken in the following order

      • Listening has four sections, and 40 questions, with a total of 30 minutes allotted for this section

      • Academic Reading/ General Reading consists of 3 sections, with 60 minutes for this task

      • Academic Writing/ General Writing consists of 2 tasks, for which a time of 60 minutes is given

    • Speaking is divided into three parts and a time of 11 to 14 minutes is allotted for this task

Listening consists of four sections, with ten questions in each section. These questions can range from multiple choice, matching, to plan/map diagram labelling, form completion, summary completion, short answer questions. Candidates can listen to the recording just once and are required to note down the answers as they listen. The candidates have ten minutes to transfer their answers to the answer sheet

Academic Reading consists of three sections with 40 questions. These texts are based on topics of general interest. One text contains a detailed argument. This section has a variety of question types that include multiple choice, True/False/Not given, matching information, matching headings, matching features, sentence completion, table completion, diagram label completion, short answer questions

General Training Reading consists of three sections with 40 questions. These texts are taken from notices, advertisements, leaflets, newspapers, instruction manuals, books and magazines. The question type for this section is similar to that of the academic reading

Academic Writing consists of two tasks. Candidates are required to spend 20 minutes on task 1, which requires them to write 150 words, and 40 minutes on Task 2, which requires them to write 250 words

In Task 1 requires candidates to present information by looking at a diagram or graph. They are assessed on how well they organise and compare data, describe the stages of a process

In Task 2, candidates are presented with a point of view. They are assessed on their ability to present a solution to the problem, while at the same time express their own opinions and provide reasons for the same

General Training Writing consists of two tasks. Candidates should spend about 20 minutes on task 1 and 40 minutes on task 2, with a word count of 150 words and 250 words respectively

In Task 1, candidates are asked to respond to a situation with a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. They are assessed on how well they engage in personal correspondence and provide general factual information, express needs, complaints, opinions etc

In Task 2, candidates are presented with a point of view. They are assessed on their ability to present a solution to the problem, while at the same time express their own opinions and provide reasons for the same

Speaking consists of three parts, and assesses how effectively candidates can communicate in English. It takes into account the fluency, grammatical accuracy and pronunciation

 In Part 1, the candidate is asked to introduce themselves. They then answer general questions about themselves, their family, job, studies, interests and a range of similar topic areas

In Part 2, the candidate is given a task card and is asked to speak on a particular topic. The candidate has one minute to take down notes if they wish to and has to speak on the topic for about two minutes

In Part 3, the examiner and the candidate engage in discussion which are linked to the topic in Part 2

How can a Candidate Decide Which Training Module to Give

      • Candidates who wish to study at an undergraduate or postgraduate level or those seeking professional registration take the Academic Training Module

    • Candidates that wish to migrate to an English speaking country like Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand and for those who wish to study at below degree level take the General Training Module

Edwise provide coaching on IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, GMAT, GRE and SAT, For complete information & enrolment, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.

Tips on SAT Verbal

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February 2016

How is the Test organized?

The redesigned SAT has four tests, the essay is optional. The breakdown is as follows

      • Reading consists of 52 questions with a time of 65 minutes alloted for this section

      • Writing and Language consist of 44 questions, with a time of 35 minutes alloted for this section

      • The Essay is optional consists of 1 task, with a time of 50 minutes for this task

    • Math consists of 58 questions, and has a total of 80 minutes for this section

Reading Test Passages

      • The SAT will have passages from a wide range of subject areas, devote more practice time to the types of passages you’re less comfortable reading

      • Two passages on the SAT Reading Test will include one or two informational graphics- tables, charts or graphs. These questions will assess your skills in locating and interpreting information within the text

      • Always ensure that you base your answer on an option closer to the reading

      • All the information you need to answer the questions can be found in the passage themselves or in supplementary materials. Be careful not to apply outside knowledge to the passage or questions, as this may interfere with your intepretation of the text

      • Keywords in the question will often clue you in on whether you’re being asked about a detail that was mentioned in the passage or suggested by the passage

      • While interpreting words and phrases, do not rely solely on your vocabulary knowledge. Words often have multiple definitions, so be sure to consider the context in which the word of phrase is being used

Writing and Language

Each passage will be headed by a title in boldface type. The passage is spread across multiple pages. Most questions are anchored to a particular location in the passage via a boxed question number in the passage. If the boxed number stands alone, the associated question will tell you what to do, such as consider adding a sentence at that point. At other times, this boxed number will be followed by an underlined text; for these you will have to consider which of the four answer options is correct in terms of standard written english

      • All questions on the Writing and Language Test are multiple choice with four answer options

      • All questions are passage based, consider each question in the context of the passage before selecting your answer

    • Some questions include a “No change” option; choose this option if you think the original text is the apt choice

Essay

The redesigned SAT essay requires candidates to analyze an argument in order to explain how the author builds his or her argument to persuade an audience. You are not asked to take a stance on the topic. The support that you provide for your analysis will not come from your own prior knowledge, opinions or experiences, but rather found in the reading passage

      • The essay does not ask you to take a stand on the issue

      • The scores that you receive will reflect your criteria in reading, analysis and writing

      • Ensure that you understand what the essay is asking you to do

      • The main focus of your essay should focus on how the author develops an argument that is persuasive

    • An essay that provides strong analysis of well chosen points is likely to score better

Edwise provide coaching on IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, GMAT, GRE and SAT, For complete information & enrolment, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.

Can you work and study… and still have a life?

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February 2016

Many students take on part-time work to earn extra cash for travel to make new friends, improve their language skills, or network their way into a new career. But is it really possible to combine work with study, do well in your course… and still have a life?

What are the secrets to work-study-life balance? Can you really fit it all in?

Finding balance

To be successful, you need to set clear goals and find a balance between work and play. Every person has 168 hours a week. It sounds like a lot, but a full-time degree course may take up 30 to 40 of those hours.

Studies have shown that students who work between 10 and 15 hours per week can manage their full-time study and their work. If you work longer, you may find it more stressful – and your study and results may suffer. So even if your student visa allows you to work 20 hours per week, this may not be ideal.

Finding the right type of work

What is your main goal for working? If it is to earn money, you’ll want to find a job that pays reasonably well, even if it is flexible or part-time. Temp jobs, where you may fill a short-term position full-time during the summer holidays, may be one option. If you already have skills and experience you may be able to freelance – as a research assistant or graphic designer, for example.

If you want something less stressful, an on-campus job (especially an office admin position) may be more suitable. It will save you time commuting, and you may feel safer working on campus.

If you’d rather leave your work to the weekends, and focus on study during the weeks, you might be able to pick up work in a café or bar, or in a retail store, or even work on seasonal events or festivals. This may be less lucrative than an office job, but there are other benefits such as staff discounts. It may also be more sociable, which is great if you want to make new friends or learn more about your new country’s culture.

There are other types of temporary jobs during holiday breaks, such as seasonal fruit picking or farm work. It can be physically hard work, but it is a great way to see a different part of the country.

If your main goal is to network in your industry, meet people and improve your CV, then an internship may provide great experience and hands-on training – but it may not be a paid one.

Six Tips to Fitting it all in

    • Plan your time. Use one calendar only, for all your personal, study and work commitments. Make a note of all your due dates and exams.
    • Write down how much time you need to spend each week on each activity, and enter all your regular weekly commitments into your calendar – even the really obvious ones.
    • Leave some free time. Sometimes things don’t go to plan, and you need to be flexible. Research for an assignment could take longer, the train may be delayed, or you may need to see a doctor.
    • Set yourself a homework hour every night. Attend classes; keep on top of the small stuff, so it won’t pile up into big stuff. Got a spare half hour? Do some quick revision – don’t go on Facebook!
    • Wake up half an hour earlier. Sounds so simple. But that gives you an extra 3.5 hours a week!
    • Set yourself small achievable goals every day or every week. And reward yourself with some personal time when you achieve them. Because it’s not all just about work and study – it’s also about you and your life!

Have you now realized you can’t actually fit it all in without sacrificing sleep? Don’t panic. You need to assign a level of urgency and a level of importance to every activity.

For example, an assignment worth 40% and due tomorrow is both urgent and important. But if it is due in 4 weeks, it is not so urgent. Answering an email straight away is urgent, but of lower importance than that assignment. Cleaning the house before studying is neither important nor urgent.

This lets you prioritize. And then you may decide you don’t need to do that task at all!

Prioritizing can be difficult. Accept that you’re doing the best you can, and feel positive about the choices you make.

If you give unimportant things a high priority, you might prevent yourself from achieving your important goals. And the most important reason you are studying abroad is just – to study and succeed.

For any queries, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.

PTE Preparation Tips

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February 2016

Pearson Test of English Academic is an international computer based English language test. It measures the English language ability and can be used to apply to educational institutions and professional organizations. This test is divided into three sections- Speaking and Writing, Reading and Listening and lasts for a duration of approximately three hours

Tips on each section

Speaking

Read aloud

    • Use the 40 seconds you are given to go over the text quickly.
    • Be loud and clear when you begin speaking. Use the punctuation to help you decide where to pause
    • Do not be in a hurry, you have plenty of time

Repeat Sentence

    • There is no tone before the microphone opens in this task, begin speaking as soon as the status box changes to recording
    • Speak as clearly as you can
    • Do not try to copy the accent that you hear

Describe Image

    • Use your 25 seconds to understand what the graph/chart is showing you
    • Don’t just focus on the details, include developments and conclusions
    • You cannot mention every point on the graph. Describe the overall changes if any and mention the significant differences

Re-tell Lecture

    • Do not try to write every word that you hear. Use key words to note the main idea of the lecture
    • Stay attentive and keep taking notes until the lecture stops
    • After the audio stops, you only have ten seconds before the tone sounds, use this time to organize your points accordingly

Answer short question

    • State your answer as soon as the status box changes to recording
    • Click on Next to move on to the next question
    • Once the microphone closes you cannot change your answer
    • If you think that your first answer was not correct. Keep speaking and give the correct answer. You have ten seconds to give your response
    • Do not pause for longer than three seconds. The recorder will move on to the next question leaving your answer incomplete

Writing

Summarize written text

    • Your response must be one sentence only, between 5 and 75 words. Ensure that you use punctuation that allows you to include all your points within one sentence
    • Your summarization should begin with a capital letter and end with a full stop
    • Your response will not be scored if your sentences have full stops in between or if it is all written in capital letters
    • Take a few minutes to check your grammar and vocabulary.
    • At the end of ten minutes, the screen will stop responding

Write essay

    • While writing your essay, make sure to fully answer the questions the task is asking of you
    • Make sure that your essay is well organized, with a new paragraph for every new idea
    • Save a few minutes to check your essay. You will lose marks for poor grammar and spelling mistakes

Reading

Multiple- Choice, Choose Single Answer/Choose Multiple Answer

    • Always read the question before you read the passage
    • If you don’t know an important word in the text, try to guess its meaning from the context
    • Make sure that you do not spend too much time on one task

Re-order paragraphs

    • Skim through the sentences, look for the sentence that introduces the topic
    • Check that your selected sentence contains no reference to any information stated before it
    • Look for linking words in the other sentences. Be on the look out for words like however or in addition to or pronouns replacing nouns already mentioned
    • Use these markers to put the information in the correct order

Fill in the blanks

    • Skim through the text to get an idea of the topic at hand
    • Look at the words around the first blank. Identify the idea being expressed in the sentence, and think what word will create meaning in the context
    • Check to see if the word fits the grammar and meaning of the text
    • If you cannot fill one blank, move on to the next one. The more blanks you fill in, the easier the missing ones will be
    • Read through the text to check if the meaning is consistent

Listening

Summarize spoken text

    • As you listen, take down notes. Do not write down everything you hear. Use key words to capture the main and supporting ideas
    • A high score is given if all relevant aspects of the audio are mentioned
    • Keep to the word limit of 50-70 words, you will lose marks if you exceed
    • Save a few minutes to check for grammar and spellings

Multiple-Choice, Choose Multiple Answers/ Choose Single Answers

    • Read the question and skim the options before the audio begins
    • Be aware of the development of the speaker’s ideas
    • Once the audio is done, eliminate options that contain incorrect information
    • For multiple answers, the candidate is required to select more than one option

Fill in the blanks

    • Skim through the text to gain a general idea of the topic
    • As you hear the missing word, type the word in the blank. Make sure that your spellings are correct. will be marked zero for incorrect spellings
    • Follow the speaker, so you do not miss a word
    • After the audio stops, read the sentence and check if the word makes sense

Highlight Correct Summary

    • Skim through the options quickly to get an idea of the topic
    • Focus on listening, take down notes once your audio begins
    • Once the audio stops, refer to your notes to select the correct option
    • Eliminate any option that may hold incorrect information

Select missing word

    • Skim through your options to get an idea about what the speaker might talk about
    • Do not worry about any words that may sound new to you, focus on the overall ideas of the speaker

Highlight incorrect words

    • Use the time before the recording begins to skim though the text
    • Pay attention to the speaker
    • As soon as the recording starts, move your cursor along each sentence
    • Always ensure that you keep up with the speaker
    • Do not make random guesses, you will lose out on marks if you have selected a correct word that was in the recording

Write from dictation

    • Focusing on the meaning of the sentence will help you remember the sentence
    • Ensure that the words are spelt correctly. Marks are given for every word that is correctly spelt

For any queries on PTE, Contact Edwise on 1-800-200-3678 (Toll Free) / 08600911333.