Words, Speaking, Reading and More!

 Mar 18 2019    |   Category: GRE , IELTS , PTE , TOEFL , SSC CGL
1. What is the purpose of this audio file? 2. Why is there a text transcript? Instructions listen to the tape, then listen to the tape as you read the text note down the words you do not know figure out what they mean observe voice modulation record yourself reading the same thing notice the difference Yayy!

Reading Comprehension – Sample Questions

 Mar 16 2019    |   Category: General Interest , IELTS , PTE , Quiz
This quiz has 10 questions. The suggested completion time is 20 minutes. The quiz is NOT timed.THE NEXT STEP IN BRAIN EVOLUTION Emily Feld is a native of a new planet. While the 20-year-old university student may appear to live in London, she actually spends much of her time in another galaxy – in the digital universe of websites, e-mails, smart phones and social networking sites. The behavior of Emily and her generation, say experts, is being shaped by digital technology as never before.

Request – Daari Choodu – Lyrics Translation – Telugu to English

 Nov 18 2018    |   Category: General Interest
The super-hit song from the movie Krishnaarjuna Yuddham (The fight between Krishna and Arjuna – two main protagonists in the Indian epic Mahabharata) was an immediate and a massive hit. It was written and sung by Penchal Das. Despite it being in Telugu, many Telugu speakers fail to understand and appreicate it thanks to most phrases being exclusive to the particular dialect it has been written in. Here is a rough translation of the song. If there are any correction and improvements, we

Sentence Variety – 1

 Sep 30 2018    |   Category: GRE , IELTS , PTE
In this series, we are going to explore one of themes that has been less explored than other aspects of language – sentence variety. No matter which exam you are taking, understanding sentence variety becomes very important. If you are taking IELTS or PTE for that matter, sentence variety becomes vital in writing. They are both tests of language and hence expect you to be able to use different sentence structure while writing. On the other hand, tests like the GRE look at your ability to under


 Sep 17 2018   
Unlike many other reading comprehension tests such as PTE and TOEFL, IELTS tests students with a variety of question types. One of them is Match the Headings. This question type expects candidates to read the paragraph and identify the central idea. Sometimes the main idea of the paragraph is explicitly given in the first or the last sentences. But, it is often left to the student to understand.  The other options provided are deliberately made confusing. Matching vocabulary is not the

Band Speaking Sample – Cue Card

 Sep 12 2018    |   Category: IELTS
* DRUMROLL * The IELTS Speaking Section 2 begings and everyone is hyper-worried. Do we speak non-stop? Do we use sequipedalian words? Or do we simple speak whatever comes to our mind? Here is a sample question and an answer that will score very highly.  The Cue Card The Response A really important decision I’ve made recently is to study abroad, which is the reason I’m here talking to you now. No-one from my family has ever had the chance to study abroad before. My parents were act

Word Usage Quiz – Advanced

 Sep 08 2018    |   Category: GRE , SSC CGL , Quiz
Want to take up the challenge that GRE offers? Want to see if you can make the cut, and get an admission into one of the top universities? You are in all probability already looking at learning a million words and then some. And, if you are among the unlucky few, you have joined a GRE coaching that does not focus on things you need, then you would also be blissfully falling asleep in the session while wondering why you did not just buy a dictionary and stay the hell home. At First Academy, we un

Reading Write!

 Sep 02 2018    |   Category: GRE , IELTS , PTE , Quiz
Do you want to Read for your IELTS and GRE right? Sometimes, small differences in a sentence can make huge differences. Understanding this is a vital aspect of any language. If you are here, and are reading this, you are in all probability looking to take an exam that tests your proficiency in English (IELTS, GRE, etc), or are looking for material to train students for such tests.  The changes in sentence structure often change the part of speech a word belongs to. Let us look at a garden p

So, you think you can connect with me?

 Jul 20 2018    |   Category: IELTS , OET , PTE
Coherence and Cohesion is one of the parameters of evaluation for writing. Since the name sounds good, most are swept up in the charm of the name and hence do not bother to figure out what it means and how it can affect their score. Coherence is about the logical flow of information. It is about unity. About how your essay sounds as a whole. Look at the following sequence of sentences:  Bats are the only mammals capable of flight. Mammals are animals that have hair and external ears. Man is

GRE Critical Reasoning

 Jul 11 2018    |   Category: GRE
Here is a sample test of GRE Critical Reasoning questions. Critical Reasoning questions contain a short to medium length paragraph. This paragraph is called the argument (Yes, it similar to those you see in the argument task!). The argument is followed by a question and five answer choices. Unlike the argument task in the AWA section of the GRE, which expects you to identify all the flaws presented, a Critical Reasoning question is more focused. It expects you to respond to the situation present

Writing Better

 Jul 06 2018    |   Category: IELTS , PTE
Writing. What can be said about it? We can all write, but how well we write is usually determined, at least for those that are planning to immigrate into Canada or Australia, by what you score in your IELTS. For many, the excruciating experience of being stuck at a 6.5 in writing while waltzing through every other section of IELTS is something that will remain a painful memory.For those of us who wish to erase this memory or build up on our failures, the first step is to be able to write clearly

GRE Sample Questions – Critical Reasoning

 Jun 10 2018    |   Category: GRE , Quiz
From understanding inference, to identifying a flaw, to figuring out the intricacies of a situation, critical reasoning questions in the GRE can test you on several skills. The test here looks at a set of questions that test you on lines similar to those that you are tested on in the actual GRE test. This is an untimed test. In the actual GRE test, all the sections are timed. Many test takers completely ignore the critical reasoning section or worse still are unaware that something like this exi

GRE Reading Comprehension Test

 May 05 2018    |   Category: GRE , Quiz
The GRE Reading Comprehension Section. This section of the GRE looks at three question forms. The multiple choice question – There are five answer choices from which you have to pick one The select any question – Three answer choices are presented. You are expected to choose all the correct answers. Select a sentence – A question is presented and you are asked to choose a sentence from a selected area of the text that best satisfies the conditions in the question.These question look at tes

Speaking Part 2 – IELTS

 Apr 08 2018    |   Category: IELTS , PTE , TOEFL
🗣️Speaking Part 2 – Talking about an event from your life This post gives you an idea of what you could do in the IELTS speaking section, with specific focus on how to handle a cure card that requires you to talk about an event from your life.  Note: While this is more in tune with the IELTS test, you can use many of the pointers to help you with speaking in other tests like the PTE and TOEFL!  Here are the pointers 💡Get some ideas by asking yourself Who? What? Where? When? a

Active and Passive Voice – For Writing and Speaking

 Mar 13 2018    |   Category: IELTS , PTE , TOEFL , Quiz
Active to passive conversions (or vice versa) are more than a grammar exercise that we do in school. While we are never taught the purpose of these conversions, knowing how to convert a sentence from active to passive and the other way is a essential base for being able to score well on the ‘Grammatical Range’ parameter of tests like PTE, IELTS, OET, and TOEFL. Grammatical range looks at the variety of sentences you can construct (accurately too) to convey precise meanings and opinions. This

Word Usage Quiz

 Feb 19 2018    |   Category: GRE , IELTS , PTE , Quiz
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Parallel Structures

 Feb 07 2018    |   Category: GRE , IELTS , PTE , TOEFL , Quiz
If there is proof that certain aspects of English appeal to the aesthete, it is parallel structures. Parallel structures can make what you write and what you say memorable. If you closely observe most the quotable quotes, you will start noticing that most of them have parallel structure hidden in them. Take a look at this for instance:So, how are these relevant to IELTS, GRE, or PTE coaching? For language tests, they will help you get a better score in speaking and writing. And in tests like GRE

Collocations – Explanation and Quiz

 Jan 31 2018    |   Category: GRE , IELTS , PTE
Collocation A collocation is two or more words that often go together. Strong collocations are word pairings that are expected to come together Collocation Examples Here are some examples of common collocations: feel free come prepared make progress curly hair It is important to be able to fluently use collocations in tests like IELTS and PTE. In more advanced tests like the GRE, the ability to understand and identify collocations is necessary to pick the right answer. Here i

Subject Verb Agreement Test 1

 Dec 27 2017    |   Category: IELTS , OET , PTE , SSC CGL , Quiz
Now, for the quiz. If you are taking the quiz on a mobile, click below (it will open in a nice pop-up window that is unobtrusive)  Mobile Quiz  If you wish to take the quiz on the desktop, here you are:

Critical Reasoning for GRE – Sample Test 2

 Dec 15 2017    |   Category: GRE
(For those of you who are wondering: The image is courtesy Microsoft Spotlight – The location is the Katsura River in Japan – on that soothing note, may you do well in the test!)The critical reasoning questions in GRE can be quite challenging for the uninitiated. But understanding how they work is not difficult. The most important step in understanding the critical reasoning questions is to start identifying patterns. Most critical reasoning questions fall into one of six categories. This te

Matching – Listening Exercise

 Dec 06 2017    |   Category: IELTS , OET , PTE , TOEFL
To listen to the audio click onto this link : https://firstacademy.in/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Matching-Lists.mp3?_=1

Modifiers Quiz 1

 Dec 04 2017    |   Category: IELTS , OET , PTE , TOEFL , SSC CGL
A modifier is a word, phrase, or clause which functions as an adjective or an adverb to describe a word or make its meaning more specific. It is one of the most common errors students commit in tests that include a writing module. Take this short quiz to know where you stand. Good Luck!

IELTS Reading Activity

 Nov 27 2017    |   Category: IELTS
Reading is considered to be the most challenging module in the IELTS test. Practice most certainly aids in helping you gain confidence and master strategies. Here are a few short passages to help you

Grammar and Sentence Structure Test

 Nov 24 2017    |   Category: IELTS , PTE , TOEFL , Quiz
Wondering about what the right phrase would be in the context? This quiz is for you. Be it for speaking in the IELTS test, or understanding the meaning of a piece of written text, knowing how subtle differences in usage can alter meaning can be vital.

GRE Critical Reasoning Sample Test -PC

 Nov 17 2017    |   Category: GRE , Quiz
A quick recap before you take the test This week’s session was about the Critical Reasoning component of the GRE. The GRE Critical Reasoning questions are an extension of the Argument task in the Analytical Writing Assessment section of GRE. These questions test your ability to assess a situation that has been presented to you. Assessing a situation includes your ability to identify flaws, weaknesses, and areas for improvement. Quite often, the questions contain answers options that are cor

A New Post is Arriving!

 Nov 15 2017    |   Category: GRE
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GRE Reading Comprehension Sample Test – 1

 Nov 09 2017    |   Category: GRE
So you have attended the reading comprehension session at First Academy, now is the time to go further. While the GRE Reading Comprehension session equips you with the skills, these skills need a lot of honing. This can be done only by practice. This exam allows you to first test yourself. Remember that this exam is not going to be easy. Before you start the test, please remember that should be able to complete the test in 15 minutes.

Understanding Reading Comprehension

 Aug 17 2017    |   Category: Quiz , TOEFL , IELTS , GRE , PTE
One of the most troublesome sections in English exams is reading comprehension. The challenge is that most of us are not used to reading, let alone reading with full concentration. If you are looking for a 'tip' to improve your RC performance, here it is - read more often. It does not sound much like a tip, but you will be surprised at how beneficial following the tip can be. Putting in an effort to read, for even 30 minutes each day, can dramatically improve your levels of concentration and und

Listening Test 1 – Difficulty: High

 Aug 17 2017    |   Category: IELTS , PTE , TOEFL , Quiz
The listening test contains multiple choice questions. As with most multiple choice questions in most listening tests, the answer options will have words and phrases that are a part of the conversation. This is a [tooltip tip=”Done on purpose; intentional; planned”]deliberate[/tooltip] measure to force candidates to focus on the understanding of the passage rather than marking an answer based on words or sounds of words that have been heard. As always, read the instructions thoroughly before