IELTS Basics Explained

This tests English proficiency for school admissions, and migration to English-speaking countries like Canada, UK, Australia.‬

There are two types

Academic

General

Make sure to confirm which of them you need for your specific purpose. 

Academic: higher learning purposes, for scholarships, foreign licensing and professional exams like PLAB

General Training: proficiency in a day-to-day setting. How will you integrate into your new environment , conduct  interactions at work and social settings.

Either one is divided into 4 bands

Reading

Listening 

Writing

Speaking

Reading: text culled from a source, you would answer questions. Comprehension and speed are skills needed. 60minutes

Listening : how well can you understand what is spoken to you? Audio recording with questions for you to answer. You need to be able to listen to different accents. 4 recordings. Requires practice. 30 minutes

Speaking: talk to an examiner. Answer basic questions, engage in a discussion with them; speak at length about a topic.<15 minutes

Writing 

Task 1 (150 words)

Task 2 (250 words)

Task 1 Academic: write about a data set which can be in form of table, diagram, map or graph.

Task 1 General Training: Letter writing which could be formal, semi-formal or informal.

Task 2 for both: Short essay with specific instructions. Graded for task response, (how well you answered the question) coherence and cohesion (does it make sense), grammatical range and accuracy (how varied and correct your grammar is) lexical resource (vocabulary strength basically).

Scores

All the band scores are aggregated (please find out the score you need for your specific purpose)

Expert user 9

Very good user 8

Good user 7

Competent user 6

Modest user 5

Why would you want a score of 4?

Alright alright

Limited user 4

Extremely limited user 3

Intermittent user 2

Non-user 1

Did not attempt test 0

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COVID 19 Info Basket- Articles #9

FDA authorizes two-minute antibody testing kit to detect coronavirus     

The Medical News Site That Saw the Coronavirus Coming Months Ago

Dyson designs new ventilator ‘CoVent’ in 10 days after Government orders 10,000 to help tackle coronavirus pandemic           

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/dyson-james-ventilator-covent-coronavirus-government-a4398026.html

Rise in depression and anxiety day after UK lockdown announced – study

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/31/rise-in-depression-and-anxiety-day-after-uk-lockdown-announced-study-coronavirus

Saudi Arabia’s clear response to the coronavirus outbreak is in stark contrast to the West ǀ View

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How People Move Around in Coronavirus Pandemic        

https://www.wsj.com/articles/government-tracking-how-people-move-around-in-coronavirus-pandemic-11585393202?redirect=amp#click=https://t.co/hRgzARWCLe

More American Should Probably Wear Face Masks

Choir rehearsals leave members infected and two dead  https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2020-03-29/coronavirus-choir-outbreak?_amp=true&__twitter_impression=true

Century-Old Vaccine Investigated as a Weapon Against Coronavirus

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-30/century-old-vaccine-investigated-as-a-weapon-against-coronavirus

The Coronavirus Spurs a Movement of People Reclaiming Vacant Homes

https://www.newyorker.com/news/california-chronicles/the-coronavirus-spurs-a-movement-of-people-reclaiming-vacant-homes

How the US blew the chance to get a grip

COVID-19 projects looking for volunteers             

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What The US Could Learn from Nigeria’s Response to The COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak

https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewwight/2020/03/24/what-the-us-could-learn-from-nigerias-response-to-covid-19/

I’ve fought epidemics around the world. Now it’s Canada that must prepare for the worst

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Probing

World is going remote

Diary     

Intubation colleague

Health education on handwashing in Lagos.https://twitter.com/Debbzdbee/status/1242922177957167104?s=19

Hand sanitizers and soap donation in Lagos

Tenant refuse returning landlord entrance.

Lost a friend      

Farts     

Tracking movement with cell phone signals

ER          

James Blunt

Treating domestic worker well

Trash bag PPE   

Quarantine activities      

NCDC clogged by pranksters

Nigerian Governors call for health sector investment

Vent splitter      

NHS Appreciation nationwide clap

Behavioural changes      

https://twitter.com/victorr_ugo/status/1243221164912193539?s=21

We are all treating one thing      

Atlanta appreciates health workers

Green card for IMGs

Health care workers move out for their mother

Brain drain         

Reaction to us visa for medical workers 

Boris Johnson positive  

Reaction to Boris

Release patients

Brain drain         

End of life           

Death

Kaduna lockdown begins despite having on confirmed case yet

Fumigation of major bus stops commences in Lagos

Disinfectant equipment deployed across Lagos

Lagos deploys makeshift markets in government schools

UBA to provides $14million worth of relief across Africa

Confirmed cases rise to 65 in Nigeria

Healthy 21-year old death

Art response

ER physician self isolates

NAF airlifts cargo to Abuja           

NIMR free testing           

We can win        

The need for marriage  

Game of Thrones Impressions   

Man on vent     

Fake news a pandemic  

Cameroon’s leader

Air ambulance response

Burial    

CEO Slack support for frontline responders

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Doctors Writing wills

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11265400/hero-doctors-saving-lives-during-coronavirus-pandemic-are-writing-their-wills-and-feel-like-theyre-working-at-chernobyl/amp/

Mehdi Hasan speaks with expert

Italian Doctor death toll

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/coronavirus-latest-italy-doctors-deaths-covid-19-symptoms-death-toll-a9427596.html

COVID 19 Live updates

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/03/28/coronavirus-latest-news/#link-MWVEVSF4Y5CYDOK4W2S7P5SGJU

What the gift of this unpleasant infection has helped me understand

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/this-is-the-way-sickness-has-shrunk-my-world/2020/03/27/b26da7fc-7039-11ea-aa80-c2470c6b2034_story.html

Coronavirus: Why are deaths rising so quickly in Spain?  https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/coronavirus-deaths-rising-quickly-spain-200327181759832.html

Coronavirus: 150 Tunisians self-isolate in factory to make mask

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-52068520

Italy’s doctors left feeling ‘shuttered and powerless’ as world’s highest death toll cripples hospital

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/italy-coronavirus-crisis-doctors-death-toll-hospital-latest-a9430551.html

For anyone who is into manufacturing and 3D printing ability

https://www.covidlifesavermask.com/how-to-make-it

British dep ambassador

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/mar/25/british-diplomat-dies-of-coronavirus-in-hungary

US Visas for medical professional             

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/update-on-h-and-j-visas-for-medical-professionals.html

Mask debacle

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2020/01/28/show-your-colours-only-one-way-to-wear-surgical-masks-correctly-with-the-coloured-side-out

Visa extension 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/visas-extended-for-those-currently-unable-to-return-home-due-to-covid-19

Rivers state closes all borders

https://guardian.ng/news/covid-19-rivers-government-closes-all-borders/

WHO launch trial testing for potential COVID-19 treatment

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/who-launch-trial-testing-4-potential-covid-19-treatments

China lied about it

https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/chinas-devastating-lies/

Taiwan accuses WHO

https://www.nationalreview.com/news/taiwan-accuses-who-of-failing-to-heed-warning-of-coronavirus-human-to-human-transmission/

Models causing panic    

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