Expert IELTS advice in Karachi

<span style="color:#ff6600;">IELTS recommended course material for candidates in Karachi</span>

Almost half of IELTS candidates with good English do self IELTS preparation by going for online help or take recommended IELTS books. On the other hand, student who do not have competency in English go for self-preparation, which does not help them at all.

If your desired score is more than 6 Band, it is recommended to take expert help from IELTS instructor in reading and writing module. As books or online websites cannot check your writing or mark your weak areas in speaking. Writing module requires frequent checks in order to identify and improve your mistakes, in the similar way, you need to do much conversation in order to give your teacher a chance to point your problems so that he can give you solutions accordingly. Many students try to save course fee but when they have to repeat it 3 to 4 times why not paying some about and save your time, money and energy.

I would suggest candidates with good English to go for self preparation with following suggestion. Take Cambridge book series from 5-9 where each book has 4 tests. Each test has then listening, reading, writing and speaking which should be practiced on daily basis completing book 5 in 4 days. Once one book with 4 tests in 4 days is completed, candidate can get an idea what test is exactly about , means how to read instructions, answer questions and get on with time management. All together it is gonna take 20 days to complete Cambridge book 5 to 9 by doing one test each day. Once you complete all books see what is average correct answers in reading and listening if you are getting more than your desired band , you may proceed appearing for exam, if not then find expert help from one of a good IELTS teacher.

Other than Cambridge books, there are hundreds of books in the market and online but they do not carry IELTS exam standards, for example, in listening, when they give you some time to read instruction or check your answers may vary, Similarly, it is the case in reading, writing and speaking.

I have published a CD with the name of IELTSExpert library which contains all Cambridge books with audio and further hundreds of books in pdf format with audios. It contains hundreds of reading , writing, listening and speaking tests for academic and general training tests which candidates can not finish in ages. This CD is available in Aisha Bawany Academy where we offer IELTS preparatory classes mainly, you may also find same published CD in Rainbow center from a shop with name of “Karachi CD” on the first floor. When you visit there Ask them to give you IELTSExpert CD by Sir Alam. The cost of this CD is Pakistani 50 rupees.

So finally i would suggest all of you to go for expereinced IELTS tutor, website or notes rather than many which may lead to confusion. I have seen students going for so much practice from different sites which doesn’t help them at all in improvement.

By Mohammad Alam

15 IELTS speaking topics in recent exams 2013

IELTS speaking topics

Here are 15 speaking module – part two topics or you can call them Que cards. They come in second part of the speaking interview where examiner gives you a minute with a pen and paper to prepare notes , once one minutes completes examiner asks you to speak about the Que card for two minutes. So you have to speak for two minutes, however, examiner may stop you before but you should be ready to speak for two minutes.

These speaking Que cards have been shared by Sir Alam‘s students and online IELTSExpert users all over the world who got them in their recent exams in 2013. The reason i am posting these Que cards, is there are chances you may get one of them in your real exam. That doesn’t mean you should depend on them completely, just practice speaking them for two minutes between 3-5 Que cards daily depending how closer your exam is. If your exam is not in near date, it is ideal to pratice 3-5 daily by recording them and listening them again and again to see where your problems are.

You may click here to see further 30 Que cards topics.

IELTS speaking Que card # 1

Describe an activity you do in your free time.

You should say:

What activity it is.
Where you do this activity.
When you do this activity.

and explain how you do this activity.

IELTS speaking Que card # 2

Describe a conversation you had with somebody.
You should say:
Who this person was.
Where this conversation was.
When it was.

and explain what this conversation was about.

IELTS speaking Que card # 3

Describe a job you like

You should say:

What this job is
Where it is
How you know about it

and explain why you like this job

IELTS speaking Que card # 4

Describe art and painting you saw.

You should say:

Where it was.
When you saw it.
Whose that painting was.

and explain why you like it.

IELTS speaking Que card # 5

Describe a change that was made in your school.

You should say:

What this change was
When it was
who introduced it

and explain whether you agreed or disagreed.

IELTS speaking Que card # 6

Talk about a meal or a picnic that you had recently.

You should say:

- What was the occasion?
- What did you drink and eat?
- Have you enjoyed it?

and explain what you enjoyed most about it?

IELTS speaking Que card # 7

Describe a time when you were not feeling well.

You should say:

When it was.
How long you were not well.
Which doctor or hospital you visited.

and explain what happened to you.

IELTS speaking Que card # 8

Describe an accident you had in present or past.

You should say:

Where it was
When it was
What made this accident happen it.

and explain what damage it brought to you.

IELTS speaking Que card # 9

Describe a crowd you saw somewhere.

You should say:

Where was it.
When was it.
what type of people were there.

and explain what it was about.

IELTS speaking Que card # 10

Describe a person who you are concerned for.

You should say:

Who this person is
How did you meet
what reason was there

and explain what changes he brought in your life

IELTS speaking Que card # 11

Describe any sports event you have watched or u took part

You should say:

What event was
Where it was
When it was

and explain Why it so special for you..

IELTS speaking Que card # 12

Describe a time you felt active physically or mentally.

You should say:

What activity you did.
When you did.
where you did.

and explain how you felt active.

IELTS speaking Que card # 13

Describe an international city you would like to visit.

You should say:

Where it is.
what is special about it.
when and who you would like to visit with.

and explain why you would like to visit it

IELTS speaking Que card # 14

Describe a country other than yours

You should say:

Where is it.
How you know about it.
Why you want to go.

and explain interesting things about it

IELTS speaking Que card # 15

Describe a time when you forgot what to say.

You should say:

What it was.

When it was.

Where it was.

and explain how your memory recovered.

By Mohammad Alam

IELTS 30 speaking module que cards from recent exam
  • 07
  • Sep
  • 2013

I have gathered these que cards from recent exams which my students gave. I am publishing them for practice for those who are looking forward to their IELTS exam soons. It is good idea to write answer of few que cards by using good words, grammar, placing all sentences in order and practice them. Afterwords record your response and listen to check what problems you are having.

  1. Describe a lovely morning you enjoyed.
    You should say:

When it was
where it was
what did you do

and explain why you liked it

  1. Describe a time which you spent with your friends
    You should say:

How close those friends were
Where you spent that time
And how long it was

And explain how you spent it

  1. Describe an electronic item you have at home
    You should say:

What item it is
How long you have been using it
how much you bought it

and explain why you like it

  1. Describe your favourite shopping center
    You should say:

Where it is
When you go there
Who you go there with

and explain why you like it

  1. Describe a situation when somebody laughed at you.
    You should say:

Who it was
When it was
Where it was

and explain why that person laughed at you.

  1. Describe if you were ever interviewed for any job or studies.
    You should say:

When this interview occurred.
Where it occurred.
who interviewed you.

and explain what were you asked.

  1. Describe a situation where somebody was rude to you
    You should say:

When it was
Where it was
Who it was

and explain why that person was rude to you.

  1. Describe a night you could not sleep well
    You should say:

When it was
Where it was

and explain what made you not sleep well

  1. Describe an accident you saw
    You should say:

What sort of accident it was
when you saw it
Where you saw it

and explain what you saw there

  1. Describe something which was expensive for you.
    You should say:

What it was
When it was
where it was

and explain how you reacted.

  1. Describe somebody you gave lift in your car.
    You should say:

Who you gave the lift to.
When was it.
where it was.

And explain why you gave the lift.

  1. Describe your memorable walk you had
    You should say:

When you took this walk
Who you took this walk with
Where you took this walk.

And explain why it was memorable for you.

  1. Describe a natural beauty you visited
    What it was
    why you visited
    who you visited with

And explain how it helped you.

  1. Describe a lesson you had in at college or school.

You should say:

What lesson it was
When was it
Who taught you this lesson

And explain what you learn in this lesson

  1. Describe a lovely weather you enjoyed recently
    You should say:

What weather it was
When was this weather
Who were you with

And explain how you enjoyed it?

  1. Describe a problem which occurred recently in your life.
    You should say:

What the problem was
When it occurred
How it occurred

And explain how you reacted

  1. Describe moment of being happy in your life
    You should say:

When it was
Who you were with
Where it was

And explain why you where so happy

  1. Describe your favorite dress
    You should say:

What color dress it is
Where you bought it from
when do you where it

And explain why you like it

  1. Describe a cultural performance in your country

You should say:

What this cultural performance is
When is it done
How it is done

And explain what happens in it

  1. Describe unhappy moment in your life
    You should say:

When it was
what it was

And explain why it was

  1. Describe your favorite sports
    You should say:

what game it is
when you play it
who do you play it with

And explain why you like it?

  1. Describe a time when you are sad
    You should say:

When you when sad
Where were you
how you reacted

And explain why you were sad

  1. Describe a website you have visited recently.
    You should say:

what this website was about
when you visited it

and explain why you visited it

  1. Talk about an advertisement you have recently seen and liked it
    You should say:

what advertisement it was about.
Where you saw it.
what type was it.

And explain why you liked it?

  1. Talk about some change that you have done recently.
    You should say:

What is it?
when you did it?
how you did it?

And explain what made you do this change

  1. Describe a your favorite perfume
    You should say:

What perfume it is?
When do you use it?
where do you buy it from?

And explain why you like it?

  1. Describe an activity that relaxes you
    You should say:

What activity it is?
When you do it?
who you do it with?

And Explain how it relaxes you?

  1. Talk about a park you visited recently
    You should say:

where this park is?
who you visited with?
what does that park have?

And explain what you did there?

  1. Talk about a favorite plant you have had at home?

you should say:

where you bought it from?
When you had it?
how long you have had it?

And explain why you like it?

  1. Describe a library that you visited.

You should say :

Where it was ?
What it looked like ?
What facilities it had?

And explain what influence it had on you/how you felt about it.

BY mohammad ALam

  • 04
  • Jun
  • 2013
<span style="color:#e43101;">IELTS SPEAKING TIPS</span>


his post helps you improve your IELTS speaking band. It teaches you how to organize your information, speak much and not to repeat question.

  1. Do not repeat the question
  2. Answer all questions in an organized way
  3. Do not wait for the next question

1. Do not repeat the question

To increase your chances of higher band in speaking you should not repeat the question in your answer. Use similar words the for key words of a question.

For example:

What do you do in your free time?

I fancy reading novels.

As you see “FANCY” word has been used instead like. This will give examiner good impression

2. Answer all question in an organized way.

Whatever question examiner asks you , you should speak all sentences giving them good order.

For example examiner asks you the question below:

What do you do in your free time?

sample answer one:

Well i enjoy doing many things in my leisure time. for example swimming which is my favorite one. Secondly i love walking in the evening specially in a park which makes us fresh and i do it at weekends. In last i read novels, books or feature articles as i call this activity food for mind.

sample answer two:

In my free time i like walking. and i also like reading novels and books. i like walking too. i like these all hobbies in my free time.

As you see (sample answer one) where all sentences are in good order and logically connected as well while (sample answer two) nothing is in order or logically connected.

so follow sample answer one when examiner asks you any question.

3. Do not wait for the next question

when examiner asks you a question, do not reply it in short words or simply say “no” or “yes”. As examiner wants to check your English not information or knowledge so have good content and speak in an organized way.

You should make your answers long so examiner can check your English and don’t have to ask you too many questions.

See the example with long answer:

Question: What’s your name?

Sample Answer One: My name is Mohammad Alam

Sample Answer Two: Well, It is Mohammad Alam. People call me Alam in Pakistan while in UK they call me with first name Which is Mohammad. I don’t have a nick name so family and friends call me with last name in Pakistan.

So always stretch your answer like in sample answer two.

I hope this helps you

by mohammad alam

IELTS Speaking CUE card
  • 27
  • Mar
  • 2012

IELTS Speaking Test has three parts, in first part examiner takes your interview and introduction goes on, in second part cue card is given with one minute note taking, once you are ready you need to speak for 1 to 2 minutes, lastly in part three examiner asks you questions related to cue card which is called Two Way Discussion.

Today we will learn how to plan and answer CUE CARD. It is a card given to you in second part of IELTS Speaking Test to check your variety of skills, in response, you have to answer well by planning and organizing your ideas.

Describe a place you have been to, which you find very interesting.

You should say:

  1. Where is it?
  2. How you felt about it?
  3. Why do you think it was interesting?

Cue card can be categorized in two parts :

  • First part - as an introduction of the topic
  • Second part – as a question.

You need to make two parts of questions yourself then. First part you have to see what questions can be answered shortly , normally beginning 2 questions and in second part see questions which can be stretched or expanded in detail, for example see last question in cue card above.

Once examiner gives you cue card with one minute to make your notes and be ready to speak for 1 to 2 minutes. You should see what the main topic is, then make your own story or do not follow question order in cue card but make sure you answer all questions. Once you make your notes, start talking by answer first two or three questions which are short.

Once you give general story answering question make last main questions lengthy by stretching them. You can expand your ideas in detail with examples, explanation, evidence and further details.

Keep an eye contact with examiner and interact and use variety of structures, vocabulary and tenses. Do not think too much or stop unnecessarily, this will make examiner feel that you are struggling or translating and are not competent in conversation.

By mohammad Alam

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How to get 8 band in IELTS
  • 22
  • Oct
  • 2013

How to get 8 band in IELTS

Knowing how to get 7 or 8 Band in IELTS is a dream mostly for students not having relevant skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking. If you do not possess these skills and simply book test, it is wrong practice. Following criteria needs to be adopted for getting more than 6 Band in real exam.

Experienced IELTS teacher

The key role player in getting good Band is the IELTS teacher who needs to be experienced. Obviously teachers with more experience have taught to a lot of students and have undergone with many experiences, which include marking their essays and then comparing candidates who give real exam to see whether their marking scheme was accurate. Also they answer many unusual questions by different students, which they come to know then and tackle day to day problems students come across. They learn new ways by looking at different students’ ways of attempting reading, writing, listening and speaking questions. Comparatively, going for inexperienced teacher would not be able to share more experiences; he or she will teach you based on what his or her experience.

Every practice session should bring positive change in skills

Some students do so much practice but do not bring any improvement. It is just because of not having intention to develop skills. They can do this by identifying their mistakes or problems in every test they do. Once weak areas are identified while giving test, build some strategy to overcome them. For example, it can be discussed with a teacher who then give suggest you the solution for it or going for Google and search if it gives you any solution. Such way of practicing will bring a change after every test, which then can contribute in getting good Band.

Recommended IELTS Course material

Use recommended books by teachers. Some students use other books which are not Cambridge exam pattern, which results in getting poor Band when they appear in real IELTS exam. I personally saw some books not having exam pattern questions or practices. Like , the most recommended books now are the Cambridge ones which are official books published by Cambridge university.

So finally, I would say practicing without change is not progress but intention to bring a change in every practice test will bring results, no matter how tiny your progress is, it is still worth doing.

By Mohammad Alam

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IELTS Mock test in karachi
  • 26
  • Oct
  • 2013

IELTS Mock test

IELTSExpert offers facility of complete IELTS mock test. Many students want to find out what is their current IELTS Band status before they appear in real exam. Such candidates may visit us and book the mock test with paying only 1500 rupees.

IELTS mock test is categorized in 4 sections

In the first part of the test , listening starts with open speakers similar to real exams. Answer sheet is provided so that students can transfer answers in last extra 10 minutes which candidates get only in listening module.

Reading starts as second part of the mock test, making sure that candidates stop reading once 60 minutes complete and no extra time is given.

Writing is test taken in the third part, giving candidates task 1 and 2 material for Academic or General training accordingly.

Speaking test is conducted by Sir Alam, taking 15 minutes of interview, going through all 3 parts.

No break is allowed during the test if student wishes to have break, extra time is not given nor any part of the test is repeated. Once complete mock test completes, report is generated with band for each module.

Students who wish to collect their question papers and writing answer sheets specially marked by Sir Alam, may request before the test starts so that we can not destroy or recycle them.

Giving complete mock test makes students confident in real exam and make them aware of time management, test pattern moreover they know whether they are ready for the real exam or not.

By Mohammad Alam

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IELTS Band Score Calculator For GT and Academic
  • 17
  • Oct
  • 2013
IELTS Band Score Calculator For GT and Academic

IELTS examination has score between 1-9 band. Universities, immigration officers and employers require different band score in each and overall. Half scores like 6.5 are also possible in each module. Majority of Universities usually require between band 6-7 depending on degrees level.

IELTS Listening marking schemes for Academic and General Training

Listening module contains 40 questions, which are categorized in band score below with corrects answers . Its marking scheme is same for both tests General Training and Academic.

Correct answers Band Score


39-40 9.0

37-38 8.5

35-36 8.0

32-34 7.5

30-31 7.0

26-29 6.5

23-25 6.0

18-22 5.5

16-17 5.0

13-15 4.5

10-12 4.0

8-10 3.5

6-7 3.0

4-5 2.5

IELTS Reading marking schemes (General Training)

IELTS reading module for General Training has 40 questions in the same way as Academic test. Its passages are easier to find answers for the questions. It has less band score than Academic.

Correct answers Band Score


40 9.0

39 8.5

37-38 8.0

36 7.5

34-35 7.0

32-33 6.5

30-31 6.0

27-29 5.5

23-26 5.0

19-22 4.5

15-18 4.0

12-14 3.5

9-11 3.0

6-8 2.5

IELTS Reading marking schemes (Academic)

Academic reading module has 40 questions with tough passages. Its marking is more than General training like, in general training you get 6 for 30 correct answer while in Academic you get 6 band for 23 correct answers. Those looking forward to chasing 6 band is can not clear it, normally go for Academic.

Correct answers Band Score


39-40 9.0

37-38 8.5

35-36 8.0

33-34 7.5

30-32 7.0

27-29 6.5

23-26 6.0

19-22 5.5

15-18 5.0

13-14 4.5

10-12 4.0

8-9 3.5

6-7 3.0

4-5 2.5

By Mohammad Alam

i learned alot today

LOL IELTS is Damn Easy.

I got 7.5 bands in March 2013 test without even preparing for a single day. IELTS is not really hard and people having good command over English language can get 7+ without even preparing for a single day.

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LOL IELTS is Damn Easy.

I got 7.5 bands in March 2013 test without even preparing for a single day. IELTS is not really hard and people having good command over English language can get 7+ without even preparing for a single day.


Dear Hardworder,

You are right, if an individual who is competent in English should not be having problem and chances are always hight.

But as people who want to move abroad , do not want to risk and save time so they go for preparation.

IELTS can be easy for those who speak or write on a daily or even bi-weekly basis, but it is difficult for the average Pakistani who even English on a monthly basis.

@Mohammad Alam

Thanks for sharing bro...I am sure a lot of people would appreciate your efforts.