Author Archive | Trisha Alcisto

  • Trisha Alcisto

    Trisha is an IELTS blogger at Magoosh. She has a B.A. in Foreign Language and Literature and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics at UMASS Boston. Before blogging for Magoosh, Trisha taught Spanish and English to students of all ages, helping them master their foreign language or writing and reading comprehension skills. She writes and works as an academic editor from Bali, Indonesia where she enjoys yoga, slogging (slow jogging), and practicing her Indonesian with stray dogs.

Best IELTS Videos on YouTube

Of all the free resources for IELTS test takers, videos may have the most to offer as you prepare for the IELTS exam: They are informative and they offer valuable listening practice. The latter is particularly useful for those who have limited exposure to authentic English. IELTS videos in your native language will be helpful, […]

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Who Assesses My English in the IELTS: Real-life IELTS Examiners

Earlier this month, Magoosh blogger David Recine told us a little about the IELTS examiners. He considered some interesting questions about the varieties of English spoken by the examiners and what benefits there might be for test takers who get interviewed by native speakers of the same language. To add to this insight, I’ve found some […]

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Dealing with Nervousness in the IELTS Oral Exam

If you are experiencing anxiety about the IELTS interview, it’s not going to be helpful for me to tell you not to be. We don’t choose anxiety or nervousness over confidence… or do we? Let’s talk about why you may be feeling anxious and some points that’ll help you deal with nervousness in the IELTS oral exam. […]

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Natural Connectors in Speech for the IELTS Oral Exam

In any language, real-life conversation differs dramatically from the neat and structured patterns of writing. Your IELTS speaking test reflects the messiness of natural conversation—unanticipated topics, speaking as you think of your response, hesitating, and backtracking. You can’t prepare your answers in advance, but you can equip yourself for success in conversation and the IELTS […]

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High-Level Words for IELTS Speaking

Your IELTS speaking score is based upon four separately assessed skills. This article will be helpful to you if you’re concerned about the 25% that depends on your lexical resource, or vocabulary. If you haven’t yet, familiarize yourself with what to expect when it comes to IELTS vocabulary. Then, keep reading here to learn what it […]

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How important is my pronunciation in the IELTS speaking test?

How important is your pronunciation in the IELTS Speaking test? You may be surprised to learn that there is actually a quantifiable answer here! Specifically, your pronunciation represents exactly 25% of your potential speaking score, as do three other markable skills: fluency and coherence, lexical resource, and grammatical range and accuracy. (Learn more about how the IELTS […]

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Academic IELTS vs General Training IELTS: What’s the Difference?

The academic and general training versions of the IELTS are similar in format, but differ in content in the writing and reading sections of the test. Continue reading to learn the major differences between IELTS academic vs. IELTS general training, including an IELTS general and academic score comparison.

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Should I resit the IELTS?

Think you should resit the IELTS? Here are some common reasons why people ask themselves this question and some advice about what you should do. “It’s been at least two years since I sat the IELTS.” IELTS scores are considered to be valid for two years. Some organizations will accept it for up to three years, […]

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How is the IELTS graded?

The IELTS Marking System: How is the IELTS graded? Worried about failing the IELTS? Don’t be! Every English user’s skills are strong enough to be assessed using the IELTS marking system. As you may know, the IELTS isn’t a pass/fail exam, but an assessment that rates your overall language skills on a scale, producing a […]

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