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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
What is a "topic sentence"?

There is only one question type on the reading module of the IELTS.

I should do practice tests only in my home because I can concentrate best there.

What is "scanning"?

Which of the following are synonyms?

If you are unsure on a multiple choice question, you should usually trust your first choice, your gut instinct.

The information for question two usually appears earlier in the reading passage than the information for question three.

Read the following paragraph and choose the topic sentence:

Although scholars are unsure as to what exactly caused the Maya collapse, many theories abound. Some archaeologists believe that the society collapsed as a result of population increase and the resulting environmental degradation. Others have proposed that increasing warfare between Maya city states caused the ancient society's downfall. A third hypothesis suggests that natural disasters such as earth quakes were responsible, while a fourth hypothesis argues for a multi-causal approach which includes all of the above.


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Thanks a lot

Tuesday, November 25th 2014

    Thanks a lot too.

    Tuesday, November 25th 2014

      thanks alot for your excellent work sweet dear amma,but i have still problem in reading passage,i can, gain the summary and main idea of reading passage so plz help me about this regard
      thnks

      Sunday, December 21st 2014

      and if u kindly quide me on skype hope i will learn more and more ,thnks dear emma
      ,my skype id,imran.khan30110

      Sunday, December 21st 2014

        hi i am from Pakistan

        Monday, June 1st 2015

      THANKS A LOT

      Monday, January 26th 2015

    You are awesome Emma :)
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    Regards

    Wednesday, November 26th 2014

    Hello Alina , I would like talking to you onskype for improve our English please . my skype is sma3li or tuix2006; just add me . see your answer soon good bye

    Monday, December 8th 2014

    great job

    Friday, September 16th 2016

Being familiar with the reading section of the IELST helps a great deal, but above all with the type of test items that you will encounter on the test.

Thanks for sharing your experience and these great tips with us Emma.

All the best.

Tuesday, November 25th 2014

thank Emma very much. your lesson very helpful for me to take the Ielts

Tuesday, November 25th 2014

thx alot emma i got 7 its not bad
i hope u guys add me on skype to practice
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Tuesday, November 25th 2014

Hi Adam finally I got the privilege to send you a message.I want to be like you.I got my ESL diploma and I will use some of your way of teaching the day I get a job abroad.I watch you almost every night.I got some of the quiz done the last one I got 5 of nine,but I am getting better thanks hope to hear from you.Keep up the good work I’ve had mention you to some of my students.Good compliment.I need some help with dangling participle;still struggle with it chao.have a great day.

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

    Good for you!
    But she is not Adam;)
    Her name is Emma.

    Thursday, November 27th 2014

I Passed the IELTS more than 4 times, but really i am certain that this kind of exam is abnormal and commercial, Not only the language skills could help to make high score
they made it in complected form that Let the candidate feel himself under pressure and of course ensure the repetition of passing the exam for every participant

IELTS is big source of money here in the middle east, well done for the beneficiaries

I appreciate all teachers of this web site ,i hope the best of luck , many thank to you Emma

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Hello, everyone!

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

I am here to practice English. My skype : ashraf_warsi. Anyone interested to practice…please let me know. Thank you.

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

thank you Emma.I wish you a lot of luck in your life.All Egyptians loves you. you have a lot of fans over there.

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Where can I leave a question? Anyway I would like to know which sentence is correct . (She got all your pose. or she got all your poses). I was kinda confused when I heard these two sentences used by two different people. Can you please tell me which is correct. Thank you. I’m sorry if my english is not that good.

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

thanks emma, very helpful

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Thanks much, Emma! It’s very helpfull lesson. God bless you all!

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Thank you Emma.

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

ooooh thank youuuu emma .i love your lessons <3

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

    i want to talk with u the purpose develop english fluency

    Thursday, April 23rd 2015

great lession! thanks Emma

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Thanks Emma

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Thank you Emma this websites helped me a lot
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Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Thanks

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Oh,Emma!Where have you been)

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Thinks it’s just interesting

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

thanks a lot Emma

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Thanks Emma I got 6 correct out of 8. This lesson is useful for Whom want to prepare to study in oversea.

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

I got 5 correct out of 8. I like scanning best. Thank you Emma :)

Wednesday, November 26th 2014

Thank you very much…………

Thursday, November 27th 2014

Very good tips for IELTS, that’s for sure. Thank you all.

Thursday, November 27th 2014

Thank You Emma

Thursday, November 27th 2014

Thank you, Emma for that incredible lesson…It was really helpful and useful advices for me…Thanks a lot…I think I’ll succeed!

Thursday, November 27th 2014

Thank you a lot Emma

Thursday, November 27th 2014

Thanks Emma ,i eay enjoy your lecturs ,you have some thing els

Thursday, November 27th 2014

i can’t see subtitles. there was before

Thursday, November 27th 2014

i am sorry. i found it

Thursday, November 27th 2014

Thank you very much

Thursday, November 27th 2014

Thank you Emma

Thursday, November 27th 2014

Emma, this is excellent content! I’m a native speaker and I flunked the test! My fault, I guess I forgot these terms–“topic sentence”. Your advice on taking tests is good for _any_ kind of test in any subject.

This is a great module, keep up the good work.

Thursday, November 27th 2014

You’re so great and beautiful. Thanks for the video

Thursday, November 27th 2014

Thank you Emma
nice to meet you !

Friday, November 28th 2014

hello everybody . i want to improve my English please add me on your skype to practice it with voice ,,, i graduated from college of lnguages ,,
i can speak 3 languages
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speciall thanks to whome manage this awsome site

Friday, November 28th 2014

Hi! dear emma
Thank you so much, you are my favorite on engvid this lesson is very useful. may god bless you and your family
your faithfullly

Friday, November 28th 2014

I love your lectures Emma

Friday, November 28th 2014

Emma; a lesson after lesson prove you are the best

Friday, November 28th 2014

really thank u :)

Friday, November 28th 2014

which grammar on line should I read in order to increase my knowledge???

Friday, November 28th 2014

    Hi …me again……I think it was very helpfull Emma!! skipe >> mario-sp40

    Friday, November 28th 2014

Like it

Friday, November 28th 2014

Thanks Emma, this is always helpful !

Friday, November 28th 2014

Thank you got 88% without w.

Saturday, November 29th 2014

Hello every one iam so glad to join you and iam new here I hope to you the best and thanks

Saturday, November 29th 2014

Perfect lucture thanks alot emma

Saturday, November 29th 2014

thank you very much even though i am not doing the IELTS test , i could get i good idea about the main points in this test , thanks again it’s very usefull to impouve ourselfs, you are doing a good job thank’s again wish you the best

Saturday, November 29th 2014

63% in the test means I must improve my English
Thank you Emma for teach me

Saturday, November 29th 2014

it was an informative lesson , thanks

Saturday, November 29th 2014

thank you

Saturday, November 29th 2014

Thanks

Sunday, November 30th 2014

Thans. :-)

Sunday, November 30th 2014

I didn’t somehow got the quiz but its still a good one for me learning with this.

Monday, December 1st 2014

thank you so much Emma! your lessons help me a lot!

Monday, December 1st 2014

    hello there, i need a English speaker for practicing English please help me . my ielts exam is right in a corner ..please help me guys………..mr.jj@yahoo.com my mail id

    Thursday, December 4th 2014

thanks

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

i should some tips fore ielts

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

emma tell me

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

Thanks Emma

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

thanks a lot, is esaier to learn whit this kind of tips

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

thanks alot miss emma,
i watched your video in my ielts class, our teacher often play your videos and its very helpfull for us.
i would like say a great thanks to you, you are such a fabulous teacher…..

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

Hi Emma,that’s very informative lesson,thank you.
I’m looking for an ielts tutor.can you be my tutor Emma?
How can I contact you? Hope to hear from you.

Tuesday, December 2nd 2014

Thanks Emma!!!

Wednesday, December 3rd 2014

Thank You a lot for Your lessons. Im going to pass IELTS next year, i think with Your lessons i will pass on excellent :)

Thursday, December 4th 2014

Thank you very much dear Emma.

Friday, December 5th 2014

You proved that am doing it right, so thank you.

Friday, December 5th 2014

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Saturday, December 6th 2014

Thanks for your help. I learned your lesson, although I am a beginer of English.

Saturday, December 6th 2014

U R Awesome. Please do it about writing 2. thx

Sunday, December 7th 2014

Thanks…very nice tips

Monday, December 8th 2014

i got 4 correct

Tuesday, December 9th 2014

thanks emma!!!

Thursday, December 11th 2014

I got 8 correct

Thanks

Friday, December 12th 2014

Thanks my dog… kkk

Saturday, December 13th 2014

Many thanks

Sunday, December 14th 2014

hi all, i’m from indonesia. I’m glad find engVid.com as my online course to studying english. So glad if i could find a friend who want to learn english together. Maybe via skype. I hope i can listening and speaking more fluent by practice. Please add my skype: kohtanno. Thanks all.

Tuesday, December 16th 2014

Thanks Emma !!! got 7 out of eight. Also in one of my
Pronunciation test got 9 out of 9. I want to achieve level 8. Kindly suggest me how to achieve this. Your way of teaching is fantastic and up to the point !!!!

Friday, December 19th 2014

I don’t prepare to IELTS exam but Iit was very helpful for me. I scored 100% and i’m so proud. Thank Emma. You’re a great teacher.

Saturday, December 20th 2014

yah..!!correct 8 out of 8,enjoying this game :p

Tuesday, December 23rd 2014

Thank you Emma, This is really helpful

Thursday, December 25th 2014

Thanks Emma

Saturday, December 27th 2014

Thanks. Amazing.

Saturday, December 27th 2014

thanks alot Ms. Emma.

Tuesday, January 6th 2015

Thank you Ms. Emma

Thursday, January 8th 2015

Thank you ma’am it was very useful. I need you email. please send me through:maisamsultani33@gmail.com

Thursday, January 8th 2015

Hi Emma I just read objectives and can not find videos how I get them

Thursday, January 8th 2015

Thank Emma. Useful

Saturday, January 10th 2015

Hi! Where can I see the sample reading test here so I can practice? Thanks a lot!

Monday, January 12th 2015

It’s a very useful website, specially Emma is a perfect tutor! Thanks Emma for your wonderful teaching…

Wednesday, January 14th 2015

thank u so much

Friday, January 16th 2015

I was sleepy, but I could enjoy the lesson.Thanks Emma!

Tuesday, January 20th 2015

Thank you, Emma.

Wednesday, January 21st 2015

Thank you pretty teacher

Thursday, January 22nd 2015

Good lessons to practice.Thank you Emma.

Saturday, January 24th 2015

Thank you !!!

Sunday, January 25th 2015

Thanks EMMA

Monday, January 26th 2015

i am happy to be member

Tuesday, February 3rd 2015

Thanks

Thursday, February 5th 2015

Hi. I am Caglar from Turkey. I want to improve my English by speaking please add me skype : sixfingers13

Saturday, February 7th 2015

Today’s lesson was considerably difficult. I could not understand some meanings. I got six out of eight.
I will try to study this lesson again.
Thank you Emma!

Monday, February 9th 2015

thanks my teacher

Thursday, February 12th 2015

my Quis Emma!
100
You got 8 correct out of 8.
:D

Tuesday, February 17th 2015

i have got 100 thanks Emma :D

Sunday, March 1st 2015

Thank you Emma! I have got all correct and it’s just because of your tricks.

Monday, March 9th 2015

Thanks alot.

Tuesday, March 17th 2015

Thank you Emma:) I love u

Thursday, April 2nd 2015

my true and false always go wrong.i ever try to do it attentively.plz can u suggest me how can i correct them.

Friday, April 3rd 2015

    hello there, i need a English speaker for practicing English please help me . my ielts exam is right in a corner ..please help me

    Friday, April 24th 2015

thank you Emma

Monday, April 13th 2015

Thanks for this.It is so nice and it help me in learning in English.

Thanks Amma

Tuesday, April 14th 2015

thank you.
if someone would like to practice speaking can add me on Skype

Sunday, April 19th 2015

thank you.

Sunday, April 19th 2015

thanks

Wednesday, April 22nd 2015

how can i develop my reading speed and thanks for the video…

Thursday, April 23rd 2015

Thank you Emma :)

Friday, April 24th 2015

I got 8 correct out of 8. Thanks for your useful lesson Mrs Emma

Friday, May 1st 2015

dear friends can u tell me how can I download the lessons

Friday, May 1st 2015

THANK YOU, IT IS VERY USEFUL

Wednesday, May 6th 2015

Thank you

Thursday, May 21st 2015

Your help means a lot to ,e

Friday, May 22nd 2015

I have got 100%.It is very helpful lesson for the IELTS student.Thank you Emma.

Wednesday, May 27th 2015

Thanks a lot

Saturday, May 30th 2015

I like your teaching in this lesson. Thank you…

Monday, June 1st 2015

It’s really cool stuff… Thankyou

Friday, June 5th 2015

I really enjou your lessons,Emma! Thank you very much!

Tuesday, June 9th 2015

Got 8/8…Thanks Teacher Emma :)

Wednesday, June 10th 2015

thank you so much

Saturday, June 13th 2015

I got 7correct out of 8
thank you very mach Emma

Sunday, June 14th 2015

Reading is pain in the ass……

Thursday, July 2nd 2015

Very good information!
Got 10 :)

Saturday, July 4th 2015

I got 7 correct out of 10 thanks very muich emma

Monday, July 6th 2015

Thanks a lot.

Thursday, July 23rd 2015

I made an example of IELTS on Internet, yesterday, and I got scared, it’s so difficult! but with your tips, I feel I’ll pass it (doing before a lot of practice, of course). Thank you, Emma.

Friday, July 31st 2015

Thank you Emma.Good tips.

Friday, August 7th 2015

hi guys, please add me too on your skype jenrirg_ela .let’s learn together with Ms.Emma

Sunday, August 9th 2015

Thank teacher. I got 7 sentences.

Tuesday, August 18th 2015

Thanks a lot for your assistance and beautiful ideas. I am a passionate of your training Videos :)

Thursday, August 20th 2015

Thamks a lot

Tuesday, September 1st 2015

I did my Ielts test and I never knew about this page before, if I had found out about this page before definitely I had succeed and got a higher score

Saturday, September 5th 2015

Thank you!

Saturday, September 5th 2015

Thank you for sharing your knowledge to us. I hope you will make a video about CELBAN because resources are very limited. It will really help us. Especially in speaking and writing. Thanks

Saturday, September 5th 2015

thanks for teaching

Friday, September 11th 2015

thanks a lot

Monday, September 14th 2015

thank you

Monday, September 14th 2015

Hi Emma, first of all thanks for your helpful tips. I’ve got a question in regarding to the answers in the reading test. If the answer in the text is written with a capital letter (e. g. it’s a name or at the start of the sentence) would that be a mistake on the answer sheet when I also write it with capital letter? It’s a quite simple question but still important isn’t it?
Thanks a lot!

Tuesday, September 15th 2015

7/8

Saturday, September 19th 2015

Thank you very much ma’am.

Monday, September 21st 2015

tnxs emma

Friday, October 9th 2015

thanks

Wednesday, October 14th 2015

Thanks a lot…….

Thursday, October 22nd 2015

Excellent Emma. Thanks for the tips. Got 8 out of 8. ;)

Thursday, October 22nd 2015

Thank you very much Emma.

Wednesday, November 4th 2015

Thank you very much

Wednesday, November 4th 2015

Thanks Emma . You are the best :)
I got 100

Thursday, November 26th 2015

i got 100

Sunday, December 6th 2015

thanks

Saturday, January 2nd 2016

Thanks a million Emma , greatand helpfull hints

Sunday, January 3rd 2016

Thanks for strategies .I will follow it

Tuesday, January 5th 2016

brilliant practice
much appriciated

Wednesday, January 20th 2016

I want an english partner to practice with her /him so we both can make our english better.

Thursday, January 28th 2016

Abdul.karim175

Thursday, January 28th 2016

just great \o/

Saturday, February 6th 2016

Thank you,they seems useful.

Friday, February 19th 2016

Thank You Ms.Emma mam.
It is really helpful because you have explained the basic things where we do mistakes.For me reading is difficult i take much time to read.Your teaching is really going to help me.Thanks a lot…

Wednesday, February 24th 2016

thank you Miss Emma.

Tuesday, March 15th 2016

thanks a lot
dear teacher

Monday, April 4th 2016

Thank you so much Emma it’s so good

Friday, April 8th 2016

Thanks a lot. :)

Monday, April 11th 2016

Thank for teaching these tips.

Thursday, April 28th 2016

thnks EMMA

Wednesday, May 4th 2016

Hello teacher AMMA thank’s for this nice lesson and your explaining about diffrent things concerning skills and ways to be succeed in IETLS.

Monday, May 16th 2016

you are one of my the best teacher

Friday, June 3rd 2016

it is good but I think it is not enough

Friday, June 3rd 2016

thank you so much!

Monday, July 11th 2016

Speedy, exact. That is the most important things.

Monday, July 18th 2016

Thanks a lot.

Saturday, September 10th 2016

thank you for helping us

Friday, September 16th 2016

Thank you very much

Wednesday, September 28th 2016

thank a lot

Monday, October 10th 2016

Thanku

Friday, October 14th 2016

Thank you so much. It is good to me.

Tuesday, October 18th 2016

Thank you EMMA

Friday, October 21st 2016

Thank you Emma, Very useful tips!

Tuesday, November 15th 2016

Again when I appeared for the quiz I was pretty sceptical but yes this time I pay keen attention to all your tips and scored 8 out of 8 thanks a ton

Thursday, November 24th 2016

thanks a lot!

Saturday, November 26th 2016
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