How to Beat Any Test

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Tests can be daunting for many students, but with the right approach and mindset, anyone can learn how to beat any test. Here are five key strategies that have proven effective over the past 150 years of education history:

  1. Start with a solid foundation

Before you can beat any test, you need to have a solid foundation of knowledge in the subject matter. This means attending classes, taking notes, doing homework, and studying regularly. It also means asking questions when you don’t understand something and seeking help when you need it. The more you understand the material, the easier it will be to beat the test.

  1. Know the test format

Knowing the test format is essential to beating any test. This means understanding the types of questions that will be asked, how much time you will have, and how the test will be scored. Some tests may have multiple-choice questions, while others may require short essays or long-form responses. Understanding the test format allows you to prepare and practice effectively.

  1. Practice, practice, practice

Practice makes perfect, and this is especially true when it comes to beating tests. Practice tests are an effective way to prepare for the real thing. They allow you to familiarize yourself with the test format, identify areas where you need to improve, and build confidence. Additionally, practice tests can help reduce test anxiety by simulating the test-taking experience.

  1. Learn test-taking strategies

Learning test-taking strategies is a critical component of beating any test. These strategies include time management, process of elimination, educated guessing, and answering the easiest questions first. For example, if you are taking a multiple-choice test, you can use the process of elimination to narrow down the possible answers. This increases the odds of selecting the correct answer.

  1. Stay calm and focused

Finally, it is essential to stay calm and focused during the test. Test anxiety can make it difficult to concentrate and remember what you have studied. To stay calm and focused, take deep breaths, visualize success, and stay positive. If you get stuck on a question, move on to the next one and come back to it later. By staying calm and focused, you can beat any test.

In conclusion, beating any test requires a combination of knowledge, preparation, and mindset. By following these five key strategies, you can improve your chances of success. Remember to start with a solid foundation of knowledge, understand the test format, practice regularly, learn test-taking strategies, and stay calm and focused during the test. With the right approach, anyone can learn how to beat any test.

Here’s a table outlining practical testing skills for the IELTS and Duolingo tests, along with examples of how to study using the Internet with a self-learning emphasis:

Practical Testing SkillsIELTSDuolingoPractical Study Methods
Reading comprehensionRead articles, books, and news in EnglishRead articles, books, and news in the target languageUse websites such as Newsela and ReadWorks for graded reading materials, and practice summarizing and analyzing what you’ve read.
Listening comprehensionListen to podcasts, audiobooks, and lectures in EnglishListen to podcasts, audiobooks, and lectures in the target languageUse websites such as ESL Pod and English Central for listening practice, and practice summarizing and note-taking while you listen.
SpeakingPractice speaking with native speakers or language exchange partnersPractice speaking with native speakers or language exchange partnersUse websites such as Italki and HelloTalk to find language exchange partners and practice speaking with them.
WritingPractice writing essays, reports, and emails in EnglishPractice writing essays, reports, and emails in the target languageUse websites such as Essay Punch and Lang-8 for writing practice, and practice proofreading and editing your work.
VocabularyLearn new words and phrases through reading, listening, and conversationLearn new words and phrases through reading, listening, and conversationUse websites such as Quizlet and Memrise for vocabulary practice, and practice using the words you’ve learned in context.

Remember, these are just a few examples of practical testing skills and study methods. It’s important to tailor your study plan to your specific strengths and weaknesses, and to regularly assess your progress to ensure that you’re making the most of your study time. With dedication and hard work, you can beat any test!


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What Is the Difference between Thai and International Working Cultures?

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Thai and International working cultures differ in various ways, including communication styles, work ethics, management styles, and workplace hierarchy. Here are some key differences between the two:

  1. Communication Style: In Thai culture, indirect communication is preferred, and people tend to avoid confrontation or criticism. They may use nonverbal cues or ask questions to communicate their message indirectly. In contrast, the International culture is more direct and straightforward in communication.
  2. Work Ethics: Thai culture values the idea of “sanuk,” which means to enjoy one’s work and find pleasure in it. It also emphasizes the importance of building relationships and maintaining harmony in the workplace. International work cultures prioritize efficiency, productivity, and results over enjoying work.
  3. Management Style: In Thai culture, the management style is often hierarchical, and decision-making is centralized. Employees may be hesitant to offer suggestions or ideas to their superiors. In international cultures, the management style is more participative, and decision-making is often delegated to employees.
  4. Workplace Hierarchy: Thai culture emphasizes respect for authority, and employees are expected to show deference to their superiors. International cultures place less emphasis on hierarchy and focus more on collaboration and teamwork.
  5. Time Management: Thai culture values flexibility and may have a more relaxed approach to punctuality and deadlines. In contrast, international cultures place a high value on time management and punctuality.
  6. Personal Relationships: In Thai culture, personal relationships and social connections play an important role in business dealings. Building rapport and trust is crucial for successful business transactions. In international cultures, business relationships are often more formal and transactional.

It’s essential to keep in mind that these are generalizations, and there will be variations within each culture. Still, understanding these differences can help individuals navigate and adapt to working in different cultures more effectively.

Asian culture tends to value face.

What increases or damages a reputation remains a paramount priority in most decision-making metrics.

Some reports from Thais:

Thais tend to “follow the rules or work inside a box or closed system for insights, perspectives, and problem-solving.”

In American culture, “Rules are meant to be broken.”


Rules are meant to be bent or broken.

Limits are to be pushed.

Bound by personal and common morality (ethics).


How is this connected to the IELTS test?

Understanding Western culture can be relevant to taking the IELTS test because the test is designed to assess a person’s ability to communicate effectively in English, which is the language primarily spoken in Western countries. Thus, having a basic understanding of Western culture can help test-takers better comprehend the context of the reading and listening passages, and to express themselves clearly in the speaking and writing sections.

For example, in the writing section, test-takers may be asked to write an essay about a social or cultural issue. Having an understanding of Western culture and values can help them express their ideas more effectively and provide relevant examples. Similarly, in the speaking section, test-takers may be asked about their opinions on various topics related to Western culture, such as politics or education.

Moreover, the IELTS test is commonly used for academic and professional purposes, such as studying abroad or seeking employment in Western countries. Having an understanding of Western culture can help test-takers better prepare for living, studying, or working in a Western culture environment, which is likely to differ from their own culture.

Therefore, while understanding Western culture is not a specific requirement for taking the IELTS test, it can be beneficial for achieving a high score and preparing for academic or professional opportunities in Western countries.

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IELTS Speaking Prompts on Memory

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Why do some people have good memory while others just don’t?

Why do more people rely on cell phones to memorize things?

Are you good at memorizing things?

Have you ever forgotten something that was important?

Would you say you have a good memory?

What is your earliest memory?

Have you ever forgotten an important date, such as a birthday, anniversary or deadline?

Which do you usually remember more clearly, happy moments or sad moments?

Do you know anyone who has a ‘photographic memory’? (A photographic memory means you can look at something once, but still remember every single detail about it, such as a phone number, a street name, or someone’s clothes)

What are some of the benefits of having a good memory?

What sort of things do people need to remember every day?

Are there any things that are especially important for people to memorize?

Do you think having a good memory is important for students?

Do you believe that technology helps people recall past events? How?

Do you think there are important things left out when we rely on cell phones for memory?

100 IELTS Part 3 Questions

Welcome to our marathon!  Today, we will be attempting to answer 100 IELTS part 3 questions without brainstorming or breaks.  This article is the beginning of our preparation and podcast on Spotify.

The IELTS exam is separated into three key sections.

  1. 3-4 mins | Identity confirmation and surface-level personal information.
  2. 3-4 mins | A speaking prompt card and a 90-120 second speech.
  3. 3-4 mins | Question and Answer segment.

Good luck!  If you’re taking the test soon and need to prepare, try asking yourself these questions in a blitz format to train yourself.  If you’re able to give a semi-decent, understandable answer to each one, you’re on your way to getting the score you need.

Each part 3 answer should include a paraphrase of the question, a point, supporting details for the point, and a conclusion/opinion/analysis.

Don’t feel limited to 30 seconds per question.  Speak your mind and develop complete thoughts.  Stop if you’re done and ready for the next question.  If you’re still going and have the examiner’s attention, and your answer is strong, keep going for up to a minute.

  1. What are the main environmental problems in your country?
  2. Why should people be concerned about the environment?
  3. How can people protect the environment?
  4. Do you think money should be spent on protecting animals?
  5. Do you think more should be done to protect natural beauty spots in your country?
  6. What can a government do to encourage people not to harm the environment?
  7. In what different ways can people keep in touch with each other?
  8. How important do you think it is to keep in touch with friends? Why/Why not? 
  9. Which way of keeping in touch do you think is most popular with young people?
  10. Now let’s consider the ways in which people change as they grow older.
  11. What are the reasons why people change as they grow older?
  12. Do you enjoy giving and receiving gifts? Why or why not?
  13. Who usually gives you gifts?
  14. Who do you give gifts to?
  15. In your country, when do people usually give gifts?
  16. What kinds of gifts do they give?
  17. Do you think gift-giving customs are different now than they were in the past? How?
  18. Do you think they will change in the future? How?
  19. What do you do?
  20. What are your responsibilities?
  21. How many hours do you work each day?
  22. Do you enjoy your work?
  23. Is there some other kind of work you would rather do?
  24. If you could change your job or profession, what would you do?
  25. Describe your education.
  26. What kind of school did you go to as a child?
  27. Did you go to a co-educational school?
  28. What was your favourite subject as a child?
  29. Who was your favourite teacher?
  30. What is the education system like in your country?
  31. Do you think your country has an effective education system?
  32. Do your friends have similar routines?
  33. Do you generally like routines?
  34. Let’s think about how people feel about routines.
  35. Do young people and old people have different attitudes to routines where you live?
  36. What are the benefits and drawbacks of having a daily routine?
  37. What factors influence most people’s daily routines?
  38. Let’s talk about international tourism.
  39. Why do you think people want to visit other countries?
  40. What makes some places very attractive to tourists?
  41. Do people travel abroad more or less than they did in the past? Why/Why not?
  42. Will international tourism increase or decrease in the future? Why?
  43. Let’s think about friends and friendship generally. How do people usually meet new friends where you live?
  44. Is it easier for adults or children to make new friends? Why?
  45. How are relationships with friends different from relationships at work/college?
  46. Is it possible for people to be close friends with their boss or teacher? Why / Why not?
  47. What type of special occasions are generally celebrated in your country?
  48. How important is it for families to celebrate occasions together? Why?
  49. Are family occasions as important today as they were for former generations?
  50. How has the role of elderly people in the family changed in recent times?
  51. In your country, which do people prefer: watching TV or listening to the radio? Why?
  52. What kinds of programs are most popular?
  53. Do men and women tend to like the same kind of programme? Why /Why not?
  54. Some people think that watching TV can be a negative influence. Would you agree?
  55. What kinds of TV programmes about different places are most popular in your country?
  56. Can people learn more about geography from TV than they can from books? Why/Why not?
  57. Do you think TV programmes about different places encourage people to travel themselves? Why/Why not?
  58. For what reasons do you think international travel has increased in recent years?
  59. What kind of foreign TV programmes are popular in your country?
  60. What are the advantages of having foreign-made programmes on TV?
  61. Some people think governments should control the number of foreign-made TV programmes being shown. Do you agree? Why?
  62. What do you think are the qualities of a good children’s TV programme? 
  63. In your country, do most grandparents live in the same house as their children and grandchildren? Why/Why not?
  64. What are the advantages and disadvantages for grandparents of living in the same house as their children and grandchildren?
  65. Do you think some people retire from their jobs too early? Why/Why not?
  66. Do people who receive a present usually open it straight away, or do they open it later? Why/Why not?
  67. Which room do families usually spend the most time in? Why?
  68. What types of things do people usually put on the walls of their rooms?
  69. Is it more important for a room to look nice, or to be comfortable? Why?
  70. How can different room colours affect the way people feel?
  71. How often do you get a holiday from work/college?
  72. Do you usually stay at home when you have a holiday, or do you go somewhere? Why/Why not?
  73. What did you do the last time you had a holiday?
  74. Do you wish you had more holidays? Why/Why not?
  75. Do you often watch sports?
  76. Do you do a lot of sports?
  77. What devices do you think will be popular in the future?
  78. Do you think people spend too much money on electronic devices?
  79. In what ways can electronic devices make our lives harder?
  80. What would the world be like without computers?
  81. Should children be taught to use computers at school?
  82. How do you think computers will change in the future?

*Will add 18 more questions. 😀