Coinsidently

28 01 2010

This day, in the morning, I just got bad news. Very bad news, in fact. But, in the middle of this predicted shock, I refuse to give up. Fall 1000 times, up 1001 times, don’t you? Then suddenly my friend buzz me in messenger, asked me to check out this book Ping: A Frog in Search of a New Pond. Coinsidently, I hear Boyzone sing this song in my playlist :
All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside,
it’s hard, but it’s harder to ignore it.
If they were right, I’d agree, but it’s them they know not me.
Now there’s a way and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go.
-Cat Stevens, Father and Son-
Uhm..so many coincidently. Do you believe coincidently ? I don’t.
Because every single thing and piece in this universe is meant to be, it has its own scenario. 
Well, Let me guess what is mine.

Al-Kahfi 


“Jadikanlah sabar dan shalat sebagai penolongmu.  Sesungguhnya (yang demikian itu) sulit, kecuali bagi orang-orang yang khusyu.” (Al-Baqarah 45)

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Bismillah..

26 01 2010

.. But, that’s only hope, because I realize the main secret to pass this IELTS test is: 1. Pray, 2. practice, practice, practice and 3. Confidence. That’s enough to give all tricks to win. That’s all, no luck in here. I was losing that last item at the last minute. But it’s ok, because I already faced that fact, learning my weakness, and I will take more practice to take IELTS test again. For me, pass this test is only 1 small gate in my long journey to catch my dreams. So, I will never give up with this. This is my next target: minimum 6 for individual band score and 7 for overall band score. You will become my witness for this target. […July 15, 2009]

Beberapa waktu lalu..rasanya kata – kata itu hanya terngiang dalam pikiranku. “This is my next target..This is my next target:.” Aku ingat, waktu menuliskannya pun, aku sempat takut. Tapi ditengah keraguan itu, sempat terlintas, kalau untuk bermimpi saja sudah tidak berani, sudah pasti tak ada yang mungkin. Aku masih teringat juga ucapan Soe jauh diwaktu dulu, seakan ia berbicara langsung padaku, padahal jarak hidup kami dipisahkan puluhan tahun waktu. Aku baru menyadari, umurnya terpaut tak terlampau jauh dariku saat dengan penuh keyakinan seperti itu, ia katakan kalimat yang masih menggema hingga kini, “Manusia itu adalah apa yang dipikirkannya tentang dirinya. Jika anda orang yang jujur dan berani, dan itu yang anda pikirkan, maka..tidak ada seorangpun yang bisa mengubahnya.”
Dan saat ini, berbulan – bulan setelahnya desember 2009, di dalam hiruk pikuk dan merasa kecilnya aku di tengah keramaian kota ini, aku duduk mengambil nafas panjang beberapa saat, mengulang lagi dalam pikiranku, mencoba menguatkan diri menghadapi semua kemungkinan – kemungkinan yang akan terjadi di depan sana. Aku mengingat tulisan yang kubuat sendiri, saat kucoba buktikan ucapan Soe, membuka lembar kertas yang berisi sejuta arti dari sedikit jerih perjuangan ini, aku membaca,

Dan, hanya sedikit kata yang lalu mampu kuucapkan, untuk rahmat yang ditunjukan sang Rahman. Aku bisikan jauh kedalam diriku, “My dream, don’t wait for me, because..i plan to run to you. Bismillah..

Jakarta, 17 desember 2009

“Bukankah Kami telah melapangkan untukmu dadamu? Dan kami telah menghilangkan darimu bebanmu? yang memberatkan punggungmu? Dan kami tinggikan bagimu sebutan (nama)mu? Karena sesungguhnya sesudah kesulitan itu ada kemudahan, sesungguhnya sesudah kesulitan itu ada kemudahan. Maka apabila kamu telah selesai (dari suatu urusan), kerjakanlah dengan sungguh-sungguh (urusan) yang lain. Dan hanya kepada Tuhan-mulah hendaknya kamu berharap.” (Al-Insyiroh 1-8)





Mengapa Aku Menulis

25 09 2009


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Demi masa (waktu). Sesungguhnya manusia (dalam) kerugian.

Raihan – Demi Masa*

Hari ini, disela waktu luang, aku mencari tautan namaku pada jejaring dunia maya melalui mesin pencari sensasional, paman google. Aku berseluncur, mengunjungi dan membaca rumah maya kawan – kawan sejawat dan mempelajari pemikiran mereka.

Tanpa sengaja, dalam keasikan membaca itu, aku terdampar pada beberapa halaman asing, yang beberapanya menampilkan ulang tulisan – tulisan yang pernah kubuat dan sempat di-share beberapa tahun, bulan atau hari lalu, baik pada rumah pribadi ini dan beberapa website yang berhubungan.

Senyum simpul tersirat dari wajahku, gembira karena apa yang kulakukan –walaupun kecil– ternyata bisa menjadi sesuatu yang berguna bagi orang lain. Namun, kali ini dan kali sebelumnya, aku kembali tak sengaja melihat ada yang berbeda dari tulisan itu.

Tak jarang, tulisan yang –kadang– dibuat berbulan-bulan, melewati kantuk yang datang menyerang di tengah malam – malam sunyi, atau kebosanan tak tertahankan, hingga menjadi beberapa baris tulisan atau puluhan lembaran buku, dijiplak mentah – mentah (baca : dicuri). Kusebut seperti itu karena, bahkan tak satu kata pun diubah kecuali menghilangkan namaku sebagai penulisnya dan atau menggantinya dengan nama yang bersangkutan. Pun, ejaan salah yang sempat tertuliskan pada kata dalam tulisan itupun masih sama dengan aslinya. Di lain waktu, ketika tulisan itu dipecah menjadi beberapa bagian (karena terlalu panjang), tak jarang juga yang bersangkutan lupa merubah semua nama penulisnya : pada bagian pertama nama penulis diubah menjadi nama yang bersangkutan, namun pada tulisan kedua tidak diubah.

Sempat aku meminta beberapa dari yang bersangkutan ini untuk mencantumkan nama penulis asli berikut daftar pustakanya. Khusus yang terakhir, –daftar pustaka– menurutku sangat penting, karena tulisan tersebut aku buat dengan mereferensi pemikiran orang lain. Namun, mungkin karena penjiplak ini, memang tidak mampu mengerti tentang konsep menghargai hasil karya dan intelektual, ia bukannya berterimakasih sudah diperbolehkan men-copy tulisan tersebut atau meminta izin untuk itu (walau cukup terlambat), namun balik marah dan berkata padaku “tuh, udah gue cantumin nama lu”

Membaca itu, aku hanya bisa berucap astaghfirullah. Perasaan kesal dan direndahkan pernah dan acap kali menyergap ketika hal ini berkali – kali kutemui. Memang membuat tulisan saat ini tidak -atau setidaknya belum- menjadi sumber pendapatan bagiku, sehingga hal – hal seperti itu (baca : dicurinya hasil karya) setidaknya tidak memberikan kerugian secara materil bagiku, walaupun ada secercah keinginan untuk membuat buku –yang sebenarnya– suatu saat nanti. Dan lagipula, bukankah setiap makhluk yang tercipta sudah dijaminkan rezki nya oleh Allah ?

Namun, menulis dan hasilnya, adalah sesuatu yang begitu berharga, karena tidak terjadi dan tercipta secara tiba – tiba. Proses transformasi gelombang dan materi pemikiran ini tidak begitu saja dengan mudahnya berubah menjadi sesuatu yang nyata terlihat, seperti tulisan. Tidak seperti proses ketika Prof. Dumbledore mengucapkan mantra ajaib, mengarahkan tongkat sihir pada pelipis kepalanya, dan tiba – tiba siluet putih perwujutan pemikiran dan ingatan yang diinginkannya keluar dan bisa disimpan dalam baskom Pensieve, dan dapat dilihat suatu saat nanti setiap kali diinginkan, cukup dengan menceburkan kepala kedalamnya.

Banyak penulis pernah menghadapi hal – hal seperti ini dan menyikapinya dengan cara berbeda – beda. Aku sebelumnya sempat menemui pengalaman serupa mas Imam Brotosenoseorang Sutradara hebat sekaligus penulis yang kukagumi karena keluwesan dan kelugasannya bercerita dengan apa adanya– mengenai tulisan beliau yang dibagikan pada blog pribadinya mengenai Bung Karno, yang diambil tanpa izin, tanpa menuliskan pemilik aslinya, dan dijadikan sebagian dari buku yang dipublikasikan secara masal (dan hit rilis pula di toko buku terkenal di negri ini).

Membaca itu, sempat aku turut kesal dan tak habis pikir pula, bahwa hal tercela dan sangat terhina seperti ini, dilakukan oleh orang – orang dengan tingkat pendidikan yang cukup tinggi yang harusnya juga melambangkan tingginya tingkat intelegensinya. Tidakkah mereka berpikir selama proses menuangkan pemikirannya itu? Namun, ternyata hukum keselarasan memang tidak selamanya berlaku dalam pribadi manusia, karena kadang tingkat intelegensi ini tidak selamanya berbanding lurus dengan penalaran, bahkan kadang berbanding terbalik.

Dan apakah hal – hal seperti itu akan membuat aku berhenti menulis ? Aku bertanya pada diriku. Berulang kali. Dan setiap kali itu juga, aku menjawab : tidak. Menulis terlalu dekat dengan hatiku, ibarat mendengar sebuah nada yang terlantun dalam imajinasi spektrum otak, maka menulis adalah not nya. Ia pasti ada, dan tak mungkin berbeda dari apa yang terdengar.

Aku teringat salah satu ucapan Rasullullah SAW tentang amalan apakah yang tidak akan pernah putus walaupun dipisahkan oleh kematian sekalipun, diriwayatkan pada HR. Muslim : “Apabila anak Adam meninggal dunia, maka putuslah amalnya kecuali 3 : sedekah jariyah (wakaf), ilmu yang bermanfaat, dan anak shaleh yang berdoa kepadanya.

Aku memang bukan orang yang kaya seperti khalifah Abu Bakar al-Shiddiq dan Khadijah binti Khuwailid. Bukan pula orang yang begitu pintar dengan ingatan kuat dan pengetahuan yang banyak seperti Ibnu Sina atau Galileo Galilei atau pemikir hebat lainnya. Dan pastinya, belum punya anak. Aku juga bukan penulis hebat apalagi produktif, karena bagiku menulis masih begitu sulitnya dan adalah suatu perjuangan, melawan rasa malas, takut dan menunda – nunda apa yang ingin atau seharusnya kukerjakan, sekelompok insting negatif dasar yang semua manusia pernah dan terus rasakan dalam hidup, untuk dikendalikan dan dikalahkan. Begitu mengherankan bagiku, bagaimana insting serupa yang kualami dalam menulis ini jugalah, yang pasti ditemui dan harus terus dilawan oleh seorang survivor untuk bertahan hidup, keluar dari ketersesatan di tengah hutan belantara misalnya.

Aku menulis, sebagai perjuangan mengiringi rusak dan putusnya satu – satu persatu jaringan neuron otakku ini dari setiap waktu yang pasti selalu berlalu dalam hidup. Aku menulis untuk menyambut periode menakutkan dalam berpikir, menjadi lupa. Aku hanya orang biasa yang mencoba mengabadikan bunyi dalam pikiranku menjadi rangkaian not, agar nadanya tetap bisa bersenandung dalam ruang ilmu yang tak akan pernah bisa aku ketahui dimana batasnya. Agar kelak, ketika nada – nada itu sudah tak lagi terdengar dalam kepalaku, ia masih akan bisa kubaca dan kulihat.

Dan, ilmu yang sedikit ini, tentu bukan milikku, tapi hanya titipan, yang disela waktu luangku –yang juga diberikan oleh Yang Menguasainya-, sanggup aku tuangkan menjadi tulisan. Semua pengetahuan ini, entah yang tersembunyi dalam ratusan lembar – lembar buku tua atau mahal, dalam gelapnya perut bumi, dalam luasnya angkasa raya, dalam kecilnya sebuah sel makhluk mikro, atau yang ada dalam persembunyian otak manusia; ada yang memilikinya, hanya satu : Sang Pencipta.

Dan, setiap kali selesai aku menulis, hanya secercah harapan yang kutitipkan pada setiap huruf, kata dan kalimat didalamnya –seperti juga yang pernah mas imam tuliskan dalam blog nya- , agar ini mampu menjadi segelas air bagi oase pengetahuan, walaupun hanya seteguk. Semoga Allah meridhai apa yang telah kita lakukan, hidup kita ini, dan pengetahuan yang didapat didalamnya.

Jangan takut menulis, kawan..Selamat berkarya, dalam tanpa ruang batas.

Salam,
Al-Kahfi

* Seperti disuratkan dalam Al ‘Ashr (Masa) 1 – 2





Menjadi Dosen yang Beretika

16 08 2009

“Jika anda sedang benar, jangan terlalu berani dan bila anda sedang takut, jangan terlalu takut. Karena keseimbangan sikap adalah penentu ketepatan perjalanan kesuksesan anda.”Mario Teguh

Aku teringat beberapa tahun lalu. Saat itu, aku memutuskan untuk mengawas ujian pagi hari pukul 8 itu. Kebetulan aku sudah tidak ada kuliah lagi dan sedang menyelesaikan tugas akhirku, dan bergabung sebagai asisten di salah satu laboratorium riset di kampusku membuatku dapat mengajukan diri sebagai pengawas ujian semester itu.

Dan akupun masuk dalam ruang kelas itu sambil membaca nama mata kuliah, tertulis Sistem Komunikasi. Menurut kabar burung, ini salah satu mata kuliah yang ditakuti. Aku tak tau pasti mengenai hal ini, karena ini bukan mata kuliah bidang studiku. Sekitar 30 mahasiswa tingkat 2 dengan wajah khawatir sudah menunggu di depan pintu dan didalam kelas. Kebetulan beberapanya aku kenal, tapi seperti biasa aku memutuskan untuk tetap menjalankan tugasku dengan baik : mengawas ujian.

Aku teringat ucapan salah satu dosen yang sangat kukagumi, beliau adalah dosen luar biasa dan waktu itu mengajarkanku mata kuliah yang kemudian menjadi favoritku : Struktur Data. Beliau berkata,”klo menjadi asisten, jadilah asisten yang baik, niatkan untuk membagi ilmu, bukan dengan anggapan mengajarkan orang yang lebih bodoh atau mengerjai. Saya salah satu korban dari asisten yang tidak kompeten semasa kuliah, dan sampai saat ini saya tidak suka melihat asisten yang arogan”. Aku juga teringat kejadian dari sikap asisten arogan ini, saat itu beberapa kawanku yang baru mengikuti ujian bercerita, bahwa asisten yang mengawas mereka “mengerjai” mereka. Mengerjai, karena saat itu ia berkata di depan seluruh peserta ujian itu, “ok, silahkan menyontek atau liat buku, saya ga akan liat atau lapor”. Dan, sontak saja, hampir dipastikan kebanyakan 50 orang di ruang itu akan melakukan kesempatan itu. Dan ternyata, si asisten ini lalu mencatat dan melaporkan semua yang menerima undangan yang dia buat sendiri.

Aku sesali kejadian ini, karena dilakukan oleh seorang asisten dan katanya juga aktivis mahasiwa. Jika memang ia bertugas mengawas ujian yang salah satu tugasnya adalah mencegah seorang untuk berbuat curan, mengapa ia mengundang untuk melakukan itu ? Karena menjadi asisten pengawas ujian tidak sama dengan seorang polisi yang menyamar untuk menangkap pengedar narkoba dengan berpura – pura menjadi pembelinya. Mahasiwa didepan sana bukanlah pelaku kecurangan, tapi difasilitasi untuk melakukan kecurangan. Saat itu aku berharap menjadi salah satu mahasiswa dalam ruang itu, karena jika aku berada dalam posisi itu hampir dipastikan akan kuusahakan asisten bajingan ini ikut serta menerima konsekwensi tindakannya bersama mahasiwa yang menjadi korbannya itu.

Dan saat ini, melihat ketegangan dalam ruang ujian ini, aku memutuskan untuk tidak akan menjadi bagian dari penyebab yang penambah ketegangan kawan – kawan ini menghadapi ujian. Aku melihat syarat ujian nya : tertera close book. cukup jelas. Aku lalu teringat lagi ketidak sukaanku atas buruknya sikap asisten pengawas ujian ketika melaksanakan tugasnya, beberapanya sering kali kulihat berlaku arogan, yang malah menambah kekhwatiran ketika menghadapi ujian dan terkadang mengganggu konsenstrasi. Padahal dengan bersikap biasa saja dan tidak berlebihan, sudah cukup, jika ada yang mencontek bisa ditegur, atau jika tidak mempan keluarkan dari ruangan dan laporkan, apa sulitnya ?

Kembali ketengah ruang ujian ini, seperti biasa hal yang dilakukan pengawas ujian : membagi posisi tempat duduk dan aku menulis dipapan : Close Book, Open Mind dan limit waktu ujian .. sontak terdengar gumaman kekecewaan sambil tersenyum geli dibelakangku dan lalu aku berkata kira – kira begini : “baik, sifat ujian kita close book, silahkan semua barang kecuali alat tulis dan nomor ujian letakkan ke depan. sebelum memulai ujian ini, ada baiknya kita berdoa semoga kawan – kawan diberikan kemudahan.” Dan kamipun berdoa. Sesaat setelah kawan – kawan ini mulai mengerjakan ujian, aku mulai bersiap mengambil absen. Tidak ada niat apapun dari tulisan Close book, Open Mind itu selain sambil memberi tau sifat ujian tapi juga mengurangi ketegangan dalam ruangan ini. Tidak ada yang salah dan yang dilanggar dari tulisan itu.

Tapi lalu seorang bapak masuk ke ruang itu, saat itu aku sedang mengambil absen peserta ujian, dan lalu ia berkata dengan intonasi tinggi, “siapa pengawasnya ? anda ?” sambil menatapku. “Ya saya pak”, jawabku sambil menghampiri beliau. Bapak ini yang tanpa mengenalkan diri aku tau pasti adalah dosen matakuliah yang kuawasi ini. Ia lalu tiba – tiba membentakku didepan sekitar 30 mahasiswa yang sedang mengerjakan soal – soal ujian itu. Energi yang seharusnya tidak perlu dikeluarkan untuk sebuah pertanyaan “Apa maksudnya Open Mind ?!? Ini ujian bukan main – main, klo Close book ya close book.”

Saat itu, dalam perasaan dipermalukan dan diinjak harga diri, otak kolerik – melankolik ku sontak memberi 2 pilihan untuk diambil saat itu juga, membalas permalukan dengan mengajaknya berdebat atau tidak meladeni semburan horman kemarahan dalam darahku.

Sejenak, aku terlempar pada saat – saat beberapa tahun yang lampau dalam hidupku, ketika aku dan kakakku bermain di halaman luas sebuah kampus di sudut kota dili, lahane barat. Saat itu, ayahku berkerja di Sekolah Perawat Kesehatan Dilli, saat itu Timor – Timur. Aku teringat langkah kecilku ketika memasuki ruang saat ayahku sedang bekerja, mengetok pintunya, tubuhku bahkan tak sampai sepinggang ayahku dan aku bahkan belum masuk sekolah, tapi aku tau pekerjaan ayahku dan apa artinya itu, ayahku seorang guru. Aku berlari berkejar- kejaran dengan kakakku dan menghampur ke ke pelukan beliau, di depan kelas itu, disaksikan oleh sekitar 50 orang siswa ayahku : tante dan om calon perawat, untuk membisikan sebuah permintaan, “papa, minta air minumnya ya”. Ayahku saat itu selalu mengambilkan gelas air putih nya, lalu membisikan sesuatu pada kami, “sekarang main di luar ya nak, papa lagi mengajar. hati – hati jangan main di jalan ya”

Aku juga teringat ketika baru tiba dibandung, duduk dengan ayahku, sesaat setelah aku membaca koran yang daftar nama didalamnya menyatakan aku tidak lolos ujian masuk di salah satu Institut Terkemuka di Bandung ini. Saat itu, ayahku menanyakan keyakinanku untuk keputusan yang sudah kubuat beberapa saat lalu, “bagaimana ? adek sudah yakin dengan pilihan ini ?” Ya, saat itu aku menyakinkan diri, untuk mengambil konsekwensi dari kombinasi keputusanku, aku menerima salah satu kesempatan berharga dalam hidupku : mengambil undangan masuk tanpa tes sebagai mahasiwa program diploma di almamaterku saat ini.

Setelahnya, adalah pertama kali aku memasuki kampus itu, berkeliling terkesima melihat megah gedungnya, dan ayahku berpesan : “adek, syukuri kesempatan ini, kuliah yang benar, selesaikan pendidikan adek dan satu yang paling penting, jangan pernah melawan dosen ya nak. Berdebat boleh, tapi jangan dilawan. Memang ga ada manusia yang sempurna, tapi tidak selamanya kebenaran itu harus dipaksakan. Mundur saja dan bersabar ya, karena mulai saat ini adek hadapi segala sesuatu dan konsekwensi tindakan adek sendiri, karena papa jauh dan ga mungkin selalu bisa menolong adek klo adek bermasalah. Ingat itu ya nak.”

Dan saat ini, aku sedang berdiri di depan kelas ini, pagi ini, dengan niat menjadi pengawas ujian. Saat itu, aku mahasiwa tingkat akhir, berkutat dengan kode – kode program sembari berharap dapat lulus secepatnya. Di depanku berdiri seorang dosen, yang dari perawakannya kupastikan sudah cukup tua, dengan rambut dan jenggot putihnya, yang baru saja berberapa detik yang lalu mempermalukanku didepan sekitar 30 mahasiswa tingkat 2. Pikiranku mengingat nama mata kuliah yang sedang aku awasi ini, Sistem Komunikasi, xxx SKS berikut kode mata kuliahnya. Dan sosok yang berdiri didepanku ini adalah dosen yang mengajarkanya.

Saat ini, aku ingin mengatakan pada beliau ini dengan nada yang juga sama tingginya mengikuti intonasi kata – kata yang tadi ia sampaikan padaku : “Bapak, bukan berarti sebagai pengawas ujian yang dibayar 15 ribu oleh kampus ini, bapak berhak mempermalukan saya didepan mahasiswa bapak !!”. Jika aku tidak berpikir, mungkin itulah tindakan setimpal yang bisa kuambil saat itu. Bagaimana tidak, dari kalkulasiku, aku tidak sedang melakukan hal yang salah, semua prosedur dan aturan yang ada sudah kulakukan. Menuliskan kata “Open Mind” tidak melanggar satupun dari itu semua.

Dalam otakku, pilihan pertama : jika aku mengalah, kupikir saat itu pasti harga diriku jatuh dan aku tidak akan dihargai sebagai pengawas ujian ini yang membuat aku tidak maksimal dalam menjalankan tugasku, dan yang paling aku takutkan aku tak akan dihargai lagi sebagai manusia. Dan pilihan kedua : jia aku mengajak dosen ini berdebat di depan kelas ini, disaksikan oleh seluruh 30 orang mahasiwanya itu, aku mungkin bisa membuat harga dirinya jatuh untuk membalas tindakanya yang tilah mempermalukanku.

Dipastikan jika aku mengambil pilihan kedua ini, sesi perdebatan ini tidak akan selesai sampai disini saja, tapi akan membawa kami hingga komisi disipliner kampus atau pihak yang lebih berwenang untuk hal ini. Dan aku tidak takut, saat itu aku yakin, bahwa aku tidak salah dan toh aku mahasiwa tingkat akhir dan dosen ini bukan dosen di jurusanku, setidaknya ia tidak akan mengajarku atau mengujiku di sidang tugas akhir nanti. Begitulah kalkulasi pikiran arogan ku saat itu.

Sisi logikaku pun saat itu dijungkir balikan, bagaimana mungkin orang yang mengajarkan tentang ilmu dan teknologi untuk berkomunikasi, yang menjadi dasar bagi satelit untuk bekerja yang membuat orang bisa mengetahui posisinya dimuka bumi ini saat ia ditengah lautan hutan belantara, yang menjadi dasar adanya teknologi komunikasi bergerak yang membuat umat manusia dengna mudahnya bisa mengakses pesbuk dimana saja kapan saja saat ini,, bagaimana mungkin orang yang mengajarkan kerumitan semua kalkulasi rumus – rumus untuk membuat semua itu menjadi nyata, tapi tidak memahami prisip dasar dari itu semua ? prinsip paling dasar dari berkomunikasi yaitu saling menghargai ?

Aku teringat dan limbung memikirkan, berapa banyak murid yang menjadi korban dari tidak berkompetennya guru mereka, yang salah satu nya oleh guru yang tidak ber ETIKA ? bagaimana mungkin seorang guru yang akan mengantarkan mahasiswa di depanku ini, yang dalam beberapa tahun mendatang akan menjadi engineer – engineer dan yang mungkin dalam 10 atau 20 tahun mendatang akan menjadi CEO dari perusahaan telekomunikasi di negri ini tidak memahami hal mendasar ini ?

Tapi diantara membuncahnya kemarahanku itu, aku teringat ucapan ayahku, aku teringat saat – saat dalam masa kecilku itu, aku teringat saat ayahku berdiri sambil memegang kapur di tangannya didepan kelas itu, aku teringat semua guru dan dosen yang pernah mengajarku selama hidup ini. Dan sejenak pilihan tindakan diatas langsung buyar dari pikiranku, digantikan oleh raut tanpa ekpresi sambil berkata pelan “Baik, klo bapak mau tulisan itu saya hapus, akan saya hapus. Ada hal lain pak, yang bisa saya lakukan ?”. Lalu beliau ini tidak menjawab, sambil berlalu dan mengambil dengan kasar daftar absen yang ada di meja. Ia sempat berkeliling beberapa saat lagi setelah itu mengitari ruang kelas, sambil bertanya pada mahasiwanya, apakah ada yang ditanyakan mengenai soal ujian dan lalu pergi ke ruang kelas lain. Aku lalu mengambil kursi dan duduk, sambil dalam hati mengucap istighfar menahan kemarahan yang sudah hampir tiba diubun – ubunku.

Dan, 2 jam itupun berakhir, dan aku selesai menjalankan tugasku sebagai pengawas ujian itu. Alhamdullilah, apa yang kukhawatirkan bahwa ujian ini akan berjalan kacau tidak terjadi. Dan saat mengumpulkan berkas ujian itu, salah seorang adik kelas peserta ujian itu menghampiriku, sambil berkata “Bapak itu memang begitu kak. anak – anak juga males diajar sama dia, ga ada yang ngerti dia ngomong apa. Klo pada bisa pindah kelas, pindah kelas dah itu semua. Santai aja, jangan dibawa hati.”

Dan saat ini, disini, di tempat ini, aku membaca pengumuman lowongan untuk menjadi dosen luar biasa di salah satu perguruan tinggi di kota parahyangan ini. Aku kembali teringat wajah ayahku, guru – guru dan dosenku dan kawan – kawanku yang beberapanya sudah menjadi dosen. Aku teringat selama 2 jam waktu mengawas ujian itu, aku bertanya dalam hati, apakah aku salah ? apakah aku kalah ? berkali – kali pertanyaan itu selalu terngiang dalam otakku.

Dan diakhir sesi itu, satu yang kuyakini, dan hingga saat inipun masih seperti itu. Aku sudah menang dan aku tidak salah. Karena aku yakini saat itu, bahwa aku berhasil mengendalikan musuh terbesar dalam hidupku, diriku sendiri. Saat itu juga sudah kusaksikan, aku turuti nasehat ayahku dan beberapa bulan kemudian aku selesaikan amanahku, sebagai Sarjana Teknik. Dan saat ini lalu sesudahnya, jika Allah tak membalik hatiku, masih akan sabar aku menunggu saat ketika cita – cita terbesarku tercapai : menjadi dosen, seperti ayahku. InsyaAllah.

Nb :

Seperti juga lembar penghargaan Proyek Ahir dan Tugas Akhirku, tulisan ini untuk semua guru serta dosen yang telah membuka jalan ilmu pengetahuan kepadaku selama ini. Terima kasih bapak dan ibu, karena sudah menjadi guru terbaik bagiku, bagi universitas kehidupanku.

tertulis di Bandung September 2008
613020022 / 113058039





Surviving IELTS Test

15 07 2009
[10:54:43] My Teacher > Adek, I’m sorry for the failed writing
[10:54:54] me > oh that’s fine
[10:55:11] My Teacher > was it because you didn’t finish the task?
[10:55:19] me > no, I finished the tasks
[10:55:40] me > but, I didn’t have time to check task 2 again
[10:55:46] me > only task 1
[10:55:53] me > I was so afraid I couldn’t finish task 1
[10:56:21] me > so I finished task 1 first
[10:56:23] me > I think that was my first mistake
[10:56:46] My Teacher > so task 2?
[10:56:55] me > I was too nervous when I was doing task 2 and afraid I wouldn’t finish that
[10:57:15] me > I wrote like crazy
[10:57:30] My Teacher > so not focus?
[10:57:30] me > in fact I didn’t have enough idea in my head for task 2
[10:57:52] My Teacher > #-o
[10:58:19] me > I think I was being too intimidated that I couldn’t finish the both tasks
[10:58:42] me > that makes me couldn’t thinking about some idea
[11:00:02] me > I think task 1 is ok
[11:00:32] My Teacher > so how’s the scholarship then?
[11:00:54] me > I’m still waiting for 1 more admission result
[11:01:08] My Teacher > is it OK with 6?
[11:01:19] me > yes, it just need overall 6, don’t care about partial score
[11:02:02] me > but, I think I want to try IELTS test again
[11:02:03] My Teacher > hmmm hopefully you will pass
[11:02:18] me > I want to try again
[11:02:30] My Teacher > can you tell me the individual band you got?
[11:02:37] me > yes
[11:02:43] me > listening is 6
[11:02:45] me > reading 6.5
[11:02:51] me > writing 4.5
[11:02:56] me > speaking 7
[11:02:58] me > overall 6
[11:03:41] me > I will take IELTS test again, this year
[11:04:14] My Teacher > yes, and don’t repeat the same mistake please
[11:05:00] me > yes, I will do complete writing test as my practice
[11:05:25] My Teacher > /:-) are u sure?
[11:05:30] My Teacher > no more panic?
[11:06:23] me > yes, I just did separated practice before
[11:06:34] me > only task 1
[11:06:37] me > or only task 2
[11:06:58] me > that make me very nervous when I face them both at the same time
[11:07:04] My Teacher > Time you’re writing
[11:07:11] My Teacher > use stopwatch
[11:08:41] me > ok
[11:09:41] me > do u have some suggestion for practice formula in special purpose like this?
[11:10:07] My Teacher > you need someone to watch your writing
[11:10:20] me > watch?
[11:10:23] me > what for?
[11:10:33] My Teacher > what shall you do in first 15 minutes and so on
[11:10:57] My Teacher > so he can check your writing steps
[11:11:06] me > is that important?
[11:11:31] me > Melanie said, do task 2 at the first 40 minutes and after that task 1
[11:12:04] My Teacher > I told you that before right?
[11:12:07] me > yes
[11:12:27] My Teacher > spend only 20 minutes max in task 1
[11:12:45] me > yes
[11:12:46] me > and I didn’t do that because I was too panic
[11:13:03] me > I did task 1 exactly in 20 minute,
[11:13:39] me > but did it first not at second
[11:13:59] me > I was speculating in that, hope that will reduce my nervous
[11:14:29] me > so what is your advice in my practice?
[11:15:18] My Teacher > that’s it…plan your writing, time it well
[11:15:55] me > ok. I will take test at May or June
[11:16:57] My Teacher > keep sending me your writing
[11:18:19] me > the last question
[11:18:38] My Teacher > so I can check your grammar as well
[11:18:43] My Teacher > What?
[11:18:57] me > what do u think about my individual band?
[11:19:21] me > what else should I worry about?
[11:19:59] My Teacher > Listening I think
[11:20:12] me > Why?
[11:21:30] me > I think that was some coincidence when I got reading higher than listening
[11:23:16] My Teacher > No, you are a good thinker
[11:23:28] My Teacher > that’s why you got good in listening
[11:24:05] me > thank u, but there’ so many traps in there
[11:24:13] me > both listening and reading
[11:25:58] me > but I think real reading test more enjoyable because it’s more easy to read and the paper more is better too
[11:26:02] My Teacher > Just stay focus…That’s all
[11:26:05] me > okay, thanks
[11:26:57] My Teacher > yes, it’s all about understanding English
[11:27:11] me > I get that
[11:29:05] me > okay rick, see ya soon
[11:29:21] My Teacher > Right

So…That’s some part of my story to get win for IELTS test.

As you can read, I failed in writing test. Like most IELTS test candidates, I must reach specific score in individual (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) test and overall test so i can to use this IELTS test result. That numbers are minimum 5.5 for listening, reading and speaking test; minimum 5 for writing test; and minimum 6 for overall. You can see in conversation above and document bellow, my weaknesses are spelling, grammar and too complicated concepts to be though (it’s just like what my teacher ever said, and I agree with him. I think that’s because I’m koleric-melancolic type :P)

I took IELTS test for the first time in IALF Jakarta at January 2009, cost 180 US dollar. I joined IELTS preparation course in that institution too at December 2008, Monday to Friday begin from 07.00 pm until 09.00 pm. At that time, I always run from my office exactly at 05.00 o’clock in the afternoon to take Transjakarta busway as soon as possible to Kuningan (as you know, that’s crowded time), so I could arrived at IALF before 06.00 pm, took 2 sessions of listening or reading test each day before class begin. My Teacher is Melanie, native speaker from New Zeland. I ever heard that native people from that country is the fastest English speakers in the world. After that course, I contacted a new teacher, -I call him Rick-, to help me to rise my speaking and writing skill. We got private meeting each Sunday, 3 hours for 4 or 5 weeks. They are good teacher that ever teach me.

I was hoping, that’s all (include independent practice at home and friend) will give me more point to rise my capability in English language. But, that’s only hope, because I realize the main secret to pass this IELTS test is: 1. Pray, 2. practice, practice, practice and 3. Confidence. That’s enough to give all tricks to win. That’s all, no luck in here. I was losing that last item at the last minute. But it’s ok, because I already faced that fact, learning my weakness, and I will take more practice to take IELTS test again. For me, pass this test is only 1 small gate in my long journey to catch my dreams. So, I will never give up with this. This is my next target: minimum 6 for individual band score and 7 for overall band score. You will become my witness for this target. Will you?

Hmm… IELTS test? I will see you very sooner, this year. Amien. Here is some information that I take form “IELTS information for Candidates” document and other documents too.

What is IELTS ?
IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.

IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zeland, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. Please refer to a full list of recognizing organizations on the IELTS website http://www.ielts.org IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.

Test Administration
IELTS tests are administered at centers throughout the world – there are more than 300 centers, in over 100 countries. A full list of centers is available on the IELTS website http://www.ielts.org

IELTS is available up to 4 times in a month. To take the test, you can contact the relevant centre for exact test dates. You will only receive one copy of your test result and replacement copies will not be provided. Additional copies can be sent direct to receiving organizations and institutions by test centers. Registered organizations can receive test results electronically through the E Downloads service. There are no restrictions on every candidate to re-taking the test.

Academic and General Training

IELTS is available in two formats – Academic and General Training.
The Academic Module assesses whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses should be based on the results of this module.

The General Training Module emphasizes basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English-speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zeland. The General Training Module is not offered at all test administrations. If in doubt about which module to take, contact the organization to which you are applying for their requirements.

Test Format
You are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests. There is a choice of Reading and Writing tests – Academic or General Training. It is your responsibility to tell the Administrator which version, Academic or General Training that you need to take.

The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user. The first three tests – Listening, Reading and Writing – must be completed in one day. No break is given between the three tests. The Speaking test may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after the other three tests.

Preparing For The Test
It is not necessary to attend a preparation course but it is, of course, a good idea to prepare thoroughly for the test. Official Practice Materials are available from test centers, or directly from Cambridge ESOL or IDP:IELTS Australia. This includes a full practice test with an answer key, a CD of the Listening test and three sample Speaking tests so that candidates can get some idea of their level and familiarize themselves with the format of the test. There is also a wide range of published preparation materials.

IELTS Test Results
Results will be produced 13 days after the test. At some centers you may collect your results on the 13th day; at others results are mailed on the 13th day. Test centers are not permitted to give results over the phone or by fax or email. Replacement Test Report Forms are not provided in case of loss.

A score is reported for each of the tests. The individual test scores are then calculated to produce an Overall Band Score. Overall Band Scores are reported in whole and half bands for each test. Table below is interpretation with some information on score processing:


The IELTS tests have been designed to reflect accurately the candidate’s abilities to deal with the English language. The design of the test makes it statistically unlikely that there will be a great variation in the test scores. In order to ensure that a candidate’s IELTS results genuinely reflect that candidate’s English language abilities, where there are exceptionally unusual patterns of test scores the tests will be marked again, and the IELTS Test Partners may ask the candidate to re-take some or all of the tests. You will not be charged for any such retakes and will not be issued with your result until after the re-take.

The Test Report Form
The Test Report Form includes a large number of security features, and the authenticity of any Test Report Form can be verified through the online verification service. Cambridge ESOL, British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia reserves the right to cancel any IELTS Test Report Form in the event of any attempt to tamper with or misuse the information it contains.

The IELTS Test Partners recommend that Receiving Organizations do not accept a Test Report Form that is more than two years old. For this reason, Test Report Forms will not be issued for tests taken more than two years ago. A Receiving Organization may choose to accept an older Test Report Form if a candidate can provide evidence that they have actively maintained or tried to improve their English language proficiency since doing the test. However, this is the decision of the Receiving Organization, not the IELTS Test Partners. The IELTS Test Partners cannot provide any letters or references endorsing a candidate’s level of English.

Test
Each candidate takes four tests, one in each of the four skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Candidates who request a postponement or cancellation of their test within 5 weeks of the test date will be charged the full fee unless they are able to provide appropriate medical evidence to support their request. Medical evidence must be provided no later than 5 days after the test date. An administrative fee may be deducted from any refund.

Listening
The Listening test takes around 30 minutes. There are 40 questions and four sections. The Listening test is recorded on a CD and is played ONCE only.

During the test, time is given for candidates to read the questions and write down and then check their answers. Answers are written on the question paper as candidates listen. When the recording ends, 10 minutes are allowed for candidates to transfer their answers to an answer sheet.

The first two sections are concerned with social needs. There is a conversation between two speakers and then a monologue.

The final two sections are concerned with situations related more closely to educational or training contexts. There is a conversation between up to four people and then a further monologue. A range of native-speaker English accents are used in the recordings which reflect the international usage of IELTS.

You will be reminded during the test to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. In the Listening test 10 minutes is allocated specifically for this purpose. In the Reading test, you may transfer your answers at any time during the one hour test period. If you do not transfer your answers during the test, you will not be given any extra time to do so. Responses provided on the question papers cannot be considered for marking purposes.

Reading

The Reading test takes 60 minutes. There are 40 questions, based on three reading passages with a total of 2,000 to 2,750 words. Both the Academic Reading and General Training Reading tests have the same format.
All answers must be entered on an answer sheet during the 60-minute test. No extra time is allowed for transferring answers.

-Academic Reading
Texts are taken from magazines, journals, books, and newspapers. Texts have been written for a non-specialist audience. At least one text contains detailed logical argument. Texts may contain non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations. If texts contain technical terms then a simple glossary is provided.

-General Training Reading
The first section, ‘social survival’, contains texts relevant to basic linguistic survival in English with tasks mainly about retrieving and providing general factual information. ‘Training survival’, the second section, focuses on the training context, for example on the training program itself or on welfare needs. This section involves a text or texts of more complex language with some precise or elaborated expression. The third section, ‘general reading’, involves reading more extended prose with a more complex structure but with the emphasis on descriptive and instructive rather than argumentative texts, in a general context relevant to the wide range of candidates involved.

You should take care when writing answers on the Listening and Reading answer sheets as incorrect spelling and grammar are penalized. Both UK and US varieties of spelling are acceptable. If you are asked to write an answer using a certain number of words and/or (a) number(s), they will be penalized if they exceed this requirement. For example, if a question specifies an answer using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS and the correct answer is ‘black leather coat’, the answer ‘coat of black leather’ is incorrect.

In questions where you are expected to complete a gap, you should only transfer the necessary missing word(s) onto the answer sheet. For example, if you have to complete ‘in the ……………’ and the correct answer is ‘morning’ the answer ‘in the morning’ would be incorrect. You should read and follow the instructions and questions very carefully. In the Listening test especially, care also should be taken when transferring answers onto the answer sheet.

Writing

The Writing test takes 60 minutes. There are two tasks to complete. It is suggested that about 20 minutes is spent on Task 1 which requires candidates to write at least 150 words. Task 2 requires at least 250 words and should take about 40 minutes.

Answers must be given on the answer sheet and must be written in full. Notes or bullet points in whole or in part are not acceptable as answers. You should note that scripts under the required minimum word limit will be penalized.

-Academic Writing
In Task 1, you are asked to describe some information (graph/table/chart/diagram), and to present the description in their own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.

In Task 2, you are presented with a point of view or argument or problem. You need to demonstrate your ability to respond appropriately in terms of content, vocabulary and the organization of ideas. Appropriate responses are descriptions/summaries (Task 1) and short essays (Task 2) and these should be formal in style.
-General Training Writing
In Task 1, you will be asked to respond to a given problem with a letter requesting information or explaining a situation.

In Task 2, you will be presented with a point of view or argument or problem. You need to demonstrate your ability to respond appropriately in terms of content, vocabulary and the organization of ideas. Appropriate responses are personal, semi-formal or formal correspondence (Task 1) and short essays (Task 2). In General Training Writing Task 2 a slightly more personal response is more acceptable than in Academic Writing Task 2.

Speaking
The Speaking test takes between 11 and 14 minutes and consists of an oral interview between the candidate and an examiner. All Speaking tests are recorded.

In Part 1, you will be asked about general questions about yourself, you home/family, you job/study, your interest, and a range of familiar topic areas. This part lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.

In Part 2, you will be given a verbal prompt on a card and asked to talk on a particular topic. You have 1 minute to prepare before speaking at length for up to 2 minutes. The examiner then asks 1 or 2 rounding-off questions.

In Part 3, you and the examiner engage in a discussion of more abstract issues and concepts which are thematically linked to the topic prompt in Part 2. The discussion lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.

This picture above is concluion for all the IELTS test subject :

IELTS vs. TOEFL
Many people asking about comparation between IELTS and TOEFL, which one is difficult that the other. I heard, some people said TOEFL is more difficult, but some others said IELTS is more difficult. But, as I know –even I never take real TOEFL test except prediction tests in my campus-, we cannot compare that, because it has different type of test.
Also, both of these tests are already being accepted internationally: Europe, Canada, Australia or America. So, it depends on your requirement, what kind of test that you need? What is your limit time to get the result? What test that you are already familiar and confidence with? Because of that’s several constraints (I don’t compare the cost of each of that), -I think- just take your decision, prepare yourself, and move on.

Here you can see the several equivalency tables for TOEFL and IELTS scores :


this is another conversion table, where the levels proficiency in English are shown :

Source: Vancouver English

Okay, I hope this all can give some global picture to you that never face IELTS, before take the real Test . You can also do some research and make your independent practice this test, example at this website http://www.ielts-exam.net, http://www.ialf.edu or http://www.indonesia.idp.com . Wish you all luck and success. Dont’ be afraid and never give up !!






Surviving IELTS Test

15 07 2009
[10:54:43] My Teacher > Adek, I’m sorry for the failed writing
[10:54:54] me > oh that’s fine
[10:55:11] My Teacher > was it because you didn’t finish the task?
[10:55:19] me > no, I finished the tasks
[10:55:40] me > but, I didn’t have time to check task 2 again
[10:55:46] me > only task 1
[10:55:53] me > I was so afraid I couldn’t finish task 1
[10:56:21] me > so I finished task 1 first
[10:56:23] me > I think that was my first mistake
[10:56:46] My Teacher > so task 2?
[10:56:55] me > I was too nervous when I was doing task 2 and afraid I wouldn’t finish that
[10:57:15] me > I wrote like crazy
[10:57:30] My Teacher > so not focus?
[10:57:30] me > in fact I didn’t have enough idea in my head for task 2
[10:57:52] My Teacher > #-o
[10:58:19] me > I think I was being too intimidated that I couldn’t finish the both tasks
[10:58:42] me > that makes me couldn’t thinking about some idea
[11:00:02] me > I think task 1 is ok
[11:00:32] My Teacher > so how’s the scholarship then?
[11:00:54] me > I’m still waiting for 1 more admission result
[11:01:08] My Teacher > is it OK with 6?
[11:01:19] me > yes, it just need overall 6, don’t care about partial score
[11:02:02] me > but, I think I want to try IELTS test again
[11:02:03] My Teacher > hmmm hopefully you will pass
[11:02:18] me > I want to try again
[11:02:30] My Teacher > can you tell me the individual band you got?
[11:02:37] me > yes
[11:02:43] me > listening is 6
[11:02:45] me > reading 6.5
[11:02:51] me > writing 4.5
[11:02:56] me > speaking 7
[11:02:58] me > overall 6
[11:03:41] me > I will take IELTS test again, this year
[11:04:14] My Teacher > yes, and don’t repeat the same mistake please
[11:05:00] me > yes, I will do complete writing test as my practice
[11:05:25] My Teacher > /:-) are u sure?
[11:05:30] My Teacher > no more panic?
[11:06:23] me > yes, I just did separated practice before
[11:06:34] me > only task 1
[11:06:37] me > or only task 2
[11:06:58] me > that make me very nervous when I face them both at the same time
[11:07:04] My Teacher > Time you’re writing
[11:07:11] My Teacher > use stopwatch
[11:08:41] me > ok
[11:09:41] me > do u have some suggestion for practice formula in special purpose like this?
[11:10:07] My Teacher > you need someone to watch your writing
[11:10:20] me > watch?
[11:10:23] me > what for?
[11:10:33] My Teacher > what shall you do in first 15 minutes and so on
[11:10:57] My Teacher > so he can check your writing steps
[11:11:06] me > is that important?
[11:11:31] me > Melanie said, do task 2 at the first 40 minutes and after that task 1
[11:12:04] My Teacher > I told you that before right?
[11:12:07] me > yes
[11:12:27] My Teacher > spend only 20 minutes max in task 1
[11:12:45] me > yes
[11:12:46] me > and I didn’t do that because I was too panic
[11:13:03] me > I did task 1 exactly in 20 minute,
[11:13:39] me > but did it first not at second
[11:13:59] me > I was speculating in that, hope that will reduce my nervous
[11:14:29] me > so what is your advice in my practice?
[11:15:18] My Teacher > that’s it…plan your writing, time it well
[11:15:55] me > ok. I will take test at May or June
[11:16:57] My Teacher > keep sending me your writing
[11:18:19] me > the last question
[11:18:38] My Teacher > so I can check your grammar as well
[11:18:43] My Teacher > What?
[11:18:57] me > what do u think about my individual band?
[11:19:21] me > what else should I worry about?
[11:19:59] My Teacher > Listening I think
[11:20:12] me > Why?
[11:21:30] me > I think that was some coincidence when I got reading higher than listening
[11:23:16] My Teacher > No, you are a good thinker
[11:23:28] My Teacher > that’s why you got good in listening
[11:24:05] me > thank u, but there’ so many traps in there
[11:24:13] me > both listening and reading
[11:25:58] me > but I think real reading test more enjoyable because it’s more easy to read and the paper more is better too
[11:26:02] My Teacher > Just stay focus…That’s all
[11:26:05] me > okay, thanks
[11:26:57] My Teacher > yes, it’s all about understanding English
[11:27:11] me > I get that
[11:29:05] me > okay rick, see ya soon
[11:29:21] My Teacher > Right

So…That’s some part of my story to get win for IELTS test.

As you can read, I failed in writing test. Like most IELTS test candidates, I must reach specific score in individual (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) test and overall test so i can to use this IELTS test result. That numbers are minimum 5.5 for listening, reading and speaking test; minimum 5 for writing test; and minimum 6 for overall. You can see in conversation above and document bellow, my weaknesses are spelling, grammar and too complicated concepts to be though (it’s just like what my teacher ever said, and I agree with him. I think that’s because I’m koleric-melancolic type :P)

I took IELTS test for the first time in IALF Jakarta at January 2009, cost 180 US dollar. I joined IELTS preparation course in that institution too at December 2008, Monday to Friday begin from 07.00 pm until 09.00 pm. At that time, I always run from my office exactly at 05.00 o’clock in the afternoon to take Transjakarta busway as soon as possible to Kuningan (as you know, that’s crowded time), so I could arrived at IALF before 06.00 pm, took 2 sessions of listening or reading test each day before class begin. My Teacher is Melanie, native speaker from New Zeland. I ever heard that native people from that country is the fastest English speakers in the world. After that course, I contacted a new teacher, -I call him Rick-, to help me to rise my speaking and writing skill. We got private meeting each Sunday, 3 hours for 4 or 5 weeks. They are good teacher that ever teach me.

I was hoping, that’s all (include independent practice at home and friend) will give me more point to rise my capability in English language. But, that’s only hope, because I realize the main secret to pass this IELTS test is: 1. Pray, 2. practice, practice, practice and 3. Confidence. That’s enough to give all tricks to win. That’s all, no luck in here. I was losing that last item at the last minute. But it’s ok, because I already faced that fact, learning my weakness, and I will take more practice to take IELTS test again. For me, pass this test is only 1 small gate in my long journey to catch my dreams. So, I will never give up with this. This is my next target: minimum 6 for individual band score and 7 for overall band score. You will become my witness for this target. Will you?

Hmm… IELTS test? I will see you very sooner, this year. Amien. Here is some information that I take form “IELTS information for Candidates” document and other documents too.

What is IELTS ?
IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.

IELTS is jointly managed by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS is recognized by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zeland, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. Please refer to a full list of recognizing organizations on the IELTS website http://www.ielts.org IELTS is not recommended for candidates under the age of 16.

Test Administration
IELTS tests are administered at centers throughout the world – there are more than 300 centers, in over 100 countries. A full list of centers is available on the IELTS website http://www.ielts.org

IELTS is available up to 4 times in a month. To take the test, you can contact the relevant centre for exact test dates. You will only receive one copy of your test result and replacement copies will not be provided. Additional copies can be sent direct to receiving organizations and institutions by test centers. Registered organizations can receive test results electronically through the E Downloads service. There are no restrictions on every candidate to re-taking the test.

Academic and General Training

IELTS is available in two formats – Academic and General Training.
The Academic Module assesses whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses should be based on the results of this module.

The General Training Module emphasizes basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English-speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zeland. The General Training Module is not offered at all test administrations. If in doubt about which module to take, contact the organization to which you are applying for their requirements.

Test Format
You are tested in listening, reading, writing and speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests. There is a choice of Reading and Writing tests – Academic or General Training. It is your responsibility to tell the Administrator which version, Academic or General Training that you need to take.

The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user. The first three tests – Listening, Reading and Writing – must be completed in one day. No break is given between the three tests. The Speaking test may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after the other three tests.

Preparing For The Test
It is not necessary to attend a preparation course but it is, of course, a good idea to prepare thoroughly for the test. Official Practice Materials are available from test centers, or directly from Cambridge ESOL or IDP:IELTS Australia. This includes a full practice test with an answer key, a CD of the Listening test and three sample Speaking tests so that candidates can get some idea of their level and familiarize themselves with the format of the test. There is also a wide range of published preparation materials.

IELTS Test Results
Results will be produced 13 days after the test. At some centers you may collect your results on the 13th day; at others results are mailed on the 13th day. Test centers are not permitted to give results over the phone or by fax or email. Replacement Test Report Forms are not provided in case of loss.

A score is reported for each of the tests. The individual test scores are then calculated to produce an Overall Band Score. Overall Band Scores are reported in whole and half bands for each test. Table below is interpretation with some information on score processing:


The IELTS tests have been designed to reflect accurately the candidate’s abilities to deal with the English language. The design of the test makes it statistically unlikely that there will be a great variation in the test scores. In order to ensure that a candidate’s IELTS results genuinely reflect that candidate’s English language abilities, where there are exceptionally unusual patterns of test scores the tests will be marked again, and the IELTS Test Partners may ask the candidate to re-take some or all of the tests. You will not be charged for any such retakes and will not be issued with your result until after the re-take.

The Test Report Form
The Test Report Form includes a large number of security features, and the authenticity of any Test Report Form can be verified through the online verification service. Cambridge ESOL, British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia reserves the right to cancel any IELTS Test Report Form in the event of any attempt to tamper with or misuse the information it contains.

The IELTS Test Partners recommend that Receiving Organizations do not accept a Test Report Form that is more than two years old. For this reason, Test Report Forms will not be issued for tests taken more than two years ago. A Receiving Organization may choose to accept an older Test Report Form if a candidate can provide evidence that they have actively maintained or tried to improve their English language proficiency since doing the test. However, this is the decision of the Receiving Organization, not the IELTS Test Partners. The IELTS Test Partners cannot provide any letters or references endorsing a candidate’s level of English.

Test
Each candidate takes four tests, one in each of the four skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Candidates who request a postponement or cancellation of their test within 5 weeks of the test date will be charged the full fee unless they are able to provide appropriate medical evidence to support their request. Medical evidence must be provided no later than 5 days after the test date. An administrative fee may be deducted from any refund.

Listening
The Listening test takes around 30 minutes. There are 40 questions and four sections. The Listening test is recorded on a CD and is played ONCE only.

During the test, time is given for candidates to read the questions and write down and then check their answers. Answers are written on the question paper as candidates listen. When the recording ends, 10 minutes are allowed for candidates to transfer their answers to an answer sheet.

The first two sections are concerned with social needs. There is a conversation between two speakers and then a monologue.

The final two sections are concerned with situations related more closely to educational or training contexts. There is a conversation between up to four people and then a further monologue. A range of native-speaker English accents are used in the recordings which reflect the international usage of IELTS.

You will be reminded during the test to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. In the Listening test 10 minutes is allocated specifically for this purpose. In the Reading test, you may transfer your answers at any time during the one hour test period. If you do not transfer your answers during the test, you will not be given any extra time to do so. Responses provided on the question papers cannot be considered for marking purposes.

Reading

The Reading test takes 60 minutes. There are 40 questions, based on three reading passages with a total of 2,000 to 2,750 words. Both the Academic Reading and General Training Reading tests have the same format.
All answers must be entered on an answer sheet during the 60-minute test. No extra time is allowed for transferring answers.

-Academic Reading
Texts are taken from magazines, journals, books, and newspapers. Texts have been written for a non-specialist audience. At least one text contains detailed logical argument. Texts may contain non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations. If texts contain technical terms then a simple glossary is provided.

-General Training Reading
The first section, ‘social survival’, contains texts relevant to basic linguistic survival in English with tasks mainly about retrieving and providing general factual information. ‘Training survival’, the second section, focuses on the training context, for example on the training program itself or on welfare needs. This section involves a text or texts of more complex language with some precise or elaborated expression. The third section, ‘general reading’, involves reading more extended prose with a more complex structure but with the emphasis on descriptive and instructive rather than argumentative texts, in a general context relevant to the wide range of candidates involved.

You should take care when writing answers on the Listening and Reading answer sheets as incorrect spelling and grammar are penalized. Both UK and US varieties of spelling are acceptable. If you are asked to write an answer using a certain number of words and/or (a) number(s), they will be penalized if they exceed this requirement. For example, if a question specifies an answer using NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS and the correct answer is ‘black leather coat’, the answer ‘coat of black leather’ is incorrect.

In questions where you are expected to complete a gap, you should only transfer the necessary missing word(s) onto the answer sheet. For example, if you have to complete ‘in the ……………’ and the correct answer is ‘morning’ the answer ‘in the morning’ would be incorrect. You should read and follow the instructions and questions very carefully. In the Listening test especially, care also should be taken when transferring answers onto the answer sheet.

Writing

The Writing test takes 60 minutes. There are two tasks to complete. It is suggested that about 20 minutes is spent on Task 1 which requires candidates to write at least 150 words. Task 2 requires at least 250 words and should take about 40 minutes.

Answers must be given on the answer sheet and must be written in full. Notes or bullet points in whole or in part are not acceptable as answers. You should note that scripts under the required minimum word limit will be penalized.

-Academic Writing
In Task 1, you are asked to describe some information (graph/table/chart/diagram), and to present the description in their own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.

In Task 2, you are presented with a point of view or argument or problem. You need to demonstrate your ability to respond appropriately in terms of content, vocabulary and the organization of ideas. Appropriate responses are descriptions/summaries (Task 1) and short essays (Task 2) and these should be formal in style.
-General Training Writing
In Task 1, you will be asked to respond to a given problem with a letter requesting information or explaining a situation.

In Task 2, you will be presented with a point of view or argument or problem. You need to demonstrate your ability to respond appropriately in terms of content, vocabulary and the organization of ideas. Appropriate responses are personal, semi-formal or formal correspondence (Task 1) and short essays (Task 2). In General Training Writing Task 2 a slightly more personal response is more acceptable than in Academic Writing Task 2.

Speaking
The Speaking test takes between 11 and 14 minutes and consists of an oral interview between the candidate and an examiner. All Speaking tests are recorded.

In Part 1, you will be asked about general questions about yourself, you home/family, you job/study, your interest, and a range of familiar topic areas. This part lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.

In Part 2, you will be given a verbal prompt on a card and asked to talk on a particular topic. You have 1 minute to prepare before speaking at length for up to 2 minutes. The examiner then asks 1 or 2 rounding-off questions.

In Part 3, you and the examiner engage in a discussion of more abstract issues and concepts which are thematically linked to the topic prompt in Part 2. The discussion lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.

This picture above is concluion for all the IELTS test subject :

IELTS vs. TOEFL
Many people asking about comparation between IELTS and TOEFL, which one is difficult that the other. I heard, some people said TOEFL is more difficult, but some others said IELTS is more difficult. But, as I know –even I never take real TOEFL test except prediction tests in my campus-, we cannot compare that, because it has different type of test.
Also, both of these tests are already being accepted internationally: Europe, Canada, Australia or America. So, it depends on your requirement, what kind of test that you need? What is your limit time to get the result? What test that you are already familiar and confidence with? Because of that’s several constraints (I don’t compare the cost of each of that), -I think- just take your decision, prepare yourself, and move on.

Here you can see the several equivalency tables for TOEFL and IELTS scores :


this is another conversion table, where the levels proficiency in English are shown :

Source: Vancouver English

Okay, I hope this all can give some global picture to you that never face IELTS, before take the real Test . You can also do some research and make your independent practice this test, example at this website http://www.ielts-exam.net, http://www.ialf.edu or http://www.indonesia.idp.com . Wish you all luck and success. Dont’ be afraid and never give up !!






Congratz yak…..!!!

3 12 2007

“Adek..tadi kakak udah sidang. dia dapat A, kasih selamat gih….Adek gimana, kapan sidang?”
“Adek..Abang udh selesai ujian & presentasi. Hasilnya bagus ..Sekarang Inoe tinggal pengangkatan karyawan PT. Pertamina EP hari hari jum’at tgl 5..ama manajer HRD “
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Dua pesan ini yang kuterima beberapa hari lalu..mengantarkan secercah senyum dalam hati kecilku. Ya, pesan tentang kakak – my twin yang baru saja ujian yudisium untuk kelulusan dari status mahasiwa kedokteran dan abang, calon DIRUT PERTAMINA kami…hahahah

Ah, aku teringat saat kecil dulu..ketika kami masih bermain bersama…berlarian kesana kemari..atau bertengkar tak ada habisnya. Dili, kota kecil tempat kami pernah tumbuh bersama..hampir 4 tahun lamanya.
Sekarang, semua menjadi kenangan indah.
Hidup ini akan berakhir, cepat atau lambat.
Waktu terus berjalan, mencoba membantu mendewasakan kita.
Mudah – mudahan Allah mempertemukan kita di jannah nya kelak.
Selamat ya abang…kakak…
jangan lupa makan – makan nya ntar klo kita udah pada ngumpul di Jakarta.
Btw, Doain adek juga ya..:D