How to pass an IELTS exam? Here you have some tips on how you can dramatically increase your IELTS score when you take the exam:
There are a lot of techniques to prepare for the IELTS examination.
Some people say that the process of IELTS preparation seems an overwhelming or even insuperable task, but here you will some helpful IELTS study tips to polish your studying method and assist you during this incredible journey.
We will explore the study aspect (technique) and the skills aspect (reading, listening, writing and speaking).
Tip 1: You have to develop your general English knowledge (full immersion)
The IELTS test is not only about the test. You have to reach a level of English where you are able to read, listen, write and speak decently.
Most students think that doing mock tests over and over is the only way to overcome the preparation struggle. On the contrary, you have to be knowledgeable in the English language (50%) and you have to learn the techniques to face the test itself (50%).
To do so, you have to go full-immersion mode: take an English course, read newspapers, listen to music and watch movies. Go out and start chatting with people, make new friends. You will definitely feel more comfortable and at ease after a couple of weeks.
Find an official IELTS test online and go through it thoroughly. Devote at least 1 or 2 hours a day to extra practice at home alone or with your peers. Studying only in the classroom won’t be enough.
Tip 2: make mistakes and learn the general pattern.
Don’t feel discouraged if you don’t pass the exam at the first attempt. Don’t feel frustrated if you make way too many mistakes in class preparation. The only way to learn both the language and the method to accomplish IELTS, is to practice, make mistakes and try again. Ask you teacher when you feel in doubt. You will see that after a while, you have a more and more clear idea of the pattern to follow.
Tip 3: learn the essay writing structure
Improve your writing skills by learning how to understand the instructions of the writing task. The comprehension of the task is essential to getting one step ahead.
Many students go off topic or try to memorise whole essays. They end up getting confused and making silly mistakes that you make when you learn something by heart.
Find a random IELTS writing Task 1 or Task 2 on the Internet. Time yourself and write 150 and 250 word essays. Give it to your teacher for feedback. You will see that with time your score increases steadily. Again practice makes perfect!
TIPS FOR WRITING: stick to the word count, provide a structure: intro, main body, conclusion, use linking words, write in paragraphs, check your spelling, use academic vocabulary, spend 20 mins on task 1 and 40 on task 2, check your handwriting
Tip 4: Read different kinds of articles
Start exploring diverse types of reading. If you have never done it before, now is the right time to do so. You might even find something interesting that you did not know before.
IELTS reading tasks vary incredibly. Read about Science, Music, Astronomy, Biology, daily news, History etc. The more general knowledge you have, the better. Remember, if you take academic IELTS you must have some academic knowledge.
TIPS FOR READING: look for the keywords and paraphrase when necessary, read the instructions carefully and keep an eye on the clock, write the answers on your exam sheet. Don’t waste time on transferring your answers. Scan and find the answers, you don’t need to understand the whole thing.
Tip 5: Don’t forget the speaking part (fluency, pronunciation and accents)
It is easy to memorise answers and expressions when it comes to productive skills (writing and speaking). This is wrong. When you memorise something, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have learnt it. As mentioned for the writing, the same goes with speaking. I have seen too many students taking speaking for granted and never practicing it. The result? Failing miserably. Practice, practice, practice as many sample speaking tests with a friend until you sound spontaneous and natural.
Use your own experiences and ideas that are meaningful to you. Also, become comfortable with different accents and pronunciations by listening to the radio or podcasts. You have to be familiar with accents from around the world. This will help you with the listening task as well. The wider your general language and general knowledge, the more confident you will feel with the language and topics in the test.
TIPS FOR LISTENING: check the questions before the exam starts. You will have time to understand the questions. Listen for answering, again you don’t need to understand the contents. 10 mins after the exam are golden, use this extra time to check spelling or if you changed your mind, you can still modify your answer. USE CAPITAL LETTERS FOR YOUR ANSWERS. Make sure you notice the gap and how many words you need.
TIPS FOR SPEAKING: be confident and relaxed, you are chatting with an individual the same as you. Use a range of grammar and vocabulary. Use expressions you learnt during the course. If you are interrupted by the examiner, it’s ok, listen and keep replying. Try to stick with one accent (American or UK). It’s fine to take a look at your notes but making eye contact is better.
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