10 tips to ace your IELTS test and getting a high band score
International English Language Testing System – more commonly known as IELTS is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. More than 3 million people give the IELTS each year. If you are looking to work, live or study in an English-speaking country, then you must be able to demonstrate a high level of English language ability. That’s where the IELTS test comes in.
Giving the test can be intimidating but don’t sweat! Here are our top 10 tips for students to clear the IELTS test:
1. Register for the test!
Okay, that is not really a tip. The tip is to register for the test on a date which you are comfortable with; given that you will need to prepare for the same. Understand how much time you will need to prepare and apply accordingly.
2. Start your preparation early by learning about the test structure
Now that you have decided to give the IELTS test, you should be aware of the format of the test, types of questions, breaks, duration etc. Make sure you are up-to-date with latest information. Read here for more info.
3. Give an initial mock test to know where you stand
It’s important to do a self-assessment by giving a mock test for IELTS so that you know how much you already know and how prepared you are. This will also tell you if you need coaching classes especially if your exam dates are closer.
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4. Set a learning strategy according to your goals
Is your goal to achieve a band score higher than 7? That’s awesome! Now you have to work for it. Define your learning strategy and how you will achieve this goal, either by yourself or with the help of your coaching classes.
5. Use varied and authentic materials for studying
Use proper books advised by your teachers in your preparation of the test. Apart from that, listen to BBC radio to get used to the accent and other podcasts and TV shows in English language.
6. Practise every day!
This point is the key in achieving a higher band score. Write 1 essay every day and read books by established authors. Try to take notes and find out meaning of difficult words. This may seem like a small thing but it will help you in the long run when you are abroad for study or work.
7. Speak to your family & friends in English as much as possible
Like practising to read and write, it’s important to practise speaking as well, first because there’s a ‘Speaking’ test section as well in the IELTS and, also because as mentioned in the previous tip, it will be helpful to you in the long run. To converse easily with your fellow peers, teachers and generally the people you will meet abroad!
8. Pay close attention to your grammar!
Oh, this could be a make-or-break thing for your test. Pay extra attention to improving your grammar. This is necessary not just for written test but the speaking test as well.
9. Take mock tests often and learn from your mistakes
You should often take mock tests to evaluate your progress and to see how much improvement is still needed. If you have enrolled in a class, your teachers will give you these tests periodically and help you learn from your mistakes so that you can achieve your goal.
10. Learn the exam approach
Giving so many mock tests will familiarize you with the exam format and how to approach the test. You will learn to prioritize and answer the questions proficiently.
11. Consider IELTS test as a job interview
Now that you are prepared academically, you should also prepare yourself mentally for the IELTS test. Treat it like an important job interview. Prepare well, rest up the night before, arrive early and dress your best with a smile.
12. Do not be nervous
There’s no need to sweat! You have prepared well in advance; you have aced your mock tests and your teachers are confident in you. That’s it! You are all set. Just be confident through out and give it your best shot.
We are confident that following these tips should land you a higher band score with no problem!
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