IELTS or International English Language Testing System is the world’s most popular test to measure English language proficiency of any student applying for higher education and global migration. Millions of applicants appear for this test every year.
The IELTS test focuses on assessing the abilities in the areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking of English language in a duration of approximately three hours. There are two types of tests available which include IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The test objective is to rate your English skills and reflect upon your ability to use English as a language in your study, at work and otherwise in your overseas stay.
If you are planning to go abroad for your higher education, the following quick tips will be your easy tutor to speed up your efforts.
Task 1: Listening
- By keeping the volume of your headphones marginally higher, you can avoid distractions of your surroundings.
- Prepare yourself to listen to individual talking and multiple people’s conversation simultaneously. This will help you focus on the conversation during the test.
- Go through the example given at the beginning of the first section to get clear idea of the speaker, the situation and the sound.
- Scribble down answers quickly on your question paper while listening to the recording. This will help you in completing the test within limited time frame of 10 minutes since you will only need to neatly copy these answers to the answer sheet.
Task 2: Writing
- There should be at least 4 paragraphs.
- Each paragraph should be started at the beginning of the line; and not from the middle of the line. Leave one line after completing a paragraph.
- Plan the outline of your essay by scribbling eight to ten points around the topic on a rough piece of paper and set their flow.
- Ensure that you have clarity about the points that you are jotting down as there is a possibility of forgetting thoughts around that point later while writing the essay.
- Be sure of the meaning of phrase or idiom while using them. Avoid using any phrases where you are unsure of the exact usage.
Task 3: Reading
- Answer all questions as there is no negative marking in IELTS exam. This increases your chance of getting marks for a right guess.
- While reading the passage, underline significant information like dates, names etc. This will save time while looking for the answers. Most of the questions fall around these nouns and dates.
- Build your interest in reading diverse topics though you may begin with topics of your interest to gain the momentum.
- Make notes while reading to sharpen your ability to pick details.
Task 4: Speaking
- Remember to have eye contact with the examiner and greet them.
- Exhibit your confidence without any hesitation.
- Answer all the questions mentioned on your Cue-Card.
- Avoid any sort of repetition related to any point that you want to present.
Make the most of your language skills to extract the best out of your course. Good Luck!