Updated on - November 12th 2019 by Piyush Bhartiya

Preparation-tips

IELTS Preparation Tips

IELTS tests are a measure to test the language proficiency of candidates wishing to pursue education or migrate to English speaking regions. These tests require a lot of practice and preparations as they are divided into 4 segments which require a specific set of skills. So along with the study, material practice tests are also important to be prepared for the day of the test.

There are various online practice tests available in paid and free version. British Council offers practice tests and sample papers for better preparation. Similarly, other websites like Cambridge Assessment English and IDP also offers practice tests.  These tests aim at training you manage your time so that you can be able to complete the test.  You are also graded for the practice tests on the scale of non-user (band score 1) to expert (band score 9).

Practice papers build an inner knowledge in the student who is aspiring to study abroad. The speaking skills is necessary as it checks the weather the student is fluent in the language in which they will be taught. The writing skills reveals the vocabulary and creative mind of the student which is also needed in the long run. Reading skills test the student’s mindset about a particular situation. The Practice papers help a lot in the finding of the best in you.

 

Tips for the listening test

  • Listen to as many conversations as possible.
  • Practice listening to English news and bulletins regularly.
  • Practice multitasking as it will help to take notes while listening.
  • Practice shorthand writing as it will help to take down notes quickly.
  • Be accurate with spelling while noting down the points.

 

Tips for Reading test

  • Read as much as possible as it improves vocabulary.
  • Learn to make notes while reading.
  • Repeat the reading exercises as it helps to find new points.
  • Practice comprehension as it sharpens comprehension skills.

 

Tips for Writing test

  • Read sample essays.
  • Practice essay writing.
  • Practice grammar as it helps avoid mistakes.
  • While writing an essay try to stick to the topic and avoid writing irrelevant information.

 

Tips for Speaking test

  • Add interesting facts in the reply.
  • Be quick and prompt in answering.
  • Think before speaking as it ensures clarity in the information.
  • Talk confidently to avoid confusion.

 

IELTS Test Format

Section

Brief Description

Duration

Writing

This section tests the student’s creativity in writing and creating content.

60 minutes

Listening

This section very much indulges in checking the student’s power to concentrate on a particular topic by listening to it.

30 minutes

Speaking

In this section, the exam tests the speaking ability of the student.

11-15 minutes

Reading

This section includes the reading ability of the students by giving them a particular topic to read out loud.

60 minutes

 

On the day of IELTS Exam Tips

On the day of the exam, many students get panicked and do silly mistakes. One must be calm and confident to avoid such a mistake because one small mistake and it will ruin your dream of studying abroad. There are some points which need to be kept in mind while going to the test center. Here are some tips which you must follow on the day of the IELTS exam.

  • Eat and sleep comfortably on the day just before the Exam.
  • Wear decent and comfortable clothes.
  • Make sure to arrive at the test center early.
  • There are no breaks between the exam, so be sure to go to the toilet before the exam.
  • Don’t take your phone or any other electronic device in the test center.
  • Be sufficient with the stationary as there should be no shortage of pencils or pens.
  • You must take an identity proof with yourself
  • Listen to the instructions carefully.
  • Keep an eye on the clock in the exam center
  • Focus and be calm through the exam.

 

Tips during IELTS exam

During the IELTS, one must be careful and avoid silly mistakes. Any mistake in the procedure can lead to a big blunder. The examination is for a duration of 2 hours and 45 minutes in which all the different sections take place such as Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. You must pay attention to all the part as all the parts are important. The exam is a stress for everyone and you must stay focused during the whole exam.

Reading Test

  • Learn new words every day to impart an impression on the interviewer
  • Understand the whole reading format
  • Practice well by reading many articles and topics
  • Be more fluent with pronunciation
  • Keep a track on the mistakes and correct them
  • Read as much as possible as it improves vocabulary.
  • Learn to make notes while reading.
  • Repeat the reading exercises as it helps to find new points.
  • Practice comprehension as it sharpens comprehension skills.
  • While reading speak clear and loud

Writing Test

  • Read sample essays.
  • Practice essay writing.
  • Practice grammar as it helps avoid mistakes.
  • While writing an essay try to stick to the topic and avoid writing irrelevant information.
  • Go through famous article and content pieces to get an idea about the content.
  • Practice well from the practice papers available for the exam.
  • Keep a track on the mistakes and correct them.
  • Learn all many spellings as possible
  • Keep the handwriting clean and clear
  • Be focused and calm

 

Speaking test

  • Add interesting facts in the reply.
  • Be quick and prompt in answering.
  • Think before speaking as it ensures clarity in the information.
  • Talk confidently to avoid confusion.
  • Learn bigger words to impart an impression on the interviewer.
  • The test should be taken seriously as this section is very crucial.
  • The body language should be good to make a remark.
  • Speak clearly and bold.
  • Speak with confidence and speak the truth.
  • Be confident about yourself.

 

Listening Test

  • Listen to as many conversations as possible.
  • Practice listening to English news and bulletins regularly.
  • Practice multitasking as it will help to take notes while listening.
  • Practice shorthand writing as it will help to take down notes quickly.
  • Be accurate with spelling while noting down the points.
  • Listen to song and try to figure out the lyrics.
  • Listen to conversations on TV or radio.
  • Increase the power of concentration.
  • Be aware of the every word said.
  • Be attentive towards the interviewer.

 

More IELTS exam test

  • Organize yourself but don’t stress yourself.
  • Manage your expectations as more flexible students have more energy.
  • Don’t over think.
  • Revise actively.
  • Practice previous exam papers.

 

Books to Refer

 

Book Name

Author Name

MRP

The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS

Pauline Cullen (Author)

3000 INR

Official IELTS Practice Materials

Cambridge ESOL (Author)

1300 INR

IELTS Superpack

Lin Lougheed Ph.D. (Author)

3200 INR

Target Band 7: IELTS Academic Module: How to Maximize Your Score

Simone Braverman  (Author)

4200 INR

 

FAQs

1. Why take IELTS sample test

You may have done self-study or may be coached at a coaching class but you won’t know how well you prepared are until you take a practice test.  The practice test is basically a full-length IELTS test which helps you evaluate your skills and preparations.

2. How many IELTS test centers are there?

There are around 78 test centers spread across India

3. Within how much time IELTS test scores are declared?

There are around 78 test centres spread across India

4. For how many years IELTS scores are valid?

Your IELTS test score is valid for 2 years from the date of examination.

5. When will I receive my test results?

Your IELTS results will be released 13 days after the test date. They will be released online at https://results.ieltsessentials.com/ and your test report forms will be sent out by mail on the same day

 


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Piyush values education and has studied from the top institutes of IIT Roorkee, IIM Bangalore, KTH Sweden and Tsinghua University in China. Post completing his MBA, he has worked with the world's # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group and focused on building sales and marketing vertical for top MNCs and Indian business houses.

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