The IELTS exam may seem apprehensive to even those who have strong communication skills if they have not prepared enough for it. The IELTS official website clearly mentions that even native English speaker may get fewer score in this exam and that is only because lack of preparation. The IELTS exam requires higher amount of concentration, sitting, studying for more hours and of course good study material. Here are some simple tips you can follow while preparing and on the day of IELTS exam.
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- The IELTS do not only judge bookish knowledge but also proper usability of the language. So the conventional preparation method such as listening English news, reading news paper will not help much. Instead, we would recommend talking with a friend in English who can correct you for your mistakes and can guide you.
- Believe firmly in the saying that Practice makes man perfect. All you need to do is devote your time to do practice and practice. All the centres of IELTS provide you with practice test book. This manual contains eight full length tests. These help you to know the actual scenario of the test. All the instructions in the manual are all the same as the instructions in the actual IELTS exam but even if during the exam they appear something different, do not panic. They are always the same just modified in different words.
- While preparing for the test you must concentrate upon time management. Especially for the reading section, here you have to read the passage, skim it and answer the questions correctly. Doing this all will certainly require managing the time. So for better convenience always set time of 1hr while preparing for this section. We know managing time under pressure can be tough, but you need to learn this art.
- During the actual IELTS test, you are provided with a sample audio recording. The recording is the best way to familiarize you with the listening part. If you feel there is problem with the hardware or voice quality then you can report about it to the authority and get your problem corrected.
- You will not get to hear the audio again so read the questions simultaneously and solve them. Also listen to the entire audio even you are left with no questions to solve.
- You will come across questions whose answers are not obvious. They point toward what does it imply rather than what is heard. Enough practice will help you in dealing with these types of questions.
- There are enough pauses during listening test after each section and also after group of questions. Use this time wisely, read questions with a calm mind. Do not fidget around the desk.
- During the reading section you must read the entire passage but we would recommend not spending much time in understanding each and every line of the passage. The advantage of the reading section is you have the text with you so you can return to any part of the passage when you need it. So skim the passage wisely and answer them.
- To cheat in the IELTS exam can put you in a big trouble. It’s a complete No for cheating in the exam. You may get ban for life from attempting IELTS exam with a black mark. If you get caught then the authority is not allowed to rely on wise decision, they are strictly trained to follow the rules and procedure. Never mess with IELTS people.
- The reading section has a sample question and answer read it carefully so that you know how to answer other similar questions.
- The writing section is something difficult for everyone. It is important to organize yourself for this section. Take a minute or two to brainstorm and think about the content of the essay. Though you may get carried away while writing, try not to be very much philosophical and artistic during the writing section
- We would surely recommend you to use classy vocabulary. This will impress your reader. Also make sure your sentence arrangement is correct. You are given the option to write with pen or pencil. We would say go for pencil.
- During speaking test, it is not important to speak in accent. But speaking in proper grammar and correct tenses is very important.
- Try to speak a little slow, but not too slow. This will get you time to think before you speak. Also speak to the examiner and not to the device. Be polite and always say thank you before leaving. Being grateful never harms anyone.