The IELTS exam is, for many people, an English language proficiency test that can change lives. Passing the test typically results in the test takers being able to study, work, or live in an English speaking country. Now, if you are preparing for the IELTS test (and by the way, vocabulary is extremely important), you need to do some measures to ensure that you will do well during the exam day. I am going to discuss here some tips on how you can succeed during the test.
You may probably have already known that the test has four sections, namely the listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Many people believe that the toughest ones are the writing and speaking sections. This leaves the listening and reading sections easy.
To do well in the listening test, you need to familiarize yourself with the situation, sound, and speakers. You can do this by using the example at the start of the first section. Make sure that you continue to listen until the recording stops and you only look at the questions that are associated with the part that is being played. Bear in mind that there will be pauses between sections, and you may use them to get yourself ready for the next set of questions. There are listening questions, and you need to answer them in an order they are presented on the Question Paper. Check your grammar and spelling while transferring your answers to the answer sheet.
For the Academic reading section, you can start by simply reading through every passage. This allows you to identify features like the style, topics, writer’s purpose and others. always remember that reading tasks may contain an example answer so what you need to do is determine why it is correct.
In academic writing, you need to remember that there are no possible marks for Task 2 than Task 1, and you need to stick to the suggested timing. You will lose marks if you write less than 150 words in answering Task 1 or 250 words in Task 2. When planning and writing your essay, make sure that you allocate plenty of time to recheck your work. Make sure that you organize your ideas and sentences as well as link them appropriately. You can use a range of language to demonstrate your ability to express opinions and discuss ideas.
For the speaking section, make sure that you don’t provide a prepared speech, or discuss a topics that is not related to the one you are required to discuss. Do not talk to the recording equipment, and instead speak to the Examiner. When saying a “yes” or a “no” to the examiner, make sure that you elaborate your answer. Bear in mind that it is not your general knowledge that is being tested, but your ability to speak using the English language.