What is IELTS?

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What is IELTS?

IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System. It is a test which assesses the language proficiency of the candidates who wish to go for further studies or to settle in English-speaking countries.

How to do IELTS Preparation?

Well, the answer is here.
People mostly believe in the myth that IELTS test is difficult but it is not the case if proper preparation and practice is done. It is difficult for those who do not practice properly.

One should also be clear about choosing the right module between the two-Academic and General. There are some general tips for all the four modules-

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Reading

Transfer the reading strategies you use in your native language while learning any other language.

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Writing

Communicate yourself with clarity to a larger audience than telephonic or verbal communication with your writing skills.

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Speaking

Be an authentic speaker and develop an accent that shows your high emotional state and personality.

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Listening

Listen carefully so that you can interpret it quickly and correctly to speak and respond swiftly and effectively.

Following these tips will ensure better performance leading to better results.

Listening Preparation for IELTS

  • Try to find the main idea: As and when the audio is played, one should try to catch the main points and keywords which seem to be helpful. Such information may also be in the form of numbers, dates and time.
  • Spell check: The candidate should also be aware of the spellings as wrong spellings mean the wrong answer.
  • Answer each question: One should never leave any question unanswered even if one has to make a guess. There is no negative marking for wrong answers.
  • Work out the keywords: The keywords are often repeated in the recording and if one is able to work them out then it becomes easy to get to the answer. It is also useful to underline the keywords in the question (or similar words) for better focus.
  • Know when the next question begins: There may be flexibility in case of gap fill questions.
  • Listen for the speaker changing his/her mind: Generally, the speaker changes his mind and makes a correction before the answer needed.
  • Use shorthand for writing speedily: One can save time by writing speedily or just writing the hints. And when the time is given to transfer the answers to the answer sheet then one can write properly.
  • Time management: 30 seconds are allowed before the start of next section. This time can be used to preview the next section.

Reading Preparation for IELTS

1. Overview: Read the following carefully:

  • Title
  • The first line of the paragraph
  • Titles of the given diagrams

2. Understand the main points: Underline the keywords or the lead sentence in each paragraph.

3. Interpret diagrams: The information in the diagram can be used to understand the written text. Try to find links between text and graphical information.

4. Find the information required: One needs to know the organisation of the text to find the information required. Often names, numbers and italics help to find the exact answers.

5. Understand unknown words: Knowing the meaning of unfamiliar words is also necessary. Its meaning may have been defined in the glossary at the end of the page. It helps to carry out the required task. There are some other points which need to be noted which are that the answers must be grammatically correct, spellings should be correct and the word limit should also be kept in mind.

Writing Preparation for IELTS

There are some Dos for writing module:

  • Understand the topic before starting to write.
  • Plan the write up before starting to write.
  • Write up should be clear and appealing.
  • Divide the topic into paragraphs following a specific format
  • Spare some time for the final check of the write-up.
  • Check for spellings.

In general, for writing a good content, one should follow these steps:

1. Planning: The first step should be to make a plan as it will make the writing more organised. It gives an idea to the candidate about what to write and in which order.

2. Focusing: This task is to see how appropriately and accurately a candidate can write. The focus should be only on doing what is asked in the task and nothing more than that. If the candidate does not focus on the task and writes irrelevant information, he/she will be penalised.

3. Checking: One needs to check for clarity, relevance, grammatical accuracy and presentation. This helps to review the whole task once again.

Speaking Preparation for IELTS

There are some Dos for speaking module:

Body Language

  • Stay calm when you enter.
  • Body language should be positive.
  • Maintain a proper eye contact with the examiner
  • Thank the interviewer for his/her time at the end of the interview.

Fluency

  • Speak clearly and be natural.
  • Take it as a general talk.
  • Seek clarification from the examiner if you do not understand the question or phrase.
  • Pronounce properly.

Grammar

  • Use short sentences to avoid more mistakes in grammar.
  • Use correct tenses.
  • Correct yourself if you commit a grammatical mistake.

Vocabulary

  • Try to use simple words.
  • Use vocabulary effectively.
  • Try to explain the word if you do not find the right word.

Following these tips and strategies give the candidate a deep insight into the information which a candidate needs to keep in mind when appearing for the test.

Dedicated practice routine along with these tips will surely give you an edge over others.

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