The International English Language Testing System popularly called IELTS is a standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English Language speakers.
It is usually required for study and work migration to countries like Canada.
The test is divided into 4 major sections, Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing, and all IELTS scores are between 0-9. You will get a band score for each section and also an overall band score. The overall band score is the
Take for example if you get 8 (Listening), 7.5 (Speaking), 7( Writing), Reading (7.5), your overall band score is 7.5.
To some, getting a high score in IELTS seems like a herculean task, However, to get a high score on the first attempt which is achievable, preparation and practice are key.
Here are some tips to help you.
1.Start preparing before you register for the test
The mistake some candidates make is to go with the mindset that they can just register, take the test, and pass without preparation.
Once you know you want to take the test, start your preparation. Try to be consistent and monitor your progress.
2. Practise your English skills in the four ways
You will be tested in these 4 parts (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing) so it’s best you have an idea of how to answer questions under each part. Speaking and Writing turn out to be a challenge for most candidates so make sure you practise them more. Watch online test videos, documentaries, English shows, read grammar books, articles, do more writing, take every opportunity to speak.
3. Improve your vocabulary
Your vocabulary will be tested especially during Speaking and Writing. Knowing the basic vocabulary for IELTS will help you in these parts of the test. Aim to learn at least 10 new words from different subject areas every day.
4. Join a class/group
If you can afford it, you can join a physical class by a trained IELTS tutor to gain more knowledge on how to pass the test. Here, you can interact and practice with other prospective candidates and also ask real-time questions which will improve your skills.
5. Take several practice tests
Towards the end of your IELTS preparation, start practising with full-length tests under realistic conditions for several weeks before the test date. Sites like IELTSLiz, IELTSBuddy, IELTSAdvantage are examples of good IELTS resources.
6.Learn the exam format
There are instructions under each section on how to answer the questions as each section is different. For instance, in some Reading tasks, you may be required to answer in your own words, while others will want you to use words from the text in your answer.
For listening, the format is usually ‘Write no more than one word and/or a number for each answer’. Make sure you read the instructions thoroughly before answering.
7. Attempt all the sections
Be sure you attempt all the sections despite the limited time you have as this will help boost your score.
You are to complete the 40 questions in the Reading test and transfer your answers to the answer sheet within 60 minutes. Practice completing Writing Task 1 in 15 minutes and Writing Task 2 in 35 minutes. Be sure to leave 5 minutes for each task to check your work for errors in grammar, vocabulary and that you have answered the question appropriately.