The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) has become a major prerequisite in many Academic Institutions and Immigration departments today especially in US, Canada and Australia. For those aspiring to further their studies or those processing their immigration to these countries, the IELTS is a sure bet. The exam has different band scores depending on the level of your performance but the most generally acceptable score is the Band 7 which I know is difficult to achieve but I hope that by sharing my experience with you, it would be of immense help to anyone wanting to take this exam because I achieved the band 7 score at my first attempt.
I had been told stories of how difficult this IELTS exam is and how candidates take this test about two to three times before passing and more so; registering for the test is a bit on the expensive side. However I made up my mind that I was not going to repeat the test and so I became determined and focused. I gave myself time so as to prepare fully, and after a series of practicing, the exam day finally came. I was a bit nervous at first, but after following the preparation tips given in below, I was able to score a high band.
As we all know, the IELTS is divided into four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking; So I will advice you start practicing early before the test date (three weeks should be fine for preparation), because there are a lot of topics to cover and time is also a major factor as you will not have the luxury of time on your side hence you’ll need to be fast in making your decisions.
Do a lot of practice- there are a lot of sites that offer IELTS courses online but I’ll suggest you visit sites like www.GoodluckIELTS.com, www.Ielts-exam.net, www.examenglish.com, expressteach.com, www.GoodatESL.com. These sites made the difference for me and of course they are also free. To enhance your listening and speaking skills you can also go to bbc.co.uk/news so as to get the latest updates on a variety of issues and topics. Read a lot of newspapers, journals and magazines too.
WHAT TO DO ON THE DAY.
On the day of the exam, ensure that you do the following,
– Arrive early.
– Read and follow the instructions carefully before starting.
– Don’t be tensed up or allow yourself to be put under pressure due to the short time you’ll be given as there are lot of questions waiting to be answered so don’t spend too much time on one question.
– Be quick to listen and jot down the key discussions… the answer always lie within the discussions; this applies to the Listening part.
– Concentrate and remain focused throughout the duration of the test.
I hope that you will be able to apply these few tips in order to get your desired result. Wishing you the best as you prepare for the IELTS Test.