Students in India have always been interested in overseas education since they believe that global exposure will lead to better employment opportunities. Neither the pandemic nor the falling rupee could dampen the spirits of the ever-enthusiastic Indian students. But, in order to study abroad or migrate to English-speaking countries, you will need to take a test that will assess your ability to speak, listen, read and write in English.
This test is called IELTS or The International English Language Testing System. Whether you take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training, regular practice is the only key to success. If you want to get your dream score, then Cafe Converse, which conducts the most sorted IELTS coaching classes in new Delhi shares a few preparation tips which might be of some help to you.
Preparation Tips For IELTS
First and foremost, before you begin preparing, understand the test format. The test consists of four papers: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. While the Speaking and Listening, tests are the same for Academic and General Training, the Reading and Writing tests are different. The duration of the test is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Listening test: Time– 30 minutes.
Paper pattern: There are four parts of 10 questions each. The four recordings are can be heard only one time. This implies one has to pay attention as answers will need to be written after the recordings are over. From multiple choice to matching to sentence completion, candidates are evaluated on different parameters.
Reading Test: Time– 60 minutes
Paper pattern: There are 40 questions that test the reading and comprehension skills of the candidates.
Writing Test: Time– 60 minutes
Paper pattern: Different tasks are given for academic and general training modules. Candidates are assessed on grammatical range and accuracy, coherence and cohesion, etc.
Speaking Test: Time – 11 to 14 minutes
Test Format: There is an oral interview. This test assesses the candidate’s spoken English skills. Every test is recorded.
Once you know the format of the exam, the next step is to prepare for it.
- Since the candidates need to write answers after listening to the recordings, multitasking is required. Practice taking notes while listening to the audio.
- Practise listening to each audio carefully as the recordings will be played only once.
- Listen to daily news broadcast in English on radio or television or podcasts so that you get used to the accent of native speakers.
- Practise listening to conversations that involve multiple speakers.
- Practise thinking in English so that you don’t waste time translating each and every English word into your native language.
- Practise reading English newspapers, blogs, etc that will keep you abreast with current affairs. This will increase your reading speed during the test as the topics will be familiar to you.
- Learn new words. Write them down in your diary and read their meanings every day. Knowing the meanings of difficult words will boost your confidence during the reading test.
- Read different kinds of topics to familiarise yourself with various ideas and opinions.
- Practise fast reading tactics like skimming during your first reading and scanning while answering the questions, reading in groups of 3 to 5 words also called chunking, etc.
- Practise your grammar so that your essays and summaries are free of errors.
- To write perfectly, you need to read different kinds of books which will not only improve your vocabulary but will help you write good sentences.
- Use idioms and phrases to enrich your essay in order to earn a high score.
- Make it a habit to practice writing daily. You may simply jot down your thoughts in your personal diary or write on a topic you feel strongly about. This will help you organize your thoughts quickly during the test.
- Practise your diction which will improve the quality of your speech which will surely impress the interviewer.
- Speak clearly and confidently.
- Always think before you speak. Practice organizing your thoughts before you reply to the interviewer’s questions.
- Practise correct pronunciation of difficult English words.
These are some of the tips and tricks that can help you crack IELTS with flying colors. Nothing is impossible if you are determined.
Ms Sonu Goel is a professionally acclaimed certified ESL trainer from British Council having 15 years of strong background for teaching English language in both online and physical classes. She is dedicated to the teaching of English in an interactive and practical way, whereby learners feel enriched with knowledge and experience the language hands-on. She uses creative ideas and aids to let the learning happen as organically and efficiently as possible. Ms Goel has travelled various European countries and experienced an array of cultures and linguistic skills for the English language.