Tips to do for success in IELTS – before the Test-Day
The IELTS requires systematic and effective preparation. Build your skills and also develop language skills like:
Developing the vocabulary
Developing the vocabulary needs constant reading, and building a list for IELTS vocabulary.
- Know the word usage in context, new words and new collocations.
- Read the subjects that are interesting for you.
- Read a magazine or an online newspaper interesting articles and learn several new words.
- While coming across a new word, just add it to the word list. Write the English definition and synonyms.
- Continue to build this list.
- Use the new words in speaking and writing.
- Also write a short piece every day like a message, email or a journal entry, and use the new word in conversation.
- Improve vocabulary and spelling through Word puzzles.
- By learning more new words you, can do the better in all the parts of the IELTS test.
- Also keep a notebook for recording any unfamiliar word.
Grammar is essential
Grammar is absolutely essential in speaking and writing. In the reading and listening sections, when a candidate uses incorrect grammar in an answers, he/she loses points.
- Learn parts of speech, their functions, and all matters regarding nouns, adjectives, pronouns, verbs, articles, adverbs, conjunctions and prepositions.
- Know your own weaknesses and remove them through a focus on practice.
- Use online resources; write such sentences which are correct grammatically.
- Get some constructive feedback from an expert
Knowing the Spelling is an important part in writing, reading and listening the test. Any mistake here has an impact on your score. Spelling and pronunciation form the steps of a success.
- For improving your spelling, read extensively.
- While seeing a new word or a tough word, practice by saying it aloud.
- Add it to your IELTS word list.
- By saying and writing the word your brain remembers how to spell and pronounce it.
- Through more reading, you see more words.
- By practicing proper pronunciation, you can increase your oral fluency.
Time management for Test-Day
The reading task has an hour for reading 4 texts, answering 40 questions on the exam paper, and also transferring answers to the answer sheet.
- Do not lose track of time and aim to complete the reading task in time.
- Spend 12 minutes on each text and spend the remaining minutes for transferring answers to the answer sheet.
- The first reading passage is easy but the fourth is the hardest of them all.
- Spend less time on the first.
- In case of not answering all the questions after 12 minutes, leave them and move ahead.
- Having an incomplete answer sheet leads to an incomplete score.
- The time is displayed on a screen.
There is an hour to write two tasks. The first task needs to have 150 words and the second task has 250 words. Ideally spend 20 minutes for the former and 40 minutes for the latter. Moreover, manage the time well. Complete the Task 1 in 20 minutes, and move on to Task 2, because it has double the score.
It has 4 audios and 40 questions. There is a reading time before playing the audio for questions of that section.
- While reading the questions, predict the answers, and think of the words you should be listening like a singular noun, a verb or an adjective.
- Find the keywords of each question, which generally are nouns and verbs.
- Circle/underline them. This helps to focus on keywords instead of reading the complete sentences while you listen.
- Furthermore, focus on hint words like but and however, which indicate a change in the idea.
- Also give attention to the vocal emphasis which is a clue of being an important idea.
- You get 30 seconds at the end of an audio for checking the answers.
- 10 minutes are allotted for transferring the answers at the end of the test.
- Also check for grammatical sense and correct spelling. A mistake in grammar or spelling is costly.
- Focus on handwriting. It is better to use all capital letters for easy reading.
The focus in the speaking test should be on talking and by doing so the examiner can hear the fluency, vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.
- Listen to the examiner carefully you and answer the question.
- In case of not understanding ask for clarification. This actually is a sign of good skills in communication and not as a weakness.
- Paraphrase the question and also always remain confident.
- Make eye contact with examiners and speak in a natural manner.
- Also avoid the use of memorized answers.
- Speak clearly.
- Finally, breathe well.
By using these tips you can succeed and realize your dream.