Are you preparing for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)? Do you have any agenda on how you are going to take ahead your IELTS Preparation? Do you prefer a self-study or would like to be tutored by an expert? Here are the top tips to help you prepare for the IELTS.
1. Including English to your daily life: If you want to score well on the IELTS, you need to do at least one English activity daily. Choose whatever you feel like doing such as, watching an English movie, reading an English magazine or newspaper or having a conversation in English. Choose whatever suits you the best and what you can really enjoy doing.
2. Keep yourself updated: It is very important to stay updated and informed. Keep abreast of current affairs and build a habit of reading a newspaper every day as most of the tasks asked on the IELTS tests are based on subjects of general interest. Therefore, read, read and stay informed.
3. Find your weakness: The mantra to achieve a good IELTS score is to identify your weakness and practice hard to improve on. If listening is your weak point then concentrate on it and take steps to improve it. Start listening to the radio in English and also try listening to a movie (avoid reading subtitles).
4. Improve your logical thinking skills: Whether you are answering the reading or the listening section, you are asked to answer a variety of question types such as multiple choice, gap fills and short answers. In case you are not able to find out an answer then guesswork is the best. As by giving wrong answers you will not be losing anything, however, you might be able to get the answer right. Your logical thinking skills can actually win you some points.
5. Follow the exam instructions: Develop a habit of following the exam instructions even for the practice/ mock tests. It will help you to be in practice and following the exam instructions will come to you naturally. Following the exam, instructions are actually important.
6. Maintaining the word limit: Find out the specified word limit for all the writing tasks and some of your answers within the specified word limit. Remember that there is a penalty if you write too many words in one task and fewer words in another. The mantra is stick to the word limit as asked.
7. Practice online grammar exercises: Get a command over grammar and language and check your writing especially while using articles in the correct format. You can refer a good grammar book or can also practice the free grammar exercises when it comes to article usage.
8. Maintain a speed: The IELTS test has one of the criticisms that it often asks the test takers to do too much in too little time. Most of the candidates who have taken the test felt that they didn’t have enough time to complete the test; especially the writing section.
9. Be prepared for your speaking test: In any of the speaking test’s interviews, the most important part introducing yourself. Just be natural and friendly and try to get better at introducing yourself. The best way to practice your speaking test is to prepare a self-describing two-minute speech. Try out a demo with your friend being the interviewer and get the feedback. And most important, make changes wherever required.
10. Body language is important: Body language plays an important role when it comes to dealing with an interview. Show your willingness to answer questions asked in the interview and always remember that first impressions count so be cautious. Show that you have fluency in the language and possess good grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
Follow these simple tips and get ready to achieve your target score on the IELTS.