IELTS is the world's most popular and recognised English language assessment test for higher education and global migration, with 3.5 million tests taken in the past year in over 140 countries.
Trusted by over 10,000 organisations, including universities, professional bodies, employers, and migration authorities, it is the definitive English language test that is accepted as a benchmark of proficiency by key immigration authorities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, for visa applications and migration purposes.
As the world gears up for travel and migration once again in the post-pandemic world, here are some helpful tips to get you started on your IELTS journey.
Understanding your English proficiency level and prepping to make sure you can match the desired score well before you take the IELTS test is a sure-fire way of getting there.
Include English competency training on your daily to-do list. By challenging yourself to learn the intricacies of the language outside of the classroom situation, you are much more likely to enhance your skills and confidence.
With an excess of engaging content available both online and in person, you need to step up your engagement with content, which will increase your level of comfort with the language.
Listen to a podcast or the radio. Subscribe to one of the leading English-language newspapers or magazines to enhance your reading skills as well as to stay up to date with the current news.
Through regularly immersing yourself in quality English language content, you will broaden your vocabulary and grammar competencies, and find yourself capable of putting what you learn into practice. Conversations are an effective way to learn a language. Practice engaging ways to start and end a conversation.
Ensuring a good understanding of the exam structure, timings, question types, and expectations from candidates, will make you well prepared while also relieving you of any anxiety you might have prior to the exam. Take mock tests to familiarise yourself with the structure. Sign up for a preparation course at a centre closest to you.
Attempting mock exams and past papers will boost your understanding of the actual exam and also enable you to discover which question types and skills you might have trouble with. For instance, you may find that your receptive skills that come into play while reading and listening, are better than your productive skills of speaking and writing. Through better understanding your weaknesses, you can focus on transforming these into strengths.
Knowing every word in the English language isn’t possible, and as you immerse yourself in the language more, you may come across words that are unfamiliar. Don’t worry, trying to interpret the meaning of words is just another skill you can improve on – you can do this through finding out the word type or through observing the words around it.
While understand the definition of words is important, with a larger vocabulary at your disposal you are more likely to achieve a higher band and have less difficulty in understanding the texts and questions on that assessment.
Accurate English grammar is imperative for securing that high IELTS score. With strong grammar skills, you give yourself a head start in succeeding in the productive speaking and writing components, where examiners are specifically looking at the effectiveness and accuracy of the grammatical structures used.
However, grammar skills are also valuable in performing in the receptive reading and listening components, where this knowledge can help you easily understand what the speaker or writer is saying.
The listening component in the IELTS exam has four modules. These sessions include conversations and monologues. So, you must learn to listen to and recognise various features in monologues and conversations.
Remember, the IELTS Test gives you only one chance to listen and get the right answer. When you work on practice tests, try to listen just once to a sound clip and answer because that is how you will have to attempt the IELTS assessment.
Improving your language skills will require time. Practice with repetition is key to succeeding in the IELTS examination. Remember to be patient and kind to yourself as you navigate your IELTS journey.
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