IELTS Test can be a bit difficult if you are not prepared enough. Furthermore, to have an extremely pleasing result, it is vital that you begin your preparation well in time. It is a three-hour test that assesses you on all four language skills – listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

Here are some tips to help you perform excellently in your IELTS test:

IELTS Listening test tips

  • Most important: be sure your headsets are working perfectly fine, if otherwise, signify with your hands raised.
  • Utilise the time allotted to prepare the questions. Read through them before the recording starts.         
  • Listen to the recording attentively and pay attention on answers than understanding everything. Do not forget that the recording is played only once
  • You can jot notes on your question paper when listening to the recording.
  • Write within the given word limit for each question
  • Revise and proofread for spelling and grammatical blunders before you submit.
  • Try to use all capital letters for your answers if your handwriting is not eligible enough.

IELTS Reading test tips

  • Examine every detail of the figures, graphs or images in the question paper to be precise while answering.
  • If you can’t understand a question, don’t waste time on it. Rather move onto the next, you can always come back later to finish this.
  • Don’t waste time writing on question paper. There is a time limit and you will get no extra time to transfer answers later on.
  • Understand the questions carefully and focus on finding answers from the passage
  • Be precise, grammatically-correct and to-the-point. Proofread before submission
  • Try to use all capital letters for your answers

The General and Academic Training Reading tests are usually graded to the same level. However, the texts mentioned in the Academic Reading Test can be more challenging as compared to those mentioned in the General Training Test.

IELTS Writing test tips

  • Perform a thorough analysis of assigned tasks and quickly prepare the answers mentally
  • Divide your time smartly, 20 minutes for task 1, and 40 minutes for task (as it is lengthier and carries more marks)
  • Try to write over 150 words for task 1 and over 250 for task 2
  • Avoid repetition of ideas, phrases and words
  • Ensure that you write a conclusion for task 2
  • Write precise, relevant answers. Avoid writing long paragraphs and sentences
  • Use active voice. Avoid writing in passive voice
  • Do not submit without a thorough revision and proofreading

IELTS Speaking test tips

  • Speak clearly (slow and fluently)
  • Listen to the questions asked carefully, and answer directly
  • You can add more information to the answers, ensure the answers remain relevant
  • If required, ask the examiner to repeat the question
  • Be confident as you speak
  • Don’t take long pauses
  • Focus on vocabulary, range of tenses, grammar and sentence structure equally

Quick tips for the test day

  • Ensure that you carry your relevant ID proofs. Carry the same identification document as used at the time of test application.
  • Double check test location, date and time. Keep enough travel time so as to avoid getting late.
  • No watches are allowed in the exam room, there will be a wall clock in the examination room to refer
  • Be attentive when the supervisor is giving instructions, ask again if you have any doubts.
  • Try to attempt all questions as there is no negative marking.
  • Do not try to cheat or copy any other student’s work.
  • Leave your belongings outside the examination hall, as directed by the supervisor.
  • Do not take back the question paper or answer sheet with you.
  • Seek your supervisor’s permission before leaving the room.

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