Tips for Ielts Test Takers
I have seen students who are hesitant to pass the IELTS. Some students are often confused due to lack of knowledge. Most of them have asked me about how to improve their skills for the IELTS exam. So, I decided to share some tips to all IELTS students.
Here are some of my tips for IELTS test takers :
Stephanie F. Mariano
Ocean Edu, Nguyen Trai Branch
- Make yourself familiar with the IELTS test structures
The IELTS test consists of four modules : Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS is a paper-based test, except for the Speaking module which is a face - to - face interview. No computers are involved. The test takes around three hours in total, and the Speaking part is often held on a separate day.
- Time Management
Time management is essential, as you have to answer within minutes. In the case of the listening test, it is always good to note down things as fast as possible, because the recording will be only played once, and you will not get the chance to write the answers if you do not manage your time properly.
The clock can be managed in two ways. One is to practice lots in advance. Set a clock in front of you when you are solving sample papers. The second is to live in the present moment on the test day. Again, be clever about how you approach it. If for some reason you are unable to find the answer to a question, don’t waste time. Move on to the next question immediately.
- Skim the text quickly
Since you are there to only understand the general meaning of the text, don’t attempt to understand the rationale behind any given argument. Stick to the goal, which is to get the answers correct. The best way to go about this is to read the questions first, instead of the text. If you read the questions once or twice and then start skimming the text, your brain will automatically try to find the possible answers to the questions. It’s practical, give it a try.
If the answer of the first question is in the line three of the second paragraph, you should be clever enough to know that now you don’t have to read that part of the text again. The rest of the answers will come from the remainder of the text. So move on.
- Practice makes perfect
Practice is the key to your success. In the days leading up to your IELTS test, try to read as much as you can. Your favorite magazine could be a good start. While reading, try to identify the main points of the text and attempt to summarize it in your mind. The more you practice the efficient you get.
On a more practical note, my advice to the prospective candidates who are going to take IELTS is simple: surround yourself with as much academic level English as possible, on a regular basis, especially in the 2-3 months preceding the actual exam. If you want to master a subject, start learning it! Of course, it takes a lot of time to achieve proficiency level, especially if you are a non-native speaker.
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