How to ace your IELTS exam

Are you freaking out about your upcoming IELTS exam? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many students are anxious about the test. But don’t panic – there are ways to help prepare for and ace the exam. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some tips to help you do your best on test day. So read on and get ready to rock that IELTS!

Things you need to be aware of are there are two types of IELTS tests: Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who want to study at tertiary level in an English-speaking country or seek professional registration. The General Training test is for those who want to do work experience or training programs, secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. The test has four sections: Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (11–14 minutes).

Practice makes perfect

Take a practice test under timed conditions to get a feel for the real thing. You can find practice tests online or in IELTS preparation books. Don’t run out of time! Time management is crucial in the IELTS test. Practice timing yourself so you know how long you should spend on each question.

Know what to expect on test day

You will be given a copy of the question paper and an answer sheet. The listening, reading and writing sections will be finished in one sitting. The speaking section may be on the same day or sooner.

Listen carefully in the listening section

The listening section is played ONCE only. You will hear a variety of accents in the test, so don’t worry about not understanding everything perfectly. Just relax and concentrate on the main points.

Read the instructions carefully in the reading and writing sections

In the reading section, you will have 60 minutes to read up to three passages and answer 40 questions. In the writing section, you will have 60 minutes to write two tasks. Task 1 is a report based on some visual information (a graph, table, chart or diagram). Task 2 is an essay. Make sure you understand what each task requires before you start.

Speak clearly and fluently in the speaking section

The speaking section is a face-to-face interview with an examiner. It is divided into three parts: Part 1 (introduction and interview), Part 2 (a long turn) and Part 3 (two-way discussion). In Part 1, you will be asked general questions about yourself and a topic. In Part 2, you will have to talk for one to two minutes on a given topic. You will be given one minute to prepare before speaking. In Part 3, you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. Make sure you answer all the questions and speak for the entire time allocated for each part. Practice speaking with a friend or family member to get used to talking for extended periods of time.

Get your results Within two weeks of the test, you will receive a Test Report Form (TRF) with your Overall Band Score and band scores for each section. The TRF is valid for two years.

Use your results to improve your score If you are not satisfied with your score, you can retake the test as many times as you need to. Each time you take the test, you will get feedback on your weaknesses so you can focus on improving them. Good luck! This is how you can ace your IELTS exam follow these tips and you’re sure to succeed.

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Date Published: Oct-06-2022

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