IELTS International English Language Testing System is one of the foremost and popular English language proficiency test for academic, work and migration purpose. IELTS results are acknowledged by more than 9,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employersand governments, all around the world.

There are two test formats in IELTS. IELTS General – caters to migration/PR/ work abroad requirements; IELTS Academic – for overseas education/study abroad.

IELTS test assesses one’s ability and expertise in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The results are graded on the distinctive IELTS 9 Bands scale for both the tests.

To prepare for IELTS one needs to get an understanding and also familiarise the format of the test.

Test Component Duration Description
Listening 30minutes 4 sections, 40 items
Reading 60minutes 3 section, 40 items
Writing 60 minutes 2 tasks
Speaking 11 – 14 minutes 3 parts one-on-one conversation

On the test day, candidates will appear for Listening, Reading and Writing tests continuously without any break. Speaking module takes place either after a break on the same day or within seven days before or after the registered date. Now IDP has given an opportunity for the candidates to choose their own and convenient date to take up the Speaking module.

PREPARATION

Preparing for IELTS test is not as easy as one can assume. It needs proper guidance or a mentor and immense practice to attain the band score which one requires.

There are various strategies techniques to follow for each module. Firstly, one should practise all the modules and find out where they’re strong and also get to know about their

negatives. Initially go through the modules and should come to an understanding on which strategy he/she is going to apply, so that it saves their time and also is able to get the answers swiftly.

Secondly, look out to all the mistakes and refrain from repeating it.Once the understanding of the module is obtained, practise the modules according to their appropriate time.

The Official Cambridge books for IELTS are a definitive guide for IELTS practitioners.

TIPS

To improve one’s reading skills he\she can start by reading a lot of magazines, journals, articles, newspaper etc. Learning new words from these materials will also help in other aspects.

To improve Listening skills, listen to BBC or CNN news channel or if you are an ardent lover of movies, watch a movie without any subtitles and concentrate on the pronunciation of the words.

Grammar is very important when it comes to the Writing part. One needs to follow the structure of the writing and should also follow the grammar rules.

To excel in speaking part, learn all the proper collocations and vocabulary to enhance your speaking skills. The more we speak in English on daily basis the more we can become fluent and realistic.

Practice makes the man perfect. Practice as much as one can. The more we practice the more one can be confident and can achieve their goals slowly, steadily and regularly.

If we look into the above points in-depth one can find that any practices one performs on daily basis which are out of the box, will improve all the module’s skills in their own way. It’s all about Skill building and practising. So, surround yourself in English, and you will be able to achieve your elusive and the highest possible score.

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