IELTS Preparation Tips
An English Proficiency Test determines your ability to access English in a wide range of scenarios. All students from non-native English –speaking countries must appear for an English proficiency test, in order to start studying abroad. Currently 4 major English proficiency Tests are offered to prospective students:
They test you on all 4 language skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. They are required for admission purposes in international universities. Some of them also cater for people who want to immigrate to foreign lands. Their scores are valid for 2 years.
- Full form of the test – International English Language Testing System
- World’s #1 English Language Proficiency Test
- 3 million+ IELTS Tests were taken in the past year
- Accepted by over 10k organizations across 140 countries
- Open doors to higher Education, various profession & Migration.
- Conducted by British Council/IDP Education Australia
- Score Validity – 2 years
- Total Scores – 9 Bands
- Exam fee – Rupee 14,000
- Payment mode – Credit/Debit Card and PAYTM UPI
- Exam times – 2 hours 45 minutes
- Exam Centre’s – 50+ centre’s across India
- 48 Test dates are available all year round
- The Two versions of IELTS – Academic for UG and PG and General Training for Migration Training Courses
- The 4 Modules of the Test – Listening (30min, 4 sections, 40 questions +10 Minutes to transfer answers to the answer sheet), Reading (60min 3sections 40questions), and Writing (60min, Task 1 includes Letter for General IELTS and Report for Academic IELTS – 20 minutes and Task 2 Essay – 40 minutes) and Speaking (15min General Introduction Cue Card and Disscussion)
The Two Types of IELTS
- Computer-Delivered IELTS- Paper is conducted online, Test Availability is up to 5 days a week and Result available within 5-7 days
- Paper-based IELTS – Paper is conducted offline at centre’s, Test availability up to 48days per year (Thursday and Saturdays) and Result available within 13days
IELTS Indicator brings IELTS@ Home
Starting 22nd April 2020, candidates around the world can appear for the IELTS from the safety of their homes. As the name suggests, this is only an indicator and not the actual IELTS and so, the acceptance for the scores is very limited. It costs $149 and the score can be obtained within 7 days The test duration remains the same – 2 hours and 45 minutes. It includes all the 4 sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
General Strategies to Score 7+ Bands
- Familiarize yourself with the test.
- Practice time management
- Add new words to your vocabulary (work bank)
- Develop reading habits.
- Focus on the context while listening
- Formulate your own ideas on varied topic
- Start speaking on a wide range of topics
- Use complex grammatical structure in your responses
How to Read more, listen more
The official IELTS Guide for Teachers states that IELTS Academic Reading test passages ‘are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers and are on academic topics of general interest. All have been selected for a nonspecialist audience.’ This means that to do well in IELTS Reading, you need to do as much background reading as you can.
For IELTS Reading practice, focus first on how the article is structured: what is the topic of each paragraph? Look at how the writer uses linking words: however, moreover, as a result of, etc. Search online for words you don’t understand.
How to Move on to vocab work
The British Council’s IELTS Word Power app (Android, iOS) is specifically designed to help you build your vocabulary for the IELTS test. It is organised according to themes (Work and business, Mass media, Social issues, Science and technology, and so on), with target words and practice activities for each theme. While you are having lunch or waiting for a friend, you can spend the time learning a few new words — words which might appear in the IELTS Reading or IELTS Listening tests, or come in handy for IELTS Speaking or IELTS Writing.
You can also make your own vocab lists from the newspaper articles read.
You might decide to focus on a different topic every day and choose five or ten words to learn. That way, you will quickly master a bank of new words.