15 things to consider when preparing for IELTS
Before the listening test starts you are provided with an example. If you feel there is an issue
with your headphones or any other hardware, you should let the examiners know immediately.
For the uninitiated, the IELTS could seem to be quite intimidating. Even for a person who is
quite fluent in the language, sitting for the test actually requires a great deal of concentration
and attentiveness. So for a person who is not a regular user of English the requirement for a
greater deal of commitment to study for the test is imperative.
Tip 01 : The IELTS test is designed to test a person’s operational usability and not just basic text
book knowledge of the language. So it would help people, who do not use the language
frequently, to watch English TV shows, movies, the news and reading other English print
material like newspapers, magazines and many more. In addition, the most effective way would
be to constantly use the language with someone who is more familiar with it, and request the
person to correct you when required.
Tip 2 : is three fold. Practice! Practice! Practice! Our center will provide ample study material
and tests to help you with the actual test. These self study tests, when practiced at home or at
our master lab give you a sort of insight into what is required of each section and allowing you
to devote most of your concentration into the actual test instead of the instructions. However,
even though the mock tests and the actual test consist of the same instructions, candidates are
strongly advised to listen to the instructions given by the examiners on the actual test day. It is
just eliminates any confusion or unnecessary pressure that might creep into anyone’s mind,
when hearing instructions for the first time.
All throughout your study and even on the actual test day, you are under constant pressure to
find information quickly and respond accurately. Again the practice at home, allows you to
ascertain how much of time you are allowed to spend on each question, thereby allowing you
to be better prepared.
Tip for Listening test
Before the listening test starts you are provided with an example of actual test. This is a good
time to familiarize yourself with the audio being played on your headphones. If you feel that
there might be an issue with any of the hardware, sound related or anything else, you should
let the examiners know immediately. The examiners are not allowed to stop the test midway to
address a faulty piece of hardware.
While listening to the audio, you should also read the questions that correspond to the part
that is being played at the moment. Listen to the audio till the very end, even though there are
no more questions remaining.
Sometimes, the answers are not always very obvious. Most often than not the answers are in
what is implied by the speaker, rather than what is actually spoken. Again, “practice” trains
your mind to look out for these subtle implications.
There are a lot of pauses all throughout the listening test to allow students to brace and
prepare themselves for the next section. Use it wisely!
Tip for reading test
During the reading test, read through the entire passage before you attempt any questions.
However, the passage can be read with a little less scrutiny, so much as to not spend too much
time in understanding every single word. Remember, you have the text in front of you and
unlike the listening test where you get to listen to the audio only once, you have the liberty to
read the passage as many times as your heart desires. With that said, do not get tied up with
matters of the heart at a timed test.
Being devious during exam? No… Nop.. Never…
Cheating on the IELTS test is a big “No No”! Don’t do it. The consequences of getting caught are
simply just not worth the effort. Consequences may include you not being able to continue with
the test to actually being “black marked” and not being able to write another IELTS again.
Examiners are trained to not use their discretion but follow a strict set of rules laid out for
them. So if you have gotten away with it in School, remember, the IELTS test atmosphere, is a
whole different ball game.
The reading test also has an example question and answer. Study the question and answer in a
way so as to understand why the answer is correct.
Tips for writing:
During the writing test it is important to pace yourself. Make a mental note of what you are
going to write about and a deadline for when you are going to finish a certain task. Though it
may be good and easy for a person with an artistic mind to get carried away while writing an
essay, it might not be the best idea to stretch your artistic legs during an IELTS test.
Organize the essay in your head before you bring pen to paper. If required make notes before
you start. Ideally speaking, you should already have the basic idea of what you are trying to
convey, a couple of minutes after reading the title.
Try to use good vocabulary to display your ability. If you know what they mean though! If this is
not the case, stick to the type of language you are comfortable with. Big words are cool, but
make sure they serve the purpose. Your whole selection of vocabulary should be in relevance
with given topic.
Tip for speaking :
During the speaking test, it is not wise to attempt to speak in an accent that does not belong to
you. Remember that this is a test of your English ability and not a “How well you can speak like
the Queen of England” test. Get into your comfort zone. It helps.
Stick to speaking about the topic you are given. The speaking test is recorded, and a recording
device would be placed on the desk in front of you. As normal as it would be for human beings,
under high pressure situations to get distracted by devices such as this, try as much as possible
to ignore it. Speak to the person in front of you and not the recording device. It’s just polite!
Best of luck.