What is IELTS?
IELTS is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. More than 10,000 organizations trust IELTS. It is jointly managed by the British Council.
Governments in Australia, Canada, New Zeeland, and the United Kingdom use IELTS to process immigration applications. Check more about different countries.
1. IELTS’ Band
The listening and reading parts of the IELTS test are scored out of 40 and then converted to a band score which ranges from band 1 to band 9. You can also get a .5 score as well for example( 6.5 or 7.5). You will get a band score for each skill ( listening, reading, writing, and speaking) and also an overview band score. IELTS is conducted for evaluating up to which extent a person can understand the English language. It is important to score higher bands in this test for the purpose of getting a visa. The higher the bands; the more there will be chances to get a visa easily. Either for study or immigration in such countries where IELTS is compulsory. The one with higher bands in IELTS is more considerable for visas.
IELTS is no more difficult than another exam. The questions are straightforward and designed to assess how well you can use English not to trick you or test your opinions. As with any exam. IELTS requires thorough preparation.
2. Requirements of universities
IELTS academic is perfect if you want to pursue a Bachelor’s or a postgraduate degree program or seek professional registration in the UK.
General training is probably best for you if you want to study below degree level or you want to work or emigrate to the UK or another English-speaking country.
For taking the IELTS exam your minimum age should be at least 16 years and you must have a valid passport. You will be eligible to take the exam if you fall into one of the categories planning to study in the UK/ Australia/ Canada and New Zeeland. Approaching a consultant just click here.
3. Skills of IELTS
There are four skills in IELTS.
In order to get an 8 band score in listening and reading you need to get 89% of the marks. Since IELTS reading and listening have 40 questions each in order to get band 8 you have to at least answer 36 questions of each. Watch English movies, TV shows, and news to improve your listening. A fun way to improve your English listening comprehension is to download an English language podcast or radio app on your phone or MP3 player.
During the test read before you listen and predict the answer. Read as you listen but focus on the question. Don’t write the answer too quickly, but try to write the answers as they are asked. If any answer is missed, just never leave the blank space. Practice your shorthand. So that it will be helpful in fast answering. Must check your spellings and digits, you do not have extra time to think. Write the answers with the flow, no need to be hasty.
Reading is the second part of the IELTS test and takes 60 minutes. It consists of there or sometimes four reading passages of increasing difficulty and there is a total of 40 questions to answers. Do general readings like magazines, newspapers,s or any English material to speed up your reading and get a good vocabulary. Carry a dictionary, either book or e-dictionary, Practice inference questions.
During the test, instead of reading the full passage you must see what type of question exists and look for it, remember your aim is to find answers not to study the full given passage. Do fast reading by skipping important words like prepositions, do not waste your time in Understanding difficult words. Scan the words like if you look for digits or keywords, get an overview of text by reading titles, subtitles, beginning and ending of the text.
The writing test takes 60 minutes. Task 2 contributes twice as much as Task 1 to the writing score. Responses must be given on the writing answer sheet must be written in full. Notes are not acceptable as answers. Response to both tasks must be written in an academic or semi-formal style. Clear all doubts in grammar and practice as much as you can, make your sense clear about punctuations. So that you can convey the proper sense of your text. There is no judgment about that you are writing truth or not.
Examiner will assess your skills. Analyses the logic and sense of the question. Give real-life reasons in essays, letters, and reports, make paragraphs accept bullets and numberings. This will give the impression that you can arrange your thoughts compare and select the relevant information. Don’t give your opinion just interpret the graph or table given. Plan the structure of the essay like introduction then ideas to support your opinion, give real-life examples, a conclusion based on your given information. Memorizing moral answers would never be helpful. It will not match the flow of your own written text take care of spellings. Remember both British and American spellings are except able. time management is very important. You must have enough time that you can think then write and after that proofread it
Speaking at length on certain topics. Use a range of linking words to connect ideas. Show good ability to paraphrase. Use both simple and complex structures. Speak with generally good pronunciation. Attend English class, discussion group, or English speaking partner for being fluent in English speaking. During the interview, try to be yourself. Keep confidence in yourself; don’t make haste in giving answers. Keep yourself calm and relax.
Try to expand your answer, do not say just ‘yes, ‘no’. While speaking, vary the words and phrases you use to make the examiner believe that you have a large vocabulary. Keep eye contact with examined when possible. Be well mannered and respectful with the examiner. Give your answer clear in a full sentences. Your pronunciation matters a lot. Ask for something to be repeated if you do not understand what you are expected to do. It gives. Ad impression if you repeat the question asked by the examiner, must avoid pauses and use normal gestures. Do not leave trying till the end of the speaking session.
There are four papers Listening, Reading, Writing, and speaking. There are two different IELTS modules academic and general training. The listening and speaking test are the same in both modules but the reading and writing tests are different. Click here to read about how to handle an interview in an easy way.
4. Training tips
Spend 20 minutes on this letter
You must write over 150 words
Your letter is worth 33 of your final writing score
You don’t need to write an address in the letter.
5. Direction is more important than speed.
Don’t worry about how you would be good at all these four modules. For just improving your English, you can read and write as much as you can, but for IELTS there are some tips and tricks to achieve higher bands. Let us have a look at all points of these four skills one by one.