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What is IELTS?

IELTS Model Test Preparation: The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a standardized English language test designed for foreign speakers who wish to study, work and live in English-speaking environment. The IELTS language certificate can open doors to international academic and professional opportunities in many institutions and places in the world where English is used.

IELTS assesses all of your English skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking. And is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work and at play, in your new life abroad.

The IELTS test is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment reputation, and is accepted by 9,000 organisations worldwide. Including school, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test that uses a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English communication skills. This means that you are assessed by having a real-life conversation with a real person. This is the most effective and natural way of testing your English conversation skills.

You can take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training- depending on the organisation you are applying to and your plans for the future. There are two types of the IELTS test:

Band Score

No  Catgory Score
1 Listening   9
2 Reading    9
3 Writing   9
4 Speaking   9

IELTS Academic Test

IELTS academic is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States and by various professional organisations across the world.

IELTS General Test

If you wish to work or migrate to the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand or work in the US, you can take IELTS General test.

What is the best way to prepare for IELTS?

I have got overall 7.5 bands in IELTS Academic, so my suggestions are based on that level.

I am also also assuming you know tenses and other grammatical stuff ( I have less problems in this area. It is natural doe me.

  1. If you a want 7.5 bands prepare for 8.
  2. Get a practice partner for speaking preparation.
  • A. Get a reference material. e.g. makkar ielts. It is paid but you can find pdf online for free just by googling it. Make sure that you are reading latest version.
  • B. Reference material will help you to give reply spontaneously. It will prepare your mind and will compensate for imagination in most (although you can’t answer as per reference line by line, examiner will certainly notice it. Say bye bye to your 8 or 7.5 in speaking if you do this.

3. Don’t mug up reference materials, improvise and make it yours.

4. Use Cambridge and IDP materials for reading and listening, can be found on internet for free also. Writing and speaking part may be outdated.

5. Also print your material if possible. I do not suggest digital reading like quora.

The Ultimate Guide IELTS Preparation

6. Take Writing task seriously. It dragged me down to 7.5 .

  • A. I had to wrap up my graph in 10 minutes. Yes, write essay first and finish it with in 35 t 37 minutes.
  • B. 15 to 17 minutes for graph or table (section 1).
  • C. Use remaining time to check for grammatical and spelling errors (FYI I was out of time to do this part).
  • D. Essay book was provide by classes to me and it was makkar, I was not able to find it online. For graph simons is avaliable.
  • E. Use gerund, passive and connective words.

7. And for listening, practice and patience are necessary.

  • A. Try to not waste time by applying more than necessary logic. You might also miss answer of following question by thinking about current question ( It happens in mostly MCQ based question to be precise.)
  • B. Try to train yourself to be alert till last section. Most people tend to relax a bit unconsciously here.

8. Good command on listening and reading are important and essential to improve overall bands.

  • A. If you have good short-term memory than you have conquered the reading fort.
  • B. While practicing, I used to finish easy reading within 45 minutes and some real hard from IDP took more than 60 minutes. In my exam I finished reading in 57 minutes. Difficulty level was moderate but it was really long.
  • C. Remember while practicing you might write TRUE and FALSE, not the short terms.
  • D.Also write your answers in sparate sheet not besides question copy. Use pencil.

9. I have not mentioned some basic instructions. Do comment if you need in Depth instructions.

How do I improve my IELTS score from 5.5 to 6.5?

IELTS Model Test Preparation – Listening: Listen to DW, BBC, CNN and documentaries of National Geographic and HBO. Further, try to watch good informative English movies. The important part is try to discern and comprehend the accent and the idea that is conveyed. Practice this for at least a month and you would certainly see a difference.

One side note: While practicing and also actual day, try not to divert your attention on any other issue except the voice of the narrator. And listen very very carefully, because just a diversion of 1 second can cost you 2 blanks that is your two marks leading your score from lets say 7.5 a 7. A lot of practice would you understand what I am trying to convey.

IELTS Model test Preparation – reading

Try to read good informative English articles from the newspapers such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic etc… The important part in Reading is to try to get the big picture of the passage; the overall idea and import of the article. Do not go for the verbiage and wordy lines, instead do focus on the critical details the author intends to convey.

Two to three articles a day are enough. While practicing from the IELTS British Council book and also on test day, read the first paragraph, then move on to the question section and read them carefully, you would be able to answer at-least one of the given questions. Now repeat the same process; read the second paragraph and move on to the question section. Again you would be able to answer a couple of questions. Doing this would save a lot of your time, trust me.

One side note: There are always few questions in the Reading section, which are tough with seriously misleading answers. You have to carefully detect the significant details in the both the question and passage in order to answer such questions. Doing a lot of practice with such beguiling passage/questions would considerably help you attain perfection.

IELTS Model test Preparation – Writing

Writing is the next step to do after reading a passage. Try to write a summary of the article you just read. Pick up the main idea of all the passages which are comprising the whole article. In IELTS if you have to write for or against a given statement, first of all do your own contemplation and brainstorming in two to three minutes. Then enumerate the prose and cons of your topic on a rough paper. Doing this will clarify yourself either you have to write for, or against the given topic. Further, each of your stated pro or con will help you decide the number of paragraphs in your essay; four pros contribute to four paragraphs of your essay.

One side note: Do Not make spelling and grammatical mistakes, and try to write simple sentence with normal vocabulary.

Speaking – IELTS Model test Preparation

As the word itself says – you can only improve your speaking skills by speaking English language frequently. It might feel bizarre to you but try to talk to yourself in a secluded room. Moreover, try to solve the speaking lessons in the IELTS British Council book and record your voice. Then, listen to the recording, and try to find out the subtle mistakes in your speaking. Also, in the beginning, do try to rectify the grammatical mistakes and use simple sentence.

Final Note: You must solve all the exercises of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the IELTS British Council books. The books are free and available on internet. Try to solve two to three tests a day. And remember, Listening and Reading are the only two sections which are easier to obtain marks and accordingly boost you overall band.

Credit, Zuwwar Jadoon

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