If you are planning for higher studies in abroad or a permanent shift to your dream country, you need to know about IELTS for sure. However, to clear IELTS exam with high band score you just need some guidance. That guidance will help you to follow a working plan for the preparation of IELTS. In this guide, you will get all the information required while you are preparing for the test. Here we are providing stepwise the main three stages which you need to take care of while your preparation.
What all you need to know about IELTS exam?
To proceed step-by-step to prepare for IELTS
Academic writing task
General writing task
Advice for the day of the test
Why Preparation of IELTS is not an easy task?
There are a large number of sources which provide information. Students get confused and cannot decide which source of information can be trusted. There is a large burden on them to clear the test for the first time because preparation for IELTS exam take months and also there is a requirement of a large amount of money for the test.
The main three things which you should enhance:
General English level
Skills for test
Knowledge of test marking(Fast)
General English level
As you know that IELTS is a test of English language so if you are good in the general English level than you can score well. If your English level is very poor then just doing practice tests to crack the IELTS test is not enough. Improving your general English level is a slow process.
The IELTS exam includes four major parts which are- Writing part, Speaking part, Reading part and the listening part. For each of the parts, you need specific skills. Also, these different parts have different questions. For instance, the writing task will have 7 questions of different types and for all of these questions, you need to acquire different skills. The reading and the listening tests includes 10 questions each. Also, all of these 10 questions are different and thus you need different skills for each question. The main portion of the preparation of IELTS is spent in acquiring such skills so that you can use them to get a good score.
Knowledge of the marking of test
Also, a very good way to acquire a good score is by knowing what the requirement of the examiner is and providing them what they want. But you can’t score well just by gaining this knowledge, for a better score you need to combine such knowledge with the improving English level and the test skills.
Proceeding stepwise to IELTS exam preparation
General or Academic training?
Academic training is for those who want to join a university for higher studies. On the other hand, General training is for the people who wish to migrate to a country which is English speaking. In both the general and academic training listening and speaking are same
A good understanding of Test format
Listening has 4 sections including 40 questions which needs to be done within 30 minutes. The reading which is for around 60 minutes contains 3 sections and 40 questions. Writing academic is of about 60 minutes has two tasks which are task 1- report on the graph, task 2- essay. Speaking is around 11-14 minutes and it has 3 parts.
Those who appear for general training have a separate writing format. It also has two tasks which are task 1- letter, task 2- essay.
Understanding the types of questions
For reading part and listening there are given 10 or more than 10 different types of questions. For the writing test, there are given 10 or more questions which are different from one another. If you understand the different types of questions, it will help you to know which skill you want to acquire for answering such kinds of questions.
Make your IELTS skills faultless
As you know that by using different strategies you can succeed in the IELTS test. For instance, you must know how to write an introduction and conclusion of the given topic because your starting and ending of the writing needs to be impressive.
Enhance your vocabulary
It is very good to enhance your vocabulary as it is a very big part of IELTS preparation. It also enhances the speaking and listening test. You should try to plan so that you can improve your vocabulary as soon as possible.
Regular practice of English
To get fluent in English and to improve your English you need to practice it every day. So choose different ways to practice it regularly. Also if you speak English on a regular basis it will increase the probability of getting a good score in the test.
If you want to know how much you can score in your actual IELS exam, you can prepare some mock tests. Consequently, you can evaluate your self. your current band score then you should do practice tests but before you do such tests you need to aware yourself as there is much fake practice test. These tests mislead people and don’t let you get knowledge about the actual test format. You should always do tests on the sites which are official and from all those sources which are trustworthy.
Preparation of Writing task 2
Analysis of questions
Generation of ideas
The major body of the paragraph
Preparation of academic writing task
Understanding the marking scheme of the test.
Use synonyms to paraphrase your first paragraph.
Write an overview. Choose any three main features or write about them.
write detail in support of the main features.
check once to avoid spelling and grammar mistake.
Preparation of general Writing task
For general preparation you need to learn to write an informal letter and a formal letter. As a result, you will score well in your IELTS exam after some practice sessions.
Preparation of IELTS Speaking
It includes three parts:
Part 1-You will be given a question on topics which are very much familiar. All you need to do is search for the topics thoroughly. don’t speak too much or too little on these topics. They are more of general in nature.
Part 2- In this, you are provided with a card which has a topic and you have to speak on that topic for longer. For this, you will have 2 minutes to plan what to speak.
Part 3- In this more questions related and about the topic will be asked.
Preparation of IELTS reading
IELTS reading test has many kinds of questions each question requires a different strategy. Some types of the questions are Short answer type, Matching questions, true/false, labeling diagrams and many more types are there. You have to acquire different skills for every such question.
IELTS listening preparation
There are different resources which can help you to improve your listening skills. For instance, the lesson of the summary completion, listening of the form filling questions, multiple options questions and many more.
Advice for the day of your IELTS exam
Go to bed early to get a good sleep.
Have breakfast to avoid hunger during the test.
Wear clothes which are comfortable.
Carry your ID and other important documents.
Visit your IELTS exam center on time.