It’s challenging to prepare for the IELTS test at home but the good news is that, with help and some hard work and effort from yourself, you can obtain a good result.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a globally recognised standard for English proficiency, opening the doors to further study in an English speaking country.
It is a four part test which assesses your skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking and grades you from band score 1 (basic) to band score 9 (expert).
Here are some tips for obtaining a good band score:
First make a plan. Consider when you need to take your exam and what band you need. Then plan a schedule. Time management is key and having a good plan will help to reduce the stress, which, in turn will make it easier to remember.
Remember to take frequent breaks in order to stay fresh. You will learn more by spreading your study time and taking breaks instead of cramming.
Practise Speaking English
In order to prepare for the IELTS test one of the most important factors is practice. An IELTS course that enables you to have plenty of one to one conversations in English with your tutor is crucial for improving your understanding, pronunciation and confidence.
Immerse Yourself in English
Once you build up your confidence in speaking English, you should use it as much as you can. You will make mistakes and you may struggle sometimes but you will find that you do improve, the more you try. If you meet with English people try speaking to them if the opportunity arises.
Away from your course, try watching English TV, listening to English songs or reading English language newspapers or magazines armed with a dictionary. All these normal sources of English will help your comprehension.
Take Timed Practice Tests
When the time for the test is approaching, then practise taking mock tests in a timed environment. This will help you to adjust to working to a tight schedule, which you will need to do in the exam.
Your IELTS tutor will be able to make an assessment of your proficiency and help you in areas which need attention. Then you can practise at home online with your tutor so that, by the time you take the test, you will have a good chance of obtaining the level you need.
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