IELTS Preparation Tips
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To achieve a better IELTS score, you need to follow a regular study plan and you should endeavour to prepare as better as possible. It has been proven that with great skill in the English Language, some candidates fail to achieve their desired band scores only because they do not prepare for the test well. That is probably because they do not spend enough time on IELTS preparation.
Now we are going to answer the question, which is frequently asked by candidates, "How early should I be preparing for IELTS?" Well, let's discuss when you should start preparing for IELTS.
I don't have a straightforward or simple answer to this question. However, as a general rule of thumb, you should devote around 1-3 months for the preparation and one week for the mock tests.
Now let's examine this from a more practical point of view.
✓ If you are already an expert user of English and have a good understanding of the test, its four modules, questions, traps and pitfalls, and assessment criteria, you can take some model tests and get ready to take the test in one to two weeks. The mock tests would give you a good insight into where you are making mistakes and what to do to overcome those mistakes. When you are satisfied with your mock test results, register for the test and take it with confidence.
✓ If your command of the English language is average, you should target to allocate at least 2-3 months to learn about the test, improve your grammar, vocabulary, speaking, listening and reading skills, and then take some mock tests. Never allocate more than 4-5 months in such a scenario. If you prolong your preparation time, it sometimes may backfire.
✓ If you feel that you make many basic English mistakes while writing on a topic, have a poor vocabulary, difficulty in reading complex paragraphs or find native accents quite hard to understand, you should focus on improving your English ability first and then prepare for the test. You can do both simultaneously- which means improve your English by reading English books, magazines, watching English movies and TV series, listening to English music and radio programmes, having friends or colleagues to practise speaking, and prepare for IELTS on your own or from a training centre.
Please make sure you give yourself a deadline for the preparation, which, in our opinion, should not be more than 6-8 months. Otherwise, it may turn out to be too long to take the test and get your test result.
Reading Preparation Tips
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Writing Preparation Tips
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Listening Preparation Tips
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Speaking Preparation Tips
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We will also answer a very important question related to IELTS preparation at home, especially considering the changing situations during the pandemic.
Question: Besides institutional preparation, how to practice at home?
Answer: When it comes to preparing for the IELTS test, you have basically two options- one is getting enrolled in an IELTS training centre where expert teachers would help you prepare for the test, and the other option is preparing on your own at home. This is important, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic situation where social distancing is crucial and our life is in threat.
Some candidates opt for both, i.e. take an IELTS course in a coaching centre while also prepare at home. When it comes to choosing a training institute or a coaching centre, make sure you choose the one that has a good reputation. Talk to your friends, colleagues who have been to this same institution and do some inquiry before you get enrolled.
When it comes to preparing at home on your own, you should take advantage of the official IELTS websites, websites dedicated to IELTS, Forums, and online video resources. First, learn about the test, its registration process and other necessary information from the official websites like British Council, IDP and Cambridge Assessment English.
Moreover, some excellent websites are out there, which you can access for free, and which are dedicated to providing IELTS resources, preparation materials and sample answers. My personal favourites are:
IELTS Liz (https://ieltsliz.com)
IELTS Buddy (https://www.ieltsbuddy.com)
IELTS Simmon (https://www.ielts-simon.com)
IELTS Exam (https://www.ielts-exam.net), and
IELTS Mentor (https://www.ielts-mentor.com)
For video resources for IELTS preparation, https://www.engvid.com/ is an outstanding resource. You can also watch some YouTube videos, but make sure you select only contents that have good quality.
While preparing at home, do not procrastinate. Follow a regular study plan and have a realistic and achievable goal. From our experience, we can say that spending time for the preparation every day for 2-3 hours is far better than sitting down to study once a week for several hours.
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