Show Educations.com as: Mobile

Tips & Tricks for Taking the IELTS Test

Tips & Advice for Taking the IELTS Test

If English is not your native language and you’d like to study a degree in English abroad, you’ll have to take an International English Language Test or IELTS test. The IELTS test format and rules are somewhat different from regular school exams so we’ve prepared some tips and advice to help you get totally prepared for the test and get your desired score. If you don’t want to lose marks by not being prepared, take a few minutes to read phimcachnhietgiare.info’s top tips for IELTS takers.

Before the test:

Identify your areas of strengths and weaknesses

Work on your weaknesses to make sure it does not negatively affect your total score. For example, if you’re a slow reader, focus on the reading test more than writing, listening and speaking tests.

Have a study plan

Make a plan before you start studying for IELTS test and have a tailored study plan based on your areas of strengths and weaknesses.

Study the material

Attend an IELTS preparation course, if possible. The preparation courses provide you with the IELTS material, as well as the tips and tricks that you need to know. If you don’t have access to IELTS preparation courses, you can hire a qualified private teacher instead. An English teacher will also help you make a study plan.

Practice until you feel confident

Practice boosts your self-confidence. For the speaking test, find a friend to practice speaking English with. While reading English magazines, practice skimming the texts for the reading test. Watch movies in English language every night and surround yourself with English language news and songs to improve your listening skills.

Practice under time pressure

Test yourself in a 2 hours and 45 minutes time-frame just like the exam day. This will help you get to know what it feels like to take the reading, writing and listening tests consecutively. The more you practice under time pressure, the better you can manage your time.

Check out the official IELTS website

The official IELTS website is the best source of information for IELTS candidates. You can read about the rules and regulations of the test, the test format, and find useful IELTS materials such as books, tests and videos on the website.

Check the location of the exam

In order to be on time on the exam day, make sure that you know exactly where the IELTS test center is and find out how to access the location.

Are you interested in studying abroad and need to take the IELTS academic test? Take our free IELTS quiz – ''Are you ready to take the academic IELTS test?'' – to find out if you're prepared or not!

Take the Quiz

On the test day:

Get a good night’s sleep the night before the test

Make sure that you get enough rest the night before the IELTS test as tiredness will directly affect your ability to concentrate.

Eat breakfast

Eat a good meal before the exam. Your brain definitely functions better when you’re not hungry.

Wear comfortable clothes

Wear appropriate clothing that won’t distract you from concentrating on the exam. Don’t wear clothes that are too tight, and consider the fact that the exam room might be cold or warm so dress in layers.

Take a cola to the exam hall

You are allowed to take a transparent bottle of water, pencil, eraser and passport to the exam hall. But instead of water, you can also take a bottle of coke to keep your awareness and blood sugar high as it contains both caffeine and sugar.

Pay attention to spelling & punctuation

Spelling and punctuation are very important throughout the entire IELTS test and you’ll lose points if your answers are spelled incorrectly or you use punctuation incorrectly.

Pay attention to the word limits

Keep in mind that you will lose marks if you exceed the word limits. So pay attention to where the answers should be “not more than three words.” as well as the writing tasks, which should be 250 and 150 words.

Tips for the writing test:

  • Don’t use spoken English in your writing.
  • Write the writing task 2 first as it contributes more to your total score.
  • Make sure your handwriting is readable, tidy and neat.

Tips for the speaking test:

  • Listen to the questions carefully before you answer.
  • Don’t answer the questions if you’re unsure about what to answer. You can ask the examiner to repeat or clarify the question for you.
  • Be confident and relaxed and do your best.

Tips for the reading test:

  • Don’t spend too much time on the questions you can’t find an answer for. Move to the next question and get back to that question if you have any time left at the end.
  • Read all the questions and underline the keywords before reading each text.

Tips for the listening test:

  • Skim the questions before listening to the recordings.
  • Make sure that you can write the dates in the correct format.
  • If you have any problem hearing the recordings, raise your hand and ask for help.
  • Practice on both British and American pronunciations, as some numbers and words are pronounced differently.

Are you ready to book your test? Go to the official IELTS website and select your country to find test centers near you.

Last update: 01 Nov 2017

You might also be interested in:

Changes to Australia's 457 Visa Will Not Directly Impact International Students

Published: 5/17/2017

Get the facts about the abolition and replacement of Australia's 457 visa and how it will affect you as an international student.

How to Find Someplace to Live When You Study Abroad

Published: 6/24/2017

Are you considering studying abroad but are vaguely worried that you might end up homeless?Relax! Every city is different, and some may have housing shortages making a roof over your head a little bit more challenging, but international students can always find a way. Read about five places you can start to look for housing as an international student.

Read more