5 Useful Tips for Succeeding in the IELTS Test

IELTS or International English Language Testing System is a test of your English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. If you want to become well-versed in English language, studying for and passing this exam can be highly useful. Here are a few tips for you to succeed in this exam.

1. Tips for Listening Section

Learning to listen is important while preparing for the listening section of the IELTS test.

The most important thing is to check whether your headphones are working; if they aren’t, raise your hand. Use the allotted time to read through the questions before recording begins.

When the recording will start, remember to focus more on answers than understanding everything. Don’t forget that the recording will be played only once.

While listening to the recording, take notes on your question paper. Follow the word limit for each question. Before submitting the paper, proofread for spelling and grammatical mistakes.

2. Tips for Reading Section

Check every detail of images, figures or graphs in the question paper to increase your accuracy. If you don’t understand a question, don’t think much upon it. Move on to the next one. After you finish, if still there is time left, you can try to solve the unsolved questions.

3. Tips for Writing Section

There are two tasks in the writing section of which the first one is short and have fewer marks while the second one is lengthier and carries more marks. So, you should allot time smartly for each of them such as 20 minutes for the first one and 40 minutes for the second one. Also, try to write around 150 words for task 1 and around 250 words for task 2. Don’t repeat words, phrases and ideas. Also, don’t write in passive voice. After you complete both the tasks, revise thoroughly before submitting. Make sure you’ve written a conclusion for task 2.

4. Tips for Speaking Section

Remember to speak slowly, fluently and clearly. Although you can give additional information in the answers, your answers should be relevant. You can ask the examiner to repeat the question if needed. Avoid taking long pauses and let your answers be confident. Your focus should be equally divided on vocabulary, grammar, tenses and sentence structure.

5. Other Tips

Remember to carry the same id proof on the test day which you used at the time of test application. Keep adequate travel time margin and don’t get late. You shouldn’t carry a watch in the test room. Attempt all questions as there are no minus marks for wrong answers.

Wish you all the best for your IELTS test!