19 December 2019 • 4 min read
If you want to get the grade you desire in your IELTS exam, it can really pay off to do as much preparation as possible.
But short of reading all the books you can and doing as many test exams as you can manage, what else can you do to make sure you’ll be full of confidence when your test day comes around?
Our blog will give you loads of tips to be as prepared as you possibly can be for your IELTS exam.
Time is limited when it comes the IELTS tests; so, knowing what to expect as soon as you open the paper can really help you make the most of your time.
You’ll need to answer as many questions as you can to get the best mark possible, and this will require some great time management.
Although you won’t know exactly what questions you’ll get on the day, having a good idea of the kind of tests to expect will help calm those nerves and let you get straight down to work.
Having a good vocabulary will really help you express yourself in all aspects of the IELTS exam.
Not only will it help you understand the exams texts and questions better, it will also enable you to demonstrate your command of the language much more effectively; as well as allowing you to communicate much more complicated ideas which is a top way for scoring high marks.
Expanding your vocabulary doesn’t just mean learning lots of complicated words though. It means knowing several words, and sometimes many, for a single idea, so that you will not look for words when you speak.
If you’re unsure where to start with this one, there are loads of free online tools that can help such as Grammarly or Word by Word. Another great tip is to concentrate on learning more vocabulary by learning more synonyms.
Synonyms are words or phrases that mean the same as another word. Expanding your knowledge in this area makes it easier to take on new words without having to remember lots and lots of new meanings.
Grab yourself a thesaurus and settle down for a good read.
Taking time to study some grammar rules will really help you sound and write more like a native speaker.
Sentence structure and word order can be hard to understand at first, but by taking the time to learn some of the rules you’ll become much more fluent in all aspect of the language.
One of the hardest things to get right when you’re learning English, getting your pronunciation spot on will make the biggest difference in your IELTS speaking exam.
Yes there are lots of different rules to learn, but once you’ve got your head around all the vowels (or lack of them), silent letters and the long list of exceptions to the rules, you’ll be filled with a new found confidence.
Watching English language films with subtitles on is a fun way of getting to grips with how the words look and sound.
There’s no better way to check your progress than doing some practice IELTS tests.
Be strict with yourself and ensure that you stick to exam conditions, then look up anything you didn’t understand or that you go wrong once your time has run out.
You can find lots of free tests online, as well as plenty of IELTS exam books with sample tests for all parts of the IELTS exam.
We all know that practice makes perfect, but when it comes to improving your English skills, don’t just stick with perfecting your strongest skill.
If you plan you preparation well you’ll easily be able to fit in some practice for each of the key test areas every day of the week. And, with a bit of imagination, you can find ways that will make even your least favourite discipline fun.
This is a really good idea for when you want to achieve a specific score in your IELTS exam. For example, like when you’re applying to university or to meet the criteria for your visa.
IELTS preparation courses offer intensive learning led by experienced teaching staff, and will challenge you with regular tests so that you can check your progress. You’ll also be given tips on exam strategy, ways to prepare and all the do’s and don’ts of the IELTS exam which will help you get the score you want.
Get in touch with us to see how we can help you achieve your best in your IELTS exam.