February 16, 2019
Before we jump on to the preparation part of the IELTS exam, we would like to brief you about the IELTS exam. For students and general public, it’s just an exam which, if cleared with a good score, opens the locks to high – quality education, but for you, an exam – taker, we believe that you have a sound knowledge of the exam and the entire process. In this blog, we will throw some light on the preparation outline, as there plenty of online portals that already give IELTS preparation & training, practice tests, tips and lots more.
A few countries which accept the IELTS score as means to study work or migrate are the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, United States*
The IELTS exam has two categoriesAcademic & General Training and depending upon your need; you should choose which exam to take.
- IELTS – Academic: If you want to obtain a professional registration or enrol yourself in a college or university for undergraduate or postgraduate education, you should take the IELTS – Academic exam.
- IELTS – General Training: This test is for those people who wish to migrate to English – speaking countries for secondary or training programs, immigration purposes or to gain work experience.
IELTS exam has four modules:
- Reading Module
- Listening Module
- Writing Module
- Speaking Module (could be on the same day or a delayed date)
The listening test, as it goes, will have a varied range of native – English speaking accents: British, New Zealand, North – American, Canadian etc. Though the Listening and Speaking modules remain similar for Academic or General Training, the fundamental difference is in the Reading and Writing part.
On the other hand, the IELTS – General Training aims to check language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. These could include a setting based in a workplace, social event etc.
Now then you know the history and the basic outline of the exam, let’s start with a basic understanding of the test format.
- Know what to expect on the test day. Familiarise yourself with the test format, types of questions, time allocated, marks allocation, etc. These are perhaps a few details, which should not just run in your veins; it should run in your blood!
- Even though it is a test to check your language proficiency level, have a clear cut idea about the question – types and the skills tested in them. As it is an all-around test, an improvement in one module could help in scoring marks in the other.
- Understand the content type and types of questions asked in each of the modules: Speaking, Reading, Listening & Writing. It will help you know what to write & most importantly, where to put your words & in which context.
The second stage & perhaps the most important stage is preparation & practice. This is probably the most crucial part. There have been instances where non – native English speakers have scored much higher bands than native speakers. It keeps the saying "Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard”, right?
Speaking of mock tests, IELTS Tutorials offers some of the best IELTS exam preparation facilities. With online and in-class coaching and with broad access to a plethora of resources and plenty of tests, you cannot go wrong with your choice of selecting a place to prepare for the IELTS exam. Also, you can also avail writing & test evaluation services and choose the way you want to be coached – individual or in a group. Also, download the IELTS Tutorials mobile app to get 20+ FREE IELTS practice tests to test your level of preparation and to get higher marks in the IELTS exam.
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