If you do not know what IELTS is, it is an English language proficiency test primarily used for admission criteria for post-graduation courses. It is used in visa applications as well. For students who are seeking an international program in a prestigious institute, IELTS is a necessity. IELTS test scores need to be submitted as per your language proficiency proof. IELTS test scores are accepted in 140+ countries and recognised by around 9,000 institutes worldwide.
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Records show that almost 4.5 lakh students appeared for the IELTS exam in 202. And a significant 30% growth is expected for this year’s roster. However, IELTS is not the only option. You can opt for TOEFL or PTE as well for your English language proficiency test. Many universities accept IELTS as well as TOEFL, whereas PTE is not that diverse. However, IELTS remains an idle choice. To know more, check; IELTS Vs TOEFL Vs PTE.
To prepare for IELTS exams, countless students opt for coaching and online classes. In addition, there are numerous books and articles available on how to prepare for the IELTS exam. But preparing for exams and analysing exam factors are two different things. For example, if you are fully prepared for an English exam, the unseen structure can break your morale and confidence.
Tips To Score 7+ Bands in IELTS.
There are four parts of the IELTS exam; Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Three of them are taken together on a single attempt, while the Speaking element is held separately. For each section, you are scored from 1 to 9. Remember, 9 is the highest score to be obtained in IELTS. Here are some tips to guide you to reach at least above 7 in the IELTS test exams.
Analyse IELTS Exam Format
Advance research on your goal will help you plan. There are two types of IELTS; IELTS Academics and IELTS General Training. And as mentioned before, there are four elements; Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The IELTS test is conducted in several parts of the country in approved exam centres. In addition, there are 48 Academic Tests and 24 General Training tests conducted per year. And a student has several attempts to clear the exam.
Know the pattern and question styles for the exam. Research online, contact test-takers, analyse previous test questions etc. A thoroughly prepared student is already half done in the test before beginning. You have several attempts to clear the IELTS exam, but research shows that different IELTS attempts do not reflect much difference in particular student results. So make it count.
Take IELTS Mock Tests
However, mock tests are considered a good practice, but they remain under-rated. IELTS mock tests are meant to prepare you mentally rather than prepare your academics. Taking mock tests can be more effective than reading questions all day long. In any exam, the major problem remains confidence and understanding. When you go through mock tests, you get a perspective of the exam. The exam itself is 2 hours and 45 minutes straight. By sitting exactly for that amount of time and answering questions prepares you internally.
Knowing the exam and having experience beforehand can result in inefficiency. Therefore, you will be planning for your exam ahead. Also, IELTS mock tests are designed by experts and professionals. Among them, some people have attempted IELTS several times. On the bright side, you can get many IELTS mock tests online for free.
Maintain Study Schedule
Planning a schedule for your IELTS exam is necessary. A complete week planner with time divided into sections to prepare for. However, creating a schedule is manageable. You can get in online as well. But maintaining it is a challenge. It would be best if you also kept exam time in mind while preparing your schedule. Preparing for TOEFL, which takes almost 4 hours, will not be the same as preparing for IELTS (2 hours 45 minutes test). Plan according to exam time. Keeping momentum and a regular pace is crucial in preparation.
See, when you plan your schedule, time will be allotted to each section; Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. One break from your program or neglecting any area can result in a poor result. You may not prefer a specific section. For instance, one may not be more interested in reading. So the schedule for reading newspapers, articles, essays etc., may get disturbed. But IELTS is an overall grading exam. And as per the official website, both tests and each section is graded the same way.
Only Answer What Is Required
If you are not aware of the answer pattern and requirement, pay attention. IELTS exam questions are all about precision. Many questions will seem to have a long answer. Or probably multiple answers. But do not let your imagination get the better of you.TOEFL is a multiple-choice exam, while the IELTS exam has a more diverse range of questions. Essays, filling blanks, match the followings, multiple choices etc. So while some answers will be limited, some may have room for explanation. It means you have to find the best-suited answers.
If there is no mention of multiple answers, do not provide multiple answers. Your lack of judgment can ruin your exam score. Go through practice answers as well when you are preparing with previous test questions. Your reading section is all about finding the exact perfect content to evaluate. Avoid unnecessary information and keep it on point. You get marks for logic and reasoning; however, additional explained answers are not appreciated in IELTS exams.
Either you choose IELTS or TOEFL, or PTE, all are somehow connected. But do not confuse it with just language preparation. You are not to give just a language test. The tests are entirely different except for the language. They all are scored differently. So to get 7+ in IELTS, you need to prepare to keep the IELTS in mind. Not the English language.
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