IELTS Strategies from a Candidate
by Racha Ch
I took the test (academic) in April 2017 for the first time. The test was delayed for 2 hours due to miscommunication between the British council and the University of Saint Joseph in Beirut.
After the stressful waiting I scored:
With overall score: 7.5
My IELTS strategies are the following:
- Read the questions and highlight key words that will help you focus on the answers
- Write your full answers on the answers sheet while listening to the recording.
- You will have enough time to transfer your answers to the answer sheet....so don't worry about it, and don't try to transfer them during the listening test.
- Bring at least 3 pencils with you and an eraser.
- When transferring your answers try to cross them one by one, and double check to ensure you transferred them carefully.
- Try to stay focused because it's easy to get distracted or tired, and then you will loose some answers.
- Read the questions before reading the passage, and try to answer them gradually.
- Mark names and dates while reading to help you find the answers when you go back to the passage.
- If you couldn't find all answers ignore them, and after you finish all passages look again for the answers with fresh eyes.
- Start with task 2 and try to put bullet points (a plan) before starting.
- Leave one empty line between each paragraph.
- Write with a pencil, because it's easier to make corrections (writing paper equals 1.3 A4 paper)
- Write as much as you can and don't worry about exceeding the word count.
- For task 1 summaries the main features on the questions sheet and then start writing.
**I made a mistake, because I started with Task 1, after I wrote 60 words I deleted them and I started writing again.... I only had 20 minutes to write Task 2, so try to organize your thoughts before writing.SPEAKING
- Be confident and don't worry about mistakes.
- You don't have to be honest just SPEAK (if they ask you if you like Robots..... make up something).
- Don't give short answers, try to tell a story.
- Don't worry if they tell you to stop or add more (it doesn't affect your score).
- Smile and don't show stress on your face.
- Try to use a wide range of vocabulary and speak slowly.
Good Luck all