Top IELTS Test Tips from Exam Takers
by Robert Muster
Hey, I just want to thank you for this great website!
It really helped me score higher in my writing part in IELTS exam! I was at 6 and after following your IELTS lessons I managed to score 7 (7.5 overall)
So, BIG thank you for this incredible website
and for the outstanding quality of the resources posted here.
Moreover, I wish to contribute by sharing my experience with IELTS Academic exam and why not, by giving some IELTS test tips:Writing
1. When you are preparing for the writing part always use the paper format from the exam
(you can find it in any test book) and do not use plain white paper (using their format means that you will know after how many rows you'll have 150/250 words and also you'll be used to the exam format)
2. Also when you're preparing for the writing part try to get used to finishing
the 1st part in 15 minutes (instead of 20) and the second part in 35 minutes (instead of 40). This way you'll have 10 minutes to check the work - it really helped me.Reading
For the reading part - you must read a lot (anything if you can) in English for at least 2-3 weeks before the exam. Listening
For the listening part try to listen to BBC 5 live (or any other radio broadcast in full English) for at least 2-3 weeks before the exam.
This way you're ear will get used to English language, accents and pronunciations (5 live is great because they have all sorts of interviews with people for any part of the globe - therefore you'll have the chance to
hear a wide range of accents. Also don't focus on understanding everything you hear - just listen.Speaking
For the speaking part -> first of all you must speak to somebody
(or to yourself) in the last 2 weeks before the exam.
Concentrate on finding some answers to a wide range of problems
(ecology, environment, work, school, entertainment, technology, sport, music, literature, family) but do not memorize the answers! Just practice with them in order to have some ideas to speak of when you'll be facing the examiner.
Also, the best advice that I could think of for the speaking part is: do not focus on grammar or accent or pronunciation
-> just speak fluently - a few grammar mistakes are always allowed - the examiner will be looking for fluency and coherence (so try to stick to the subject - do not deviate because you'll lose points even if you'll be very fluent).
However, if you want scores over 6 you'll need a wide range of grammar usage and good control
For the speaking part try to remember the ABS: Always Be Speaking
- don't ever give short answers -> let your ideas evolve and try to use complex answers - for example if the examiner asks you if you like to live in your city don't just say "Yes, i do" but more like "Yes it is a beautiful city, noisy, full of life and cultural events and therefore I love living in the big city. I fancy the Opera every Friday evening".
That's it! Hope these IELTS test tips will make the difference to somebody and once again a BIG thank You for this website!!
Kind regards, Robert