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- Twenty tips for IELTS success
Twenty tips for IELTS success
Listening, use the example at
the beginning of the first section to familiarize yourself with the sound, the
situation, and the speakers.
- Keep listening until
the recording stops, looking only at the questions that relate to the part being
- There are often pauses
in the recording between different sections. Use these to prepare for the next
set of questions.
- Answer Listening questions
in the order they appear on the Question Paper. Remember that they normally
follow the order of the information in the recording.
- At the end of the
recording you have some time to transfer your answers to the Answer Sheet. Check
your grammar and spelling as you do so.
- In Academic Reading,
begin by going quickly through each passage to identify features such as the
topic, the style, the likely source, the writer’s purpose and the intended reader.
- As you read, don’t
try to understand the precise meaning of every word or phrase. You don’t have
time, and those parts of the text might not be tested anyway.
Reading tasks sometimes have an example answer.
If this is the case, study it and decide why it is correct.
- Some tasks require
you to use words from the text in the answer; in others you should use your
own words. Check the instructions carefully.
- The instructions may
also include a word limit, e.g. Use no more than three words. Keep to this by
avoiding unnecessary words in your answer.
- In Academic
Writing, you must always keep to the topic set.
Never try to prepare sections of text before the exam.
- Keep to the suggested
timing: there are more marks possible for Task 2 than Task 1.
- Organize and link
your ideas and sentences appropriately, using a wide range of language and showing
your ability (in Task 2) to discuss ideas and express opinions.
- If you write less
than 150 words in Task 1 or less than 250 in Task 2 you will lose marks, but
there is no maximum number of words for either.
- When you plan your
essay, allow plenty of time at the end to check your work.
Speaking, don’t try to give a prepared speech,
or talk about a different topic from the one you are asked to discuss.
- Always speak directly
to the Examiner, not to the recording equipment.
- Whenever you reply
‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the Examiner’s questions, add more details to your answer.
In each case, aim to explain at least one point.
- Remember that you
are not being tested on your general knowledge but on your ability to communicate
- Organize and link
your ideas and sentences appropriately, talking clearly at normal speed and
using a wide range of structures and vocabulary.