Advice for anyone taking IELTS
IELTS or The International English Language Testing System is a language proficiency test for non-native English speakers. This is the only test accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and US schools and universities. Also it is a requirement for immigration to any of these countries.
If you plan to study or work or both abroad you’ll have to take it. Over 3 million people do this every year. It is more valued and more popular than any other language tests. The test lasts almost 3 hours and it contains 4 parts:
Listening: 30 minutes
Reading: 60 minutes
Writing: 60 minutes
Speaking: 11–14 minutes
If you prepare yourself and practice you should be just fine. But just in case here’s some advice from people who have already taken it:
Don’t panic, you’ll have enough time! Before you start read through the questions so you’ll know what to expect because you’ll have only one chance to listen to the audio. You’ll get a paper to write your answers on before you transfer it to the answer sheet.
Listen carefully to the instructions they’ll be very clear you just have to pay attention. Some tests or tasks may differ from others so focus on what you are asked to do each time. You should focus on your grammar because if you spell an answer wrong you won’t get a point.
Again, make sure you pay attention on what exactly are the instructions and your grammar. You should always try to complete all the questions but don’t waste too much time on the ones you can’t figure out. Just move on and come back to it. There are no negative points on the tests even if you do something wrong.
All the answers are in the text, you don’t need to be scared if you’ve never seen the subject it’s talking about. Pay attention to the work limit, because if you exceed it the answer won’t be correct.
Before you start writing look at the question and make a draft of your answers. This will help you manage your time and plan what you’re going to write. Try to stick to the topic and spend enough time on each task.
It can’t be stressed enough how much you should pay attention to the grammar especially in this part of the test. Also there will be a minimum number of words required. This can take some time to count. You should spend the end of your time checking your texts.
This part of the test is basically a conversation with the examiner. When you’re practicing for this try to put yourself in situations where you have to speak English in real life. You can do it online, with your foreign friends or just by listening to videos.
You should be confident and seen spontaneous. Also the more you talk the better. Focus on answering the question in depth and expressing your opinions. The questions are usually very simple as they tend to focus on accrual real life situations.