IELTS Exam Advice

IELTS Exam Advice

Are you preparing to take the IELTS exam?


Here are 3 quick types to help you get a higher IELTS score band!


Get to know the question types:


There are 4 types of test you are scored on, speaking, listening, reading and writing. In the reading and listening part of the test, you will be presented with many different question types, some of which you may find easier than others. It is advisable that you practise all of the different types of questions which you may encounter on the exam and then focus on the ones which you find more difficult. For example, with many question types it is good to predict the possible answers beforehand. With other types it is handy to underline key words and also to listen out for or underline synonyms in the reading text.


Avoid careless mistakes:


This is something that may seem obvious to many people but it is also where many people end up falling short on their exam scores. If you pay a little more attention to both the questions and answers you are given this can be avoided. Another way to avoid careless mistakes is leaving yourself time at the end of the exam to proof read your answers make sure you have got everything in you want and anything you do not want in is removed. For example, if the instructor says no more than 3 words, this includes things like prepositions, contractions and articles. Make sure you always follow instructions given to you. With questions like these (short answer but also sentence completion types), the words you require will be in either the recording or in the body of the text. If the word itself is within the reading text, do not change it, and copy the spelling of it also. If you do not spell a word correctly that is already in the body of text on the question paper, needless to say you will lose marks which could have easily been prevented. With things such as sentence, note or summary completion, make sure you always read through it again after you have completed the task, as aforementioned before with proof reading your work. The text itself should always be grammatically correct and you should not repeat words that are already provided in the stem of the text.


Focus on the language you know you will need:


With a test such as this it is virtually impossible to predict the vocabulary topics on which you will be tested on, this makes it hard to prepare for. However, there is some language that you will always find useful to you in the testing area. For example, in part one of the writing test, you will always be asked to summarise data, therefore it is essential that you learn how to be descriptive of trends and patterns that occur in the data provided (for example, the level has steadily increased or there is a gradual decline showing). You will also need to know phrases to summarise things also, such as, to sum up or overall. The same also goes for the essay (writing section part 2). You will need connecting phrases such as however or in addition, as well as passive structures which are used for describing common ideas (for example, it is widely believed that . . .), it is highly advisable that you learn such phrases in preparation for this examination. Most importantly, you must be able to understand the grammar and meaning of the vocabulary you are using, as there is nothing more confusing for a reader than many complex word used in an inappropriate manner.


Notting Hill College are the leading providers of ielts exam preparation in Manchester, with the majority of our students passing their examination with ease. If you would like help passing, or are considering working or studying in the UK, get in touch with our friendly tutors to begin the ielts preparation course.


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