How to Prepare IELTS

How to prepare IELTS or How to crack the IELTS Exam is the shaking query that springs to mind. Many test-takers also start figuring out how to score high in IELTS Exam. They take into account to score 8 Triple 7 band in IELTS Exam or how to improve IELTS band score. Honestly speaking, it is not tough, if you have a road map. Here you are with the full-fledge sketch. Just follow religiously, you can score high. Trust me; under my guidance, many test-takers got proven success, 90% grade improvement, and 75% higher test score as I have been mentoring for more than 10 years.

Follow these strategies.

  1. Evaluation: where should IELTS preparation begin from if you don’t know your current level of knowledge? Many test-takers hesitate to give the mock test, thinking that they are weak so there is no use thinking about any mock test. I will recommend changing such a habit if you have. Remember, mock is to mark the current level and to keep track. How much you are studying Cambridge IELTS books or courses is not a matter of discussion instead how much you are scoring in IELTS Exam is a matter of concern. This can be justified only by looking at a performance report or report card. The test is only a measuring pole that will keep on piloting you. After the test, make a note: question-wise, score-wise, and test-wise then buckle yourself for the next step.
  2. Material: social media and its experts suggest the same study materials to everyone, but the fact is that books vary from student to student’s requirement. Select study material as per your score and need. These are the study materials for IELTS Exam.
  1. If your score is below 4 band in IELTS Exam, you can go through these three books: 

i.i Essential English Grammar Cambridge by Raymond Murphy, for basic grammar, all the basic concepts are in detail,
i.ii Cambridge-Vocabulary in use elementary, for basic vocabulary, with 60 different types of daily life words
i.iii Champak English Story, Simple Essays, and Printed Interviews of celebrity, to improve basic reading these are good materials.

  1. If your score is below 5 band in IELTS Exam, you can go through these three books: 

    ii.i Intermediate English Grammar Cambridge by Raymond Murphy, for basic grammar, all the basic concepts are in detail,
    ii.ii Cambridge-Vocabulary in use intermediate, medium level vocabulary, with different types of daily life words for essay writing, letter writing, and essay writing.
    ii.iii Reading Material from magazine or articles: Social Issues, Political Issues, and General Issues.

    3. If you score below 6 band in IELTS Exam, you can go through these three books:

    i.i Advance English Grammar Cambridge by Martin Hewings, for advance writing and speaking, for advanced level knowledge and 6 plus band.
    i.ii Cambridge-Vocabulary in use Advance, for advance writing and speaking, for advance level knowledge and 6 plus band
    i.iii The Hindu Newspaper editorial, The Economic Times editorial, and The Indian Express editorial.
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  2. Mock Test:If you have done your foundation strategically, you should get ready for mock tests. Remember, the testing phase should be more planned than the foundation and the intention of the testing phase is not to check the level but to recollect and refresh the strategy. You should begin with sectional mock tests based on a particular topic or concept. Once you find that you are well-versed in concept go for a full-length test. 

Your next step will be to go for a full-length testing phase. Divide your full-length testing phase into three parts.

  1. Pick Cambridge Mock Tests Book 10, all four mock tests, make an error log after attempting the test, and average your score then cover your loophole with the help of an official guide.
  2. Pick the second round of four mock tests, Cambridge Mock Test 11, make an error log after attempting the test. Now check which one is still the weakest area. Either clear your concept with your mentor or find out the relevant sources to justify.
  3. Now, this is the final round of mock tests to get familiar with the test. in the third round, there is no fixed number of mock tests. Attempt as per your need, Cambridge book 12, 13, and 14.

Now you are ready to crack your IELTS Exam.

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What is IELTS?

IELTS is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. IELTS is one of the major English-language tests in the world. IELTS is widely recognized by universities and employers around the world, though IELTS is popular in countries such as Australia, Britain, Canada, New-Zealand, and the USA. There are two versions of the test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. While universities require IELTS Academic, IELTS General Training is used by some government bodies for work and immigration permits. IELTS Examination has both formats computer-based and paper-based but paper-based is popular. From the score point of view, no minimum score is required to pass the IELTS test. Scores range from 1 to 9 bands and each institution sets a different threshold. The final score is totaled including all four. The score is valid for two years.

Course Overview

Duration: 3 hours

 Listening: 40 minutes ( 30 minutes for test +10 minutes for submission of the answer sheet.

 Reading: 60 minutes

 Writing: 60 minutes

 Speaking: 11-14 minutes

Let us have a short Note topic wise:

IELTS Listening “common for both Academic and General Training”

IELTS Listening has four parts with 40 questions that includes multiple-choice, matching, plan/map/diagram labelling, form/note/table/flow-chart/summary completion, and sentence completion. There is no fixed number of questions from the types. Part one is a conversation between two individuals, part two is a monologue/speech, part three is an academic conversation that can be with more than two people and part four is a monologue on an academic subject. The audio is played only once.

IELTS Reading “Different for Academic and General Training”

IELTS Academic section consists of 3 passages with long texts. The texts are taken from books, journals, magazines, and newspapers. Each passage consists of 13-14 questions altogether 40 questions that include multiple-choice, sentence completion, summary writing, matching information, and short-answers. General sections consist of 3 or 4 short passages that are generally taken from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks, and guidelines. The number of questions varies from passage to passage but altogether there are 40 questions. The variety of question types can be many from these types: multiple-choice, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.

IELTS Writing “Different for Academic and General Training”

IELTS Academic writing begins with describing images with a timing of 20 minutes. It has to be written in 150 words. The writing part is called task 1 that is expected to describe the following: graph, table, chart, or diagram. The second part is essay writing. It is called task 2 which has to be explained in 250 words in 40 minutes. This task assesses the ability to present a clear, relevant, well-organized argument, giving evidence or examples to support ideas and use language accurately. General writing begins with letter writing with the timing of 20 minutes. The total number of words that are expected is 150 words. This part is called task 1 that is presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal, or formal in style. The second part is essay writing. It is also called task 2 which should be written in 250 words in 40 minutes. This part asks to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument, or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style.

IELTS Speaking “Same for Academic and General Training”

IELTS Speaking section has three parts. The whole speaking is recorded and this is face to face oral interview with the examiner. In the first part, the test taker is asked questions about his/herself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies, and interests. It lasts for 3 to 5 minutes with four to five questions. In the second part, the test-taker is given a card asking to talk about a particular topic. One minute is given to prepare before speaking then two minutes for speaking. The third part is connected to part two. The questions are taken from the second part. This part lasts for 3 to 5 minutes with 3 to five questions.