IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an internationally recognized English proficiency test. It is required to cross a certain score in IELTS in order to secure admission in a foreign university or clear the immigration procedure. With the upcoming Academic and General Training test on December 1, 8 & 15, inlingua New Delhi ̶ a language training institute ̶ suggests a few tips to ace the exam:
It is easy to crack the exam for people with an accent: FALSE. IELTS focuses on an individual’s knowledge of English in terms of basics like grammar, vocabulary, spellings, etc. An aspirant can easily score above Band 8, even if they stick to their native accent.
Carry a pocket dictionary to easily access the meaning of the word. While reading, this plays an important role in understanding the use of word in a sentence as well as the associated context. Mobile applications are a feasible substitute for the physical one.
Not everyone can pull off self-preparation for IELTS. There are a lot of coaching institutes that train an individual for the exam. Apart from establishing a strict schedule, they also help in the formation of an approach on how to handle questions.
4. Daily practice
Linguistic experts at inlingua New Delhi expressed that daily practice is the ultimate key to success. It helps developing the habit of looking out for anomalies or applying exception rules, as required. Reading editorials while travelling in metro and having a conversation with your friends in English are a few ways to establish the corresponding routine.
The person assessing your speaking skills can use distracting actions to check the aspirant’s confidence. Keep it together and continue with the same flow. In case an individual forgets, pick it up from repeating that line instead of apologizing or stammering.
6. Exam Format
There are four parts of the test: Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening. Each has a duration constraint and hence, the aspirant must invest time carefully.
Reading newspapers and novels has a crucial role in improving one’s vocabulary. Using new words in daily routine registers them in the mind and consequently, command over the language increases. Don’t worry, no one is asking anyone to know the meaning of ‘Floccinaucinihilipilification’.
Mocks help develop a rough idea of the time consumed per section. Consequently, it becomes instrumental in highlighting the weak areas of the language. In addition to that, the aspirant becomes accustomed to difficult questions of multiple topics.
With language, it is easy to get over-confident. The aspirant must revise all the topics properly irrespective of their strongholds. This could be the difference between Band 6 and Band 8.
10. Comprehensive Preparation
Grammar assignments, reading editorials, group discussions, good handwriting and English music/movies, the preparation must include equal time division to the 4 sections.
So, go ahead and nail the test. Good Luck!