IELTS Test Preparation
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This is a full time program designed to help students prepare for the IELTS test. Importance is placed on both test taking strategies, as well as the four skills assessed in the official IELTS examination.
There are two IELTS programs: Introduction to IELTS is for intermediate level students, while IELTS Preparation is for advanced level students. In each program, students study 15 hours of IELTS preparation per week, and 7.5 hours of an elective class per week.
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Tips for High Score in IELTS
1. Use Time to Your Advantage
- Use time wisely. Do not waste time marking your answers in the booklet, they won’t be taken into account or scored.
- Skip difficult questions. If you don’t know the answers to some questions, leave them and move on. Return to the difficult questions at the end if you have the time.
- Read questions first. Read questions first and think about the information you need to find to answer those questions while you’re reading.
- Practice. Practice makes perfect and helps you not stress too much about working against the clock.
2. Read the Task Carefully
- True/false/not given: If you select “true,” then the whole sentence must be true. If some details are true while others are false, the answer will be “false.”
- Matching tasks: Don’t cross out the options you’ve already used. This way you’ll have the opportunity to correct your own mistakes by seeing if each word option is a better fit for another question.
- Gap filling tasks: Make sure you don’t go over the word limit for each gap.
3. Get Better at Scanning and Skimming
- Do not read everything word for word.
- Each paragraph has a main idea and that idea is expressed in the topic sentence. Usually, it’s the first sentence of a paragraph, but it can also appear at the end. It’s the sentence that expresses the main idea of the whole paragraph. Scanning can also help you find key words and numbers fast.
4. Know your vocabulary
- This isn’t a vocabulary test!
- You should be training yourself to read faster and understand overall ideas in the texts. You can understand the meaning of a sentence or paragraph even if you don’t know every single word!
5. Improve Your Reading Speed
- There’s only one way to do so – practice!The more you read, the better and faster you get at reading.
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1. Smile and be yourself
- On test day, one of the biggest ways that students ruin their score is by being nervous. When students are nervous, they speak like a robot. This leads to a 5 for Pronunciation.
- If you want a 7 or higher for Pronunciation, smile and use emotion in your voice.
- Putting emotion in your voice helps your voice go up and down, which is called intonation, and helps you to stress important words and information.
- This is what the examiner wants to hear.
- Also, when you smile, you relax, which helps the examiner relax as well.
2. Know what the examiner wants
- One secret to doing well on any test is knowing what the exam is testing. Look at what the examiner grades you on here.
- Also, find a tutor, teacher or course that can tell you exactly what the examiner wants and how to meet those guidelines for a 7 or higher.
- In order to do well on the IELTS exam, you have to have a high English level, but you must also know what the examiner is listening for on the Speaking test.
3. Use interesting vocabulary
- If you want a 7 or higher for Vocabulary, you must use interesting vocabulary, such as slang and idioms.
- Basically, the examiner is listening for vocabulary that you didn’t just learn from a textbook.
- You should use some slang in Part 1 and 2, such as chill out at home or hang out with my buddies.
Also, you should learn some idioms that are easy to fit in for Part 1 and Part 2, such as those describing how you feel about something. For example, if you like something, you can say you are over the moon about it, or it thrills you to bits.
- In Part 3, of course, the questions are more formal, so your vocabulary should be more high level. For example, when you give your opinion, you can use phrases such as, I agree with the notion that…. or To be frank, I firmly believe that…
4. Use lots of linking words
- In order to get a 7 or higher for Fluency and Coherence, you must use a variety of linking words.
- Use more common words in Parts 1 and 2, such as and, but, also, and as well.
- If you can tell a short story for your Part 2 answer, use time words such as next, subsequently, after that, and at long last.
- In Part 3, you should try and use more high level and impressive linking words and phrases, such as subsequently, as a result, moreover, and furthermore.
- Using a variety of linking words and phrases will not only give you a high score for Fluency and Coherence, but also Vocabulary.
5. Practice speaking English
- Simple and logical advice, but it’s a tough one nevertheless.
- As I’ve said, in order to get a 7 or higher in all categories of the Speaking test, you must know what the examiner wants, and you must have a high level of English.
- You must show the examiner that you can keep talking, without too many pauses and uhs and ums.
- Therefore, find a native speaker to chat with in order to improve your overall fluency, and to practice specific Speaking test questions.
- For instance, Verbling is a great option for those of you who want to study from anywhere in the world, from the comfort of your own home.
The most important thing you have to do in order to get a good grade on the Speaking test? Open your mouth, and SPEAK ENGLISH!