Preparation for IELTS

November 12, 2008 at 1:06 pm Leave a comment

Some of you may be needing to take your IELTS test.  To help, I thought I’d post some tips on how to prepare for it.

This information was taken from Facebook…

Important tips

(1) First of all we suggest you to buy Cambridge IELTS 1, 2 & 3. Buy cassettes also, but for book one only.

(2) Read the opening section of book 1

(3) First concentrate on reading. that it is the most difficult part.  Attempt the first test of book 1 “in the manner you want” and do it in 55 minutes and check your score. If you have not completed your test
and time has run out, give zero to all wrong answers.  Just mark yourself.  This is your baseline

General tips

Become familiar with the test as early as possible. The skills being tested in the IELTS take a period of time to build up. Cramming is not an effective study technique. Use your study time efficiently. Study when
you are fresh and, after you have planned a timetable, make sure that you keep to it. Set goals and ensure that you have adequate breaks. In the IELTS test, each of the four Band Modules listening, Reading,
Writing and speaking carries the same weight. Study each skill carefully and spend more time on the skills in which you feel you are weak.

Be aware of the exact procedure for the test. Be very clear on the order of each section, its length and the specific question types. There are many resources available to help you practice these skills.

Having a study partner or a study group is an excellent idea. Other students may raise issues that you may not have considered.

Seek help from teachers, friends and native English speakers.

This is not a time for intensive study. It is a time to review skills and your test technique. It is important to exercise, eat, rest and sleep well during the week in which you will take the test.

Leave nothing to chance. If you do not know how to get to the test center, try going there at a similar time one or two weeks before the real test.

The night before the test

You must have a good dinner and go to bed at your normal time not too early and not too late, as you do not want to disrupt your sleep pattern if possible. Have everything ready that you need to take with you to the
test so you can simply pick it up in the morning, for example, the test registration form, passport, test number, pens, pencils, erasers, etc.  A pen that runs dry or a pencil that breaks can take several minutes to
replace. Check before the exam exactly what articles you need.  Set your alarm clock the night before or arrange a wake-up call.

On the morning of the test

Eat a good breakfast. You will have several hours of concentration ahead of you and you will need food and drink in the morning. You may even want to bring more food or a snack with you, especially if your speaking
test is at a later time that day. You cannot, however, take food or drink into the exam room. If possible, wear a watch in case you cannot see the clock in the exam room. It is essential that you keep track of time.

Give yourself plenty of time to get to the test center. You will be required to complete a registration form and to show your passport before you enter the examination room so you must arrive at the time specified by your test center. If you are early, you could go for a walk. If you are late, you will not be allowed to enter.
Avoid the added tension of having to rush.

During the test

Most students at the test will feel nervous. This is quite normal. In fact, it can actually be quite helpful in terms of motivation. It may make you alert and help you to focus. The aim is for you to try to perform
at your optimum level.

In contrast, high levels of anxiety can affect a student’s performance. However, good preparation, familiarity
with test details and a positive attitude can overcome much of this anxiety.

The examination room should be suitable for testing, that is, the lighting, ventilation and temperature should be appropriate. If you are uncomfortable because of any of these factors or if there is some other problem, such as not being able to hear the recording of the Listening Module, make sure you ask the person in charge to do something about it. For example, you may ask to change seats.

Finally, this link may also assist you in your preparation:

Free IELTS downloadable material

All the best for the test!


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