Before discussing the tips on how to pass the IELTS exam it is important to understand the Exam details such as Pattern of the Exam, Schedule of the Test, Number of times the Test is held and finally the scores interpretation. Each of the points is briefly discussed below.
IELTS, also known as the International English Language Testing System, is an exam designed to assess the proficiency of English Language of prospective candidates aiming to study or work at a place where English is used as a medium of communication. It is an essential eligibility requirement for admission to leading universities and colleges in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and the US. Considered as the only secured English Proficiency test, it has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for customers applying for Visa from within and outside the UK.
Both the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training are targeted at a candidate who is a novice to an expert user. While the Academic Test version is for the candidates who want to study for higher education in an English speaking country, the General Training version is for candidates who wish to work, train, study at a secondary school or migrate to an English-speaking country. Though having the same number of sections, timing allocation, length of written responses and reporting of scores the difference between the Academic and General Test lies in:
PATTERN OF THE EXAM
IELTS Academic and General Versions incorporate the following features:
i) Both the versions have 4 sections such as Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
ii) One of the major section of IELTS is the speaking section where the candidate is evaluated on the basis of his one to one interaction with an examiner. The evaluation of the candidate is made on the basis of his correct usage of the language.
iii) The IELTS exam is structured in such a way that the accents and the style of written English are unbiased. Most of the accents followed are 80% British, Australian, New Zealander and 20% others (mostly American).
The candidate gets a Band score for each section such as Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The range of Band Scores is from 0 (Candidate who did not attempt the test) to a maximum achievable Band score of 9 (“Expert User“). The validity of the IELTS score is 2 years.
SCORES USER DESCRIPTION
9 Score: Expert User Complete command of the language appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
8 Score: Very Good User Operational command with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriacies. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
7 Score: Good User Operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriateness and misunderstandings in some situations.
6 Score: Competent User Effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriacies and misunderstandings.
5 Score: Modest User Partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes.
4 Score: Limited User Basic competence is limited to familiar situations with frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
3 Score: Extremely Limited User Conveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
2 Score: Intermittent User No real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formula in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs.
1 Score: Non User Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.
0 Score: Did not attempt the test No assessable information provided at all.
5 TIPS TO PASS THE IELTS EXAM
SEEK A PARTNER FOR SPEAKING PRACTICE
Having a partner with who you can polish your speaking skills goes a long way in instilling in you the required confidence which is much needed for attempting the actual exam. In the exam, one has to speak on a randomly selected topic continuously for a period of 5-6 minutes. The examiner then evaluates his conversation for correct pronunciation, ease of understanding, accent and proper grammar.
PREPARATION THROUGH AVAILABLE ONLINE MATERIAL
There is so many free reference material available online in the form of PDF’s and videos which provide the candidate with the tips to ace the exam and get a higher band score. Ensure that after every topic you solve questions keeping a strict track on the time spent. For instance, one has to finish two essays within one hour. Ensure the essays are written taking care of the structure and BODY; PARAGRAPHS AND CONCLUSIONS are defined and grammatically correct.
The Listening comprehension is of 30 minutes where a candidate is played recorded conversations and he is expected to answer the questions that follow. The important tip is to concentrate on the conversations and retaining them. Try watching movies and listen to audios and practice retaining the information shown or given. Similar to the reading section, practice reading on myriad topics of academic or general interest.One of the time saving tip for reading is approach by reading the question first and then finds the answer to the question. It helps in answering the question quickly.
STAY ORIGINAL AND NATURAL
The successful candidates have revealed that the best way to score high in IELTS exam is to speak naturally. The moment the candidate tries to mug the material makes him susceptible to lose his originality which is essential for scoring high in the SPEAKING section of the exam. We would advise you to read on a variety of topics of academic interest and discuss with your friends and family. It shall not only give you practice but adds to your confidence which shall come handy during your exam.
USE YOUR TIME WISELY
Don’t spend time more than what is required. Failure to do so can cause you to miss answers to the following score which may lead you to miss answers to the questions that follow. It is a better option to be alert at all the times during the exam as one relaxed opportunity can make your band scores to dip.
IMPORTANT TIPS TO SCORE HIGH IN THE IELTS EXAM
Besides some of the points of importance which are critical to passing the exam with a GOOD BAND SCORE are as follows:
- Candidates should have a great command on all skills like Reading, Listening and Writing in order to pass the exam with HIGH SCORE.
- Having a high SHORT TERM MEMORY shall also be a major contributing factor in acing the exam.
- Write legibly as bad handwriting can be extremely critical in the Essay section where you can lose considerable points. Also avoid writing over.
- Make a discussion group with similar students whereby one can share ideas and improvise on them.
- Don’t over-stress yourself for the exam.