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How to get a good band in the IELTS exam?


For all those who are planning to study or work overseas, it is obligatory that they get a good band in the IELTS test. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an important test to be cleared by candidates who want to seek admission in foreign universities or who are planning to work abroad. The test evaluates the person’s proficiency in English language and group them accordingly. Many of the educational institutions throughout the countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the USA accepts the IELTS test.
Academic and General Training are the two modules in IELTS exam. For individuals who wish to seek education abroad need to qualify the academic module, and General module is for those who are preparing to migrate to any English speaking countries. There are more than 800 IELTS exam centers throughout the world, and you can choose any of the centers from the list. It’s important to take coaching from some good IELTS coaching centers in case you want to score high in the IELTS test in the first attempt itself.

There are four parts of the exam:

Reading: Here you will get objective type questions. If your answer is correct, you will get full marks. You need to read fast and understand the content well before answering. Watch out for some tricky questions. Seemingly easy, it is easy for you to get confused due to the similarity in all answers.

Listening: Here again, you will get an objective type of questions and just like Reading, it is possible to get a full score if your answers are correct. But here, it is a little different. Without practice and exposure to various speaking styles or accent, you may struggle with this sections. If you have practiced well, you can score well. If you watch English movies, this section will be a little easier. Practice using the material given along with the book.

Writing: This is a subjective section. For the task 1 you are required to write an essay of about 150 words, and for the task 2, you have to write 250 words. Everyone writes differently. Make sure you don’t make grammatical errors. Your content should be along the lines of the topic in question. Do not cross the word limit. Remember quality is important not the quantity.

Speaking: This section again is a subjective one. The examiner will record your conversations. Be confident, loud and clear in your communication. Try to speak freely and not simply nod your head or say “yes” or “no.” You need to prove that you can speak well in English. Try to avoid grammatical errors. Be prepared with some general topics.

You need to remember the following points while getting ready for the exam:
 All parts are important: IELTS tests your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. While preparing for the test, keep in mind that all the four parts are equally important and need to be prepared thoroughly.
 Watch out for MCQs: Multiple choice questions can take you up if it is correctly marked or else it will take you down. You need to be thorough with the grammar part to score maximum marks with MCQ’s. Almost all the IELTS coaching centers provide in-depth training to tackle multiple choice questions. But that is not sufficient, and you need to practice it yourself.
 Increase your writing speed: Writing speed is important if you plan to score good band in the writing section. You need to practice fast writing to finish the test within the stipulated time limit.
 Find a reputed training center: Try to find out some highly reputed IELTS institutes in your area because they have years of expertise teaching experience and will be familiar with the syllabus and question patterns. Moreover, they will be able to assess your weaker areas and will provide the training accordingly.
 Go through other resources: Apart from coaching classes, try to make use of other resources on the internet like blogs, books, online journals, etc. Seeking advice from those who already appeared for the IELTS exam is also a good idea.
 Try to join a WhatsUp or FB group: You can create a WhatsApp or Facebook study groups (or join already existing one) by including your close friends, IELTS aspirants, and trainers. It will help you to clarify your doubts on time and is the best way to share exam tips.
 Reach before time: Try to reach the exam hall half an hour before the exam begins so that you will get enough time to sit and relax.

Originally posted 2016-09-02 08:51:22.

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