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4 Tips for preparing for the IELTS

What is the IELTS?

IELTS stands for “International English Language Testing System” and is a standardized English language test to gauge an international student’s English language proficiency.

The test was first established in 1989 and is managed by the IELTS Australia IDP, British Council and the Cambridge English Language Assessment.  In the United States, the IELTS is accepted by over three-thousand academic institutes and various other countries around the world.  These countries include Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Britain to name but a few.

It is also the only test approved by the UK Immigration and visas, Australia and New Zealand.

4 Tips for preparing for the IELTS

#1 Listen

Listening is one of the first sections a student will be tested on. When practicing try and not pause or stop the recording during the test you will only be able to listen to the test recording once. It is useful to highlight various expressions, write down solutions to problems and a good way to practice your listening skills is to listen to a radio news broadcast, podcast or watch a documentary on the TV.

Write down various topics that may have caught your interest then go over them and analyze them carefully.
During the test ensure you fully understand the task at hand, double check any instructions as well as your answers.

#2 Read

Reading is the second section of the test and it is advisable to get yourself a great English dictionary to look up and be sure you fully understand the meaning of any words that you are unsure of.

You should read whatever literature you can before taking and or preparing for the test.Make sure that whilst you are reading you are not translating the text back into your native language.  Think about the words and their meanings in English, you do not have to sit with a dictionary next to you and in today’s advanced world you can quickly look up any words you are stuck with online whilst preparing for the test.

#3 Writing

The third part of the test is writing every day try and write down parts of the news, copy English sentences from the books you are reading.  Make sure you understand all the words you have written in the sentence.  If you do not look them up, say them, understand them and write them again.

Every day try and get a little faster with your writing but try not compromise on the accuracy and legibility of your penmanship.

#4 Vocabulary

English is not the easiest of languages to learn but it is very important to know the correct context of words.

Once again the best way to do this is either with an online application or getting a book that explains the proper use and context of various words in different sentences.

Remember to practice your pronunciation of each word, the more you do the more fluent your speech will become.


The test is broken down into four sections there is the listening section which is thirty minutes, the reading section with taking sixty minutes, the writing section which takes sixty minutes and the speaking section which is roughly eleven to fourteen minutes.  The first three test is done on the same day in one sitting with the speaking tests done up to seven days after the first three.

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