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How to Prepare for IELTS Academic Exam?

Make yourself conversant with the test format. The first and foremost is to get in-depth knowledge of the test and its modules. One should prepare the test with different study material apart from Cambridge books including other books and study material available in the market as well as online material should also be taken into consideration. It is mandatory to go through various IELTS rules and regulations. If you are a proficient user of English still, we suggest you go through books and practice.

At ICFEI, we provide our own study material for reading, writing and speaking apart from Cambridge books 1-14.

Test Rules: –

  • The application form contains all the necessary rules and regulations including guidelines.
  • Speaking test is either 3 to 4 days before or after the test. Whereas listening, reading and writing are on the same day.
  • IELTS is an international test with varied accents from Australia, Britain, Canada, and the USA.
  • Listening and Reading is to be written with a pencil where a writing pen or pencil can be used.
  • Try to write in capital letters in Reading and listening and writing it should be sentence case.

  Practice for Reading: –

  • Go through the tips and techniques provided by the experts.
  • Make yourself habitual of reading within the time limit.
  • Skin and Scan the passage.
  • Take the free mock test online.
  • Practice through a variety of material.
  • Take the help of experts.
  • Introduce yourself to new vocabulary and synonyms.
  • Time management plays a crucial role in reading. Try to manage time from the very first-day passage wise.

Practice for Writing: –

  • Writing is assessed on four parameters Tasks Achievement, Lexical Resources, Coherence and Cohesion, Grammatic range and accuracy.
  • Task Achievement (Task 1) Information, overview, key features.
  • Task Response (Task 2) Ideas, addressing the task, conclusion, Developing ideas.
  • Coherence and Cohesion: Paragraphing, linking, and Referencing.
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy: Sentence structure, Tenses, Punctuation, Number of Errors.
  • Lexical Resources: Vocabulary, Collections, Spellings, Number of Errors.

IELTS Writing Task: –

  • Academic: – Task 1 will be of bar, line, PTE, picture, process, maps, table. You have to write a descriptive report of at least 150 words on the information provided.
  • General: – Task 1 will include letters from formal Semiformal, Non-format letter word limit should be of words.
  • Task 2: – Task 2 is an essay for both academic as well as a general training course.
  • Try to introduce and use relevant connectors and linkers.
  • Follow the format of the writing (Task 1 & 2)
  • Read and use formal vocabulary as much as possible.
  • Do not use contraction, abbreviations and never break a word.
  • Give variations in writing and try to write neatly with relevant data.
  • Write the essay every day and get it checked by the experts.

Speaking: –

  • Speaking consists of face to face interviews with an examiner.
  • Speaking consists of three parts of the test; an introduction and interview, cue card, follow up, discussion round. This interview will last for approximately 11-14 minutes.
  • Speaking is assessed on Fluency and coherence, Lexical Resources, Grammatic Range and Accuracy, and Pronunciation.
  • Usage of certain speaking tips and techniques such as paraphrasing and rephrasing using the public to help in part two and asking for time to think about answers especially in part-3 and including complex ideas.
  • The test takes is evaluated on their entire performance and the test taker is suggested to speak in English before the test.
  • Test takers are suggested to follow Idea Generation Techniques in part-2 to avoid repetitive, short, off-topic or structure lacking answers.
  • The best method is to do homework and practice with trainers or experts or with the help of certain games like extempore, short speaking sessions, discussions.
  • Recording your speaking before taking the test is important and listen to those recordings.

Listening: –

  • The main segment of IELTS is listening comprising of four sections with varied accents from Australia, Britain, Canada, and the USA.
  • You will be allowed 30 seconds to study the question before the test begins.
  • Section 1 will be a conversation between two speakers.
  • Section2 will be a talk by one speaker on general topics like public events, service provided.
  • Sections 3 will be a discussion between two to four speakers on factual information, attitudes and the speaker’s opinion.
  • Section 4 will be a lecture or a talk by one speaker on an academic or study-related topic or general topics. Time duration is 30 minutes and minutes transfer.
  • Once you start practicing, you will know your strengths and weaknesses. Ensure to practice more on your weaknesses so that you are well prepared by the time you take the test.
  • Take regular mock tests so that you are well prepared for the test day.

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