Tips To Clear Your IELTS Exam

Thinking about clearing your IELTS exam in the first try? You have come to the right place. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam tests your communication skills for the English language. If you are not a native English speaker and looking to immigrate to English speaking countries, you need to clear the IELTS exam to prove your proficiency in the language. 

Decoding an IELTS exam

It is mandatory to clear the IELTS exam for many universities and companies in English-speaking countries. They want to check the English communication skills of their students and employees before giving admission or job offers. 

The IELTS exam is broadly classified into two sections:

  • IELTS Academic
  • IELTS General

With proper guidance and coaching from Sunland Education, you can clear this exam easily. There are 4 sections in an IELTS exam and in order to score good, you must approach each section with a different action-plan and technique. 

Reading – 60 minutes

For IELTS Academic Reading

It comprises a set of 40 questions referenced from different books, newspapers, journals, and magazines. The text is long and ranges from descriptive and factual to lengthy and analytical. 

For IELTS General Reading

Similar to the academic reading but it contains text from a wider variety of sources like newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks, and guidelines. However, the text is simple and used in day to day life.

Tips for the approach

  • Read the passage quickly. Don’t get caught up in understanding each word accurately. You will lose time.
  • Try to understand the topic, writer’s style, his intention, and his target audience. It will help in understanding the logical argument, opinion, and attitude of the writer.
  • Follow the instructions carefully. Some tasks require answers from the text itself and some require you to answer in your own words. 

Writing- 60 minutes

For IELTS Academic Writing

It comprises of two tasks based on the general topic but specifically for undergraduates and post-graduates.

Task 1 –  You will be given a set of graphs, tables, or diagrams, to interpret and describe the information in your own words.

Task  2 – You will be required to write a descriptive piece in response to an opinion or an argument.

For IELTS General Writing

Similar to Academic writing, you would have to write on a regular topic or issue with two tasks. For Task 1, you will be given a scenario, and you will be asked to write a letter either explaining the situation or requesting more information on the same. The second task remains the same.

Tips for the approach

  • For both forms of writing the exam, it is important you analyze the question carefully.
  • We suggest you choose a formal style of writing for academic and semi-formal, personal style of writing for the general exam.
  • Task 2 needs more time to respond hence, it carries more marks, so ensure you manage your time well.
  • Don’t make the mistake of explaining the diagram, chart, graphs in Task 1 of academic writing. Instead, focus on describing the information derived out of it.

Listening- 30 minutes

It’s a test wherein a variety of people speak English in a native accent. This part of the test checks your ability to understand the basic idea, opinion, and motive of the speaker. There are 2 sections of conversation and 2 sections of a monologue on the academic and social context each.

Tips for the approach

  • Listen to the introduction of each section carefully and identify the speaker(s).
  • Since you get to listen only once, it’s better to note down important information.
  • Make sure you don’t make any grammatical mistakes.

Speaking – 15 minutes

This segment focuses on your fluency and ability of expression in the English language. It comprises of three segments – free interview, a short talk, and a structured interview. The free interview is about yourself. For short talk, you will get a topic to speak and 1 minute preparation time. In the last segment, the examiner will ask question-based on the said topic.

Tips for the approach

  • Always gather your thoughts and ideas before you start speaking.
  • Speak in a clear voice at a normal speed.
  • While answering the examiner, your focus should be towards him instead of the recording machine.
  • Even in a ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ reply question, it is always better to add a one-line explanation to it.

Our Expert tips to clear IELTS easily

    1. Make reading your hobby – Start your mornings with an English newspaper. Make a habit to read anything in English from short stories to novels, poems, magazines whatever you like. It will enhance your vocabulary.
  • Write a page daily – Writing a daily note or keeping a journal is a good way of practicing writing. Add a timer so that you can improve your writing speed.
  • Pick a good English grammar book – It is important to understand basic English grammar, as silly grammar mistakes can be disastrous in the IELTS exam.
  • Enhance your spoken English skills with new vocabulary – Keep an English dictionary handy. Learn at least one word each day. Understand its meaning and try to use it in your daily life.
  • Start talking in English to improve your fluency – Pick a topic and speak clearly for a few minutes. You can also record your voice in your mobile and listen back for improvements later.
  • Understand Pronunciations – Listen to English content through Radio, TV, and films. It will help you in familiarizing with the native pronunciations.
  • Don’t forget to practice with the previous year IELTS exam papers –  Just like preparing for school or college exams with sample papers, practice for IELTS exams too. It will help you understand the format and you will be able to clear the exam confidently.

Why select Sunland Education?

Sunland Education & Immigration Consultants have experienced staff working continuously towards the development of guiding programs specialized in IELTS and spoken English. It provides extensive personalized student/parent counseling and in-house training for clearing IELTS.

Have a query? Give us a call at +91 98146 10782 / +91 95014 43322 or drop by our office at  SCO 260, level 1, Sector 32-D, Chandigarh (India), Sector 32D, Behind Nirman Cinema, Chandigarh, INDIA.

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