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How to Prepare For Your ILETS Exam

March 24, 2016

With one in five people across the world speaking English as either a native, second or foreign language, learning this popular language can be a really rewarding process. Not only can it allow you to communicate with more people, but it can also make it easier to progress your education and obtain a career in English-speaking countries around the globe. In order to work or study in the UK, you may be required to sit an IELTS exam. This exam will help organisations gain an insight into your ability to speak the English language.

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for study, work and migration. More than two million tests are taken each year and the results are recognised by more than 9,000 organisations including educational institutions, businesses, professional associations and governments. The test comprises of four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. To achieve the results you need to pass, it’s important to do as much IELTS exam preparation as possible. Here we’ll run through just a few ways you can prepare for each test.

How to prepare for the IELTS Listening test

The Listening test involves listening to four recordings of people speaking in English. You’ll be given 10 questions for each recording and will have to listen to the voices you hear for the answers. Familiarise yourself with a variety of accents. When preparing for your IELTS test, listen to as many different accents as you can. Listen to the radio, watch films and TV shows set in different parts of the UK, and download podcasts to listen to when you’re busy. Take tests online. There are numerous online resources that allow you to take similar Listening tests and practise your skills. Surround yourself with English speakers. Try to spend time with people who speak English fluently and listen closely to their every word.

How to prepare for the Reading test

In the Reading exam, you’ll be given some passages of text to read along with some questions about the content of the passages. Read in English at every opportunity. Borrow books from the library, read posters on the bus each morning, and read leaflets and magazines that you see. Make sure you understand the meaning of every word. If you don’t understand a particular word or phrase, write it down in a notebook and research it later. However, if you spot a word you’re unfamiliar with on the day of the test, don’t waste time worrying about its meaning. Try to move on and carry on with the rest of the questions.

How to prepare for the Writing test

In the weeks leading up to the exam, make sure you get plenty of practice by writing in English as frequently as possible. Here are just a few ways you can get ready for the test and improve your English writing skills: Keep a diary. Keeping a diary can be a great way of practising your English on a regular basis. At the end of each day, write down everything you’ve done, the conversations you’ve had, and the things you’ve learned. Write a letter. Whether you write a letter to send to a friend or pretend you’re writing to someone famous, letter writing can be great IELTS preparation. Debate a topical issue. Pick one news story and write an essay discussing the issue. Keep your argument as balanced as possible and weigh up the positives and negatives of the situation

How to prepare for the Speaking test

Your speaking test will involve a face-to-face conversation with an examiner. You’ll be asked about familiar topics such as home, work, or studies. You’ll also be asked to speak about a particular topic. Try to speak as naturally as possible. There are plenty of ways to practise your English speaking skills before your test. Record yourself speaking English. Use the recording to assess your skills. Your speech should be clear, fluent and as natural as possible. Look for ways to express yourself clearly. Practise with a friend. Since the Speaking test involves a conversation with an examiner, find a study partner to help you prepare for your exam. Listen and repeat. Watch a TV show or YouTube video in English and repeat each line word for word. If you’d like to know more about the IELTS exam, please get in touch with the team at IEC Abroad.