Preparation for IELTS
The IELTS test cannot be taken by candidates who are new to the English language. The candidates who are already good in the language go out to prove their skills and abilities in the language through the test. It is better the candidate attends a good school like the British council or the IDP who judge the candidates' English language capabilities. In a case where the candidate is unable to attend a school he candidate test himself with the help of several online tests and use books that candidate test his ability to appear for the test. For online tests try the web site (www.uniroute.net).
To master any language is not a kids play. Hard work and perseverance always pays. So prepare yourself much before the actual exam date. Practice writing essays to know how early you candidate finish the essays in real time. Improve on your oral language by talking to your friends around you in English. Try reading and working out on interviewing skills. Listen to conversations and lectures in general. Learn as many as new words as possible to improve your vocabulary. Practice as many tests as possible. This will help you in finishing your test in time. It is important you practice with qualified examiners.
Like any other test the IELTS test also needs beforehand preparation. Last minute cramming will only confuse the candidate. Chart out a timetable and set goals to study. Keep a target each day and see to it that you finish your target the same day. Concentrate more on the sections which you feel you are weak. Know the order in which the questions will be presented. Plan for each section and this is how you candidate manage time. Forming a study circle or joining your friend as his study partner is the best way to work out for the IELTS test. Always get help from native speakers of English and never feel shy to ask doubts as and when they arise. Simple steps to take a test:
- Know more about the test
- Locate a center
- Book for a favorable date if you are ready to take the test,
- Start preparing for the test
The candidate must always make sure that he is proficient in the English language to take the test. If he is not ready for the same, he must wait and prepare himself though. Even if one feels he is good at one section he must test and train himself before taking the test. The candidate has to first plan the score band he is aiming for. His decision will totally make him clear on how to what to give importance on.
Try attending the courses recommended by British Council. You candidate check the following URL to know more http://www.britishcouncil.org
It is not necessary that everyone takes a course on the test. A candidate who is an expert already will be wasting his time by taking a course. The local test center in your country can assist you on what course you can take. For free exercises in the test check the link http://www.ielts.org/practise.htm
Buying material for preparing for the test will never go waste. Every page you have bought will be useful for your test.
The Real Preparation
During the IELTS test
It is normal for anyone to feel nervous while attending the test. Always carry a positive attitude to avoid tension in the test center. If you feel you are not comfortable with anything in the examination hall make sure you tell the examiners there for a change of seat.
On the IELTS test day
Don't forget your breakfast on the day of the test. Keep yourself cool and don't panic seeing others reading their material outside the test center. Get some snack for yourself if you are going to attend the speaking test session the same day later on. Wear a watch to keep a track of time you are taking for each section. Reach the test center much before the test time to avoid any unpredictable delay. Check for the timings before hand from your test center. The candidate needs to verify his passport at the test center before entering the test hall. Late comers are not allowed so its better to be early than late.
The night before the IELTS test
Keep all the things required for the test ready a night before itself. Important things like passport, test number, pencils, pens etc should be arranged for a night before. Don't forget to set an alarm clock to wake you up in the morning. Never sit back and read your material late night just before the test day. This will only confuse you.
Days before the IELTS test
A few days before the test should only be used for reviewing whatever you have studied earlier. Try to locate the test center and if possible try visiting it too if you are free. This will avoid the hassle of searching for the center on the test day.
Some points on how to attend the test
- Never judge your performance by yourself. You may never know that you would have done a particular section much better than you expected to do it.
- Finish what you know first rather than wasting time with unknown areas.
- Stick to time limit for each section.
- Never leave an answer blank, because you don't lose anything if you answer any question wrong.
- Never leave a question to be answered later. At the end you might miss it.
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