IELTS Tips for 7 Band
How Do You Get your desire Scores on the IELTS?
Firstly, for both the Reading and Writing modules, make sure you give an answer for every question. Even if you are well prepared for IELTS, you could find yourself missing some of the answers on the Listening module or running out of time in Reading module – timing is very tight for the Reading module. If you have a few questions that you haven’t been able to answer fully, it is better just to guess and gain a chance of picking up the marks, rather than leaving questions unanswered.
1. Listening Module
The most effective way to get better at IELTS Listening is to practice. Even a very proficient English language user would face some difficulty with the IELTS Listening test if they sat down without any idea of how it works or of the task types and how they function. Therefore, you must:
>>> Practice every type of Listening task there is so that you are aware of exactly how each type of task operates and what is the best way to respond to each.
>>> Practice complete tests as these give you an experience of the entire test event and teach you to deal with any unexpected situations calmly during the test. This ensures that you avoid panic which is a major hurdle to performing well in the Listening test. It is also advisable to do the same practice test a few times with a gap of a couple of days in between the repeats. This helps in reducing input pressure – the pressure arising from the amount and the difficulty of spoken input in the recording – and allows you to focus on other aspects of test performance such as task types, test tricks and working on your test management strategies.
>>> Practice spotting IELTS ‘tricks’. There are little spoken ‘tricks’ for you to catch in the Listening tests. The adjusting or correcting of information, for example, is a common trick.
The Listening task might require the completing of an application form, and for one question you might need to write a phone number. The recording might say:
‘My phone number is 87340591,…..erm….oh, sorry I mean 95, so it’s 0595 at the end, not 1’.
You are required here to notice this ‘trick’ and respond by writing ‘87340595’ in your answer.
Practice enables you to spot tricks quickly, be less confused and makes you more aware of any changes in the speaker’s voice tone, pitch or emphasis which can help you find the answer.
>>> Practice building predictive skills. Listening usually involves being able to predict what might be said next, based on what has already been said ad on the kind of information you have come to expect from your prior experience in similar situations. The better you get at predicting what will be said next, the less pressure you are likely to feel while you sample the audio input. This allows you to align your written task needs to the input language you hear more comfortably.
2. Reading Module
A lot of the tips that works for the IELTS Listening test also work well for the IELTS Reading Test, especially understanding the importance of practice to become familiar with the various task types that form the basis for the 40 questions.
An important point that you must remember is that in the Reading Test, an extra 10 minutes are not given to transfer the answers and therefore it becomes imperative that this too is done, carefully, within the 60 minutes allotted for the test.
Quick Tips for the IELTS Reading Test
- You have more control here than in the Listening Tests
- Have a strategy in mind for how you plan to manage your time (remember the 15-20-25 rule)
- Go through the test contents once before starting and skim over all questions and the texts
- Take a look at the questions before moving on to the text.
- Go through the structure of each text or passage paragraphs and topic sentences.
- Look out for common test patterns
- Guess meanings of unknown words from the given context
- Do not leave any questions unattempted
3. Writing Module
In the Writing module, make sure you read the question carefully, double check that you understand what you have been asked to do and make sure you answer the question as accurately and fully as possible.
For example, if in Task 2 you are asked ‘To what extent do you agree or disagree’ you should discuss how much you, not other people, agree or disagree with the statement. Not answering the specific question given is one of the main reasons candidates are marked down. If you have a good level of English, you do not want to see your Writing band score (and thus your overall band score) so down because you failed to answer the question. On the plus side, if you do a good job of simply answering the questions that are asked, this will have the effect of boosting your score (for Task Achievement in Task 1 and Task Response in Task 2), even if you are weaker in the other criteria, since you will score highly (closer 9) in that first criterion.
In addition, you have to make sure that you write enough words. For Task 1, you must write at least 150 words and for Task 2, at least 250 words. If you write less than these amounts, you will be deducted marks.
4. Speaking Module
Speaking Module of all the modules, test-takers will often find the Speaking module to be the most challenging, because Speaking is the module that is most affected by your personality. You may be a quiet and shy person who doesn’t say very much even in your mother tongue, so you may find the Speaking interview particularly challenging.
Unfortunately, the examiner can’t talk this into consideration, so you need to speak as much as you can. It helps to remember that the examiner, unlike a teacher, is looking for the positives in your English, so the more you can say, the more chance you have to get a higher score. Some candidates feel that there is a ‘right’ or a ‘wrong’ answer and that they will be judged on this. This is not the case; the examiner is only interested in how you express your ideas in English – it doesn’t matter what those ideas are.
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