IELTS Preparation Tips
An English Proficiency Test determines your ability to access English in a wide range of scenarios. All students from non-native English –speaking countries must appear for an English proficiency test, in order to start studying abroad. Currently 4 major English proficiency Tests are offered to prospective students:
They test you on all 4 language skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing. They are required for admission purposes in international universities. Some of them also cater for people who want to immigrate to foreign lands. Their scores are valid for 2 years.
Starting 22nd April 2020, candidates around the world can appear for the IELTS from the safety of their homes. As the name suggests, this is only an indicator and not the actual IELTS and so, the acceptance for the scores is very limited. It costs $149 and the score can be obtained within 7 days The test duration remains the same – 2 hours and 45 minutes. It includes all the 4 sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
The official IELTS Guide for Teachers states that IELTS Academic Reading test passages ‘are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers and are on academic topics of general interest. All have been selected for a nonspecialist audience.’ This means that to do well in IELTS Reading, you need to do as much background reading as you can.
For IELTS Reading practice, focus first on how the article is structured: what is the topic of each paragraph? Look at how the writer uses linking words: however, moreover, as a result of, etc. Search online for words you don’t understand.
The British Council’s IELTS Word Power app (Android, iOS) is specifically designed to help you build your vocabulary for the IELTS test. It is organised according to themes (Work and business, Mass media, Social issues, Science and technology, and so on), with target words and practice activities for each theme. While you are having lunch or waiting for a friend, you can spend the time learning a few new words — words which might appear in the IELTS Reading or IELTS Listening tests, or come in handy for IELTS Speaking or IELTS Writing.
You can also make your own vocab lists from the newspaper articles read.
You might decide to focus on a different topic every day and choose five or ten words to learn. That way, you will quickly master a bank of new words.