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Successful IELTS test takers want you to know this

Published on February 12, 2019

Each and every month, a number of people write the IELTS test. Some people say that achieving a high score on the test is very difficult, while others believe there are key points to follow to get the score you need. Looking at and following the most beneficial strategies is the best way to maximize your band score.

Be realistic

One of the best strategies to follow is being realistic. English is a difficult language to master so the IELTS test can be difficult. You will not improve your IELTS score overnight. Depending on what level you are, it can take months or possibly years to improve your English to get the score you need or want. Improving your English takes practice, and lots of it. Not only do you need to do practice IELTS tests, you also need to do fun things that require you to use English, such as watching English movies, participating in extracurricular activities, and reading English novels. You are more likely to improve your IELTS score when combining these two practices.

Be confident

Another great strategy to follow is being confident. Be confident in your writing and speaking abilities as well as your listening and reading answers. Confidence may help boost your score. Make sure you are confident that your first answer is wrong if you are going to change an answer on the Listening or Reading section. Be confident in not only your answers, but also your tone and intonation when you are doing the Speaking test. To be confident, again, you need to practice. Also, put yourself in real test-like conditions. Time yourself precisely, have someone conduct a mock speaking test, and have someone check your writing tasks. This can allow you to feel the pressure of the real day. You may become more confident in your abilities to take the test once you have tackled those nerves.

Be careful

A very important strategy to follow on the day of the test is being careful. You can make mistakes that you don’t normally make when you are nervous. Going through your work multiple times will be beneficial in the long run for your IELTS score although it may feel redundant. Always double-check your spelling. Spelling is counted on the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections of the IELTS test. In some centres, there are computer-based tests and some tests are written by hand. Always double-check you handwriting because of this. To make sure there is no confusion between letters, all of your letters should be clearly written. If you erase something, make sure you have erased it completely. Writing over other letters or previous words can be confusing.

Be observant

Being careful and being observant are very similar strategies but are both very important. When you want to make sure you understand the question and test fully, read questions multiple times although it can again seem redundant. Always double-check your answers when you have the time. Make sure the word or words fit into the question. How many words are you allowed to put in the answer and what kind of word or words do you need such as a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, adjective/noun combinations, verb+preposition+noun, etc., are good questions to ask yourself. You can also ask yourself if the word is countable/uncountable. All of these questions may help direct you towards the correct answer.

Be natural

Another great strategy that can be the most difficult to achieve is being natural. The best way to help with this is to watch English television, movies, as well as read English newspapers, blogs, and so on. This will keep you up-to-date on the most commonly used language today. When doing the Writing and Speaking section, you want to use language that is as natural sounding as possible. Use words and phrases that are commonly used in English when doing the writing tasks. Use language such as slang, colloquialisms, and hot words and phrases to sound as natural as you can when you are doing the IELTS Speaking test. Try not to sound memorized in either the writing or the speaking test as this may lower your band score.

Being a successful test taker means getting the score you need or want. When you follow these major strategies, attaining your goal of getting the best overall band score is definitely achievable.