How to Get the Score You Need

Examiner-approved tips to support you 

Perform your best in each section of the IELTS test with these few tips. Download the full examiner-approved tips help sheet, included in the IELTS Support Tools pack.

Listening

  1. At the beginning of each section read the questions carefully before the recording starts. This will help you to follow the recording and identify the answers.
  2. Listen carefully for clues that indicate which stage of the recording you are listening to - for example, words such as ‘firstly’, ‘my next point’, ‘to sum up’. These words will help you identify which question you have reached.

Reading

  1. To improve your performance in the Reading test you need to practise by reading a variety of English texts. This will help you develop the ability to read quickly as required under test conditions.
  2. The texts included in the Reading test always contain the information you need to answer the question. You won’t have to use your own knowledge of a topic.
 

Writing

  1. Be careful to use your own words. The examiner will not include words copied from the question in the word count.
  2. Make your position or point of view as clear as possible in your essay for Academic Writing Task 2. Your last paragraph should be a conclusion which is consistent with the arguments you have included in your essay.

Speaking

  1. In the lead up to the Speaking test, make sure you take the time to practise speaking English – with friends, at work and on the phone. You should also consider recording yourself, so that you are more confident when speaking English during your test.
  2. There are no right or wrong answers in the Speaking test. The examiner will assess you on how well you can express your ideas and opinions in good English.