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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Be careful to use your own words. The examiner will not include words copied from the question in the word count.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.