What is the IELTS preparation course? Passing the IELTS, or International English Language Test System, is now a requirement for entry into university in the UK as well as many other countries that use English as their primary language. The IELTS test assesses the full range of your English skills; speaking, listening, reading and writing. OISE shares their top tips below for getting the best mark possible on your IELTS.
Take a practise IELTS test and assess your English skills. If you can read Shakespeare without a problem but struggle to hold a conversation in English, then you know what you need to work to pass the IELTS exam.
You can find practise IELTS tests on the official IELTS website.
The IELTS test doesn’t leave you much time to think things through so make sure that you are able to read, identify and prioritise the key components of the task quickly. This will leave you more time to consider your response.
If you’re asked a simple question in a speaking task; elaborate and demonstrate the full range of your speaking skills. Just make sure that you also answer the question…
Even if your English skills are excellent, don’t be complacent. To get a good mark you will need to familiarise yourself with how the test works to make good use of your time, so make use of all the online resources out there. Remember it’s not pass or fail but a score from 0-9.
Getting your IELTS is like getting your driving licence; it's better to have some lessons before taking the test. Language schools around the world provide IELTS preparation. These practise all the skills needed for your exam, as well as mock exams; when you get to the actual one you’ll feel right at ease.