Today I am happy to share with you the tips that Pradip (one of our Best IELTS Results competition winners) sent for all the test takers. Here is what Pradip suggests from personal experience:
To begin with, IELTS cannot be approached as just an exam, but has to be done in a technique based manner. Learn what each section’s pattern is and how you can maximize your score by correcting your typical mistakes.
Listening – make notes as you listen. Don’t drift while the recording plays and focus on imagining what the audio scenario is and accordingly note down the answers as the recording plays. Don’t waste time on copying answers to the answer sheet while listening – you will be given 10 extra minutes for that after the recording has finished.
Reading – highlight parts of the text as you read where there might be answers hidden. Skim through and later when you encounter questions write answers from the highlighted parts. Practice is the only way for this section.
Writing – note down the band descriptors for high scoring and read sample essays and letters that have been graded. Try to emulate the same writing pattern in your style and memorize key words and phrases to use later.
speaking – no shortcuts here. You just need to listen and speak a lot in English. If you are a regular English speaker this section only requires a little bit more practice to capture the proper speaking style that IELTS examiners are looking for.”