Do you intend to further your studies, work or emigrate to one of the English-speaking countries? Are you required to prove your English proficiency to the prospective organisation or countries? For most people for whom English is not their mother tongue, IELTS is a requirement. To provide evidence of your proficiency in English language, you are expected to undergo the English language testing such as IELTS.
So, what is IELTS ?
IELTS or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the highly recognise language test worldwide. It evaluates the language proficiency of non-native English speakers who want to pursue their studies or work in the environment where English is the language of communication. It measures candidates’ English language proficiency in four main aspects; listening, speaking, reading and writing. These aspects can reflect your proficiency in English language. Candidate’s scores are reported on a scale from 1 (the lowest score) to 9 (the highest score). For IELTS test, there is no pass and fail.
IELTS test is divided into two, they are IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. Choosing between these two, depends on the requirements of the country or organisation you are applying to. Generally, if you aim to further your study in a university, you should opt for the IELTS Academic test.
Who should sit for IELTS Test?
As one of the most prominent and reliable English language test, anyone irrespective of age, gender, race, nationality or religion can sit for IELTS test. Specifically, if you can relate to any of the circumstances below, you are likely to sit for IELTS test:
- You are planning to pursue your studies abroad (undergraduate or postgraduate) in an English-speaking country
- You are going to work abroad where the organisation or the country requires you to speak English
- You intend to migrate to an English-speaking country
Is IELTS Test difficult?
The level of IELTS difficulty experienced in IELTS varies among candidates. This is also influenced by a candidate’s personality, background, learning style and his/her exposure to English language.
Worry less though. IELTS test like many other exam are straightforward and constructed to evaluate candidates’ proficiency level in ways that are not extremely challenging.
Tips for candidates
i) Know your purpose:
You should have a clear goal, understanding the score that you are required to achieve to be eligible for an entry into the organisation or institution you are applying for.
ii) Practice makes perfect:
If you are sitting for IELTS , you can’t just simply go and sit for it without practice. It is important to familiarize yourself with the questions format and the kinds of questions posed in the test. In this way, you will be able to tackle the questions easily. Put the right amount of time. As the saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect’.
iii) Be prepared and don’t listen to information from unreliable sources:
As you prepared for the test, filter whatever information you receive with regards to the test. There are a lot of myths that you shouldn’t focus on, instead focus on improving your English and follow the preparation advice provided.
When to take the IELTS test?
When you should take the test is very much dependent on your readiness to sit for the IELTS test. The dedication, practice and time devoted in your preparation to take the test will help you to achieve a good score. You should be able to master all the four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) equally. There are two different version of the test: IELTS Academic and General Training, so be sure to prepare for the right one.
How do I know if I am prepared?
For listening and reading, you should consistently get the score that you need in pre-tests. Do at least 3 exam questions under the exam condition. If you are getting the score that you want consistently, then you are ready for your actual IELTS test. If you are not, focus on improving the aspects that will help you to achieve the score that you need. Similarly, for writing and speaking, if you aren’t consistently getting the score that you need in practice, find an expert that has the experience and qualification to guide you.
In LEA, we provide you the knowledge and practices needed for you to excel in IELTS test. Prospective candidates are required to pass the 7th level of our English Enhancement Program (EEP) in order for them to be eligible to take part in IELTS Preparatory course. LEA IELTS Preparatory course is designed to give students the maximum exposure to skills required for them to achieve their desired band in IELTS test.
How to have good score in IELTS?
- Make sure you are familiarized with the test format. All IELTS test have four sections namely; reading, writing, listening and speaking
- Begin to prepare early, be consistent and keep track on your progress
- Put in your effort, time and dedication in order to improve your English.
- Try and do the practices online as there are many IELTS Practice test available online.
- Learn and grasp the standard English grammar in a systematic way.
- Occupy yourself with reading English language materials with longer texts on various subjects such as economy, management, law, or culture.
- Listen to various English language materials such as documentaries, podcasts or audiobooks
- Practice conversations with English speakers and discuss about various interesting topics