If you are reading this blog, you are probably going to sit for the IELTS test and are wondering how to prepare yourself well for the test. Well, it’s a good thing you do your due homework and land here, otherwise it could prove to be a slippery walk on a treacherous path. Prepare well for the test will boost your confidence and grow your chances of nailing it. However, it is wise to read this piece whether or not you are ready for your IELTS, it might prove to be crucial for you on your exam day.
Four simple golden rules
There are generally four rules to adhere to which will guarantee a good result in your IELTS examination. They are:
How to prepare for IELTS at home
First things first, you need to familiarise yourself with the test format, that’s an absolute must for everyone who is going to sit for any examination. Besides, you need to know what the test is looking for in candidates and how you should go for it.
The IELTS test has two modules which are IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. You have to know which exam modules you are going to sit for and understand the pattern and question style of the module you’ve opted for. So except for Listening and Speaking, there are separate tests for Reading and Writing which are Academic Reading & Academic Writing, General Training Reading & General Training Writing. Apply the stated golden rules by familiarise yourself with the test in the first place. Go on and review the content of the test including the questions, time duration, rules and regulations, etc.
Follow up your effort by practicing. The old saying ‘practice makes a man perfect’ though it’s already a niche quote, practise more will not get you wrong. Lay your hands on IELTS preparation material like Preparation Books and Sample Test Questions and go through them to help you understand what the questions are like and this would help calms your nerve.
These practice test materials could help you in familiarising yourself with the questions and getting an idea about what the examiner wants with them with respect to Listening, Reading, Writing (LRW) and Speaking.
For a more holistic preparation, it is recommended that you should engage with the official practical materials. IELTS has two sets of official practice materials; scientifically curated materials by subject-experts to resolve all your worries completely. Both volumes of the practice materials consist of the Listening, Reading, Writing (LRSW), and Speaking tests with sample answers and examiner comments.
Last but not least is the importance of getting accustomed to the testing environment. In other words, it is important to rehearse! You could sit for mock tests as this will also help you get a taste of the pressure your mind gets into while taking the test as well as preparing you better leading to the actual exam.