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How to score well on the IELTS test

July 26th, 2012 in IELTS

Scoring well on a standardized test like IELTS isn’t easy. Of course, it is possible, but you will have to put in a lot of hard work. Here are some tips to raise your score.

Make an honest assessment of your capabilities

Yes that is absolutely necessary. Before you start preparing for the exam, make an honest appraisal of your strengths and weaknesses. Attempt a mock test. It will give you a general idea about what the test demands and where you stand.

Work on your weaknesses. Take practice tests regularly. If you find a section particularly hard to score, work on it. Ask an IELTS trainer or someone who has already taken the test to give you guidance. Don’t ignore the sections where you already score well. You need to prepare for them as well.

Give clear and concise answers to the questions on the speaking test. Don’t speak too fast or too slow. Remember that good English is spoken at the same overall pace. Practice answering questions that are regularly asked. On the speaking test you will usually be asked some general questions about yourself.

On the writing test, try to give well-structured answers. Never write less than the specified number of words. It will lower your score. Read the topic carefully before you start writing.

Familiarize yourself with various English accents

Familiarize yourself with the various accents with which English is spoken. Pay particular attention to the British accent – that is what you are more likely to hear on the IELTS listening test. Read the instructions carefully.