3 Things You Need To Know Before Sitting The IELTS
The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, has become the most widely used English language test in the world. It is designed for people who want to study or work in an English-speaking environment and comprises of reading, writing, listening and speaking examinations. The IELTS doesn’t come cheap, at around $200 USD so it’s best to make sure you know what you’re facing before you even think about registering.
In order to apply to universities in English-speaking countries, or to programs where English is the language of instruction, are more than likely to be asked to take the Academic IELTS, but you’ll need to contact your institution for exactly what they require before committing to such an intense exam. If you need the IELTS for immigration reasons, then you’ll need to sit the General IELTS, so be sure to know which IELTS you need to save you studying for the wrong exams.
Three things you need to know before the IELTS
- Why should I sit the IELTS? The IELTS is the preferred English proficiency test for universities in Australia, Britain, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa. Mahsa University in Malaysia, for example, accepts a number of tests but states on its website that the IELTS is preferred choice. The test is also accepted by most schools in Malaysia, Australia, and Canada.
- What is the required score? IELTS test-takers are examined on the four skills (reading, speaking, listening and talking), the average score is then used to determine the overall band score. Different universities require different overall band score.The IELTS requirements for universities can be found listed on the IELTS website or on the Universities’ English language requirements page.
For instance, Herriot Watt University in Malaysia requires an overall band score of 6.5 or 7 depending on the program of your choice. Whereas the University of Cambridge (UK) requires an IELTS Academic Score of 7.5 and above and a minimum of 7.0 and above for each of the subsections all achieved in one test sitting.
- Preparing for IELTS: the best way to prepare for IELTS is by taking it. “Practice makes Perfect”. This offers you experience and better knowledge on your level, the test itself, which score you aim to achieve in the period available.
IELTS preparation courses are held weekly and monthly at Elicos and our native-English teachers are experienced and have a proven track record of getting students the band score they need for university or immigration purposes.
Basically, the more they surround themselves with English, the better they are. However, students must also study the structure of the exam, as many students seem to fail as they are unaware of what is expected from them.
Adding on to IELTS-focus training, try including English-language podcasts to your everyday routine to further enhance listening skills. Additionally visiting sites such as newsinlevels.com, to read the news at numerous levels of English and eventually improve your reading skills.
If vocabulary is a difficulty, evaluate a frequency list, since this could provide the words test-takers are most likely to see. Bear in mind surfing the following Wikipedia articles for any unfamiliar phrases: Food, entertainment, science, technology, education, politics, sports etc. Having a sturdy vocabulary may even assist you on your writing.
There are many sites which can help you prepare, such as dcielts.com and interactiveenglishlearning.com provide lists of common questions, as well as other beneficial guidelines, to help you prepare your answers. Topical vocabulary, including what can be found in the Wikipedia articles suggested earlier, and idiomatic expressions are vital here.
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