Sunday, January 10, 2021

4 quick tips to prepare for IELTS at home

  Pakrush Admin       Sunday, January 10, 2021

By Abhyank Srinet

IELTS, also termed as International English Language Testing System, is an online English proficiency exam conducted worldwide. It is an important eligibility criterion for admissions to higher studies in an English-speaking country’s university and for future job prospects in these countries as a foreigner. The following countries’ universities require this exam including USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Ireland. 

This test is majorly conducted to gauge a potential candidate’s proficiency in the English language concerning writing, speaking, listening, and reading to ensure that the student does not fall behind on the class lecturers who would be conducted in the English medium.

How to prepare for IELTS at home
Follow these simple tips to quickly prepare for IELTS test/exam

Furthermore, when it comes to the preparation for IELTS, you can choose to splurge on extra money by getting yourself enrolled in a coaching institute, but the best way to reap the benefits would be to self-study and prepare for the test at home. For more information, refer to how to prepare for IELTS that contains more in-depth information regarding its preparation. However, here is detailed information that will help you prepare for the test in a consistent and planned manner. Below mentioned are the tips and suggestions on ace the preparation game in the four verticals that you will be tested in during the IELTS test.



1) LISTEN 

To flare in this section is not difficult when compared to other sections. However, you need to keep certain key points in mind while preparing for this section at home.

Firstly, you need to take up a trial or mock test to get an idea of where you are standing before you start the actual preparation. This will set the tone for the rest of your preparation and how much effort you need to make in order to achieve your set targets.

Secondly, you need to focus on your listening skills by paying attention to every minute detail that comes your way.

Thirdly, you should ensure that you familiarize yourself with different English accents so that it doesn't come in between your preparation.

Lastly, and most importantly, it would be best if you always watched the English language shows, movies, podcasts, or audiobooks to polish your listening skills to the fullest.

 

2) READING

This section is divided into 3 parts that contain 40 questions in total with a 60- minute limit. Since there is a time limit involved in this case, you need to build upon your time management skills as well.

Firstly, you need to practice as many mock tests as possible while simultaneously keeping a track of the time taken to complete each.

Secondly, you must upgrade your vocabulary knowledge as it is one of the keys reasons why some students fail to achieve the desired result.

Thirdly, you need to read the questions briefly before you move on to the actual paragraph since it will allow you to be prepared for the main areas of the passage which might be answer those questions.

Lastly, you must practice the third section a bit more than the other two sections since it will consume your maximum time.


3) WRITING

This section is relatively the most important and defining factor in showcasing your English proficiency. There exist two sections wherein one section contains a graph/chart that you need to decipher, and the second section is essay writing. Now how you can prepare for this is summarized below:

Firstly, you need to read the essay topic carefully and then frame the main theme of your essay in your mind before you proceed to give it life on paper.

Secondly, you must use transitional words or phrases in your essay for a more cohesive and put together content.

Thirdly, you need to incorporate synonyms, idioms, and adages in your essay to make it more put together and high quality.

Lastly, and most importantly, you should always focus on creating a solid first and last impression which means your introduction and conclusion should be very well structured. 


4) SPEAKING

This section is the last part of the four modules and may occur a few days after the other 3 modules are conducted. This might be the most nerve-wracking section as you will be tested on your speaking skills through a two-way conversation exchanged between you and the examiner. To ace this section, you need to follow the below-mentioned preparation tips:

Firstly, you should begin and end your sentence properly without any errors.

Secondly, you should ensure that you do not repeat the same words again and again.

Thirdly, keep your pronunciation clear and crisp.

Lastly, keep your speech simple and straight-forward.


CONCLUSION

As a concluding remark, it is suggested that you follow these tips regularly to attain and extract the best results. And while it might seem an uphill task for someone who is not fluent in the English language as part of their formal education in school or college, you can still manage to come at par with the other test takers by putting in extra efforts.

About Abhyank Srinet

Abhyank Srinet, the founder of MiM-Essay, holds a Masters in Management degree from ESCP Europe. He is an entrepreneur who is passionate about digital entrepreneurship. Following his passion, he started his first company while he was a student at the ESCP. He managed to scale it up by 400% in just two years. 

Being a B-School Alumni, he recognized the need for a one-stop solution for the B-School admission process. This encouraged him to create MiM-Essay, a one-of-a-kind portal with cutting edge profile evaluation and school selection algorithms, along with several avenues to stay informed about the latest B-School Updates.

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