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The best way to prepare for the IELTS exam

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Take a practice test

Guide your preparation, by taking a practice test to begin with and identify your weaknesses.  This is a critical part in your initial preparation that will help establish where your strengths and weaknesses are. Not only is it necessary to improve on your weaknesses, but it is equally essential to build up on your strengths to create a solid foundation for the examination. 

However, if you struggle to refrain from these mistakes or are unable to clearly identify them, you definitely need an expert by your side. Most test-takers consider taking an IELTS preparation course, one of the easiest ways to approach the test, as it focuses solely on getting you exam-ready for IELTS. 

Understand the test format

Before your begin practicing, it’s extremely important that you know what to expect of the test format. Familiarise yourself with it by reviewing the content of the test, as well as the question and task types for each section. 

Remember the key to success in any examination and not just IELTS is a sound familiarity with the test pattern and format. 

Be aware of the exam time constraints

The clearer understanding you develop regarding the test structure, the higher your chances are to completing it successfully within the allocated time frame.

Conduct your preparation under timed conditions, so you become accustomed to the pace of the test.

Remember the IELTS test has a time limit and you will only have the time given for each module. If you are unable to complete the modules within the allocated time or if you cannot concentrate accordingly due to the timing pressure.

All preparation done in classes of a preparation course, are conducted under the same timed conditions as the exam, so you’re ready for the pace of the IELTS test.

Develop your English capabilities and IELTS strategies

One of the biggest mistakes students make is to focus only on IELTS. They do lots of IELTS practice tests but they forget to improve their English.

Most Indonesian IELTS learners are unaware of their current English level, which is often Intermediate or below, and do not consider or forget that IELTS is an English proficiency test. As such, your English is expected to be top notch.

Keep in mind that learning IELTS is a process. On average it takes 12 weeks to move up a score band by one point.  

Start preparing for your test at least 3 – 6 months prior. We highly recommend finding an institution which will help you with English development and IELTS strategies. 

Multitask when listening in English

It’s no secret that the IELTS test is demanding and the listening module is no different. You will have to provide answers to 40 questions throughout 4 recordings. The recordings will be played only once. Typical questions include sentence completion, summary completion, form completion and multiple choice.

It is not surprising to get lost during a conversation, but you need to recover fast or you will miss all the questions of that task afterwards. This would be a disaster.  As such, it is essential to understand how to follow a conversation, even if you miss something and how you can recover to continue answering the next questions. 

You are also expected to understand what type of information to supply depending on the question type. Is it a number, a name, an address?

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