Are you planning to move abroad to study or work? The first thing you require to do is to appear for an IELTS Exam for a visa application. Everybody has assumed that it is very difficult. But believe me, it is not like that. Only it requires little attention and proper strategy. Don’t worry this piece of article will prove you various tricks to crack it.

First of all, IELTS is of two types: Academic and General. Academic is for candidates who willing to apply for a student visa. General is for candidates who willing to apply for a permanent residency or work permit.

Based on the type of visa application you need to take an exam. The difficulty level is a bit different for both types.

IELTS Test is divided into four sections:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking

Every section will judge you for specific skills in the English language. All the section scores have equal importance to score don’t overlook any single section. Based on that you can decide in which section you lag and which section is strong.

Paper-based IELTS

This test requires test takers to use question papers and answer sheets for the Reading. Test takers will write their answers using a pen or pencils. You need to appear in front of the IELTS examiner for this test. You need to appear in front of the IELTS examiner for this test.

Computer-delivered IELTS

This test requires test takers to sit in front of a computer with the questions displayed on the screen. The test takers use to submit their answers via a keyboard and a mouse. You need to appear in front of the IELTS examiner for this test.

Listening

In this section, the examiner will judge your listening ability. Listening ability checks your ability to how you communicate with anybody.

In the test there will have 40 questions, each question weighs is 1 mark. The listening section will be of 40 marks or bands.

Tips for listening

  • Watch English movies or web series. Listen to BBC radio
  • Practice mock test available online on YouTube and British council website
  • Do practice of mock tests and make a habit to make use of paper and pen. Check your answers by own yourselves
  • Self-Assess your answers

Reading

In these sections, the examiner will judge based on your reading abilities. Now here reading abilities implies to how legitimate in reading. They will check your pronunciation, grammar.

Same as the reading section, each question weighs is 1 mark. It will be of 40 marks or bands

Tips for reading

  • Read books, newspapers. Write what you read. Daily at-least one paragraph

  • Practice mock test available online on YouTube and British council website

  • Do practice of mock tests and make a habit to make use of paper and pen. Check your answers by own yourselves

Writing

This section divided into two parts, 150 words formal/informal letter and 250 words essay writing within a stipulated time. This section will judge your writing skills. Writing skills, grammar is being judged by an examiner.

Tips for writing

  • Pick any random topics for writing a letter. You can use open-book strategy copy and paste
  • You will develop a habit to write without using a book
  • Do practice mock tests to match your time with an actual exam session

Speaking

In the speaking section, the examiner will sit in front of you and you will have to answer him face-to-face. They will judge you in two sections general questions and questions related to the specific topic.

Tips for speaking

  • In regular use speak in English at home, at the office or college
  • Daily add a new word to your dictionary
  • Maintain your postures of hands and legs. Improper use of postures can make a negative impression.
  • Read a lot of books and make habit of reading newspaper daily
  • Any questions can ask by an examiner. Try to elaborate on it. Don’t give answers in one line or short answers. They will not able to judge you based on one line answers or short answers

Practice makes one perfect is true for IELTS exam preparation. Lots of practice and using a little bit of strategy can help you to score a good band in the exam. There is no pass or fail in the IELTS exam. They will measure you at the scale of 1-9 band. If you don’t get a satisfactory score you reappear for the test.

To know more about the IELTS Exams and its preparations refer to the following websites listed below:

https://www.britishcouncil.com

https://www.idp.com/global/ielts/

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