24 tips that’ll help you achieve a great IELTS score

I’ve counseled more than 100 students and helped them get good grades on their IELTS exams. These are the tips that I usually ask them to focus on and trust me when I say this, this has actually helped them achieve a great score.

I’ll write a detailed article about how you can get a great IELTS score soon. But, for the time being this is something that’ll help you get good scores. It’s more of a condensed version of that.

A best test result

During the listening test :

  1. Make sure the headphones actually work. Check them before the test and if they don’t work as the examiner to change them.
  2. Read the questions thoroughly before the recording actually starts
  3. Go through the questions once and try to find the answers rather than listening to the whole information.
  4. If you find the answers, write them on the question paper immediately.
  6. Check your spelling and grammar.

During the reading test :

  1. Time is of the essence so make sure that you keep of track of time.
  2. Don’t paraphrase too much. Just get to the point
  3. Write the answers on the answer sheet. TIME !
  4. Don’t waste your time reading the whole text. If you find the answers, write them and move on .

During the writing test :

  1. 20 minutes for task 1 and 40 minutes for task 2
  2. Over 150 words for task 1 and 250 words for task 2
  3. Don’t waste time counting the words
  4. Use your question paper to plan the essay, it’s allowed
  5. Spelling and grammar!
  6. Don’t paraphrase too much. It’s not a Nepali exam
  7. It’s not about the right answer, it’s about how you present it. Just have this thought in your head
  8. Don’t write answers in bullet forms. Write in paragraph forms.

During the Speaking test:

Here’s a detailed Dos and Don’t list that you might find valuable.

  1. Practice before the test
  2. Be confident!
  3. No stammering!
  4. Look presentable for god’s sake
  5. When you answer a question, try to answer how a native would answer the question.
  6. Make sure you have proper diction and pronunciation
  7. Vocabulary isn’t that important but tenses are.


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