IELTS Tips-Must know tips for IELTS
IELTS tips are available in plenty on the internet. Before we dive into the must-know tips for IELTS, we would like to correct a lot of students with the way they pronounce the acronym for the International English Language Testing System. It is not ILTES, but IELTS (i-el-ts).
The IELTS tips below will help you ace your IELTS exam attempt and come out with flying colours.
After going through these tips for IELTS tips, we are pretty certain that you will not need any other resource to get your IELTS preparation started. Let us go through them one by one.
1) Understanding the criteria for assessment.
Irrespective of whether you are appearing for IELTS General Training module or IELTS Academic module, you must have a good level of understanding of how the assessment is done in IELTS. All 4 skills in IELTS i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking are assessed based on:
- Structure of your answer: 25%
- Cohesiveness in your answer: 25%
- Lexical Terms: 25%
- Grammar: 25%
2)Give importance to idioms and phrases
When you are dealing with a speaking and/or writing task, correct use idioms & phrases in your answer can improve the quality of your answer. Not only will this make your answer appear more appealing to the examiner, but correct use of idioms & phrases will also connote that you have a good hold over the English language, which is exactly what you are being tested for.
To check out some of the most commonly used English phrases, click this link.
3)Paraphrasing is good
Don’t be afraid to paraphrase a sentence. Most candidates are afraid to paraphrase a sentence as trainers discourage them from doing it. On the contrary, if paraphrasing is done well, it can improve the structure of sentence drastically!
For example: John was famous for his oratory skiils.
Paraphrased as: John was well known for his oratory skills.
4)Use of connectors while writing & speaking
Connectors, also known as conjunctive words are defined as words that link two similar parts of a sentence. Thus, making the sentence structure more coherent.
There are four categories of connectors: (1) coordinating conjunctions, such as and or or, (2) subordinating conjunctions, such as if, so that, because or while, (3) correlating conjunctions such as neither… nor and (4) the fourth group of connectors consists of conjunctive adverbs such as therefore or however.
5)Practice planning the content
Conceptualizing, planning or brainstorming the content before you start writing and/or speaking can be of huge help. The skilful practice of content planning habit will save you a considerable amount of time while attempting writing and speaking sections in IELTS.
With the above mentioned IELTS tips, you can now make yourself well equipped with tricks up your sleeve to ace the IELTS exam and achieve the target band.