Numerous of my students ask me, ‘How can I get the best IELTS score possible?’
OK, so the most obvious thing is to do lots of practice and make sure your reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities suffice to get the IELTS Band Rating you need.
First off, I suggest that you acquaint yourself with what’s expected in the test on the main IELTS website (www.ielts.org) but in the meantime, I’m going to make it really simple for you by providing you some info about exactly what to expect.
In my viewpoint half the fight is understanding the IELTS test procedure. If you have actually ever needed to sit a test more than when, believe what does it cost? simpler it was the 2nd time due to the fact that you knew what to expect! I ought to understand; I failed my driving test FOUR times!
Exactly what is the IELTS test?
The first thing to do is to examine that IELTS is really the test you need.
IELTS means International English Language Screening System; it is an English testing system which evaluates the language ability of individuals who want/need to study in an English speaking environment. Lots of employers, universities and immigration authorities require that you have a particular IELTS Band Rating prior to they will accept your application.
When considering when you’re going to take the test, it is very important to remember that your IELTS Band Score is just valid for 2 years.
Next, you need to choose which variation of the test is the best IELTS test variation for you. There are two variations of the IELTS test; the Academic version and the General Training variation. If you want to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you should take IELTS Academic variation, if you want to emigrate or work overseas, IELTS General Training version is appropriate.
The two versions have four sub-tests or modules; reading, composing, listening and speaking. The IELTS Listening and IELTS Speaking sub-tests are the same in both the Academic version and the General Training version however the IELTS Reading and IELTS Writing sub-tests are different. A qualified inspector, who has undergone comprehensive training will evaluate your writing and speaking skills and give you a Band Rating in those sub-tests.
How do I look for the IELTS test?
I suggest you go to the official IELTS website and download ‘The IELTS handbook’ and ‘IELTS Info for Candidates’. These 2 booklets both describe ways to apply to take the test, nevertheless I’ll provide you a brief introduction and a few of my own comments here. http://pusatbahasamaya.edu.my/ielts-exam-preparation-kuala-lumpur/
1. You apply to your regional IELTS Test Centre to sit the test.
You can discover your nearest test centre of the main IELTS website; you’ll find the address, contact information and the upcoming test dates.
2. Go to the IELTS Test Centre to obtain an application. If it’s hard for you to go there, you can download an application from the official IELTS website. You could even ask if the Test Centre would mail one out to you.
3. Decide exactly what date you want to take the test and fill in the application. Make certain you write the appropriate module; Academic or General Training, depending on what you require.
4. If possible, get a native English friend to check out your application for you.
5. Send your finished type to the Test Centre you wish to participate in, together with 2 passport sized pictures and the test charge.
6. Ensure you offer the exact same ID on test day as you place on your application form. If the 2 types of ID are different, you will not be permitted to take the test. If for any factor, this will not be possible, contact the Test Centre right away.
7. Once your application has been processed, the Test Centre will send you a confirmation letter with the date and time of the test as well as some directions for the day.
Exactly what do I do on Test Day?
Well, first of all ensure you get a good night’s sleep the night before and that you have a great breakfast (yes, I’m also a mum!). If your speaking test is on the same day, remember you will likewise need to have lunch.
Always remember to take your ID with you as it will be checked on your arrival.
Know that you can’t take your valuables, including your mobile phone into the test room. There will be a defined location outside the room where you can leave them.
Just like all exams, once the invigilator (the test manager) has specified that the test has actually started, no talking is permitted. If you have to ask something, simply raise your hand.
The listening test is first, then reading, then composing (I will give you even more information about the different sub-tests in my next posts). Your Test Centre will inform you the time (and date) of your speaking test.
Once the test is over, all there is to do is to wait on your outcomes. IELTS test outcomes are published out on the 13th day after your test so you should receive them 2 weeks after the test. It may be possible to go to the Test Centre on the 13th day after the test to gather your outcomes but you will need to inquire. The Test Centre can not, nevertheless, give you your results over the phone or via fax or e-mail.
You don’t get a certificate after taking IELTS; you get a Test Report Kind (TRF) with your results. Care for your Test Report Form, you just get one copy. Keep in mind, nevertheless, that you can request for additional copies (an optimum of 5) to be sent out to the organisation requesting for your result (university, immigration and so on).
Hopefully it’s now time to celebrate! If not, do not despair; see my post ‘What todo if your IELTS score isn’t really high enough’. It might be possible to salvage the situation. In any case, it’s time to move ‘onwards and upwards’!