IELTS SECRETS

:
Enhance your vocabulary
Your English language vocabulary is your power. Not only your rich vocabulary will help you
read faster, write well, speak in an organized fashion and understand what you listen, but it is
a life-time achievement that would help you in many ways.

Write down new words in a note-book or diary and revise them. It is likely that you would
forget some of the words you will learn, yet try to learn at least 5 new words each day. You
will find that after 2-3 months you have learned many words and you would be able to use
many of them in your use of English. Reviewing the words that you read is another important
aspect to enrich your vocabulary.

Develop a positive attitude
Positive attitudes matter and that's why you should develop a positive attitude. You have
possibility invested a lot time to learn English. You know the IELTS exam format and know
how to prepare for the test. You have plenty of resources available related to this test and you
have the spirit to do really well in IELTS. It is difficult to master a language but not quite
impossible and if other people can achieve a band score 8, 8.5 or even 9, why can't you.
Target, work hard and be positive. You will get the score.

Read The Instructions Carefully
Candidates who do not read or listen to the instructions carefully may believe they are saving
time, but the instructions contain vital information which must be understood in order to
answer correctly. The instructions may contain information about the passage topic which
helps to predict what you may hear or read.

• The instructions tell you what to do, what kind of answer to give, and, in the case of the
Listening Test instructions, they tell you when to answer.

• It is important to read the instructions quickly and accurately. You might not have time to
complete the test if you are too slow at reading the explanatory information.

Increase Your Sentence Reading Speed
The faster and more accurately you read, the more questions you will be able to answer. In all
the tests, the instructions, the example, and the questions themselves need to be read quickly,
and must be well understood in order for you to have more time to find the answers. It pays to
increase your overall reading speed.

To increase your reading speed, you must learn to read in groups of words that form logical
units of thought within sentences. If you read each word in a sentence one at a time, you will
read very slowly and most likely misunderstand the meaning of much of what you read. So
read your sentences in phrases by considering all the words of a phrase as a single unit.

The easiest way to prepare for these Part 2 questions is to scour your memory for any exciting instance in your past. Please describe your studies. You can achieve your success with a constant and wise study plan. don’t have to struggle to come up with descriptions for your family members.Choose A Realistic & Achievable Goal You should target for a score which you require and achievable. Find your strength and weaknesses and work accordingly. . at home with your family. stop and take a minute to answer each of these following questions. Please describe your job. Practice ahead of time and know what you are going to say. Please describe yourself. Stories are your strongest weapon for captivating the interviewer and demonstrating your mastery of speaking English. Go through and write down all the possibilities and a good answer for each. When you’re asked about your family. and how the events unfolded sequentially. be it a daily study plan or the result. what would you say? 1. during your education. eager to hear how it ends. This is important practice. Don't give an impossible target to yourself. Right now as you are reading this. Please describe some of your interests. These can be from any part of your past. Once you begin a quick exciting story. These need to be compelling stories. In Speaking session there are generally 3 parts. The questions in Part 2 of the Speaking Module literally beg for stories to be told. These are basic questions and you should have your basic answers. You certainly don’t want to stumble over the facts and repeat yourself during the interview. Please describe your job. 2. For instance: if you have some weaknesses in reading module. projects at work. asking follow-up questions. Get flexible with the IELTS exam by practicing your best level and taking part in mock tests. even you can turn your dull past experiences into exciting exploits. 4. and you’re the hero. You want the interviewer begging for more. who was involved. 5. 3. 8. 7. With a little thought and practice. You can easily be prepared for every possibility. Perhaps where you played a leadership role or accomplished a goal.In part 1 you will be asked basic questions. put some extra effort in this module. Please describe your family. you want to have things straight. or anything that you might have had a part in. why it occurred. Identify the main characteristics of the story. There are only so many possible basic questions that can be asked about someone. Please describe your hometown/village. Make sure that you can spend a minute or so answering each of these questions without having to take time to think of a good response. 6. you set the tone of the interview. If you were asked these in an interview. and you will determine what will be the follow-up questions. Be prepared about the possible questions you might be asked in the speaking module. For the IELTS preparation and for your IELTS result you should be reasonable and fix a target which is feasible yet challenging. Make sure you know the basics of what happened. Be realistic to achieve a reasonable band score in each module as well as overall score. Please describe your home. real time drama.

.There is no penalty for getting a wrong answer in IELTS. Unless you score extremely high. it must have been difficult. so don’t take the IELTS as a “practice” test. you will get three different scores? This is due to the way you feel on test day. Don’t speed up and just begin guessing at random choices. you must speed up. This means taking official practice tests and spending time learning the information and test taking strategies you will need to succeed. Above all. Even though a rushed answer is more likely to be incorrect. and check the time after each passage or every few questions to make sure you are “on schedule. check the time (or start a chronometer on your watch to count the minutes). go back then and finish the questions that you left behind. Furthermore. guessing will significantly contribute to your final score. Prepare do not Procrastinate Do you believe that.Most students do not understand the impact that proper guessing can have on their score. but remember that you will have to wait a minimum of three months before retaking the test. Don’t get into a situation where you need a higher score and can’t afford to wait. and continually monitoring your progress against the clock or your watch. In order to maximize the likelihood of success. Since so much depends on your score. At the beginning of the test. if you take the IELTS three times. Wear A Watch Wear a watch during the IELTS Test. and. you still have a 20-25% chance of getting it right. Even if you have no idea about a question. By guessing among all the answer choices. If you are forced to speed up. If you can work quickly. If a problem was taking up too much time and you made a hurried guess.Wise Guessing Proper guessing is a good idea on the IELTS. you are guaranteed to have a shot at the right answer. be focused. you’ve got to prepare in advance. you will always know exactly how far ahead or behind you are with your available time. you can pace yourself at half a minute per question. just to catch back up.” Remember that on the Listening and Reading Modules you have a little over half a minute for each question. the level of preparedness you have. If you find that you are a few minutes behind on a module. If you have time at the end. By pacing yourself. The process of elimination the wrong answer is valuable. Spend perhaps a little less than half a minute per question and after a few questions. be prepared. Usually one or more answer choices can be eliminated without too much difficulty. you should maximize your chances of success. do it efficiently. you can continue working each problem at your normal pace. than to completely miss later questions by not having enough time. According to this process you first eliminate the wrong answers. don’t dwell on the problems that you were rushed on. which makes it easy to keep track of your time and let you finish your exam in time. You can always retake the test more than once. but when you go to take the IELTS. it is better to miss a couple of questions by being rushed.. don’t skip questions without spending any time on it.unlike other standardized tests. The difficult questions are the ones you are most likely to miss . despite IELTS’s claims to the contrary. Once you catch back up. don’t panic. and do your best the first time. Feel free to take sample tests on your own. some tests will be easier for you than others. If you find that you are falling behind time during the test. It is better to end with more time than you need than to run out of time. you will have caught back up more gradually.

2) The passages are not in order of difficulty. If you have to rush during the last passage. To succeed. spend at most another half a minute. the test is separated into passages. but you must resist the temptation and move quickly. you must utilize your time properly. If you run out of time on any question. then you will miss out on answering easier questions correctly. Many students claim that time is not sufficient for the test. Your study plan should be based on the available time you have. To get a better band score in IELTS. strictly follow the time. and then move on to the next skipped question. especially in the reading module. The reason that time is so critical is that: 1) Every question counts the same toward your final score. the questions that you do not answer will hurt your score far more than earlier questions that you spent extra time on and feel certain are correct. . If you have time left over. you must ration your time properly. While taking part in a model test or mock test. 10 February 2014 16:41 Written by IELTS Mentor Use your preparation time wisely and efficiently. so it isn’t a big loss. You must use your exam time perfectly to achieve a high band score. It is natural to want to pause and figure out the hardest questions. Time Is Your greatest Enemy Last Updated: Monday. start at the earliest skipped question. you must practice to answer all the questions among the prescribed time. So. In IELTS listening module you are required to answer 40 questions in 30 minutes. In reading module you will have to read 3 passages each one having 800-1500 words and you will have only 60 minutes. IELTS is a times test so your practice should follow the timing as well. On the Reading Module.anyway. as you review the skipped questions.