International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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In hindsight, what would you do differently?
For background, how long have you been using English and how often do you use it now?

Tips From Test Takers

by haidedesu on 7/26/2014 7:48 AM

Hello, my name is Haide. I took my first IELTS British Council Academic module exam quite recently this year, May 2014. I can say that I was prepared enough and I am quite pleased with my overall band score. Let me share with you how I prepared myself for the exam and what you should know when you’re planning on taking the exam for yourself.

Review Center

First of all, I enrolled in an IELTS review center. Now, bear in mind that it was my first try in that exam so I have absolutely no idea what types of tests there will be and I thought that the safest way to ace the exam was to enroll in a review center and pay for the resources they provide i.e. practice tests, audio files, etc. But don’t worry; I can ...

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by evsephora on 6/17/2014 3:58 PM

IELTS is the only exam in my life that I had to take thrice. I am telling you this so you will not take the exam lightly, especially if you need a Band Score of all 7 in one sitting.

With the first two exams, I spent approximately two week's worth of studying - self review and attending classes via a review center. I was an overconfident examinee, thinking that it would be easy because I have been using and speaking English since pre-school. But then comes the first heartbreak, I was not able to finish the Reading part because I lingered too much on the first passage. I literally scribbled random words on my test sheet just to put answers on them. Come two weeks time, here I am again, hungry as a lion on a hunt, I ...

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by adamc92 on 1/15/2014 12:06 AM

The significance of IELTS as arguably the most important English language test of our time seems to come mainly from increasing migration to English-speaking countries. Places like Australia, the UK and the USA have minimum English language requirements for people wanting to migrate there. Universities in those countries also have similar requirements for future students. As such, there is a growing thirst for good IELTS results, especially in developing countries like China and India. There are people in these countries willing to pay good money for the services of IELTS tutors who guarantee that they will achieve the results they need to enter a certain university, or migrate to a certain country.

In my opinion, this is a rather depressing trend because it devalues IELTS and turns it into a mere formality to be gotten over in pursuit of another ...

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