International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS Tips From Past 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.

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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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by Tabassum on 1/20/2014 7:43 AM

For overall readiness, I would say you need to set your goal first, that is, the targeted bandscore and compare and match your level of English with respect to that. If you find a big gap, that is, if the questions seem a bit too difficult for you, better postpone the test and develop your level before hopping on the preparation ride.


During and before the test preparation and even if you are just mastering the language rather than taking any test , there are certain things that you should and can do which will keep improving your English in a continuous manner. I am discussing such activities along with the techniques to reap the benefits out of them in the best way. If I can convince you to go along with any of the following, you will ...

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by tomzar on 4/23/2015 1:06 PM

Hi! My name is Tom and I took the IELTS Academic this January (2015). I scored 8.0/9.0 and I'd like to share some insights with you about how to prepare for the exam.

Prior studying for the exam, justly evaluate the level of your English level which determines a lot the time that you will need to devote to studying for the exam. It is vital if you already know your command of English in a respected and standardized context. If you have taken any exams that can provide you with an objective assessment of your English level, for example within the CEFR (Common European framework of Reference, then you are able to accurately determine the amount of time you are going to need for the studying for the exam. In my case, I knew that I was around C2 level, ...

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by alo_maruko on 7/27/2014 7:05 PM

In general, to study for IELTS, you need to set a goal (your targeted band, time frame) and a detailed study plan. Depending on your current English level and expected score, the average time to prepare for the exam may vary, but I would say save 4 to 8 months of regular (2 to 3 hours a day) or intensive studies (6 to 8 hours a day) to get used to the structure of the test and perfect your language skills and test-taking skills.

Preparation for IELTS has two parts: studying English, and studying IELTS. Again, depending on your situation, you can set the time for different parts. The idealist way would be to advance your language skill first, then maximize your potential score by studying the IELTS tips. Yet if you are running short of time, just jump to ...

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by branimir on 7/20/2014 4:53 PM

I intend to move to Canada, and so I needed a document proving a satisfactory level of English language proficiency. I had been learning English for years, and I figured that what I needed was a test that would enable me to obtain a certificate as soon as possible, without much preparation. I chose IELTS (the General Training version) because it seemed to offer just that: all I needed to do was to study a bit beforehand – mainly about the structure and underlying logic of the test itself, since I was confident about my knowledge of the language – and then simply take the test.

Since my budget was pretty tight, I decided to exclusively use free-of-charge websites that would help me prepare for the test. After searching the Internet for a while, I chose several websites which seemed to ...

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by raiza_papa on 7/12/2014 1:40 PM

I took the IELTS exam last year for my visa application to Australia. Since the test fee is quite expensive, I wanted to pass the test at my first try. Fortunately, I passed and got an over-all band score of 8. I will share with you some tips and advice based on my experience.

1. Research for quality review materials

I took the exam 2 months before the deadline of my visa application. Since I also have a full-time job, I only started studying after my exam date was finalized. The first thing I did was research about quality IELTS preparation materials. There are a lot of review materials available and some can be quite expensive. You don’t need to buy a lot of materials. Read forums and customer reviews for top quality materials before buying one. Once you have the materials, use ...

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by harim2712 on 8/27/2014 3:02 PM

I took IELTS test in 2012 and spend one month to prepare for it. I set myself a target at 7 -7.5 because I needed IELTS to apply for my job.

In fact, I had known about IELTS and its format, tried doing some IELTS tests before I was pushed to have IELTS Certificate. Therefore, I spent the first two parts reading everything about IELTS and its requirements. The following days, I always spent all the mornings doing a full IELTS test ( 3 hours). The most important factor was I had to follow all the regulations like in an IELTS test - 40 minutes for listening, 1 hour for reading and another hour for writing to familiarize yourself with the atmosphere in IELTS test. Why mornings? Because in Vietnam, IELTS tests start at 9AM and end at 12.30 PM.

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by Carol_laoang on 7/20/2014 4:38 PM

Studying for an exam is really stressful and tiring. There are times that we want to give up because the test is so difficult, or we do not have much time in preparing for the test. Honestly, I did not have any plans of taking this test because I do not need it, however, as time went by, I realized that I could be better, achieve more, and be more successful. By taking this IELTS test, it could open many doors of opportunities for me. The test is costly so I waited for the academy to sponsor my test, in exchange of making curriculum for the students.

I prepared many things before the test: First, I have a passion for watching American movies, so I watched a lot of movies especially with British pronunciation like Harry Potter movies. If you ...

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by gitta16 on 7/14/2014 2:33 PM


It was my second time to take the IELTS since my first one expired already. IELTS is a requirement for those would like to study or seek employment overseas. This is specifically required to non- English speaking countries. So for a non native speaker like me who would like to apply for a job abroad will have to take the exam. I filed the exam last July 2013 and pick the 3rd of September as my exam date. Unfortunately I was confined in the hospital for 2 weeks on the month of August which leaves me only few weeks to take the exam. Although it was not my first time to take the exam I’m still not confident enough. So I would like to share to you some preparations that I have done that help me pass the ...

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by icecream0318 on 7/11/2014 8:34 AM

#Prepare IELTS as earlier as possible......

I take IELTS for university admission and I took it at the beginning of my grade 11. At that time, my classmate was quite surprised and thought that it was too early to take any standardize test. But, I was proven correct at the beginning of grade 12. In grade 12, you will be too busy for preparing IELTS because of SAT/ACT, SAT 2, AP courses and so on. Besides of having no time, taking IELTS earlier is advantageous because you can gain some experience to deal with pressure in standardize tests. It is extremely critical. Of course, everybody knows taking exams without any pressure will perform better and possibly get higher score. But, it is not that easy. So, experiencing standardize test more and earlier will make you know how to calm ...

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by irtifaali on 2/14/2014 10:10 AM

The most important thing about IELTS is to answer appropriately. In order to do so, keywords are the best way to indicate important factors from the question papers. For example, in the listening test, when we have got the seconds to read the questions, underlining the key words will help to make us realise which phrases we need to catch from the recording. Underlining key words will also help us to estimate the answers/answer type before such as noun, pronoun, verb, place, date and time,etc.

In the reading section, the best way to approach the text is to scan through it and underline key phrases in the paragraphs. Thus automatically we get a visual map which we can refer to when we search for answers. Similarly underlining key phrases in the questions will help understand the question better. Same ...

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