You’re striding through the door, looking confident and intimidating. Hanging over you is a suit your mom specifically chose for this occasion. Everyone is looking at you with hazy eyes as if you were an angel sent from heaven above. You’re waiting in line, feeling nothing. One minute, two minutes, tick tock, tick tock… Finally, three minutes pass until the receptionist calls out your name. You hand her your ID card, your phone, your watch, taking your time. Turning back, you’re immediately hit by a wide screen showing the fiery letters IELTS. A realization strikes you.
This is no kidding. This is no mock test. I am taking the test. I am ACTUALLY taking the IELTS exam!! This couldn’t be happening!
Relax! Take a deep breath! You’re fine. You’ve already prepared enough. You’ve already taken my 6-step advice to a successful IELTS. Chances of things going wrong are lower than the tides in the desert.
You’re probably wondering what 6-step advice I’m talking about? Well, take a look!
1. Improve your English
Language learning is a life-long process. No one can ever just wake up and speak a language. You have to put your heart and soul into mastering it.
IELTS is just a test. It shouldn’t become your ultimate goal. Instead, it should be a passageway ticket to a complete mastery of English. As a result, before you even think about taking the test, spend time polishing your English skills. They’re gonna be worth it.
2. Understand the test format and rules
Make sure you understand the IELTS test format and what is expected of you on test day.
Here’s something you should do:
- Study the test format to know what is awaiting you.
- Look carefully at the content of each part to see what vocabulary area you’re missing.
- Anticipate different test types that you’re gonna be asked in each part.
Once you familiarize yourself with the IELTS test format, you’ll need to undertake a number of focused preparation activities, which leads us to step 3.
3. Practice the sample questions
Download and practice taking IELTS sample questions. As IELTS is timed, it’s critical you practice as many samples as possible and work to build up your speed.
Below are some resources from IDP and British Council, which, when taken full use of, will not fail to give you a high overall band score.
- Free IELTS preparation pack from IDP
- Free IELTS practice activities and resources from British Council
4. Relax the day before your test
The day before your test is an essential time for you to refresh your memory of the test rules, test format, and location so that you will feel the maximum of relaxation. After that, just hang out, have some fun. You can’t input all the required knowledge in just one day anyway.
5. Know what to expect on test day
Well, after years and years of preparing, it’s time to pick up the sword and fight. And old saying goes like this:
He who sees through life and death will meet most success.
This statement can be adapted in IELTS terms as
If you know what to expect on test day, you will most likely be successful.
So, read through all the candidate booklets, plan your route and approach the test venue.
6. Kill the test
We’ve come to the final and most important step. The test itself. What you need now is to access all the knowledge you’ve stored over the years to sit through 3 hours and complete the test.
Have faith in yourself! Nothing can go wrong once you know what you’re doing.
I wish you all a successful IELTS exam and a wonderful time in learning English.