Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Proper Practice for IELTS Examination

We have heard and read a lot of advice and tips on how to prepare for the International English Language Testing System examination (IELTS). In the Philippines, most of the candidates of the said examination are working professionals and students who are applying for visas for English speaking countries. These candidates know the importance of reaching their target scores, so they do all the necessary preparations for the examination. How can one really practice for the IELTS examination?

There could be a number of ways to get ready for the IELTS? Here are some good points to practice to help you become confident in taking the IELTS test.

  • Plan your review two to three months prior to your examination date. This is ample time for you to learn what the test is all about. Any IELTS candidates should be familiar with its test format and even how the test is scored. Giving oneself about three months to review is ideal to build, improve and hone one’s English skills.
  • Build strong vocabulary bank. Most of the vocabulary used in the IELTS examination is of Australian or British English content. Learning vocabulary words from these two is an advantage to understand reading and listening passages more in the test. Having good vocabulary also increases the variety of words one can use in the speaking and writing sub-tests.
  • Reviewing does not have to be dead serious all the time. Watching American TV series and movies help one learn words and expressions good for speaking and writing. Further, this is also a good way in learning how to pronounce words and develop skills in speaking.
  • Read printed materials in English. Some find this task tedious, so the best way to practice reading is to read materials that a person is fond of. For example, if one is interested in reading about fashion and lifestyle, it is recommended to practice on magazines that feature on fashion. The important point in this reading practice is developing the interest in reading as passages in the test can be pretty lengthy and complicated.
  • Take every opportunity to speak in English. Filipinos are good English speakers, yet they somehow lack the confidence in using the language. For a person to develop this confidence, it is recommended to use the language every day. Use English when talking to colleagues, asking questions to college professors, or even when talking to friends. This may seem to be a little awkward at first, yet one will realize that using English in different situations become easier with constant practice.
  • Study grammar. Some candidates overlook this important part of English. There are a lot of grammar rules; one does not have to be a master on everything. Familiarity with subject-verb agreement and verb tenses are a good start.
  • If self-reviewing is not enough, find an IELTS review center. IELTS review centers have the best review programs for every IELTS candidate. Materials are constantly updated. Coaches are experienced in bringing knowledge and expertise to their students. Weekly assessment is given through a mock exam where students’ strengths and weaknesses are observed.  Classroom lectures, practices and one-on-one coaching are included in the program to give focus on the learners’ needs.
Proper practice for the IELTS involves planning the review ahead of time, choosing good review materials, and having coaching with the best IELTS review instructors.

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