By Sara Al Adl
IELTS (A way for dreams to come true)
IELTS is the world's most widely accepted English language test for study, work and migration. It is recognized by over 10,000 organizations worldwide.
IELTS is available in: Academic - for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and General Training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programs and work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
Throughout all my teaching experience for IELTS, I have discovered that there are some tips for passing the test especially for Arab students.
Tips for you:
- Practice listening to different material of English especially academic materials for IELTS.
- If you can use our own abbreviations while listening, use them. That will save time.
- Read the questions carefully and know exactly how many words are needed for the answers.
- Beware of spelling and grammar mistakes because you will lose marks for mistakes.
- Use your pencil to answer the questions.
- Your timing is very important.
- You have ten minutes to transfer your answer in the answer sheet.
Reading Tips for you:
- 1. Beat the fear – read as much as possible.
Improve key skills – skimming and scanning
Focus on the question
- Look for Keywords & Underline them.
- Synonyms are the most effective way of finding information + the keyword
Tips for you:
- Plan your speaking especially in part 2.
- Time management.
- Try to talk as much as you can
- Talk as fluently as possible and be spontaneous
- Relax, be confident and enjoy using your English
- Develop your answers
- speak more than the examiner
- Ask for clarification if necessary
- Do not learn prepared answers; the examiner is trained to spot this and will change the question
- Express your opinions; you will be assessed on your ability to communicate
- The examiner’s questions tend to be fairly predictable.
- Practice at home and record yourself
- You can find two tasks in Writing test : Task 1 , Task 2
The Writing Task 1 of the IELTS Academic test requires you to write a summary of at least 150 words in response to a particular graph (bar, line or pie graph), table, chart, or process (how something works, how something is done). This task tests your ability to select and report the main features, to describe and compare data, identify significance and trends in factual information, or describe a process.
In Academic Task 2 of the Writing module, you are given brief details of an opinion, an argument or a problem, and have to produce an extended piece of discursive writing in response.
For example, you may have to consider an opinion or weigh the pros and cons of an argument before presenting your own view on the matter. You may also have to discuss various aspects of a problem and then outline your ideas.
- pay attention to ALL issues in the essay question.
- write about the issues rather than just the general topic.
- answer the essay question with relevant main points.
- plan your supporting points so they don't go off the topic.
- write over 250 words.
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