One question that remains common to all the IELTS aspirants is, “How to get a better score in IELTS?” If you’re an IELTS aspirant and are struggling to improve your IELTS score, this is your place to be. While there is no substitute for practice, there are various techniques and strategies you can deploy to address the common problems that you face while writing the given exam:
Mostly, the students get nervous or panic when they start with the listening section. It could be due to fast recording or distractions. As a result of which, the students are unable to concentrate and tend to skip numerous questions. As a result, the students lose their focus and don’t know where the topic is headed to.
• Avoid distractions of all kinds and your only intention should be to stay focused. Remember, concentration plays a most important role in the listening section.
• There is no need to be nervous. Try to keep up with the recording whether it is fast or slow or even if the speaker has a different accent.
• If you have missed any question, try to recover them faster. Later, it won’t be easy to stay connected to the recording.
• You must not leave any answer blank as there is no negative marking. The flukes might just work!
• While transferring answers to the answer sheet, ensure there are no spelling mistakes or grammatical mistakes.
• Start listening to English songs, movies, radio program, etc to improve your listening skills.
Remember, time is your biggest enemy as soon as you start with the reading section. You are expected to complete 3 passages in a span of 60 minutes. You may take long to find answers. It could be due to the length of a passage or the level of difficulty. The problematic questions are generally related to true/ false / not given, passage headings, and multiple choice questions.
• Efficient time management is the key to success in this section. Yu must never spend a lot of time on one passage. In fact, you must divide it equally among all the passages.
• Use skimming and scanning method. Underline the keywords (important words) so as to find the answers in minimum time.
• Never assume, over think or confuse yourself. Rather, try to understand the given question and then attempt to answer it.
• Work on improving your vocabulary as soon as you start the preparation for this exam.
• Practice is the only solution for questions related to true /false/ not given and passage headings.
Spelling mistakes, poor format, grammatical errors, wrong vocabulary, irrelevant ideas, contradictory statements, time management are some of the common factors leading to lesser bands.
• Plan before you write. You are allotted 6o minutes: 20 minutes for task 1 and 40 minutes for task 2. You must be to complete given two tasks in time so that they can review it and check spelling mistakes and other errors.
• Make use of good vocabulary and you must not repeat the usage of words.
• Demonstrate the use of strong and effective ideas.
• Never exceed the word limit.
• Use the appropriate length of each paragraph.
• Give examples wherever possible.
• The task 2 has more weight age and thus, provides you with an option of scoring more bands.
This module has three parts: interview, cue card, and discussion. The majority of students rate speaking as the most difficult module. They, often, start fumbling and give frequent pauses.
• Prepare the questions that are frequently asked in this exam.
• Never cram the answers. Instead, try to be natural and make use of your vocabulary.
• While practicing, consider recording your answers to analyze them later for mistakes.
*Career Coach Special Tip*
Pay more attention to listening and reading modules as against other modules. It is because these modules are checked objectively while the other sections are checked subjectively.
Final Words: There is no need to panic. Learning a language is not an easy task and takes a lot of time.