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How To Get a 7 in IELTS

by admin on April 25th, 2014

Choose a realistic and achievable goal. If the goal is to reach a certain level of English proficiency, success can only be achieved with much practice. It is important to know what score you need in each of the modules before you set yourself a goal. Sometimes, you might need personal training to help to achieve a required score.

Follow a regular study plan. Set aside time each day to practise.  Do not concentrate only on your weakest areas. Be regular in your practice, and give yourself a rest between tasks. Take at least one day out of your week to rest and forget the test completely. Always carry English texts with you, so you can read when you have spare time. Do not worry about understanding every word. If you feel the need for training, look for the best places for IELTS coaching.

Answer More. In the IELTS test there are no negative marks. So if you do not finish the tests try and mark all the answers. Leaving a question unanswered will mean letting an opportunity to score pass.  Candidates whose English is near perfect can expect to score 9, but even native English-speaking people would be unlikely to complete every answer perfectly.

If you however want to be able to answer more questions and answer them accurately, the best way to do so is for you to Increase your sentence-reading speed. The faster and more accurately you read, the more questions you will be able to answer. In all the tests, the instructions, the example, and the questions themselves need to be read quickly, and must be well understood in order for you to have more time to find the answers. It pays to increase your overall reading speed – How do you do this?

Very simple, take an article (a general, English article from a magazine or an English daily) read it out slowly, and clearly making sure you clearly enunciate each word after reading the spelling carefully.

Many candidates get wrong answers or fail to understand a passage because they skim over words they think they know without paying attention to what the word actually is. Candidates often read ‘Fiend’ as ‘Friend’ or mistake ‘Cloze’ for ‘Close’. Such things should be avoided.

Develop a memory for English. In the Reading Test, it pays to remember as much as you can of what you have just read, but at least the words can be read again. However, in the Listening Test you cannot go back, and the tape is only played once. If the answer comes before the keyword/phrase, your memory of what you have just heard is even more important. Nevertheless, the answer usually follows the keywords/phrases that you hear, and is close in time to the main keyword/phrase you are listening for.

  1. Respond to the question first, add details later.

  2. Read the instructions carefully

  3. Always look at the example

  4. Use question keywords to find the answer – especially for summary completion and gap fill exercises.

  5. Check before the end of the test.

  6. Do not forget to make logical guesses – do not leave any answer blank!

  7. Are your answers grammatically correct? Grammatically incorrect answers are wrong even if they are right. The same goes for spelling.

  8. Make sure your answers are easy to read – Write all your answers in block letters.

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