IELTS is an acronym for International English Language Testing system. It is Accepted for Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. Most of us use English as a formal communication tool, then why consider this test as anything that can be scary? Just keep yourself organised and prepare for it like you would for any exam that has been lined up for you.
The first and the foremost step involved in the preparation of IELTS is to understand the exact format of this testing system. It is divided into four sections namely:
The speaking section.
Feel calm by understanding the format, which is easily available online. Go through the details of each format and the types of questions that you can come across in each of these sections.
The next step is to practise enough just like for any other test. Do not practise so much that it starts stressing you. Practise just enough to make yourself familiar with what you might face in the exam and prepare yourself with all the possible answers. The easiest way to practise for an IELTS exam is by trying to attempt a few sample papers, which are easily available online. Do not forget to time yourself while attempting these exams to make sure you finish each section within the time frame allotted to it. Do not stress yourself if you exceed the time limit in the first go practise will indeed help you work on the time limit as well.
Another important step is to ensure that you can converse in English without hesitation as this will help in your speaking section of the IELTS exam. Stress on your confidence over grammar here as grammar is important but more than grammar it is the fluency in which you speak the language which makes it understandable for the listener. Thus, try and work on the fluency and flow of the language. While speaking the language you should sound like it’s your own native language and no extra effort is being put in from your end as you converse in this language. Grammar is more important while you are attempting the written section. Do not overlook the basic rules of grammar like correct use of tenses, prepositions and pronouns. It may seem absurd as they are really easy but, this is where most people fumble and lose their points. So ensure you present a master piece in your writing section which is grammatically sound and you can show off a little vocabulary as a cherry on the cake. Also, make sure you have enough time to reread and revise what you have written in order to avoid silly mistakes.
If still you are doubtful you can join some classes to get an idea about the preparations and then take a break from the course at least a week before your IELTS exam.
The final and the foremost step is to book a test date. Enrol yourself for the test on the day you are confident that your preparation is up to the mark and now you can appear for the exam without any hesitation. Ensure that you have enough belief that you will be able to appear for the exam without any stress and anxiety and only then pick a date. Do not over exert yourself on the day right before the exam. Make a checklist of the items to be carried with you and stay calm and composed and believe in yourself as your confidence will reflect in your attitude and you will surely impress the examiner if you are calm and confident at the same time. So, all the best and hope these tips help you score well.