How to Prepare for the IELTS Test

By Remitbee - Aug 5, 2021

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a globally recognized and standardized English language assessment test for international education and migration. It assesses non-native English speakers' English language proficiency in order to study in or migrate to countries where English is the primary language of communication.

This test is required in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, among other countries.

One thing to keep in mind with IELTS is that it is divided into two types: Academic and General Training. IELTS Academic is designed for students who aim to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree in an English-speaking country. While the IELTS General Training is for those who want to emigrate or work.

Listening, speaking, reading, and writing is the four components of the IELTS test. The test scores are reported using a "band" system. The range of band scores is 0 to 9, with 9 being the highest (expert users of the English language).

If you’re planning to make the move to Canada, here are 5 steps to prepare you for the IELTS test:

Step 1: Enhance your English

Although English is taught in the Philippines from primary school onwards, it is still a second language for most. Because you'll be visiting an English-speaking country, you'll need to brush up on your English. Try to use it daily. You'll become more accustomed to English if you speak, read, and write in it as often as possible. Listen to a variety of English accents, such as those from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

Furthermore, watching English films and TV shows will help you become acquainted with the sounds of the language. You can also take online classes for more in-depth English grammar training.

Step 2: Learn about the IELTS test format

The IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training exams have the same listening and speaking sections, but they have different reading and writing sections. The IELTS General Training Reading and writing exams cover material that is more relevant to the workplace. While you must prepare to respond to the scholarly content in the IELTS Academic reading and writing section.

IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training exams have the same timing and structure. These tests have a total duration of 2 hours and 45 minutes and are divided into four sections that assess speaking, reading, writing, and listening.

Step 3: Run through some practice questions

Look for free IELTS practice tests online to become acquainted with the test format, particularly the types of activities you will be required to complete. IELTS question types include identification, multiple-choice, essay, matching type, sentence completion, and labelling diagrams.

Because these IELTS practice tests have time limits, you should plan your test-taking strategies ahead of time. After answering the sample questions, you can go over your responses and compare them to the correct answers. See which areas of the IELTS exam you need to work on the most.

Step 4: Prepare all of your documents ahead of time

It is critical to carefully plan your calendar. This will allow you enough time to prepare for the exam and pass the IELTS before beginning your studies or employment abroad. The IELTS exam is typically given three times per month, but some test dates only offer the Academic exam.

In addition, certain documents, such as government IDs, may take some time to process. Here are the documents you'll need to bring with you when you register for IELTS:

  • a photocopy of your identification (Unified Multi-Purpose ID, PRC license, or passport) two (2) passport-sized coloured photos
  • Registration fee for IELTS (the IELTS Academic or General training test usually costs around PHP 11,650).

Step 5: Avoid unnecessary stress on the exam day

Relax. Even though it is a big day, too much stress can interfere with your test performance. Make your preparations the night before. Put all of your documents in one place so you don't have to cram on exam day.

IELTS provides a booklet that contains all of the exam's information and rules. So make a point of reading them. Another useful tip is to become acquainted with your assigned testing location.

Determine how much time it will take you to arrive at the testing location on time. Plan your route ahead of time to avoid being late if there is heavy traffic in your area.

We wish you all the best and we hope to welcome you soon to Canada!

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