Everything you need to know about IELTS exam- test format, scoring system , high score tips and tricks

Everything you need to know about IELTS exam

What is IELTS?

IELTS, commonly known as International English Language Testing System is the most popular English language proficiency test taken by millions of users every year.  IELTS scores are recognized by more than 9,000 organizations, educational institutions, associations all around the world. IELTS test assesses reading, writing, listening and speaking skills of the candidates. It is designed to reflect how students can use English at work or play in a new life abroad.  This test has been developed by the World’s leading English language experts. There are two versions of the IELTS test- IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.  IELTS Academic is for people willing to move abroad for higher education or professional registration, while IELTS General Training is for those who are willing to migrate to English-speaking countries like Canada, Australia and UK for training programmes, work experiences or secondary education.  Both the versions of the IELTS test give a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills- listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS Test Format

IELTS test consists of four major sections, which are- listening, reading, writing and speaking. The listening, writing and reading sections of the IELTS are completed on the same day. The speaking section can be completed a week before or after the other tests.  The total duration of the complete test is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

IELTS Reading

The purpose of the IELTS reading is to assess the ability of the test takers to read and understand academic passages. The reading section consists of 40 questions, which are designed to assess a variety of reading skills of the test takers.  The various skills assessed in the reading section are- reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical arguments, understanding writer’s purpose, attitude and opinion.  IELTS Academic Reading section includes three long tests , which can be descriptive, factual or analytical.  These passages are usually taken from books, journals, newspapers and magazines.  These passages are selected particularly for the non-specialist audience.  Students may not be acquainted with the reading passages but they can have patience that everything they need to answer the questions will be stated in the passages.

As mentioned above, there are 40 different questions in the reading section and you will be given 60 minutes to complete the reading test.  The test takers are required to transfer their answers to an answer sheet during the allocated time for the test.  The test takers will not be provided extra time for the transfer.  While transferring, care should be taken that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes. Otherwise, you may be heavily penalized.

Some of the types of reading questions are listed below-

1) Headings

2) Multiple choice questions

3) Fill in the blanks

4) Answer short questions

5) True/false/Not Given OR Yes/No/Not Given

6) Matching list or phrases

7) Sentence completion

8) Diagram/ Flowchart

IELTS Listening

The purpose of the listening section is to assess the listening skills of the test takers in academic settings.  Listening section has four sections with ten questions in each section.  These questions are designed to evaluate the various listening skills of the candidates as they hear the audio.  The first two sections deal with everyday situations.   In the section 1, there is a conversation between two speakers and in the section 2, there is a monologue.  The remaining two sections deal with situations in training and educational contexts.  There is a conversation between two main speakers and in the section 4, there is a monologue on an academic subject. The recordings will be heard only once.  The accent of the recordings can be British, Australian, American, Canadia and New Zealand.

The total time given to complete the listening section of the IELTS is 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes for transferring answers).  A variety of questions are asked in the IELTS Listening, which are-  multiple choice, diagram labelling, summary completion, sentence completion, and matching.  Students will be required to write their answers on the question paper as they listen to the audio.  They will be given 10 minutes to transfer their answer to the answer sheet.  While transferring answers, you should be careful that you do not make spelling and grammar mistakes.

Various Listening Tasks

  1. Multiple Choice Questions
  2. Matching Information
  3. Fill in the Blanks/Plan, map, diagram labelling
  4. Map, table, flow-chart and summary completion
  5. Sentence Completion
  6. Short Answer Questions

IELTS Writing

The duration of the IELTS writing is 60 minutes.  There are two tasks in the writing section.  Task 1- where graph, table, chart, the diagram will be presented and you will be required to explain the information in your own words.  You may be asked to explain the date, describe the different stages of a process or describe how something works.  On the other hand, Task 2, is an essay writing task.  You will be required to write an essay in response to a point of view, problem or argument.  The responses must be given in a formal style.

In writing Task 1, the test takers may be asked to describe diagram, facts or figures presented in one or more graphs.  You may be given a diagram, chart, table or topic and asked  to explain how it works.  The test takers will be asked to write at least 150 words. 20 minutes will be given to complete the task and upon writing less than or more than 150 words, your scores may get affected.  You must be careful that your writing scores may get affected if they write irrelevant, incoherent or plagiarized content.  The purpose of task 1 of the writing section is to assess the ability of the test takers to identify the most relevant and important information and give a well-organized overview of it in academic writing.

Task 2 of the IELTS Writing require candidates to write an essay. You must understand the topic of the content clearly and then give your response based on what you are asked. You are given 40 minutes to complete the task. You are required to write at least 250 words and will be penalized for writing too short.  Candidates will not be penalized for writing more than 250 words, but you should keep in mind that if you write more, you will not get time to check your content for spelling and grammatical errors.

IELTS Speaking

The purpose of the IELTS speaking is to assess spoken English skills of the candidates in academic settings.  The test takers are given 11-14 minutes for the speaking test.   There are three parts of the speaking section.  In the first part,  the examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics on hobbies, work, studies or family.  The duration of this part of the speaking section is between four to five minutes. In the part 2, the test takers are given a card, which asks them to talk about a particular topic.  You will be given one minute to prepare and two minutes to speak.  The examiner will ask you two to three questions on the same topic.  In Part 3 of the speaking section, you will be asked further questions about the topic in the part 2.  The duration of the part 3 of the speaking section is between four to five minutes.

Who Accepts IELTS Scores?

IELTS test is recognized by more than 9,000 organizations all around the world including educational institutions, employers, governments and professional bodies.  IELTS test is held in more than 120 countries and is taken by around 1.5 million test takers each year.  It is recognized by the leading universities and colleges in many countries including Canada, New Zealand, UK, USA and Australia. IELTS is accepted by immigration authorities, professional bodies and various government agencies.

How to Register for IELTS?

In order to register for IELTS test, you would require downloading the copy of the IELTS application form.  You can ask for a copy of the application form from your test centre.  You need to complete and sign the application form, and attach a photocopy of your passport and two identical passport-size photograps, which are not less than 6 months old.  The reading, writing and listening tests will be held on the same day. The speaking test can be held 7 days before or after the test date.

Validity of the IELTS Scores

The IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) is valid for two years. At present, IELTS score is valid for a three-year period for Australian General Skilled Migration (GSM) applications.

IELTS Scoring System

There is no pass or fail in the IELTS test. The proficiency of the test takers to use the English language in academic settings is judged on the basis of the scores achieved by them in each module.

IELTS Band 9 Score – Expert User- 9 IELTS band mean that you are an expert English user and have got good proficiency in the English language. It also means that your command over English is correct, appropriate and fluent with complete understanding.

IELTS Band 8 Score– Very Good User– 8 IELTS band mean that you are a very good user and have got operational command over the language. It also signified that you understand reasoning very well and there are irregular random inaccuracies. mean no real

IELTS Band 7 Score– Good User– The IELTS band 7 scores mean that you are a good user. You have got effective command over the English. 7 IELTS band score signifies, there are occasional misunderstandings and unusual situations but you are able to handle augmentation well.

IELTS Band 6 Score– Competent User– Being IELTS Band Score 6 achiever, you will have effectual charge over the language. It also indicates there are a number of inaccuracies, confusion and difficulty as well.

IELTS Band 5 Score– Modest User– IELTS Band Score 5 mean that you are a modest user and have got partial command over English.

IELTS Band 4 ScoreLimited User: It means that you have basic competence in English, which is limited to familiar situations. You face frequent problems in understanding and expression.

IELTS Band 3 ScoreExtremely limited user:  3 IELTS Band Score mean that you are able to convey and understand only general meaning in very familiar situations. You face frequent breakdowns in communication.

IELTS Band 2 ScoreIntermittent user: You face great difficulty in understanding spoken and written English. It also means no real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations.

IELTS Band 1 ScoreNon-user: This means you do not have the ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

IELTS Reading Tips

The purpose of the IELTS reading is to assess the reading skills of the candidates in Academic settings.  It is one of the easiest and scoring sections of the IELTS test. Below mentioned are several useful tips that can help you score high in the IELTS reading section.

  1. Educate Yourself:- If this is the first time you are appearing for the IELTS test, the first thing you need to do is  to acquaint yourself with the format and different types of questions asked in the test for various modules.  In reading section, there are 14 different types of questions asked and there is a strategy to follow to tackle each one.  Hence,   know the purpose of each  question and what you are expected to do.
  2. Skimming and Scanning:- Skimming and Scanning techniques can help you greatly in the IELTS reading section. The purpose of these techniques is to get the general idea of the content.  You do not need to read word for word, but skim and scan to get the overall meaning of the content.   You should be careful that you do not miss out essential information while skimming and scanning.
  3. Key words:- Each question will have key words, that helps you locate the answers. You should know how to position and use key words correctly.  Most of the students make a mistake of finding key words exactly.  You should note that there can be synonyms  of the main key words.
  4. Know your weaknesses:- Unless your weaknesses are  known to you, you won’t improve.  If you are not able to find the correct answers, know why you are not able to.  Spend some time in reviewing your performance so that you can address the weaker areas.
  5. Practice:- Unless you practice reading passages regularly, you wont improve.  If your IELTS test if several weeks away, it is advised to practice difficult reading passages.  This is the best thing you can do to improve your overall score in IELTS. Practicing would help you develop your reading skills for different types of questions and also enhance your vocabulary.

1. Matching Headings Questions

The purpose of the matching heading questions is to choose a heading  from the list which matches a pargraph or section in the passage.  You are required to understand the aim of the section and identify the main and supporting ideas.

Matching Headings Question Tips

  • Read the headings:- You must read the headings properly before you read the passage.  Since the purpose of the matching heading questions is to match headings correctly, hence focus more on the headings than the content.
  • Pay attention to order:- You must not forget that answers do not come in order. Therefore, while marking the answers, be careful  that you do not the follow the given order blindly.  Pay attention to the order of the headings and choose a one that you think is correct.
  • Analyze headings:- Spend some time in analyzing the headings before you try to match them to paragraphs or sections. There can be more headings than you need.  The answers are given in numerals generally.  Read and follow the instructions carefully to check you mark the correct answer.
  1. True False Not Given Questions

In True False Not Given Questions,  the test takers are required to make a decision if the information presented in the questions can be found in the passage.  The test takers are required to identify specific information in the passage and understand writer’s opinion.  This task assess the ability of the test takers to understand a factual passage about a specific subject.

True False Not Given Questions Tips

  • Understand the meaning:- To answer the questions correctly, you should focus on understanding the meaning of each question. You can re-read the passage if required.
  • Do not match exact words:- Do not match exact words when locating the answers.  You can look for synonyms or try to paraphrase the statements before you locate the answers.
  • Check order:- In this section, answers will come in order. Hence, check if the answers you are marking  follows a correct order or not.
  1. Matching Paragraph Information Questions

In Matching Paragraph Information Questions, the test takers are required to match the information given in the question with information found in one of the paragraphs in the passage.  You will be required to identify and scan specific information.

Matching Paragraph Information Questions Tips

  • Read carefully:- Read the information given in the passage carefully. Since you will be required to match paragraph information, hence to match correctly, you would require reading carefully.
  • Skim and Scan:- Skim and Scan the content properly to get its general idea. Do not try to read word for word, but scan to get the overall meaning of the text.
  • Read Questions first:- Read questions first before you read the answers.  Think about how you can paraphrase the statements. Scan the text paragraphs and underline the possible synonyms.
  1. Summary Completion

In Summary Completion,  you are required to complete a summary by filling in the gaps using words given in the passage or box. The test takers will either be given a list of words to fill the gaps with or asked to find the answers in the reading text. They will be required to put some of the words from the list into the list.  The purpose of Summary Completion section is to understand the general meaning of the summary, scan the correct information in the text and identify synonyms and paraphrases.

Summary Completion Tips

  • Predict Answers:- Before you have a look at the options, try to predict the answers.  This prediction will help you spot the correct answers.
  • Look for synonyms:- Do not do match exact words. Look for synonyms or paraphrases in the text rather than locating words that match directly.
  • Move Forward:- If you come across a question that you do not know, do not spend too much time looking for the answers. Rather move forward and attempt other questions.
  • Try eliminating words:- Pick each word from the list and try to infer its meaning by putting in its desired place. This way you can eliminate words that do not fit at all.
  1. Sentence Completion

The Reading item type Sentence Completion requires test takers to complete sentences by filling in the gap with words from the passage. You will be given a number of sentences and then required to complete the sentences by picking words from the list.

Sentence Completion Tips

  • Read Instructions Carefully:- Before you start attempting ‘sentence completion’, read the instructions carefully. Know how many words it asks you to write. Sometimes, it asks you to write “not more than 2 words’, in that case, do not write more than 2 words. However, sometimes it asks you to write “not more than 3 words”, in that case, you can write one, two or three words.
  • Focus the order:- The answers will appear in the same order as the questions. Hence, pay close attention to the order of the answers because they will appear in the same order as the answers.
  • Check spelling and grammar:- Your answer should be grammatically correct. Check what type of words will fit into the space.  If you are able to find it is a verb, noun, adverb or adjective, you will answer the question correctly.
  1. Multiple Choice Questions

In this item type, you will see Multiple Choice Questions where you need to choose correct answers from a list of possible choices.  The purpose of this section is to assess the ability of the test takers to understand the main ideas contained in the text and look for specific information.

Multiple Choice Questions Tips

  • Read the question before:- Most of the students make a mistake of reading the text before questions.  You are likely to waste time this way. You should always read questions before you read the text.
  • Read the whole sentence:- The first part of the paragraph may look correct  but the second half is different from the first. Before you  try to infer the meaning of the sentence , ensure you read the whole sentence.
  • Understand the tricks:- Examiner may try to trick you with ‘distractors’. These are the things that look like correct answer but are actually incorrect. Understand the tricks that the examiner is using to distract you.  Read the sentences carefully before you answer them.
  1. Short Answer Questions

Short Answer Questions start with “WH” words like what, when, where and who. Short Answer Questions require you to answer the question from the given facts in the text.  You need to be extra careful about the word count because you are given limited words to produce your response.  The test takers are required to understand specific information in detail and locate the information in the passage.

Short Answer Question Tips

  • Skim and Scan Correctly:- Candidates must learn how to skim and scan correctly.  The prupose of skimming and scanning is to understand the overall meaning of the passage.  You do not need to read word for word, but can quickly move your eyes to understand its meaning.
  • Read Instructions:- The first and foremost thing you need to do is, to read the instructions carefully. Read what you are asked to do and keep the word limit in mind.  If you need to read the instructions again, you can. But ensure, you follow the directions correctly.
  • Think about Synonyms:- You can think about synonyms or paraphrases for the keywords. Most of the students make a mistake of matching word for word. Instead, you should always think about synonyms or paraphrases for the keywords.
  1. Note, Table, Flow-chart Completion and Diagram Labeling

The purpose of the Note, Table, Flow-chart Completion and Diagram Labeling task is to test the ability of te test takers to locate and record particular information from a reading passage.  It is used to test your understanding of a factual passage about a specific subject.  In this section, you are required to read facts about a subject, note important words or numbers and answer questions based on what you are asked.

Note, Table, Flow-chart Completion and Diagram Labeling Tips

  • Make a guess:- Before you read a passage, try looking at the notes and make a guess what you are going to read.  You can think about the missing information to complete the gaps.
  • Look for clues:- We advise students to look for the clues in the notes  to help them find the type of information. You can search for words or headings on the page.
  • Read instructions carefully:- Remember to read the instructions carefully.  Always fit words that it tells you to write.  Your answer will be marked wrong, if you write more than desired words.
  1. Matching Information

The Matching Information task assess the ability of the test takers to read a passage carefully and understand the main ideas as well as arguments and other information.  You will see a set of numbered statements and will be required to read the passage and find information that match the statements.

Matching Information Tips

  • Read the passage quickly:- Before you get started, it is advisable to read the passage quickly.  It will help you get an idea of the type of information you are required to fill.
  • Make a guess:- Even if you are not sure about the answer, do not leave the question unattempted. It is better to attempt the question than to leave it unattempted.
  • Write Correct Answer only:- You should always write an answer when you are sure about it. Students make a mistake of writing many answers and at last get confused in finding the correct one. Always write correct answer so that you do not face any confusion.
  1. Matching Features

The Matching Features task test the ability of the test takers to read a passage carefully and understand the main ideas as well as arguments and detailed information.  You will see a numbered statements containing a set of options – name of people, organizations or any other feature.  You  are required to read the passage and  match information  and ideas in the statements to the options.

Matching Features Tips

  • Read statements and features:- Before reading the paragraph, read the list of statements and features carefully.  This way you can prepare yourself about what you are going to read.
  • Read passage:- Read the passage quickly to know what the passage is about. You can also underline important key words and and ideas that you think can be relevant to the passage. Read the ideas carefully to see if they match correctly or not.
  • Don’t miss anything:- You can re-read the passage to see if you have not missed any crucial information.   Remember to write only one answer to the answer sheet.
  1. Multiple Choice Questions (More than One Answer)

Multiple Choice Questions with more than one answer test the ability of the test takers to find correct information in a reading passage.  The purpose of this section is to test the ability of the test takers to understand a factual passage about a specific subject.  You will see questions with many options out of which more than one answers are correct.  Your job is to read the passage and find the correct options. For each question, there are two correct options.

Multiple Choice Questions (More than One Answer) Tips

  • Underline main keywords:- Before reading the passage, underline the main keywords and ideas.  This will help you relate the information when reading a passage.
  • Dont use your previous knowledge:- Chances are there you may get a passage which you are already acquainted with. Do not use your previous or background knowledge about the passage. Always read the passage and answer questions based on what you read.
  • Check all options:- Since there will be two correct options, hence, check all the options if they relate to the question.  Before you choose two options,  do not reject the remaining ones without checking.

IELTS Listening

The purpose of the IELTS Listening test is to assess the ability of the test takers to listen to an audio recording carefully and attempt questions.   The Listening section of IELTS consists 40 questions and it lasts for around 30 minutes. You will get additional 10 minutes at the end of the test to transfer your answer from the question paper to the answer sheet.

The different types of Listening item types are:-

  • Form/note/table completion
  • Labeling a diagram or map
  • Sentence Completion
  • Short Answers
  • Selection
  • Multiple Choice
  • Matching

IELTS Listening Tips

  • Read Instructions Carefully:- Before you start attempting the questions, you must read the instructions carefully. Pay special attention to the word limit. If the question states “ no more than three words”, you can answer the question in one, two or three words. Writing an answer in more than three words is going to affect your scores.
  • Familiarize yourself with the test:- It is advisable to familiarize yourself with the different types of questions in the test. You are likely to make mistakes but again focusing on your mistakes is crucial.  To improve your mistakes, you can listen to the audio recording again until you find out why you got the question wrong. Doing this you will help you improve quickly. You can also have a look at the transcripts and find out where you went wrong by reading.
  • Concentrate:- Concentration is key in the IELTS listening test. It is usually seen that test takers lose concentration and this is the reason they are not able to find the right answers. You  can practice active listening to improve your concentration. Active listening is a process which involve assigning yourself small tasks when you are practicing the test and doing something when you are listening. This situation is similar to the real IELTS listening exam.
  • Always Attempt:- Don’t leave any question unattempted. Since you are not penalized for wrong answers so you should always make a guess and never leave the question unattempted .
  1. Summary Completion

In IELTS Listening Summary Completion, you will be given a list of sentences that summarise the audio recording you are going to listen to. The test takers can look at the sentences and try to understand the general meaning. They can use the sentences to predict what they are going to hear. This will not only help you follow the listening but also get the correct answers easily.

Summary Completion Tips

  • Understand the general meaning:- Read to understand the general meaning of the passage. You can have a look at the sentence and try to understand their meaning.  This is important because it will help you find the correct answers easily.
  • Make a Prediction:- You can look at the gaps and try to predict what the answer will be. You can make a guess what type of word will fit grammatically whether it is verb, noun, or adjective etc.You can also predict the content based on the other words you see around the gaps.
  • Make word limit in mind:- The test takers should be very careful not to go over the word limit. If the instructions say “No more than 2 words”, ensure you follow the same.  You may get penalized for writing extra words.
  1. Form Filling Questions

In Form Filling Questions, the answers will be one or two words long and will contain factual information, such as, dates, phone numbers and times. This is one of the areas that IELTS Listening, where the examiner can try to trick you by giving a number of different pieces of information when only one of them is correct.

Form Filling Questions Tips

  • Make a Prediction:- Prediction is important and is required in all the areas of the IELTS listening test but it is essentially important in the form filling section. Predicting enables you to not only focus your brain on the area that you will hear, but more importantly, not focus on any other areas.
  • Look for synonymns:- Most of the students make a mistake of matching word for word. You will not get answers as simple as that. Try to look for synonyms  or paraphrases.
  • Focus on Word Count:- While attempting the test, you should focus on the word limits. If the question asks you to “write not more than 2 words” , do not write more than 2 words. Writing more than the permitted limits may affect your final scores.
  • Summary:- The form filling questions may seem simple but there are many tricks that can come up in this section. Ensure you go prepared by practicing these kinds of questions.
  1. Multiple Choice Questions

There are three different formats for Multiple Choice Questions-

  1. Short Answer Multiple Choice Question
  2. Sentence completion questions
  3. Pictures
  • Short Answer Multiple Choice Questions:- The first type is a short answer multiple choice question. In this section, you will be given a statement which has a number of different options to choose from.
  • Sentence completion questions:- In this type, you will be given a sentence and you need to complete it with one of a number of options.
  • Pictures:- The last kind is where you are given a sentence and you have to match this to one of a number of pictures.

Multiple Choice Questions Tips

  • Read Instructions carefully: – The first and foremost step is to read the instructions carefully. Read the questions and identify what is actually being asked.
  • Highlight keywords: – The keyword in the question will help you answer the question correctly. The keywords in the different options are those that differentiate meaning between the choices. You can try looking at the different options and underline any keywords that help you find the difference in meaning.
  • Don’t Rush: – Don’t rush to write answers as you hear. You may listen about more than one option in the recording so wait until all the options are talked about in the answer.
  • Make a guess: – Don’t spend more time than what is necessary. If you miss an answer or do not know the answer, make a guess and move on.

4. Labeling a Map or Plan

Labelling a Map or Plan type of question requires the test takers to recognize the different parts of the map or plan by listening to  the audio. You will also require understanding descriptions or following directions.  The test takers can expect listening to an audio where a person describes a map or plan to a group of people and you will have to follow the directions.

Labeling a Map or Plan Tips

  • Read Questions Carefully:- The thumb rule to attempt labelling a map or plan is to read the question carefully. Understand the map or plan and its features. Try to infer the meaning of the plan or map before you answer the questions.
  • Focus on major parts:- Missing out even a small information can deviate you from the goal of labelling a map or plan. You can try looking at the major parts of the map or plan to help you understand and navigate your way around.
  • Beware of ‘Distractors’:- Visualize the place that is described in the audio recording. You can note down any possible answers, but need to be careful with distractors. Distractors are the words, which sound similar but have different meanings.  You may end up marking incorrect answer if you do not pay attention to ‘distractors’.Matching Questions

In matching question types, the test takers are asked  to match two parts based on the logical relationship of the listening text.  You should not forget that there is a different strategy to follow in each IELTS listening item type.

5. Matching Questions Tips

  • Practice:- It is advisable to practice matching questions. When you practice, you should ensure that you do it under exam conditions. It is also important to find out why you getting the answers to the questions wrong.
  • Don’t get tricked:- In IELTS Listening test, the examiner may try to fool you by giving you something that seems like the correct answer first and then changing this to something else later in the recording.

IELTS Writing

The purpose of the IELTS writing test is to assess the writing skills of the candidates in academic environment. There are two parts of IELTS Writing- Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2.

IELTS Writing Task 1

In IELTS Writing Task 1,  the test takers are required to write an academic report on a chart or graph in more than 150 words. You will be given 20 minutes to complete this task.

IELTS Writing Task 1 Tips 

  • Read instructions carefully:- Before you get started with the writing part, it is advisable to read the instructions very carefully. Take a minute to read the question and then think and understand what it is asking you to do.
  • Support with data:- In IELTS Writing Task 2, it is suggested to support your description with accurate data. You can get this data from the graph or image shown to you.
  • Plan your answer:- Organizing and planning is necessary as this will help you score well by giving a clear and coherent answer. When you have a structure in your head, you will be able to plan an effective answer quickly.

IELTS Writing Task 2

IELTS Writing Task 2 requires test takers  to write an academic-style essay on a common topic. You have 40 minutes to write at least 250 words. Candidates are required to plan and organize an essay highlighting the main body points as well as supporting points.

IELTS Writing Task 2 Tips

  • Question Analysis:- You should know what the examiner is looking for. To do this, you are advised to read the question carefully. Students make a mistake of not reading the question correctly and end up answering the question incorrectly. Hence, to score more than 6 band, you should always read the question correctly.
  • Plan an essay:- The students who score the highest marks in essay writing plan before they write. Planning helps you arrange your ideas and structure them before you write. Planning also helps you to save you time and write a clear essay.
  • Introduce Properly:- The introduction paragraph should be opening paragraph of your essay. It conveys  the examiner what the rest of the essay is about. Introduction paragraph also guides you to write the main body paragraphs as well supporting points correctly .
  • Conclude:- At the end, you must provide proper conclusion. A conclusion should provide you a summary of what you have already said in the rest of the essay.

IELTS Speaking

IELTS speaking is the most challenging sections of the IELTS test. Students often trouble with this section and this is the reason they are not able to score high in the IELTS Speaking test. There are three sections of the IELTS Speaking-

Part 1 Introduction :- The speaking Part 1 of the IELTS lasts between 4-5 minutes and candidates are required to answer questions about familiar topics, such as, about their family, studies, hometown, hobbies, etc.  The first part of the IELTS speaking is easier because all the questions asked in this section are about you.

Part 2 Cue Card:-  In the Speaking Part 2, the candidates are given a cue card  about a particular topic and will be required to produce answers on them.  You will be given one minute to plan and then 2-3 minutes to talk about that topic.

Part 3 Cross Question :-  Part 2 and Part 3 are interlinked. In IELTS Listening Part 3, candidates will be asked further questions which will be linked to the topics talked in Part 2.

IELTS Speaking  Tips

  1. Focus on Intonation:- While answering, you must focus that you do not sound flat.  You are likely to get lower marks if your voice is monotonous i.e your pitch does not go up or down at all.  Even if the questions sound boring to you, you should respond to them energetically.
  2. Dont give short answers:- Since the purpose of the speaking test is to assess the spoken English skills of the candidates, therefore, do not give answers in short. Students feel tempted to give short answers because they simply want their test to be over as soon as possible. Examiner is going to ask you questions and even difficult ones, it is better to give a long answer than short.
  3. Ask Questions:- You can find confusion in several questions.  If you do not understand anything, feel free to ask your examiner to clear it. If you do not understand what examiner said, you can politely request him/her to repeat again.
  4. Make an Attempt:- There can be at least one question about which you have no idea how and what to answer. Since you have been speaking for a long and not answering to one question is not going to lower your marks. But at least you must make an attempt even if you are not sure about the answer.
  5. Do not memorize answers:- Its a bad idea to memorise answers for the IELTS Speaking test. You can practice familiar and expected questions, but is a bad idea to memorize answers for the test.
  6. Speak at a normal pace:- Students often ask if they should speak slowly or quickly in the IELTS speaking test. They have a misconception that they will get high scores if they speak quickly.  This is not the case. You should keep a steady pace.  Do not speak too slow, because it will be difficult for the listening to understand what you are try to say. On the other hand, , you may lose coherence by speaking too quickly.

General Advice for IELTS Test

  1. Eat and sleep Well:- Before you appear for the IELTS, we advise you to eat and sleep well. IELTS test take about 2 hours and 40 minutes and you need to do listening, reading and writing. Ensure you rest  and eat well to keep yourself focused during the test.
  2. Arrive Early:- Start early from home and arrive the test centre before the desired time. You may expect traffic on the way to the test centre , it is recommended to start an hour before depending on how densely or scarcely populated the area is where you want to reach.
  3. Take ID Proof:- Do not forget to take valid identity proof with you. You can check with the test centre which ID proofs are acceptable.
  4. Keep an eye on time:- IELTS is a time bound task.  There will be a clock in the exam room. Know where it is before the test starts so that you can complete the test on time.  You cannot take your watch or mobile into the exam room.
  5. Check equipment:- Before you get started with the test,check if the headphones are working or not.  If the headphones do not work, you can raise hand and get the attention of the invigilator to get the issue fixed.
  6. Answer Transfer:- You will be given 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.  When transferring your answers, ensure there are no spelling or grammatical errors.
  7. Read Instructions carefully:- You will be given instructions before the start of each item type. Read in how many words you are required to produce an answer. You may be penalized for producing response under or over the limit.
  8. Plan properly:- In IELTS Writing section, you should always plan your ideas and thoughts properly, before you start writing.  Planning helps you convey your ideas in a proper way. Hence, always spend some time on planning out things.
  9. Practice:- It is rightly said that practice makes a man perfect.  Before you appear for the test, practice previous IELTS papers to get acquainted with the format of the test.  You will also get an idea what to expect in the IELTS test.
  10. No learning aids allowed:- The test takers are not allowed to use any of the learning aids such as computers, phones, or even dictionaries during the IELTS test. Hence, you must practice and prepare for the test without these learning aids.

How LinguaSoft EduTech made IELTS Easy ?

You do not need to stress out over finding IELTS practice tests, study material or eBooks. LinguaSoft EduTech has prepared complete IELTS preparation course to help students get the desired band score. We have developed various software to help students improve their English skills for the real world. Our different IELTS software- IELTS Grammar & Vocabulary, IELTS Listening & Speaking, IELTS Reading and IELTS Writing help students develop their skills of the IELTS test.  In addition to these software, LinguaSoft’s Spoken English Software (Level B1 and B2) play an instrumental role in improving the pronunciation, vocabulary and fluency of the candidates.  Our various IELTS Software are carefully designed and developed so that you don’t miss out on any hints, tips or knowledge needed to get a high score.

The IELTS preparation process include more than just reading and writing.  LinguaSoft’s IELTS preparation courses involve practical activities in listening and speaking. You will listen to audio recordings, listen carefully and them answer questions based on what you heard. Similarly, our other IELTS Software such as IELTS Skills Reading , IELTS Skills Writing and IELTS grammar & Vocabulary are based on the same principles of ‘Natural Immersion Program’ to help students develop their English communication skills for the IELTS test.

Being successful in IELTS requires more than just good English skills.   Through these software, our aim is to take students through various sections of the IELTS test so that they feel confident and ready to take the test. Students will get to know about the exam format, their weaker areas and get proven tips and tricks to score high in the test.   LinguaSoft EduTech has spent years in the research work and after careful consideration we have developed  various IELTS software to make the preparation process easy for the test takers.

LinguaSoft EduTech’s IELTS Preparation Software

  • IELTS Grammar & Vocabulary :- In this software, students  will learn vocabulary and grammar required for IELTS test.  Students will learn  new words,  their meanings and their usage.
  • IELTS Listening & Speaking :- Our motive behind IELTS Listening and speaking software is to develop attentive listening skills of the candidates. We have included a variety of exercises in this software that tests the ability of the test takers to listen carefully. Similarly, speaking section prepare candidates for the speaking tasks such as introduction, cue card and follow up questions and give results in terms of their pronunciation and grammar accuracy.
  • IELTS Writing :- IELTS Writing software is designed to help candidates improve their writing skills for the IELTS test. IELTS writing section is the most challenging section  of the IELTS test. We have included a number  of exercises to help candidates gain acquaintance with the IELTS writing format.  The writings of the candidates are checked by our automated software and rating is given in terms of grammar, vocabulary and coherency.
  • IELTS Reading:- Our IELTS Reading software include ample of exercises where candidates are required to read a variety of English texts on academic topics. This help candidates develop the ability to read quickly as required under test conditions.

Who Should Enrol ?

LinguaSoft EduTech has carefully designed and developed various IELTS software using best-practice standards in IELTS preparation and Online teaching.  Our aim is to provide test takers all around the world with the knowledge and skills to take the IELTS test with confidence.  Best candidates for our software are:-

  • New candidates who are taking the test for first time
  • Repeat candidates who would like to improve their band score on the IELTS test
  • Everyone who want to improve their English communication skills

Course Inclusions

  • Instructional Videos covering all IELTS modules
  • Live practice tests in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Free learning resources such as eBooks, tips and tricks and video lessons
  • Fun games to make the learning process easy and interesting

Benefits of IELTS Preparation Software

Our various courses  help candidates develop their English skills not only for the IELTS test but for the real world. We have created these software inspired by ‘Natural Immersion Program’.  These software help candidates develop active receptive (listening and reading) and productive skills ( writing and speaking).  Candidates can practice on a number of excerises, review their performance and learn while playing fun games.  The top benefits of our IELTS preparation software are:-

  • Develop skills for the real world
  • Free learning resources
  • Live practice tests
  • Audio recordings and interactive Graphics
  • Fun Games
  • Video Lessons

Take IELTS Test with Confidence

If you are planning to take the IELTS test,  IELTS Preparation Software of LinguaSoft are the right thing to go for. These software will develop listening, reading, writing and speaking skills of the candidates for the IELTS test. Candidates can review their performance and know if they are ready to take the IELTS test with confidence.  IELTS Preparation courses when coupled with LinguaSoft’s Spoken English Level B1 and B2 software can improve your spoken English skills, grammar and vocabulary not only for the IELTS test but for the real world. So register now and start learning!


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