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IELTS success tips from Ann Sanders
These success tips were shared by Ms Ann who took her exam in September. She took her test in Australia and got a band score of 8.
Here is what she says:
If your level of English is good, you will not require any special coaching to score well on the IELTS test. All that you need to do is to familiarize yourself with the kind of questions that are repeatedly asked. Yes, you heard it right. The questions asked on an IELTS test held in one country can be asked on IELTS tests held in other countries at a later time. Therefore do yourself a favour and practice answering questions that were asked on recently held IELTS tests. If you are lucky you might be asked the same questions on your test.
Stay relaxed and confident. Believe in your ability to ace the exam. If you think you can, you CAN.
Make it a habit to watch and listen to English programmes on the TV and radio. Remember that familiarity with various English accents is essential to score well on the listening module of IELTS.
Develop good reading habits. Read everything that you can lay your hands on. Read magazines, journals, newspapers and academic text books. Look up any unfamiliar word that you might come across. Pay special attention to phrasal verbs and idioms.
Practice writing essays and letters. Remember that you cannot write a good essay without some practice. Nobody is born knowing how to write. It is a skill that we acquire with some practice. Look for spelling and grammatical errors. No matter how good your essay is, if you make careless grammar and spelling mistakes, your band score will be low.