pass the IELTS exam Level Up English podcast 191

How to Pass the IELTS Exam

This is a heavily requested episode on the IELTS exam. Let’s talk about how you can get a high score and reach your goals in the exam.

In this episode, I talk more generally about what you can do to prepare for the exam. In the future, I plan to make more specific episodes on each section of the exam.

Exam Tips

  1. Start early. Don’t start 2 weeks before the exam. 6 months is more realistic!
  2. Do practice exams every day and record your scores so you can track your progress
  3. It doesn’t have to be exam content – any listening, speaking, reading, and writing will be great practice
  4. Focus on your general English but also exam structure
  5. Get a tutor if you can
  6. Time yourself when practising
  7. Focus on your weak areas
  8. Look at example answers online to get an idea of what is expected of you
  9. Study the marking criteria
  10. Read up on common topics in the exam
  11. Get in the habit of reading without using a dictionary. Guess word meanings from context.
  12. Focus on academic texts and subjects you’re less comfortable with
  13. Practise skimming, scanning and intensive reading
  14. Practise underlining key information when reading
  15. Listen to different accents (Australian, British, New Zealand, American)
  16. Stay calm in the speaking exam. Practising a lot will help you keep calmer
  17. Get in the habit of expanding your answers. Don’t just say “yes” or “no”.
  18. Speak English before going into the exam room. Try to ease into it instead of suddenly speaking English with no warm-up

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