To score high, you have to prepare for the IELTS exam really well and your preparation should cover the type of questions you may encounter in IELTS test. For example, when you have never travelled to a foreign country and your given cue card topic asks you to describe a country you have visited, that is a problem. Therefore, think about the possibility of such questions and get yourself ready to meet the challenges. If you think about a single topic every day and think out the answers, you would be better prepared after short period of time than you can imagine. This way, you will boost your confidence too.
Prepare yourself for the probable questions you might be asked in the speaking test. IELTS speaking session includes 3 parts. In part 1, you will be asked general questions about yourself. There are only some possible general and basic questions that can be asked about someone. You can simply get prepared for every possibility. Explore and write down all the possibilities and a good response to each. When you’re questioned about your family, you don’t have to struggle to come up with descriptions for your family members. Practice ahead of time to control what you are going to say. Right now, as you are reading this, stop and take a minute to respond each of these questions presented below. If you were asked answering these questions in an interview, what would you say?
- Please describe yourself.
- Please describe your family.
- Please describe your home.
- Please describe some of your interests.
- Please describe your job.
- Please describe your studies.
- Please describe your college.
- Please describe your hometown/village.
This practice is very important. Make sure that you can spend a minute or so answering each of these questions without having to take the time to think of a good response which means to answer instantly. These are basic questions and you should have some prepared basic answers for.
With a little thought and practice, it is possible turn your dull past experiences into exciting exploits. Stories are your strongest weapon for attracting the examiner and demonstrating your expertise of fluent English speaking. The questions in Part 2 of the speaking module literally beg for one or some stories to be told. These need to be compelling stories, real-time drama, and you’re the hero. You want the interviewer begging for more, asking follow-up questions, eager to hear how it ends. Once you begin a quick exciting story, you set the tone of the interview, and you will determine what will be the follow-up questions.
The most effortless way to prepare for these part 2 questions is to search your memory for any interesting instance in your past. Perhaps where you played a leadership role or accomplished a goal. These can be from any part of your past, during your education, at home with your family and friends, projects at work or university, or any other stuff that you might have had a part in. Identify the main characteristics of the story, you want to have things straight. Make sure you know the basics of what happened, who was involved, the reason for its happening, and how the events unfolded sequentially. You certainly don’t want to stop or make a mistake when you are speaking over the facts and repeat yourself during the interview.
Some common topics you should be prepared to talk about in your IELTS Speaking test are given below:
- Hometown/ Living place
- Home/ Accommodation
- Daily routine
- Daily activities
- Food/ Cooking
- Going Out
- Leisure time
- Neighbours & Neighbourhood
In the IELTS Listening test, you should listen to a recording and answer to its question simultaneously. So, always look at the questions first and then listen to what you are looking for. If you know the type of information this test often asks, you would be in a better position to extract information from the listening. Here are some common information you should listen to carefully includes:
- Date of birth
- Phone number
- Social Security Number/ ID number
- Licence number
- Subject name
- Course name
- Street address
- Country name
- Name of an equipment
- The name of a club/programme/organisation
Following are a few resources that you can follow and prepare for the IELTS reading module. Have you ever wondered where the reading passages come from? Wonder no more. The following resource is the answer to your query.
- https://www.economist.com - A great resource for business news, international politics and opinion. This website even has audio editions (might require subscription). This is one of my favourite websites as a reading resource.
- http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/business-magazine - A great resource for IELTS candidates. It includes texts about work-related topics to assist you in improving your English language skills and get ahead in your career.
- https://www.the-scientist.com – This website main focus is on environmental issues, culture, nature, science, biology, psychology and animals. Moreover, it has a rich collection of multimedia contents.
- https://www.newscientist.com - It includes a wide range of interesting topics such as technology, space, physics, health, human, health and life that are very similar to the IELTS reading topics.
- https://www.nationalgeographic.com - Great source of reading for IELTS. It comprises article on environment, animals, science, culture and history.
If you are taking the IELTS GT module, you will have to write a letter and an essay and for the academic module, candidates should write a report based on a graph or a diagram and an essay.
Essay topics cover a range of topics, but it is worth to mention that they are often one of the following categories:
- Food and Diet
- Traditional Culture
- International Aid
- Business and Money
- Crime and Punishment
- Media and Advertising
- Space Exploration
- Sport & Exercise
- Public Transport
- Youth Crime
- Traditional Culture
- Government Spending