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Preparing for IELTS Success

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is an internationally recognised qualification that many students need in order to access university courses in English-speaking countries, including the UK. A minimum score is required, usually determined by the university course, to demonstrate that the student has the necessary English language skills in order to be able to access the course. We offer a range of different IELTS courses in London to help you get the score you need, as this is a particularly hard qualification. Our ELTS courses include the Intensive course (IELTS preparation plus general English) and the Combination course, which provides one-to-one lessons as well as 20 group lessons, allowing you to focus on your particular difficulties and problem areas. As the IELTS qualification is notoriously difficult, we have put together a set of tips to help you improve your performance in each section. Listening Listening is often a skill that non-native English speakers find most difficult to master, as it requires concentration and the ability to separate and pick out words when native speakers are talking quickly or using slang and colloquial expressions. As with all the sections of the test, you should make sure you read the instructions properly and try not to leave any blank answers. The more questions you get right in parts one and two will give you a higher score overall. Try and write in your answers as you go along while listening and then go back and check your spelling and grammar afterwards. During the pauses between sections, read the next set of questions so you can prepare yourself and try and anticipate what the speaker will say. Reading Remember that you don’t need to have any previous knowledge on the topic to be able to answer the questions – all the answers will be found somewhere in the text. You should, however, spend your time preparing for the exam reading as much and as widely as possible to get yourself to reading different text types, particularly those with an academic style. You’ll also get plenty of practise on your preparation course at our English language school in London. Speaking Speaking is often another problem area for English students because nerves make it easy to make silly mistakes. Nevertheless, you should avoid over rehearsing your answers or trying to learn a prepared script off by heart at all costs. You will be tested more on fluency and communication than on grammatical accuracy. Try and give fully developed answers and make sure that you speak more than the examiner does. Writing Plan your piece of writing so that it is clearly laid out and divided into logical paragraphs. Read the question thoroughly and come back to it several times while writing to make sure that you stay on topic. Make sure that your style of writing and register is appropriate to the test and don’t use informal expressions or words. Go back and read through your answer, where possible, as this will give you the best chance of correcting any mistakes.

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