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Twelve tips for IELTS success

IELTS is a hugely popular and significant test of English these days. It is now the standard English language test for entry to British Universities and Colleges and is now being used worldwide for academic and work related purposes. The following twelve tips will go a long way in ensuring you achieve your best possible IELTS score. IELTS Writing module 1)When writing an essay always allow time at the end to check through what you have written. 2)Write at least 150 words in Task 1 and at least 250 words in Task 2. If you write less than these minimums you will lose marks. Don’t write too much though, as you must stick to your time limits for each question. 3)Keep to the topic set!. Make sure you answer what is being asked of you and never try to prepare sections of text before the exam IELTS Speaking module 4)Remember! you are being assessed on your ability to communicate in English not on your general knowledge. 5)Be talkative ! Don’t just answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the examiner’s questions, add details to your answer. 6)Don’t try to give a prepared speech, or talk about a different theme from the one you are asked to discuss. You will lose marks for this. IELTS Reading module 7)Keep to stated word limits in your answers e.g use no more than eight words. 8)Check the instructions carefully! sometimes tasks expect you to use words from the text in your answer and at other times your own words. 9)Remember! At first read for general meaning. Don’t try to understand every word or phrase, you just don’t have the time!. IELTS Listening module 10)At the end of the Listening you have time to transfer your answers to the Answer sheet. This is a great opportunity to check your grammar, spelling, and punctuation. 11)After each section there is usually a break in the recording. Use this short break to prepare for the next set of questions. 12)There is always an example At the beginning of the IELTS listening module, which you should use to familiarise yourself with the sound, the speakers and the situation they are speaking in. Good Luck!!!

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