As an IELTS coach, I know that many IELTS candidates are struggling with their tests. As they get closer to the IELTS test day, they become more and more concerned about the things that they can and should do to get a better result. Therefore I decided to sum up some tips and recommendations that I think IELTS candidates should consider before sitting their tests.
Things to do LONG before your IELTS test day
To help you prepare, find an IELTS coach
If you do some research, you will easily discover that there are plenty of IELTS preparation courses out there. Depending on the location and on your budget, you can take these courses online or face-to-face. You’ll quickly find that there are some free courses available, while others charge you a fee. You’ll also soon understand that there are a variety of preparation books and study material available. Most candidates are overwhelmed by this variety of courses and materials and therefore go to IELTS coaches to get help.
An IELTS coach will analyze your skills, needs, and limitations and recommend the options that best suit you. Your coach may advise you to take a course, only if you really need it, or help you self study by selecting the most suitable study material for you. In this way, a coach will guide you in the right direction and keeps you on the track throughout your prep, while saving you money and time.
Learn about the test format and timing
The first thing you should learn about the IELTS test is its format and structure. IELTS is a standard test, so it always has the same format, the same question types, and the same timing. This means that if you decide to take your IELTS test in the UK, for example, it will have the same format as the IELTS tests elsewhere in the world. To get you started with the preparation, it is advisable to know the structure of the test, as well as the amount of time you have for each section of the test.