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IELTS Band Formula for Indian Students

17 May 2018

What is IELTS all about?

IELTS on your mind? Well, let us tell you IELTS or The International English Language Testing System is basically an exam that assesses the language proficiency of those who want to study or work where the language of communication is English. It uses a nine-band scale to find out the levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

This exam is acknowledged by immigration authorities and plays a vital role in using language assessment as a mean to regulate migration numbers.

If you are looking for some tips to score well in IELTS, here are some wise words...

 

Modules you will be taking:

  • Listening: This 30 minute-module consists four sections and basically you will have to listen to an audio recording and have you answer questions from a booklet.
  • Reading: This 1 hour-module has 40 questions that will test you on a wide range of reading skills. It is further divided into two versions: the academic and general training versions.
  • Writing: This 1 hour-module has two versions: academic and general training. The academic consists two tasks — first: describing a chart or a diagram; second: writing an essay in response to a problem or argument. The general training is comprised of two tasks - 1) writing a letter in response to a situation; 2) writing an essay in response to a problem or argument.
  • Speaking: The speaking module generally lasts for about 11-14 minutes and aims to examine your spoken English skills. There will be nothing but a conversation with a certified IETLS examiner.
  • The Listening, Reading and Writing modules will come in succession on your test day. Your Speaking module, however, may be on a different day — mostly either seven days before or after your actual test date.

Talk, Walk & Breathe in English!

 

To crack a test like the IELTS, we strongly recommend you to use English as much as you can in your everyday life. Here are few simple things you could do to make a difference:

  • Read journals, articles, and newspapers and be aware of current events and issues, that might very well turn out to be a topic for the speaking or writing module!
  • Switch on your TV and tune in to CNN and BBC; British movies — this will help!
  • Get yourself used to of various English accents from around the world like the Australian, American, British, New Zealand, and even Canadian.
  • Practice not only speaking but also thinking in English as much as you can.
  • Practice writing emails and letters to sharpen your written skills.

Handling the Listening Section:

Though it is very competitive but if you listen carefully there is a great possibility to score well. Just stick to the conversation fully and avoid using erasers while the test is in progress. Keep in mind that the tape is played only once — so it important to remember what you hear. Pay close attention!

Making the Most of the Reading Section:

To overcome impediments in the reading section, it's advisable to look for synonyms and not for the exact words mentioned in the question. To avoid running out of time in the end, always write answers to the answer sheet directly after each passage. Try to answer the paragraph summary questions as you read it saves a lot of time.

Bringing Out Your Best Paper Self- the Writing Section:

Focus on the right aspects. Don’t write long passages, neither try to finish writing so early. Try to spend more time on the longer essay. After finishing if you have time try replacing some of the everyday words with fancy synonyms that might impress your examiner.

Saying Hello to the Speaking Section: No fake accent, please!

Try avoiding non-lexical fillers like ‘urgh’ and ‘hmm’ for they create a bad impression. Make sure you include some quote or idiom in your two- minute speech. It would sound impressive in your introduction or conclusion. Also, what’s important is your pronunciation, not the accent. If your pronunciation is wrong even with a good accent, it will still cost you marks here. Avoid mispronouncing and that’s all you need.

IELTS Training

The Early bird catches the worm! so it’s always better to enroll yourself in a good institution asap to prepare better. Search for such institutions, view reviews about them and also keep an eye on the previous records of the ex-students.

Based on the programme and institution where you want to study, all you going to need is to get an overall IELTS score ranging between 5.5 - 7.0. Now since you have gone through this article, we hope that you got a clear plan to crack the IELTS now. But always keep in mind, practice, practice, and more practice really does make perfect!