Before I start working with any IELTS students, there are a few tips that I like to share. These tips will help you to get in the right mind frame, so that you are able to assess what you need to do to get the score that you want. So as you study for this test keep these important IELTS tips in mind.
- The examiner is determining your English level. If you want to get a high score, your answers need to be long enough for them to determine that you have a strong command of the English language.
- I recommend that you say about 5 sentences for every question. It’s ok if it’s a little short, and they will cut you off it it’s much longer, but you want to make sure that they know how well you speak.
- Use idioms. The IELTS loves idioms, try to use at least 5 throughout your exam. Spread them out, try to use 2 in part one, 2 in part two, and 2 in part 3 (yes, I know that equals 6, that means you can miss one). I recommend that you memorize 15-20 that you use and practice with them all the time, that way when you are in the exam it will be easy for you to use 5 ( or 6). That way by the time you take the exam you’ll easily be able to chose one of your go to idioms no matter which question they ask you.
- Don’t keep repeating the same words or phrases. Don’t say I like, I like, I like. Say I like, I enjoy, I prefer. Show variety in your sentences and vocabulary.
- All of your sentences should not be short. It’s ok to have 1 short sentence, but you want at least half of your sentences to be long or medium.
- Use strong phrasing. Don’t use baby language. Ex. I like school. My teach is nice. She smiles a lot. Everyone likes her. Instead say, “ I truly enjoyed school, My teacher was very kind, she always smiled. My classmates and I really enjoyed her class.
- Use strong vocabulary. The easiest way to use better vocabulary is to learn new adjectives.
- Describe things. Describe what you’re talking about, don’t be general, paint a picture.
- It’s ok to stretch the truth. Your answers do not have to be 100% accurate. They should sound true, but it’s ok if you add something or make something up to improve your answer.