7 Common Sense Tips for IELTS that Will Help Your Preparation

Put this advice into action and get the best possible band score in IELTS


1. Be professional and prepare properly

Treat your IELTS exam like you would treat an important job interview. You wouldn’t show up to an important interview unprepared, would you? Many students make the mistake of not preparing properly for their IELTS exam.

  • Remember there are four sections to the IELTS exam. Don’t spend all your preparation time on one or two sections!
  • Being a good English speaker does not mean that you will automatically get a good grade in the IELTS speaking exam. The same is also true for the listening, writing and reading sections. You need to get used to the IELTS structure and time constraints and you need to have your own system in place for each part of the exam.
  • Build the specific vocabulary you need for the IELTS exam. There are a number of themes that are very prevalent in the exam and you need to know specific vocabulary related to each one. When you learn key vocabulary, store it in a flashcard application on your phone! This keeps all your vocabulary in one, easy to access place.
2. Study with reliable, trustworthy resources
Many online resources and websites are run by people who don’t fully understand the IELTS exam. There are many websites that give inaccurate and misleading information, and others that provide ‘expert’ sample answers with less than expert levels of English! Only work with reputable sources!

3. Develop your answers fully
You have 15 minutes to demonstrate your speaking ability to the examiner. Don't sell yourself short! Do not provide very short answers if you are capable of doing more!

In part 1, you will be asked basic questions about familiar topics such as your school, family, hobbies etc. You should reply with reasonably short answers but make sure to never answer with a single sentence.

What is your hobby?
I like football, I play every weekend with my friends. I also watch at least two live games a week. I’m really passionate about it.
4. Speak Clearly
Some of my students worry that their accents don't sound 'native' enough. For the IELTS exam, your accent is unimportant. What is vital is that you enunciate and pronounce words clearly. Make sure that you use an online dictionary to check the pronunciation of any new words you use and ask your tutor to correct any pronunciation mistakes that you make.

Tip!! Pay careful attention to regular past tense verbs and adjectives that end in -ed. There are three different -ed sounds.

5. Use a range of different adjectives
Don’t overuse the same adjectives in your answers. Show the examiner that you have a broad range of vocabulary. You should know a number of different synonyms for common descriptive vocabulary.

However, please be careful! Some students believe that using 'high-level vocabulary' will get them a high band score, and so they force overly formal and unnatural vocabulary into their answers, making mistakes in the process. Focus on communicating as naturally and concisely as possible.

6. Speak at a steady pace
Don’t speak too fast or too slow! Speak at a regular, relaxed pace and ensure that the examiner can understand everything you say. Record yourself answering IELTS questions and when you play it back, pay attention to the speed of your voice.  

7. Don’t memorize answers
Examiners are trained to tell if you are reciting a memorized speech. Memorize specific vocabulary and regularly practice putting it into action but do not memorize whole paragraphs.

These tips should help you to organize a strategy and a study plan for IELTS. However, be warned, there is NO MAGIC TRICK that will help you to get a high band score in IELTS. It is not a complicated exam, but you have to work hard to improve your English in the months leading up to the exam. Make sure that you create an organized study plan and stick to it!

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Summer Sale! 15% Discount on ALL Packages in August! Book now! I'm Padraic and I'm an English language trainer from Ireland. I have been teaching university students and business professionals since 2009! I now teach full-time online while also running my own blog called PJC English. I have helped hundreds of students to improve their fluency, pass job interviews and improve their IELTS band score!! I go the extra mile to ensure that you improve your English! ★ MA Adult Learning / BA English Literature / TEFL ★ Specialize in Business English, IELTS Speaking Prep and English Job Interview. ★ Focus on building confidence, fluency and accuracy. ★ Practical, engaging teaching materials Book your trial lesson today!!! About Me ★ Highly-organized, professional teacher with a patient, compassionate teaching style. ★ Excellent communication and motivation skills. I will help you to feel more confident about your English. ★ English Coaching available. I will advise and guide you through your language journey. Your learning does not stop at the end of the class! ★ Experience with students from Korea, China, Europe. Middle East and Latin America. ★ Run my own blog and website with useful, practical English learning materials. pjcenglish.com About my Classes Business English Lessons based on practical business situations and designed around your individual needs. Learn vocabulary and language structures specifically for the world of business and the modern international workplace. IELTS Learn how the exam is assessed and graded and practice with sample test papers. Improve your range of vocabulary and grammar, and develop your test-taking skills. Job Interview Prepare for all kinds of interview questions with expert interview advice and feedback. English Conversation Coaching Build confidence, Improve common errors, expand and retain vocabulary, reduce your accent and and correct your pronunciation.
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Summer Sale! 15% Discount on ALL Packages in August! Book now! I'm Padraic and I'm an English language trainer from Ireland. I have been teaching university students and business professionals since 2009! I now teach full-time online while also running my own blog called PJC English. I have helped hundreds of students to improve their fluency, pass job interviews and improve their IELTS band score!! I go the extra mile to ensure that you improve your English! ★ MA Adult Learning / BA English Literature / TEFL ★ Specialize in Business English, IELTS Speaking Prep and English Job Interview. ★ Focus on building confidence, fluency and accuracy. ★ Practical, engaging teaching materials Book your trial lesson today!!! About Me ★ Highly-organized, professional teacher with a patient, compassionate teaching style. ★ Excellent communication and motivation skills. I will help you to feel more confident about your English. ★ English Coaching available. I will advise and guide you through your language journey. Your learning does not stop at the end of the class! ★ Experience with students from Korea, China, Europe. Middle East and Latin America. ★ Run my own blog and website with useful, practical English learning materials. pjcenglish.com About my Classes Business English Lessons based on practical business situations and designed around your individual needs. Learn vocabulary and language structures specifically for the world of business and the modern international workplace. IELTS Learn how the exam is assessed and graded and practice with sample test papers. Improve your range of vocabulary and grammar, and develop your test-taking skills. Job Interview Prepare for all kinds of interview questions with expert interview advice and feedback. English Conversation Coaching Build confidence, Improve common errors, expand and retain vocabulary, reduce your accent and and correct your pronunciation.
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