Few tips for Passing IELTS (Academic)

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Re: Few tips for Passing IELTS (Academic)

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If you're prepping to write IELTS, these materials may be very useful.

This is in three parts, I will breakdown by General Overview, Part 1, 2 and 3, then common topics and questions asked so you can practice. The following links will help introduce you to speaking.

General Overview on Speaking
1. http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-speaking-free-lessons.../

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Now for the trick:

IELTS normally rotates same questions within four months worldwide. What I mean is if you are writing April 2019 for instance, practice questions from Feb- March, it does not change. These two links will give you recent topics and questions you can practice.

These links have recent questions and answers I think ( you don’t have to go with the answers just go with yours)

Tips: Freestyle and don’t be nervous on the day. Act like you are talking to your friend.

For this you just need links on tips and practice questions on YouTube.

Practice Questions for listening:

You will see more questions or search for recent ielts listening practice questions on YouTube and you will get a lot. Practice, Practice, Practice!!!!! Time yourself and make sure you do well at the time given. It is all about TIME for ielts oh.(Do 10-20 questions to reinforce what you have learnt).

This is mainly practice questions, but just for an overview plus tips and trick you can look at these links:

Practice Questions on Reading:

Again search and type ielts reading practice questions 2019 in the YouTube search bar to get more questions.
Practice, Practice, Practice!!!!! Time yourself and make sure you do well at the time given. It is all about TIME for ielts oh. (Do 10-20 practice Questions to reinforce what you have learnt)

This is the one you should pay close attention to.
You have two parts: 1 and 2

For General Overview:
http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task- ... -and-tips/


These are the links that helped me majorly with writing
1. https://www.ieltsadvantage.com/writing-task-1/
3.For practice questions and model answers for Inspiration use these two links
https://www.ielts-mentor.com/writing-sa ... ing-task-2
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Re: Few tips for Passing IELTS (Academic)

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Trust me. Anyone who has had their education in the English language (i.e a Nigerian) can get a band 8+ in IELTS Reading if they follow my advice.
The only thing is the length of time to achieve this proficiency will vary. Others can get there with 1 week of practice and another with 6 months of practice.

With this strategy, you might not need a coach or any resource (i.e a book, Cambridge practice books are compulsory of course). However, a coach can be of help to shorten your preparation time.
The areas that might take you weeks to figure out all by yourself can be explained in a few hours, and this is most valuable it will save you time.
That said, let us get down to my recommended band 8+ practice strategy
1. Starting from the latest Cambridge practice test 14 or 15. Answer all of the Reading questions, one at a time, under exam conditions. By exam conditions, I mean, time yourself and ensure there is no intermission or distraction.
2. Use the answers provided to grade your work over 40.
3. Look at the questions you got wrong and try to figure out why you got them wrong (don’t stress on this yet).
4. Take one or two more Reading test and grade your responses with the answers provided.
5. Now that you have done a few tests, did your score improve or decrease? What is your average score?
6. Go watch some videos and read resources explaining how to answer those types of questions that you find difficult.
7. Practice more Cambridge tests. Go through 14, 13, 12, 11… in that order. Grade and evaluate.
8. Rinse and repeat the process and by now, you should see your scores improve consistently.
9. Keep learning from tutorials to help you handle your trouble points. Ask other people if necessary
10. Continue to practice as required. Once you hit your desired band score in your practice, go register for the test..
: If you know you have time on your hands (you are not busy at work) but find it hard to practice regularly. Register for your exam 2 months ahead. 2 months is relatively enough to be ready and the fact that you have registered should give you enough motivation to sit your butt down and practice.
If after a lot of practice (5+) and watching the particular videos to fill your proficiency gap, you do not see your scores improving, my friend, GET HELP!
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Re: Few tips for Passing IELTS (Academic)

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Re: Few tips for Passing IELTS (Academic)

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If you want to pass the IELTS well, read good and educative novels; those written in standard English. Read also some good newspapers. I had 8.5 in writing, which to a large extent can be attributed to being in an academic environment for a while before writing the exams. In fact, the letter I was asked to write was like child's play compared to the 4,000-word essays I had been churning out as part of my studies.

So, the more you read, write and listen to BBC/VOA etc, the easier the exam becomes for you. Secondly, being in an academic setting also ensured I was listening to English speakers in lectures and I spoke during presentations. Practise and give it time, and you will ace your IELTS. I still did not use the IELTS unfortunately and that was some good money that went down the drain.

Note: when listening, tune in to news from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, US, and UK. The listening sections have different accents from speakers from these parts of the world. So if you are used to American English, you may struggle to understand a British with their silent 'T's. If you are used to British English, you may falter a bit with the American rolling 'R's or 'R's replacing 'T's. Bottom line, don't stick to what you know. The accents of a Canadian, an American, a British and an Australian are different. If you stumble unto it for the first time during the exam, especially the Australian or Canadian accent, it will take you some minutes before you catch up and once you miss parts of the passage, you are going to struggle in answering the questions.

In writing, use big vocabularies. Replace very happy with elated or thrilled; quiet with tranquil or serene; very beautiful with gorgeous; green vegetation with lush green, wealth with opulence...you get the vibe, so read. Do the same in speaking. Be specific: a wound can be a blister, a sore, a fracture, a bruise etc. Go and look for The Student's Companion if you don't have it and practise using the big words there. Lace your writing with idioms and proverbs if you can use them correctly. If you can't, stick to the big words only etc.

In speaking, speak at your normal pace. Speak distinctly and clearly. Don't change your accent. I was interviewed by an English woman; despite having an African accent, I had 8. Listen to Chimamanda or Ngozi Okonjo Iweala speak, they don't change their accents but they speak to international audiences. Don't try to form what you are not. Be confident and proud of your accent. Accents wouldn't change much of your scores unless they affect understanding of what you are saying. Igbos, drop the vowel sounds we add to the end of words; ball is ball, not bolu. Yorubas watch out for muting 'h' before vowels etc. Fluency, i.e. having the right words at the right time to express yourself, is more important than accent. Practise giving impromptu speeches on various topics. It is better you are told to stop rather than stopping before your time is up. However, don't ramble.

In listening, clean your ears with cotton buds. Once you miss any, try not to dwell on it otherwise you will miss the next (I did this and had a 6.5 and this messed my scores up). Study how to listen to instructions, directions, description of an item's location or directions on a map etc. These are the commonest questions on listening: multiple locations are described or things are placed on a drawing and tagged with alphabets, then you are asked to match the correct item with the description given. Once you miss one description, forgo it. Move at the pace of the reader and listen to the next. Once he or she is ahead of you, you are going to fail that whole section. For me, this is the hardest part of IELTS. It requires not just listening but active listening.

Good Luck.
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