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On this page,you can see tips of 50-100 words, that are going to be used for a free IELTS ebook, called: "100 Free IELTS Tips Ebook" - it will also include specific sections of the IELTS listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Whilst some people may pass without preparation, for others it may be much harder. Realise, that those who do pass, might have done English training for many years and be very competent - that might also be you - you can tell that if for example you need to get a 7 for speaking and are able to speak about things fluently and without any particular issues for grammar, fluency and pronunciation etc. - if that is not you, then it is best to prepare - however, even if your level is high, at least practice to become familiar with the exam format.
I have never heard that - one previous candidate said they had failed it for about 10 years. However, for most this may not be practical, as it might be quite expensive and take up a lot of time - practise in an organised way, to get more confident of likely passing.
I have heard that some centers are not so organised and the grading was not so professional. Hopefully this will not be the case for the majority of places - you can always complain to IELTS, or better still try to take it in a place with a normal reputation - in theory grading should be the same for any country.
Yes, however it might cost money and maybe take many weeks to get back and even then, there is no guarantee of an improvement. I heard from one apparent previous IELTS examiner that writing and speaking may be more easy to improve. Actually, I wrote a fuller article on this topic, which can be seen at the following link: "IELTS Regarding".
About 13 days I have heard from previous students. In addition, you can get the option from some test centers to be able to see it online, or even have an SMS message about that - try to check with your local test center about what is their policy for that.
The highest grade possible is a 9 and the lowest is 0, which is a no-show. For most people, they may want from about a 5 at the lowest and a 7 at the highest - some may need higher now, such as doctors working in the UK who need a 7.5 average for the Academic and a minimum of 7 for each section.
This topic is a bit confusing - I saw a site which had a lot of information and was saying that it was in a small amount of locations around the world. Then when I contacted IELTS, they said that it was not operating, so am not sure what to think - you can check my article for further updates on this topic and clearly for many they are more familiar with writing on a computer than with paper, so keep your writing skills for paper as fresh as possible: "Computer-based IELTS".
Try to listen to those students who have been successful and see if any of their tips can be useful to you. They may announce in a forum that they have passed and say also that they are happy to help anyone else for free. However, preferably go for those who have got a much higher grade than you did, as they may know more.
The test center may be a reasonably far distance from where you live. You can try to think about various ways of getting there in a reasonable time, such as if a train is not operating. Also, by getting to the test center, you can hopefully be more relaxed than you might be otherwise.
The IELTS exam may take a lot of energy - try to have enough energy, so that you can work effectively, without having to rest. However, try to avoid any big "heavy" meal shortly before the exam, such as oily pizza etc, which might take a long time to digest - for example, you could take some bananas/oranges etc. to give you energy without making you tired.
For the IELTS, you cannot bring a dictionary and also currently cannot use tippex. Check the instructions of the test center carefully when they send you confirmation details, so that you can make sure you are not brining things which you would not be able to take into the exam.
Think of a study plan that you are going to make for the IELTS and make a schedule. For example, think about how much IELTS reading study and practice exams you will need to do before the exam, to be more confident of passing. Through a clearly written out study plan, you can then try to be more strategic.
For the IELTS, try to be confident and also realistic. Remenber that being nervous is unlikely to help - instead try to understand as much as possible about the exam and work on any weak areas of your English in order to be as confident as possible - see an article here: "IELTS Exam Confidence".
For the exam, be careful not to be overconfident. Whilst you may know a lot of information and have done well in your practice, you also need to be careful that you are attentive in the writing exam, so that you do not run out of time for the task two or make any similar error.
Failing the IELTS may be very disappointing for you. Try to stay positive and consider if you are going to have a regrade or not. If you are going to take the exam again, try to think about why you failed and how you can hopefully do better next time.
Be clear what is your goal for the IELTS. Make sure you know exactly if you need a minimum of 7 for each section, or an average of 7, with a minimum of 6.5. The second option is going to be easier to score, than trying to do well in each section.
Even if you have taken the exam and passed three sections and now only need the fourth, still make sure to focus on doing well in each section. An error that I have seen is that one student focussed very much on one section and then passed it and then failed another section that they had previously passed.
Try to use as many resources as possible. There are various forums and free sites on the internet. In addition, you may choose to buy some IELTS books to practise the reading and listening sections with recent exams. However remember that not all model answers on the internet may be as good as others.
IELTS say: "Switch off your mobile phone and any other electronic devices" - in addition be sure to bring necessary ID, as they warn (on the same page) that if you do not have it, you cannot take the exam. As with all exams, try to avoid any behaviour that might look as though you are cheating, although hopefully that would not be an issue.
If you have taken the IELTS exam multiple times and are looking for a simple method to calculate your average grade, then you can click on the following link for that: "Average IELTS Band Calculator" and input your data to get the results - remember that in the IELTS an average of 6.25 or 6.75 etc. will become 6.5 or 7, as the .25 amounts are increased to the nearest .5..
Recognise that the IELTS can take a lot of time to prepare and that if it is likely that you might get busy in your job and would have to reduce, then try to schedule a reduced workload or days off etc. ahead of time. For example, maybe you may be quite confident that usually you could study in your free time for 10 hours a week, even if overtime is given and also request one week of holiday just before the exam.
Because sometimes people may get a regrade and their grade can be change by even 1.5 I have heard one time on a forum (not confirmed), then it may be the case that for most students, there 7 for writing or speaking with one examiner may not be the same grade exactly with 100% of examiners. Therefore, try to add in some "safety margin" to get higher than required and preferably some time for a regarding (have heard it may take up to 8 weeks), if a regrade is required.
Whilst some may claim that they need minimal help from a tutor and in fact, there level might be quite high and not especially required, for the speaking and writing, it may be very useful to do this, so that you know your grade and get correction for your errors. Of course, that will often require a payment, however it might sometimes work out cheaper than the cost of a repeat exam - you need to make your own decision, if your level is sufficiently high or not.
•1. Are Some IELTS Centers Easier?
•2. Average IELTS Band Calculator
•3. Food + Sleep
•4. Can I Get An IELTS Regrade?
•5. Check What You Can Bring
•6. Do I Have To Prepare For The IELTS?
•7. Do Not Be Overconfident
•8. Enough Preparation Time
•9. Failing The IELTS
•10. Focus On All Sections
•11. Get To The Test Center Easily
•13. How Long Does The IELTS Take To Be Graded?
•14. IELTS Study Plan
•15. Is There A Computer-based IELTS Exam?
•16. Is There A Limit To The Number Of IELTS Exams I Can Take?
•17. Listen To Successful Students
•18. Normally No Guarantee
•19. On The Exam Day
•22. What Is The Highest Grade Possible For The IELTS?
•23. Do Practice IELTS Listening Exams
•24. Listen To Various English Accents
•25. Making Notes
•26. Read Ahead
•27. Question Types
•28. Understand The Exam
•29. Formatting The IELTS Reading Test Text
•30. IELTS Reading Questions
•31. IELTS Reading Synonyms
•32. IELTS Reading Time
•34. Avoid Repetition
•36. Different IELTS Speaking Vocabulary
•37. Direct Answers
•38. Full Answers
•41. IELTS Pronunciation
•42. Listen To Model Answers From Native Speakers
•44. Native-style Pronunciation
•45. Phrases To Answer
•46. Practise Exams
•47. Practise In Front Of A Mirror
•48. Practise Regularly
•50. Read Previous IELTS Exam Questions
•51. Record Yourself
•52. Short Exam Time
•53. Speak About Easy Topics
•54. Speak More In English
•55. Speak Only In English
•56. Speaking Topics
•58. Study The Speaking Grading Data
•59. Study Your Errors
•60. Task 1 Preparation
•61. Task 2 Bullet Points
•62. Understand The Exam Format
•63. Understand The Question
•64. Useful Expressions
•67. Advanced Vocabulary For Starting IELTS
•68. Answer The Question Directly
•69. Be Careful Of Informal Punctuation
•72. Find Your Weak Areas
•73. Get Used To Writing By Hand
•75. High-level Words For IELTS Writing
•76. How Can I Increase My Grade In 1/2 day?
•77. How Many "My Opinion" Expressions Should I
Use For IELTS Writing Task 2?
•78. How Many Minutes For Checking?
•79. How Many Paragraphs Should I Use?
•80. How Many Sentences Should I Write?
•81. How Many Statistics Should I Use, For IELTS
Academic Writing Task 1?
•82. How To Make Ideas For The IELTS Task 2
•83. IELTS Band Descriptors
•84. IELTS Writing Checking
85. IELTS Writing Sentence Length
•86. IELTS Writing Synonyms
•87. IELTS Writing Time
•88. Increase IELTS Writing Vocabulary Complexity
•89. Linking Words
•90. Make An Excel Sheet Of Your Errors
•91. Model IELTS Writing Answers
•92. Regular Practice IELTS Writing Tasks
•93. Should I Improve Something That Is Alright?
•94. Should I Write Complex Or Basic Sentences?
•96. Start IELTS Writing Tasks With As Strong A Word As Possible
•98. Text Analyser
•99. Understand The Exam Questions
•100. Watch Advice Videos
•101. What Are Common Errors For Handwriting?
•102. When Should I Write Numbers Or Letters?