Don't get up on your study or migration goals, prepare instead, with these 5 tips
With the current COVID-19 situation, we all must change how we live, work and go about our daily lives. It might seem like you need to pause your migration and study abroad plans due to national lockdowns and the temporary closure of IELTS Test Centres, but that is not the case. Don't feel discouraged. Use this time to prepare for IELTS and boost your score.
So, how can you do this? Here are 5 ways to prepare for IELTS during COVID-19.
1. Get familiar with the IELTS Test Format
There are 4 parts to the IELTS test, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each test part is made up of questions types that asses your English-language skills in either an everyday work environment or life situation, academic or professional setting.
Make sure to look at how much time you need to complete each test part, what type of questions you might get, the band descriptions and what each band might look like.
2. Expose yourself to a wide range of topics - read, watch, listen write
Use all the extra time you have, to read, watch and listen to English content across a wide range of topics.
Read news articles, books, online publications, and blogs. Watch your favourite movies or TV shows. And if you are not too confident, turn on the subtitles for extra support. Podcasts are another great way to improve your English-language skills or practise letter writting with friends or family.
The effort you put in now will make a big difference when it comes to taking your IELTS Test. The texts you see in the Reading and Writting Test are taken from real-like scenarios, such as newspapers, articles and work manuals.
3. Get a step ahead with IELTS Support Tools
Now that you are familiar with the test format and the topics you might recounter in your IELTS Test, go a step deeper and download the IELTS Support Tool booklet here. You will get a better understanding of:
- The IELTS test assessment criteria
- The IELTS band scores
- Various writting samples with examiner comments
4. Get Personalised Feedback from IELTS Experts with IELTS Progress Check
IELTS Progress check is the only official practice test available. Get personalised feedback from an IELTS Expert and an indicative overall band score, as well as one for each part of the text (Reading, Writting, Listening, Speaking).
You will be able to see where your current English-language skills are at, and where you might need to improve to get the band score you need.
5. Stay Up-To-Date
As the Coronavirus situation evolves, it is important to keep up to date with the latest news and how it might impact IELTS test dates, and your study, work or migration coals.
For the latest information on this, visit our Coronavirus web page here
In the interest of protecting the health of test takers and staff, IELTS tests are suspended in some locations. In other areas, tests will continue with additional health precautions in place.
Find the latest updates on each locations affected here and be sure to keep a lookout for your ideal test session!