IELTS is one of the main steps on which millions of people from all over the world tend to stumble, deciding to study in Canada, Australia or New Zealand. For the foreign students, it is important to pass this test in order to get a permission to apply for the permanent residence in Canada, Australia or New Zealand, or to study in Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, British or Irish colleges and universities. However, many students find it difficult to pass: they realize the seriousness of what is happening and understand that their future depends on the results. So, we are here to ensure you that it is not as scary as it seems.

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Getting Rid of Your Fears

The IELTS exam stands for International English Language Testing System. This is a deep test designed to assess the ability to use the language for those people, for whom English is not the mother tongue and who intend to study or apply for immigration. There are two types of IELTS: Academic Module and General Training Module. Academic IELTS is a bit more complicated. It is usually required for admission to enroll in the colleges or universities of English-speaking countries. In all other cases, such as immigration, a general one is sufficient. The exam consists of four parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Is it possible to pass it successfully without any problems? It depends on you. If you believe that the barrier is as terrible as it is believed to be, it is better to immediately abandon your foreign study plans. If you try to pass the test purely relying on luck, it will not work out well for you. So, how to achieve success? Do not believe in the myths about the IELTS examination – it is arranged quite simply and has its weaknesses. Concentrate on real tasks to get rid of your internal cultural barriers.

The Process Is Full of Myths

Any myths arise in the situations when people have to overcome the obstacles created by powerful and inventive forces. It is the same with the IELTS exam – thousands of people, whose life plans depend on test results, spread rumors about the complexity and unpredictability of the assignments that you will definitely face when passing the test. In fact, this is not true – the test system is stereotyped, the structure of the tests can be easily studied and the tasks are constructed from standard blocks like a house is built of the normal bricks. The truth about the test is mixed with incredible fiction, which prevents the development of a correct critical attitude to the test and its successful passing.

The Knowledge of Language

«The test is designed to objectively assess the level of the candidate’s knowledge of the English language». Not at all – the test determines how you can use the language in imagined (but close to real life) situations. First of all, the test itself must be studied properly. Experiments have shown that even those with English as their mother tongue can pass IELTS with low grades if they are not familiar with this test system. Many people think that you need a large vocabulary. These tests use an average of 760 words, most of which you already know, and the rest can be learned in a couple of weeks. In fact, the more words you know, the worse you will use them in a stressful situation like the exam. What about the grammar? Complex grammatical constructions are so rare that it is more important to learn how to use the simple ones effectively.

Studying Day and Night

«I need more training to pass the test». That is what most students think. Even with a help of many old tests with answers, it is difficult to understand why you make specific mistakes and to work out the right strategies for passing the exam. Comments on the tests in the IELTS books are written by those who invented them, and their actual task is far from teaching you how to overcome the obstacles. These training tests are useful to practice after mastering the skills of solving the main types of tasks of the test.

Several Attempts

«It is necessary to take the official exam several times in order to try». You can do that, but this method is inefficient since you will learn the final scores without any comments. If there were no remarks on the mistakes made, then the probability of success of the following attempts is not any higher than during the first one. Moreover, the IELTS trial tests cost time, money and nerves. The exam should be taken once and with 100% confidence in your success. Do not believe in myths. Your current level of English may be sufficient to pass the IELTS exam on the assessment you need.

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General Tips on Preparing

For those who are just about to take this test, we suggest using the advice of the students who successfully passed the IELTS.

  1. Use idioms: the number of idioms in the widespread use is quite large. However, if you make a little effort and use them from time to time in the everyday communication, you will learn to use them in a variety of situations throughout your life.
  2. If you doubt the appropriateness of a phrase or a word – do not use them. The cause may be the difficulty in pronunciation or spelling or uncertainty about the correctness of the context used. At least, such a tactic will help you to save already scored points in the Writing or Speaking sections.
  3. Before taking the exam, watch some good TV programs and listen to the audio podcasts, where hosts speak the correct English with good pronunciation. Of course, you can also watch several videos related to the IELTS exam which you can easily find on the Internet. This will greatly improve the quality of your preparation for the exam and will require minimum effort.
  4. Many students consider the Speaking section to be the most difficult part of the IELTS examination. Most often, the reason for this fear is that English is not a mother tongue of a student. The only way to overcome this problem is to practice communication with the native speakers. Practice every day if there is such an opportunity for you.
  5. Distinguish the meaning of those words which are similar in spelling or pronunciation clearly. Such words are called homonyms and homophones.
  6. Do your best to get rid of the accent.
  7. It is important to use short sentences during the exam, if, of course, drawing up long ones is not your hobby.
  8. Find and install a good electronic dictionary on your smartphone. Alternatively, you can use a paper one. However, no matter which dictionary you choose, always keep it at hand. This way, you can always look into it if you come across an interesting word or phrase.
  9. Nowadays, there are three the most popular English dialects – British, American and Australian. Is any one of them considered the most preferable? They are all equal. However, in the test, it is better to stick to the classic version in order not to take any risks. Otherwise, it may affect your scores.
  10. Finally, try to take advantage of all the possible resources available. It can be some kind of book available for sale or a friend who speaks fluent English or all kinds of online portals.

To everyone who is going to take this test, it is worth remembering that there is no need to stop in front of any obstacles. It is necessary to speak English as often as possible and in a variety of situations. In order to score a lot of points, it is very important to love and appreciate the language you are studying. Continue practicing and you will definitely succeed.

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