IELTS Preparation

ReadyMy self-preparation for IELTS has improved my skills in searching useful materials, enhanced my English grammar into certain level, gained a connection with peers and IELTS community online.

International English Testing System, popularly known as IELTS, is one of the reputable tests for examining English proficiency to pursue study abroad (Acedemic test) or migration (General test). Read through the website, the  frequency of testing is surprisingly high (4 times in a month).

I sat for the Academic tests on 19 September 2015 (Saturday) at Riverfront Hotel Ipoh, Malaysia. A month before the test, I was lucky enough to register all four sections (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) to be taken on the same day. Anyway, the cost of sitting this test was quite expensive as RM750 due to the fall in the Malaysia’s Ringgit.

Study Materials

Basic format and exercises for the test provided by the British Council could be downloaded on the official website http://www.ielts.org/. Prior to the test, I found there are abundance of learning materials for the test. Some successful candidates also shared their experiences and questions they got during the test which really helped me to get familiar with the test format. If you’re interested about how I prepare for the test, you can read it here IELTS 5 Steps.

Listening: Just play once

It took me about three weeks to focus on studying these online materials. The part that worried me a lot was listening as the conversation would only be played once during the test (Gosh~ objective questions were killing me especially when all choices ended with long sentences. So, I read the questions and highlighted keywords as fast as I could, listened to the script and jotted down keywords as many as I wish…)

Thank god, there is also a bunch of listening exercises free for me to explore and practice on YouTube. I was exposed to different kinds of questions such as fill in the blanks and questions with closed answer. Multitasking would be hard for me during listening tests. I noticed that scanning all questions, focusing on listening and jotting down key words greatly improved my scores during practices. Detailed post: IELTS listening test

Speaking: Just speak once 

When it came to speaking part, since I left not much time for it, so I watched some speaking mock tests on YouTube. It was great for me to minimize some basic errors, particularly on pronunciations and grammars. For non native speaker, tendency to translate sentences from mother tongue into English is obviously an obstacle leads to miscommunication. But this could be overcome by listening questions carefully and answer them steadily (keep it precise, short, and sweet as every question has a time limit). Practice makes perfect~ Detailed post: IELTS speaking test, thanks to a friend who recommended IELTS Cue Card for speaking practice.

Writing: Follow the rules 

The writing part was tricky as we must follow exactly the format and what to write in the first, second and third paragraphs, particularly for Part I. I just practiced writing using questions given on the internet. As Part II covers a wide range of aspects, so I did a lot of practice on vocabulary and drafting to express my ideas more precise and understandable. Detailed post: IELTS writing test

Reading: Study question first

The passages are 1 to 2 pages long and comprises a variety of topics ranged from social sciences to sciences. Reading these daunting passages could make one frustrated, especially when there are too many scientific jargon in the paragraphs. Thumb of rules is read the question and highlight keywords before start reading the whole passage. Detailed post: IELTS reading test

 ~ Photo credit (modified): Morzaszum / Pixabay / CC BY-NC
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22 thoughts on “IELTS Preparation

    1. Thank you for your comment.
      I’m sorry that I do not use Skype very often, so I wish I can answer your doubts regarding IELTS test here (so that other readers are able to know more about the test as well). For your information, I will share my experience regarding to the test in my blog.

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    1. Pretty Peony, you’re right, we have to sit for the English proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL as requirement for study abroad or migration. You are so kind and thank you so much for the compliment. I’m still working hard on it. And thanks for following my blog as well. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your appreciation, I’m great to know that you had been teaching in Kyoto and I would love to know more about that. And of course, welcome to visit Malaysia and have a great new year to you. 🙂

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  1. Thanks for a nice post.That will be helpful for my IELTS test that I am going to take 3 months later. I have problems in reading and speaking section. http://www.ieltscuecard.com seems like a good website for IELTS speaking and Cue card practice. Can you recommend some websites for reading preparation and practice? Thanks a lot again.

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    1. Thanks for your comment and I’m going to update some great websites in the near future on my blog. True, some of my friends also told me the same that cue card website was pretty cool and useful for them. All the best to you and thanks again for your feedback, Tina.

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  2. It’s nice to meet you, Kah Choon. Thanks for visiting my blog. I enjoyed reading your words – like you, I think by writing. The quotes were very inspiring. I wish you joy in all you do and success in becoming your best self. 🙂

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