Work hard before the test so that you can focus during the test knowing that you’ve done everything that you can to succeed.
If you talk to successful IELTS candidates, they can give you some tips about the importance of ‘studying smart’ and in particular they’ve got some good, common-sense tips for the day of the test. They seem like no-brainers, but you’ll be surprised how many students arrive stressed before they’ve even started!
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In Part Two you are given one minute to prepare. Use this time effectively. Write down two or three examples of topics you could speak about. See the example below.
Now you try it. Based on the topic, write down two or three ideas of your own.
Try this topic now. Take out your watch and your smart phone (to record yourself). You have one minute to prepare, then you must talk for two minutes … Go!
In Part Two you need to speak continuously for 2 mins. This can be hard if you haven’t practised, but not so hard if you practise carefully.
You are given one minute to prepare. An important strategy is to use this time effectively. Use the minute to write down two or three examples you could talk about. (See the example NOTES in the picture below.) Having one idea may not be enough! A lot of people do a great job for about 40 seconds and then they run out of ideas. If you run out of ideas, you need to say … “and another example of … is” and then you will have more to talk about.
ALWAYS use the minute preparation time EFFECTIVELY.
Try this topic now. Take out your watch and your smart phone (to record yourself). You have one minute to prepare … from … Now!
It is important to develop your vocabulary. As well as helping you in English communication generally, a good range of vocabulary is essential for the IELTS test. It’s going to help you immensely in the Reading section of the test where a lot of academic language can be used, and it will help you in the listening where synonyms are often used. Most of all though you’ll see the benefit in your writing and speaking results.
So, if it’s a good idea to use new vocabulary in your writing and speaking when you practice, it’s also a good idea to use it in the test, right? WRONG!