Preparation for IELTS

“Hyperpolysyllabicomania is a fondness for big words.” – unknown

IELTS is important but you need to practice other skills in order to be successful in an foreign university.

The article below talks about the other areas that you really need to improve as well as doing well on the IELTS test.

If you would like to practice for your IELTS Speaking portion of the examination, please contact Michael using the form below to arrange a time when we can meet online for a discussion.

You can also go to IELTS Speaking with Confidence to sign up for sessions with me.

Michael Wilkovesky

The Ielts Test and Ielts Preparation – by Bob Indo

The Test
The IELTS test is in four sections; listening, reading, writing and speaking, and lasts for approximately 3 hours. Candidates receive their scores within two weeks, giving them a band score of between 1 (no language ability) to 9 (native-speaker level language ability). Generally speaking, most universities require a score of 6 or 7 to enter their programs, depending on the university and the degree or postgraduate program the student is applying for.

Students wishing to enroll at universities take the academic module of the IELTS test, while there is also a ‘General Training’ module of the test (with simplified reading and writing sections) which is often taken by candidates wishing to join an overseas high school, or for migration purposes.

IELTS preparation
A spin-off of the rise in popularity of the IELTS test has been the emergence of IELTS preparation courses. These courses teach the specific skills and strategies necessary for success in the IELTS test. Usually longer than a standard English course, a good IELTS preparation course (and a motivated student) should have the ability to increase a student’s score by one band.

Common misconceptions
The IELTS test is purely a test designed to indicate to universities that a student has the necessary level of English to have a chance of success in their degree programs. Reaching the required band score, however, does not necessarily mean that a student is equipped with the skills needed for university-level study. Similarly, IELTS preparation courses focus only on the test itself, and do not specifically teach all of the skills that an overseas student needs.

As an illustration, the IELTS writing test includes a 250-word essay, which must be written in 40 minutes. At universities, essays often require weeks of research and are often thousands of words in length. IELTS preparation courses generally show students how to write these short essays by introducing rigid ‘formulas’, formulas which are rarely applicable to the essays the students will write at universities. During IELTS preparation courses, students are rarely taught about citation, paraphrasing, thesis structure and other key skills for successful university-level writing. Similarly, in the IELTS listening tests, students listen and answer question. At universities, students need to be able to listen to lectures and write notes, which involves altogether different skills. Limitations in the reading and writing modules of the IELTS test are also evident.

While the value of the IELTS test and IELTS preparation courses are sometimes misinterpreted or overestimated, it is clear that an internationally recognised, standardised test of English is a necessity. While there are limitations, IELTS opens the doors to international study opportunities to students from all over the world. Students with the required score, however, should not be complacent. Often training in advanced Academic English (often known as EAP – English for Academic Purposes) is of great benefit for international students, and could be taken in conjunction with IELTS preparation.


About the Author

Aim for English in Jakarta, Indonesia is a pioneering new school with IELTS preparation courses which include EAP. Students are not only prepared for a 3-hour test, they are prepared for 4 years of life at an overseas further education institution. See their website for more details.

IELTS Examination – Learn to Love English

“Words are the only things that last forever.” – William Hazlitt (1778-1830), English critic & essayist.

Many people take the IELTS examination for a variety of reasons: to study abroad, for work in a foreign country or for a promotion in their present company. A few people believe that they can get a really good score (Band rating) with very little work. This is not true.

The article below talks about some of the things that will help you to study for the IELTS examination.

This article was written by a non-native English speaker and has not been modified by me.

If you would like to practice for your IELTS Speaking portion of the examination, please contact Michael using the form below to arrange a time when we can meet online for a discussion.

You can also go to IELTS Speaking with Confidence to sign up for sessions with me.

Michael Wilkovesky

Learn to love English Language: Self-motivation for IELTS test takers – by tojan

Many students start preparing for IELTS exam with dreams of immigration and higher studies in foreign nations. The students who go for Masters in science and medicine fare better in the exams, as the first language in their degree course is English. This is not so for other students. The students preparing for immigration find it very difficult to get required score in IELTS exam. There are a few reasons for it. The major one is the high expectations of improving English within a short period of one month. The other one is the influence of native language in English grammar and accent.

These two major issues demotivate a candidate who attempt IELTS exam. During training, they feel learning English is not their cup of tea and they somehow want to pass the exam. These negative thoughts bring their motivational levels further down and register in their subconscious mind that they can’t master English language. They soon crash land and let their dreams to die.

For those who feel learning English language for IELTS exam is too tough to learn let me ask them a question. Is it possible to learn a skill without a passion for it? Have you loved English language?

Learn first to love English language. Make your mind ready and commit yourself to spend your time in improving language skills. Set your goals beyond IELTS exam. Make an oath to learn English language within a month or two than mere pass IELTS exam. You will get good IELTS score if you know English language well.

When you are determined to win, you have to give back your energy and time to acquire it. Acquiring a skill is not free. You have to give up your evenings with friends, parties, TV shows and cinemas for it. You have to allocate a definite time and plan for it. Such dedication and self-motivation can make you to master English language within a short period of time.

So don’t give away when things get tougher and harder to achieve. Take time and learn. Form a good strategy and proceed. Use proven techniques for improving English language. Then only you can become the real master …a master who mastered English language and his own mind.


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