So many students that visit my education blog ask me, ‘How can I receive the best IELTS score possible?’ OK, so the clear evidence would be to do a lot of practice and ensure your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are sufficiently good enough to get the IELTS Band Score you may need.
To get started, I suggest that you familiarize yourself with what’s expected in the IELTS test on the official IELTS website (www.ielts.org), but in the meantime, I’m thinking about making it easy for you by providing the basic about IELTS exam, so that you’ll know what to prepare for.
For me, half the battle is understanding the IELTS test procedure. If you’ve had to sit for an exam more than once, think how much easier it was the second time, because you knew what to prepare for! I should know because I failed the common driving test 4x!
What does IELTS test mean to you?
First, you need to make sure that IELTS test is actually the exam you need.
IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System, it is an English testing system which assesses the English language ability of people who want/must study in an English speaking environment, such as the United States of America.
This exam is similar to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Many employers, universities and immigration authorities require that you have a certain IELTS Band Score before they are going to accept your Application.
If you’re thinking about when you’re going to take the test, it’s important to remember that the IELTS Band Score is simply valid for just two years.
Next, you must pick which type of the exam is the best IELTS test version that suit your needs. There are 2 versions of the IELTS test, the academic version and the General Training version.
In order to attend undergraduate or postgraduate level, you need to take the IELTS Academic version, if you need to migrate or work overseas, IELTS General Training version should be appropriate for you.
The 2 versions have four sub-tests or modules, such as reading, writing, listening and speaking. The IELTS Listening and IELTS Speaking sub-tests are the same in the Academic version and also the General Training version, though the IELTS Reading and IELTS Writing sub-tests are different. A certified examiner, who has undergone thorough training will assess your writing and speaking skills and give you a Band Score in those sub-tests.
How do I sign up for the IELTS test?
I suggest you go to the official IELTS website and download ‘The IELTS handbook ‘and ‘IELTS Information for Candidates’. These 2 booklets, both explain how to apply for the IELTS test or how the IELTS registration works.
However, I’ll provide you with a brief overview and several of my personal comments here.
1. You should apply on your local IELTS Test Center to sit for the IELTS exam.
Once on the official website of IELTS, you’ll find your nearest test center and also know the address, as well as the upcoming test dates.
2. Visit the IELTS Test Center to obtain an application form if you need one. If it’s difficult that you can’t go there, you can download an application form on the official IELTS website. You can also ask if the Test Centre would mail one out to you, but I doubt it due to the cost of shipment.
3. Decide what date you want to sit for IELTS Test and complete your application form before the test date. Make sure you write the correct module; Academic or General Training, depending on the one you need.
4. If it is possible, get yourself a native English friend to check over your IELTS application form for you personally.
5. Send your completed form to the Test Center you intend to take the test, together with 2 passport sized photographs and the test fee.
6. Be sure to provide the same ID on test day as you put on the IELTS application form. If the 2 forms of ID are different, you will not be allowed to take the test. If for some reasons, this won’t be possible for you, reach out to the Test Center immediately.
7. After your application form has been processed, the exam Centre will send you a confirmation email with the time and date of the test and some instructions for the day.
So what can I actually do on IELTS Test Day?
Well, first of all make sure you get a good night’s sleep the evening before and that you have a good breakfast before heading out for the test. If your speaking test is on the same day, remember you’ll also need to have lunch.
Don’t forget to go with your ID as it will be checked on the arrival.
Be aware that you can’t take the belongings, as well as your cell phone into the test room. There will be a specified area beyond your test room which you could leave them.
As with most exams, after the supervisor states that the test has begun, no talking is allowed. In order to ask questions, just raise your hands and definitely the examiner will attend to you.
The listening test is first, then reading, then writing. I will give you further details about the several sub-tests in my next article. Your Test Centre will tell you the time and date of your speaking test.
And then, what’s next after the IELTS test?
As soon as the test is over, all that is left to do is to wait for your results. IELTS test result details are posted on the 13th day after your test, so you should receive those two weeks after the test. It’s possible to visit the test center on the 13th day after the test to collect your results, but you’ll have to get approval from the IELTS before going over there.
However, keep in mind that the Test Centre cannot provide you with your results on the phone or via fax or email. It’s advisable to give them a call before your next move.
You don’t receive a certificate after taking IELTS you are given a Test Report Form (TRF) with your results. Take care of your Test Report Form, you can only obtain one copy. Remember, however, that you could request additional copies (at most five) to be shipped to the companies or schools requesting your result (university, immigration etc.)
Hopefully it’s now time to celebrate! Good luck with your IELTS and don’t forget to leave your comment below.