Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Feeling anxious about the IELTS exam?

Today, Lindsay and Jessica talk about four tactics for overcoming fear and finding calm before test day!

It’s natural to be afraid when going into a test as difficult as the IELTS exam.  But you can’t let fear and anxiety dominate you.  Remember that your goal is to learn English, not just pass the test.  You need to let this goal strengthen and motivate you.

There are many ways to do this.  Jessica has four suggestions that might help:

  • Take a day or two off in which you don’t think about or work on IELTS.  This allows you to recharge and avoid burn out.
  • Make a realistic schedule about where you are in your English, and when you should really be taking the test.  You don’t want to take the exam before you’re truly ready.
  • When practicing, make sure you include practice materials that you enjoy.  These might be movies or podcasts that interest you.  Look at it as an exploration, not just as work.
  • Know what the examiner wants before you take the test.  This will help you do better and feel more confident.

Will these tips help you reduce your anxiety before taking the IELTS?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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