Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today I talk about the most important ways you can control you IELTS performance to guarantee high scores.

The IELTS exam is not easy. You know this!

However, you also know that it is very possible for you to get the IELTS scores you need, and learning how to control yourself on exam day is a huge part of this. This is how you control your IELTS score.

Keep reading for more information on how to do this.

Key to Listening Control: Focus on Keywords

The most anxiety-laden situation on the IELTS Listening exam is when you lose track.

Perhaps you hear an unfamiliar word, or you simply miss a phrase that the speaker says too quickly.

You have to be prepared for this, because you will most likely experience this on exam day.

The key here is not to panic. Underline the keywords before you listen, and then follow them as you listen. Actively point to each word as you hear it, and keep track of the conversation or lecture.

And, this is important to know in order to maintain your confidence– if you have an intermediate or above level of English, the keywords and the answers will be vocabulary you know!

Key to Reading Control: Timing

Simply put, if you don’t have solid, efficient strategies, there is no way to find all 40 answers on the IELTS Reading exam in 60 minutes.

Plus, you definitely do not have time to read every word and then find the answers.

You need to follow a system of strategies that are simple. Then, you must practice these strategies until you feel confident in them.

Finally, 2 weeks before the exam, do 2 full, timed IELTS practice tests each week.

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Key to Speaking Control: Be Yourself!

IELTS is not a test of your perfect/imperfect English.

It is a test of your communication ability.

When you are yourself in front of the examiner, showing emotion and personality, your scores go up! Being confident in yourself and your ideas on the Speaking exam raises your Fluency/Coherence, Vocabulary and Pronunciation scores.

Key to Writing Control: Organization

In order to provide a controlled, clear response to the Task questions, you have to control how you organize your thoughts and words.

This is a two-parter: as you brainstorm, make sure that all your ideas are directly connected to the test question.

Before exam day, memorize a high-scoring, organized template, featuring high-level linking words and transition phrases.

Then, on exam day, all you have to do is plug in your impressive ideas!

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