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

Today we have a guest on the show!

Scott from Scott’s English Success is here to give you his top 3 tips on how to pass the IELTS Exam.

Here are Scott’s top 3 tips:

  • Get to know the test: You need to know all four sections well. The more that you know, the easier it will be to anticipate what’s coming. You don’t want to be wasting time reading the instructions. You should already know the instructions by taking practice tests. There should be no surprises and nothing unfamiliar in terms of the format of the exam. Get familiar with all of the different question types on each test section. This can’t be done overnight. It takes time, effort, and energy. You need to plan ahead and give yourself the time you need to get to know the test well. This will save you money because it’s expensive to take this test.
  • Understand how you’ll be assessed: This is especially true for the IELTS Writing test. You need to know the four categories of assessment. They include:  Task Achievement, Grammar, Coherence and Cohesion, and Vocabulary. If you know that these are the things that the examiner is looking at then you can consider them when you write your essays. Use these guidelines to “begin with the end in mind.”
  •  Stick to an exam plan: The students who have a plan and stick to it always do better on the exam. You should have a plan for what you will do every day during your preparation time.  You also need solid strategies for each part of the exam. It’s important to use strategies so that you feel comfortable and oriented when you are in any part of the exam.

* Bonus tip! You need to have a large vocabulary. If you understand more words on the exam you won’t have to slow down to try to understand words as they come up on the IELTS Reading or the IELTS Listening test.

Don’t just learn the definitions of words. You need to know how to use the words and in what contexts. Practice them with a native speaking partner before your exam.

Spend a good chunk of your study time focusing on vocabulary for more confidence and speed on the exam.

Scott’s Bio:

Scott is the founder and creator of Scott’s English Success.

What are your thoughts on today’s episode?

Which tips will you implement into your IELTS study routine?

Let us know in the comments below!

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