I maxed the IELTS my experience and recommendations


#1

Hey, Guys.

New here and wanted to share my experience. I wrote the IELTS very recently.
My wife and I prepared together, however with you contact traveling job I did not get much time to review/study. I did not take the full test either. What I did, was to take up small section tests whether I got time. This included time standing in line before boarding the flight, etc.

The community here has shared a wealth of information, and I can assure you a simple google will find you even more once you have exhausted what has been shared here.

My recommendations:

  1. Take time each day to prep. 20 - 30 mins. Take one to two sub sections each day (one section lasts for 20 mins) so easy to spend time for it.

  2. When you are doing each section, time yourself. One portion of the reading section lasts for 20 mins, so try to complete it lets say within 17 - 18 mins. This allows you to go review your answers.

  3. When doing reading, I found it useful to skim through the passage rather than read through the whole passage. Now this might not work for all, but when I skim through I look for the idea/main points that are being discussed. This allows me to return back to the exact section I am looking for answers.

  4. Listening: take plenty of tests to get used to listening for answers. Note, you can take notes on the question booklet during the exam so make sure you are efficient in taking notes or things that you find out while discussing.

  5. Writing - don’t worry about word count. My recommendation is to work on creating outlines. You have total of 60 mins during the exam. 20 for Task 1, and 40 for Task 2. Task 2 is given more importance. So learn to outline properly so that you won’t have to sit and think of ideas or how to structure your passage. This will organize your planning time and allow your passage to have a clear chain of thought.

  6. Speaking - what they are looking for is your clarity in thought and ideas. Fluency is a part of it but the tests is more of a conversation rather than an interview. Make sure you are clear as to what you want to speak about. If you use um, or ahs. Here is a tip, rather than using your um or when you are about to, just pause and clear your chain of thought to avoid the Um, or ah. This will not get rid of it completely, but will reduce it to a certain extent.

Overall, the test was a pleasant experience. Don’t worry too much with the prep. I believe 2 weeks prior to the exam is more than sufficient to prepare for the exam. 20 - 40 mins a day is sufficient to score well.

My IELTS score

Total: 8.5
Listening: 8.5
Reading: 8.5
Writing: 8.5
Speaking: 9


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#2

Hi Vignesh,

Those are wonderful scores I should say! I have to get an 8 in listening now… Which is really tough for me bcz I keep missing something or the other here and there. Anymore tips on how to crack it?

Thanks,
Padma


#3

Hi, Padma.

I also had the same issue when I started taking practice tests. What worked for me was note taking. Here is the process I followed

  • You will have 20 - 30 seconds to look at the topic and questions. Skim through this, so that you know what all to listen to. Maybe underline key words that are unique that way when that word shows up while listening you will pay attention.
  • The passage goes in order of the questions, listen to the passage as you follow. This is where the underlined words will help.

Example: Lets say the topic is farmers market, and there is a question on organic vegetables. Underline the word organic on the question paper, and listen for it. As soon as organic comes up in the passage you will be able to follow through with the answer.

Do not plan on listening to the full passage and THEN answer all the questions this is when you will miss out on answers. Instead answer the questions as you are listening that way you will always get everything.

Hopefully this helps.

-Vignesh


#4

Congrats on your score. Quick question while booking for the general IELTS do we need to request that the test results be sent to IRCC?


#5

Please add a screenshot if possible it’s been a long time.


#6

I did not do that. I just reference the test report number. I will be uploading a copy of the report with supporting documents.


#7

If it’s a drop-down box or a check box I think he should mark it. IELTS test page does not know by default that you applying for PR. If it’s a text box that wants him to enter “upto N number of institutions to sent the score to” then it means universities etc which he does not need to. I have forgotten what the IELTS registration page looks like.


#8

I agree, was stating that I did not do that. Initially, we were not sure what we would score on IELTS so we did not request the score to be reported. While preparing the EE, we referenced the report number, and will be uploading a scanned copy of the IELTS score report.