Hi folks, I wanted to share my preparation/ experience and some new things that I came to know about IELTS. Hopefully it should be useful to people.
I tried a few practice “reading” tests and was concerned after different results. Once I got all right, couple of times I got quite a few wrong. I was not sure what is it I am lacking, having given GRE/TOEFL, I was expecting much better results. That’s when I stumbled upon ieltsliz.com. I feel it is by far the best place for Reading/ Listening/ Speaking tips. For writing I saw a comment by @blg.chaitanya for a Udemy course, I bought it and loved it. (Btw thanks a lot @blg.chaitanya ) .
I gave my test in SF, and there were around 70 Indians along with me. I got 8.5 overall (Listening: 9.0, Speaking 9.0, Reading: 8.0, Writing: 8.0 ). The experience was ok, a little frustrating due to the whole 8am-6pm schedule, plus a paper-based test. GRE/TOEFL were computerized back in 2005 in India. I wonder why they still rely on pencils and papers here.
It was a funny scene during the listening test, with so many people raising their hands for new pencils, (maybe pencils were out of lead) , the audio was running in the background and the teacher was running around the class carrying pencils. Anyway it ended well for me thankfully.
New learning -
I just learnt that the most important test for IELTS is listening.
Before giving IELTS, when I tried CRS, my score was coming to be 393 with 7.0 in all 4 tests. I was very concerned as I have a Masters degree, 10 years experience, my wife has a BE degree, her sister is in Canada and still the score was so low. So I tried to put in extra effort for IELTS.
Couple of days back I came to know that if you score 8.0 in Listening and 7.0 in everything else, you get 50 extra points. I tried CRS again with 8.0 in Listening (7.0 for the rest) and my score jumped to 440. Man that was shocking. I felt like I spent unnecessary time on IELTS prep.
My score now with my actual IELTS result (R:8.0 ,W:8.0, S:9.0, L:9.0) is just 453. So I did not achieve much difference with such a score. I wonder did anyone know how much importance Listening test carries?