IELTS General Preparation

IELTS Academic Exam & Classes

Any student aspiring to study abroad has to display proficiency in the English language. Along with TOEFL and PTE, the IELTS Academic tests are the most sought-after by students.

The medium of instruction in almost all countries in the world is English. Students coming from vernacular medium schools and even the English-medium schools find it challenging to adapt to the level of English taught abroad. Hence, the universities abroad stipulate specific levels of proficiency for students from non-native English speaking countries. The IELTS Academic scores enable students to achieve this minimum level of proficiency.

What is the IELTS Academic?

The IELTS Academic tests your English knowledge in four parameters, reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The best way to tackle the IELTS is to be acquainted with the test format. Enroll in a good English-language oriented course. WizMantra conducts these IELTS coaching classes to aspiring students.

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IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is primarily designed to assess the English language understanding of the candidates who need to study or work where English is used as crucial language for communication. IELTS is required for entry to university in the UK and other countries.

How do you prepare for the IELTS?

Rigorous practice is the only way to prepare for the IELTS exam. Practice reading newspapers and good books in English. Similarly, try to speak in English with people as much as possible. Watch English movies on the internet without sub-titles in English. You will develop the knack of listening. It will prove helpful in your IELTS exam. Learn to write good English by paying attention to your grammar. Use simple English as much as possible so that you reduce your chances of making mistakes.

Join a good test series

Once you feel you are ready to tackle the IELTS, join a good test series. This series will help you with the final preparations. As you keep on performing well in the mock tests, your confidence level soars. Therefore, you end up performing well in all the components of the IELTS. You find that scoring the minim requirement of an overall band of ‘6’ is no longer a challenge. Thus, you not only score high on the IELTS but also make you proficient in English.

Texts for the Academic Reading test are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.

A variety of tasks is used, including: multiple choice questions, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.

  • Methodologies & importance of Reading sections.
  • Improving reading speed and comprehension.
  • Annotation guidelines for improving accuracy.
  • Tips for quick understanding of True/False/Not Given questions.
  • Handling for completion type questions.
  • Mastering matching type questions.
  • Reading Practice Tests Evaluation and Discussion.
  • Grammar lessons and recap on weak areas.

3 long reading passages, 40 questions, 60 minutes

Each section contains one long text. Texts are from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.

  • Listening test pattern- detail comprehension.
  • Listening strategies & important points.
  • Developing proficiency in listening test.
  • Working on listening speed.
  • Paraphrasing skills for listening actions.
  • Solving complex Questions.
  • Practice tests on listening section, with analysis and discussion.
  • Grammar lessons and extra attention on weak areas.

4 sections, 40 questions, 30 minutes:

1. Section 1: a conversation between two people
2. Section 2: a monologue set in an everyday social context
3. Section 3: a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context
4. Section 4: a monologue on an academic subject
5. Each section is heard once only

  • Understanding & FAQ’s speaking section.
  • Strategies for tasks
  • Phrases, vocab and idioms
  • Grammar lessons and Drills on weak areas.
  • Preparation & discussion on general questions
  • Random speaking practice from random questions
  • Conceptualization of ideas and expression on thoughts

An interview, 15 minutes

Part 1 Introduction and interview
Part 2 Individual long turn (you have to talk about a topic)
Part 3 Two-way discussion (The examiner asks further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2.)

  • Introduction/ Conceptualization IELTS writing tasks.
  • Understanding Summary/Report writing.
  • Writing presentation for Bar/Pie/Line and different diagrams.
  • Vocabulary and Idioms for Summary/Report writing.
  • Understanding Writing complexities-Component of a good essay.
  • Writing: Argumentative, Opinion-based, Cause-effect etc.
  • Concept Ideation, visualization and writing essay flows.
  • Scientific technique for improving coherence and cohesion.
  • Writing Specific Grammar and vocabulary.
  • Writing Task 1 mocks and Evaluation.
  • Essay Writing mocks, Evaluation and Discussion.

Part 1: describe, summarise or explain the information in a graph, table, chart or diagram
Part 2: write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem

Level and scores

Multi-level. You get a score between 1 and 9. Half scores such as 6.5 are possible. Universities often demand an IELTS score of 6 or 7. They may also demand a minimum score in each of the 4 sections.
Please click here to see an explanation of IELTS Band Scores. You can use the IELTS Band Score Calculator on this site to convert your reading and listening raw scores.

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