“All You Need is Practice Timely With A Plan”
I have completed my IELTS exam in late 2018. It took me about 2 months to grasp a good hold over the entire system.
I am going to cut it short & Precise for better Understanding of yours:
1) I always read the entire question first. I never went for the passage directly. For each question, I made a clear picture in my mind. Marked the ‘Key’ points so that I can easily find them in the passage. After having done with the question, I again went for the 1st question of each part. I mean, if the questions are divided into 3 parts like 1-3, 4 -11, 12-14.
I almost completely memorized the numbers 1, 4, 12.
Now go for the passage. Start reading. I have found that almost 80% of the question came from the first two lines and the last two lines of each passage. So if read very minutely this 4 lines. But to nail the score, you have to go for the rest 20% percent too, for this just go through the middle portion of the section quickly. But not as minutely as the first and last four lines. If you are not sure enough of confused that answer might be here, then put a STAR mark beside that portion, then come back later.
When you find an answer, Suppose you found an answer to number 4. try to write in the question paper immediately. Then go for number 5, if possible, 6. In the meantime, keep searching for numbers 1 and 12. If you find the answers do precisely like before. This way, you go on. If you cant, find an answer don’t worry about it. Go for the next one. Because you have already read the entire questions, and you have an overall idea about the question. This is a bit complex. But this was my strategy. And believe me, my time never exceeded 20 minutes, both at home and in the real exams.
And please don’t waste too much time on a single answer. If you can’t find it or if u are confused. Write the first thing that pops up into your head. 90% time, you will be correct. U can guarantee you that.
And please don’t panic if by chance one passage took u more than 20 minutes. The question is arranged in such an away that u are gonna finish the next passage within 16 minutes.
2) for practice, I did all the 40 passages of 10 books of Cambridge IELTS. I will suggest you do 4-10 books. Total 28 passages. Including the “section three” portion of general training. This is enough. I recommend you try to research the answers from which parts of the passages they came.
3) If you are still struggling over the reading portion. You can do one thing. Take one passage. Go to the back of the book, Collect the answers. Then search the answers in the text. After a few passages, you will have a feeling that you know from which portion of the passages the answer might come. Then after you have built your confidence to start practicing.
1) this is my favorite part. For listening there ain’t any strategy except the practice. Do all the 40 tests of 10 books of Cambridge IELTS.
2) there is a small strategy I follow. when the tape says that, ” first look at question 1-5. ” if you find this 5 question rather simple. just quickly read those. Then, read number 6-10. Even you can go beyond that. When the tape says, ” now answer question 1-5″ then quickly go for 1-5. ” now you have some time to look at questions 6-10.” U have already gone through these portions. So this time just quickly go through these questions. THen keep reading those portions u left previously. In this way, u go on. I found the fill in the gaps and MCQ more difficult. So use the gaps between sections to read the questions carefully. If possible just memorize the questions and answers by making pictures in our mind.
3) while practicing, if you can’t find any answers just keep rewinding the play again and again until u understand.
4) The main thing of listening is that use 30s second the gaps between sections carefully.
5) Don’t panic if you miss one answer. So my suggestion is to try to write everything in the question papers. that may appear to u as the answer. Don’t hesitate. Always keep yourself busy. don’t lose concentration. Concentration is the main enemy of the listening portion, not your hearing capability. which u will automatically develop after practicing 40 tests.
1)The thing is it will also develop after practicing. Fear is the main enemy of the speaking portion, which you will overcome after practicing it with someone. I practiced speaking in Mentors Bangladesh. That really helped me.
2) there is a strategy of developing speaking ability. Before you do the practice everyday, u will always need a pace or momentum in ur speaking test. To get that pace, go to the youtube channel of “Crash course”, or watch a video in “Ted”. The way john green in crash course speaks,I will guarantee you that this will hammer the words out of your brain. Even on the actual exam day, on the way to your examination center. keep watching the videos or keep listening to something that will give you momentum.
I will guarantee u that u r gonna overcome fear after watching this video.
4) for practicing u can visit websites. there are lots of samples there.
A simple suggestion is that. : if you are asked a question like” do you enjoy shopping?”, please never say “yes I enjoy shopping”. This will reduce your number. U say, “Yes I like to go shopping whenever I get free time. In fact, I try to go to various markets every month. This gives me pleasure.”
1) just one suggestion blindly follow each and everything of Ryan IELTS video in youtube channel. There are some model essays there. I wrote to each of them in my notebook. In the exam, you will feel Mr. Ryan is giving the exam with you.
This suggestion is for task 2.
2) for task 1, Blindly follow Ryan. And IELTS Liz youtube channel also the right choice & This is enough.
3) Increase your vocabulary. Always keep a notebook with you, if you find a new word, try to write it down with a meaningful sentence. On the exam day in the morning, go through the notebook.