IELTS Exam Preparation Tricks and Tips

How to prepare for IELTS Exam?

Here are some tips on what to check before the exam and how to prepare:



  • Make sure that the style used is appropriate

( formal language to be used in essays or in formal letters/informal language to be used in the informal letters)

  • Make sure you answer the question
  • There is no right or wrong answer as long as you answer the question.
  • The language is assessed not the ideas.
  • Focus on both sides of the question

( agree/disagree; positive/negative aspects; advantages/disadvantages; problems/solutions; causes/effects).



  • Write your answers in capital letters to avoid making punctuation mistakes
  • Use the checking time at the end of each section to read the next section
  • Predict answers. Your prediction may be the correct answer
  • Don’t focus on spelling during the listening.
  • You can check the spelling at the end of the test when you transfer the answers onto the answer sheet.



  • Answers should be in order in the text
  • The first 2 sections of the test are easier than the third one so answer the questions in order
  • Don’t leave empty boxes.
  • Write an answer even if you are not sure it is the correct answer.
  • Read the questions first and then find the information in the texts.



  • Keep on talking. The more you talk, the higher the score
  • Listen to the questions and make sure you answer the question.
  • Going off topic may mean that you didn’t understand the topic or you are trying to use memorized answers
  • Give shorter answers for PART1 and longer answers for PART3
  • Make sure you talk about PART 2 for at least for 90 seconds


IELTS Sample Tests can be found on the official website: IELTS Mock Tests


Source: Greenwich College, 2018

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