Practice to get a perfect score in IELTS
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IELTS Expert Tips: Building confidence before giving an IELTS test takes a whole lot of practice and patience. The approach to preparation tells a lot about how well a candidate will succeed. You need to do more than only dream big. You need to practice! Here are some IELTS preparation tips that will help improve the way they you take the test and target the specific IELTS test sections:

IELTS Preparation Tips: Listening Test

  • Read the instructions carefully, don't just glance at them. They are not always the same as in the practice or previous IETLS Test.
  • Follow the instructions carefully; they may be different to practice or previous tests.
  • Listen carefully for specific information you want.
  • Do not worry if there is a word you do not understand; you may not need to use it.
  • If you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one.
  • Be careful with your spelling and grammar.
  • Try and anticipate what the speaker will say; this will require concentration, which is easy in your own language but more difficult in English.
  • Often speakers will give you an answer and then correct themselves, watch out for this. It’s a common trick.
  • Don't be surprised if you hear a range of accents and dialects, as IELTS is an international test.
  • Remember if you want a high score you should aim to get all questions in parts one and two correct. Don't make any careless mistakes in the easier sections

IELTS Preparation Tips: Reading Test

  • Try and predict the content of the paragraph from the opening sentence.
  • Look out for the title, headings and any special features such as capital letters, underlining, italics, figures, graphs and tables.
  • Make sure that you understand the questions and follow instructions carefully.
  • Pay attention to timing; do not spend too long on one passage or question.
  • Do not try and read every word; remember, you are reading for a purpose.
  • If you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one.
  • Do not panic if you do not know anything about the subject of the text; all the answers can be found in the text.
  • The word(s) you use must be taken from the Reading text; you must not change the form of the word(s) in the text.
  • Be careful to use singular and plural correctly.
  • Focus precisely on what you are asked to do in ‘completion’ type questions

IELTS Preparation Tips: Writing Test

  • Analyse each task properly and spend some time making notes
  • Highlight or underline key words in the tasks to make sure that you focus on what you have to do
  • Use paragraphs clearly; put one idea in each paragraph
  • Do not repeat ideas using different words
  • Do not copy whole sentences from the question – you will receive no marks for this
  • Keep to the topic; do not write about unrelated subjects
  • Manage your time; remember, Task 2 is worth twice as much as Task 1
  • Spend approximately 20 minutes on Task 1 and approximately 40 minutes on Task 2
  • Pay attention to the number of words required for each task; you will lose marks if you do not write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2
  • Learn to recognise how long 150 and 250 words look in your handwriting; you will not have time to count during the test.

IELTS Preparation Tips: Speaking Test

Talk as fluently as possible and be spontaneous

  • Relax, be confident and enjoy using your English
  • Develop your answers as much as possible
  • Practise recording ideas onto a tape recorder at home
  • Ask for clarification if necessary
  • Do not learn prepared answers; the examiner is trained to spot this and will change the question
  • Express your opinions; you will be assessed on your ability to communicate
  • Remember it is not a test of knowledge and there is no single answer, but ensure that you give your opinion

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Snehlata Sinha Student Expert 21st Jan, 2020


This depends on which university you wish to go and the city where you want to reside.

The living costs do vary from province to province and within a province city to city.

The estimation of costs will be provided to you in the admission letter you receive from the university.

Alternatively you can obtain admission handbooks from few universities and there will be indication of costs for tuition fees, living expenses and medical insurance etc.

Hope this helps.


As I Pursuing my engineering in electrical and electronics engineering is IELTS / TOFEL exams are suitable for me to enter MS in Germany for Abroad

Archita Aggarwal 16th Jan, 2020


If you want to pursue your MS in Germany abroad, first you need to find out which college are you exactly aiming for and then decide to weather go for IELTS/TOEFL. Some universities do accept IELTS and some do accept TOEFL as a proof for your English proficiency. Without proving your English proficiency you can not go for studying Abroad

Hope this answer helps.


how much does it cost overall to study PhD biochemistry at mit uk. and wat should be my GRE and TOEFL/ IELTS scores ?

Ameya Narendra Parkar 13th Jan, 2020
Dear Aishwarya,
I would like to tell you that PhD in biology is available at MIT, in that you can choose your research area as biochemistry.
PhDs are usually full funded but if theres any tuition fee present then your PI can only tell you about that.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Minimum score required: 6.5
Electronic scores send to: MIT Graduate Admissions

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Minimum score required: 90 (iBT) 577 (PBT)
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  • Department code: 35

I hope this information helps you

all the best

hi, i wanted to do mba from Germany with a government college but i have less than 60%(59.7) in my graduation( so am i eligible if not so if i score good in gmat/ielts/toefl will this help me to get the admission in public college of Germany. i have a experience of 2 years in IT.

Sanjay Khandelwal 8th Jan, 2020
For different university and college there are different eligibility criteria, you must have 6-6.5 IELTS score for that, work experience is not compulsory but they will consider during application, they may have interview also. You can do MBA but you must see the criteria in University you wish to desire. In B-School that will not be a problem i think. If you can mention any college then i can help further.

How can I get into the MBA courses of top business schools in USA? Should I take GRE or GMAT? TOEFL or IELTS? Which are the best coaching institutes to prepare for these exams?

Leon George 3rd Jan, 2020

Hello Tamaghna,

Yes to get into top business schools in USA, you can either take GRE or GMAT for getting into one of the best and top business schools of USA.

TOEFL and IELTS  are exam for non native English speakers. TOEFL only tests academic subjects whereas the IELTS academic option will have academic reading and writing sections with general listening and speaking sections.

The top business schools in USA are-

  • University of Pennsylvania
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  • Harvard University
  • Columbia University
  • University of Chicago
  • Yale University
  • Duke University

Good coaching institutes for GRE and GMAT are-

  • Career Launcher
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  • Fateh Education
  • Tutor Jar

These are some of the best coaching centre for GRE and GMAT

Thank you

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