Timing Yourself for IELTS Success
Once you have chosen IELTS to demonstrate your English standard for your study abroad course, proper preparation and practice are the keys to ensuring you have no surprises on the day and can obtain the score you deserve. The IELTS test will take about 2 hours 55 minutes to complete. Familiarising yourself with the IELTS test format and knowing how to plan your time are essential steps that will help you feel ready and at ease on the test day.
IELTS tests your English language skills across four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Each section of the test consists of several tasks. It is a very good idea to approach each one of these strategically so that you have adequate time to answer each question. Here are some IELTS expert tips and tricks to help you manage your time as you navigate through each section.
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Listening. You have a total of 40 minutes to complete this section.You will have 30 minutes for testing plus 10 minutes to transfer your answers from the question booklet to your answer sheet. During the initial 30 minutes, you will hear instructions for each situation and then have an opportunity to read through the questions for that section. Each recording will be played only once, so it is important that you listen carefully for the specific information you need. Work quickly and attempt each question, but do not waste time if you do not know the answer. The final 10 minutes are for transferring your responses to the answer sheet. Make sure you are diligent in copying your answers to all of the questions in this time. Pay close attention as you do this as your score will be based solely on the answers on your answer sheet.
Reading. You have a total of 60 minutes to complete the reading section. Unlike the listening test, you will not have extra time to transfer your answers onto the answer sheet, so do make sure you mark your responses directly onto the answer sheet. There are three parts to the reading section. You will not be told when to start or finish each of these parts, so it is important that you use your time wisely.
You should spend roughly equal amounts of time on each of these sections, keeping in mind that the last one will always consist of a longer text. Be sure to give yourself enough time to work through all questions. Rather than read every word of each passage, focus on identifying the information needed to answer the questions. Remember, you should be able to answer all the questions from reading the text – even if the topic is unfamiliar.
Writing. You have a total of 60 minutes to complete the writing section. Again, be sure to write your responses directly onto the answer sheet. The writing section consists of two tasks. Task 2 is worth twice as much as Task 1. You should spend about 20 minutes on Task 1 and about 40 minutes on Task 2. You will not be told when to start or finish each of these tasks, so be sure that you move onto Task 2 after about 20 minutes.
Take a few minutes at the beginning of each task to make notes to ensure you address the entire task. You are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2, but you should not spend time counting words during the test. Instead, as you prepare for the test, learn to recognise these lengths in your own handwriting.
Speaking. The speaking section of the IELTS test takes from 11 to 14 minutes as you progress through three sections in a live interaction with an examiner. The first section is a brief period of introduction and general questions on familiar topics like your home, family and studies. Use this time to “warm up” and become comfortable with the examiner. In the second part, you will be given a topic and points to discuss. You will have one minute to prepare and make notes, and then you will be asked to speak for two minutes. Use the time given to compose your thoughts and plan what to say. Speak confidently and naturally and do not attempt to memorise prepared answers in advance as this will be obvious during the test. The third section will consist of a two-way discussion related to the topic from part two. Listen carefully to the examiner’s questions and fully develop your ideas in your responses.
As you can see, there are a number of tasks to complete in just under 3 hours for the IELTS test. By paying close attention to your time and working diligently and effectively, you will be able to work through all of these in the time allowed – a critical component to achieving the IELTS score that you deserve and truly reflects your ability in English!
Sarah Deverall is Director Examinations India & Customer Services South Asia, British Council India
Questions related to IELTS
I have done my BDS from Bangalore. Will SAT, IELTs, and TOEFL be of any use for doing my MDS in foreign??
Yes , your mentioned exams SAT, TOFEL, IELTS will be helpful for getting into foreign universities for MDS , almost all Universities in maximum countries require one English language proficiency test which may be either TOFEL or IELTS , now it's your choice which one you will go for and now if it is about SAT so in such it is not mandatory but majority of University accept your admission through SAT exam also, while apart from this some other exams are also accepted for admission in foreign universities .
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is ielts exam happening right now..please tell me
british council of india conducts ielts exam and exam center has 55 location in india, however due to covid 19 out break many of the exams get rescheduled and cancelled.
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what is the process of giving IELTS Exams
IELTS(International English Language Testing System) is a widely used English language test is given to evaluate an individual's English skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The validity of IELTS scores is 2 years. The test is open to any candidate who want to pursue higher studies abroad or is seeking an employment opportunity in any one of the English speaking countries that require language proficiency. The steps for registering is as follows:
- Check the available IELTS 2020 exam dates
- Choose a test location from one of 500 IELTS test centres around the world
- Register for the test and pay the fee after entering details.
IELTS application form 2020 process is:
Go to the IELTS official websites.
Select the name of the country/territory and click on 'Continue'
Choose month, date, and module/format (Academic/General Training) as per your preference
After checking availability of the test date, click on the tab 'Apply'
Read and accept the Terms and Conditions
Fill in the personal and academic credentials to register for IELTS 2020
Choose payments mode: debit card, credit card or demand draft and pay the registration fee
Finally, select up to five universities of your choice to send the IELTS test scores.
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If I want to go to uk, canada or usa to pursue higher studies, which exam should i give? GMAT,GRE,SAT,ACT, TOEFL OR IELTS? Also, please give me a comparisons between these exams
The type of exam should you give depends on the University you're looking for and also the course.
SAT or ACT is basically for Undergraduate courses while GRE and GMAT is for Postgraduate courses. TOEFL and IELTS are basically English Proficiency tests. They are given by the candidates whose native language is not English, it too varies according to the university. Every university has it's different criteria but if you're looking for Undergraduate course then you should give SAT as it is accepted by many universities and the language exam based on what the university is accepting.