3 tips on improving your Listening, Reading and overall IELTS performance

It takes a lot of consistent practice and effort to get a high score in IELTS exams. It is not actually possible to pinpoint three tips on how to get a band of 8 or more at one go, however we have tried to show three IELTS tricks for a better score! These tips are like the tip of an iceberg actually, because as we all know there is no shortcut to success. Still, these will show you how to do better in IELTS Reading Test, IELTS Listening Test and how you should plan your overall study method to improve your overall IELTS performance.

# Tip 1: The IELTS test structure should be used to your advantage

This tip acts for all the four modules of IELTS exam, but mainly it augments your scoring pattern in the Listening test. On the Listening test at the end of Section 1, do not check the answers when the recording tells you to do it. Instead you can go directly to Section 2 questions and start reading them. At the end this becomes very beneficial and time saving, because finally you will again have ten minutes to transfer the answers.  As an examinee, you should comprehend the test structure thoroughly, be strategic about how to use your time in the Listening module especially to get a higher score.

# Tip 2: Execute the questionnaire in the proper order to save time

This is another very important tip which specifically improves your scoring pattern in the Reading test. Time management is a huge problem for lot of people aspiring to clear the IELTS exam with high scores, especially in the Reading module. If you tackle the questions in a proper order, it saves a lot of time.  Many people who take the test say that matching headings take a long time, but if you try and do it by paragraph order, it saves a lot of time. So, the trick is, do not go in the order of headings; rather go to paragraph 1, make a note of the list of headings and choose a suitable one. Do the same with the next paragraph. This saves a lot of time as you won’t waste time by reading a paragraph more than once. The less you read, the more time is saved.

# Tip 3: Focus on your weaknesses and strength

Every individual is different, so you should try to find out your core areas of strength and weakness first. This is an overall tip which escalates your performance in IELTS exam to a great extent. You can do the Listening test at home as a practice session under real exam conditions. Do the Listening module without stopping the recording and try to do the Reading test within 60 minutes. When it finishes, make an attempt to understand where you got stuck. Whether you ran out of time or out of speaking ideas? Do not continue doing practice tests and repeating the same mistakes. If you are able to figure out what your main areas of weakness are, then just concentrate on those areas, and build the right strategies.

This works for the other two modules of Writing and Speaking as well. Do not book the test unless you are fully confident to score high.

As mentioned before, three tips are actually very less to cover the preparation schedule for improving your IELTS scores, but still we have tried to cover the most essential and tricky ones. By following these steps and giving yourself a realistic time frame, you would surely be able to ace the exam with a band 8 or more. This will further allow you to earn a life changing career or academic opportunity in the land of your dreams.

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