Though most of us try to converse in English these days – particularly in schools, colleges, or in office; yet in countries like India, China, Middle Eastern countries etc, many are still not proficient in the same where English is not a native language. Even if we know how to read, write, or speak comfortably in English; it does not reflect one’s expertise and competency in the language. If a person intends to work in a country where English is the native language, or pursue higher education there, one needs to clear the IELTS test, which is the most trusted English language proficiency test across the world.
How to crack the exam?
Cracking the IELTS exam is a combination of both hard work and smart work. A well structured and a planned preparation can help you crack the exam in the first attempt itself. However it requires a lot of practice, systematic approach, and a proper guidance to achieve your target score at one go. So, although it is far from impossible to crack the IELTS exam without any coaching, it becomes much easier for the aspirant to sail through the test if he/she takes a proper training. Let us try to analyse how it works.
A) Speaking module is of primary importance and you need a proper guide to teach you
Although there are many self-teaching guides available online these days, for IELTS you need to have your pronunciation correct, as there will be an external examiner to assess your speaking skills. The Productive and Receptive skills are extremely important. You need to give equal focus on all the four parameters – Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening; but specially Reading and Speaking skills require a systematic coaching from certified mentors who know how to guide, train, and evaluate your performance for the same.
B) Ability to write fast is a pre-requisite for cracking the Writing Section
These days, right from the school days, we start making typed assignments and projects for which our ability to write fast has reduced greatly. But as an IELTS aspirant, you have to keep in mind that the Writing module has to be finished within a stipulated time period and this requires a consistent, systematic practice with lots of mock tests to help you complete the exam on time. You can try to self-time yourself, but this becomes too stressful and harrowing after some sessions of practice. If you go to a training centre, this becomes much easier as you will also notice several other students like you who are preparing to hone their writing skills within a limited and particular time frame.
C) You need to decode the Score Descriptor correctly for assessment
The IELTS scoring system is quite transparent, and a candidate is able to see all the scores in each module. All scores are given within a band score of 0-9, and the overall score is an average of the scores got in all the skills. However, this is not as easy to understand as it sounds. In the Writing module, the examiners use certain assessment criteria to arrive at a particular band score. These are as follows:
Task Achievement (TA) for Task 1 and Task Response (TR) for Task 2. The TA is again based on
Coherence and Cohesion→CC and finally Grammar Range and Accuracy.
So basically the TA is based on TR+LR+CC+ Grammar. All this needs to be understood thoroughly and in a proper manner by the candidate if he/she desires to score very high in the exam. And this can only be done if the training is taken at a good coaching centre consisting of certified and expert mentors, who have been training successful batches of IELTS aspirants for many years.
D) Efficient time management is a must to ace the exams
Many self-help IELTS exam guides as well as blogs uphold that in the exams it is not the speed, but the quality of your writing which matters. This is actually a myth. All the four sections of IELTS exams – Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening are time bound. 60 minutes, 60 minutes, 15minutes and 40 minutes are respectively allotted to each section. Most of the students fail to adhere to time limits effectively thereby losing a better band score. This is where a proper IELTS coaching again plays a major role. Self-study can never give you the guidance and precision as how to tackle the modules within the stipulated time period. You need to practice continuously, both online and offline, with regular Grammar and Vocabulary classes, so that your Speaking skills are improved along with your other Productive skills. It will also help you to get the maximum correct answers within the given time frame This is why it is indeed difficult to crack the exam without coaching.
E) Reading module needs proper, personalised coaching from IELTS experts
Reading section is considered to be the most difficult section to crack by most of the students who have cleared the IELTS. This is because-
i) a lot of reading needs to be done in a limited time
ii) answer as many as 40 questions pertaining to three different sections in short time
iii) questions are based on “extreme understanding” of the text given to you.
This requires methodical and organized practice and proper guidance, which can only assure the target band you are aiming for. And this can only be achieved if you take a proper coaching from a good IELTS training institute.
Tagore Institute is a leading IELTS coaching centre in Karnataka, India, with a consistently successful track record of great results.