A lot of students leave the exam hall having answered less than half the questions. Apart from speaking and writing exams, there is room for making educated guesses.
In the Reading section, give yourself 2-3 minutes at the end to guess answers for all the questions you haven’t found answers to. In the Listening section, you have ten minutes at the end to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. After you have transfered all your answers, fill in any blanks with logical guesses.
A very large percentage of students don’t read the question carefully. Therefore, they either don’t understand what the examiner wants or only answer half the question.
READ THE DAMN QUESTION
As you’re reading the question, underline or circle the keywords so you don’t miss anything. Don’t worry about fancy, colorful highlighters – you will only be wasting time switching from pencil to highlighter and back again.
My first IELTS study tip is advice I give to all my students on Day One of an IELTS course.
HAVE A PLAN.
What does this mean? Really, this means knowing where you are, where you want to go, and the steps you will take in order to get there.
It’s very important to identify keywords in the questions in IELTS exams.
Keywords help you zero in on the most important information, understand the question, and answer it fully. Always read the question first – in listening, reading, and writing exams – then underline the keywords. In the speaking exam, listen to the examiner’s question carefully to identify the main words.
Unfortunately, spellings are quite important in the IELTS.
If spellings scare you, give yourself an extra two minutes to check your spellings at the end of the Reading, Writing, and Listening exams.
In an earlier post, I wrote about how to learn and check spellings more effectively.