IELTS 2022 Preparation Tips: Section-wise Tips, Study Material & Preparation Plan at Home


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IELTS Preparation: Before beginning with the IELTS preparation, it is important to learn the exact IELTS test format. After knowing about the IELTS test go through the content of the test and check, which type of questions, are asked in each of the sections. It is important to learn about the IELTS exam pattern and format before learning the IELTS preparation tips 2022. If you take the route of self-study to prepare for your IELTS exam, you need to study from the best books and resources for IELTS which are easily available. Since you will be working alone, you should make sure you are well-equipped for the preparation stage. In this article, we will inform you on how to prepare for IELTS section-wise. We will also inform you on how to prepare for the IELTS exam at home.

You can also take the route of enrolling with a coaching center for IELTS. The official British Council and IDP have their own official study guides and online preparation material. You can get in touch with the British Council for IELTS preparatory classes. Read: IELTS Exam: Tips to Achieve a High Score

Also read: IELTS Practice Test 

IELTS Study Material 2022

Refer to the following material for IELTS guides and preparation books to help create a study plan –

Road to IELTS: e-learning and online practice assessment - With over 100 hours of interactive activities, advice videos from British Council experts, hints and tips on question types as well as downloadable practice tests, it is an up-to-date online study material that is aimed precisely at the challenges candidates face.

The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS - This guide is packed with the advice you need to achieve your desired band in the IELTS exam. It is practical and easy to use, it focuses on the language and skills you need to perform with confidence.

IELTS preparation material free download by IDP – This pack is called the IELTS Essentials Pack by IDP. It includes examiner-approved IELTS test preparation tips that are best suited for your test, prepare for the IELTS checklist to help you organize your IELTS journey and detailed information on what to expect on test day.

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IELTS Preparation Strategies

Having an effective IELTS preparation strategy can give you an advantage over others. Understand the IELTS test pattern and frame your daily routine accordingly. Familiarize yourself with the questions and tasks of every section. Also, go through the IELTS rules and regulations. Then start practicing with IELTS sample questions, this will give you an idea about what to expect in the IELTS test. Also, after a while, learn where you stand and do a progress check. Take IELTS Practice tests with time and without the time and learn your strengths and weaknesses. You can get official IELTS practice material that will help you to give IELTS test experience with real IELTS questions.

5 Best Prep Tips to prepare for the IELTS Test

These tips will help you in improving the IELTS test score for IELTS Academic test. Also, preparation can be a fun activity, even watching television discussions and chatting with your friends can be part of your preparation list.

1. Improve Reading Skills

Develop a habit of reading and learning new words and try to use them in the appropriate sentences. Read English newspapers on daily basis and listen to English news. Sharpen your skills and develop an ability to search for details and make notes while reading. You need to manage the time limit, as you have to give answers in a limited time.

2. Enhance your Writing skills

Practice writing in a timely manner and work to improve your speed. By developing writing skills, you will learn to handle task 2 as it is longer and needs more time. Note down the new words and compose sentences using them. Analyze the task 2 question carefully and make sure that all parts of the question have been addressed. Work on your speed, so, you get time to review what you have written.

3. Work on Listening skills

You can watch English news on daily basis and write them later. Remember you can hear the recording only once, so, be attentive and develop your listening skills, so, you don't need to pause the recording. Although if you want to listen to the tape again then listen to the script once more and note the useful expressions. You should know what exactly has been asked and check for the instructions.

4. Learn vocabulary

If you develop, reading skills make sure to learn new words and use them in the proper context. For this, you need to read a lot. Note down the new words and learn how to use them in appropriate sentences. Read editorials and different magazines, so, you get exposure to new words. You need to use new words repeatedly to make them part of your regular speech.

5. Learn the pronunciation and develop fluency

The listening section has been divided into three parts a short talk, a structured interview, and a free interview. Candidates will be asked about 2-3 brief concerns on familiar topics for 4 to 5 minutes. For this practice talk in English for a long time and focus on your pronunciation. Read and listen to different topics, so, you can learn about them and speak on different topics. Record yourself while speaking and learn your weaknesses and strengths.

How to prepare for the IELTS exam at home?

Due to COVID-19, pandemic many students are giving the IELTS test at home and want to learn how to prepare for the IELTS exam at home. We have mentioned a few IELTS preparation tips for those who want to prepare for the IELTS test at home.

  • Familiarize yourself with the IELTS exam learn what is IELTS syllabus and IELTS test pattern and learn about the test structure
  • Go through the IELTS study material online for IELTS preparation
  • Gather IELTS preparation books and read them carefully
  • Learn more about each of the skills
    • Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking
  • Develop your English capabilities and develop reading, writing, and listening skills
  • Frame IELTS strategies keeping in mind the time constraints in the exam
  • Start taking practice tests

Preparing for IELTS is a process and it takes about 10-12 weeks to move up a score band by one point.

How to prepare for the IELTS exam in one month?

If you plan carefully and have appropriate IELTS preparation material then you can prepare for the IELTS exam 2022 in one month.

  • Solve an IELTS practice test daily
  • Learn how to approach IELTS questions
  • Learn vocabulary
  • Focus on improving your listening and developing reading skills

IELTS Section Wise Tips

IELTS test 2022 comprises four sections reading, writing, listening, and speaking. We have given preparation tips for every section to help you prepare for the IELTS exam.

IELTS Reading Test Tips

IELTS Reading section evaluates your reading skills. You need to read lengthy articles along with multiple-choice questions, short answers, matching information, and sentence completion. The Academic Writing test can be harder than the General Training test.

  • If you are not able to solve a question, skip to another one. Come back later to finish it
  • Carefully go through the graphs, images, or any figures while solving the questions. Focus on minor details
  • Try to understand the passage questions carefully and find answers from the passage itself
  • Use capital letters for answers
  • Make sure you are to the point and grammatically correct

IELTS Writing Test Tips

The Writing section comprises two subsections. Here, you need to write an essay expressing your point of view, and describe a diagram, chart, or graph.

  • Give a limited time to every task like 40 minutes for a lengthier task and 20 minutes for task 1
  • Try to write more than 150 words for the first task and more than 250 words for the second task
  • Make sure you give a conclusion for task 2
  • Avoid repeating words and phrases
  • Avoid passive voice and use active voice
  • Write to the point and avoid writing lengthy sentences
  • Proofread before submitting

IELTS Listening Test Tips

The listening section evaluates how well you understand the language. It has four sections and includes 40 questions. Ensure your headphones are working properly, if not then inform the examiner and change them with a working one.

  • Utilize the allotted time to read the questions before the recording starts
  • Make notes on the question paper when listening to the recording
  • Listen to the recording carefully and try to focus on the answers. The recording will be played only once
  • Give answers within the word limit
  • Use capital letters for all answers
  • Proofread for grammar errors and spelling mistakes before submitting

IELTS Speaking Test Tips

In the IELTS Speaking section, you need to interact live with an examiner. This section analyses how well you spoke the English language. Here, you need to interact with the examiner, so, you need to be spontaneous. It is divided into three parts.

  • Listen to the questions carefully and answer directly
  • Try to speak slowly (so, the examiner can listen to you) and fluently
  • Be confident while speaking
  • Make sure your answers remain relevant
  • Ask to repeat the question only if it is required
  • Focus on the vocabulary you are using, grammar, and sentence structure
  • Try not to take long pauses

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Also Read: FAQs for IELTS Exam 2022

IELTS Preparation Tips FAQs

How to start preparing for IELTS?

Beginners should start preparing for IELTS by following these points:
  • First of all, understand the IELTS test format
  • Understand how IELTS scoring works
  • Understand, currently, what is the level of your English knowledge and how much effort you need to prepare for the IELTS test
  • Arrange for the best IELTS preparation tools

What kind of questions are there in IELTS?

Candidates need to cover certain topics in each of the sections to prepare for the IELTS test. Every section has some topics that you should prepare thoroughly. You can go through the above article and check all the topics that you need to cover while preparing for the IELTS.

Is the IELTS test be completed in one day?

The Reading, Writing, and Listening tests are completed in one day. The Speaking test can be taken within 7 days before or after the test date according to the arrangements made by the local test center.

Who accepts IELTS test scores?

IELTS tests are held in more than 120 countries globally. The test is recognized by thousands of universities and employers in major English-speaking countries like the USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.

Best app for IELTS preparation.

there are a lot of online resources available for IELTS preparation. Few IELTS apps that candidates can use to prepare for the IELTS test.
  • IELTS Writing 2019: A great app to improve your writing skills
  • IELTS Prep App: This is an official IELTS app developed by British Council and can be used by both Android as iOS users
  • BBC Learning English: One of the best apps to learn English. It is available on both Android and iOS platforms

Can I prepare for the IELTS test within 2 weeks?

Although two weeks are less, however, with a solid strategy can help you get a decent IELTS score. Candidates should understand the IELTS test format and prepare a comprehensive study plan for the next two weeks covering all the topics. After covering all the topics in each of the sections give full-length practice tests.

Can the IELTS test be taken without coaching?

For some candidates it is important to have a mentor and a regular study plan with fixed timing to prepare for the exam. IELTS test may seem a piece of cake to many but at the same time, it can be difficult for some after knowing its complexities. Candidates can go through the exam pattern and check the topics they need to cover. If you think you need tutoring for preparation then go for coaching or else go for self-study.

Is it difficult to score 7 in IELTS?

It is not difficult to score 7 bands in IELTS. Most of the students tend to be around 5-6 bands, so, with more focus on their weak areas candidates can improve their score. Whether it is a writing test or any other area where you scoring less, focus more on that and it won't be that difficult to get a decent score.

Which is the hardest section in the IELTS exam?

There may not be a specific answer to this question as it varies from person to person. Somebody may find the Writing section the most difficult while some may find Speaking the hardest. It is better one should go through the IELTS exam pattern and understand each and every section and figure out the toughest section and focus more on that.

Can one pass the IELTS exam without studying?

Those who want to give the IELTS test without studying should take some of the IELTS practice tests and then decide whether they need to prepare for the exam or they can give it without studying.

What is a good IELTS band score?

Candidates must be aware of the IELTS scoring before giving the test. You can check the complete band scores  here




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