IELTS International English Language Testing System

Examiner Approved Tips

For each section of the test, our examiners have compiled their top tips to help you perform your best in each component of the test.

Listening
  • At the beginning of each section read the

    questions for that section carefully, before

    the recording starts. This will help you

    to follow the recording and identify the

    answers.

  • Listen carefully for clues as to which stage

    of the recording you are listening to, e.g.

    words such as ‘firstly’, ‘my next point’, ‘to

    sum up’. These words will help you

    identify which question you have reached.

Reading
  • To improve your performance in the

    Reading test you need to practice reading

    a variety of English texts. This will help you

    develop the ability to read quickly as is

    required under test conditions.

  • The texts included in the Reading

    test always contain the information you

    need to answer the question. You won’t

    have to use your own knowledge of a

    topic.

Writing
  • Be careful to use your own words because

    the examiner will not include words copied

    from the question in the word count.

  • Make your position or point of view

    as clear as possible in your essay for

    Academic Writing Task 2. Your last

    paragraph should be a conclusion which is

    consistent with the arguments you have

    included in your essay.

Speaking
  • In the lead up to the Speaking test, make

    sure you take the time to practise speaking

    English – with friends, at work and on the

    phone. You should also consider recording

    yourself, so that you are confident

    speaking English during your test.

  • There are no right or wrong answers in the

    Speaking test. The examiner will assess

    you on how well you can express your

    ideas and opinions in good English

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