Immigrating to Canada: I scored 7.5 on IELTS. You can too! [Part two]
A month ago I registered for taking the General Training IELTS. See the story about things I did before the exam HERE.
I studied so hard and it was worth it.
The day of the exam was very stressful for me but I made it and I scored a pretty sweet band.
My overall score is 7.5.
Listening: It was easier than most of the tests I took.
Reading: Reading was quite easy, I must have misspelled some words.
Writing: I am so happy with this result because most common band for this section is 6.
Speaking: I expected to get a 8.5 but I know I was so nervous that my knees were shaking and I kinda misunderstood the topic.
It was a stressful journey but I made it.
Here are 5 tips I would give to those who are planning to take the IELTS exam for immigration purposes.
Take at least one month to study every day.
I did. Every day for a month. I had a book and a few online resources, plus the resources offered by IELTS preparation program.
Listen to British radio and television to help you get used to the accent
Every morning for a month, I listened to BBC while running on the treadmill. I also looked for British tv shows and movies. This helped enormously with getting accustomed with the way British people say things.
Take a test every day
Besides practising for listening for names, grammar, spelling or getting accustomed with the questions types, I took a FULL test every day. On weekend I tried to take two tests.
Register for the free course IELTS offers
The course was fun and really easy to follow, but it offered me the comfort of knowing that other people are going through this. Also, if I had any questions, I had the opportunity to ask somebody.
Do not take the test unless you are really ready
Before taking this test, you might want to study on your own to improve your spelling, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. If you feel unsure, than you should not pay for the test because you will probably not going to get the results you need.
If you would like to hear about my experience and see what resources I found that helped me to prepare, please choose one of the services bellow.