IELTS Fast Track – 10 Points To Keep In Mind For Taking The IELTS Exam Faster
Looking for an IELTS Fast Track? For some people, they might have news that they need to take the exam in a short amount of time, or they may have simply repeatedly failed the exam and now need to “get moving fast” – the following are 10 tips on staying focused in this situation.
1. Consider Temporarily Stopping Most/All Other Work/Study
Bear in mind that preparing for the IELTS study can virtually be a full-time job for at least some, especially if there is only a short amount of time to prepare. Therefore, if you are trying to pass the IELTS exam quickly, consider taking a holiday from work and perhaps also pausing some/all other study for the interim – of course, you could initially reduce other study/work a small amount, keeping in mind that you may need to do this more, rather than having an all/nothing approach.
2. Hire A Teacher
Whilst it may be the case that you can study for the listening and reading sections without a teacher, for the speaking and writing sections for some students it can be almost essential, to quickly identify the errors you are making and strategies you need to improve on.
3. Stay Healthy/Relaxed
Although you may feel a lot of pressure to quickly improve because of time constraints and think that you can “put on hold” rest and relaxation, bear in mind that if you do burn out then you may even end up doing worse than if you had never studied – careful of too much “IELTS pressure”.
4. Make A Study Schedule
Try to organise well, so that you can maximise the time available. It might normally be better to have a complete approach on an ongoing basis, rather than for example leaving the writing section until the last week/few days, where it may not be possible to quickly improve it.
5. See Current Level
Ensure you know your current level for each section and for the speaking and writing sections, you could try to have a skilled tutor grade you. On an ongoing basis try to review your level to see how your progress is proceeding.
6. Avoid Risks
During the actual IELTS exam is not the time and place to try out things you are not sure about. Be careful in the exam to stick as far as is practical with what is safe, whilst bearing in mind that you will also need more complex grammar and vocabulary for higher grades.
7. Focus On Key Aspects To Learn
Make sure that you are focussing on the key areas – if your pronunciation is already reasonable, do not keep focussing on that, at the expense of for example your grammar, which might need a lot of improvement.
8. Make Sure That All Areas Are Being Covered
Do not neglect studying all areas of the exam for an IELTS fast track – even if you are quite confident/have passed a section before, that is clearly not a guarantee that you will again get at least the same grade – the questions might be harder on the day, etc., so make sure that you keep checking all areas.
9. Stay Focused
Try to avoid distractions as far as possible – make sure that you are paying careful attention and if you find you attention is drifting, take time out to refresh yourself and then return to your IELTS preparation.
10. Maximum Effort During Study And Exam Day
Keep studying hard, both before and especially during the exam for an IELTS fast track – try to use every minute carefully – for example in the writing section, if you finish early, keep checking and rechecking – remember that even 1 error might hypothetically make the difference between passing and failing.
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Next: If you are planning on retaking your IELTS exams then read our next blog for tips. Also, take a look at the rest of the blog series for more tips on how to study for your IELTS exam (or any exam, really).