Are you studying for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam?
ElementalEnglish.com has partnered with IELTS Juice to bring you the best advice available on preparing for this exam. IELTS expert Mehdi Safavi answered a few questions for Elemental English’s students!
What exactly is IELTS? Who usually takes IELTS?
IELTS is now the most popular English test in the world. Not only is it required for immigration to many countries (Canada, Australia, etc.), but also students who would like to study in English speaking countries have to get a 6.5 or 7.0 (out of 9.0) in it before they can apply.
Isn’t IELTS the same thing as TOEFL?
Of course not! TOEFL was developed in the USA and tests your American English and therefore is not accepted by some universities in the world. IELTS is internationally valid, tests international English (American, British, Australian) and is the only option for immigration.
What is the best way for Elemental English students to prepare for the IELTS?
For success in IELTS, applicants need to do two things:
- they should improve their general English up to a higher-intermediate level, otherwise they will not manage to get a satisfactory score; and
- they need to get completely familiar with IELTS test taking strategies and receive exam tips from experienced IELTS experts.
What are the biggest mistakes students typically make on the IELTS exam?
The biggest mistake students make is underestimating the IELTS test! Although IELTS is not very difficult, you need to take it seriously, prepare a lot for it and take many many practice tests from weeks or months before the test date.
How can students improve their IELTS score?
Most students who get a low score in IELTS suffer from poor grammar and vocabulary. There is plenty of material that they can use to improve these areas. The good news is the IELTS Juice team has prepared a list of recommended books and websites that can help students improve in those areas.
However, even with the best level of general English, students need to learn about the four modules of IELTS. They can obviously take IELTS preparation courses, but another choice would be our self-study multimedia package and Skype lessons that can help a lot at a relatively low cost.
How can IELTS Juice help our students?
Our product is a 5-chapter multimedia self-study program that teaches you the A-Zs of IELTS and the four sub-skills. What’s more, we offer many free and premium services on our website that IELTS candidates can use, including:
- weekly English lessons
- Free placement test
- 2 minute podcasts
- IELTS Score calculator
- writing/speaking correction
- TED Talks
- One-to-one Skype lessons
and so much more.
Any final key tips or bits of advice you can give to our students to do great on the IELTS exam?
The bottom-line is, IELTS is just a test. Improve your English in all the four skills of listening, reading, writing, and speaking, and the test will be a piece of cake. Use books and online materials –e.g. ElementalEnglish.com lessons — learn the required strategies -e.g. from ieltsjuice.com– and you are good to go.