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IELTS Tips and Strategies

Strategies for IELTS Reading Test that will help you get 8+ IELTS Band Score.

Our IELTS Coaching classes are very focused on helping students with various tricks and strategies required to prepare for the IELTS Exam. Here are some tips that have been listed which will help you get a High Band IELTS Score, however, if you enroll for our Online IELTSclasses you will get to learn about them in-depth.

  1. IELTS Preparation Strategy from our IELTS Training Experts on the IELTS Exam Reading Question - Multiple Choice

    1. Read the instructions carefully: Read the instructions carefully and check how many letters you need to underline.
    2. Skim all the IELTS Exam Reading questions and the answer choices. Skim all the IELTS Exam Reading questions and the answer choices quickly. As you do this,
      • Underline the keywords (the words that give you the most information).
      • Try to get an idea of the topic you will be reading about from the vocabulary of the questions.
      • Look at any illustrations or diagrams that go with the text.
      • Go back to the first question. Decide if you are looking for specific information or whether the question requires you to understand the whole text. Then either scan or skim the text, as appropriate, to find the answer
    3. Read the relevant part of the text very carefully.
    4. Don't leave any questions unanswered.
    5. Skimming is very important to get a High IELTS Band Score on reading component
  2. IELTS Preparation Strategy from our IELTS Training Experts on the IELTS Exam Reading Question - Short Answer

    1. Read the instructions carefully:
    2. Skim all the questions quickly. As you do this:
      • Underline the key words.
      • Decide what information you need to find in the text.
      • Look out for question words like ‘where’ and ‘who’ which indicate you should look for specific things like places and people.
    3. Go back to the first question and decide what part of the text you need to read.
    4. Read the part carefully to find the answer.
    5. You don’t have to write a complete sentence but it does have to be grammatically correct.
    6. Having an eye for details is important to do well on this part of the IELTS Exam and get a High IELTS Band Score
  3. IELTS Preparation Strategy from our IELTS Training Experts on the IELTS Exam Reading Question - Sentence Completion

    1. Quickly read through all the sentences halves: As you do this
      • Underline the key words.
      • Try to work out what information you need.
      • Think about the grammatical form as well as the vocabulary that should follow immediately from the stem.
    2. Go back to the first sentence and decide what information you need to complete it.
    3. Find the place where the information should be in the text and read it carefully.
    4. Look out for synonyms and parallel expressions: Look out for synonyms and parallel expressions because the questions are not likely to use the same words as those in the text.
    5. Make sure your sentences make sense both logically and grammatically.
  4. IELTS Preparation Strategy from our IELTS Training Experts on the IELTS Exam Reading Question – Notes / Table / Form / Summary / Flow Chart / Diagram Completion Questions

    1. Look at the table or form Carefully:
      • Examine any headings or subheadings.
      • Try to get an idea of the topic.
      • Decide what section of the passage the exercise covers.
      • Anticipate grammatical form as well as vocabulary.
      • If a box of answers is given, see if you can guess any of the matches & eliminate unlikely answers.
      • If the question is in the form of a table, work out which way it is best to read it horizontally or vertically.
      • If the question is in the form of a summary, read through it first and see if you can guess any of the missing words.
    2. Alternative Rubrics: There may be alternative rubrics for these completion questions e.g. ‘complete the notice’ or ‘complete the explanation’ or ‘complete the news report’.
  5. IELTS Preparation Strategy from our IELTS Training Experts on the IELTS Exam Reading Question - Yes, No, Not Given Or True, False, Not Given

    1. Quickly read through all the statements to get an idea about the topic.
    2. Read the first statement more carefully.
    3. Underline the key words so you understand the main point.
    4. Search for the section of the text which deals with the idea or fact.
    5. Read Carefully:
    6. Once you have found the relevant section, read it carefully. For type 1, if the statement disagrees with the writer’s opinion, then select ‘no’ and if the author doesn’t give an opinion, select ‘not given’. For type 2, if the statement is the opposite to the information in the text, then select ‘false’ and if there is no mention of it, select ‘not given’.
    7. Continue with the rest of the statements.
  6. IELTS Preparation Strategy from our IELTS Training Experts on the IELTS Exam Reading Question - Classification Questions

    1. Make sure you know how many classifications there are and what letters you have to use.
    2. Read the classifications carefully and make sure you don’t confuse the letters which represent each one.
    3. Read the statements/phrases or words beside the question numbers and underline key words.
    4. Start with the first statement and work your way through them one by one, searching the text to find where the information is mentioned.
    5. The questions will not necessarily be in the same order as the text and the wording will probably be different in the text so look out for synonyms and parallel expressions.
    6. When you’ve located the reference in the text, read it carefully and select your answer.
    7. Don’t leave any statements without a letter.
  7. Preparation Strategy For Matching

    1. Take the names of the sources one by one and find them in the text and underline them.
    2. When you have located a name, read carefully to see what is said about his/her opinions.
    3. Look at the list of opinions and see if you can make a match.
    4. Remember that the text is not likely to use the same words as the
    5. Questions, so look for synonyms and parallel expressions.
    6. Also, be aware that the sources may be referred to in more than one place in the text.
    7. The opinions in the task are not listed in the same order as they appear in the text.
    8. Phrases like ‘he said’ or ‘in his opinion’ should help you locate the arguments.
  8. IELTS Preparation Strategy from our IELTS Training Experts on the IELTS Exam Reading Question - Choosing Headings

    1. Make sure you know which paragraphs or sections you have to sum up.
    2. Read the first paragraph or section and try to sum up, in your own words, what it is about.
    3. Then search through the bank of headings for the best answer.
    4. Make sure the heading you have chosen sums up the entire paragraph and not just one idea within it.
    5. If you have to sum up the entire text. Read the whole text before looking at the bank of headings. Try to think of your own heading and then look at the options.
  9. IELTS Preparation Strategy from our IELTS Training Experts on the IELTS Exam Reading Question - Labelling A Diagram Which Has Numbered Parts

    1. Study the diagram and the labels if they are given.
    2. See if you can guess any of the answers.
    3. The information will be given in the same order as the numbers on the diagram.
    4. Scan the text to find the information. If labels are not provided, make sure you use words from the text.
  10. Here are some General Tips For IELTS Exam Reading Test to get a good IELTS Results

    1. Tips Before the IELTS Exam (IDP or British Council)
      • Make sure you are familiar with the instructions for the different question types so you can quickly glance at the questions and know what to do.
      • Read as much as possible.
      • Work on your reading skills such as ‘guessing the meanings of unknown words’, ‘understanding reference words in texts’ and reading quickly.
      • Read newspaper articles and practice the following:
        • Dividing the content into facts and opinions
        • Finding the topic sentences of paragraphs
        • Writing summaries
        • Interpreting any diagrams or tables
        • Thinking of headings you could give to paragraphs
        • Underlining the pronouns and working out what they refer to
        • Underlining unknown words and seeing if you can work out what they mean
        • Reading the first paragraph and seeing if you can predict what will come next
        • Work on expanding your vocabulary.
        • Do as many practice tests as you can to get used to the rubric and the task types.
    2. During the IELTS Exam (IDP or British Council)
      • Look through the whole IELTS reading module first.
      • Quickly look at the texts. Study any:
        • Titles
        • headings
        • sub headings
        • illustrations
        • diagrams
        • words in bold type or italics
      • Read the questions carefully. Identify the question type. Make sure you do exactly what they say.
      • Read the glossary beside the passage, if there is one.
      • Don’t spend too long on one question.
      • If you don’t know the answer, guess. Incorrect answers are not penalized.
      • Make sure you copy all words taken from the texts correctly as incorrect spelling is penalized.
      • Don’t forget your answer may be given in a diagram, graph or illustration.

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Strategies for IELTS Speaking Section that will help you prepare for the IELTS Exam.

The IELTS Speaking module is very important and requires lots of practice. While these tips and strategies will help you do well, we recommend you to enroll for our Online IELTS Coaching to have one to one Speaking sessions with our IELTS Trainers to get the desired IELTS Score.

  1. Strategy For Test Preparation for IELTS Speaking Test - Part 1

    1. Make a list of all possible topics you could be interviewed on:
      • Your Home
      • The country you live in
      • Place of work
      • Interests and Hobbies
      • Films
      • Books
      • Festivals
      • Food
      • Clothes
      • Hobbies etc..
    2. Record yourself: Record yourself and see how you may improve. Self-evaluation may help you a lot! Our Online IELTS Test preparation study portal has the facility for you to record your sessions and review them later
    3. Vocabulary: Make sure that you prepare yourself well in advance for all the possible vocabulary. Practice the pronunciation of any new vocabulary. Our Online IELTS Test preparation study portal has extensive grammar & vocabulary lessons that can be used to improve your vocabulary
    4. Think about the language that will be useful. For example
      • Ways of expressing likes and dislikes
      • Linkers like ‘even though’ and ‘unless’
      • Tenses to talk about the past and present and your experiences
  2. Strategy For Test Preparation for IELTS Speaking Test - Part 2

    1. Read the topic card carefully: Make sure that you have understood what you need to talk about.
    2. Jot down a few points: Pen down a few points to answer the prompts on the topic card. Don’t waste time in writing sentences.
    3. Answer both parts of the topic Card: Make sure you answer the description as well as the explanation part of the topic card.
    4. Use examples from your own life: Make sure that you use examples from your own life. It’s much easier to talk about your own experiences fluently.
    5. Linking words usage: Try to expand your sentences using linking words like however, although etc and avoid usage of moreover and thus which are normally used for writing.
  3. Strategy For Test Preparation for IELTS Speaking Test - Part 3

    1. Read English Language: Make it a habit to read English language newspapers and watch the news reports to keep yourself updated on everyday topics. Our online portal for IELTS Training has lots of reference books and materials that will help you improve your English language.
    2. Think about the language: Ponder upon the language which will be useful example.
      • Language of comparison and contrast
      • Language to express opinions and give reasons
      • Language to speculate about the future
      • Language to discuss hypothetical example conditional sentences
    3. Take a current affairs issue every day and list all the vocabulary: Try to take a current affairs issue every day and list all the vocabulary you would need to talk about it. Think about your opinion on this issue and think about opposing views as well.
  4. General Tips you can follow before the IELTS Speaking Test to ensure you get good IELTS Results

    1. Try and speak in English as much as possible.
    2. Remember the more familiar you are with everyday social English the more fluent you will sound.
    3. Listen to English music, watch English movies and SITCOMS
    4. Make sure you are familiar with the structure of the test.
    5. Speak aloud to yourself and record it.
  5. General Tips you can follow during the IELTS Speaking Test to ensure you get good IELTS Results

    1. First up your appearance and the way you dress, may have an unconscious effect on the examiner, so dress neatly.
    2. Arrive early. Sometimes examiners get ahead of their schedule.
    3. Try to look confident. Don’t fold your arms.
    4. Keep eye contact with the examiner, especially in parts 1 and 3. Don’t speak to the cassette recorder
    5. Don’t worry if the examiner does not look at you in part 2. He or she will be listening and checking the criteria for assessing you.
    6. Don’t worry about being nervous. Everyone is nervous doing these tests. Don’t say to the examiner ‘I’m nervous!
    7. Remember speaking ‘fluently’, does not mean speaking ‘quickly’.
    8. Don’t be afraid to correct yourself if you make a grammatical mistake.

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Here are some Tips and Tricks to ace one of the most difficult section of IELTS Exam, the Writing Section.

The IELTS Writing section is a challenging module of the IELTS Exam, many students struggle to score well in the Writing Section. With our expert tips and strategy, one can crack the writing section with ease. If you would like to know more about in depth strategies of cracking the Writing Section, you must enroll for our IELTS Online Training classes.

  1. General Tips Of Test Preparation for IELTS Writing Section

    IELTS writing task is a time bound task and it very important for the student to understand the importance of time management in this module. If each aspect of writing has to be achieved then it is essential to allocate time and write accordingly.

    1. Understanding the prompt/statement
      • The student should ideally spend a minute for IELTS Writing task 1 and maybe 2 minutes for IELTS Writing Task 2 to understand the question. In task 1 academic, the student should absorb the key information of the diagram. For general it is essential to understand the letter type and how to address the same.
      • IELTS Writing Task 2 needs little more understanding, as not only the statement is given but also to indentify the response.
    2. After understanding it is important to outline the task.
      • After understanding it is important to outline the task.
      • For IELTS Writing Academic Task 1 it is crucial that they encapsulate all the features of the diagram: the key trait and the trend.
      • For IELTS Writing General Task 1 it required to write down the main ideas that are going to structure the letter.
      • For IELTS Writing Task 2 this time should be exclusively dedicated in paraphrasing the statement as this is going to form the introduction of the essay. Also the supporting statement of the essay should be formulated as this will give way to the following paragraphs of the essay.
      • The time spent on doing this should be approximately 1 minute for task 1 and 2 minutes for task 2.
    3. Structuring
      • This time is ideally, after one when has understood the task and outlined the task, for jotting down the ideas in an order. Which idea will be the opening and the subsequent ones?
      • In IELTS Writing Task 2, this plays a vital role, here the student can decide the body of the essay emphasizing the stronger idea in the opening paragraph of the body. They can club the two weaker ideas to form the next paragraph, with correct cohesive device. To show a contrasting idea the candidate can make use of discourse markers in the following paragraph. This shall not hinder the coherence of the essay.
      • Ideally task 1 - 2 minutes and task 2 - 3 minutes.
    4. Keep the idea and the language simple While writing, it is necessary to remember that IELTS Test is not marking you on the subject knowledge but on the knowledge of English Language. So, if the student uses complex ideas or complex words does not mean he/she will get a higher band score. Yet, if the ideas are simple and are coherent with correct syntax it will fetch a higher band score in IELTS Writing.
    5. Focus on the language and not the length Try to keep the idea of the paragraph and the main theme in mind. Do not get deviated while writing. Usually when students try to increase the length of the essay the main idea is defeated and so the task response is affected. Rather than focusing on the length it is important to keep the language and the central idea and the idea of the paragraph as the prime focus. Try to be consistent.
    6. Conclusion
      • In this paragraph the student should give a positive outlook to the writing in IELTS Writing task 1
      • In IELTS Writing task 2 the student should try to balance the views stated. The ideas should be highlighted and connected to give a stable platform.
      • The students have approximately 14 minutes to write task 1 and 30 minutes to write task 2.
    7. Proofreading
      • This is the last step in one’s writing and it an indispensible step which is often ignored. While doing so the student should check for grammatical and spelling mistakes. This is not the time to include or exclude the ideas but to check for the cohesive devices and the correct structuring of the essay.
      • The candidate should set aside 2 minutes for task 1 and 3 minutes for task 2.
    8. Our Online IELTS Study Portal has 10 sectional tests for the Writing Section, these test will give you enough practice to do well on IELTS Writing Section and get a Good Overall IELTS Score. More over we have 5 full length IELTS Mock Test, which are an exact simulation of the actual IELTS Exam by IDP and British Council
  2. IELTS Preparation Tips from our IELTS Training Experts For IELTS Writing Task 1

    1. Become familiar with the graph types.
    2. Do lots of practice exercises in describing graphs.
    3. Practice identifying key information in graphs and charts.
    4. Practice working out what graph axes represent.
    5. Become familiar with a variety of ways to:
      • Express percentages
      • Express numbers & statistical data
      • Express the key points in a graph or describe trends
      • Describe increase and decrease
      • Make comparisons between data.
      For example, ‘words to describe the degree of change’ – ‘slight’, ‘dramatic’, ‘significant’ & ‘moderate’.
    6. Look at the language used for:
      • Describing charts (e.g. Pie charts).
      • Describing tables.
      • Describing a process.
      • Describing how something works.
      • Describing and comparing objects.
      • Writing introductory sentences.
    7. Make sure you know how to use ‘sequencing expressions’ when describing a process.
    8. Think about the topics that could be used for this task.
  3. IELTS Preparation Tips from our IELTS Training Experts for Letter Writing Tips

    1. Make a Plan
    2. Use the Correct Style
    3. Answer the Whole Question
    4. Boost the Grammar Score With Complex Sentences
    5. Use the Correct Tense
    6. Begin and End Your Letter Correctly
    7. Do not go over the Word Limit
    8. Follow the 100% Rule
    9. Don’t Be Overly Informal.
  4. IELTS Preparation Tips from our IELTS Training Experts For IELTS Writing Task 2

    1. Study the question carefully. The instructions will always start with the sentence ‘Write about the following topic…’ and include the sentence beginning ‘Give reasons for your answer…’.
    2. Underline key points in the question.
    3. Make sure you read all parts of the question, so you include everything required.
    4. Quickly brainstorm the topic. Think about your point of view. Think about any personal experience you can add.
    5. Write a plan. Decide which points are your main points or topic sentences.
    6. Decide what supporting details you have for each main point. You should have at least two main points.
    7. Make sure you organise your points logically.
    8. You will need an introductory statement, body and conclusion.
    9. Remember to link ideas within/between sentences and paragraphs.
    10. You will receive a higher mark if your use a range of structures and vocabulary.
    11. Don’t copy from the question as this will not be assessed. Use your own words.
    12. Don’t take more than 40 minutes over this task.
    13. Leave at least 3 minutes to check through what you have written.
    14. You will lose marks if your essay is less than the required number of words.
  5. General Tips For IELTS Writing Before The Exam

    1. Practice writing answers to the tasks in the time allowed, especially if you haven’t written at speed by hand for a while.
    2. Keep up-to-date with current affairs.
  6. General Tips For IELTS Writing During The Exam

    1. Use a pencil. It will be easier to make corrections when writing with a pencil.
    2. Make sure you have a checklist in mind for editing your writing at the end.
    3. Make one up now with the errors you know you make.
    4. The required word count is 150 words for Task 1 and 250 words for Task 2 but it is advisable to write up to 185 words and 285 words respectively.

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Expert Tips and Strategies to Crack the Listening Section of the IELTS Exam

The IELTS Listening section of the IELTS Exam sounds like the easiest, however, it requires a lot of practice and expert tricks to get a high IELTS Band Score. Our Online IELTS Coaching will empower students with techniques designed to do well in the IELTS Listening Section.

  1. Expert Strategy For Preparation for IELTS Listening Questions - Multiple Choice

    1. Skim the questions and the answer choices quickly: Skim the IELTS Listening questions and the answer choices quickly before the recording starts. As you do this,
      • Underline the key words – the words that give you the most information, such as the ‘wh-’ words and nouns.
      • Work out what you are going to hear from the vocabulary of the questions and/or pictures.
      • Translate any pictures into words and look for details that are different in the options.
      • Decide what kind of information you need to listen out for.
    2. Answer the IELTS Listening questions as you listen: The information is given in the same order as the questions, although it might be expressed differently. Be prepared not to hear the first or even the second answer choices mentioned.
    3. Remember to make notes: Remember to make notes beside the question if you are not sure of the answer, so you can go back later.
    4. Don’t leave any questions unanswered in the IELTS Listening section.
    5. Listen for people correcting themselves: Remember to listen for people correcting themselves while speaking. They may discuss one of the answer choices and then reject it.
  2. Expert Strategy For Preparation for IELTS Listening - Short Answer

    1. Skim the IELTS Listening questions quickly: Skim the questions quickly before the recording starts during the 30 seconds given. As you do this,
      • Underline the key words.
      • Try to work out what you are going to hear.
      • Decide what you need to listen out for.
      • Look out for question words like ‘where’ and ‘who’ which indicate you to listen for specific things like places and people.
    2. Answer the questions as you listen during the IELTS Exam: Answer the questions as you listen. The answers are given in the same order as the questions although they may be expressed differently.
    3. Remember to make notes: Make notes beside the question if you are not sure of the answer.
    4. Number of words: The answer could be one word, two words or three words but not four or more. Your answer is probably incorrect, if you think you need more than three words.
  3. Expert Strategy For Preparation for IELTS Listening - Sentence Completion

    1. Read the sentences carefully: Read the sentences carefully before the recording starts and during the 30 seconds given. As you do this,
      • Underline the key words.
      • Try to work out what you are going to hear.
      • Decide what you need to listen out for.
      • Anticipate grammatical form as well as vocabulary.
      • If the sentences are part of a table, check whether they are horizontal or vertical.
    2. Grammatically correct: Make sure your sentences are grammatically correct.
    3. Answer the questions as you listen: The answers are given in the same order as the questions although they may be expressed differently.
    4. Remember to make notes: Make notes beside the question if you are not sure of the answer.
    5. Number of words: The answer could be one word, two words or three words but not four or more. If you think you need more than three words your answer is probably incorrect.
  4. Expert Strategy For Preparation for IELTS Listening –notes / Table / Summary / Form / Flowchart / Diagram

    1. Read the sentences carefully: Look at the table or form etc carefully before the recording starts during the 30 seconds given. As you do this,
      • Examine any headings or subheadings.
      • Try to work out what you are going to hear.
      • Decide what you need to listen out for.
      • Anticipate grammatical form as well as vocabulary.
      • If a box of answers is given, see if you can guess any of the matches & eliminate unlikely answers.
    2. Answer the questions as you listen: The answers are given in the same order as the questions although they may be expressed differently.
    3. Remember to make notes: Make notes beside the question if you are not sure of the answer.
    4. Number of words: The answer could be one word, two words or three words but not four or more. If your answer requires more than 3 words, it’s probably incorrect.
    5. If there is a box of answers, there will be at least two you don’t need.
    6. If a box is not there, the answer could be one word, two words or three words but not four or more.
    7. Again, if you think you need more than three words your answer is probably incorrect.
    8. There may be alternative rubrics for these completion questions e.g. ‘complete the notice’ or ‘complete the explanation’ or ‘complete the news report’.
  5. Expert Strategy for Preparation for IELTS Listening - Labeling A Diagram Which Has Labeled Part

    1. Read the instructions carefully given during the IELTS Exam: They will state how many words you should use if there is not a box of labels provided. You may be asked to write one word only.
    2. Study the diagram: You may be able to predict one or two answers or associated vocabulary that you may hear connected to a particular label.
    3. Check whether the labels are numbered in a clockwise or anti - clockwise direction: The information will be given in the same order as the numbers on the diagram. Write down or select the labels as you listen. Use the words you hear, not your own.
    4. Listen carefully when words are spelt out: Write the words even if you don’t know where they go.
    5. Use the information: Use the information given on the diagram to help you if you get lost.
  6. General Tips For IELTS Exam Preparation for IELTS Listening Test Before the IELTS Exam

    1. Make sure you are familiar with the instructions for the different question types so you can quickly glance at the questions and know what to do.
    2. Think about the type of situations you might come across while living or studying in an English speaking country, such as someone asking for directions or talks on topics of general interest.
    3. Listen to as wide a range of material as possible – English language television and radio, listening sites on the Internet and films and music are all great sources. Our Online IELTS Coaching students are provided with a copy of all 12 versions of the Cambridge IELTS Test Preparation book, so you have a wide variety of practice material for IELTS.
    4. Do as many IELTS practice tests as you can to get used to the speed of delivery and the task types. We provide 10 sectional IELTS mock test and 5 full length IELTS Mock test to all our students who have enrolled for the Online IELTS Coaching, ensuring they get sufficient practice.
    5. Focus on the strategies and skills you need for listening. For example:
      • ‘listening for specific information’
      • ‘guessing meaning of words’
      • ‘recognising signposts’
      • ‘understanding lectures & talks’
  7. General Tips For IELTS Exam Preparation for IELTS Listening Test During the IELTS Exam

    Before listening

    1. Always ensure you use the 30 seconds given at the beginning of each section to read the questions before listening.
    2. Do read through all the questions in each section.
    3. Make sure you read the instructions very carefully.
    4. Be sure you the form your answer should take e.g. a word, a letter, a tick, a phrase, a circle around the correct letter etc
    5. Make sure you use the time given to analyze the questions.
    6. Decide what you are listening for. Are you listening for specific information, for the main idea or for the speaker’s attitude?
    7. Use the outline given of the topic, who is talking and the situation to
    8. Predict possible answers.
    9. When you look at the questions, think about synonyms. You may not hear the exact words that are in the answer choices.

    While listening

    1. Listen carefully to the instructions.
    2. Listen out for key words and common signpost words like – ‘on the other hand’, ‘in contrast’ etc
    3. Remember the questions usually follow the same sequence as the conversation or talk but the information may be expressed differently from the questions.
    4. Write down something even if you haven’t got the answer before moving on to the next question.
    5. Make sure you continue to listen while you are writing as you only hear the tape once.
    6. Don’t get stuck on a question you can’t answer. Just move on.
    7. Remember there may be sections of irrelevant information. Just keep listening for the information you need.
    8. Write notes in the question booklet as you listen. This may help you go back to a difficult question later.

    After listening

    1. Make sure you transfer your answers correctly.
    2. Make sure you use the time given to check your answers.
    3. If you can’t remember an answer, guess.

How Can Study Smart Online IELTS Training Help?

Our Online IELTS Coaching course has been developed after years of research, data collection & analysis of feedback received from over 12000 students that we have trained. The content of the Online IELTS classes is optimized to focus on key areas and skills, which are required to get a High Band IELTS Score.

IELTS Classes FAQs

We start a new batch of Online IELTS Training on every Monday, Friday and Saturday. This provides the flexibility of joining as per your convenience. We also have flexible time slots through out the day, so you can choose a batch that suits you the most.
We accept payments via cash, cheque, bank transfer, UPI, and Paytm. Our counselors will guide you with the payment options for the Online IELTS Training course.
Yes, the fees can be paid in a maximum of two equal installments. For more flexibility on payment plans you can connect with our counselors.
You will receive access to all the training material and the online portal for IELTS after you have paid 50% or more of your course fees.
Your access to the online IELTS portal is valid for 6 months.
Our Online IELTS Portal has the most comprehensive content with multiple Self Guided Lessons on all four modules of IELTS. Ideally students do not require more material for IELTS Test Preparation, however, Study Smart will provide you a the soft copy of IELTS Student Work Book curated by Study Smart and soft copy of a variety of IELTS books from Cambridge and Barrons.
You will have access to 5 full length IELTS Mock Tests and 10 sectional mock tests for each module.
There will be a full evaluation with analysis and feedback provided for 3 full length mock tests. A predicted IELTS score will also be provided with focus on your areas of improvement.
The sectional and mock tests on the portal will give you a feel of the real testing environment in the form of a video interview. In addition, our trainers conduct one to one speaking practice sessions for IELTS with all students via ZOOM.
You will be able to gain and enhance the skills required to perform well in theIELTS writing section using the IELTS Writing mock tests available on the Portal. Our IELTS trainers will also provide you with Offline mock tests, which you can attempt, scan and email to our trainer for feedback.
You will receive feedback on your assignments within 48 hours via portal or email.
Minimum duration of the IELTS training is 4 weeks, there are fast track IELTS preparation courses available which can be completed in 2 weeks.
Yes, the training duration can be extended, however Study Smart reserves the right to charge fees for extended period of IELTS training.
Yes, training can be finished in 2 weeks by opting for our special fast track Online IELTS training course.
In case you miss any class please inform your IELTS Trainer or counselor and we will be happy to compensate for a limited number of your missed IELTS classes. Terms and conditions apply. We encourage you to discuss this with your counselors and trainers, and we will do our best to accommodate you on a case to case basis.
We can guarantee an improvement in the skills you require to crack the IELTS Exam, however, we cannot give you any guarantee on your score. Through our IELTS Portal you can track your own improvement with our Band Predictor and performance analytic reports.
We recommend you to extend your training course if you do not get a desired score, so you are better prepared for your next attempt. Our trainers thrive to ensure that every student has attempted at least 3 full mock tests before they appear for the actual IELTS Exam.
Yes, we do provide support to all our students after they are done with their training. Students also continue to retain access to the Online IELTS Portal for 6 months.
Yes, if required, we do provide in person support to all our students at our training centres in Delhi, Pune, Surat& Thane. If students require personal support, they can book a doubt session with the trainer at any of our centres.
Depends on the level of your doubts, usually 1-2 doubt sessions.
You should have Basic English Language Proficiency with decent understanding of grammar. Don’t worry every student can attempt our Free Diagnostic test to self evaluate the level of English proficiency required for this course. Having basic computer operating skills will be an added advantage.
Our classes are conducted on ZOOM, which is a very advanced video conferencing platform with facilities like whiteboard and screen sharing.It is used for providing online training by top universities and institutes across the globe.
You ideally would not face any issues if you have a computer / laptop with a good and stable Internet connection. If you still face difficulty our trainers and counselors will assist you to ensure your training experience is good.
No, these are group IELTS classes. Group sizes vary from 3-8 students for every batch.
Batch sizes are restricted to a maximum 8 to provide better experience to our students.
No, these are live and interactive classes with our highly qualified and experienced IELTS trainers. You do have access to your recorded classes as well, in case you want to revisit any part of your class.
Yes, all our students get personal attention from theIELTS trainers. The sessions are very interactive and our trainers encourage participation and contribution from every student.
We monitor the performance of our students with the mock test results and these will be shared with you time to time. Trainers will also share regular feedback and suggest on areas of performance improvement. Through our portal you also have access to detailed report, which will help you to self-analyze your performance and track your progress.
Yes, we offer group discount for 2 or more students. Please speak to your counselor or call us on our helpline number or more details.
All the payments made for the training are non-refundable in all circumstances.
No payments made for training are non-transferable. However such request could be looked at one case to case basis at the sole discretion of Study Smart.
Yes, trainers will provide you with basic support and tutorials on grammar. On our portal we also provide in-depth Self Guided Lessons on Grammar and Vocabulary.
We provide other test preparation services for exams like PTE and TOEFL. We also provide consultation and guidance to students looking to Study Abroad. You can visit our main website www.studysmart.co.in for more details.
Study Smart has built its reputation in the market by working with ethics and honesty. Study Smart is proud of helping over 12,000 students achieve their desired IELTS score. We provide unprejudiced services without compromising on quality. We never shy away from going extra mile to support our students. You can check reviews of our services on various social media platforms.
You can visit us in person, call us or email us for any query.
You can email your concerns to the management team of the company on management@studysmart.co.in. All you concerns will be addressed on priority within 24-48 hours.
You should have good stable internet connection with at least 2 MBPS of bandwidth.
No there is no specific software that is needed to be installed before training. The portal works on all popular internet browsers like Chrome, Safari etc.
We recommend using a computer/laptop to have better learning experience.
Yes, you can but we recommend using a computer/laptop to have better learning experience.
No computer training is required? However, having a basic knowledge of operating a computer will be an added advantage.
Yes, you can take a full demo trial class before you enroll. To book your Free Trial class you call us on our helpline number or submit an enquiry online.
Yes, you can get a demo login for online portal to explore and understand the features of our comprehensive Online portal. The demo log in will be valid for 2 days only.

IELTS Test FAQs

The first things you hear when you researching about going abroad to study are some words like GMAT, GRE, TOEFL and IELTS. What exactly are these? Well, to begin with, every student aspiring to join an educational institution in a foreign country is required to appear for an entrance exam similar to ones we have in India, viz-a-viz the IITJEE, AIEEE, etc. There are the usual aptitude tests such as SAT, GMAT & GRE and there are language proficiency exams such as IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for students from countries which do not have English as their native language.

The IELTS test is standard for admission to most of the top universities around the globe, in addition, it is also required by professionals planning to work or migrate abroad. The test is divided into four modules, namely, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. An average test taker usually takes up to 2 hours and 45 minutes to finish the test. The scoring scale on the IELTS is from 0-9, with different institutions having their own cut-offs. The IELTS tests are held at over 800 centres with tests up-to four times a month. The IELTS is available in two test formats, the IELTS Academic or the IELTS General Training. The Academic module is for candidates who wish to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, whereas the General training module is for candidates wishing to migrate to an English speaking country. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking components, but different Reading and Writing Components.

Lets’ have a brief look at what you will face when you write the IELTS Exam:

IELTS General and Academic Practices in Listening
In the listening module, you are made to attempt four parts with a total of 40 questions, which assess your understanding of main ideas and specific information, recognizing opinions, etc. Each correct answer receives 1 mark and the total score converted to standard IELTS 9-band scale.

IELTS General and Academic Practices in Reading
The reading module, with a total of 40 questions divided into three sections. As the name suggests, the module tests your reading and interference skills. Similar to the listening module, each correct answer receives 1 mark, with the total converted to the 9-band scale.

IELTS General and Academic Practices in Writing
The Writing module has two parts, including essay writing. Candidates are assessed on the performance in both tasks and scored according to task achievement, coherence and cohesion, lexical resource, grammatical range and accuracy.

IELTS General and Academic Practices in Speaking
The last module, lasting 11-14 minutes, is a face-to-face verbal interview with an examiner. The candidate is passed through three stages, introduction and interview, individual long turn and a two-way discussion with the examiner.

All the four modules contribute equally to the overall score. To register for the test, one must first look for the nearest IELTS center and enquire for an available date. The application form can be printed form the IELTS website and sent in with passport sized photographs, the registration fee. You must also possess a valid and not expired passport to give the test.The IELTS today is preferred by thousands of institutions across the globe and the best part is a student may re-take it as many times as he/she wishes to, till they reach their desired target score.

1. What is the cost or registration fee of the IELTS test?
The total IELTS Exam cost along with IELTS Registration fee ranges from US$ 190 to US$200 depending on the country you are giving they exam from. In India the current cost for the IELTS exam is Rs. 14,000.

2. How can I go about registering for the IELTS test?
You must have a passport to apply for IELTS and you can register online, in person at our institute, and you can also get registered by filling the application form and can mail it to the test centre, which will eventually send you all the details regarding the IELTS test. Study Smart is a British Council certified registration centre, our counselors can help you register for the IELTS exam as per your preferred date and time.

3. What is the difference between Academic IELTS and General Training IELTS?
The Academic module includes language skills evaluation and assess whether a student should study or train at an undergraduate or post graduate level whereas General training is recommended for candidates who are going to English speaking countries for work experience or for immigration purposes to countries UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Any student who wants to apply for admission in a university would need to appear for Academic IELTS module.

4. How often can I take the IELTS test?
Candidates may re-attempt for IELTS at any time. There is no restriction and they can repeat the test whenever they wish, until they get the desired score on the IELTS Exam. Our comprehensive IELTS Training courses ensures that every student is fully prepared to crack the IELTS exam and clears it in the first attempt.

5. How and when will I get my IELTS results?
The results are usually declared in 13-15 days after the test date. Results are first published on the IELTS website followed by the mark sheet being sent via mail.

6. What if I am unable to attend theIELTS test?
If a candidate is unable to attend the IELTS test then the candidate is deemed an absentee and no refund is applicable in such an event. However, if there is any unavoidable reason due to which the candidate fails to appear in the IELTS exam then the application may be considered with some conditions. In such scenario the fee is refundable but again acceptance of your application is subject to approval by the IELTS test centre, which will be the final and binding decision.

7. What is the age limit for the IELTS test?
Only candidate above the age of 16 years can appear for the IELTS Test.

8. How long is an IELTS score valid?
The IELTS score is valid for two years, after which the student is required to give the IELTS test again.

9. What are the necessary things required to carry on the day of the IELTS test?
Candidates must carry their passport, hall ticket and relevant stationery for the test modules. In case you have registered online, then do not forget to carry a recent and color passport-sized photograph.