How I Prepared for My IELTS Language Exam

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Hi, my name is Ioana and I am from Romania. I chose to take the IELTS examination as part of the benefits I received after finishing a six-month internship for the British Council, in my home country. I thought it would be a good opportunity to assess my English level and considered the certificate would be a huge plus for my CV as I was planning to work in a multicultural environment. I decided to take the IELTS because I thought it would best match my future interests. Eventually, I did benefit from my English certificate at my job interviews, and now I work as a content editor for an international company.

Registration and deciding on the exam type

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As a past intern, British Council Romania took care of the whole registration process and my fees for the exam. All I had to do was fill in the application form and provide two recent passport-size photos.
The normal IELTS registration procedure begins with finding the nearest test centre, filling in the application form and sending it back by email or in person. You can find all the available 1000 test locations worldwide on the official IELTS website. In some centres, you can also register through the online registration system, but you have to talk with the staff from your centre about the payment methods.

It is important to consider carefully the test date that suits you best, taking into account the time you need for the exam preparation. In Bucharest, for example, the British Council offers IELTS tests twice per month, but there are other centres around the world that hold the exam even four times a month. Before registering, you will also need to decide which IELTS exam you want to take, depending on your personal goals, having to choose between the Academic and the General Training tests.

  • If you are interested in enrolling in a university from an English-speaking country or you want to attend an English-taught study programme, the IELTS Academic is better suited for you.
  • The IELTS General Training measures your level of English in everyday contexts and is more appropriate for visa applicants looking to immigrate and find a job in an English-speaking country.

Personally, I was looking to be able to work with my English skills at a more complex level, as a copywriter, editor or even a translator. I, therefore, chose the IELTS Academic, although I did not necessarily plan to study abroad. For the IELTS Academic, you will have more abstract, theoretical subjects, while IELTS General Training features a more applied set of questions and requirements. I think I made the right decision in taking the Academic because it helped me properly evaluate both my reading comprehension and my writing skills.

Preparing for the IELTS

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There are a lot of ways to prepare for the exam, from library materials to a wide range of online resources. You can attend courses that train you for all sections of the IELTS examination, or you can practice on your own if you are a self-taught learner and want to save some money. On the British Council website, for instance, you have access to free resources such as the Road to IELTS test drive that will help you get a general idea about the examination. If you register for IELTS test via your local British Council, you can also get access to 30 more hours of free training.

I set my exam date in such a way that I would have two months available for preparation. To be quite honest, I didn’t work as much on preparation as I had initially planned, although my intention was not to acquire a more in-depth English knowledge, but only to familiarise myself with the IELTS examination. My history with learning English began with watching English cartoons, movies and music channels. Many shows only had Romanian subtitles, so the English words were easy to follow. I studied the language for another 10 years during school, and eventually English became the second language of instruction through my undergraduate and graduate studies. We would read most articles and books in English, and sometimes we had to write the essays and practical papers in English.

For my IELTS preparation, I had access to the audio and printed exam resources at the British Council library in Bucharest – another advantage of my internship. The materials proved very helpful, especially for the reading and listening training. With the writing section is more complicated, as it would probably be useful to ask someone with a better level of English to proofread your texts. However, the learning materials gave me a good idea about the possible subjects, as well as valuable writing tips. The internet is full of examples for the IELTS writing section, so it’s a good idea to spend some time researching them. Check out this example as well. As for the speaking section training, well, I just spoke English as much as I could during the internship, with my colleagues, my friends and doing online exercises.

Before the examination

There is nothing to fear when it comes to the actual examination, as the organising staff tries to make the atmosphere as relaxed and easy-going as possible, which is the standard procedure for international examinations. Your local IELTS centre will send you information well in advance about the location, date and hour of the examination, along with some general rules of conduct. I was only allowed to take inside the exam room my identity card, some pens and pencils and a bottle of water. Read some tips for the day of the IELTS exam.

My exam took place at a hotel in Bucharest, in their big conference room. We were asked to arrive at 8 AM, and we waited in alphabetical order to enter the examination room. The organisers took photos of us on the spot that were added to our language certificate. At 10 o’clock, everybody was ready to start the exam.

Taking the tests

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The first day of the examination, I took the listening, reading and writing sections of the exam. I was a bit stressed at the listening exam because I knew each audio was only played once and we did not have headphones. I only used headphones when I practiced at home, so I was not accustomed to hearing the audio samples in the room. However, the dialogues were accessible and I even took some short notes, after which I completed the questions, which I found fairly simple.

Instructions for the reading section are clear and easy to follow. I had some passages from an article about the demographics of a city, with questions requiring short answers, multiple choices or sentence completion. I tried to write as many answers as possible directly on the answer sheet and less on the draft because I did not want to run out of time.

Finally, the writing section had two parts and lasted one hour. The first task was to describe a bar graph, while the second was more demanding, involving some creativity and debating. Again, I tried to write as much as possible directly on the test paper, but only after making a coherent argumentation plan in my mind and on the draft. The bad part was that I finished writing at the last minute and I had no time to check my writing for errors.

At the end, I was scheduled for the speaking examination, which took place at the main British Council centre in Bucharest. There are typically three candidates in the room: one is examined while the others are drafting their answers and preparing for their turn. I passed my examination with a Romanian English teacher – a very relaxed and reassuring lady who told me I don’t need to be nervous, as we were just going to have a friendly discussion. She asked me what were my favourite subjects at the university and why, and about what places I would take a foreigner who wanted to visit Bucharest. The examiner records the whole exam and the speaking sample is sent to the IELTS administration for reviewing.

Receiving my final scores

I received my scores through email, within a couple of weeks, and I was very happy with the overall results. I got 7.0 out of a total possible 9.0. I gained more confidence in my English abilities, but I could also see objectively where I needed to improve my English. The writing tips I had learned during preparation proved very useful even after the examination.

The testing experience was not as stressful as I had expected. I think it was efficiently organised, or maybe it happened so fast that I did not have the time to feel the stress. The confidence boost I received by taking the IELTS helped me in finding a job where I could put my English skills to good use, as an English content writer for an international company in Bucharest.

I encourage others to take the IELTS as well as I was very happy with the professional staff and overall experience, which was challenging but fair. The resources and information provided by the British Council were also very helpful and I never felt I ran out of resources to practice my IELTS exam.

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IELTS Preparation: Understanding the task types

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There is clear evidence that learning the various task types in IELTS is the quickest and most effective way of improving your band score. We recently conducted research on over 100,000 British Council candidates using Road to IELTS (our official IELTS preparation product) to do just this. We found that after using the program for just six hours, candidates’ scores in the Reading module activities improved by, on average, 64%.

Clearly, in six hours there can be no significant change in their level of English; their improvement came from learning how to answer the questions. This can be achieved in a relatively short period of time.

How do I know if I understand the task types?

First, let me ask you some questions:

  • Do you really understand the difference between “Yes”, “No” and “Not Given” in the Reading test?
  • Do you know the kind of questions you should expect in Part 3 of the Speaking test? And do you know how to answer them to gain the maximum number of marks?
  • Do you know which tenses to use when you are describing a graph (Academic), or writing a letter (General Training)?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no”, then you are not yet properly prepared for your IELTS test.

What can I do?

If you do nothing else, you really must understand how the test works. This means becoming familiar with the question types and task types in each of the four skill tests. It will take the stress out of the experience. It will save you time in the test, and give you the best possible chance of achieving the band score you need.

And my advice to you? Start your preparation with Road to IELTS, which describes all the task types and gives you a lot of practice. If you register for IELTS with the British Council, you will get a Last Minute version free of charge. You should also consider subscribing to the full version here. It could make all the difference to your band score.

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How to prepare for the IELTS

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What is accepted world-wide by more than 9,000 organisations as a means of measuring language proficiency — any guesses? Yes, we are talking about the world’s proven English language test — the IELTS! IELTS is jointly owned by IELTS Australia, British Council, and Cambridge English Language Assessment Test. It has over 900 test centres in over 130 countries. The registration fee for the test is INR 9,900 currently.

Just last year, we heard that 2 million students flocked from all around the globe to take this test! It makes you stop and wonder what all the big fuss is about, doesn’t it? Keep reading and we’ll tell you.

Why the IELTS?

Universities and also employers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and the USA take the IELTS into consideration. If you want to be flying to any of these destinations for your higher studies anytime soon, it’s time to take the IELTS seriously. Taking the IELTS could really open doors for you all over the world!

Interested to know how to get started with your IELTS prep? Here are a few pointers for you…

Know. It. All.

As the very first step of your IELTS prep, we suggest you learn all about the test itself. Go online and visit their official website and read up.

The test is divided into four modules that will test your listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Each module will fetch you a certain band score as per your performance. One interesting must know fact for you — when it comes to the IELTS, there is no pass or fail! Your results will be reported on a 9-band scale and will be valid for a period of two years… How cool is that?

Now, a little bit about the modules you will be taking:

  • Listening: This 30 minute-module has four sections and will basically have you listening to an audio recording and have you answer questions from a booklet.
  • Reading: This 60 minute-module comprises 40 questions that will test you on a wide range of reading skills include reading for main ideas, skimming, reading for detail, and understanding logical argument. It is divided into two versions: the academic and general training versions.
  • Writing: This 60 minute-module has two versions: academic and general training. The academic comprises two tasks, in short — one: describing a chart or a diagram; two: writing an essay in response to a problem or argument. The general training also comprises two tasks – 1) writing a letter in response to a situation; 2) writing an essay in response to a problem or argument (this one may be a bit more personal than the first one).
  • Speaking: This module may last from anywhere between 11-14 minutes and assesses your spoken English skills. This will be nothing but a conversation with a certified IETLS examiner.
  • The Listening, Reading and Writing modules will come one after the other on your test day. Your Speaking module, however, may be on a different day — mostly either seven days before or after your actual test date.

Time to Go Shopping!

Research online and make sure you buy yourself some top study guides fresh from the market. You will not regret investing your money in these, we promise.

Paint Yourself A Clear Picture!

We recommend you to get your prep on at least three to six months ahead of time, if not earlier. We know that you want to obtain a certain IELTS Band Score that you have in mind, which is great, as long it is an achievable and realistic goal. Bear in mind that this test is an overall test of your proficiency in the language so it requires you to be more than just a book worm (you heard right!). Stay 100% dedicated to your prep and sharpen your language skills in all methods possible.

Practice Away!

As you start with the prep, how many hours per day do you plan to spare for all four subtests?

Regular practice is key, but do give yourself a breather; a day off of your hectic prep in a week won’t do you any harm. They don’t say that slow and steady wins the race for no reason! Long intervals are not a good idea though!

As you take practice tests, you will notice your areas of weakness that you may need to put some extra time into. Don’t get carried away and put too much time into your weak areas alone though. Make sure you cover and work on all areas.

How Fast Are You?

Many a times, we hear that candidates are unable to perform as well as they had hoped to, because time ran out fast in the reading test or their tape was so fast in their listening test. If you are unable to finish your test, it is not the end of the world, as you will only be measured on a scale from 0 to 9, where 0 is for those who did not attempt it. Focus on getting yourself to your best pace in the test — be fast, attentive and sharp. This way you will minimize your chances of running out of time.

All Ears!

When you are taking the listening test, keep in mind that the tape is played only once — so it pays to remember what you hear. Pay close attention!

Talk, Walk & Breathe in English!

For acing a test like the IELTS, we strongly recommend you to use English as much as you can in your everyday life. Here are a few simple things you could do that could make a difference:

  • Read up journals, articles, and newspapers and be informed of current events and issues, which may very well turn out to be a topic for the speaking or writing module!
  • Switch on your TV and tune in to CNN and BBC; British movies — that will help!
  • Get yourself used to the various English accents from around the world — the Australian, American, British, New Zealand, and even Canadian.
  • Practice thinking and also speaking in English as much as you can with your buddies and your family.
  • Write emails and letters to practice your written skills and — who knows — you may make a pen pal or two in the process!

Fake Accent!

What’s important is your pronunciation, not the accent. If your pronunciation is wrong even with a stylish accent, it will still cost you marks here. Stay away from mispronouncing and that’s all you need.

Who Says?

Heard that the IELTS would be a more difficult exam in comparison with any other? Don’t believe everything you hear — there are quite a lot of myths about the test! The test does not pose any more difficulty than any other exam you would have to take for higher studies abroad. The IELTS has questions that are straightforward to assess your English language skills — so don’t get all worked up. Losing your cool isn’t going to do you any good here — trust us and focus on your prep!

Rest before D Day!

The three tests: Listening, Reading, and Writing Tests are usually held on one morning and with no break — so in other words, you really have to be at your best for quite a considerable amount of time here. This is why we strongly advise you to eat well and get some good sleep before your big day — your mind should be fresh and ready.

Results!

You will receive your test results 13 days post your test date. Your test centre will post your Test Report Form to you and some test centres may offer you text alerts and an online results service as well.

Retake?

Are you disappointed with your results? Well, you can retake the IELTS test if you are looking to do better. There are no limitations on how many times you can retake the test but you must apply within six weeks of the test date. There are no limitations as to how many times a person can retake the IELTS.

IELTS Training

To help you further with your test preparation, Vatslya provides IELTS training classes in its offices in Delhi and Chennai. In-class training sessions, as well as online classes, are available for students. The classes, which are held six days a week, are conducted by experienced tutors who are qualified English language experts.

Conclusion

Based on the programme and institution where you plan to study, you will need to secure an overall IELTS score ranging from 5.5 to 7.0. Now that you have read this article, we hope that you have a clear plan to crack the IELTS now? If you have anything to add to this, feel free to drop us a comment! In case of any other assistance with your study abroad plans; get in touch with us. We’d be happy to hear from you!

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Reading test advice

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Make the most of your Reading test:

  • look out for the title, headings and any special features such as capital letters, underlining, italics, figures, graphs and tables
  • make sure that you understand the questions and follow instructions carefully
  • pay attention to timing; do not spend too long on one passage or question
  • do not try and read every word; remember, you are reading for a purpose
  • if you do not know the answer to a question, attempt it but do not waste time; move quickly onto the next one
  • do not panic if you do not know anything about the subject of the text; all the answers can be found in the text
  • the word(s) you use must be taken from the Reading text; you must not change the form of the word(s) in the text
  • do not worry if there is a word that you do not understand – you may not need to use it
  • check your spelling
  • be careful to use singular and plural correctly
  • focus precisely on what you are asked to do in ‘completion’ type questions
  • if the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the correct answer is ‘evening’, just use ‘evening’ as your answer; note that ‘in the evening’ would be incorrect
  • pay attention to the word limit; for example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, if the correct answer is ‘silk shirt’, the answer ‘shirt made of silk’ would be incorrect
  • attempt all questions; there are no penalties for incorrect answers, so you have nothing to lose
  • check your answers

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EXPERIENCE ON YOUR YEAR ABROAD

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I remember clear as day, being sat on my final plane from Sydney to Wellington after travelling for almost 30 hours, when the prospect of living in a foreign country for an entire year hit me.

I had spent the flight completely fangirling over New Zealand, a country I had been dreaming about for over a year. The moment we touched down at Wellington airport, my exhilaration and anticipation suddenly turned to nerves. What the hell had I just done? I couldn’t just nip back home now if I ended up hating New Zealand. I couldn’t just call up the family to have a quick chat due to the time difference. And things only got even scarier. What if I’d done my visa wrong? What if they didn’t let me in the country? What if this entire time they don’t actually speak English, and I wouldn’t be able to understand anyone? I think it’s safe to say this was my first instance of culture shock.

Culture shock *clears throat* can be defined as the feeling of disorientation you experience when you’re suddenly surrounded by a new, and unfamiliar culture. If you’re currently on a study exchange or year abroad and this happens to you, remember that it’s incredibly common and not a reason to panic. Here are just a handful of the hilarious (and cringe) culture shock moments I experienced on my own exchange trip to New Zealand.

Not having a clue what to do in a foreign airport

Wellington airport provided my first exposure to culture shock. Being from the UK, I was mostly used to visiting Europe, so visas are a concept I’d never had to face before. So, when I was preparing to go on exchange, I was overwhelmed by the prospect of applying for a visa. There were so many, with lots of different requirements, and I spent most of my time being completely lost and calling the immigration office up to 5,000 times a day, begging for help.

While on my last plane, the staff gave out welcome forms that we had to fill out to declare what we were bringing into the country. New Zealand is very strict when it comes to this, and if you’re found lying you can get a steep fine. I’m not sure why I struggled so much with this form. It was probably because it was my first time travelling alone, but I thought the form was solely about hand luggage. Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking either. So, when it asked if we were bringing in any food, I happily ticked the “no” box.

So, you can imagine my horror when they placed my suitcase, containing six boxes of Jaffa Cakes and two big boxes of Yorkshire Tea (lol, “Northern lass” priorities), on the X-ray scanner. The guy in charge immediately spotted the food and proceeded to stare into my soul. All I could do was stare back, wide-eyed, attempting to plead with him. Luckily for me, my pleas were registered, and the kind gentleman allowed me to safely leave with my Jaffa Cakes and Yorkshire Tea intact. (Thank you, kind person).

Not being able to pronounce anything

I think one of the most significant cultural differences between the UK and New Zealand is that there is a widely spoken language in New Zealand other than English. Yes, of course they speak English, but I was naive enough to be unaware that most place names are in fact Maori names. My first glimpse of this was when I got off the plane to be welcomed with the words Kia ora. Maybe I should’ve done research, and learned a few basic Maori phrases.

My crappy Maori skills would be a recurring theme throughout my entire exchange. I remember, one time, I was trying to get to a city just north of Wellington, called Porirua. I happily got on the bus, and asked the Maori bus driver for a return to Porirua, only to completely butcher the name. I had pronounced it Por-eye-ru-ay, which (spoiler alert) is not how you pronounce that word. The bus driver just stared at me, trying not to laugh, and corrected me, which resulted in me cringing for the rest of the day.

I soon learnt that each vowel is pronounced entirely different in Maori. And there are several letter combinations that form completely different sounds than in English. For example, ng is pronounced as it sounds in the word singer and wh is pronounced like an f sound. I think every foreign person living in New Zealand has pronounced the word whakapapa wrong at some point. Luckily, New Zealanders tend to be sweet and get the gist of what you’re trying to say (it’s still awkward though).

My own accent made things even worse. I have quite a strong (understatement of the year) Yorkshire accent which made trying to pronounce things even worse. In Yorkshire, we don’t tend to pronounce the h at the start of a word, so hat tends to become ‘at, happy is ‘appy, and so on. So, when I tried to catch a bus to a Wellington suburb called Hataitai, you can imagine it generated a few chuckles from the driver.

Not being able to find anything in shops

It’s always confusing shopping in a foreign country, but, I had wrongly thought there wouldn’t be any issues in New Zealand. Instead, everything had a different name. Peppers were no longer peppers, they were capsicums. Courgettes were zucchinis. Heinz was called Watties…the list goes on. I’d find myself wandering around shops lost.

To make things worse, I ran out of my two massive bags of Yorkshire Tea within the first month. I ran down to Countdown (the closest supermarket to my flat) in search of England’s greatest tea (definitely not biased). Did they have it? Nope. So, I ran to the next nearest supermarket, they had it but it was $12. I didn’t want to pay for that so I had to buy the cheapest New Zealand brand I could find, which wasn’t as good as Yorkshire Tea. Fortunately, my friends all sent over Yorkshire Tea reinforcements.

Not having a clue what anyone is saying

One thing Kiwis seem to always do is mumble. I’d have to continually ask people to repeat themselves, only for me to still not have a clue what they’d said. So, I’d just awkwardly smile, hoping it would make up for the fact that I didn’t know what was going on.

At the start of lectures, some New Zealand lecturers would speak in Maori. You’re not a true exchange student if you haven’t experienced this and started shaking with fear, thinking you’ve accidentally signed up for a Maori language class.

New Zealand slang was also something I had to master. The first time somebody said, “sweet as” to me, I thought they were complimenting my body. Yes, that actually happened, and it was mortifying.

So, as you can see, culture shock can happen even somewhere as seemingly straightforward and non-threatening as New Zealand. The first few weeks in a foreign country are always the most unsettling, but remember it will pass. Culture shock may truly never leave you, but you will start to see the funny side of these moments. Not having a clue what is going on can often be the best kind of icebreaker; often locals would end up taking pity on me and looking after me.

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Importance of TOEFL

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So you are dreaming to study in an English-speaking country and you are quite passionate about making dreams come true? Among all the courses and universities, an important factor you should consider is English language test that enhances your chances of getting admission in your desired institution. Test of English as a Foreign Language – TOEFL is believed to be most reliable and acceptable for admission.

If you have an eye for overseas education, know the importance of TOEFL through this blog.

●   As it is considered by more than 8,500 universities and in over 130 countries, so TOEFL score enables you to apply to any of the top universities of the world.

●   This test helps to evaluate English proficiency accurately and so many admission officers accept TOEFL score for enrollment of the student.

●   The test centers are nearly 4500 and are spread in 165 countries which makes it easy accessible. Plus, the test can be completed in one day and it is held 30 to 40 times a year. Thus, you get several chances for taking the test.

●   TOEFL has completely standardized structure. It is divided in four steps: reading, writing, speaking and listening. So that achieved scores show that you have all the skills a student needs for a classroom environment and to live in an English speaking country.

●   Moreover, official material is easy available for preparation. It helps in having beforehand knowledge about the test and increases confidence for the exam.

If you are going to study abroad in near future and need to practice TOEFL, visit nearest branch of Vatslya Education Consultancy.

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How Can You Help Yourself in IELTS?

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When you plan your higher education abroad, you must have to work on your English language communication skills before applying. To achieve required score in IELTS is must if you are seeking admission in an English speaking country. You start classes for guidance and attend seminars related to IELTS to get better insight and ideas about how to get maximum score.

There are a few things you should be doing to help yourself for obtaining desired bands in the test.

1. The best time to study IELTS is 3 months before the exam. That keeps the learning fresh as the practice has improved you   language ability.

2. Involve ‘English’ in your daily life by reading English newspapers and magazines, watching English movies and having conversations in English.

3. Keep up with current affairs and other human interested stories as writing task is based on general interest. You should have ideas and sufficient vocabulary to express them when you write an essay.

4. Practice every day what you learn. Practice of all four modules can be done in routine with your friends. Discuss the new words, movies and books. Make sure you use only English.

5. Understand well when your teacher is providing exam instruction. Follow it when you prepare for the test. Stick to word limit, completing task in particular time, how to answer correctly, what to use and what to not while speaking, etc.

6. Work on techniques. Speed up with time schedules of the exam. Practice writing paragraphs in lesser time before exams. Appear for mock tests and observe where you lack. Work on the weak points to be your best in the test.

For more information regarding foreign education, IELTS coaching and student visa, visit nearest office of  Vatslya Education Consultancy.

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IELTS – Prepare for Retaking the Test

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Many candidates find it difficult to retake the IELTS test. They cannot figure out what went wrong in their last test when they had put their best efforts. Re-sitting in the test can be stressful for the candidates who have applied for immigration visa or student visa but there are best possible chances to achieve desired bands.

● Be Prepared mentally

Uncontrolled stress can be worse enemy in exams if you unaware of how to handle it. See the positive side of stress and it will sharpen your senses and help you in staying focused. During the test, pay attention on time management and follow the strategies you have made for the exam instead of thinking of consequences of exam results.

● Have Patience

When your score is significantly lower than your expectations, it is better to keep a gap of six months before you retake your IELTS test. Language proficiency is not something you can improve much in short period of time. Concentrate on every modules of the test and organize your time to prepare accordingly.

● Make the Best of Your Last Test

Taking an IELTS test is itself an advantage. You get to learn how to manage the time and also get to know where and what you lack. Give your best in enhancing those parts of the language proficiency. Ask your teachers when you are confused or have questions. This preparation gives you clear idea of your next IELTS test and it increases the chances of success.

Stay determined for the next test and you can nail it for sure. For more information regarding IELTS and its coaching, visit Vatslya Education Consultancy in Surat, Gujarat.

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IELTS Vs. TOEFL

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IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than 2.5 million IELTS tests are taken every year. More than 9000 organizations in 140 countries accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions. Planning for an overseas education and migrating to any other country like Canada, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Dubai, Ireland or Denmark, apart from successful completion of your visa process, you should also clear your IELTS exams.

These exams are easy to crack if you receive proper guidance through a recognized coaching institute. IELTS operates on nine band score where a nine indicates that the student has the level of English proficiency equivalent to a highly educated native speaker and it also tests all four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in an academic context.

Here are some essential rules for cracking IELTS and getting your dream score:

1) Keep your goal measurable, realistic and approachable.

2) Follow a regular study plan- you need to study for specific hours on regular basis or else opt for IELTS coaching. Many student visa consultants offer education services to their students. In order to improve your reading, you can practice by reading a variety of English Texts.

3) Increase your personal speed- You need to increase your reading, writing and answering skills so that you will be able to answer the questions in a specific duration of time.

4) You need to work hard on your English grammar.

By working on these small things you can achieve a better score in IELTS.

TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language) is also considered as one of the most ideal test for testing your proficiency in English language. TOEFL popularly taken by students wanting to pursue their higher education in USA, is also the most preferred. More than 130 countries and more than 7500 universities and institutes depend on TOEFL for providing admissions. Even the top universities in UK, Australia and US prefer TOEFL scores as one of the eligibility criterion. This test is conducted for 30 to 40 times a year which proves to be more advantageous. It is convenient and easily accessible. Preparing for IELTS and TOEFL needs time, effort and dedication. The road to IELTS and TOEFL can be traveled easily if proper material is studied. It is not just about your test of knowledge of English, but also about your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

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Alternatives to IELTS/TOEFL for Studying in Australia

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Students from non-English speaking countries such as India are required to submit test scores for IELTS or TOEFL by most of the top universities in English speaking countries like Australia. These tests are aimed to confirm that the candidate can understand, read, write and speak English in an academic context. However, many students find it difficult to get admission in Australia without IELTS and TOEFL.

One major question these students ask is if it is possible to confirm an admission in Australia despite not clearing these tests. Vatslya has a team of study abroad admission consultants who have several years of experience guiding the aspirants to study overseas in Australia in their dream university with or without IELTS. If you have studied in an English-medium school or completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, then you may not require submitting these tests.

Also, if your previous degree was attained in a country where English is the first language then you don’t have to take the IELTS, TOEFL or any other English Language Tests. Many universities have their own dedicated English Language Schools for their non-English speaking students.

International students who do not meet the required English proficiency tests can complete the customized English courses offered by these schools. Until the courses are complete, universities offer them conditional admission so that they can continue to work towards attaining their desired degree. In case you are unable to clear the IELTS or TOEFL test, several Australian universities give options for other exams such as Pearson Test of English (PTE) and Cambridge English Advanced Exam (CAE).

When you apply to an Australian University, it is a good idea to ascertain if your desired institute requires these test scores. Be sure to check with the Admissions Team or write to your academic counselor to confirm if they extend alternative options. So, if you are an International student seeking admission in Australia with or without IELTS, come to Vatslya – your study in Australia consultants in Surat.

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