IELTS Exam Tips

1. For Writing: It is better to start an essay with an impressive statement such as an inspirational quote or a valuable statistical info or impressive connotations. Starting your essays with such impressive statements shows the art of persuasion and would be a great decorative element of essay, which greatly enhances the quality of an essay than to “simply paraphrase the question”. In my opinion, that option is worse. As Such opening statement is very important usually referred to as a pre-statement as it usually precedes the stance.

2. For Writing: Choose the granularity or modularity. As per definition, A paragraph deals with one main idea. Choose your paragraphs that they deal with one main idea. This can be possible, if it is possible of assigning headings to them (not in exam but in mind!).

3. For Writing: All the paragraphs should have logical connectivity. They should follow each other using deductive reasoning and reaching to a conclusion reinforcing the stance made in the Introduction.

4. For Writing: Don’t, start new dimensions of ideas and arguments in conclusion. Conclusion can include solutions and suggestions regarding the problems discussed, Summary in a nutshell and may have future predictions too.

5. For Writing: Always, make a graphical representation of your ideas in the empty space provided in the Question booklet. In this way, you can keep yourself to the topic and avoid deviation and before converting that graphical representation to writing, It is better to verbalize vocally. So that you can quickly identify mistakes in your language.

6. For Speaking: Even for Speaking, there is no exception. Impressive pre-statements are very good elements of any speech. The first four words of Martin Luther King’s speech are a perfect demonstration of the importance such statements. These four words “I have a dream” changed the world.

7. For Speaking: The language that flows out of your mind should be in co-ordination with the ideas that run in mind. Such Co-ordination will be in perfect harmony only if there is flow of language corresponding to the images in mind. Such perfect synchronization happens only when the speaker is well acquainted with language that he uses for speaking. So a great exposure to language is recommended in his day-to-day activities.

8. For Speaking: Your mechanism of thinking is in two ways. First, when you are about to explain about your favorite animal for example, your tendency is to re-call all the features of the animal and list these features. This approach is not recommended because it affects your intonation so badly that it sounds like you are reading grocery store item list!! So, the Second method, which I call object oriented method ( I hope computer or IT people can understand what I mean 😉 ) is that method in which you need to generate an image or a video of that animal in your mind like a trailer running… Now? Well you need not ask me because it is your trailer and you need to speak in such a way that David Attenborough describes about these animals in the wild!!

9. For Speaking: Incase I’m Stuck?? Quickly, without killing your intonation or the curiosity in your eyes, RECALL WH… WORDS in mind and answer these (WH.. words? Words like why, who , how, which, when, etc)

10. For Speaking: For part 3 in speaking you are expected to logically justify what you speak. That’s it and no more!! Please avoid using bizarre vocabulary and convoluted language. “In simplicity, lies greatest complexity!!” Try to simply justify your answer with appropriate reason. This justification shows the complexity in your language and how well you’ve mastered it!!

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