This time today, I am going to tell you a few things about IELTS, and what do I hear? Am I preparing for the same? Well, no, but have got some pointers from my friends who are preparing, so thought of sharing some guidelines with you, as well. As you all must be familiar that there are many IELTS centre in India, which one to choose, is entirely on you.
So, here goes, I am sure it will help all those who are preparing for the same or you can tell your friends planning to appear for the same.
Key pointers to be kept in mind
* How to know about the topics in the reading passage?
Mostly, the topics given are of general knowledge / general interest and are from any book, magazine, newspaper, journal, so all the reading material that is lying around our house, unread, please do pick it up and do the needful. Start reading them and before giving it away to the scrap guy, at least open it for once and start going through it. Though, not very difficult to understand, but still, it would be better to spend some of your time reading about it, more so, if western Culture, doesn’t seem to be very easy, then you must make an attempt, to read.
*What are the types of questions?
There is a huge variety, it has multiple choice, short answer, and common yes/ no, classification and many more types. If you have started scratching your head and thinking about all these, well let me tell you, some are difficult (yes / no one’s’ to be more specific). It will be difficult if you won’t be able to go through them during exam time, so better to prepare yourself, beforehand.
*Can I begin by quickly scanning through the passages?
Scanning can be done, but a better option to read the question first. They will be easier for you to understand, than going through the passages. Quickly scanning the questions (doesn’t take much of your time) moreover, you get an idea on what the test, will be like.
*Will I be having extra time for transferring answers to question papers?
What I have come to know is that for listening part, you are given time at the end to transfer, but if talking about the reading one, then no. You will have to jot down the answers on the sheet.
*How to divide the time between different sections/questions?
If you wish to score a high band score (which is greater than 7), then it won’t be sensible to spend the same time in different sections. The first section has to be done as quickly as possible