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IELTS Test Preparation -- How To Study Fast And Effectively

The IELTS exam is designed to test your knowledge of English. Part of that knowledge can only be developed with practice. When you begin studying in the US or Canada, or begin working with people who donít speak your language, youíll find that your language skills improve quickly. But you canít wait that long. For the IELTS, you have to rely on the knowledge of English that you have now -- and, especially for the Structure section, on the knowledge that you can cram.

Top Methods to Quickly Complete IELTS Test Preparation

There are a number of effective techniques that you can use to fill your head with the information you need to breeze through your IELTS exam.

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1. Organize Your Priorities on the IELTS

No one excels at everything. There will inevitably be some skills at which you are stronger and others at which you are weaker. Often, people can understand more than they can speak and read better than they can write. Youíll need to make sure that you spend more time practicing your weaker areas than your stronger ones.

2. Strengthen Your Weak IELTS Areas

Each IELTS area requires its own technique to improve and strengthen.

Listening is easy to improve -- and fun too. Watching English-language movies (especially just before the exam) will get you used to hearing the words, phrases and pronunciation you need to do well on your IELTS. Donít worry if you donít understand all of it at first (you can even watch with subtitles if you want). But the more you hear, the less strange the words will sound and the easier theyíll be to recognize.

Structure can be improved by reviewing all of the grammar points the IELTS exam tests and memorizing one correct sentence for each point. If you can remember those model sentences in your IELTS exam, youíll have a point of comparison for the answer choices.

Reading is easy to improve too but takes time and patience. Force yourself to read each day for at least half an hour to prepare for your IELTS exam.

Speaking is the hardest to practice without a native language partner. As you watch movies, try to repeat what the actors are saying, then substitute some of the words. Itís not a conversation but it will do wonders for your pronunciation and your IELTS score.

And writing is best perfected by... cheating. Look at sample IELTS essay questions, understand how the paragraphs and sentences work, and which grammar constructions are used -- and try to reproduce them as closely as you can. This is not a time to be original; itís a time to get a high IELTS score.

3. Practice Makes Perfect on the IELTS

Ultimately, the best way to get a great IELTS score in your English test is to have great English. Speak it, read it, write it and listen to it as much as you can and youíll find your IELTS iBT exam a breeze.
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