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How To Self-Study For IELTS And Improve Your English

IELTS stands for “International English Language Testing System”. It is your gateway to scholarships, immigration and work abroad.

Types of IELTS

There are two types of IELTS: Academic IELTS for university studying and General IELTS for immigration.

The Structure Of The IELTS Exam

  • Speaking Exam (15 minutes): one-to-one with the examiner.
  • Listening Exam (40 minutes): 30 minutes listening + 10 minutes to transfer answers.
  • Reading Exam (1 hour): Academic is different from General IELTS (3 passages).
  • Writing Exam (1 hour): Academic is different from General IELTS (2 essays).

The Duration Of The IELTS Exam

The duration of the IELTS exam is 3 hours and 15 minutes without break.

The Overall Score Of The IELTS Exam

The overall score of the IELTS exam is band 9 and each band means a certain level.

  • Band 5 means that your level is intermediate.
  • Band 6 means that your level is upper intermediate.
  • Band 7+ means that your level is proficient.

The table below shows you all IELTS scores and the equivalent level to each score.

Source: https://collegedunia.com/exams/ielts/score

IELTS Scores Compared To CEFR Levels

CEFR (Common European Framework Reference) is a Cambridge framework to assess your level in the English language. IELTS scores can be compared to CEFR levels.

The table below shows you all IELTS scores compared to CEFR levels.

Source: https://collegedunia.com/exams/ielts/cefr-and-ielts-level

How Many Hours Do You Need To Prepare For IELTS Exam?

It takes approximately 200 guided learning hours for a language learner to progress from one level of the (CEFR) to the next.

However, there are a number of factors that can affect how long it will take to increase your level of English, including:

  • Your language learning background.
  • The intensity of your study.
  • Your age.
  • The amount of study/exposure outside of lesson times.

The table below suggests how many guided learning hours you might need to reach each level of the CEFR.

Source: https://support.cambridgeenglish.org/hc/en-gb/articles/202838506-Guided-learning-hours

These figures are intended as a guideline only. You may require more or less time and support depending on your own needs.

Study For IELTS Speaking Exam

Before you start IELTS speaking, you must face your fears, never hesitate or be shy and always take the lead.

IELTS Speaking Exam Structure

Tips To Score 7+ In IELTS Speaking Exam

  • Use English correctly without grammatical mistakes.
  • Speak fluently without pauses.
  • Use various vocabulary and idioms.
  • Never use any word of your mother tongue.
  • Pronounce well with the right intonation.

Study For IELTS Listening Exam

IELTS Listening exam includes 4 parts; 40 questions; 40 minutes (30 minutes listening + 10 minutes transfer time) or in Computer-based (30 minutes listening & 2 minutes review)

Listening answers are given chronologically (in order) and the listening section is played only ONCE.

Kinds Of Questions In the Listening Section

There are different questions in the listening section such as:

  • Form Completion.
  • Table Completion.
  • Map Directions.
  • Multiple Choice Questions.
  • Lecture Question.

Take Care Of Listening Tricks

There are some tricks in listening such as distraction.

For example, You have to pay 20 pounds to get a membership at the gym. Oh, but you are a student, so you pay only 15 pounds)

The question would be “Membership fees for Mike are …… pounds”.

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