“I WANT TO TRY THE IELTS TEST, BUT I AM AT HOME. WHAT SHOULD I DO?”
It is a fact that staying at home makes you feel bored and you have less chances of doing all the things that you want to do! For example, you were set to take the IELTS exam because you need a good band score to study or work abroad, but the “lockdown” happened. The question is, “Will you still push through with your goals?” or “Will you just stop and wait for the economy to recover?” This article is for those students who want to maximize their internet usage for their IELTS preparation.
1. THE BASIC STEP
As we all know, we do not have the capability to travel overseas nowadays and most countries are still closed to foreigners. So the best way to achieve your goal as an IELTS student is to do it online. The very first thing that you should do is to take the IELTS mock (practice or trial) test.
WHAT TO DO?
Search for online schools or agencies that offer IELTS mock test online. Remember, to know what the test looks like is very important! Also, you will understand your weak points in the test and know what you have to do to get your target score.
2. THE COURSE
TAKING A LOT OF MOCK TESTS WILL NOT GET YOU A GOOD SCORE!
After you have done one or two mock tests, you will already be familiar with the test format. What you need to do now is improve your English proficiency and improve the techniques need to be good at reading, writing, speaking and listening. Therefore, your next step is to take a course.
WHAT TO DO?
Enroll for online classes that offer IELTS. You will learn the step-by-step techniques for the test and the lessons that you need to improve your English skills too. But wait! Make sure that your teachers help you develop your core skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) and not just the testing skills. Most importantly, you need to improve your English proficiency. You cannot get a good band score if your English proficiency is weak.
3. THE PRACTICE
TO PRACTICE IELTS ONLY IN THE CLASS IS NOT ENOUGH.
Only practicing English inside the classroom is not enough if you want to make rapid progress. You need to watch programs in English and, most importantly, read as much as you can in English. Choose things that interest you so that you do not lose motivation because it’s boring (but accept also that sometimes you have to read things that are not so interesting for you, but which are necessary for success in the exam).
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