This is a common question asked by many students, but the answer is subjective depending on your current ability and what score you need to reach. A student aiming for a 6.5 overall may need to do more work than a student who requires a higher score, because their current ability is worse.
We recommend that students spend at least 6-8 weeks preparing for the IELTS exam, focusing on basic grammar, reading speed, test strategies and writing skills. Each part of the IELTS exam is different, so ensure you fully understand what is expected of you.
Need help with your writing ability? These four tips can help you improve your score and be prepared.
1. Take your time before you choose an IELTS exam date
It’s important you give yourself enough time to prepare for the exam. Take the time to decide whether it should be two, four or five weeks away – do set a date though as it is important to give you something to aim for. Four weeks are more than enough to prepare for the IELTS writing exam.
2. Take IELTS lessons
IELTS classes can help you learn faster and put you on the right track. It means you will avoid studying irrelevant areas and common mistakes will be corrected quicker. Teachers can also help build your confidence and the overall quality of your English will improve. Take an IELTS practice test to assess your writing skills.
3. Plan your writing
You are required to answer two questions in the writing section – task one and task two. Task one is a 150 word question for which you have to spend 20 minutes. You will be given pie chart, bar graph, diagram, map etc and the Task two is a 250 word essay question for which you have to spend 40 minutes. You will be given a topic and have to write a short essay.
4. Use the correct grammar & spelling and write formally
A huge importance is placed on using correct and formal English. Your overall score will be penalised if the wrong spelling and punctuation is used. Try to use colloquial words and expressions
Individuals who have finished their schooling from an English medium school usually need less time to prepare, while individuals who lack fluency may need up to four months. It’s vital to get a grip of the language first and then start preparing for the IELTS exam.
We recommend taking an IELTS practice test to assess your current level and how much work needs to be done on your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. If you need help preparing for IELTS, Register for IELTS classes or arrange a coherent meeting with SI-UK IELTS expert today.