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How to succeed at IELTS?

Thinking of studying overseas or have already booked your IELTS exam date? Here are few tips to help you in succeeding in your IELTS examination. IELTS (International English Language Testing System), is a standardized test for evaluating English language proficiency and is required by several higher-level institutions around Australia and the UK. It includes 4 parts: listening, reading, writing and speaking.


  1. Answer listening questions in the order they appear on the question paper. Remember that they normally follow the order of the information in the recording.

  2. Make sure you check your grammar and spelling while transferring your listening question answers to the answer sheet.

  3. Keep listening until the recording stops, looking only at the questions that relate to the part being played.


  1. While reading do not spend time trying to understand the precise meaning of each word or phrase because you might run out of time.

  2. Some tasks require you to use words from the text in the answer; in others you should use your own words. Check the instructions carefully.

  3. In few questions there might be a word limit (e.g. no more than 4 words), make sure you read carefully the questions.


  1. If you write less than 150 words in Task 1 or less than 250 in Task 2 you will lose marks, but there is no maximum number of words for either.

  2. Stick to the time suggestion for Task 1 & 2. Spend more time on task 2 because they are more possible marks in that task.

  3. Do your online research for essay samples, this would definitely make it easier to formulate your own essays in the future.


  1. Speak directly to the examiner not the recording equipment.

  2. Whenever you reply yes or no to a question, always make sure you justify your answer by adding more details.

  3. Don’t try to give a prepared speech. You are not being tested for your general knowledge but your ability to communicate effectively in English.

For more information about our IELTS entry requirements visit our website https://www.ssc.edu.au/latest-brochure

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