IELTS And Critical Thinking Skills
You want to go to Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand or other foreign country of your choice for work or study purpose. You decide to make your English strong. One fine day you see an advertisement in the newspaper that claims to help you memorize the whole of the Oxford Dictionary in one month and you join the program. Imagine! What will happen after that? Would you be able to speak good English or write good essays? You might commit a number of grammatical mistakes. Then you join another program in grammar and learn a lot of grammar rules. Now you can use good vocab and make grammatically correct sentences. Does it ensure that you can write and speak to obtain a high band score in IELTS?
Probably one component is missing here. Critical thinking. We offer the best IELTS training center in Dwarka and help IELTS candidates develop critical thinking skills in all areas of IELTS. Critical thinking is the ability of a person to think – rationally and clearly. This involves understanding the logical connection between ideas and reason. A critical thinker becomes an active learner and is not just a passive recipient of information. Critical thinkers can identify, analyse and solve problems systematically.
Critical thinking and IELTS
“Critical Thinking and IELTS exam related to each other? This question creates confusion initially. One must understand firmly that none can score a high band score without demonstrating critical thinking skills in IELTS examination. Vocabulary, grammar, etc. represent knowledge but critical thinking is the application of knowledge.
In writing, you must build up lots of ideas using a mind map, organize them, and then justify them. These are key applications of critical thinking in IELTS. One must think thoroughly about the topic of the essay question and accordingly provide a logical response to it.
In the speaking test too, a candidate should be able to demonstrate thinking skills. Though Part One and Part Two of IELTS speaking requires a candidate to survive by using common everyday conversations yet Part Three requires one to respond thoughtfully to the topic.
In the Listening test, a candidate must demonstrate sharpness of the mind. If you want to score a high band score in IELTS listening, you need to need to excel at fluent listening and find contextual meaning of various words used in the audio. You should be able to apply your knowledge to create contextual understanding of the situation. For instance, the word book has multiple meanings. One should be able to figure out the exact meaning by understanding the context. In the context of a airport, it can be used as a verb meaning to book the flight tickets while in the context of a library, it may be used as a noun for a book to read.
In reading, critical thinking skills help in eliminating the wrong answers in True / False / Not given. So please remember that thinking critically is a key part of scoring high in the IELTS exam.
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