IELTS Preparation Tips and Tricks to Get 7 Band
IELTS being a language proficiency test ensures a critical assessment of a candidate’s lexical resources, i.e., the vocabulary. It is one of the most challenging parts of learning a language. Though, unlike other school exams, IELTS has no specific vocabulary section/question yet the test is designed in such a way that it assesses a test taker’s vocabulary. Simply understanding, both the writing and speaking tests assess your vocabulary. It is worth more than 20%. Even the reading and listening can assess your vocab because lack of enough vocab would make the tests very difficult for a test taker and s/he would face a set of challenges ultimately leading to a low score.
In this blog we present to you some good strategies to prepare a strong vocab.
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Paraphrasing is a key skill for IELTS speaking and writing tests. A candidate should learn to write/explain a given text using her/his own words. Paraphrasing indicates the ability of the candidate to express facts or view.
2. Wide-ranging and accurate vocab
Use of sophisticated language always leads to a high band score of 7, 8 or 9 in IELTS. While explaining, justifying, and exemplifying a topic one accurately should be able to use specific keywords. For instance, while describing the Winter Weather, you might use winter terms like frost, blizzard, frigid climate and black ice.
One should check if the glossary box is provided in the paper. Generally at the end of the text you box containing keywords and their meaning. Glossary could help a test taker understand the text more accurately. So, one should not forget to check and use them.
It is important to know and use the commonly used Idioms. I believe and hope that you won’t be trapped in the text contains expressions such as ‘I want this promise in black and white or ‘it is raining cats and dogs’ etc. in these expressions ‘black and white’ and ‘cats and dogs’ are not to be taken in the literal sense of the individual words. Go on and check the meaning of them if you’re not sure and learn the meaning of the most commonly used idioms at least 100 of them.
IELTS reading and listening assess a candidate for the richness of vocabulary. The questions can be structured in such a way that a synonym of the words used in the text or audio would be provided in the question. Having a good knowledge of synonyms is the only manner to attempt such questions correctly.
6. Spell strong
Poor spelling is penalized in IELTS. Ensure that you make your spellings strong. One cannot obtain a high band score with poor spellings. However, there is one breather that in case a word has different versions of spelling - British, American, and Canadian, a candidate is free to use any of them.
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