Published by Afterschool.my on Dec 07, 2017, 01:00 am
Taking IELTS: Expert Advice
For those planning to study overseas, IELTS is the “holy grail” of tests, accepted by universities around the world. As a result, it has become a high-stakes test for a growing number of people.
So how can candidates navigate the test in order to achieve the score they need? Here is some useful advice from the British Council in Malaysia.
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The university you have applied to will give you an indication of the level of English required for your desired course e.g. IELTS Band 6, and also when you need to submit this score in order to be accepted onto the course. The submission deadline can be several months before the start of the course, so do check with the university and plan to take the test in plenty of time.
Many candidates find the question types and strict time-limits associated with the IELTS test challenging. This may be because they have not sufficiently prepared for the test. There is plenty of online support available, and you can even practice specific parts of the test online. In addition, the British Council offers face-to-face training with feedback on student performance from an experienced teacher. They cannot tell you what your actual band score is, but they can help you understand what your general level is now and help you plan your studies in order to achieve your goals.
The IELTS test is considered to be a reliable measure of a candidate’s English level, and this is why it is widely accepted by universities. Therefore, no matter how many times you do the test, no matter how much practice you do, and no matter how familiar you are with the question types, if your actual level of English is lower than your required score, it is unlikely that you will get the score you need. In this case, you would need to do an English course designed to raise your level of English and seek advice on how long this may take. The British Council gives every student a placement test in order to understand their general level of English first, before helping them choose the course that would suit them best.
How can British Council IELTS Preparation Courses help?
All in all, the IELTS test is reliable and trusted by universities and academic institutions around the world. However, for this very reason, it is a test like no other, and therefore it is vital to be prepared for the test. Remember that, in this case, practice really does mean perfect!
To find out more or to register for British Council’s IELTS preparation course, click here.