Band 9 Formula For Test Takers In 2021

Taking the IELTS can be an exciting time in a person’s life, it could be to pursue higher studies or to immigrate for work. It can also be a challenging task as you need to get the minimum score set by your institution or the immigration department.

Where is IELTS required?

Students seeking to pursue their higher education abroad or people looking to migrate to the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada are required to take the IELTS. The governments of these countries have made it mandatory for immigration applicants to write the IELTS and submit their scores along with their applications.

How to get the perfect score:

Many non-native English speakers are nervous when signing up for the IELTS as they assume that it is very difficult to score a band 9 in the assessment. Although the IELTS does use some advanced vocabulary in its reading section, it is nothing that cannot be mastered with practice and some learning tips.

IELTS Reading consists of 40 multiple choice questions and 3 reading essays. These texts, which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical, are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. In these questions, you have to identify statements that are false or true, match information and headings. Additionally, you have to complete flow charts and label diagrams based on the information given in the texts.

Due to the complexity of the tasks, many find the reading section daunting and some are unable to complete it in the given time limit.

So, we have compiled a few tips for you to make your IELTS experience easier:

Keep track of the time: Effective management is very important when answering 40 questions within 60 minutes. Make sure you do not dedicate more than 15 minutes to each of the three tasks so that you can read over and check your answers.

Check for spelling and grammar errors: When writing in such a short amount of time, you are bound to make spelling mistakes and even grammatical errors. So, make sure that you read through your written answers that to ensure that you have not misspelled any of the words. Additionally, make sure you use correct punctuation. 

Read the questions carefully: Before you start reading the texts, go over the questions so you know what to look out for when reading the texts.

Keep the order: Remember that the questions follow the order of the text in most cases. So, the paragraphs will be structured in a way that answer to question 5 will come after the answer to question 4 and so on.

Underline as you read: When you read the questions, you know what to look for in the text and where. So, grab a pen and underline every time you see a possible answer or an important phrase.

Cross out wrong answers: When you start answering the MCQ’s make sure to eliminate all the wrong answers and this will help you choose the correct answers faste.

Skim the text: You cannot spend time reading the entire text, you will have to skim through and start looking for answers.

Read up on vocabulary: Before you attempt the test make sure that you read magazines and newspapers to update your vocabulary. This will help you when you answer the reading section tasks.

Practice mock tests: Finally, practice makes perfect so, make sure you go over mock tests and sample questions while timing yourself.

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