Important Tips For IELTS Candidates

Appearing in the IELTS test for the first time? If you have done your homework, you’ll be a lot more confident of the success, since you have a better idea of what’s coming. Good thing about IELTS testing is, the format is quite basic and with right approach, candidates can easily master all the skills required from them.


IELTS is divided into 4 components: Listening, writing, reading and speaking. Proper time has been allocated to each test, and you will be gauged accordingly. Sometimes, any of the tests can put you in trouble, especially listening and writing. That’s quite true.

If you haven’t taken Edmonton IELTS practice test, you may get confused. Because, sometimes, it’s hard to identify the accent and one can easily forget the subject matter discussed in it. Even if you’re native English speaker, you tend to make a lot of mistakes if you go unprepared.

As far as writing is concerned, you’re not required to write high level of vocabulary, but your writing style should be easy-to-understand by an average reader. Plus, it must not contain typos and grammatical errors.

As far as speaking is concerned, your language proficiency and confidence will be checked by the examiner. Any glitch in between, and you’ll lose important marks.

Here are some tips from English language centers in Mississauga.

Listening Phase

  • At the beginning of each section read the questions for that section carefully, before the recording starts. This will help you to follow the recording and identify the answers.
  • Listen carefully for clues as to which stage of the recording you are listening to, e.g. words such as ‘firstly’, ‘my next point’, ‘to sum up’. These words will help you identify which question you have reached.

Writing Phase

  • Be careful to use your own words because the examiner will not include words copied from the question in the word count.
  • Make your position or point of view as clear as possible in your essay for Academic Writing Task 2. Your last paragraph should be a conclusion which is consistent with the arguments you have


  • To improve your performance in the Reading test you need to practice reading a variety of English texts. This will help you develop the ability to read quickly as is required under test conditions.
  • The texts included in the Reading test always contain the information you need to answer the question. You won’t have to use your own knowledge of a topic.


  • In the lead up to the Speaking test, make sure you take the time to practice speaking English – with friends, at work and on the phone. You should also consider recording yourself, so that you are confident speaking English during your test.
  • There are no right or wrong answers in the Speaking test. The examiner will assess you on how well you can express your ideas and opinions in good English.

Last, but not the least, you need to be quick, spontaneous, and accurate too. It’s difficult but if you practice daily, you’ll see the real difference.