The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an exam or test that measures the English language skills of candidates who want to work or study where English is used as a language of communication. If you want to work and study in Canada for instance, you will be required to take an IELTS general test or IELTS academic exam to grade your English proficiency or skills.
IELTS scoring or grading is based on a Nine-band scale, with band score One (1) being the lowest level and band score Nine (9) as the highest.
How Difficult Is IELTS General Test?
Many candidates, however, are finding it difficult to take one form of exams or the other. In the most extreme cases, people simply get nervous and lose the ability to think clearly during an exam.
IELTS general test is no different and for many people that is a problem. There are various parts of IELTS that can be intimidating except you know how to handle them.
People are afraid of the unknown, and the panacea or solution is to get familiar with all the “scary” “intimidating” aspects of the IELTS exam. Familiarize yourself with the element of surprise in the IELTS exam and these fears will fade away.
You can begin by familiarizing yourself with the IELTS test format. There are basically two types of the IELTS test: IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Writing and Reading components differs a little depending on which test you take.
The Reading, Listening, and Writing parts of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.
The Speaking part, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. You should rely on your test center to advise you. The total test time is usually 2 hours and 45 minutes.
You really don’t have to get panic while preparing for IELTS general test. You should have a study plan for the IELTS test and tailor your study based on your areas of strengths and weaknesses. For instance, if you are a slow reader, concentrate more on the reading test more than listening, writing, and speaking tests.
If possible, you can also attend an IELTS preparatory class. The preparatory class provides you with valuable tips that you need to know.
Finally, you should practice boosting your self-confidence. Test yourself in Two hours and forty-five minutes time-frame just like the exam day. This will help you understand what it feels like to take the reading, listening and writing and tests consecutively.