5 Reasons Why You Should Practice Before the IELTS Examination

Practice makes perfect, a saying that many of us have heard before from our parents, grandparents,
teachers and nearly anyone who has had the responsibility of overseeing our education, or watched us
perform a new task, or learn a new skill, that we are unfamiliar with. Often, when we try something
new, the first time is not always a resounding success, but then again, practice make perfect. The same
can be said when facing the IELTS Examination, it is vital to practice before sitting down to this taxing
examination, as it is one that can help springboard you into a future of abounding possibilities and

1. The IELTS Examination Differs From School Tests

The IELTS Examination can be thought of as being similar to the English tests, examinations and orals
that you were required to perform in high school. While there are some similarities, there are also
differences that are quite subtle that one needs to be aware of before sitting down to take the
examination. One of the big differences that has been highlighted would be when facing the reading
examination, this would be similar to the comprehension tests you faced in school where you were
given a text and were required to answer questions based on the given text. In school, it was
encouraged for you to expand on your answers in great detail, whereas in the IELTS examination you are
required to keep your answers short, to the point and within the required word count. The school days
of “waffling” to try to obtain as many marks as you possibly could do not apply in the IELTS examination.
The examiners are interested in your ability to understand what you have read and be able to put your
understanding in as few words as possible in your answer. You are also only given one mark per answer,
so keeping your answers short, succinct and to the point will help you to stay within the amount of time
allocated to the examination.

2. Knowing The Structure Of The Examination Is Vital

The structure of the IELTS Examinations differ from one exam to the next. Before entering your exam
venue, you are going to want to know what is ahead of you, how each paper is structured, and how you
should allocate your time so as to ensure you are spending the correct amount of time on each section.
Oftentimes, people will spend too much time on one section, unaware that the following section may
require more from you, and then you may have to rush to be able to finish your exam. During the IELTS
Preparation Workshop, your instructor will guide you and give you advice on how each paper is
structured, what the questions will be like in each section, as well as how much time you should allocate
to each section. When it comes to the speaking exam, your IELTS instructor will be able to help you
prepare for this examination by introducing you to how this examination is structured and how it differs
from the other three examinations you will be required to perform. During the IELTS Preparation
Workshop, you will also be given example questions that could possibly come up during your speaking
examination, it is a great idea to go over these topics in as much detail as possible so that when you are
standing in front of your examiner and they are asking you questions, you are prepared and not
fumbling for answers. You will be able to stand there confidently and speak coherently on the topic you
are given.

3. Becoming Familiar With The Criteria Is Important

The IELTS Examination is marked on an extremely strict criteria, one on which many people have not
been subjected to. Your examiners are tasked to mark you on a criteria that will reflect on your final
band score. Now, to pass the IELTS Examination, you need to reach a certain band score to pass. The
IELTS Preparation Workshop will introduce you to the criteria on which you will be marked, giving you
time to practice any given area that you feel you may be lacking so as to achieve the band score that you
need to pass this taxing examination. The criteria works on a scale from 0 to 9, 0 being the lowest
possible mark up to 9 being the highest possible mark you can receive. While participating in the IELTS
Preparation Workshop, you should be able to gauge where you might fall on the criteria scale, once you
know this, you will be able to work and practice to better yourself to be able to fall higher up on the
scale when you perform your examination.

4. Receiving Tips Is Always Helpful

The IELTS Preparation Workshop is a perfect opportunity for anyone wanting to sit down to take the
IELTS examination, as during this fantastic workshop, your instructor will be able to present helpful, key
tips to you and your class on how to pass each examination. As what has been previously mentioned,
each examination is different, and it is vital to practice for each one. For example, the listening
examination requires you to listen to a piece of dialogue, or something of that nature, and then you are
asked a series of questions based on what you have heard. The thought of this may be daunting to
many, but during the IELTS Preparation Workshop, your instructor will be able to help you by giving you
useful tips on how to tackle this exam, as well as the others. The tips given to people attending this
workshop for the speaking examination are also incredibly helpful for those who may be quite nervous
to stand in front of someone they do not know and answer questions on topics they may not be
completely familiar with. One of the tips shared, and a great one to remember, is that your examiners
are not interested in your vast knowledge on a topic, they are interested in your command of the
English language.

5. Having A Space To Voice Your Questions Is Key

Many people who choose to take the IELTS Examination have questions that they need answered before
the day of their exam, the IELTS Preparation Workshop is a perfect setting for anyone to voice their
questions, concerns and ideas. While attending the workshop, you will meet others who are in the
same proverbial boat as you, who, quite possibly, have very similar questions and concerns that you
may have. It is often comforting to know that we are not alone when facing certain situations. You will
be given the opportunity to chat to your fellow classmates and instructor during the workshop to voice
anything that you may feel needs to be discussed, and this will enable you to feel more confident and
much less anxious before taking the examination. The time you have during the workshop is a vital time
in which you will be able to practice different aspects of the exam, for instance, you will be given a time
to practice on one another for the speaking exam. This time will help build your confidence for
answering questions given by someone you are not familiar with.

Practicing is key to accomplishing any new task, skill or test that we are trying to achieve, the same is
true for the IELTS Examination. Just like we were encouraged to study at school, and to do the revision work as practice, to practice for the IELTS examination is vital to being able to take this examination confidently, to achieve the band score that you need, so that you will be able to take the next step in the future that you want to see yourself.