“IELTS under quarantine” is not an article I ever expected to write. Quarantine is not a word that anyone likes. It comes into English from the Italian quaranta giorni (forty days), which was the period that ships had to wait before disembarking passengers and crew during the period of the plague. Nevertheless, everyone is experiencing some degree of isolation right now and this will affect your IELTS journey. In this post we will be looking at the subject of IELTS under quarantine.
Will my Test Still Happen?
It’s early days but the current situation is as follows: within South Africa at least, test candidates may request a refund for a test that they have booked, or they may request a transfer of the test date. I must stress that this is the situation at the time of writing and may change. Of course, once the crisis passes, there will high volumes of applications and you may have to face the problem of a long wait for a booking.
What Should I Do in the Meantime?
Well, with IELTS under quarantine, you actually have a real opportunity on your hands. We’ve often lamented the fact that people just don’t give themselves enough time to prepare for IELTS. It’s also the case that some skills take longer to develop than others. If your writing is deficient, you will need to invest a great deal of time and practice in getting it right. For people who struggle with reading and listening, repetitive practice under the guidance of an IELTS expert is essential. And if you need to improve your speaking skills, now is the time to book face-to-face time with an IELTS coach.
If you are planning to migrate for work, study, or relocation, you need to be ready to take IELTS once the quarantine is over in your country. For many people, this temporary inconvenience has actually bought valuable time. They now have more time to prepare and make sure that they can give their IELTS exam their best effort. There’s no good reason to waste this time. Instead, you should take action. The action you should take will vary according to what type of IELTS candidate you are.
I’ve Taken IELTS Before
If you have taken the IELTS exam before and you were not happy with the scores you got the first time round, this is even easier. An inadequate set of results will sting, but it will also show you what you need to work on, and therefore help you decide where to invest your time. If, like many people, writing let you down, then you need a strategy. IELTS Writing is complex. Which of your tasks is the problem? Where are the weaknesses in your writing? What can you improve? These are questions you can’t answer for yourself. You need expert advice on what you did wrong and, more importantly, how to fix it.
If your weakness is in IELTS Reading or IELTS Listening, you will need to practice using up-to-date resources. As with writing, it is crucial that you determine why you didn’t get the score you need. This has much to do with the question types and your understanding of them. Finally, if you fell short in speaking, you will need to set aside a substantial amount of time to develop your speaking skills to an adequate level. All of the Highway IELTS Development Programmes offer you maximal convenience and in the current circumstances, you will be able to devote even more time and effort to the coursework.
It’s my First Time
If you have not yet attempted the test, the very best thing you can do is equip yourself to get the band scores you need on your first attempt. Re-taking the test is expensive in terms of both time and money. This will be doubly true once life has returned to normal, because waiting times for test dates will undoubtedly skyrocket and remain long for quite some time. To confront the strange situation in which we now find ourselves, we are offering our workshops in an online format. Luckily, we are able to continue with these as planned and without any real disruption. What is more, workshops can be scheduled at your inconvenience and, though I never imagined I’d be using this expression in a situation like this, from the mandatory comfort of your own home.
So crack out the hand sanitiser, pull up a chair and let’s get to work on guaranteeing your IELTS journey.