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IELTS Strategies for Success workshop

posted on Tuesday 24th July

Categories: Workshops
Article tags: exam preparation, exam tips, IELTS, revision

Earlier this year we held an IELTS “Strategies for Success” workshop where we introduced the IELTS exam, and gave tips and expert advice on how to tackle each section of the exam.

The session was led by one of our brilliant teachers, with many years of IELTS exam experience.

What is the IELTS?

The IELTS exam is widely accepted at many international academic and professional institutions, and is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test.

Aimed at those who wish to study, work or live in an English speaking country, students are tested on their skills in the four following areas – listening, speaking, reading and writing.

What was covered in the session?

During the first half of the session we worked on perfecting IELTS exam strategies and the best methods to adopt to achieve the best score possible, especially in the writing section.

Some of our top tips for the writing sections are as follows:

Task 1

  • Do task 1 first – there is a reason why it is task 1!
  • Spend around 20 minutes on this task and divide your time as follows:
    • 2-3 minutes analysing and planning
    • 14-15 minutes writing
    • 2-3 minutes checking
  • Work out how many lines 150 words are in your handwriting, e.g if you write about 10 words per line, then you will need to produce around 15 lines. Try to write no more than 170/180 words.
  • One sentence is enough for the introduction.

Task 2

  • Check the general topic of the question, usually: a problem, a point of view or a statement with two opposing views.
  • Make a brief plan, using the focus points in the question as a guide.
  • Aim to write around 270 words.
  • Be aware of the typical mistakes you make and look out for these. It can make a difference of a score band!
  • Leave yourself 3-5 minutes to check your writing.

IELTS Practice Questions

These tips came in very handy for the second half of the session, as we tackled some timed practice exam questions, and this was a brilliant way to become more familiar with the layout of the IELTS exam, and gain a valuable insight into the type of language and questions that regularly appear in the IELTS exam.

Also, it was very useful to work under pressure to answer the questions, as it recreated a real-life exam situation.

Overall the event was a success, and we received some very positive feedback from everyone who took part in the workshop!

Although it was primarily focused on IELTS exam skills, many of the strategies covered can be used in a variety of situations.