In this informative guide we explain how to prepare for IELTS online through self study and with an IELTS Skype tutor. If you are thinking of moving to a majority English speaking country, would like to study abroad or simply want to improve your job opportunities and earning power, then passing IELTS could be the key to success.
Before making a start on your exam prep it is worth taking the time to ask yourself the following 5 questions:
1) Do I really need to take IELTS or would another exam be more suitable? (For example, with certain UK immigration categories a lower level exam may be enough)
2) What will I use IELTS for – studying abroad, immigration purposes, etc.? (This will determine the version of the exam and the score you require)
3) What is my approximate IELTS score now and where do my weaknesses lie? (Try doing some practice tests or book a trial consultation with an IELTS Skype tutor to assess your level)
4) Given the difference between my current level and my desired IELTS score, when should I take the exam and where? (Be realistic about what can be achieved before your deadline and don’t leave your prep too late!)
5) How will I prepare for IELTS? (Self study, with a teacher, face-to-face or online)
Once you have considered these questions and have a rough plan in place, it is time to familiarise yourself with the structure of the exam itself. To do this, check out our quick guide entitled “What is IELTS?” and download the official British Council guide for test-takers.
In the past, the only options open to test-takers were to self study with textbooks or attend an IELTS prep course at a private language school. Today, technology and the internet are changing how we communicate and study. It is now possible to find a wealth of IELTS knowledge and practice material online, which allows test-takers to prepare for the exam at home, in the office or even on the move. Let’s explore some of the many options available when you choose to prepare for IELTS online:
Regardless of your current level and desired score, doing online IELTS training with an experienced native English teacher can help you progress more quickly. The majority of test-takers have difficulties with the speaking, listening and writing parts of the exam as these are the ones that require the most native input and error correction. At OTUK, our IELTS preparation courses are tailored to suit the needs of each individual student and are conducted by British tutors who have longstanding experience with the exam.
If you would like assistance with your exam preparation, contact us today to book a trial consultation with a member of our dedicated IELTS team!
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