5 tips to nail the IELTS Exam!

Thinking about taking the IELTS exam but a little concerned whether you’re going to pass it or not? Or perhaps you don’t like exams at all and just wish there was an easy way to go about it? Well fear not student. Tti’s team of experience exam preparation teachers are here to help you out with 5 tips to nail the IELTS exam. Over to them:


We asked our IELTS teachers the most infallible tips on how to nail the IELTS exam. And here’s what they said:

1 – Flashcards. Use it to consolidate items of vocabulary and expressions. Be systematic about recording language and reviewing it regularly. Always remember to record it in chunks – which means write down expressions, collocations, fixed items. Some people prefer to have physical flashcards – makes them remember better to write a word down and touch the card. Some people prefer to work with their computers and apps – more practical to practice on the go.

Here’s a video on how to create effective flashcards and how to study with them:

Or use Quizlet – It’s a computer based flashcard tool – and app. It’s free and you can use your account in both your computers and phone.

2 -Reading. The first tip is an obvious one: read it more, read it regularly, read it varied. Try to expose yourself to different types of texts and styles, so you’re familiar with as many subjects as possible. When you have a text in hand adopt this routine:

Predict. Read the title and try to predict what it is going to be about – that helps get the juices in your brain flowing and start thinking about the topic – which in turn makes it easier to understand the text. Skim the text – which means quick read it just to have a general idea of what the text is going to be about – again it makes it much easier when the actual reading starts. Time yourself – Practice the IELTS reading in exam conditions. Put a timer on and see how well you would do in the actual exam.

3 -Stock Phrases and Linkers for your Writing – Learn a set of stock phrases and stick to them. Have a set of stock phrases and connectors that you will always use. Phrases to use in the introduction, to change the direction, to give more examples, to add another point, to move to your conclusion.

4 – Speaking – Have a set of fillers ready – that means those little phrases that buy you time while you consider the examiner question, such as “oh that’s an interesting question, let me think about it” or “I’d never thought about this before, but let me consider this for a second”. Learn a few, practise using them so you can avoid silences.


5 – Listen, listen and listen. Listen to a variety of things – podcasts, films, conversations on the bus. Notice how words connect, notice intonation. Listen to media that is subtitled and instead of paying attention to the story, pay attention to the pronunciation of words and strong and weak sounds. Give yourself listening tasks.

Good luck!

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