How do you know when you're ready to take the IELTS exam? Here's my advice:
- If you've never taken the exam before, take it as soon as you can. You'll be surprised how difficult a full day of testing is! Treat your first attempt as a practice test to get used to what it 'feels' like. Also, taking the exam is the best way to assess your level.
- Your next step could be to read about the best ways (techniques, methods) of doing each part of the exam; this is what I try to provide here on the website. Read my advice, analyse my model answers, and try to copy the way I approach each part of the test.
- Using what you have learnt, you need to practise and train yourself. This is not the same as testing yourself. Read yesterday's lesson to understand the difference.
- Finally, you need to do some tests and get feedback. You need to find out what you are doing wrong and what you need to do to improve. The best form of feedback is from a teacher who can read your essays or listen to you speak.
You will know that you are ready when you consistently get the score you need in all of your practice tests.