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Posted On : 7 August 2023     |     By : Kangaroo Edu

An Interview with an Australian Student Who Has Successfully Completed the IELTS

As one of the prerequisites for studying abroad, IELTS is an essential aspect of a student visa application. 

  While most colleges and universities expect students to achieve an average score of 6-7, some students struggle to meet this standard. 

  Today, one of our successful IELTS scorers Sara will share her insights, tips, and guidance for those who stand at the threshold of their own IELTS journey. 


The student’s experiences of taking the IELTS

With the goal of studying Bachelor of Nursing in Sydney, Sara contacted our Kangaroo Education Foundation offices in Kathmandu where she was suggested by counsellors to undertake the IELTS test as the first step toward her student visa application.  

  Sara embarked on her IELTS journey with a blend of excitement and apprehension. She undertook 6 weeks of IELTS classes at our Kathmandu office followed by a couple of mock tests. With good preparation and useful test-taking strategies, she was able to score 7.0 out of 9.0 on her test.

  We spoke with Sara about her test experiences and she graciously shared some tips to help fellow students like her do well in their tests. 

  Kangaroo Education Foundation (KEF): Sara, could you share your overall experience of taking the IELTS? When did you take the test, and which modules did you complete?

  Sara:  My IELTS journey began last May, and I must admit, it was quite an adventure. Like all students, I went through the four modules of the test: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Each module provided a unique challenge, testing different aspects of language proficiency. The experience was both nerve-wracking and exhilarating.


The student’s tips for preparing for the IELTS


KEF: Let’s delve into your preparation for the IELTS. Can you please share with us some helpful tips?

  Sara: Yes, of course. I studied for an IELTS preparation course, which helped a lot. I also used practice tests online and solved sample questions. It helped me get used to the test and how the questions were asked.

  KEF: Any study tricks that worked for you?

  Sara: Sure! Taking notes, making flashcards, and summarizing helped me remember things better. 

  I would also like to add that while most of us are familiar with the English language, taking a language proficiency test is all about strategies. During my preparation stage, I found the following tips to be extremely useful:

  Reading:   Skim and Scan: Quickly skim the text to get a sense of its main ideas and structure. Then, scan for specific information by looking for keywords and phrases.

  Time Management: Divide your time wisely among the three reading passages. Don’t spend too much time on any one passage, as you need to answer questions for all of them.

  Identify Question Types: Different question types require different strategies. Practice recognizing question types such as multiple choice, matching, and True/False/Not Given.

  Contextual Clues: Use the context of the passage to find answers. Sometimes, the answer might not be stated directly but can be inferred from the surrounding information.

  Avoid Overthinking: Sometimes, the answer can be quite straightforward. Avoid reading too much into the questions or passages and trust your understanding.

  Writing:   Follow the Prompt: Make sure you fully understand the task in both Writing Task 1 and Writing Task 2. Stick to the topic and respond appropriately.

  Plan and Organize: Spend a few minutes planning your essay. Create a clear structure with an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

  Develop Ideas: Support your arguments with relevant examples, details, and explanations. This demonstrates your ability to elaborate on your ideas effectively.

  Vocabulary and Grammar: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures to showcase your language skills. However, prioritize clarity and correctness over complexity.

  Word Count: Stay within the word count limits. Going significantly under or over the word limit can affect your score.

  Listening:   Practice Regularly: Listen to a variety of English audio materials, such as podcasts, news broadcasts, and videos. This will help you become accustomed to different accents and speaking speeds.

  Follow Instructions: Pay close attention to instructions before each section. Understand the format, question types, and time limits for each part of the listening test.

  Predict Answers: Try to predict what the speaker will say next. This will help you stay engaged and anticipate the information you need to listen for.

  Note-Taking: Develop effective note-taking techniques. Use symbols, abbreviations, and keywords to jot down relevant information as you listen.

  Focus on Key Details: Listen for specific details rather than trying to understand every word. Some questions may require you to match information or complete summaries.

  Speaking:   Practice Speaking Aloud: Regularly engage in conversations in English. Practice speaking about various topics to improve your fluency and pronunciation.

  Expand Responses: When answering questions, aim to give detailed and well-structured responses. 

  Use Varying Vocabulary: Use a diverse range of vocabulary and expressions to showcase your language proficiency. Avoid repeating the same words too often.

  Speak Naturally: Focus on speaking naturally and confidently. Don’t rush, and use pauses appropriately to gather your thoughts.

  Feedback and Recording: Record yourself speaking and listen for areas of improvement. You can also seek feedback from English speakers or teachers to identify areas to work on.


The student’s advice for other students who are planning to take the IELTS

  KEF: Sara, your journey and insights have been truly inspiring. Before we wrap up, is there any special advice you’d like to offer to those who are getting ready to take the IELTS?

  Sara: To all the future IELTS test-takers out there, my first piece of advice is to remember that preparation is key. Take time to familiarise yourself with the test format and understand what’s expected in each module. This knowledge will boost your confidence and help you manage your time effectively during the test.
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