According to a recent survey conducted by an IELTS review center in Makati, the Speaking and Writing sections of the IELTS test have shown a high level of difficulty among students. Respondents of the said survey find it difficult to express their ideas both in oral and written formats. With this problem slowly arising, changes in IELTS review course have been made to address the problem.
Skill building in both speaking and writing takes time and effort. A skill cannot be learned overnight; thus, every IELTS student put extra work in learning strategies for their speaking and writing skills. Especially when score requirements are discussed, most are required to have a score of at least 7.0 in the Speaking and Writing components. However, some are having a hard time obtaining this. To further help IELTS candidates build better skills in speaking and writing, here are some tips on how to answer well in the test.
• Expand Vocabulary.
What facilitators of the IELTS test look for is the variety of vocabulary words used in the response. Words play a crucial role in expressing one’s ideas. For instance, instead of saying happy, the word joyful or pleased can be used. There are other synonymous words or word expressions that can express the content of the response. To increase one’s vocabulary, he/she can indulge in reading different English materials. It does not have to be academic reading. Reading magazines and newspapers can be good starters to learn and develop vocabulary.
• Learn the Basic Rules of English Grammar.
In an IELTS review center in Makati, students go through grammar classes to reinforce the importance of well-structured sentences. In grammar, they are taught rules in subject-verb agreement, basic verb tenses, the correct use of prepositions and conjunctions and even punctuations. Furthermore, cohesive devices are emphasized as these help responses to have a smooth flow of ideas in both speaking and writing.
• Increase Comprehension Skills.
A response gets a low score when the task is not achieved. Task achievement is met when the candidates understand what is being asked in the question. Some students during the IELTS review have the tendency to go out of the topic when answering practices. The problem here is that they fail to have a full grasp of what the task is about. Comprehension skills can be further developed through constant practice and help from IELTS instructors.
• Be Exposed to Different Practices.
In speaking, it is important to be confident in delivering responses. The best thing to do to boost confidence is to have a speaking partner who can rate your response and give feedback. Specifically, an IELTS instructor is the best speaking partner. For writing, practicing different essay types of questions can hone writing skills. The candidate will develop awareness on how to attack the question and build good arguments.
The important thing in the IELTS is to increase comprehension and expose oneself to lots of practices to be more familiar with the exam. The more practice one gets, the better responses they create in preparation for the real IELTS test.