Do you know you can score well without going to coaching classes if you have some knowledge of English? Here I am going to share my experience, How I prepare for IELTS without taking any physical classes. If you already how to Read, write and understand basic English then its quite easy. However, if you are struggling in making basic sentences such as, “He is taller than me” then for sure you need some help. Help not just for IELTS but for learning English. The English language can confuse but if invest some time then it is quite interesting.
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System, there are two different types, Academic and General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the Reading and Writing sections are quite different.
How to Prepare IELTS without Coaching 6.5 to 7.5
Here I will share how I did preparation for IELTS. In my first attempt, I got 6.5 overall score which was not enough for immigration. Then I decided to prepare a bit harder to improve the score. Following are the few things you need to keep in mind. We will be going through each section.
These are tips for candidates who already have bands like 6 to 6.5 overall and want to improve. I am saying this because I did it in less than two weeks. So, it’s not very tough to improve your score. Let’s start:
Overall 6.5 to 7.5 in Two Weeks:
Listening: To improve your listening part, you need to listen more. To do so just watch one English TV show. During this period of two weeks, I saw 2 seasons of Strike Back, a few episodes of Friends and Wentworth (3 seasons). I know it is a lot, but I did. Along with that I did Listening from IELTS Cambridge 13 & 14 Test (1-4). On the Whole, Listening English as much you can.
Reading: To improve reading in this short time is quite challenging. To be honest, I just solved reading from Cambridge Books (9 to 14). There is one thing which helps to improve your reading. When you solve one paper, do not just check answers, give marks and move to another test. Mark out your wrong answers, and go back to the passage and check why your answer was wrong. Note: Just go solve a good number of papers published by Cambridge.
Writing: This is the section most of us struggle, you need to put some extra efforts. If you got 6 in writing then by improving the structure you can boost the score. Task 1 is quite easy, in both academic and General. While task 2 is challenging and weight more marks as well. Following is one of the best video on the structure of IELTS Writing Task 2.
TWO ESSENTIAL PARAGRAPH STRUCTURES with Jay!
The 3 Sentence Introduction by Jay!
Tip: Watch E2Language videos on YouTube to boost your IELTS writing.
Speaking: For speaking, what I did was getting familiar with the common questions asked. I prepared some cue cards as well in advance. I did not learn them by heart but had some basic idea. This I did from Makkar IELTS recent edition. This had a significant number of questions and model answers mostly asked in Section 1 & Section 3 of the speaking test along with cue cards. You can easily get its PDF online. To build a bit of confidence, speak in front of the mirror. Ask yourself, Describe your hometown? Then start speaking in front of the mirror.
There are a large number of websites, YouTube channels really help you to prepare IELTS without Coaching. Helpful YouTube Channels: E2 IELTS, IELTS Liz, Fastrack Education, etc.
- My First Attempt IELTS Score:(6th April 2019) – Listening: 8 Reading: 6.5 Writing: 6 Speaking: 6.5
- Second Attempt:(27th April 2019) – Listening:8.5 Reading: 7.5 Writing:6.5 Speaking: 7
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