Every year a lot of people enroll for IELTS coaching and while some end up cracking each four modules, other end up with low scores.
The percentage of failing candidates makes those who are to enroll anxious about their exams. Raising so many questions that can’t find answer to. We have thoroughly searched and approached candidates and shortlisted the most common questions.
Kunal Bansal Chandigarh, who runs a successful IELTS coaching institute in Chandigarh, answers all the questions using his vast experience with thousands of candidates.
1.. How to Prepare for Reading Passages If The Topics That are to Come in Exam are not Known?
There’s nothing to be concerned of. Usually, the topics that appear in exams are of general discussion. They can come from recent news, magazines, books or any other publication and they are common enough for an educated person to answer.
These passages aren’t technically difficult, so understanding them is quite easy given how well you understand the language. A candidate should involve in mock tests and see what kind of passages have been put there and then reading news, articles or write ups similar to them. One should read more to be familiar with the culture in the western part of the world as it can proved to be helpful in exams to come.
2.. How do I Know What Type of Questions Will Come in the Exam?
If you really want to know the types of different question that come in exam, the first thing you should do is check the previous year IELTS questions. That said, you get to see MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions), Classifications, sentence completion, short answer questions, Yes/No Questions and a few more. If this doesn’t clear your doubt, you might either want to consult a coach or check for it online. You will find multiple sources with genuine previous years Questions and their solutions. It will give a fair idea and you can prepare yourself accordingly.
3.. Should I Read the Whole Passage First or Their Questions?
Exams are time bound and you are to do a lot of questions in the same limited period. So, a lot of candidates skip passages for the end, while some waste a lot of time reading and understanding it, it causes them to miss out on some questions in the end. Then what’s the best way? Well, as soon as the test begins, go to passage questions directly. It’s easy to understand questions compared to the whole paragraph. Read question and skim through the passage for the answer. Its the fastest way to be done with the reading section as questions give you a fair idea for what to find.
4.. How much time should I Spend on Each Section?
The important thing here to remember is you’re aiming for a higher band score. That aim is useless if, say, you spend equal amount of time on each section. Given the section 1 is outright straight (Reading Passage in particular) one shouldn’t put more than 7-10 minutes on the same. The section towards the end gets more difficult and demands a lot of attention to the details. Confidence is the key, approach the first section aggressively and be done with it as soon as possible.
5.. What’s the marking process and if I answer wrong, do my marks get deducted?
If you pick up a question sheet for the exam, you’ll notice there are only 40 questions. Each of one mark. If you answer right, you receive one mark for each right question, however, if you get an answer wrong, you don’t lose any mark. IELTS exam don’t have negative marking. So, if you’re second guessing an answer, just do it. Even if you’re wrong, what you have go to lose? Leaving it unawered will not be awarding you points either.
According to Kunal Bansal Chandigarh, Just prepare like your life is dependent on it and see you’ll never end up scoring low. There’s nothing about IELTS exam that can’t be cracked, all it requires is a little practice and some attention.