The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) exam is a major part of your Express Entry application- and one which thousands of potential applicants repeat numerous times in order to get the required score. Even if you are fluent in English, the exam has four components- Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Listening, and it is easy to not be as competent in one of these areas opposed to others.
Ideally, you have to score at least a 7 in all components and an 8 in Listening in order to maximize your points for Express Entry.
Here is a video that can help you prepare for the IELTS. (Don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and share the video).
Even if you haven’t given the IELTS and have a fair idea of where your language skills stand, check out whether you qualify for Express Entry here.
Need some additional during-exam tips? Here is what you need to do to score well.
Read the Questions First
When you begin the Reading and Listening portion of your exam, it is a good idea to read the questions first. This way you will know exactly what you are looking for during the Reading portion and you will know when to jot down answers in the Listening portion (this is exceptionally important because the voice recording is only repeated twice.)
This saves time and gives you an opportunity to read and listen to the most important parts rather than stressing over parts that you have not been questioned about.
When answering questions in the Reading or Writing portion, avoid the use of idioms or phrases that may have a vague meaning or words that different people may interpret in numerous ways. When completing a task in the writing portion, make sure that you do not use idioms when asked to write a formal letter, application, etc. For informal writing tasks, the use of idioms is acceptable.
It is also a good idea to limit the use of idioms in the Speaking portion of your exam. It does not make you sound more intelligent and does not really do wonders to demonstrate fluency.
For example, this is what you do not want to do. ” When I went to my home city it was raining cats and dogs. This is a once in a blue moon occurrence, so I was over the moon about it.”
Manage Your Time Properly
A lot of candidates lose marks because they are unable to finish the IELTS exam on time. This can happen when you spend too much time on one question or do not prioritize sections properly. It is advisable that you do not waste too much time on a question that you may not know the answer to and skip to the next question to finish as much of the exam as possible.
It is specifically important for you to manage the Writing portion properly as Task 2 has more marks than Task 1. Hence, if you spend more time on Task 1 and do not do justice to Task 2, this can significantly affect your score.
Look for Context
In the Reading Section, there may be words that you are not familiar with and this prevents you from answering a question properly. It is most important to look for context when trying to understand the meaning of a word and see where and how it is placed. Accordingly, you may be able to derive the most likely meaning and choose the most appropriate answer.
The video combined with these tips can significantly help increase your IELTS. score. A good IELTS score means that your CRS score for Express Entry Canada will also substantially increase, opening the doors for permanent residency.
Even if you haven’t given your IELTS yet, you can check to see whether you qualify for Express Entry Canada by stating your expected results here.
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