10 Steps for IELTS preparation

10 Steps for IELTS preparation

Once you have decided to write the IELTS exam, you need to prepare. I’ll give you 10 steps to get the best results.

Step 1 – Purpose

Why do you wish to go to an English Speaking Country? The options that are available:

  • To study
  • For Employment
  • For immigration
  • For professional registration

Meet a professional so you know the exact motive of your going abroad.

Step 2 – Academic or General

The exam is available in two versions and you have to decide which one is applicable for you. Again, a professional can guide you:

  • Academic – is for studies, but, some organizations require it for professional registration
  • General training – is for permanent residency and general employment.


IELTS is available on paper and on computer.

  • Paper-Based IELTS is accepted universally. Choose this type of test. If you’re not very well versed with computers
  • Computer-delivered IELTS is accepted universally with some exceptions.

Again, you need to introspect your skill set and figure out with the concerned authority.

Step 4 – Target Score

Decide on the target score:

  • Post Graduate Programs – 6.5 overall and nothing less than 6
  • Under Graduate Programs – 6 overall and nothing less than 6 each.
  • Immigration – Maybe 7 each, or 8 each.
  • Employment – Maybe 5 each as well
  • The list goes on…

You need to decide beforehand what is your target score.

Step 5 – Present Level

Get your present level assessed.

  • Take a mock test or an assessment test.
  • These are available free on many Websites
  • Even www.webberz.in provides this facility free of cost.

Step 6 – Duration of Preparation

Once you know your target score and you find your present level, then find the difference. The Duration of the preparation can vary a lot.


Target – 6
Present Level – 5.5
Difference – 0.5

Which means that very less preparation is required. 15 – 30 days should be good enough.


Target – 8 each
Present Level – 4
Difference – 4

Which means that preparation has to be intense. It may take a very long time.

Step 7 – Strategy

Start preparing with the proper game plan.

  • Remember that the different question types for listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Tips and techniques of each question type have to be clear to you. You have to master every type of question.
  • Relevant vocabulary for IELTS Essays and Cue Cards is required.
  • These essays and cue cards are not from your school. They are different. So different vocabulary may be required.
  • Brainstorming for ideas is very essential for ideas.
  • You have to work with proper discipline under time-bound conditions.
  • Maintain distance from distractions.

Step 8 – Regular Practice

Practice is the key to success.

  • Attempt a lot of time-bound practice sessions
  • Every aspect of the paper is important
  • Every question type is important
  • Work on your speed and accuracy.

Step 9 – Mock Tests

  • Get your level checked consistently by taking Mock Tests
  • Make it sure that you practice under examination conditions
  • Introspect after every level check-up

Step 10 – Attempt when you are ready

Keep in mind that your skills will never be the same. You should write the test when you are in your best form

  • Make performance charts
  • Analyze them
  • Predict your performance
  • Book your test well in advance.

Keep in mind, there are a very few seats and too many test-takers.

I wish you good luck for your exam and do the best.

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