How to ace your IELTS test

Henry is a UTS College alumni from China who is currently studying Biomedical Engineering at UTS. As someone who learned Academic English with us, he knows the IELTS test well. If you’ve never heard of it, the IELTS is an English language exam. There are two types of IELTS exams, the Academic test and the General Training test. For international students who need to apply for a Student Visa (Subclass 500), they need to take the Academic test. 

The IELTS test pattern is completely different from the English test pattern in China, so it’s important you become familiar with it. The IELTS test is divided into four sections, including speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The speaking section will be examined face-to-face with a real examiner. 

Here are his five tips on acing that IELTS test. And don’t forget, you can take your IELTS Test right here on computer at our UTS College Test Centre

Improve your vocabulary

Obviously, a larger vocabulary can help you to increase your IELTS score especially in the reading and listening exams. If you have a larger vocabulary, you can better understand the meaning of the questions which will save you a lot of time on the test. Of course, unfamiliar words are bound to exist in the IELTS test, so there is no need to be anxious about seeing them. 

Be sure to do the original IELTS papers from previous years

Don’t keep your head buried in memorising words or simply working on the mock questions found on the market. Be sure to do at least one original IELTS test question to simulate a real exam. Record the time and see if you can finish the test on time and any questions that may arise during the exam. It is a real possibility that you will not be able to finish the questions and the essay in the real exam. Therefore, it is important to use previous years’ exam papers to simulate and practice so that you can familiarise yourself with the pace of the exam. 

Don’t try to memorise templates for speaking and writing!

There must be a lot of “great” writing and speaking answer templates on the Internet. In the exam, avoid memorising these templates as they are because, while you are using this template, there is a chance that someone else will be using the same content. Examiners don’t want to read the same content again and again. 

The third stage of the speaking test is a question and answer session. There is no template for this part. If your state is completely different from the first two stages, for example, the fluency is significantly slower and there are a lot of grammatical errors, it will cause the examiner to be alerted. Then, the score will likely be much lower

Speaking practice and seeking feedback

Especially for Chinese students, the speaking test is something that they have rarely been exposed to before. If you can, it is a good idea to have a conversation with a native English teacher or friend to practice your speaking skills. Also, be sure to seek advice and feedback to improve yourself. It is normal to feel nervous and anxious during the speaking test, and regular speaking practice with a native English teacher or friend can help you feel more confident during the test. 


The staff at UTS College HELPS Centre are happy to help and support you in your IELTS exam to the best of their ability. You can make an appointment with them to practice speaking, assist with your written grammar, and answer questions to help you with your reading and listening, etc. This is a free service for UTS College students.  

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