For non-native English speakers, gauging their English proficiency skill before appearing for an important exam like IELTS is very difficult. Your English language competency needs to be at par with the standards of the foreign universities.
Now, the question is how can you be sure? How would you be able to know whether your grasp on the language is good enough to score well in IELTS? The answer is very simple and the clues are all scattered before you.
The first step of testing your English skill is to check whether or not you can understand English, spoken by the foreigners. In the IELTS examination, you need to listen to an audio recording and answer carefully. You can simply start by watching BBC documentaries, without subtitle and see whether you can understand them completely without any glitches. You can also try and watch British movies and learn to follow their accent.
In order to achieve the desired IELTS Band Score, you need to score well in the reading section as well. Know whether or not your English comprehension skills are in place by reading and analyzing newspaper articles. Now in the era of smart-phones and internet, foreign newspaper articles are easily obtainable. Read the recent news, articles and any piece you feel like reading and try and jot down the crux of it.
This will automatically enhance your comprehensive ability and will upgrade your English reading prowess. Try and grow it into a habit so that you don’t face any problems afterwards.
Be Grammatically Correct
Besides equipping yourself with many vocabularies, you should also focus on being grammatically correct, whilst writing. Writing exercises are normally descriptive or argumentative. Start by jotting down your thoughts in well framed short sentences. Then join those sentences and add some nice vocabulary to make it into a good text to read. The more you read, the better you become. You can set big standards for your writing abilities. The articles published in Theguardian.com can be a good benchmark to follow.
Avoid Fake Accents
Remember that pronunciations and accents are two different things. Like for instance, a Scottish person might say the word ‘house’ in a different way, but the pronunciation might not be wrong. You don’t have to adopt a British accent to say a word correctly. In fact, it is better not to adopt any kind of accent, barring your own. This often worsens the situation as you are normally not habituated to speak in that tone.
There are now various apps, which can be downloaded, to know the perfect pronunciation of certain words. A simple way to check your pronunciation is to record your own voice in your phone. Then match whether your voice matches with that suggested.
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