In the video, Adam from engVid, a provider of free English video lessons, presents a five-point IELTS study plan.
1. Know the test
You should know exactly what you're about to face. Know the structure. There are four sections: listening, reading, writing and speaking. Make sure you know how each of them works, and how much time is going to be used for each one. In the listening section you have four parts; in the reading section you have three passages to read, in the writing section you have two tasks to complete. In the speaking section you're going to be speaking with a native English speaker face to face for about 12 to 15 minutes. Make sure you know exactly what they're going to be asking you and what you're going to be expected to answer back.
2. Know the timing
You have 40 minutes, roughly, for the listening section, including a 10-minute time allotment for copying your answers from the question sheet to an answer sheet. This is very, very important. If you finish writing your answers on your answer sheet before the 10 minutes are up, you can't go on the reading section. You have to sit and wait.
3. Know the question types
Make sure you know the question types that you're going to face in the listening, reading, writing and speaking sections. Knowing the question types will make sure that you aren't surprised by anything. You do not want surprises on test day.
4. Know all the instructions
Every section of the test will have its own set of instructions. Do not spend time reading or listening to these during the test. You should know all of the instructions long beforehand.
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The best way to actually know the test is to practise. Sit down at least once a week - from the time you register or start thinking about it, until the actual test day. Make sure that you do a full test at least once a week. Give yourself three full hours free of distractions.
Following this IELTS study plan will help you prepare for the test in the best possible way. Just remember: knowing what to expect will avoid nasty surprises and increase your chances of achieving a high score.