How to score in IELTS?

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Before we dive into the tips to score the IELTS test, here’s a brief introduction on IELTS;

IELTS stands for English Language Testing System and is a well-known English Language proficiency test that assesses the English competency of visa applicants for the purpose of work, migration and study.

It is commonly used in Australia as an English competency grading so it’s no surprise that all universities in Australia accept IELTS as their entry requirement.

Read also: IELTS vs TOEFL

General IELTS requirements for universities in Australia.

Education level

Minimum band score





No less than 6.0

Postgraduate Master


No less than 6.0

 *The requirements may vary depending on the courses and universities 

Eg: MBBS, Law, Education, and Nursing courses mainly require a higher band score.

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What are the tips to score in IELTS?

I’m pretty sure you will expect to receive a shortcut here to get an excellent band for IELTS to meet your dream university’s application requirement in Australia.

Pro tip: There is no shortcut for success.

However, fret not, hard work pays, always.

Bear in mind that these simple tips are gathered and listed with the purpose of making it easier for the students to prepare themselves for their upcoming IELTS test, not to guarantee you a band 9 straight away, because let’s be real; we all know that the result is only depending on the test-takers no matter how many tips are given away, don’t we?

Let’s see what we can do before the test, during the test and after the test;

What to do before the IELTS test?




  1.     Do a research about IELTS previous test papers and familiarise yourself with the format (you cannot tackle a paper that you have zero knowledge about). Take a look at the format here:
  1.     Try doing as many practices as possible from different levels of difficulties (you don’t want to just settle for the easy papers, challenge yourself to do from easy to medium to difficult papers). You can try doing your online practices here:
  1.     Identify your weaknesses and improve them (during your practices, don’t worry if you make a lot of mistakes because that’s what you need. It’s totally fine to make mistakes during practices so that you will not repeat them during the test. People who grow better are the ones that acknowledge their mistakes, and learn from them).

What to do during the IELTS test?




  1.       Skim (general idea) and scan (important points) through the passage before answering your questions (underline or highlight important points).
  1.       Skip questions that take too long to answer and get back to it once you’re done with all the questions (saves time, increases focus and reduces time pressure).
  1.       If you can’t seem to get the answer for the difficult questions, skim and scan through the passage again, as many times as you can until you understand and get an idea of the best answer.
  1.       If you finish early, make sure to check all your answers and make sure you have answered everything. (double check if you have extra time, you don’t want to end up with careless mistakes).


  1.       Underline possible key points from the question before listening to the audio.
  1.       Focus focus focus (LISTEN not just hear).
  1.       Don’t panic when you miss one question because that will cost you repetitive missed questions. Move on immediately to the next question and make sure not to miss any for the second time, or third time.
  1.       Enjoy and be keen on listening to the audio as if you’re listening to a story because that’s how you can understand better. (it’s not just about answering questions, it can be new knowledge for you as well) 


  1.       First impression is important – Be confident but not overly-confident, there’s a huge noticeable difference in between those two and trust me when I say it’s obvious, because it is.
  1.       Relax and speak clearly – make sure that your pronunciation is clear and understandable, don’t talk too fast and don’t talk too slow, talk at your normal speed (this will make you look comfortable and professional).
  1.       Take your time answering the question, don’t force yourself to answer straight away (if you don’t take your time to think, you will end up with a messy structure of sentences and you will stutter a lot as well).
  1.       Try to talk more but refrain from talking too much – do not answer the question with a one-sentence answer, elaborate more but not overly, focus on the key points of the questions and make sure you don’t just talk about this and that without answering the question.


  1.       Read the instruction, understand the question and answer them accordingly (don’t go astray from the topic) – read the question very thoroughly and make sure you highlight or underline the important points.
  1.       Make a draft of your introduction, body and conclusion (bullet points) – It’s better to think first and gather all the ideas in your mind then lay it out on a piece of paper so that you will have a picture on how to arrange your points and how to start and end your essay before you start writing.
  1.       Make it four or five paragraphs, different paragraph for different point – it’s important to make sure that you write just enough, not less nor more than enough because the moment the examiners catch a glimpse of your essay, they can tell the quality of the essay by the length and organisation of the paragraphs.
  1.       Read through your essay at least twice to make sure there is no error – take a closer look at your grammar and your vocabulary to make sure that there is no grammar or spelling error. Then read your essay again to ensure your sentence structures and usage of words are appropriate.

What to do after  the IELTS test?

  1.       Don’t think about it too much, have faith in yourself.
  1.       Grab yourself some ice cream to congratulate yourself for making it through the test. There’s always time for self-appreciation.

However, if you still doubt your ability to obtain a good band for your IELTS test, you are always welcome to consult with us and we will try our very best to change that.

If you are still puzzled about IELTS and wondering what is IELTS, you can learn more here

And last but not least, we wish you all the best for your IELTS test!

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Nurul Nadira

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