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IELTS Preparation: The best way to prepare for IELTS

The IELTS test is critically important for most people. It can make the difference between studying overseas and staying at home; between having your immigration status confirmed or denied — perhaps for ever. So, with your IELTS test coming up, you should study non-stop to get the result you need, right? The evidence suggests that this is not the case. You need to study, yes, but you need to study strategically.

Adrian Raper, Director, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Preparation: Key facts for test day

IELTS is a challenging test. You can reduce the stress by making sure that you understand all the rules and have all the practicalities under control for the test day. Here are four key points, and some do’s and don’ts.

Bryan Dowie, IELTS teacher, Hong Kong

IELTS Preparation: Get the band score you need in just one month

Can’t find a good place to study for IELTS? Struggling to fit IELTS prep into your schedule? Dr Ammar Hadi Kadhim, a neurosurgeon living in Iraq, offers a solution. He achieved the band score he needed with just one month’s practice using Road to IELTS. Here’s his story…

Adrian Raper, Director, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Preparation: 30 ways to improve your IELTS band score

The challenge To do well in IELTS, you need to understand how the test works. This is difficult to do quickly  because there are so many task types, and so many sections to the test (Speaking Parts 1, 2 and 3; Writing Parts 1 and 2; and so on). Each part tests different things in different ways. So, there’s a lot to learn.

Adrian Raper, Director, ClarityEnglish

IELTS Preparation: Understanding your weak areas

The problem You need to spend a lot of time preparing for IELTS on your own. But studies show that even when independent learners know which of their language skills are strong and which are weak, they still tend to spend more time on their strong areas. In a 2015 study at the University of Hong Kong, Professor David Gardner found that students ‘ultimately preferred to remain in their comfort zone.’

Adrian Raper, Director, ClarityEnglish