The best way to prepare IELTS for Overseas Students and complete guidelines

The best way to prepare IELTS for Overseas Students and Doctors

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What Is IELTS?

IELTS means International English Language Testing System.

What is the passing score of IELTS?

No minimum score is needed to pass the IELTS exam. An IELTS test or result Report Form is issued to all testnor exam takers with a score from "non-user/band 1" to "expert user / band 9" and each institution wants a different threshold of IELTS score.

What is the Best IELTS score?

Score 9=Expert

Score 8=Very Good

Score 7=Good

Score 6=Competent

Score 5=Moddest

Score 4=Limited

Score 3=Extremely Limited

Score 2=Intermittent

Score 1 =Non-User

This “composite” score 6.5/7.5/8.5 is the average of your individual IELTS scores, and is meant to represent you have overall English ability.

What are the use of IELTS test?

IELTS is an International English Language Testing System that is required to be taken by international candidates such as students, job seecker those country where English is the main or first language of communication.

Which Countries accepted IELTS?

Most popular countries in the world where IELTS is accepted for university admissions or job service are the -

  • UK
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • USA, and
  • Canada

What are the IELTS Eligibility criteria 2021?

  • Age should be at least 16 years &
  • Must have a valid passport.
  • The you will eligible to to take the exam if you fall into one of the categories:
  • 1)Planning to study UK/Canada/USA/Australia/News Land.
  • 2)Being a medical professional or planning to work in UK/Canada/USA/Australia/News Land.
  • 3)Planning to emigrate in UK/Canada/USA/Australia/News Land.
  • 4)And purpose of travel in these 
  •  which are IELTS accepted. 

How Many Times IELTS exam is conducted in a year?

 There is no fixed number of times for the take IELTS exam to be heldbin a year. It is conducted multiple times of every year to allow its IELTS examinees to choose a date and attempt the IELTS test whenever they are prepare for the Test.But examinees has to pay the exam re-taking fee and give the exam as many times as examinees want.

Some experience and Tips about best way to prepare IELTS 

I scored an overall band of 7.5 in General IELTS in my first attempt of exam and would suggest you basis how I prepared for IELTS. Before we begin IELTS, I would like to reiterate that there is no shortcut to do IELTS. I have some known mentor who do score above average without preparation but that count is very less and not everyone will prefer to play that gamble.

I am a firm believer of practice and indrustios. I clearly remember practicing a lot, it was a great commitment of me that I made to myself to practice hard enough so that, I have no regrets if somehow I dont make the cut. And fortunately, the stars did favor my honest and sincere efforts.

I would share and discuss some tips about IELTS and break them subject wise as mentioned below -

IELTS including 4 part

  1. Listening 
  2. Writing
  3. Reading 
  4. Speaking

1)Listening  in IELTS

Practice as much as you can to get used to foreign accent, to multi-task such as listen and write at the same time, to improve your speed, you can take Cambridge IELTS Listening Tests which are easily available on youtube for free. 

You must disconnect yourself from the surroundings and focus hard while you listen to the audio of IELTS lissening class.

The facilitators will perform an audio check a few minutes before the test gets started. If you face any challenge with the headset or audio then do not hesitate and escalate that as soon as possible or immediately . But don’t include yourself in a group of students who would raise such issues falsely.

Always answer in capital letters only else if the answer was John and you write john, it will be wrong answer. 

Stick to word limit else your answer will be marked as wrong.

Always keep the time format in decimal instead of ratio. For instance, write 2.55pm instead of 2:55pm else it will be incorrect

Don't panic if you could not listen or understand a particular portion, let it go & refocus otherwise it would distract you & you will miss out on more

At the end of the audio, try to recall the answer if you've missed any in order to attempt all 40 questions as there is no negative marking

Be watchful to copy your answers correctly to the main sheet in the last extra 10 minutes given after the test is completed

2)Speaking in IELTS

Find a partner to practice it and work on the feedback received around grammar, tenses, sentence formation, vocabulary, pronounciation, using simple / complexed sentences & fluency as the examiner will also mark you on the same parameters

Keep your description brief in 

Part A 

questions (short answers) but be conversational. For instance, if you are asked what do you prefer eating in breakfast? Then, don't just say Oatmeal but something like - Although, I am happy to eat anything in the morning which is home cooked but my favorite is a bowl of fresh fruits along with a glass of hot milk


In Part B, you need to think on the feet and write the rough notes simultaneously for the question followed by 3 subquestions to it in the cue card which would be given. You would be required to speak for about 2–3 minutes continuously until asked to stop. Here is the trick, usually people make the mistake of keeping the answers for the first two questions small and stretch their answer for the third question due to which they start to feel short of words. So do speak at good length right from answering the first question to the last in 

Part B

This is the part where your answers should be lengthier and you must be expressive. In this part they would ask you follow up questions based on the topic which was touched in Part B


If you do not understand any question then do ask the interviewer to repeat the question, however, it should not happen more than once or maximum twice so be attentive throughout the test to listen and understand the question in one go


Follow basic mannerism. For example,if you asked how are you Mr? Then you reply and do ask it  also.


If you speak something and you realize what you have just spoken had a grammatical error or you misprounced a word then correct it in a conversational way but again this should not happen more than once

3)Reading part in IELTS

You may have heard about scanning and skimming, yes it does hold a lot of importance in this test

You may not have to read the entire para but identify the content which matches to what is asked in the question

Make sure that you read and understand the question completely before you search the answer

If you are unable find a particular answer then do not linger on it but move on & keep that one in the parking lot to search later once you are done with all the others

In True-False-Not Given or Yes-No-Not Given question be very particular about what is asked or said and only answer as True/Yes if you find same information in the paragraph, False/No if you find opposite information & Not Given if no such information is available. These questions are tricky but easy to crack once you understand these tips clearly & PRACTICE

Like all of the above tests even in this one the difficulty level of the questions will continue to mount as you will move to the next section which will make you consume more time to find the answers in Section C-D & less time in section A-B. Thus, keep a watch on time as you want to attempt all the questions because again, there is no negative marking

Write all the answers in capital letters & do not write shortforms like T/F but complete words TRUE/FALSE

Ensure to stick to word limit else your answer will be marked as incorrect

4)Writing part in IELTS

Follow the word limit, the limit for letter is 150 words, you should keep them between 150–200. In case of an essay, the limit is 250 words but it should be kept strictly between 250–300

Structure for letter should be a total of 4 parts - Introduction + highlighting the purpose, Body Paragraph 1, Body Paragraph 2, Conclusion

Structure for essay should also be a total of 4 parts - Introduction + Paraphrasing what's mentioned in the essay question, Body Paragraph 1, Body Paragraph 2, Conclusion

Letters are of 3 types Informal, Semi-formal & Formal. Use appropriate signature for each type of letter Warm Regards, Yours Sincerely & Yours Faithfully accordingly

Usually in essays they would ask you to present both the sides of an argument by giving you a situation of agree/disagree, advantages/disadvantages etc. In such cases, in body para 1 present the positive side and then start body para 2 by writing “On the other hand”, “On the contrary” etc. to describe the negative side

Read good IELTS essays online to understand the structure and word weaving better

Make sure that your handwriting is readable, spelling errors are not there & use simple & complexed sentences both (Google them to know more)

Take 5 min to use rough sheet in order to jot down key points, give your letter / essay a structure as in how you would like to present it and then start writing on the answer sheet to avoid using too much eraser

In the end, do proof read them both once written to rectify if there are any errors made unknowingly

I wish I could keep my answer shorter than this but I thought of mentioning all the important points which I followed while preparing for my own IELTS test.

If you have further questions then do let comment as Doctors Gang are happy to help.


Author : Noman Islam Nirob 
MBBS Students, Rangpur Medical College. 

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