- Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The number of students appearing for the IELTS has touched three million this year globally. With the increase in the figures, it becomes imperative for the IELTS creators to ensure that there is a certain element of difficulty added to every module, that is, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. This makes it necessary for students and teachers of the English language to make the best use of their time in order to prepare for the best and the worst-case scenarios.
A good candidate for the IELTS will always have his/her time management in place. To begin with, the Reading section poses a challenge ad infinitum for most Indian students due to their lack of interest in the skill itself. That said, the Reading section is best divided in three equal parts of 20 minutes each for students appearing for the Academic Module. Once that is done, the student ought to devote maximum time for solving the questions and hence must build up on his/ her speed-reading skills. Remember, the focus is on comprehension. If your comprehension is above 80%, your scores are likely to be above 7 on a 9-band scale.
When dealing with the Writing section, the candidate is expected to divide the time into 2 unequal halves, with the first twenty minutes accorded to Task 1 and the rest forty assigned to Task 2. Since the writing task has been comfortably divided into technical writing and creative writing, one only needs to see the band score allocated to each to realise that both tasks are equally important. That said, the time division varies on how well you can put your thoughts down in words on paper. If you are inclined towards technical jargon and work well on it, then you should look at completing task 1 in 15 minutes instead of 20 so you get an added 5 minutes for the next task which could be strenuous. Investing the last 8 minutes to perform a quick quality check would ensure that you have an edge over the rest.
In the case of Listening section, things are slightly different as the audio is played in loop and there is very little processing time. Given its integrated nature, you must realise that you have to work in a way that you do not miss out on even a single question as there is no negative marking for it. An ideal way to go about listening is to first speed up your reading, because if you aren’t reading the questions fast enough, you could lose a band score or two.
In the case of Speaking section, which lasts for about 11- 14 minutes, everything is already timed before-hand. As a candidate preparing for the Speaking section, remember to time yourself even during practice sessions and self–study at home. This would give you a fair idea on how to curtail your talk to that perfect 2-minute time and without adding any unnecessary fillers or unwanted information.
This article is a bird’s eye view give to you for you to have a fair picture of how important time management is to the IELTS examination. Over the next couple of articles, we will see how best we can manage our time and focus on a qualitative rather than a quantitative approach to ace the examinations. For better tips and workable strategies, keep watching this space!
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