IELTS measures your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, and assesses your ability to communicate for work, study or life in an English-speaking country.

There are several ways to prepare for IELTS to ensure you get the best band score. Before you decide what kind of help you need, ask your self this.

What is your current proficiency in English? Do you read voraciously? Or is your application of the language solely for posts on Facebook? What do you need to do to bridge the gap? How many hours a day do you need to devote to preparing yourself?

The first step is to make sure you understand the IELTS test format.

You need to know what will be expected of you on test day.

  • Study the test format to make sure that you know what to expect.
  • Look carefully at the content of each part of the IELTS test: listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Get to know the different types of questions that you may be asked in each part.

Once you are familiar with the IELTS test format, you will need to undertake a number of focused preparation activities.

  • Recommended preparation activities
  • Examine IELTS practice test papers and answers.
  • Take practice tests.
  • Buy IELTS self-study books and materials.
  • Consider taking an IELTS preparation course with SBE.
  • You could enlist the help of small study groups, group classes or private tutors, if you have the time and resources.

Make a decision that will suit your needs and you will get the best band score you can!

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