Getting ready for IELTS

Hello again to all you prospective takers of IELTS from Connect to English.

Here are some more useful tips for you:

IELTS rates the test in a band score from 0 through to 9,  0 being ‘did not attempt the test‘  and 9 being ‘expert user‘ of the English language.  As already mentioned, if you are hoping to get into university in Britain, you will need to  finish with a band score of 6-6.5 upwards.

Familiarise yourself with the IELTS rules and regulations.  These can be found in the ‘notice for candidates’ which you will find as part of your application form.  Making sure that you are familiar with the rules will take some of the stress out of the test on the day.

It’s a good idea to have taken a practice test of two before you take the real test so that you are familiar with the format.  You can access practice tests at and at

You can also purchase official practice materials from test centres.

If you are going to get help with tuition, you can find many different sources of training ranging from tuition at IELTS test centres to private language schools.  Many students find that the guidance and specialist training they offer is very useful.

Watch out for info on the actual skills needed for taking IELTS next week…