The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam is taken to measure a person's English proficiency. I wish schools could have trained students for these type of exams and did mock tests. There is actually a good learning structure as foundation in writing a good essay. I wish I had that knowledge earlier.
In order to get your desired scores, I suggest to enroll in a review center that does one-on-one coaching. If you prefer to self-study, however, that can work too as there are several resources online that I found useful.
For Listening exam,
- Focus. Do not let your mind wander off. Focus. The paraghraphs will not be repeated.
- When the instructions say, “you have time to go over the answers x to y”, do so. Understand the context of the questions and look for keywords. Listen to this keyword when it comes. The questions are in sequential order to the answers.
- For practice Listening exam: There is not much sites for Listening exams that give you the audio and answer sheet for free. Other sites ask for payment to see the answer sheet. This is the useful site for that. Navigate on this tree: IELTS Training Online
- Often, you have time to review. Use that time to do so. Go through each item again with fresh eyes.
- Self-talk helps. Say this to yourself during the exam, “I like reading. I like this exam.”
- Read the questions first for you to have an idea which specific info to find in the passage. Remember, there are more detailsi n the passage than the answers you need.
- Read the entire passge. That is the only way for you to know if something is not given.
- The moment you see the answer, while reading, go to the asnwer sheet immediately and write it. You don't want to let go of something you already caught (#hugot LOL)
- For TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN, answers are given in chronological order 99% of the time.
- Do not always expect to find in the passage the exact words found in the question. Remember, build your vocabilary because compression is the key.
- Don't just practice. It has to be constant correct practice.
- Writing tasks: Writing Task 1 Top Tips for 8+ by Jay [YouTube]
- Writing Task 2, How to score 8+ by Jay [YouTube]