It is a very common question “What is the first step” to start applying for master’s studies in Germany. I’m writing this post based on my opinion and experience.
In my opinion, it is important to select the university at the first step. There are several reasons and also advantages. If you have selected the university at first, you will know the IELTS requirements of the universities in which you are interested. It means you will have a goal to achieve. It will be helpful for the preparation.
What happens if you do IELTS first?
If you do the IELTS first, then you can search for the universities only based on your IELTS band. In case if you get (or have got) a low IELTS band and it’s not enough for your desired university, you should repeat the IELTS. It is too costly and also requires time.
Steps for IELTS
Here are some of the easiest ways for you to achieve your goal.
Decide the type of test
General Training test or Academic test
Understand the test format
Understand the different sections and also its contents
Understand different question types
Collect and understand all the types of questions that you may get it in the exam
Understand the criteria of the marks
Every question in each section has different marks. Understand it well
Set the goals for IELTS band
Based on your ability and preparation, set a realistic goal
Improve your vocabulary
Learn new vocabulary and use it in the correct sentences.
Write mock tests
Free materials are available on the internet and official IELTS practice materials are also available
Check your progress
Make a chart and compare your daily results
Fine-tune your skills
Read or watch the experience of others and improve your skills
Attend the exam
Concentrate well and write the exam without any pressure
Basic information regarding IELTS
There are two different types of IELTS test.
- IELTS General Training test
- IELTS Academic test
IELTS test sections
Both the above-mentioned testsconsist of four different sections.
There are differences between the IELTS Academic test and IELTS General Training tests.
- The listening and speaking tests are the same for both IELTS academic and general.
- The writing and reading tests are different for both. IELTS academic and general.
The writing and reading test topics in the IELTS Academic test are suitable for entering the university. It is necessary to do IELTS academic to study in Germany. On the other hand, the topics in the IELTS General Training test are based on general interest.
Booking for an exam
There are two different possibilities to do an IELTS exam.
The writing, reading and listening will be conducted in a single session. It will be with a group of people.
The speaking will be conducted as a separate session. The speaking test is the same as the IELTS Academic test and IELTS General Training test. It takes approximately 11-14 minutes. This test is a face-to-face interview. There will not any disruptions or distractions. The test will be very well structured and the discussions will be on a familiar topic.
Different ways for preparation
There are several possibilities to prepare for the IELTS exam.
- Coaching centre
- Online training
One of the most common ways to prepare for the IELTS exam is through the coaching centre. There are many coaching centres available in the big cities. It is important to choose a reliable training centre with a very good coach. So make more research and also get the opinion from others before joining the coaching centre.
It is also possible to do the online training for the IELTS test. There are several online services available. It is important to choose a more reliable service.
The IELTS self-preparation is helpful for people who are already good at English. Apart from that, it will also be helpful for the people who are learning through coaching centre and online training. The preparation materials are available online. You can buy those and start preparation.
Here are some of the book which helps you for the self preparation.
Aoart from that you can also find many books in the below link.
There are free online exams available on the internet. Make use of it and practice well before the IELTS exam. There are several IELTS preparation and examination videos available. Watching that will help you to get some idea for the exam. Invest more time for the preparation which will help you to score good bands.
Apart from all the above-mentioned tips, Group preparation (preparing along with your friends or other aspirants) is highly appreciable for IELTS as you can do mock speaking tests with your friends and get instant feedback or suggestions. If there is a possibility, I highly recommend finding a suitable partner and set up a learning plan.
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