If English is not your native language you may be required to demonstrate your English language skills when you migrate or wish to study at an Australian institution.

The IELTS test is one of the the most widely accepted English language assessment worldwide, which onducted 1.5 million tests in 2010 globally, including Australia.

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To help you be the best prepared you can possibly be, we have made the 10 top tips below to help you along your way:

1. Read, read and…. read some more:

Find an interesting article to read or listen to. Practice speaking and writing about it. It could be a podcast, a recorded lecture, or something from the university website or online news. Read it and then tell a friend everything about it!

2. Make a friend or two:

Choose a speaking partner, preferably a native English speaker. Try an online video chat or Skype a friend. The more opportunity you have to speak the language, the more familiar you will become.

3. Be inquisitive:

Take lots of notes when learning and ask lots of questions too.

4. Show time:

Make vocabulary flash cards. Carry the flash cards with wherever you go – They are a great way to make a bus ride go even faster!

5. IELTS examples:

Visit the IELTS website for test samples test.

6. Reading tips:

• Practice summarising texts.
• Practice reading (and answering questions) on a computer screen.
• Try expanding your vocabulary with daily-use vocabulary cards.

7. Listening tips:

• Listen for basic information – did you understand the main idea, major points and important

8. Speaking tips:

Read aloud a short article. This could be from a newspaper, magazine, textbook, or the Internet. Write down 2-3 questions about the article and then discuss the answers with a speaking partner.

Work on your pronunciation.

Speak in s-l-o-w motion.

9. Writing tips:

Find a writing buddy who can give you feedback. Read an article and find listening material on the same topic. Write a summary of each and explain the ways in which they are both similar and different.

10. Research:

Visit the IELTS Website at www.IELTS.org