How to 100% pass the IELTS
11 life hacks, which will help you prepare for the IELTS and TOEFL most effectively. You will 100% successfully pass the language exam and go to study abroad at the university of your dreams.
Daria Kroshkina
Founder of StudyFree
Once the thought of going abroad pops in your head, the first 5 letters that you will hear the next morning will be IELTS or TOEFL. Namely, exams in English. Without them it is impossible to enroll in any foreign university. There is a small exception — a Cambridge exam, but it is much more complicated and accepted by a very limited number of universities.
The difference between IELTS and TOEFL
The fundamental difference between IELTS and TOEFL is that one exam is developed by the British and the other by the Americans. Previously, in the USA, Canada and Australia it was necessary to pass TOEFL, and in Europe, respectively, IELTS. Nowadays for most universities there is no particular difference.

British English differs from American pronunciation, vocabulary, there is a specificity of grammatical constructions - these nuances are taken into account in exams. ELK will help you learn foreign languages and perfect your pronunciation. Follow this link.

Both tests have a similar structure and consist of 4 parts — reading, speaking, writing and listening. Since IELTS and TOEFL test the ability to learn in English, they do not have pure grammar assignments. Learn foreign languages and prepare for exams on Italki, the world`s largest online platform.

Both exams cost about $250. You will have to wait for your results for about 2 weeks, so it is better not to delay. The IELTS lasts 3 hours and the TOEFL lasts — 4 hours;
    Important aspects!!

    Assessment system! IELTS is a little easier to pass due to the assessment system. The maximum you can score is 9 points. There is such a general rule, you can get enrolled at a university starting at 6.5 or to some specialties in the master's degree from 7.5.

    You can take general training IELTS, or you can pass the exam on your computer. The latter option is a new format and it is slightly more expensive, but assessed faster.
    To enter a foreign university you need to pass academic IELTS.

    The maximum that you can score on TOEFL is 120. You can score 30 points for each part.

    TOEFL is also assessed for about 2 weeks and costs about as much as the British exam.

    Important difference: IELTS can be passed an unlimited number of times, and TOEFL - once a calendar month. Also in TOEFL, speaking is passed via computer - a person sees the questions on the screen, and records their answers via dictaphone.

    11 life hacks that will help you pass the exam
    1. Passed papers
    As in any exam, you need to consider the format and work on it. Going through the papers, you will get the hang of it, learn how to properly allocate time and gain a clear understanding of what you are expected to do in each task. You can practice on a huge number of options here
    2. Read scientific articles
    IELTS Reading is known for its long texts on complex scientific topics. To boost reading skills, we recommend the NEWSELA application , there are daily new texts on various topics.
    If you have a lot of time to prepare, buy a book with a list of words specifically for IELTS. This will greatly make your life easier when passing the "reading" section.
    4. Watch TV series
    Watch TV series. Stock up pop corn and watch as many TV series in English as you can. If you manage to watch 8-9 episodes a day, then soon English thoughts will pop up. Notice that if you are to pass IELTS, it is better to watch British series to get used to the accent. For TOEFL, respectively, American ones.

    5. Communicate with Foreigners
    There's only one secret: to improve speaking, you have to speak. Even if you don't have foreign friends, use online services such as tandem. There you can find many English-speaking acquaintances.

    6. First, read the headings
    When you do the "reading" section, one of the tasks will be to match headings with text paragraphs. First, read the headings, remember and assume which paragraph suits it, and only then read the passages themselves. So you'll save a lot of time.

    7. If you didn't hear something, go to the next task
    In the "listening" section, you will hear the recording only ONCE. If you accidentally missed the answer to a question, go to the next one. Don't try to remember or think of what might be in that particular point, because at this time you will miss the rest and lose a lot of points.

    8. Read the task carefully
    The "writing" section is divided into 2 tasks - description of statistics and essay. Сarefully read what they want in the second task. Sometimes you need to agree or disagree with a statement, sometimes describe the problem, and sometimes express your opinion.

    9. Do not write a draft
    Otherwise you just won't have enough time, and that will be most upsetting. Remember, points are not taken for corrections.
    10. Keep track of time
    Allocate time properly. This is especially important in the "reading" section. If you suddenly can't find the answer to any question, go on. If there's time, come back to it, because barely enough time is given on IELTS.
    11. Bonus
    When you train writing essays, use Grammarly. It can be installed as an extension in the browser. The service is based on a neural network, is constantly improving and helps to correct complex grammatical errors.
    All materials for IELTS or TOEFL preparation can be found on StudyFree

    And now set your mind positive, close your eyes, imagine that you have already passed the exam for the highest scores and submitted you documents to the best university. Have you imagined it? Well, now it's all up to action. If you need help, you can always consult with our managers.
    Good luck in all your endeavors!

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