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April 20, 2021 Tuesday 11:45:14 AM IST

Are you Proficient in English?

Teacher Insights

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and PTE (Pearson Language Tests) are some of the most popular English language proficiency tests that are conducted worldwide for higher studies, work, and migration to a native English-speaking country. These tests are primarily conducted in the online mode, though there are options available to give the exam in an offline mode. You can choose any one of the three tests as all three tests comprise of the same standard format, which means they are divided into four specific English language skills:

1.    Listening
2.    Reading
3.    Writing
4.    Speaking

Moreover, these tests can be taken multiple times in a year, depending on the slots' availability and dates. However, it is not that easy as it may sound, which is why we have curated a comprehensive list of the most crucial tips and tricks you could apply to accelerate your score points.

1.    Practice your typing skills

The last and final section of these exams is the written section. And you will need a QWERTY keyboard to type your answers into a computer. All TOEFL/IELTS/PTE test centers will use these boards, so you must use this keyboard for more efficient writing in each of these exams. If you get used to the keyboard, you will save a lot of time in the final exam. The keys should be stored on your muscle memory so that you don't have to search for your keys for typing. It will take a while. That way, you can always build faster on the keyboard than handwriting.

2.    Mock Tests

Mock tests are beneficial when it comes to realizing the real test. Make most of the mock exams provided in the class, and you will easily score high in your original IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE exam. Plan to take at least two exams for practice every day during these 15 days. The more you practice, the more likely you score much more than the actual test.

3.    Regularly Converse in English

Speaking in English will be highly beneficial to you. It's a good idea to talk to someone fluent in English, instead of practicing on your own. Speaking English every day with your friends and family will help you build confidence and become comfortable with the language.

4.    Amplify your reading skills

When it comes to your reading skills, the basic technique is to learn to plan and scan every word without reading it. You won't have time to read every word, so practice reading references and examining keywords as this will help in time management. Additionally, it would help if you also brushed up on your vocabulary knowledge to tackle any passage with ease.

5.    English Language Exposure

The most effective way to upgrade your English language listening skills is to watch English language shows, movies, and news to enhance your listening skills, which is another crucial part of your test. You can initially start consuming these English language media resources with English subtitles. Later, you can gradually move a step further by viewing and understanding their conversation, speech, or dialogues without subtitles' support.

All in all, you must take these tips and tricks into consideration only when you are sure that you will be consistent in your English language proficiency preparation. Above all, you need to understand that these tips and tricks are simply supplements meant to boost and enhance your English language preparation. It would help if you did not rely solely on these to crack your IELTS/TOEFL/PTE tests with exceptional scores.

Abhyank Srinet

Abhyank Srinet is a passionate digital entrepreneur who holds a Masters in Management degree from ESCP Europe. He started his first company while he was still studying at ESCP, and managed to scale it up by 400% in just 2 years. Being a B-School Alumni, he recognized the need for a one-stop solution for B-School to get in touch with schools and get their application queries resolved. This prompted him to create MiM-Essay, a one-of-a-kind portal with cutting edge profile evaluation and school selection algorithms, along with several avenues to stay informed about the latest B-School Updates.

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