August 15, 2022
Decoding The Algorithm of IELTS
Decoding The Algorithm of IELTS

The International English Language Testing System is really about Mathematics. How can a test which is primarily concerned with assessing a candidate’s proficiency in English be about Mathematics?

Let me explain.

Let’s compare the IELTS test to the Instagram Algorithm. We’re all aware that the Instagram Algorithm has a pattern — it rewards certain actions and considers certain others as unfavourable. The only method of using this algorithm to your advantage is by knowing what this algorithm favours.

Let’s go through the algorithm of this test step by step –

1. The Reading Test

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The Reading test is just reading a paragraph and answering a bunch of questions, right? Wrong! The Reading test is designed to check how well you can analyse and understand academic, technical or intellectual literature. The content is usually heavy and requires a basic understanding of some extensive vocabulary. Believe it or not, it’s not just answering some questions! It’s reading, analysing and then formulating or discerning between answers.

So how do you figure out what you need to be looking out for?

Ask the expert.

2. The Speaking Test

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You enter a room where a stern-looking examiner awaits you. “How are you?”, they ask and you mumble, out of sheer nervousness. Now you’re panicked and after a minute of small talk, the examiner looks at you straight in the eye and asks, “Shall we begin the test?”

Well, we don’t want that! Not knowing what to expect can land you in a situation where unnecessary anxiety might mess with you otherwise very fine English speaking skills. Even if your Spoken English is an area you struggle with right now, getting help from a professional trainer can help you speak better and even get a 7 in the Speaking test! The Algorithm here demands that you speak clearly and use coherent words.

3. The Writing Test

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If you dreaded essay writing as a kid, I have a surprise for you. The most common form of the writing test is answering 2 questions –

  1. Interpreting Research Results or a Chart
  2. Answering or Writing a short essay on a particular question or topic respectively

The Data Interpretation section needs to be answered in such a manner that it is in alignment with the results of the data being interpreted as well as making sense to the reader. The essay must showcase your ability to put your thoughts on paper.

It’s easier than it sounds if you get the right help!

4. The Listening Test

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This is a crucial part of the test where you need to be on your toes every second. The success of this part depends on the 3 As — Audio, Accents, and Attention. You need to be attentive throughout the duration of this test so you can answer the questions posed on the basis of the audio you hear.

This part requires the most practice!

You need clear and accurate answers.

That was the IELTS Algorithm for you. Are you ready to decode it with an expert? You can find me here!


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