A lot of my students have asked me: 'How do I get the highest IELTS score Do I have to do anything? Okay, so the best thing to do is to keep practicing and make sure your reading, writing speaking, listening and writing skills are good enough to get that IELTS Band Score you require. In the beginning, I would suggest you familiarize yourself with what's expected in the exam on the official IELTS website (www.ielts.org) However, while you're there, I'm going to make it really easy for you by giving you some information about what to be expecting. In my opinion half the battle is understanding the IELTS test procedure. If you've ever been asked to take an exam more than once consider how much easier it was the second time , because you knew what you could expect! You should be aware that I failed my driving test FOUR times! How do I pass the IELTS examination? The first step is to check whether IELTS is the test you're required to pass. IELTS is an acronym in the form of International English Language Testing System IELTS is an English testing system that evaluates the proficiency of those who want/need to study in an English spoken environment. A lot of universities, employers and immigration authorities require you possess a certain IELTS Band Score before they will accept your application. When thinking about when you'll take the test, it's crucial ielts exams to keep in mind that your IELTS Band Score is valid only for two years. Then, you have to decide which version of the test is the most appropriate IELTS test format for you. There are two different versions for the IELTS test, the Academic version as well as general training version. General Training version. If you want to pursue studies at the undergraduate or postgraduate levels, you must take IELTS Academic version. If you plan to move abroad or work abroad, IELTS General Training version is appropriate. The two versions have four modules or sub-tests; listening, writing, reading and speaking. The IELTS Listening and IELTS Speaking sub-tests are the same in both the Academic version as well as general training version. General Training version but the IELTS Reading and IELTS Writing sub-tests are different. An examiner who is certified and has been through a rigorous training, will evaluate your skills in writing and speaking and award you a Band Score in those sub-tests. Which way can I apply to the IELTS test? I recommend that you visit the official IELTS website and download The IELTS Handbook' as well as 'IELTS Information for Candidates'. The two booklets will explain how to apply to take the test, but I'll offer a brief review and some of my own comments here. 1. It is possible to apply to the neighborhood IELTS Test Centre to sit the test. You can locate your closest test centre of the official IELTS website. There you will find the address, contact details as well as the test dates for the coming months. 2. Visit the IELTS Test Centre to get an application form. If you find it difficult to get there or download the application form on the official IELTS website. You can even inquire if IELTS's Test Centre would mail one out to you. 3. Choose the date on which you would like to take the test , and complete the application form. Make sure you have written the correct module; General or Academic Training depending on the type of training you require. 4. If possible, get a native English friend to check over the application form on your behalf. 5. Send your completed form to the Test Centre you wish to attend, together with 2 passport-sized images and the test fee. 6. It is important to present the same ID when you fill out your application form. If the 2 forms of ID differ, you will not be allowed to take the test. If, for any reason, it is not possible to pass Contact with the Test Centre immediately. 7. Once your application form has been approved Once your application form has been processed, the Test Centre will send you an acknowledgment letter containing the time and date of the test , as well as some instructions for the test day. What should I do on Test Day?Well, first of all make sure you have a good evening's sleep prior to the test and have the right breakfast (yes, I'm also a mum!). If you have a test for speaking on the same day, make sure you'll need to eat lunch. Don't forget to take your ID along since it will be scrutinized upon your arrival. Be aware that you aren't able to carry your personal belongings, such as your mobile phone into the test room. There is a specific space outside the room that you are able to leave your belongings. Like all tests when you have been invigilated (the testing supervisor) has stated that the test is about to begin, no talking is allowed. If you need to ask anything, raise your hand. The listening test begins first, followed by reading, then writing (I will provide you with more information about the various sub-tests in my next blog posts). Your Test Centre will provide you with the exact time (and date) of your spoken test. And then what? When the test is completed the only thing left to do is wait for your results. IELTS test results are posted by the 13th of the day after your test so you should receive them 2 weeks after the test. It may be possible to go to the Test Centre on the 13th day following the test in order to obtain your test results, but you'll need to inquire about them. The Test Centre can but give you your results over the phone , via email or fax. There is no certificate for IELTS after you take it You will receive an Test Report Form (TRF) with your results. Keep track of the Test Report Form, you only receive one copy. Be aware that you can ask for more copies (a maximum of five copies) to be sent to the organisation asking for your result (university or immigration, etc.) It's time to be happy! If not, don't panic and read my blog post on "What to do if your IELTS score isn't up to par'. It's possible to get the score back. In any case, it's time to move ' onwards and upwards in the right direction! This is the way to get your the highest IELTS score that you can!