So I received the result of my IELTS test. I was also surprised that I achieved quite high. I got Band 8 overall with 8 in Speaking, 8.5 in Reading, 7.0 in Writing, and 7.5 in Speaking. Actually I wasn’t confident enough I would get this high as I thought I screwed up during Listening session. So, let me share stories of my IELTS test and other few tips to complement my previous post about IELTS prep course.
The first part is listening test. There was 4 different sections in the listening part, each section has 10 questions. The first section was the easiest. It was only listening to two person talking to each other about appointment. The following parts were a radio program, a discussion between 3 people, and a lecture. I screwed up when doing the discussion part. The people talking very fast and I could not follow. They were talking about business frameworks, and we have to recognize the key facts they mentioned on their conversation. I guessed more than 5 questions, and I think I made a lucky guess, so the final score did not hurt that bad.
So during listening test, make sure you focus on the conversations. Try to relax and don’t panic when answering the questions. Read the questions thoroughly. You will be given about one minute before of the dialog starts. Write your answer in question booklet. Do not write on answer sheet directly. Because you have to read the question and answer it rightaway. Moving between question booklet and answer sheet repeatedly will give a lot of distraction. At the end of listening session, you will have about 10 minutes to copy your answer to answer sheet.
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Writing Statement of Purpose is the hardest thing you will ever do in your life. That’s for my case, though.
I need words! It is hard to combine those words into a strong and extraordinary essay. Well, basically what happened to me is just myself being perfectionist and my mind just wandering around without even start to type any single word. And which is why Mr. Ruli Manurung, my beloved lecturer, scold me right in my face, telling me to STOP thinking and START typing.
He said that we cannot make what is so-called a perfect essay. All we can do is just start making one, and shape it along the way to perfection. If we do not start from now, you will never start forever. Okay, that’s directly slap me. All these years I’ve been doing nothing because worrying if I am not perfect enough to start applying for university.
But then again, I have to start NOW or NEVER. Okay, let me share a little bit of my progress and what I’ve been doing so far:
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Yo gak lah! (Of course not!) I took IELTS preparation course, not yoga class.
Although I took TOEFL ITP three times already and I got distinctive scores on those three test, I never take TOEFL iBT nor IELTS so far. I should have took it earlier because it would be helpful for registering to universities overseas. But I just did not have any confidence in taking such expensive test. In other words, I was afraid of poor result. Yet all my friends said that I would not have any trouble in achieving high score in iBT or IELTS, I still could not get any spirit.
But I cannot wait anymore. I set my milestone to become a graduate student next year, and the clock is ticking. The deadline for registration to most universities are on December 15. So by this October, I have to get my IELTS and GRE scores. In order to maximize my performance during the test, I have to get myself prepared. So I took IELTS prep class in The British Institute (TBI) Sudirman.
The course took 2 months. I began at August, and it ended just last Monday (October 6, 2014). All I want was just to adapt to IELTS test structures. I assumed that it must be different with the standard paper-based TOEFL I took previously. IELTS consist of 4 English examinations: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. I am quite anxious with writing and speaking test as I never experience such exams.
The listening test is different with paper-based TOEFL. IELTS emphasize more in the ability to understand the context of dialogues and conversation as a whole, while in TOEFL more on short talks. You will be presented with fill-the-blanks questions and you have to focus on the conversation as well as the question on your test paper in order to fill it with correct answer. Sometimes the dialogues are challenging enough, might because of the accent or the speed of the conversation, and you might miss some parts of the questions.
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