Why is IELTS so important?

A high IELTS score can open many doors if you want to study, live or work in Australia.  A score of 7 or above would be accepted in just about every area that Australian universities. A high score in your IELTS examination can also allow you to gain more points in the points test and grant your more access to different work visas to Australia. Most businesses require overseas employees working in Australia to prove their English level with an IELTS Score.

IELTS Test Preparation

As an International student in Australia you have numerous schools and locations where you can take part in an IELTS preparation course.  The duration of your IELTS preparation course is dependent on your level of English. It is strongly advised to do a General English course before undertaking IELTS prep if your English level is very low.

The Test

There are 4 main components of the IELTS Test; Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking.

There are two different IELTS tests – Academic or General Training – depending on their academic or professional aims, or visa requirements. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking components but different Reading and Writing components.


This section is made up of 40 Questions of various types.

  • Section 1:
    Is a conversation set between people in an everyday social setting (eg Conversation in a hostel)
  • Section 2:
    Is a monologue set in an everyday social context (eg Talk about the arrangements for meals at a conference)
  • Section 3:
    Is a group conversation of up to 4 people.  (e.g. University student and professor discussing the results of a test)
  • Section 4:
    Is a monologue on an academic subject (e.g. University lecture)


This section also comprises of 40 questions made up of a wide variety of different types.

  • Section 1:
    Contains 2 or 3 factual texts that people would find in everyday life, in an English speaking country.
  • Section 2:
    Contains 2 short factual texts focusing on work related issues. (e.g. Applying for jobs, company policies.)
  • Section 3:
    Contains one much longer complex text in a general interest area.


  • Section 1:
    You are presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and are asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words.
  • Section 2:
    You are asked to write a response to an argument, view or a problem.



  • Section 1:
    The examiner will introduce themselves and ask you to do the same. They then will ask a series of general questions.
  • Section 2:
    You will be given a task card that will list some topics you can talk about. you will be given a short amount of time to prepare what you want to say. The instructor can then ask you a few questions on your topic.
  • Section 3:
    The assessor will then ask more questions on the topic you chose in section 2. they will be looking for more in-depth answers.

Common Myths about IELTS

1) If you take the IELTS test in your home country you will get a better score.
This is simply not true IELTS examiners are held to the same standard all over the world. The way they mark or carry out the test does not change from country to country.
2) Examiners at some IELTS centres go easier than others.
This is just like the above “myth”. IELTS Examiners are held to a worldwide standard and that does not change, no matter where you sit the test.

3) There will be certain question types at certain times of the year.

This one is also false. IELTS would not be so predictable as to use certain questions on certain months.

Top 5 Tips For the IELTS Test.

  • At the beginning of the listening sections follow the recording with the answer sheet.
  • To prepare yourself for the reading section it is a good idea to read a wide variety of different English texts. To familiarise yourself with different writing styles
  • For the writing section it is important to use your own words. Examiners will not count words that are in the question.
  • In the lead up to your IELTS test it is very important to practice English with friends, family , work colleges and anyone who will listen. Having conversations with people in English is the best way to improve your own English skills.
  • The texts of the reading sections always contain the answers. so be sure to read through it thoroughly.

How Westcoast Consultants Can Help.

Westcoast Consultants is partnered with Australia’s best English language schools to provide international students with the best options when it comes to choosing where and how to do the IELTS preparation. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

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