Surya Rathee - 29 Dec, 2022
Achieving the minimum IELTS band required for Canada PR is a dream for many immigrants.
Before we tell you the 2-week plan to crack the IELTS, let us quickly understand a bit about this globally renowned English language proficiency test.
There are two versions of the IELTS you can choose from, Academic and General training. Where Academic IELTS is required if you plan on studying in Canada, the General IELTS is required for purposes related to career, employment, and permanent residency.
The minimum IELTS score required for Canada PR is overall 6.0.
As it takes IRCC around 6 months to process a Canada PR application - you need to achieve a valid score for the entire duration.
You don’t need to take the IELTS if:
DAY 1: understand the exam structure
You need to understand the IELTS exam structure to know how to crack the IELTS in 15 days. The IELTS exam assesses your English proficiency over four key domains: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
DAY 2: Learn the marking and grading pattern
Once you’re familiar with the exam structure, the next thing you need to understand is the marking and grading pattern - as well as other relevant details.
|Points per band
|10 or higher
DAY 3: Get confident with the reading section
Since reading and comprehensive sections are some of the easiest, start your IELTS prep with this. Find the previous year's papers and see the pattern. Try to solve one question with a timer to get an idea of how to finish reading on time. Master your comprehension skills by practicing and solving as many passages as you can. Make note of how much time you require for each question type.
DAY 4: Skimming and other reading techniques
Start learning reading techniques such as skimming and speed-reading as they will help you in finding answers quickly - skipping the unnecessary details contained in the passage. This will also help you save time.
DAY 5: Practice full-length reading passages
Once you’ve understood different ways to take the reading section, take this day to try out full-length passages.
DAY 6: Listen to English podcasts and materials
Start Day 6 by preparing for the IELTS listening section. The best way to get started would be by listening to English podcasts and other prep materials. This will help you become confident with global English accents. Listen to English news channels, interviews, and commercials. You will soon be well-versed in varied accents and tones.
DAY 7: Solve IELTS listening questions
Spend this day by working and solving actual listening question types. Give yourself time and listen to the clips carefully – repeatedly if needed. This will give you some familiarity with the listening section. However, keep in mind that the audio in the IELTS tests is only played once. Practice listening with focus.
DAY 8: Speak to someone fluent in English
This is an excellent exercise. Speak to someone who’s fluent in English - rather than just practicing yourself. Speak in English with your friends or family to help you build confidence. To get good IELTS scores in the speaking section, you need a lot of practice and someone who can make you comfortable with the language. IELTS classes can play a big role in making you fluent in the language. Nationwide Visas free IELTS coaching has mentored 1000+ Canada PR applicants to crack 7+ band scores in IELTS on the first try.
DAY 9: Practice IELTS speaking with cue cards
Learning from cue cards is a great way to prepare your answers in the IELTS speaking section. They are designed to help you organize your thoughts and give structure to your response.
DAY 10: Learn idioms
Idioms are common and popular phrases in the English language. They are a great way to expand your vocabulary, and in turn, leave a good impression on your examiner.
DAY 11: Build vocabulary for IELTS writing
The IELTS writing section will require you to write two essays. You need to build a variety of vocabulary so as to show the examiner that you are fluent in English. Reading newspapers, identifying difficult words, and looking up their synonyms are great ways to build vocabulary for the IELTS writing section.
DAY 12: Grammar exercises
This will refine the practices you have done till now. Prepare for IELTS writing with different types of grammar exercises - available both online and offline. These exercises can be in the form of fill-in-the-blanks and matching headings.
DAY 13: Essay prompts
Lastly, spend the entire day writing essays based on prompts. This will in turn help you organize your thought process and practice essay writing.
DAY 14: Solve full mock test paper
Towards the end of your preparation, start practicing with full-length mock tests and sample papers to solidify your chances of acing the IELTS even further. This will also help you achieve the pace required to tackle the questions in the allotted duration.
If you want to move to Canada but have not been able to do so because your English is not good enough and are failing to get a qualifying IELTS score - then don't worry. There are numerous options for Canada immigration with low IELTS scores including the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) and the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (MPNP).
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Surya Rathee - 29 Dec, 2022
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