What’s a Good SAT Score for YOU?

What’s a Good SAT Score for YOU?

If you’re wondering what a good SAT score is, you’re not alone. It’s one of the top questions we often get from both students and parents.

As you might already know, a perfect SAT score is 1600.  The minimum score is 400. And the average for the class of 2018 was 1068.  But what is a “good” score? The answer is simply short: It depends on who you are and what you want to do with your score.

What’s Considered a Good SAT Score?

A 1060 is about average, so anything above that is above average, and might be considered a good score.  A good score will be different for each student.  A good score for you is based on the schools you want to go to. Generally, the higher ranked a school is, the better score you need to get in.  It also depends on the other pieces of your application. If you have a near perfect GPA, your SAT score can be a little lower to still be competitive.  Schools also look at your letters of recommendation, extracurricular activities, background, and admissions essays.

For most colleges, a score of 1300 (88th percentile) and up will make you a competitive applicant.  And a 1500 or higher pretty much opens the door to any institution in the country.  But, what really makes a “good” SAT score is an SAT score that makes you competitive at the schools you are interested in attending.

For instance, iIf you’re a junior taking the SAT for the first time, any score is a good score because it gives you valuable information about the academic areas you need to work on. Then you can focus on improving those areas and take the SAT again.  If you’re a senior applying to college, a good score depends on where you’re applying and what the rest of your application says about you.

Putting SAT scores in perspectives

Now, let’s look at the 25th and 75th percentile SAT/ACT scores for MIT, Stanford and all Ivy League schools:

If you’re scoring lower than the 25th percentile on either the SAT or ACT, you’ll have a really tough time getting accepted to an Ivy League school. Unfortunately, you just won’t measure up to all the other highly qualified applicants who have extremely impressive SAT/ACT scores.

Clearly, these are very high standards. In fact, all 75th percentile scores for Ivy League schools are in the 99th percentile nationwide. To be at the top of the Ivy League application pool, you will need to be one of the top 1% of test takers in the country!

While these SAT/ACT scores for the Ivy League can be used as standard guidelines, everyone has a different target score. This means that you’ll need to know the SAT/ACT score target that’s right for you. But how do you figure this out?

Again, your target SAT/ACT score will be based on the colleges you’re applying to. You’ll need to find the average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students for all the schools you’re interested in attending, specifically their 75th percentile scores. Aiming for the 75th percentile will give you the best chance of getting into all the schools on your list.

5 Steps to Finding Your Goal Score

For most students, getting a good SAT score is an attainable goal, with the right amount of preparation, strategy, and experience.

Below 5 simple steps will be the key to help you define a near perfect SAT score (or at least one that will get you into your dream school) 

To sum up, a good SAT score is a score that makes you competitive for the schools you want to attend. So find out your baseline, and then see how it compares to typical scores at your target schools . While colleges consider a lot of factors when they make admissions decisions, standardized test scores like SAT are still important pieces of your college application. Higher scores mean more college options for you.

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Understanding SAT Score Percentiles

Understanding SAT Score Percentiles

College and university admissions officers also focus on SAT score percentiles. Therefore, knowing your SAT percentiles is an important aspect of the preparation process. Do you really know what SAT percentiles mean?

This article will explore percentiles in an effort to shed some light on a sometimes confusing topic. Hopefully, you will understand the way percentiles come into play with undergraduate admission and should you have a projected SAT score of your own handy you will probably be able to determine your own percentile.

What Are SAT Score Percentiles?

In addition to the composite score you get on the SAT (i.e., that number between 400 and 1600), you’ll get a percentile ranking, ranging from 1 to 99. The SAT gives you a percentile ranking for your overall composite score as well as for each of the two section scores: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW) and Math.

Your percentile tells you how you did on the SAT compared with everyone else who took the test.  

Your percentile score is not like a grade out of 100. For instance, if you get a percentile of 90, this doesn’t mean you got exactly 90% of the questions right. It just means that compared with everyone who took the SAT, you scored higher than 90% of them. 

How are Percentiles useful?

The National Percentile statistic helps you:

Colleges use percentiles to compare you with other students. If you got, say, an SAT score in the 90th percentile, this would make you competitive for many schools since you scored better than 90% of students nationwide.

Paying attention to your percentile ranking, as well as your composite score, can give you the best idea of your performance and help you make strategic choices about which colleges to apply to.

What Are the Percentile Ranges for the SAT?

OK, so you get that percentile rankings are important. But if you haven’t taken the SAT yet or have taken it and plan to retake it, what composite SAT score should you shoot for in order to get a certain percentile ranking?

Luckily, the College Board releases data about composite scores and matching percentile rankings to help you figure this out. These numbers change slightly from year to year, but we have the most recent info from 2018. We’ve summarized the SAT percentile ranges here in a percentile chart. Just find your score to see your estimated percentile.

In the end, raising your percentile is dependent on a higher score. So instead of worrying about where you may line up in terms of a percentage, try instead to focus on effective test day strategies and techniques that will increase and expand your already impressive score. Study hard, stay the course, and don’t forget that knowledge is power. Knowing your percentile and checking in with it every so often as you take mock SAT exams will help bring you insight and clarity into your path forward.




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10 reasons you should take the SAT

10 reasons you should take the SAT

The SAT is a daunting exam.  Plus, it’s not a direct part of your schooling, so why take the SAT? Well, as it turns out, there are plenty of good reasons.

On of the most significant reasons is how the test affects your college options, though there are other considerations, too. In this article, we’ll talk about all the reasons to take the SAT, including why it might be a better test for you than the ACT.

#1. Most Colleges Require SAT Scores

If you’re applying to college in the USA, you will almost certainly need to submit SAT (or ACT) scores. Now, any college that requires these scores will accept the SAT or the ACT (or both, if you’re so inspired). 

You should also be aware that there’s a growing number of test-optional and test-blind schools out there—schools that either don’t require or else don’t even want your test scores.  

However—and we really want to stress this point—these schools remain the exception, not the rule. For the most part, schools want (and even demand) to see those SAT or ACT scores.  Taking the SAT or ACT thus means keeping a considerable number of options open that would otherwise be closed to you.

#2. Some Jobs Require or Expect SAT Scores

This doesn’t apply just to jobs in the test prep arena, either; a surprising range of companies ask job-seekers from entry-level consulting applicants to senior-level banking applicants, to cough up old SAT or ACT scores.

It may not be standard practice, but you don’t want to pass on the perfect job because an employer wants test scores and you don’t have them. 

#3. The SAT Does Not Have a Science Section

So far, we’ve focused on reasons you should take a standardized test, but this is one of the big reasons you might prefer the SAT specifically: it doesn’t include a dedicated science section—while the ACT does. Granted, the SAT does include some scientific reading passages and a little bit of data to interpret, but if every science class is your own personal nightmare, it might be wise to skip the ACT’s 40-question, 35-minute Science section and take the SAT instead. For those who are not scientifically inclined, it’s definitely the lesser of two evils.

#4. The SAT Is Taken at a Slower Pace

Now, the SAT is a little bit (and I do mean a little bit) longer than the ACT: five minutes longer without the essay, fifteen minutes longer with the essay. Given that, though, consider the following data on how many minutes and seconds are allocated to each question on either test. What you’ll see is that the ACT is much more rushed.

If you get nervous or overly stressed under time constraints, the SAT is the test for you. You’ll still have to compete with the clock, but it won’t be as frantic as the ACT.


#5. The SAT Organizes Its Reading Questions

SAT Reading questions come in the order of the progression of each passage, complete with line numbers to help you find the point of reference. The ACT is lacking these features; it involves a lot more scrambling to situate what the questions are even discussing. If the extra help that the SAT provides is important to you, consider taking the SAT rather than the ACT.

#6. The SAT Is Heavy on Algebra, Light on Geometry and Trig

Geometry and trigonometry are present on the SAT, but they are not as prevalent as they are on the ACT. Algebra, on the other hand, takes center stage on the SAT.

Almost everyone has some preference between algebra and geometry; if algebra is your favored subsection of math, the SAT will let you shine.

#7. The SAT Doesn’t Cover As Many Math Concepts

For instance, logarithms, matrices, and graphs of trigonometric functions are all absent from the SAT (but present on the ACT). If you struggle with a few nitty-gritty topics like these but have mastered algebra reasonably well, the SAT might be the perfect test to take.

#8. The SAT Essay Is a Literary Analysis Task

You don’t have to argue a personal opinion or pass a judgment about any argumentative case’s moral superiority on the SAT essay. Instead, you’re producing commentary on a piece of source text. With the ACT, on the other hand, you have to argue the relative merits of solutions to complex issues. If you excel at literary analysis but shy away from debates, the SAT may just be the way to go.

#9. A good SAT can balance a low GPA

After your first two years, it can be rather difficult to change or boost your GPA, especially if it was lower than you would have liked during your freshman and sophomore years. Scoring high on the SAT  offers you another opportunity to show the college or university how far you’ve come academically, even if your GPA is a little lower than expect or want. It’s your opportunity to show you can work under pressure, study hard, and perform well. 

#10. There are far more testing locations for the SAT than for the ACT in Asia

The ACT organizers have been working to expand the number of testing centers over the past few years, but it is still far easier to find a convenient location to take the SAT than the ACT.




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A brief introduction to the SAT

A brief introduction to the SAT

SAT score plays a significant role in U.S. College Admission process, especially with those aiming for Ivy League.  But have you really understood all the basics about the SAT test? Do you know how the new SAT’s organized and measured?  This article will walk you through all the basic you need to know before taking the exam.

What is the SAT?

The SAT is an entrance exam used by most colleges and universities to make admissions decisions.  It is a multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper test administered by the College Board.

The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student’s readiness for college, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.  College admissions officers will review standardized test scores alongside your high school GPA, the classes you took in high school, letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors, extracurricular activities, admissions interviews, and personal essays. How important SAT scores are in the college application process varies from school to school.  

For international students, like those from Vietnam, the SAT score is extremely important.  It is often difficult for admissions committee members to understand what grades from a Vietnamese school mean, so they put more emphasis on standardized tests like the SAT.

Overall, the higher you score on the SAT and/or ACT, the more options for attending and paying for college will be available to you. The ACT is an alternative to the SAT exam, but the SAT is far more popular internationally and specifically in Vietnam. 

What does the SAT measure?

The SAT is focused on the skills and knowledge at the heart of an international college prep education. It measures:
– What you learn in high school
– What you need to succeed in college and career training

Remember: The SAT isn’t designed to assess how well you’ve memorized a large set of facts; rather, the SAT assesses your ability to apply the knowledge and skills you’ll need in college and career.

The world needs more people who can use their thinking skills to solve problems, communicate clearly, and understand complex relationships. The best high school courses promote thinking skills, and colleges are looking for students who are skilled thinkers.  The SAT is designed to measure the thinking skills you’ll need to succeed in college and career.  Unlike other tests, you cannot prepare for the SAT just by cramming knowledge.  The students who score the highest points on the SAT prepare with a real understanding of critical reading, analytical writing, and applied mathematics fundamentals. 

How is the SAT Organized?

The SAT has  four components, three of which are mandatory and one of which (the Essay) is optional.  However, for any student aspiring to apply to any competitive university, the Essay section is not truly optional, and admissions officers are likely to look down upon students lacking an Essay score.  The three mandatory sections are (1) the Reading Test, (2) the Writing and Language Test, and (3) the Math Test. The timing and number of questions are as follows:

The Essay is optional, but some high schools and colleges require it.  Depending on your high school and your college choices, you may already know whether or not you’ll take the Essay.  If you have any uncertainty — for instance, if you can imagine that you might transfer from a school that doesn’t require it to one that does — consider taking the SAT with Essay.

How is the SAT scored?

All multiple-choice questions are scored the same way: one point for each correct answer and zero points for incorrect answers. No points are subtracted for incorrect answers or answers left blank. The table below shows all the scores you’ll receive on the SAT.

Total Score and Section Scores
The total score is the number most commonly associated with the SAT.  The total score ranges from 400 to 1600.  This score is the sum of the scores on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section (which includes the Reading, Writing and Language Tests) and the Math section.

Test Scores
Test scores are reported on a scale of 10 to 40 for each of the three required tests: Reading, Writing and Language, and Math.

Cross-Test Scores
Cross-test scores — one for Analysis in History/Social Studies and one for Analysis in Science — are reported on a scale of 10 to 40 and are based on selected questions in the Reading, Writing and Language, and Math Tests that reflect the application of reading, writing, language, and math skills in history/social studies and science contexts.

Subscores are reported on a scale of 1 to 15. They provide more detailed information about how you’re doing in specific areas of literacy and math.

Essay Scores

The scores for the optional SAT Essay are reported separately and aren’t factored into any other scores. The Essay yields three scores, one each on three dimensions:

Typically international students understand that they need to be able to summarize a reading passage for the essay.  However, they normally do poorly to analyze the author’s writing techniques and arguments.  This is an example of one of the critical skills that need to be developed in college prep English Language Arts classes, as this is an advanced skill.




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Top 3 apps that help you achieve IELTS 7+

Top 3 apps that help you achieve IELTS 7+

IELTS is one of the hardest exams, but still possible to pass. Once you pass it, the doors of big opportunities will always open for you.  Although we have many English learning centers around the city offering IELTS course, if you want to get the IELTS training without paying any fees, using IELTS test preparation apps would be the best choice for you. 

In this article, we have gathered for you the top 3 mobile apps that help you prepare for the IELTS test.  We find these IELTS test preparation apps reputable, user-friendly, helpful and of course, don’t cost you a thing.  Let’s have a quick look.

 1. IELTS Prep

This app is developed by the British Council with all IELTS modules including: Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking.  Each module contains 3 standardized practice tests provided by the British Council, which helps prepare you with confidence for the upcoming IELTS Academic or General test.

IELTS Prep also assists you in your self-study process with a daily reminder.  Besides, you can easily book a test date for yourself with a few clicks on the app.

– Developed by the British Council with standardized practice tests
– Clean design, easy to navigate through the app
– User can book an IELTS test for themselves through the app

– Content takes quite some time to load
– In the listening section, you can’t write the answer directly into the app
– The app only provides 3 practice tests in each section

Rating: 4.6/5.0
IELTS Prep has been given 4.6 stars out of 5 by 10,229 users until now.

This app helps me know what to expect and to evaluate myself so that I can improve on certain aspects before my test.  It is very user-friendly and covers just about everything that is necessary for the IELTS. It also provides an easy way to prepare for these tests” – Klarika Keyter

Link download for Android and iOS

 2. BBC Learning English

The app created by BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) can help you learn and improve English day by day with fun and topical lessons, transcripts, and quizzes.  It’s split into programs based on business English, everyday English, grammar, learn with the news (topical subjects), pronunciation and vocabulary. Each lesson is bite-sized from around 2 to 6 minutes.  This series contains daily podcast with a transcript for you to listen on the way to work or school. The scripts are great and often light-hearted. That way you can get familiar and comfortable with English while improving your listening skill.   The lessons are rated by difficulty. The program will keep playing in the background even if the screen is turned off. So you can be on the bus, traveling by train, flying, walking, running or even swimming and still have the perfect lesson in your ear. 

– A diverse source of news, grammar, and listening practice
– Easy to navigate through the app, clean design
– Provide standardized self-study materials
– New lessons are updated daily
– Users can share their favorite programs with their friends and social network 

– Lessons can not be downloaded
– Sometimes errors can occur and make it impossible to study with the app

Rating: 4.5/5.0
BBC Learning English has been given 4.5 stars out of 5 by 3,869 users as of now.

I am writing this review to express my warm feeling about this app, it is really outstanding where it contains all the needed stuff for English proficiency from videos, to vocab tips, English accents in addition to authentic English contexts…” – Elias P. Aoun

Link download for Android and iOS.

 3. Complete IELTS

This is another great app with every module in it such as writing, speaking or listening.

In the writing section, you will find different topics such as equality, hobbies and many more and while reading these topics if you find any word difficult to understand, then you just need to click on them, and the meaning will be shown to you.

In the listening section, you can choose the type of difficulty level and this app also displays transcript so that you can learn better.

– Provide many Speaking samples with solutions
– IELTS Listening can run on two modes: online and offline
– Support downloading audio and listen at offline mode
– IELTS Listening has irregular verbs table. It will support listeners while doing exercise or simply check irregular verb.

– Complete IELTS contains ads
– Some advanced lessons are not free
– Only available on Android phones

Rating: 4.6/5.0
Complete IELTS has been given 4.6 stars out of 5 by 6,651 users as of now.

“I was looking for an app which is free. This app has some of the best content for free and has helped me improve my IELTS score. I am very happy that I was able to find this app amongst all the other apps that are out there. The developer has taken effort to make this app as beneficial as possible for IELTS candidates.” – Safdarali Khan

Link download for Android




How to score band 7 and above in IELTS

How to score band 7 and above in IELTS

IELTS Band 7 is the ultimate goal for most international students.  A score of IELTS 7.0 or 7.5 is evidence that your English is good enough to join any university course, even at elite Oxbridge and Ivy League institutions.  It is also determined by your level of comfort and fluency with the English language in general. A majority of prestigious universities and organisations acknowledge this achievement, which will open up a number of doors for your future education and career. 

Although the idea of obtaining a high score in IELTS may seem daunting, it is perfectly achievable.  This article tells you exactly what you need to do in order to get IELTS Band 7 in each of the four modules of the test. 


In IELTS, you get one point for each correct answer, giving you a ‘raw score’ out of 40.  In order to earn band 7 or above, your module score, or ‘sub-score’, can be either 7.0 or 7.5 depending on whether you meet these minimum requirements, or exceed them slightly.

Your overall IELTS score will also be classified as either 7.0 or 7.5 depending on the average band score among each of the four modules.  For example, Listening Band 7 + Reading Band 8 + Writing Band 8 + Speaking Band 7 = IELTS 7.5. Learn more about how IELTS scores are calculated in our article: An introduction to IELTS test.


The IELTS listening test will take around 30 minutes to complete and is comprised of four parts.  In order to achieve a score of band 7 or above in this test, you will need to answer 30 or above out of 40 questions correctly.  Difficulty levels will vary for each question. From training solutions to how to tackle the test itself, here’s some techniques for you to score band 7:

  • Predict answers before you listen.  During the test, you will be given some time to read the questions before you listen to the recording.  In this time, use your training in skim reading to highlight phrases and sentences which contain facts or figures.  Doing so can help you to identify the type of information required and leads to ‘targeted listening’.
  • Identify parallel meaning.  Be ready to make the connection between what the speaker says and what the question asks.
  • Check grammar carefully.  In sentence completion tasks, you may need to change the speaker’s words to make them fit the question grammatically.
  • Practice using different skills at the same time.  You will need to use reading, listening and writing skills at the same time during the listening section of IELTS.  Simple solutions to help you train in the complexity of the English language before the test is listening to English-speaking podcasts, news and documentaries, all of which are easily accessible online.  It might be useful for you to pick out words you don’t understand and make notes of them as you watch and listen. This technique will help train your ears to listen out for specific words. 
  • Improve your spelling.  Your answer may be marked incorrect if not spelt correctly.


The IELTS writing test is made up of two tasks.  The test evaluates your ability to write appropriate responses, your competency in English spelling and grammar and how well you structure ideas.  You must answer both questions in full to achieve band 7 or above. Here are our tips to help you prepare and achieve this score, including how to structure your answers:


  • Always make a paragraph plan before writing.  A useful way to plan your answers is by properly analysing each task and writing notes.  You could also try underlining key words in the question to help you focus on the task at hand.  To manage your time accordingly to achieve greater results, it is advised you spend 20 minutes on Task 1 and 40 minutes on Task 2.  
  • Avoid repeating the same words too many times.  Paraphrase the questions and vary vocabulary as much as possible in both IELTS writing tasks.
  • In Task 1, do not attempt to explain or present reasons for the data.  You should only describe what it shows.
  • In Task 2, remember that you can write about other people’s ideas as well.  Practice using reporting verbs and passive structures to give your writing a more academic style.
  • Mistakes are much more obvious in writing than in speaking.  You should be continuously working to improve your English grammar while preparing for IELTS. Achieving a high score in the IELTS writing test requires you to be proficient in your spelling and grammar.  Luckily, you can find many online resources that will teach and help you practise the fundamentals. Apps can also be helpful for your exam preparation, including ‘Practice English Grammar’, ‘Learn English Grammar’ (UK and US edition available) and ‘Grammarly’.
  • Be conscious of word count, Task 1 will require a minimum of 150 words, whilst Task 2 requires a minimum of 250.  In addition, learn and practise what the word counts look like in your handwriting prior to the test, as you don’t want to use up your time counting words during the exam.  


The IELTS reading section of the test is separated into three parts, with a total of 40 questions.  You are given one hour to complete this section. You will also need to answer a minimum of 30 questions correctly (out of 40) to achieve band 7 or above.  Here are our top tips on how you can achieve this:

  • Skim-read quickly.  Try to find the main idea of each passage and of each paragraph.  Don’t read all the supporting details. Ignore any unfamiliar words at this stage.  Ensure you spend time nurturing this skill, as you must take in information as you quickly read it.  Skim reading without practise will prohibit you from processing important information accordingly. You are tested on your ability to efficiently locate answers during the time given, and understand the sentences containing key information.  This is where training your scanning skills will come in handy.
  • Identify key words.  Scan the passage and the questions for words you know will be in the passage such as names of people, names of places, and dates.
  • Identify paraphrase.  Look for similar meaning between what the passage says and what the question asks.  Participants with a wide vocabulary are at a huge advantage, and more likely to score band 7 or above.  This is because the IELTS reading test is designed to assess how varied your vocabulary is by using the following components correctly in sentences:
    • Synonyms – words or a phrase that means almost the same as another word or phrase. E.g. ‘important’ and ‘essential’, or ‘positive’ and ‘optimistic’
    • Paraphrasing – expressing something using different words
    • Singular nouns – naming one person, place or object
    • Plural nouns – naming more than one person, place or object
  • Manage time.  Some questions will be extremely difficult so you should concentrate first on the questions that are easiest for you to answer.  Take no more than 60 seconds to consider your answer before moving on to the next question.
  • Expand your vocabulary.  You will find the academic module of IELTS Reading much easier if you expand your academic vocabulary.  This academic word list is a great place to start.  To best prepare, you should comprehensively read and research words, phrases, and all elements of the English vocabulary, to train yourself in the foundations of the language and how it is structured.  There are many useful online resources and apps to help your learning. The British Council provide useful and free online vocabulary tests.   Vocabulary.com is an excellent vocabulary training app which works as a dictionary and allows you to practise and make a list of words you would like to learn.  In addition, you can also make your own notes of various words and context surrounding these words, such as their meaning, examples of using them in a sentence, or pictures associated with them.


The speaking section of the test will take 11-14 minutes in total and has three parts.  You will be required to speak fluently and at length to score well in this section. The speaking section is an opportunity for you to vocally showcase your hard work and dedication to learning the English language.  To improve your chances of achieving band 7 or above, when speaking with the examiner, first make sure you speak more than they do, and ensure you are expressive and as fluent as possible. You will be assessed on your ability to communicate accordingly, therefore it is important you have immediate answers ready:

  • Memorise some checking questions. Be ready to use these when you don’t understand the examiner’s question. Examples include: I didn’t catch that, sorry; Are you asking… ; I’m not sure what you mean exactly.
  • Avoid ‘parroting’ (repeating back) the words in the question.  Always attempt to rephrase in your answer or use a substitution such as ‘Yes, I do.’
  • Avoid silence or hesitation.  Being silent is worse than making mistakes!  Memorise some ‘filler expressions’ for use when you can’t come up with any ideas.  Examples: That’s an interesting question; Let me think; What I want to say is…
  • In Part 2, try to keep talking for two minutes.  This is more important than answering all parts of the question.  The question prompts on the card are only there to help you, not direct you.
  • In Part 3, try comparing different ideas and opinions.  This should help you to keep talking even when you don’t have any strong views of your own.  You may want to practise improving your confidence in both presentation and conversational skills with a native English speaker, friend or family member, and someone you might know who is taking the IELTS test too. 


Finally, some tips that will serve you well no matter which band score you are aiming for…

  • Don’t Panic – It is natural to feel apprehensive before and during the IELTS test.  Before you take the test, ensure you are well rested and practise calming techniques to ensure your mind is clear of stress before the exam.  During the test, if you are unable to answer a question, try to not waste time panicking. It is important you try and attempt every question, however, if you are stuck, quickly move on to the next question to avoid wasting time and causing yourself further stress. 
  • Read Instructions Carefully – Ensure you read and follow the instructions on the Listening, Reading and Writing sections carefully.  Make sure you understand every question and what is expected of you from the test. This is crucial if you want to achieve high marks.
  • Take Practice Tests – In addition to preparation tips given throughout this guide, it is essential you study practice papers to prepare yourself for the exam.  You can find IELTS Practice Tests here.