Do IELTS tricks/tips help you get a high score?

I know all the tips and tricks about IELTS and I still cannot get the score I need. I am sure they are doing it on purpose so that we cannot apply for a visa? Knowing the IELTS tricks and tips doesn’t mean that a high score is guaranteed.How can you crack IELTS exam to enter different countries for your studies and work? Accepted over 140 countries worldwide, IELTS is one of the most popular English proficiency tests to study abroad. Divided into two versions- Academic and General, the test is a basic yardstick for admission to many universities globally. So, the big question is what does it take to crack IELTS?



  • Read the instructions and questions carefully before you listen.
  • Try to get an idea of the situation. Who are the speakers? Where are they? Why are they speaking?
  • Remember, you will only hear the audio once. You will need to read, write and listen all at the same time.
  • Listen for ‘signpost words‘ such as however, although and finally. They help you to anticipate what the speaker will say.


  • Don’t try to give a prepared speech, or talk about a different topic from the one you are asked to discuss.
  • Always speak directly to the Examiner, not to the recording equipment.
  • Whenever you reply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to the Examiner’s questions, add more details to your answer. In each case, aim to explain at least one point.
  • Remember that you are not being tested on your general knowledge but on your ability to communicate effectively.
  • Organize and link your ideas and sentences appropriately, talking clearly at normal speed and using a wide range of structures and vocabulary.


  • Make sure that the style used is appropriate ( formal language to be used in essays or in formal letters/informal language to be used in the informal letters)
  • Make sure you answer the question
  • There is no right or wrong answer as long as you answer the question. The language is assessed not the ideas.
  • Focus on both sides of the question ( agree/disagree; positive/negative aspects; advantages/disadvantages; problems/solutions; causes/effects)


  • Fill in the answer sheet as you go
  • Leave difficult questions for the end
  • Don’t start reading the text before looking at the tasks
  • Practice doing lots of reading tests