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Written July 26, 2008

 

What Topics Should I Prepare For?

 

Maybe you intend to sit for the IELTS test two or three months from now. How can you best choose which topics to prepare for? Read this page and then, by using the information on this website, you will be able to work out what topics to concentrate on. 

First, you need to understand a few things about the test, in general. (These facts are true now but they might suddenly change at some time in the future.)

       Part 1

The page showing the Current Part 1 Questions will give you a good picture of your possible Part 1 topics and questions if , a) the month now is not January, May or September and b) you are going to do the test before the next Part 1 change time. 

The best times to do the test are in the months of April, August and December, when people (such as me) have gathered information about the current Part 1 questions for almost 4 months. March, July and November are almost equally as good. 

The worst times to do the test are in January, May and September because people are still discovering new information about the Part 1 questions in use at those times it takes about 4 or 5 tests before we can get a reasonably good idea of what Part 1 questions are being used

The very worst time to do the test is the first test in January, May or September. Doing the test at any of those times would really giving yourself a disadvantage because nobody knows what topics & questions are being used in Part 1.

As you will see below, the first test in January, May and September are also the main times when new Part 2/3 topics are introduced into the test, but these are not the only times when we get new Part 2 topics.

        Parts 2/3

By reading the Part 2 Index page you will be able to see which topics will be more than 12 months old when you do your test. Those topics will probably be retired before you do your test, but this 90% certain, not 100% certain.

You will also see the most likely dates when new Part 2 topics are introduced into the test. We see that the first test of January, May and September are the main times when new Part 2 topics are introduced but these are not the only times.

Just like the Part 1 questions, it takes a few tests before I can discover the words of a new Part 2 topic and the main questions that are being used in a new Part 3.

So, for both Part 1 and Parts 2/3, the months of January, May and September are not the best times to do the test, especially the first test in those months.

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