How to get better score in IELTS?

How to get better score in IELTS?

IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System. This is an internationally recognized test which is used to measure English ability in four major areas i.e. listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

There are two different types of IELTS test – IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, and the reason behind taking the IELTS exam will describe which paper you need to take.
IELTS (Academic):
If you want to attend a university or college in Canada, then you will require taking the IELTS academic. And as every university or college may perhaps vary in IELTS requirements, so it is important to make sure what score you require before beginning studying for IELTS. The minimum band score for all Canadian Universities for IELTS (Academic only) is 6.5 overall. Canadian Universities or Colleges do not accept IELTS (General Training) as it is specifically designed for Immigration or work purposes.

IELTS (General Training):

IELTS General Training test is specifically designed for Immigration purpose. Canada has recently decreased the IELTS requirements for immigration. See full detail on the following link

Latest change in IELTS score required to Immigrate Canada

The primary work is to find out which IELTS paper you require to take, and what IELTS score you need to attain.

The listening and the speaking modules of IELTS are the same for both the IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic papers, but the reading and the writing modules of every IELTS paper are somewhat different so it is essential to center your IELTS paper studies and practice on the right type of paper. Once you have worked this out you will be able to start the study appropriately.
Cambridge IELTS 7 Self-study Pack (Student's Book with Answers and Audio CDs (2)): Examination Papers from University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge Books for Cambridge Exams)

Tips and Techniques for preparation of IELTS
Break your IELTS lessons down into sections - don't think that it is single big difficult test, however four smaller ones. Try to identify which sections of the IELTS test are your strong ones and which are sections are weak, after that you can center more study time on the areas you find more hard. But ensure that you do not ignore any areas so continue to do lesser practice even on your stronger sections.

IELTS Listening test:
This test contains three sections and total 40 questions. In this test you have to hear conversation of one to four persons and quickly pick and reproduce the correct word.

Some useful tips for IELTS listening test

  1. See English news, talk shows and most importantly English films of your interest and try to understand the conversation. At first you will feel irritation but with the passage of time you will be comfortable hearing English.

  2. Get some IELTS sample test Cassettes or CDs, or download some saple tests from internet and practice as much as you can.

  3. During test, if you missed hearing some answer during, leave it and listen more carefully the next conversation. The fact is that if you start thinking on previous word, you will probably miss the next answer. Try to guess the missing answer at the end.

IELTS Speaking test:
This is in the form of a polite interview, and usually lasts about 12-15 minutes. The first section is casual questions about your introduction, where you live, hobbies etc. In the second section you have to talk on a given topic, you have to talk about two minute on this topic. After you finish your talk, the examiner will ask you some questions relevant to same topic. The second section is more difficult and normally focuses on answering questions about hot issues in society and everyday life.

Some Useful tips for IELTS speaking test

  1. Try to speak in English with your family and friends and during everyday talk. Try to improve your pronunciation and accent by watching English news and movies. Current articles from newspapers are also helpful for the second section of the test.

  2. Speak yourself in English in front of a mirror and try to build your confidence and grip on English speaking.

  3. In front of examiner, speak self-confidently and clearly even if you think you are not right. Examiners will score for your confidence.
IELTS Reading test:
This section is different for the IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic papers. The IELTS Academic reading test has harder reading paragraphs and questions so it is essential to prepare with the correct paper.

Some useful tips for the preparation of IELTS Reading test

  1. Time limitation is a major problem in this test so try to manage your time in this test. Get hold of the test by doing as many practice tests as you can. Many practice tests are available on internet as well. Search for ‘free IELTS reading tests’ and you will find a lot of results.

  2. Read the answers first instead of reading of the paragraph.

  3. Don’t read a paragraph thoroughly except the sentences which relate to questions, just take a fast look on paragraph, try to get the main idea of paragraph and always underline the important relevant sentences in the paragraph which are close to the questions.

  4. Answer the easier questions first.

IELTS Writing test:

This is the most difficult test among all IELTS tests. Both IELTS (General Training) and IELTS Academic contains two sections. For General Training it is an essay and a letter and for Academic it is an essay and a report on a geographical chart. You only have one hour to do both. The essay contains more marks and comes on second, always choose the essay first. You should spend forty minutes on it, and the remaining twenty on the letter or report.

The letter or report should be 150 words, and the essay requirement is minimum250 words.

Useful tips to score better in IELTS writing paper

  1. For the letter or report learn some stock phrases that you can use in any letter or report of a certain type. Practice rapidity writing with dissimilar past IELTS questions that you can obtain grip of. Use a stopwatch for practice as well as test. Continue practicing till you attain the target of 150 words in twenty minutes.

  2. The essay is generally somehow difficult topic. Do brainstorming for 2 minutes (Brainstorming is a procedure when you place a storm in your brain and whatever irrespective of essay subject come in your brain put it on paper). After brainstorming find the relevant words from the words or ideas which you put on the paper, also try to relate the irrelevant words to the topic of essay. Practice for essay writing as much as you can. Writing 250 words is not a long task.

As practice makes a man perfect so practice so practice again and again befor appearing in test so that you know accurately what to expect, which type of questions will come and how to tackle them, how long it must take you to answer them, and cover a lot if different topics so that you find yourself relax in the examination hall.

Best of Luck!
Language Skills

Language Skills

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The Language Skills Factor is one of the six factors for which points are awarded by Canadian Immigration Officers in determining whether a Skilled Worker / Professional applicant will be accepted or refused.
Up to 28 points are awarded under the Language Skills Factor based upon the applicant's ability to speak Canada's two official languages. Up to 24 points are awarded for comptenency in a first language (English or French), and 4 are awarded for a second language (English or French). The applicant may indivate either the English or French language as the first or second language for the purpose of being assessed under the Language Skills Factor.

All Skilled Worker (Professional) applicants must include Test d’Evaluation de Fran├žais (TEF) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results with their application so that points for the language section may be awarded. No other method of indicating linguistic abilities will be accepted.

Through their chosen exam, applicants must prove that they meet or exceed a minimum threshold in all four language abilities (listening, reading, speaking, writing). This threshold is set at Canadian Language benchmark (CLB) 7, which is defined as "adequate intermediate proficiency". Applicants who score below the CLB threshold are not eligible to apply to the Federal Skilled Worker program at this time. 

Credits for Language Skills are awarded on the following basis: 

ProficiencyPoints (24 + 4 max)
First Official Language
IELTS 6.0/6.0/6.0/6.0
4 pts
Speaking/Listening/Reading/WritingHigh intermediate
IELTS 6.5/7.5/6.5/6.5
5 pts/ability
IELTS 7.0/8.0/7.0/7.0
6 pts/ability
 Spouse/partner's official language (CLB4)
IELTS 4.0/4.5/3.5/4.0
 5 pts/ability
Maximum24 points
Second Official Language
Speaking/Listening/Reading/WritingCLB/NCLC 5 in all abilities
IELTS 5.0/5.0/4.0/5.0
4 points
Maximum4 points

Latest Changes in IELTS score for Canadian Immigration

Canada is very keen to welcome immigrants from all over the world. Canadian government also knows about the difficulties of future applicants which they are facing due to a high IELTS band requirement for additional points of Canadian Immigration.

Due to these difficulties faced by the majority of the people over the world, Canadian government has very kindly reduced the IELTS score requirement for Canadian Immigration Points. CIC has now decrease the IELTS band requirement criteria for Canada Skilled worker Immigration points.

Congratulations to all!!!

Canada has reduced minimum IELTS score requirement for 4 points of Immigration

As CIC has decreased the minimum IELTS band score from 7 band to 6.5 band to obtain four points for Immigrate to Canada in Skilled Worker Category. Now you can obtain 4 points for one module of IELTS if you score 6.5 band as compared to old system which required at lease 7 Band in IELTS to obtain four points in a specific module of IELTS. Only listening module gained the IELST score instead of reduction. i.e. 7.5, which was 7 previously.
Now you can get 16 points for immigration by having the following minimum band in IELTS
Writing: 6.5 Band
Reading: 6.5 Band
Speaking: 6.5 Band
Listening: 7.5 Band

Following table give the full details:

Enjoy your Canadian Immigration.

One thing to remember that that the correct ancronym of International Language Testing System is IELTS but sometimes people mispell it ielets, ilts, iltes, ilets, elts, eilts, iltis or ielst. So please remember the correct acncronym i.e. IELTS


Eligibility Requirements for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Eligibility Requirements for the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP)

Under the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), you may qualify under one of three categories. Below are the detailed eligibility requirements under each of these three categories:

Saskatchewan Express Entry
The Saskatchewan Express Entry stream enables the province to nominate individuals who are in Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry pool and have the education, skilled work experience, language ability and other factors to help them to settle successfully and integrate into Saskatchewan’s labour market and communities.
As candidates are selected by the province from the federal Express Entry pool, all candidates must be eligible for one of the federal economic immigration programs:
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

In addition, candidates must score at least 60 points on the SINP point assessment grid. Points are awarded on the basis of five factors:

  • education and training
  • skilled work experience
  • language ability
  • age
  • connections to the Saskatchewan labour market
Selection factorPoints
Education & TrainingMaximum 23 points
Work experienceMaximum 15 points
Language abilityMaximum 20 points
AgeMaximum 12 points
Arranged employment in Saskatchewan*Maximum 30 points
Pass mark:60 points
*High skilled employment offer (NOC skill level 0, A or B) or a designated trade in Saskatchewan.

Candidates must also:
  • demonstrate proficiency in an official language of Canada, either English or French, in order to enter the Express Entry pool. Language ability is determined by the candidate sitting a standardised language test, the most common of which are the IELTS or CELPIP for English and TEF for French; and
  • have completed a minimum of one year of post-secondary education or training that has resulted in a degree, diploma, certificate, or a certificate equivalent to a trade certificate and which is comparable to the Canadian education system, as verified by an Educational Credential Assessment.
A potential candidate must also demonstrate a minimum level of work experience related to his or her field of education or training. This work experience may be either:
  • at least one year of work experience in the past 10 years in a skilled profession (non-trades); or
  • at least two years of work experience in a skilled trade in the past five years; or
  • at least one year of skilled work experience in Canada in the past three years (trades and non-trades). This work experience must be in a high skilled occupation (NOC “0”, “A” or “B”) that is considered to be in-demand in Saskatchewan. The following occupations are considered in-demand.
NOCOccupationSkill Level
certification or
Mandatory certification
0711Construction Managers0No
1111Financial auditors and accountantsANo
1232Loan OfficersBNo
1241Secretaries (except legal and medical)BNo
2131Civil EngineersAYes
2132Mechanical EngineersAYes
2133Electrical and Electronics EngineersAYes
2161Mathematicians, Statisticians, and ConsultantsANo
2171Information Systems Analysts and ConsultantsANo
2173Software Engineers and DesignersAYes
2174Computer Programmers and Interactive Media DevelopersANo
2211Chemical Technologists and TechniciansBNo
2221Biological Technologists and TechniciansBNo
2222Agricultural and Fish Products InspectorsBNo
2232Mechanical Engineering Technologists and TechniciansBNo
2234Construction EstimatorsBNo
2241Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and TechniciansBNo
2242Electronic Service Technicians (household and business equipment)BNo
2253Drafting Technologists and TechniciansBNo
2254Land Survey Technologists and TechniciansBNo
2281Computer Network TechniciansBNo
2282User Support TechniciansBNo
2283Systems Testing TechniciansBNo
4121University ProfessorsANo
4163Business Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and ConsultantsANo
6221Technical Sales Specialists, Wholesale TradeBNo
7215Contractors and Supervisors, carpentry tradesBNo
7217Contractors and Supervisors, Heavy Construction Equipment CrewsBNo
7219Contractors and Supervisors, other construction trades, installers, repairers and servicersBNo
7222Supervisors, motor transport and other ground transit operatorsBNo
7231Machinists and Machining and Tooling inspectorsBNo
7232Tool and Die MakersBNo
7241Electricians (except industrial and power system)BYes
7242Industrial ElectriciansBYes
7246Telecommunications Installation and Repair WorkersBNo
7252Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System InstallersBNo
7261Sheet Metal WorkersBYes
7263Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and FittersBNo
7265Welders and Related Machine OperatorsBNo
7282Concrete FinishersBNo
7284Plasterers, Drywall Installers, Finishers and LathersBNo
7291Roofers and ShinglersBNo
7294Painters and DecoratorsBNo
7295Floor Covering InstallersBNo
7311Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (except textile)BNo
7312Heavy-duty Equipment MechanicsBNo
7313Refrigeration and Air Conditioning MechanicsBYes
7316Machine FittersBNo
7321Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical RepairersBNo
7322Motor Vehicle Body RepairersBNo
8232Oil and Gas Drillers, Servicers, Testers and Related WorkersBNo
8253Farm Supervisors and Specialized Livestock WorkersBNo
9212Supervisors, Petroleum, Gas and Chemcial Processing and UtilitiesBNo
9213Supervisors, Food, Beverage and Tobacco ProcessingBNo

International Skilled Worker Category 

A maximum of 250 applications will be accepted under this stream in 2014 from applicants without a job offer. Individuals may be eligible under this category if they meet the following criteria:
  • Live outside of Canada or have proof of legal status in Canada
  • Score at least 60 points on a 100 point assessment grid
  • Have at least one year of work experience in the past ten years in intended occupation
  • Score a minimum of CLB 4 in all language abilities (speaking, reading, writing, listening)
  • Provide one of the following:
    • A permanent, full-time job offer in a skilled occupation from an approved Saskatchewan employer; or
    • Proof that they meet the following requirements:
    • Field of education is in a skilled occupation
    • Completed post-secondary education of at least one year in length
    • If occupation is regulated, proof of appropriate Saskatchewan qualification
    • Proof of settlement funds and a settlement plan

Saskatchewan Experience Category
This category is broken down into five industry-specific streams. They are:
  • Existing Work Permit;
  • Health Professionals;
  • Hospitality Sector Pilot Project;
  • Long Haul Truck Drivers; and
  • Students
Applicants to all sub-streams must meet the Saskatchewan Experience Category criteria. Each sub-stream has additional eligibility criteria as well.
Existing Work Permit stream applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Provide proof of legal status in Canada
  • Provide proof that they are not refugee claimants
  • Demonstrate that they have worked in Saskatchewan for at least six months in an NOC A or 0 level job, or a designated Saskatchewan trade
Health Professionals must meet the following criteria:
  • Proof that they have been practicing in Saskatchewan for at least six months
  • Have a qualifying offer of employment
Applicants to the Hospitality Sector Pilot Project must meet the following criteria:
  • Fall under one of the following NOCs
    • Food/Beverage Server (NOC6453)
    • Food Counter Attendant/Kitchen Helper (NOC6641)
    • Housekeeping/Cleaning Staff (NOC 6661)
  • Be working in one of the above NOCs in Saskatchewan for at least six months
Long Haul Truck Drivers must meet the following criteria:
  • Already be working in Saskatchewan for an approved trucking service for a period of at least six months.
Applicants to the Student stream must meet the following requirements:
  • Graduate from a post-secondary institution in Canada with a diploma or degree
  • Have at least six months work experience (for Saskatchewan graduates) or 12 months work experience (for Canada graduates) in Saskatchewan
  • Have applied for a Post-Graduate Open Work Permit
  • Have a qualifying job offer in Saskatchewan
  • Meet minimum language requirements (if job is semi- or unskilled)

Entrepreneur and Farm Category
This category is comprised of three sub-categories. They are:
  • Entrepreneur
  • Farm Owners/Operators
  • Young Farmers
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