What do you need to know to take the IELTS test?
The IELTS test is a general test, in that you don't need specialist knowledge to take the test – everyone, no matter what their educational background or field, should be able to answer each question. However, it is always useful to be able to include 'real-life' examples in writing and speaking. To do this confidently you need a good level of general knowledge.
Possible IELTS topics
IELTS questions cover a broad range of topics, but if you develop your general knowledge, it should help you in the test.The topics the IELTS test cover include:
Media, Culture and Popular Culture
• Popular music
• The role of music in popular culture
• Privacy and the media
• Accountability in the media
• Suitable punishments for crime
• How to rehabilitate criminals
• The responsibility of parents in preventing crime
• The influence of advertising
• Stereotypes in advertising
• Ensuring responsible advertising
• Government regulation
Food and Diet
• Food culture in your country
• Food and health
• Should food be genetically modified?
• Different education systems in different countries
• Males and females and the impact of gender on performance at school
• Different types of vocational training
The following Internet resources offer in-depth articles on a variety of topics of general interest.
Check vocabulary that you don't know…
Try to get a general understanding of what an article is about and try to understand some of the specific details…
Don't be too serious about this - but try to pick up something from these articles.
If you remember just one fact that you can use in the test, it will improve your confidence!
Obviously, one good source of general knowledge is the news. Luckily, there are plenty of news sites on the Internet:• Google News
• BBC News