IELTS though is just a language assessment test, but it still requires preparation. Even for a person who is quite fluent in the language, understanding the ways to attempt the paper in a limited time frame is quite important. Thus, it is often suggested that students opt for an IELTS preparation course before appearing for the actual exam.
There are certain things which need to be checked before enrolling for a preparation course. One of the keys to scoring good bands in IELTS is the preparation material. So, students should check whether the institute they are looking forward to join is able to provide them with updated material or not. With the passage of time, certain changes are bound to happen in the format or the marking parameters for the four modules. Thus, institutes should be able to pass on updated information to the students.
Another aspect of good preparation is appearing for mock tests. Students can check whether the course they are opting for has a provision of weekly mock tests or not. This way students will be able to track their improvement.
Besides this, students should also check whether the course offers discussion of the attempted papers or not, if there are any strategies or a bank of tips and tricks devised so that the modules can be attempted well within the time frame. These are important to attain a high band score.
If the institute can offer assistance in booking the exam date and offer some visa guidance, that can be a cherry on the cake.