When applying for postgraduate degree, there are requirements every student should be aware of. There are a few differences in requirements, depending on the school and the course, but there are few that are common to all masters programs anywhere in the world.

One such common requirement is academic skills. For example, if you are applying to pursue an online masters in finance, it is expected that during the course of your undergraduate studies, you would have studied financial mathematics.

However, there is another common requirement, aside from the academic skills and experience, and this is English proficiency. This is important because the lectures would be taught in English and class discussions and contributions would be in English as well.

Therefore, for non native English speakers, it is required that they submit an IELTS score to the university they are applying to. These universities often have a minimum IELTS score which you must have in order to be eligible for admission to any programme. For most universities, you would need an IELTS score between 6.5 - 7.5 to be eligible for a postgraduate degree.

Knowing how important it is to submit an IELTS score to the university you are applying to, how do you prepare for the test?


 Preparing for the IELTS test.

Use these tips to prepare yourself for taking an IELTS test.

  • Practice with sample questions.

If you can answer sample questions accurately, you are on a good footing to pass the IELTS test. These will give you an idea of what to expect in the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests.

  • Familiarise yourself with the test format.

Familiarise yourself with the format of the test by reviewing the content of the test, as well as the question and task types for each section. It is also important to read through the IELTS rules and regulations, so that you do the right thing at any given time during the actual test.

  • Take a preparation course.

If you feel like you are not getting the hang of it after practicing on your own, it is better to enroll for a preparation course.If you would like assistance with test preparation, IELTS centres and language schools around the world offer IELTS preparation courses. It is not imperative to attend a preparation course, but many test takers find that doing so helps them improve their performance and overall score.

  • Register early.

The number of test takers who can take the test on a particular date may be limited, so contact the centre as soon as possible. There are about 1,200 test locations in more than 140 countries of the world, so it should be easy to find a test location near you. You will also need to pay the test fee when you register.

Because the IELTS is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test, it draws a lot of applicants. However, before booking the test, reconfirm which IELTS test you have take with the university you are applying to.



  1. findamasters.com
  2. ielts.org
  3. cambridgeenglish.org

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