So, you have decided to study in Australia. Now, you have to show how oh-so proficient and skilled you are in the English language irrespective of your native country and mother tongue. For this, you have to sit an English language proficiency test – IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and score well to get admission to your desired Australian university.

The IELTS score for Australia student visa varies from one university and course to another. No matter which university or course you are targeting, it is good to score high to increase your chances of admission. If you are wondering or in dilemma on how to score well in IELTS, then keep on reading this post as we have listed some best ways to help you score high. So, let us get started!

Tips to Score High in IELTS for Australian Study Visa

Are you planning to study in Australia, you should require high score band in Ielts. The only best way to get high scores in IELTS and meet those requirements is to – study, study, and only study. So, check out the following essential steps that you should follow to feel confident and score well in IELTS:

1. Familiarize Yourself with the Format of IELTS
First and foremost, you should get up personal and close with IELTS and its format. Find out the points that make it tick, its topics, questions, and everything important for the test. To put it simply, review the content or the format of the test. It is quite easy to feel ‘overconfident’ about the test when you have been using the language in your day-to-day life, but to score well; you must familiarize yourself with the format of IELTS. Check out what type of questions and tasks are going to be thrown in the different sections. This test is mainly laid out in the below-listed sections:

  1. Listening (30 minutes)
  2. Speaking (11-14 minutes)
  3. Writing (60 minutes)
  4. Reading (60 minutes)

All these sections will be assessed in a total time of around 2 hours and 45 minutes. The good thing here is that if you are nervous and perplexed, then you can book your slot for the speaking section separately. For detailed information, you can contact the nearest IELTS test center or get assistance from your study abroad consultant for Australia to avoid any confusion.

2.Go for Sample Tests
Samples tests are the finest way to get familiar or get your head around the format of this test. To find some useful sample tests, you can browse through the official website of IELTS that offers a bunch of questions and tests that you can run through in your free time to start preparing. This is the easiest way to get a gauge of the kinds of questions that you need to answer in the test as well as an indication of how well your preparations are.

3. Grab the Practice Materials Available on the Official IELTS Website
If you are looking for some additional resources for the preparation, then you can browse through the official website of IELTS and purchase the practice materials. You can also visit the nearby IELTS center to buy the same. The official IELTS practice materials are available in CDs that come in 2 volumes for listening, writing, speaking, and reading sections. These CDs also feature sample answers along with the comments of the examiners. Since these sample materials are only endorsed by the official partners of IELTS, ensure that you buy from the right provider.

4. Enroll for an Addition Course
To meet the IELTS requirement for Australia student visa, you will need some extra assistance for test preparation. Hence, you can find local IELTS centers or English classes as they will help you prepare better. By joining these additional courses, you will get plenty of assistance and guidance to improve your performance and ultimately your chances of scoring high. You can either join group courses or one-on-one classes depending on your precise needs and existing level of expertise.


When it comes to minimum scores, you may need at least 5.5 overall band score for low-grade institutions in Australia. However, for top-notch universities like Australia National University, University of Melbourne, Monash University, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Technology, and the University of Western Australia, you will need at least 6.0-6.5 overall score for undergraduate courses and 7.0 for postgraduate courses. But again, the minimum IELTS score for Australia student visa depends on where and what you study. So, it is good to connect with an expert and dedicated study abroad consultant for the right guidance.

Author's Bio: 

Gaurav Varma is working as a chief advisor with APSA, study abroad consultants based in Delhi. He is a certified Qualified Education Agent Counsellor from Professional Education International Resources (PIER), Australia. He is well-acquainted with the history and education system in Australia which helped him in placing 100 students in the country. While working with APSA, he has helped students attain merit in the preparation of higher education.