IELTS is a test that is taken for university admission purposes and immigration purposes to check the candidate’s proficiency in the English language. The test comprises different parts and sections – each of which is made to check different linguistic abilities such as writing, listening, speaking, and reading.
Preparing for the IELTS test can be difficult since there is a lot to do. To get some help in the process, there are different types of aids that you can take. You can, for one, use AI-based tools and software. This may sound a bit confusing, but it can be very helpful – even if in an unconventional way.
In this post, we’re going to be looking at some ways in which AI can play the role of a study partner for IELTS preparation.
1. AI-Based Text-to-Speech Tools Can Help in Prepping for the Listening Test
There are different parts of the IELTS test, as we mentioned above. One of them is the listening part.
The listening test involves the candidate hearing a passage or a text, i.e., spoken by an interviewer or a recording, etc., and then answering questions based on the spoken passage.
To improve and sharpen this ability, you can use AI-based text-to-speech tools. You can grab a random piece of text from the Internet and then, without reading it, put it into the tool. As the tool starts giving an audio playback of the text, you can start writing or typing it down yourself. Afterwards, you can check the original text with the one you’ve written down to see the differences.
This little exercise can help you become better at listening to fluent English. You can easily find text-to-speech tools on the Internet to use for free. If you want, you can also use the audio feedback option on MS Word. This feature allows you to hear the written text in an automated voice.
2. AI-Based Speech-to-Text Tools Can Help in Prepping for the Speaking Part
The exercise we’ve mentioned above can also work in reverse. There is a listening part for which you can use the text-to-speech tools. But there is also a speaking part, for which you can use speech-to-text software instead.
You can grab a piece of text from the Internet (you can make it interesting, like a story or an article) and then read it out to the tool. The tool will convert your speech into text.
Once you are done, you can look at the generated text to see where the transcription went wrong or inaccurate. This exercise can help you realize the shortcomings in your spoken English, such as wrong pronunciations.
There are many online tools that you can use for this purpose. A lot of them are freely and easily available. Once again, if you don’t want to look very far, you can use the dictation option in MS Word. It allows you to speak into the device’s mic and get a written transcript of your speech. (We’re mentioning MS Word simply because it is something that most people have on their computer systems.)
3. AI-Based Paraphrasing Tools for Vocabulary Improvement and Writing Enhancement
Having a good vocabulary can pay off in all the parts of the IELTS test. The more words you know, the more you can understand and the better you can express yourself, i.e., in the writing parts.
Along with having a good vocabulary, it is also important to have good writing skills. To acquire both of these, you can use AI-based paraphrasing tools.
When we mention paraphrasing tools as a way to prepare for the IELTS, it may sound a little strange. Paraphrasing tools are usually used by students and writers when they have to rephrase their existing content…which is done for different reasons.
· Writing enhancement
Paraphrasing tools, as the name implies, are made to rephrase or paraphrase the content that they are provided. That is simple enough. However, when these tools are equipped with AI, they don’t just change the given content. Rather, they improve its quality and make it better in terms of flow and fluency.
This brings us to how these tools can be used to improve writing skills. You can give them some of your own written content and then have them change it using their algorithm. After the input has been provided, you can look at the changes and how they’ve improved the text’s quality. You can keep those in mind and apply them yourself in the writing part of the IELTS test.
· Vocabulary building
As for the vocabulary-building aspect, it is also very simple. One of the main changes that paraphrasing tools typically make is the word-synonym replacement. This is how the rewording process usually starts. When your text is paraphrased, you can simply take a look at the changed words and make a note of the ones that are new to you. That way, you can build up a nice stock of new and helpful words to use.
Picking an AI paraphrasing tool can be trickier than the other tools that we’ve mentioned. There are many paraphrasers on the Internet, and it’s not easy to figure out which one of them is worth using. From our personal experience, we’ve found that the paraphrasing tool by Editpad is fairly accurate and suitable for the purposes mentioned above.
The only part of the IELTS test that we did not discuss in the post above was the reading part. Reading practice can be done fairly easily using any written material – be it news articles, books, and so on. There isn’t much that AI can help in this regard.
As for the others, we’ve mentioned helpful tips that you can implement to quicken the pace of your IELTS preparation. We hope you enjoyed reading.