Hello, I’m Selim Can M. I’m 21 years old. I was accepted into the Computer Science at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. In this article, I would like to share my experience and thoughts on the IELTS exam, which was a significant factor in my enrolment acceptance and contributed to the improvements I’ve made with English.

In order to be accepted into the undergraduate program abroad, I first had to take the English proficiency exam. I was led to the IELTS exam with the guidance of my English teachers and the research I’ve done in light of this feedback, I decided to take the IELTS exam and immediately started cramming.

During my preparations, I tested myself by examining the test format and the resources available for the IELTS.  To ensure that I had full command of grammar, I took advantages of the videos, webinars and meticulously prepared documents on the British Council Turkey’s website and social media channels. During my studies, I mastered the exam format and learned new words, sentence patterns and expressions, catapulting my English to a whole new level.

As soon as I felt ready, I created my online application for the British Council’s computer delivered IELTS. I have found the British Council very reliable, as they have been organising IELTS exams in my country for many years. I chose to take all of the Listening-Reading-Writing-Speaking tests on the same day. My registration process was simple, effortless and fast.

In order to fulfil the language proficiency requirements of the university I applied to, I took the computer-delivered IELTS Academic test in January 2019. The exam setting was comfortable, bright and spacious. The invigilators tended to any problems we had. Taking the test on a computer certainly helped me focus more.

During the ‘Listening’ section, I answered the questions by listening to different English-speaking accents. The headset provided for the exam was very effective at keeping me focused. The ‘Writing’ section allowed me to gather speed, since I was already accustomed to typing on a keyboard. The ‘Speaking’ category involved giving detailed, fluent and sincere answers to questions. This was one of the easiest parts for me. The ‘Reading’ component gave me the most trouble. Here, I realised I did not spend enough time studying reading prior to the exam.

The results were announced on the British Council’s website six days after the exam. Getting the necessary score in the IELTS exam opened new doors in my life and led to my acceptance into the Computer Science department of my chosen university.

I would like to thank the IELTS exam team for their selfless, sincere and helpful efforts before, during and after the exam.