As previously discussed, the role of the TOEFL and IELTS preparation is crucial. Frankly speaking, the successful factor of TOEFL and IELTS test is almost 70% about how well you prepare yourself. A study about the effect of IELTS preparation carried out by Hayes and Read (2004) had proven that approximately half of the students’ population in the classroom developed their score. The aim of preparation itself is to make you familiar with the test format.
Test familiarization is designed to ensure test takers gain familiarity with the format and procedures of particular tests. This activity had purpose to assist test takers in identifying their weak spots.
Without a doubt, identifying your weak spots is crucial to focus the learning activities towards the problem. Once you recognize it, you can concentrate your learning to the area you need to improve. However, for self-learners it is quite difficult to notice their own mistake and measure their readiness before taking the exam. Hence, hiring an expert or tutor alongside you is strongly suggested to help you in guiding your learning activities.
The main reason of why assistance from an expert or tutor in tests preparation is needed due to their ability to pinpoint test-takers weaknesses. It is also beneficial to help test takers in maintaining their progress in learning. Besides, they are able to identify the gaps in the learning activities and guide test takers to hone each skills in every section of the test.
In conclusion, hiring an expert or tutor is strongly suggested to have an effective learning. It is recommended to have a tutor who is not only proficient in English but also familiar with the test. By working with professionals, tests-takers always have someone to assists them to tackle the learning problems.