One of the major stepping stones on the road to emigrating to an English speaking country is providing evidence of your proficiency in the language. There are a few accepted ways for doing so, but depending where you are in the world, IELTS is likely to be the most common. Lets look at how you might go about maximising your chances, so that you too will know how to pass an IELTS test.First of all you’ll need to understand the test format.The test is made up of four sections; reading, writing, speaking and listening. Each segment will result in a score graded from 1 to 9, and will result in an overall average for the whole test. 9 is the best score achievable and is “proof” of your superior command of the language. Different countries will require different levels of proficiency, and depending on where you’re heading and what you’re heading there for, you might require a minimum to either qualify for extra points (such as in the Australian immigration system) or to fulfill the requirements of a sponsorship.Despite the fact that the test is designed so that you can’t actually fail it, many people view a fail as anything below the score they require. When I completed my test I would’ve been content with a 7, but an 8 or 9 (which gave equal benefits) was what I was aiming for. It turns out I managed to get the 9 which is great news for me, but having done the test and spoken to others that have completed it but not scored as highly, there are a few things that it seems I might’ve done differently that could help you to pass.