Do your research! Make sure you know what IELTS score requirements the institutions you wish to apply to have set. You'll want to set a goal for yourself to achieve the required band score to feel confident when making your application.
View the IELTS USA Recognition List at .
Pay close attention to the word limit; for example, if you are asked to complete a sentence using no more than two words, if the correct answer is ‘leather coat’, the answer ‘coat made of leather’ would be marked as incorrect.