Some Facts About IELTS Test
As an IELTS test taker, it’s normal to feel intimidated with the high-stakes exam. After all, your overall band score is not just the reflection of your English skills; it’s also what will make or break your dreams to study, work, or migrate abroad.
Don’t let the life-changing impact of the exam rattle your IELTS performance. Stave off test‑related stress and anxiety with these little-known facts about the test that can boost your chances of IELTS success.
- IELTS is not more difficult than any other exam
The questions are straightforward and designed to assess how well you can use your English – not to trick you or test your opinions. As with any exam, IELTS requires thorough preparation. Also, remember that there is no pass or fail in IELTS.
- Non-native speakers can achieve a band score of 9
IELTS gauges an individual’s English communicative abilities based solely on their test performance. So, it doesn’t matter if you are a non-native speaker. Focus on speaking clearly and at a natural pace so that the examiner can understand you.
- Content wise, there is no right or wrong answer in the speaking exam
Three test takers can answer the same question differently but can still get a high score. This is because IELTS facilitators evaluate the examinee’s performance based solely on these four criteria:
- Lexical resource (vocabulary).
- Fluency and coherence.
- Grammatical range and accuracy.
So, don’t confine your response to what you believe is the right answer to the question. Focus on your delivery and minimize your linguistic lapses.
- You don’t have to share your examiner’s opinions
The IELTS is a language exam, not a job interview. The examiner is assessing how well you can use your English to report information and express ideas. You won’t lose points if you disagree with your examiner’s notions about the topic. Likewise, you won’t get extra points if you concur with their opinions. Be honest and spontaneous during the speaking exam. Forcing yourself to confirm to your examiner’s opinions can make you conscious and reduce your response’s substance and delivery.
- You can ask the test facilitator to repeat the question
No, you definitely don’t lose points if you do this. Just keep it to the minimum. Even native speakers often ask each other to repeat their sentences. So, don’t be afraid to ask. Just make sure you don’t abuse these privileges.
- Writing more does not help you gain more bands
The minimum word limit is important. You must write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2. If you write less than this, you will lose marks. However if you write more, this does not mean you will gain marks. Rather it is more important that you use correct English, appropriate grammar, a wide range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
- IELTS test centers all uphold the same standards
Don’t believe the rumors that the IELTS is easier when taken in some testing facilities. It is important to understand that the IELTS test will be the same level of difficulty wherever you sit the test. Think about where you will feel most confident taking the test. The test facilitators all underwent the same intensive training to grade your performance objectively and accurately. They can lose their job if they are too strict or too generous in their assessments.
- Cheating is not possible in the IELTS test
IELTS takes special measures to ensure their exams’ security and confidentiality. The questions you’ll encounter on your test date are not published anywhere else. Past exams can only provide previews of the IELTS format, but not its exact contents in the future. So, be wary of review centers that claim to know ways to “cheat” and guarantee IELTS success.