Demystifying IELTS myths by Granny

English is the most spoken international language and it emanates from the English speaking countries such as USA, United Kingdom etc
This makes its vast knowledge and understanding mandatory on almost all types of visas needed to transit to these countries. Even just as a tourist or visitor, you need to know a little bit of English even just to ask for directions.
The basic components of the English language is its understanding in terms of speaking, listening, reading and writing.
The IELTS proficiency exam is meant to test your proficiency skills in these four areas.

I am a retired IELTS trainer and during my tenure as a tutor I realized that there are so many myths sorrounding IELTS exam and today I thought I should demystify some of these mythical theories about it.

Different countries offer different versions of the IELTS test

First of all there are basically two types (I think) of IELTS test, the general and academic. Well, I think there’s a specific one tagged UKVI(I did this one for my UK journey😂).. It doesn’t matter which one you go for but the test is the same irrespective of the country.

Writing on more and more papers or pages improves one’s score
Nope! Quality response matters most.

Grammar is not important

Grammatical accuracy is a key factor in as far as scoring is concerned.

Exceeding the required number of words may get me higher scores

😂😂😂First of, all you need to learn to follow instructions!This mostly affects the writing component. If they say 250 please let it be so, no more, no less
Furthermore, the more the words, the more you are prone to making mistakes.
* Use of Stylish Accent to get higher scores*
Aim:To impress the examiner😂🤷‍♀️.. You are there to score YOUR marks and get out of there, so why would you need to impress the examiner?
Please just speak normally, clearly and naturally. Be coherent. Your accent is who you are, your identity, it doesn’t stop you from being understood. Pronunciation is Key! CLARITY highest key on the board!

It’s just business meant to fail candidates in order to extort them

In life, there’s failure and success. Most oftenly, failure holds the higher probability. Failure is a normal part of life. I live with the analogy that I would rather try and fail than fail to try. Whenever I fail I seek me out, no one else.
This myth simply means you are not taking responsibility for the actions that made you fail, you are choosing to blame the exam body which does not even know you as an individual. It’s a business yes, because they collect money, but saying they do so for selfish gain….. Naaaaaaaaaa. Work for your success, that’s it!

You can’t question the examiner, especially during the Speaking Test

A candidate is allowed to ask the examiner the meaning of a certain word or to repeat a question. You will not be penalized or failed for this.
In this Era of face masks, both the candidate and examiner need to pronounce their words as loudly and clearly as possible.

The examiners aim is not to make the situation difficult for you. Focus on your exam and do not try to think what the examiner is thinking about you. Stop mirroring the examiner. Gestures, body language, eye contact etc are also important.

All you need to do is practice
Yes, practice is key, infact granny here advocates for daily practice, but as you do so, do not move from one practice test to the next without reflecting on your last scores. You need to identify your strengths and weaknesses and work on them as you practice

….. And Granny ran out of myths🤣

 

 

 

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