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8 IELTS Myths Busted!

Here are some examples of very common myths related to the IELTS exam. There is a lot of information about IELTS available on the internet, in books and also advice given by teachers and other IELTS students. Some of it is good and helpful but some of it is not and in some cases it’s wrong!

So here’s the truth about some of the most common myths or advice regarding IELTS.

The IELTS exam is too hard!

NOT TRUE: The IELTS test isn’t any more difficult than other English proficiency exams. The questions are designed to evaluate how well you use the English language. They aren’t designed to trick you. They aren’t designed to evaluate your general knowledge about topics. They aren’t designed to test your personal opinions.

If the IELTS exam seems too difficult for you – it’s probably because your knowledge of English isn’t good enough yet, or you haven’t prepared sufficiently for the test. You can’t pass or fail the IELTS test. Your score is calculated on a band scale of 1 to 9. This band scale doesn’t change – it has been the same for more than 20 years. It measures your level of competence in English. You cannot fail an IELTS exam! But you can get a low band score.

Being successful in the IELTS test depends on what band score you need. This will depend on what you score you need to achieve to comply with your visa application or entrance requirements to a university in an English speaking country, etc. You should know exactly what band score you need before dpoing the IELTS exam.

I will get a higher IELTS score if I do the test in my own country.

NOT TRUE: many people think this, but the IELTS exam s the same wherever you choose to do it.
You might feel more confident doing the test in your hometown where everything is familiar, but the test itself is NOT easier. It is exactly the same test as other people will be doing on the same day in other countries around the world.

IELTS examiners all over the world are trained in the same way and must maintain the same high quality standards for the test in whichever country they operate. Marking and scoring of IELTS test is standardized throughout the world.

If I’m very friendly with the examiner during the IELTS Speaking interview, I might score higher.

NOT TRUE: You should try and relax and be natural during the interview, but trying to be very friendly or funny to try and make the examiner like you will not get you a higher IELTS speaking score. IELTS speaking examiners are there to evaluate how well you speak English – NOT if you are a good/funny/friendly person.

I will get a lower speaking score if I can’t speak with a good British, Australian or American accent.

NOT TRUE: It is very difficult to change your accent – so don’t try to do it on test day. Concentrate on developing clear and natural speech with good fluency and pronunciation. This requires good preparation and lots of practice.

If I write extra words in the IELTS writing tasks I will get a higher score.

NOT TRUE: What is important is the minimum word limit for each task. Task 1 – 150 words, Task 2 – 250 words. You will lose points if you write less than this. But writing more than these limits does not mean you will get a better IELTS writing score.

Remember, quality is more important than quantity. Concentrate on using suitable grammar and a good range of vocabulary and variety of structures in your writing. And make sure you completely answer the points in each writing task.

If I express different opinions to those of the examiner in the speaking test or the writing test I might get a lower score.

NOT TRUE: The IELTS speaking examiner doesn’t express any personal opinions during the interview. In the IELTS writing test, you are asked to give your opinions sometimes: you can’t be wrong – it’s an opinion, not a fact. Remember, IELTS doesn’t test your thoughts, logic, opinions or personal beliefs – it evaluates your level of competency using the English language to express yourself or report information.

If I just do a lot of practice with sample IELTS questions I will get a higher IELTS band score.

NOT TRUE: Authentic IELTS practice tests are good for developing your knowledge of the IELTS test and practicing your time management and exam skills. But simply doing lots of practice tests and scoring the same isn’t an effective technique to improve your IELTS band score.

You need to practice using English in many different contexts, learn to use more vocabulary, and improve your knowledge of how to apply different grammar structures to improve your overall level of competency in English.

I’ve been told it’s easy to cheat in the IELTS exam.

NOT TRUE: IELTS uses multiple security measures and checks to ensure the integrity and security of the test and prevent people from cheating during test sessions.

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