12 Myths About IELTS

IELTS is one of the most famous English proficiency tests taken in almost the whole of the world and over 9000 organizations accept it. IELTS measures the main four English language skills in depth that are Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. IELTS targets on a nine-band scale to clearly check the proficiency of the candidate from one being the lowest score and nine being the highest one.

IELTS is available in two versions:

General training: This test is for those applying for secondary education and immigration.

Academic: This test is for those applying for higher education or professional registration.

Both of the above versions provide an accurate assessment of the four English language skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking, And Writing. As you start preparing for the IELTS test, you will listen and read strange things about this IELTS examination. Although, you should try your level best for not to be distracted.

We will be now discussing 12 myths about IELTS that people generally say:

  1. Highest IELTS band 9 is merely for the native English speakers:

It is not sure that only those native speakers will score band 9. It is a great myth that only native speakers will score band 9 and non-native speakers cannot. IELTS is a type of examination that is taught in the same way to both native and non-native speakers. It’s just that people have started creating myths that no non-native speaker can score well in this examination. However, it depends on the practice of the candidate for how well he/she prepares for the exam. So, it is only dependent on the candidate’s capability of catching the concepts and preparing with the in-depth syllabus.

  1. Disposition is not needed if my English is good:

Okay, so this is one of the greatest myths among almost everyone who applies for this exam. Most of the candidates think that if their English is good then they do not need any type of preparation. However, those who have this thinking eventually do not succeed in this exam. Because of this examination needs full-fledged disposition of each language skill- Listening, Speaking, Writing, And Reading. All four segments require proper preparation. Even if you are proficient in English, it is totally unwise to attempt the test without being prepared.

  1. Big words and talks will help in scoring the highest band score:

Again, the myth people have in their mind is that talking in big words, writing with complexity and giving answers with full confidence will help you gain the best marks. But sorry, this attitude is not as good as giving appropriate answers with specific and to the point responses helps you to score good marks. The words you write or speak should co-relate and have sense with what you say and write. And also if you are not confident about the meaning of a particular word, do not use it.

  1. Only doing sample tests will help in gaining good band score:

Practicing sample tests well will help you in the improvement of your English and attempt the IELTS test well. But it is not always sure that doing just sample tests will vindicate you to achieve success in this test. To clear this test, it is not only that doing self-study and solving the sample papers will endow you with a nice band score. But taking a coaching which teaches you every concept of the IELTS four segments and practicing on a daily basis will help pick-you-up to the success of this examination.

  1. My knowledge helps me to achieve a good score in the speaking exam:

Examiner judges your capability of speaking with full sense. There is never a right or wrong response in a content but content should be meaningful and helpful to others. Examiner examines your knowledge with meaningful content. You should focus on giving fluent with the appropriate and meaningful answer. Read various topic contents on a daily basis. So, this is a myth of candidates that if you have the knowledge you will clear this segment of the IELTS test.

  1. Speaking with a native speaker’s accent will vindicate you to achieve a high score:

So, if you are a non-native English speaker, then you need not to worry as it is not necessary to have a native English speaker. Your accent is not evaluated in this test. What matters is your own accent and knowledge. The speaking segment of the IELTS test aims to examine you’re speaking English proficiency. You will be examined on your fluency, grammar, accuracy and pronunciation.

  1. To clear the IELTS test, I need a certain overall band score:

Now, this is a myth of a candidate’s who think that they need only an overall band score. But you need a high band score in every segment of this IELTS test to achieve a high overall band score. So, attempt well all the segments of the exam and achieve a great overall band score.

  1. If my opinion is different from the examiner, I might get a low score:

IELTS is not only a knowledge exam and not an opinion based exam. IELTS exam judges a candidate’s answering power. IELTS is an English proficiency test. The examiner might disagree with your every opinion but you can still score a high band score of 9. So, just be on your words, provide relevant answers.

  1. Depending upon the choice of center, the IELTS test score might be less:

The biggest myth in the candidate’s mind is that their scores may be less depending upon their center of choice. But let us tell you that IELTS is a standardized test and candidate’s from various nations apply for and attempt this test. So, do not worry about your score as all the IELTS test centers have the same standards.

  1. Cheating in the IELTS exam is possible:

Some people may claim that cheating is easy for the IELTS exam and you will score easily without studying much. So, be careful of all of these types of people. As the IELTS centers are sophisticated and are protected by the various security measures to prevent cheating and to safeguard the organizations that accept your results.

  1. Different test centers take different IELTS test and the one is easier to attempt than the other:

There is no difference among different IELTS centers taking tests as the tests are made by the language experts at the University of Cambridge and given to all the centers across the globe taking tests of IELTS. The examiners are trained and give the same marking according to the marking schemes.

  1. Depending upon the examiner the test scores vary:

The examiners give scores to the candidates according to the marking scheme. All the examiners are under the IELTS professional’s network.

Stop worrying and distract yourself from all the myths about IELTS and give your best to score the highest IELTS score and reach the point you want to.

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