9 FACTS ABOUT IELTS THAT MAY SURPRISE YOU- THINGS YOU MUST KNOW
- Non-native speakers cannot get band 9?
This is not true. It’s possible for non-native speakers to score band 9 in IELTS if they perform excellently. In fact, the examiner tests your English level and if you have powerful English skills then no one can cut your marks.
In the other hand, it has been observed that some native speakers do not get band 9 even in speaking test.
Actually, in some cases native speakers score less than non-native speakers. It all depends on your effort and how much dedication you put to the task of achieving a high score.
Well, the vocabulary is a great help but it doesn’t mean that you start cramming the words. The test requires you to display a wide range of vocabulary naturally. So, if you are not 100% sure about a word don’t use it.
2. Learning more and more big words always work?
Learn quality words rather than learning a long list of words. This would surely help you to grab more marks.
3. The more IELTS practice tests you do, the higher score you can get?
Practice tests are helpful for you to understand the IELTS format and apply appropriate test strategies. However, it’s challenging for you to achieve a high band score on the test if you just only focus on doing the test.
Actually, the IELTS measures your English proficiency and not how well you know the test. You should work on your general English first before starting to prepare for the IELTS test, then improve your test skills and learn about the test.
4. There is one correct answer in the speaking test?4.
As a matter of fact, there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to content. IELTS is an English test not Mathematics test, the examiner is judging you on four areas and four areas only. They are:
Fluency and coherence
Grammatical range and accuracy
5. I can get higher score if the examiner also agree with my opinion?
In reality, IELTS is not a knowledge test or an opinion test, it is an English test.
The examiner is judging your ability to speak or write in English, not agree or disagree with you. So you no need to care about examiner’s feelings or personal opinions.
6. Ask the examiner in the Speaking test to repeat the question will lower my score?
To be honest, the Speaking test is not a listening test and it is perfectly acceptable to ask the examiner to repeat the question. Otherwise, you won’t answer it properly that can further lose your marks. You can even ask the meaning of any word if you do not understand. However, don’t abuse this privilege; only use it when you need to.
7. It’s good to use as wide range of grammatical structures as I can?
In speaking and writing test, you will be judged on two things when it comes to grammar:
+ ability to use a wide range of structures
+ ability to write error-free sentences.
Generally, it’s better to be safe than sorry, so don’t use anything you’re unsure about.
Remember that errors will bring your score down much more than the lack of complex grammar structures.
8. I need to speak with a western accent to pass the test?
It is good if you can speak with a western accent such as a British accent or American accent. However, a speaking test aims to test English speaking proficiency. You just need to use your natural accent and focus on speaking clearly, fluently to make sure the examiner can understand you.
9. Different countries offer different IELTS tests?
Although the IELTS test has two different versions (IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training), each version on the same day is the same everywhere in the world; so, in fact, the test itself is not any easier for anyone.
IELTS Sharing Community Team.