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Rumors and myths are everywhere but never just hear and follow a piece of information before an important event without proper research.
There are many myths in the air regarding the famous IELTS, the test that determines your communication skills while applying for immigration to English-speaking countries. So here we are, busting the common myths about the famous IELTS for you!
Don’t let the false information scare you before your big test day. Read the below content to find the correct information about IELTS and the twisted facts out of it.
(1) IELTS is the toughest!
No, it’s not! It is very much similar to the related tests such as CELPIP, PTE, TOEFL. This communication examining test is very important for candidates who want to immigrate to other countries (English-speaking countries). But, that doesn’t make it harder because they test your basic communication skills rather than professional skills.
IELTS, trusted by over 12,000 organizations, is the sole test required to be qualified to immigrate to many countries such as Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
So, if you are planning to immigrate to Canada or any of the above-mentioned countries for either studying, job hunting or permanently settling down, IELTS is crucial for you but not the toughest!
(2) IELTS can’t be attempted more than once
Lie! You can attempt IELTS until doomsday.
There is no limit to attempting IELTS and whoever says otherwise, don’t listen to them! However, IELTS is a basic skill testing test that can be cleared in the first attempt itself.
Good luck with that!
(3) Scoring high in IELTS is nearly impossible
Nothing is impossible!
It all depends on your preparation. But first, you need to know the minimum IELTS score band required by the organization or the university that you are applying to. It varies from organization to organization within a range of 5-7 IELTS Score.
But with a little bit of concentration, determination, and lots of preparation, you can easily score a higher IELTS Score like 8.
(4) More words would give you more marks
And it happens nowhere!
The questions in the paper would have specified the word limit and exceeding the word limit won’t give you extra marks. However, words lesser than the specified word limit can deduct your marks. So, always try to cross the benchmarks but don’t expect an extra reward.
It is highly advised to keep the answers in points and write them as neatly as possible without any fillers.
(5) IELTS Examiners are strict, so you might lose marks on your first attempt
The IELTS Examiners examine and mark fairly and there is no truth to the above statement. You won’t lose the marks until the answers are wrong. The examiners are fair to every candidate and they won’t know if it’s your first or second attempt.
You can focus entirely on the preparation without worrying about bias marking.
(6) The Speaking test might be biased
The speaking test of IELTS, which determines your ability to communicate in the real world, is taken by a human examiner rather than AI. So, they understand and give you time to construct the sentences and perform in a way that would help you in the world out there.
Other speaking tests are taken by the AI, and as no AI is 100% accurate yet, you might find some things biased. But there is nothing to be worried About it as the test would not be related to real-world issues.
(7) Being friendly with the examiner might reward you marks
The only advantage it would provide is that it would make you feel more confident in the exam. Only by being confident, you would make fewer mistakes. So, yeah! It would reward you marks but not in the way the heading reads.
Cracking small jokes or having a friendly conversation with the examiner would make you feel at ease and comfortable with your examiner and they would cooperate because they want you to excel as well.
(8) You might lose marks if you don’t follow a foreign accent
It is difficult to imitate a different accent and the examiners understand that. No one expects you to speak in an American, British, Canadian, or Australian accent in the tests. All that you have to do is keep the speech clear, grammar correct and the sentences understandable. High vocabulary would be impressive but normal vocabulary would be enough as well.
Make sure that you take your time and speak clearly in the test. You can ask the examiner to repeat the question if you don’t hear or understand it the first time and this won’t deduct your marks.
(9) Choose the exam centers properly as it might affect your score
The exam centers in IELTS have nothing to do with the scores as each of the centers would be employed with professional examiners who would be unbiased towards all the candidates.
The examiners follow a list of marking criteria to mark your tests which is completely fair to all the candidates.
(10) Studying English is unnecessary or too easy
Confidence rewards but Overconfidence degrades!
Studying and practicing the IELTS practice papers available in the market, the speaking test questions are necessary and can save you from the end moment of panic. Being prepared for your test is highly recommended before any test and you wouldn’t want to lose the opportunity of immigrating to your dream country just by staying overconfident and not preparing beforehand.
Even if English is your mother tongue, it is advised to practice the same papers to get a clear understanding of what is going to be in front of you in the test.
(11) Computer-based mode is easier than Paper-based mode
All the questions in both the modes would be similar and the mode wouldn’t affect your score, only your preparation can.
IELTS provides both the computer mode and pen & paper mode of exams to be chosen from. So, you can choose the one that would be more comfortable for you.
Some people find it easier to attempt the test on paper while some are comfortable with the electronic mode. But the questions won’t vary, only your level of easiness would!