The IELTS exam is one of the most popular forms of English language proficiency in the world, but there are many myths surrounding it that students believe to be true!
IELTS Exam Myths
There are different versions of the test in different countries
Some believe that each global IELTS centre produces exam papers that are edited to suit each area – this is not true! There is only one universal test which is taken everywhere, so it is no easier or harder depending on where you come from, or choose to sit the exam.
You must speak with a British accent to get a high score
The IELTS exam was created in the UK, but the test considers all forms of globally-recognised English pronunciation acceptable. Whatever your accent, just speak slowly and clearly to make sure the examiner can understand you – you don’t need to practice your best Mary Poppins impression!
The Speaking test is the most important part of the exam
There are four sections of the IELTS test, and no one element is more or less important than the rest of the exam. Each section is graded out of nine, and your overall score is the average of the four marks.
Being a good writer is better than being a fast writer
While students are encouraged to take their time and ensure tasks are completed properly, it is important not to dwell on any of your answers, as time limits do exist. Practice aspects of each exam at home with a time limit to get used to the pressure of being against the clock.
You don’t need to prepare for the IELTS test
This is a dangerous assumption. Even if your English ability is good, it is unwise to attempt a test without being aware of the format and content. There are many tips that you can learn and proper preparation is very important for ensuring a higher mark. Success is a combination of hard work and thoughtful preparation.
If you are planning to take the IELTS test or are applying to study in the UK, visit SI-UK in London or Manchester for expert tuition and preparation classes. Sign up for an IELTS practice test today!