Mistakes are common, even some of the well-prepared students naturally make mistakes. How ever in IELTS exam tendency of errors are more comparing to other tests. In IELTS test your points are very valuable. By receiving a low mark, you may lose your chance to migrate.
It does not mean that preparing to IELTS can be difficult or stressful.
You will be tested on LISTENING, WRITING, READING & SPEAKING in IELTS exam. To ensure you are well prepared for IELTS here are the most common mistakes applicants make that cost them valuable points.
- Spelling errors and poor vocabulary
When completing the written portion of the IELTS exam, it’s important to review your spelling. The most common IELTS mistakes include spelling and it’s one of the easiest ones to avoid by simply reviewing! If you’re unsure of the correct spelling of a word, avoid using it. Instead, find its synonym. It’s vital to remember many words in the English language are spelled similarly but mean different things.
- Time management
This is one of the most common IELTS mistakes made by test takers. It can be tough to complete the test within a certain time span and so, time management skills are critical when taking the IELTS exam. You don’t want to spend a lot of time answering one question and then get little time on the next.
It’s important to know exactly how much time is needed on each question. This way, you can answer each question fully to the best of your abilities. You might even consider a strategy. For example, answering the shorter questions that involve less brainstorming first. Time is of the essence!
IELTS test markers are aware you are an international student. Of course, this is a test of English proficiency! With this being said, your accent will not cause you to lose any points. However, the way you pronounce English words will.
You must ensure you are saying each word fully and clearly. For instance, if you are pronouncing the word ‘probably’ you shouldn’t say ‘probly’ as that’s incorrect. The best way to tackle this is to practice, practice, practice. You might even consider practicing with a native English speaker.
- Blank answers
Here’s a quick tip: don’t leave any of the questions blank. This is incredibly important. If you’re unsure of the answer, it’s better to write something as opposed to nothing. There’s a higher chance of you getting part marks even if you make a guess. You won’t lose out on anything by simply trying. Who knows, your guess may even end up being correct!
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