Debunking Six Common Myths You May Have Heard About the IELTS Exam

May 7, 2018 by IELTS

While you're preparing for your IELTS exam, you may have had people tell you various things about the test. Even though their input can be beneficial, it's essential to understand sometimes what you're told may be a myth. Let’s take a look at six myths and the actual truth, so you can worry less and focus on getting a good score.

  1. You need to memorize practice exams as these are very similar to the actual exam.

Memorizing the practice exams is not recommended. You need to remember the actual IELTS exam will have different questions for you to answer. The practice exams are there to help you prepare and improve your English skills.

  1. It's easier to prepare by yourself and not rely upon IELTS materials.

While it does benefit yourself to use several different preparation methods, you do not want to overlook using IELTS materials. There are several tips and tricks for achieving a high score. Most of these you will discover by using IELTS test prep materials or even attending an actual IELTS test prep course.

  1. To pass the speaking section, you need to speak with a “Western” English accent.

This is not true at all. You can speak with your own native accent during this part of the exam. Just make sure that you speak the words clearly so the test examiner is able to understand what you're saying.

  1. You should focus on the quality of your answers and not worry about the time limit.

Even though the quality of your answers does matter, being able to complete each exam section in the allowed time limit is equally important. You will want to time yourself when completing practice exams to ensure you can do this.

  1. The only section you need to prepare for is the speaking section.

Speaking is just one of the four sections of the exam. You need to prepare for all four, as each section is scored separately to determine your overall examination score. In order to pass, you will need to meet a minimum score in each section and achieve an overall minimum exam score.

  1. You only have one chance to take and pass the IELTS exam.

Most people want to pass their IELTS exam the first time they take it. However, if you do not pass, you can retake it at a later date. It's best to review your scores to see what areas you need to practice more on before retaking the exam. You will also have to re-register to take the exam again. As such, it is best to come well prepared the first time and do your very best.

We hope that by debunking these myths you can focus easier on preparing for your IELTS exam. For access to practice tests and IELTS exam preparation materials, please feel free to explore our website further or contact your nearest IDP Canada test location directly.

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