EXAMS or TESTS usually makes a person nervous, and for some reason lack confidences. Just terming IELTS as a tough exam is not fair.
EXAMS or TESTS, are conducted to test your level in it , and to judge your knowledge on it. In the same manner is IELTS, it is basically an exam to test your level of English through 4 different approaches which are SPEAKING for your Vocabulary, READING for your Comprehension skill , LISTENING for your concentration and understanding and WRITING for your coherence.
IELTS is no more difficult than any other exam. The questions are straightforward and designed to assess how well you can use the English language.IELTS requires thorough preparation, and amany rounds of Mock tests. So as to be able to grasp the pattern of the question paper and understandthe requirements.
Nobody is graded as a PASS or FAIL in IELTS. The score is given on a 9-band scale (1 being the lowest, 9 being the highest). This scale has remained consistent for over 20 years.
The score you need is determined by the requirements of your visa or the institution/organisation to which you are applying. Always remember to check what score you need before you take the test.
There is sentiments in this and it is a common myth. However it is important to understand that the IELTS test is not prepared differently for different centres. The standardarization of the IELTS test paper is supported by Professionals who have researched the levels suitable for the test takers.
At your convience you may appear for the test.
Keep in mind that all IELTS examiners in each country receive the same high level of training and are closely monitored to ensure they rate your responses consistently wherever you may take the test.
This is not true!. Be your natural self. With your own pronunciation and expressions. Donot practise building up a foreign accent, and fake the test. Instead, focus on speaking clearly and at a natural pace so that the examiner can understand you.
On the contrary Practise your English every day by imitating the right pronunciation and expression of words. by listening to different native speakers, this will help you to pronounce difficult and new words clearly and correctly, instead of saying them the wrongly.
Funny , weird and strange pronunciation and expressions are not good, and will not be considered or excused. Especially if it is a well know word or a common word!
Speaking with a Smile and giving Humour answers, certainly is a plus point, as the 10 to 15 minutes will be enjoyed by both. HOWEVER, if the grammar is weak, and humour is irrelevant and projecting a smiling face without any reason, could be hazardous and result in poor scoring.
It is better to be pleasing and conversant in the SPEAKING test.
Every examiner is trained and monitored closely to be fair to every candidate . They will pay attention to your level of English only.
If you have nervousness in the beginning, or mummble along the test, or you are not quick in responding , they will not consider these situations, instead they will be patient, and at times encourage you to accomplish the test reasonably well, by the end of the test round.
Smiling and Laughing doesnot add to the score, It will only make the stress-buster vanish, and confidence strong.
Maintaining the requirement and a little more is good , certainly not less than the requirement. The minimum word limit of 150 words for Task 1 and 250 words for Task 2 is mandatary. If you write less than this, your score will drop.
DISOBEDIENCE to instructions is unlawful, and punishment for the same is a less score.
However if you write a little more, like a plus 10 or maximum a plus 20, is Fine.
BUT this does not guarantee you any extra marks for writing extra words.
A better or good score is allocated on the bases of
(i) maintaining the limit of words required (150/ 250)
(ii) the right grammar
(iii) an organised answer
Rather it is more important that you use correct English, appropriate Your grammar, a wide range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
Yor opinion is respected and will be considered. Whether your opinion tallys with the examiner or not.
In your Writing and Speaking test, there are no right or wrong opinions. The examiner is assessing how well you can use your English to report information and express ideas.
“Practise makes a person perfect” .Each time you practise you will be aware of the pattern of the questions, you will grasp the idea of finding the anwers quicker and your confidence level will automatically develop.
Practising sample tests will help you learn what is expected in each part of the test. This is good test preparation in order to maximise the English skills you have.
However, remember that to improve your English you need to use English in everyday contexts – speak it with your friends, write notes and emails in English, read English newspapers, listen to English radio, watch English TV channels.
IELTS is protected by sophisticated and multi-layered security measures to prevent cheating in order to protect you and the organisations that accept your results. These measures include:
Identity checks at registration
1. Your photograph is taken and your finger is scanned when you register or arrive for the test. This photograph is used to ensure that the same person sits every part of the test
2. Identity checks are also undertaken during the Reading and Writing test and again on check-in for the Speaking test.
3. All test materials are collected, checked against registration and seat details and double-counted before test takers are released from their test session.
4. All test centres are regularly monitored and audited.
5. Test papers are printed on high-security paper and distributed automatically without human intervention.
6. Every test paper includes a unique combination of questions – Everydays' test paper differs.
The concept of “harder” is experienced by those who have a low level of the English language. If your medium of education was through the native langauage, then to be able to master IELTS you need to revert to 12 hours a day and 7 days in a week, of using the English language as frequently as you can in as manner approaches as you can. Speak ,Read, Write, and Listen English. This simple approach will work Miracles.
Thousands of educational institutions, employers, and professional registration bodies accept IELTS because it is a high quality and fair test. This is why IELTS is accepted by more governments for migration purposes than any other test.
The institution/organisation you are applying to will determine what level of English you need.