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IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an international test that determines the level of knowledge of English as a foreign language. Developed by specialists from the University of Cambridge in the UK. This is the test that people who are going to immigrate or study in a country where English is the main language of communication pass. Therefore, if you are going to change your place of residence by moving to Australia, New Zealand or Canada, continue your studies at the universities of the aforementioned countries (as well as at universities in Britain, America, Ireland) - this test is for you (the IELTS certificate is valid for two years). Representatives of English-speaking countries are not spared from passing this test (for example, the British take IELTS if they are going to immigrate to Australia).
People who are going to take IELTS often have a slightly mistaken opinion about this test, and sometimes they tend to believe the myths created by not very honest teachers and tutors, and sometimes just well-wishers who are poorly versed in the essence of passing this exam. We will try to debunk some of these myths and answer the question - what will be really useful when passing IELTS, and what does not matter, or may cause a decrease in the exam score.
After completing the IELTS preparation courses, I will ensure myself the required exam score. No, attending courses at an examination center is not a guarantee that you will receive a certain score on the exam. The only advantage of such courses is that (if taught by one of the examiners) you will be able to understand the requirements of the exam and prepare accordingly.
IELTS General Module is simpler than Academic Module. This is not entirely true. These exams are designed to test various skills in the Reading and Writing parts. It should be borne in mind that without experience of reading and analyzing texts of English-language textbooks of exact sciences (for example, physics or mathematics), you will experience much more difficulties than in the process of reading and translating journal articles when passing the General Module. The same with the letter: the requirement to analyze the graphs and write reports on them specified in the Academic Module Writing assignment can put you in a difficult position.
Getting a high score for Speaking is easy - you just need to learn the monologues well and memorize the answers to all the questions. Misconception. Anyone who knows the language well (and even more so an experienced examiner) is able to distinguish natural speech from jagged answers. In this case, the teacher taking the exam can simply change the topic of discussion or ask several new questions, the answers to which you will have to formulate spontaneously. In this case, knowing a few standard turns with which you can take time and collect your thoughts, as well as the rules of etiquette (the formula for greeting and goodbye, the ability to interrupt the interlocutor, continue your thought after being interrupted, etc.) can help. ).
Having worked through the sample tests, you can expect a high score for Listening and Reading. This is only possible if you are fluent in English. If not, you need to learn the language, listen and read a lot - only in this case you can hope for an increase in the score.
It is impossible to prepare for IELTS on your own. Maybe if you don't know the language well and have minimal experience in studying the material on your own. In other cases, self-preparation is a very real thing.
Difficult questions in Reading can be skipped, it is better to spend time processing more questions easier. Indeed, many people are afraid of the questions that force them to make a choice True / False or, even worse, True / False / Not Given. However, one should not be afraid of seemingly difficult, at first glance, questions like T / F / NG (True / False / Not Given) - in fact, they are based on simple texts and are by no means the most difficult. But the questions at the end of the test should be approached with caution, since the complexity of the texts in Reading is increasing. Consequently, the latter questions are the most difficult.
In order for the teacher to rate my confidence and add points, the work should be written with a pen. In fact, the examiners don't care if you used a pen or a pencil - as long as the handwriting is clear and the work is written without blots. And this is easier to achieve if you write with a pencil - an incorrectly written letter (word, sentence) can be carefully erased, while what is written with a pen will have to be crossed out, and this is a blot, the presence of which in the work will not be counted in your favor.
The Writing score will be higher if I write an essay with a lot of words. Unfortunately, this is not the case. If your essay is too long, the examiner will simply check the first 250 words, leaving out the rest. And the grade for work in progress, cut short in mid-sentence, is unlikely to be high. And for florid reasoning that does not quite coincide with the topic, they can remove points (since the presence of such can be regarded as a sign that you do not understand the essence of the issue).
At Speaking, my interview will simply be recorded on a tape recorder, and will be evaluated later, and, possibly, by completely different people. Therefore, you can not try too much. Completely erroneous opinion. It is the examiner who assesses you on the spot (taking into account everything: how confident you are, whether you smile, etc.), writing down the grade after each part of the interview, and after you leave, after thinking over what you heard and seen, he gives a total score. Recording interviews on tape is just one method of monitoring the progress of exams.
If you don't know what to say in an oral interview, say whatever you want, as long as there is confidence in your voice. Not. The examiner will simply decide that you misunderstood the question and will lower the grade.
My new suit and tie will definitely impress the examiner and affect the grade. Appearance does not affect the assessment. The teacher will evaluate your knowledge of the English language, your ability to behave (politeness, friendliness, self-confidence, knowledge of etiquette, etc.). Therefore, it is best to dress for the exam so that you feel comfortable and comfortable.
If I appeal, I will definitely get a higher score when I retake Speaking (or Writing). Not necessarily - when retaking you can get either a higher or a lower mark (everything will depend, as in a regular exam, only on your knowledge). It should also be noted that the appeal will take you time (several weeks) and will cost you a tidy sum.
The grades for the individual parts of the exam cannot be too different, therefore, having received a high score in Reading, I will get about the same for Writing, even if my writing is far from perfect. It should be noted that, firstly, written works are not checked by the teachers who accepted Reading, and secondly, the works are given to them anonymously, so there is practically no opportunity to "pull up" the score.
The exam score is an accurate indicator of the level of English proficiency of the person taking the test. It should be taken into account how the person is ready for the exam format, how he feels (whether he is sick, did he sleep well, what he ate for breakfast, etc.). But, in spite of this, the exam questions, compiled by professionals, allow you to get an idea of the true level of knowledge of a person passing IELTS.
Only a native speaker can take an IELTS score of 8.5-9. For example, not all Britons who take this exam when immigrating to Australia receive one nines. Most often, their knowledge corresponds to a grade of 8 - 8.5, even with preparation. A person studying English as a foreign language is quite capable of repeating this achievement, and sometimes even showing a better result.