Have you ever had that weird feeling after an exam? That feeling where you know that you did really badly on the test? Well, every student knows this feeling. There are times that no matter how hard we prepare for the test, we still get these minor mistakes that make us feel disappointed with our exam. For people taking the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, committing a mistake should and always be avoided. Getting target scores are very stressful since the IELTS is a requirement in working and studying abroad. The pressure of getting that score is high. Thus, all candidates make sure they are ready to take the test.
Getting a mistake is normal but can be avoided. People do different strategies to avoid getting one, most especially on the IELTS test. Now, what could be the common mistakes IELTS test takers do in the test? Here is a list of mistakes IELTS test takers carelessly do in the exam.
1. Misspelling. There are a lot of commonly misspelled words in the English vocabulary and making this type of mistake in the exam is really unacceptable. Do not use words if you are unsure of its spelling. Instead, think of its synonym or a phrase that could mean the same. Check the following slide to be aware of the 20 words that are often misspelled.
2. Writing below the minimum number of words. To make sure that you reach the minimum number of words in the IELTS writing section, provide the introduction, two body paragraphs and a good conclusion. Check some useful IELTS essay writing at this post.
3. Banking on the content not on the length. Writings are evaluated on how the task has been answered. Trying to make the writing long but with no valuable content gets a low score. Candidates should focus on developing ideas not making unnecessary sentences.
4. Giving responses immediately without brainstorming. Some candidates often commit this mistake. When they think that they are familiar with the topic, they do not read the whole task and just give a response. Take time to understand, brainstorm and respond.
5. Lack of transitions. Transition words make the response smooth and have a good flow. In this case, you can relate or present the data and opinion properly to the examiner.
6. Not following instructions. Most of the time, candidates neglect this and just focus on answering. There are specific tasks on these instructions that must be completed. Ignoring such can cause a huge penalty on the candidates’ scores.
7. Mispronunciation. Pronunciation matters… a lot! You do not need to have a perfect American accent in speaking. Your pronunciation should be clear. Words have to come out clearly to be understood.
8. Poor vocabulary. You need to have a wide range of vocabulary to understand and use English well. Start building a strong vocabulary bank by reading a lot and writing down new words.
9. Not familiar with question types. In review classes and even review manuals, question types are described. Knowing what type of questions to be asked is important to know which skill to use on that particular type. Being familiar with the format of the IELTS test can save time. Read #10.
10. Not managing the time very well. The test has a time limit. Manage your time by skipping questions that are hard, brainstorming in a matter of seconds and even applying skills like skimming and scanning. Thus, time is gold in the IELTS.
Knowing the common mistakes above can help future candidates in avoiding them. Always aim for a high score in the IELTS. Do not just settle with the target score. Candidates can always do better than just hitting the target score. Good luck.
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