10 IELTS Myths – Part 2

6. I
practiced 50 full tests, I will get an 8

While practicing
sample questions is a good way to familiarise yourself with the structure and
fine tune your timing, it does not equate with a good score.

IELTS questions and passages are NOT repeated. You will get a new passage each
time. So understanding the test and what the questions need from you will help
you more than bull-headed practice.

Take a look
at a super straightforward listening test and see how you fare! You might be


7. Grammar
is all I need!

Language is all you need. Do you know what subject verb agreement is called in
your mother-tongue? Well, neither does the majority that scores more than an 8

IELTS requires
you to have an understanding of the language and how it is used and not the
nuances of grammar. If you can write accurate sentences, and speak clearly, you
should not be worried about what a predicate is or what a subjunctive
whatchamacallit is!

Take a look
at one of the most common mistakes that candidates make in an IELTS test:


8. An 8 in
Speaking? – Dress Well and Let the Body Talk!

confident and dressing well can give you a sense of security, but that does not
translate into a great score. The same is the case with smiling and asking

focused on your language ability. If you dress shabbily, and are grumpy, but
speak fluently, and coherently, and give relevant answers – you can still get a
fantastic score!

9. ‘Correct’
answers get a better score

Whether it is in speaking or writing – the correctness or the accuracy of
your answers does not matter. What matters is that you answer the questions in
an appropriate and relevant manner. This will include, fluency, tone, clarity,
and grammatical accuracy and consistency.

Want to understand what aspects IELTS speaking deals with? Take a look at
the test on phrases here:


10. Sound
like James Bond or Harry Potter to get a 9!

If you can do a great British or American or some other accent, it is all
fine. If you cannot mimic an accent, it is still fine. Your chances of getting
a 9 are not affected either way.

Pronunciation and accent are two different things.  You are scored on pronunciation and not

For example, the word accent is pronounced ak-sent and not assent.

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