My IELTS Classroom Podcast

14 more IELTS myths busted

December 01, 2020 Shelly Cornick and Nick Lone
My IELTS Classroom Podcast
14 more IELTS myths busted
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My IELTS Classroom Podcast
14 more IELTS myths busted
Dec 01, 2020
Shelly Cornick and Nick Lone

There is so much misinformation online about the IELTS exam is that it can be hard for  test-takers to know what is an IELTS myth and what is an IELTS fact. In one of our first episodes, Nick and I discussed 15 questions from our listeners that started with the expression "Is it true that..." and then we discussed which were correct and which were not.

Today, we do the same with 14 more IELTS myths! confident about which IELTS rumours are true and which are pure invention!  You can find the full episode notes at  http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-myths/

In this episode, you will find out if the following sentences are truth or myth:

  1. The listening test is more difficult now than it used to be.
  2. Speaking with an English or America accent will get you a higher score for pronunciation
  3. Examiners are currently being more lenient because of the current COVID pandemic.
  4.  If I write more than 250 words, I will get a higher score. Writing more means my English is stronger. 
  5. Using very complex sentences will get me a high score in writing.
  6.  It is a bad idea to the examiner to repeat a question in the speaking exam if I don't hear it clearly as this will l imply that I don’t understand English well.
  7.  If the examiner does not agree with my opinion in the speaking or writing part I will get a low band score.
  8.  If you sit the computer-based test, examiners can check your spelling with a spell checker. Therefore, if you have bad spelling, it is better to sit the paper-based test as the examiner may not notice your errors.
  9.  There is a specific set of vocabulary that must be used to gain each band score.
  10. When you request for a remark of score the examiner be lenient when marking your work
  11.  If you have bad handwriting, you will get a low score.
  12. If the questions in the writing and speaking exams are very difficult, the marking will be lenient.
  13. Talking to the examiner before the speaking test starts makes a good impression on an examiner
  14. Being unable to complete an essay means that you will automatically get a low score.

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Show Notes

There is so much misinformation online about the IELTS exam is that it can be hard for  test-takers to know what is an IELTS myth and what is an IELTS fact. In one of our first episodes, Nick and I discussed 15 questions from our listeners that started with the expression "Is it true that..." and then we discussed which were correct and which were not.

Today, we do the same with 14 more IELTS myths! confident about which IELTS rumours are true and which are pure invention!  You can find the full episode notes at  http://blog.myieltsclassroom.com/ielts-myths/

In this episode, you will find out if the following sentences are truth or myth:

  1. The listening test is more difficult now than it used to be.
  2. Speaking with an English or America accent will get you a higher score for pronunciation
  3. Examiners are currently being more lenient because of the current COVID pandemic.
  4.  If I write more than 250 words, I will get a higher score. Writing more means my English is stronger. 
  5. Using very complex sentences will get me a high score in writing.
  6.  It is a bad idea to the examiner to repeat a question in the speaking exam if I don't hear it clearly as this will l imply that I don’t understand English well.
  7.  If the examiner does not agree with my opinion in the speaking or writing part I will get a low band score.
  8.  If you sit the computer-based test, examiners can check your spelling with a spell checker. Therefore, if you have bad spelling, it is better to sit the paper-based test as the examiner may not notice your errors.
  9.  There is a specific set of vocabulary that must be used to gain each band score.
  10. When you request for a remark of score the examiner be lenient when marking your work
  11.  If you have bad handwriting, you will get a low score.
  12. If the questions in the writing and speaking exams are very difficult, the marking will be lenient.
  13. Talking to the examiner before the speaking test starts makes a good impression on an examiner
  14. Being unable to complete an essay means that you will automatically get a low score.

Useful Links 

Rate and review My IELTS Classroom
If you are on Apple Podcasts, help us to help more people just like you by rating and reviewing our show. Reviews let other students - just like you - find our information-packed episodes and start their IELTS journey in the best possible way.

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