7 IELTS Exam Myths Debunked

12 Nov 2018
7 IELTS Exam Myths Debunked

As you’re preparing for your upcoming IELTS, you’ll read and hear much information about this exam. Often, much of what you read or hear is not entirely accurate or true. The following are 7 of the more common IELTS exam myths you could encounter:

Myth #1: Using IELTS preparation materials is not needed.

While you can prepare for the exam yourself using a wide range of methods, most people who have passed the exam on their first attempt have used IELTS prep materials and even attended prep courses at their local IELTS Test Centres.

Myth #2: You do not have to finish each IELTS section entirely as long as you are providing quality answers to pass.

The quality of your answers is just important as making sure you can complete each IELTS section in the time allowed. You want to make sure you prepare so you can complete each section while providing quality answers.

Myth #3: Each country has their own versions of the IELTS exams.

Regardless of where you take your IELTS – either the Academic or General Training version – it will be the same exam given at ALL IELTS Test Centres around the world.

Myth #4: If you don’t pass the IELTS you have to wait a year before you can retake it.

You’re able to retake the IELTS as many times as you need to achieve a passing score without any waiting period whatsoever. However, you will want to prepare so you can do well the first time since you have to pay the exam fee each time you retake the IETLS.

Myth #5: To pass the IETLS you have to get a score of at least 7.0.

The IELTS has different score requirements depending on why you are taking it. As long as you get the required score you need, then you will pass.

Myth #6: I must speak without an accent to pass the speaking section of the IELTS.

The purpose of the speaking section is to ensure you can speak English. Speaking without an accent does not get you a higher score or guarantee you will pass. Instead, focus on speaking precisely and clearly with your native accent, so the examiner can easily understand you.

Myth #7: The only section I need to get a high score on is the speaking section.

This is far from the truth. You should attempt to get the best score possible on all 4 IELTS sections. You’re typically required to achieve a specific score in each module, which is used to determine your overall score.

By debunking these myths, you are free to focus on what truly matters – preparing for your IELTS exam and getting the passing score you require. For access to IETLS prep materials, please feel free to explore our website further, or use the “Register for IELTS” button to contact your nearest IELTS Centre directly.


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