IELTS Myths

 Jan 19 2020    |   Category: IELTS , Quiz

IELTS is easily the most popular English proficiency test. It’s robust structure, and integrity is making it a valuable language assessment tool. Familiarity breeds contempt, and prevalence breeds misconception. Here are a few common misconceptions about IELTS.

IELTS is difficult

IELTS is neither tricky nor difficult. It starts off easy, and as you progress, so does the level of complexity. This is designed to gently take the test taker into higher levels of language without the test taker feeling the pressure of having to tackle challenging aspects of the language first.

Word Limit is the Most Important Metric

No. Achieving the word limit is important, but not achieving it, or missing it closely, all by itself will not dramatically affect your score. Remember, it is about writing clearly, and correctly. It is about conveying a message rather than writing a passage of a certain length. If you are confident about having written a great response, but have managed only 230 words, do not fret. Submit the paper with confidence. Look at a sample of how an IELTS writing task is evaluated here. You will know why word count does not really matter!

My location and my test centre will affect my IELTS score.

Whether you book via the British Council or IDP or any other agency in your country, the IELTS test on a given day in a given country will exactly be the same. It also maintains the same level of difficulty all over the globe. IELTS results are closely monitored for consistent performance.

Big words will get a Big score

Sesquipedalian much? Just dropping in big words in a sentence will not give you a good score. Always remember, understanding how to use the words is more important than using big words. Look at a simple word usage quiz and see what you score!

Word Use Test 1

Looking to improve your vocabulary? Looking to get an awesome score in Lexical Resource? Be it acing the GRE or getting the top score in IELTS, knowing words would isn't enough, you need to know how to use that words. This test is a first in the series of tests that improve vocabulary, word use and understanding of sentence structure.

Difficulty Level : Easy

Since it first   1   the public imagination in the 1950s, television   2   placed the dominant segment of our population - white heterosexual males - at center   3   . Ethnic minorities were all   4   absent from television until the early 1970s;   5   in the last decade have programmes featured women in prominent roles.

  6   when there are scenes where both sexes appear   7   camera, men generally play the brilliant detectives, fearless explorers and skilled surgeons. Women, by   8   , continue to be   9   as the less capable characters.

Change has come most slowly to advertising,   10   sells products by conforming   11   widely established cultural norms. Advertising   12   frequently presents the two sexes in stereotypical ways. Historically, commercials have shown women in the home, happily using cleaning products, and trying   13   new appliances. Men, on the other hand, predominate in commericals for cars, banking services and industrial companies. The authoritative 'voiceover' - the faceless voice that promotes products on television and radio - is almost always male.

There are also other, more subtle biases. Men are often photographed   14   appear taller than women, implying malesuperiority. Women are more frequently presented lying, or, like children, sitting on the floor. The expressions and gestures of men   15   competence and authority,   16   women are more likely to appear   17   childlike poses. While men focus on the product   18   advertised, women direct their interest to men, conveying their supportive and submissive role. Advertising   19   actively promotes the myth that by embracing traditional notions of feminity and masculinity, we   20   our prospects for personal and professional success.

Reading Comprehension requires vocabulary

Reading comprehension is the section that everyone loves to hate. It is big, boring, and for many – intimidating. However, all it tests is your ability to understand the general meaning of the passage / sentence not the meaning of every word. So what you need is getting the big picture. If you want to look at practicing a few reading tests, we have something just for you:

Mini Reading Test Pack

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