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IELTS mistakes and steps to avoid

What is IELTS?

To begin with, IELTS stands for “International English Language Testing System”.  As its name suggests, IELTS is a test conducted for the students who are not a native english speaker but are in need of the capability to walk with proficient standard of english speaking. It is not a compulsion exam when you belong no a nation which may or may not require fluency in english language but it is a must when you apply for a nation where your english matters a lot. The test rates your level in various perspectives like listening, reading, writing and speaking. Therefore, IELTS is a test of  2 hours and 45 minutes that tries to cover up your efficiency in english reached by your efforts made on the basis of the trainings and guidelines that you’re received for months.

Why IELTS in Nepal?

Just to make the readers familiar that IELTS is not the only language test that you can appear. We do have other language tests like TOEFL ( Test of English as a Foreign Language), TOEIC (Test of English for communication), OPI and OPIC (test of spoken English fluency) and Cambridge exams as well. They do have their relevant fields where they are given priorities but IELTS is said to be the overall test of the English language because it doesn’t only examine one’s way of speaking or the communicative skills. If you are applying in foreign states then you must check the requirements that they need even if you are applying as a student, for a visa or citizenship. The official websites of the universities or the government must be checked in order to make yourself prepare for meeting their requirements. TOEFL is regarded as one of the most common English language tests but IELTS is said to be more accurate as it has a non-academic version in some countries like the UK.

How to appear on the IELTS exam in Nepal?

As we go through the need of having a score determining our English language, you definitely want to know about the procedures of appearing the IELTS exams. You have to register yourself first and pay a certain amount in order to get a date for your exam. We do see a lot of institutes and career counselling centres that guide us with the course and makes us familiar with IELTS exam pattern wise. In the context of Nepal, the British Council and IDP are the two centres that conduct IELTS exam. Before that, you can contact an institute that guides you with a full procedure of appearing the exam and applying for the universities further if you’re a student. The total score is on a 9 band scale for your writing skills, listening skill, speaking and reading as well. The IELTS test cannot be appeared online and must be done in person which has a validity of two years after you get the official score sheet.   

Common errors in the IELTS exam

We have a misconception that the stylish way of speaking gives us a higher score. But in fact, the correct way of speaking English matters the most. It is true that the IELTS score depends upon the efforts made by the individual following the given instructions and guidelines. It seems to be an easy exam but has a vast course when you get into it. Simplicity matters but ignorance can make your marks pay for it.  The major errors made by the students while appearing the IELTS exam are mentioned below:

Follow the instructions

Exaggeration to the question or stating lesser content than what the question demanded is one of the most common mistakes for the IELTS students. If the question wants you to answer with 250 words then make sure that you meet the criteria. You should not write more just because you know more or give lesser words if the topic isn’t familiar for you. Be straight forward and specific with what you write and present it in a better way.

Contents matters rather than the length

Don’t feel like the long essays are the one with secures more marks. Contents must be relevant not the pages. Pages can be extended with the exaggeration of the topic but don’t state something that isn’t happening or something unnecessary. Be genuine with what you write.

Follow the question

Changing the subject of the question is what we usually do just because we go with the flow. Previously stated that the content must be relevant, you must be focused on the topic, not the sub-heading that you have added further. Don’t write just to meet the word limitation, write something that can relate or define the topics given. Presentation and meeting the exact words limitation fails if you write the entirely new stuff that is unnecessary with the subject matter.  

Keep it simple yet clear

We do have  background before we give the test where some of the topic may be familiar with us. For example, a management students deals with business, accountancy, economics and many more but you should not write only what you have known in deep. Your good memory can keep you in a trouble because mugging up a essay and adding it to the content will not give you high marks. You have to be creative and create something on your own rather than memorising the essays and writings given by someone else. Parrot-learning will not make you score good but keeping it simple and following the instruction will push you forward.

Pronunciation matters rather than accent

Not everyone is blessed with a good and commanding voice, it all depends on the practice and how used to are you with speaking. An accent will not give you more but your pronunciation must be correct. A stylish way of speaking will make others confuse for what you are speaking. So make yourself clear and audible rather than unwantedly fake and forgery.

Linking words

Your writing is not good just because of the use of connective words. It is true that the use of connective words makes your writing better but over using them can worsen the condition. Make some easy to understand sentences and noticeable paragraphs rather than  the flood of words with no presentation but huge connections. Keep you writing clear to understand and use the connective words only if required. The examiner take sit as a hectic one when the onlys neence seems to be a paragraph with unwanted connective words rather than full stops or colons.

Combine your writing with creative ideas and brief description

You cannot have better content only with good ideas but that must be well described as well. Stating the ideas will not pay you well but elaborating the idea to make it clear to the examiner gives a better impression.

Don’t pressure on what you know well

We usually have a habit of stating what we know with justifications that may or may not be required. Overwriting leads to a negative impression on the examiner because you have to be genuine with what you answer rather than acting as a lecturer. Don’t stress on the same thing twice and again just because you know it well.

Thus, keep your skills as a simple to understand and clear as well. Faking what you know or exaggerating your capabilities can may you fail in a test because you have to be the real version of yourself using the tools like instructions, suggestions and guidelines as a tool to sharpen your skills. Speak with confidence but don’t try to be unwantedly assured. Be presentable but don’t create an impression as if you are the only one with such capabilities. As a whole, Be “SMART’ and don’t express yourself in an over smart manner.

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