COMMON MISTAKES IN THE IELTS LISTENING SECTION

 

  1. Write your answers on the test and copy them later. At the end of the listening test, you are given 10 whole minutes to copy all your answers to the Answer Sheet. DO NOT waste any time in copying during the actual test. This might actually distract you and you could lose valuable marks.
  2. Follow instructions very carefully. A common mistake is that the candidates do not always read the instructions. If the instructions state, “Write no more than three words” and you write more, then you will receive no marks for your answer. Also, be very careful because in some tasks you are asked to circle two answers, sometimes three, and so on. Read the instructions carefully every time. They may differ from the previous ones.
  3. Misspelled words receive no marks. Listen carefully to the audio recording. If you write the singular of a word instead of its plural form, your answer will be considered wrong (for example, if you write ‘studio’ instead of ‘studios’).
  4. Familiarise yourself with spelling names, addresses and, city names! Spelling errors are the number one mistake in the Listening Section! Ask your teacher, for example, to provide tasks which involve British city names so you can be prepared beforehand. In the listening section, these names are not repeated twice.
  5. Incomplete answer. For example, if you hear an address and, instead of writing it all down, you choose to write down only the street number and not its name, or vice versa.
  6. Double-check your answer. Does it make sense in the context? Check, for example, if you answered with an adjective but, in fact, a noun is required.
  7. Familiarise yourself with charts, diagrams, graphs, etc . For example,the most important problem with diagram labeling might be to realise where the description begins (it might , for example, describe a open space like a zoo so the diagram is not in a linear but in a circular flow ). So pay attention especially to the first minutes of the listening section.
  8. In the multiple choice questions, do not just choose an answer because the words are the same! Make sure you choose the correct meaning!
  9. Focus on what is repeated!Quite often, if something is repeated, it means this is the correct answer.
  10. Do not leave anything unanswered. Sometimes, if you are not sure of your answer, you might leave the question behind. Even so, you should still write it down. It’s better to take a risk if you are unsure than leave an answer blank.

Good luck !

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COMMON MISTAKES IN THE IELTS READING SECTION

 

1. Familiarise with the test, the various sections and the different techniques each of them requires to respond successfully. A lot of candidates commit mistakes because they are not very familiar with the test before they sit the exam.

2. Order of difficulty. Usually, the first 2 readings are easier than the last one. So, start with these two since it is quite probable that these sections will be easier to answer and will give you more marks.

3. All of the answers are within the text. If you cannot find an answer, this is probably because you are looking in the wrong place! Look somewhere else in the text. Do not make the mistake of trying to come up with your own answers! Look for them in the text.

4. Read the instructions carefully because a common mistake is that instructions are sometimes ignored! For example : When you are given the TRUE/FALSE/NOT GIVEN questions, a common mistake could be to write YES/NO instead of TRUE/FALSE, even though the instructions are very clear. Try not to rush and read the instructions carefully! Also, in the Fill In The Blanks – Summary section, you have to complete the gaps. A frequent mistake is writing more words when the instructions ask to write only 1, 2 or maximum 3 words. In the same section, also, check your Grammar, before you write your answer. Do not write a plural value when grammatically singular value is needed and vice versa.

5. Spelling is another common problem. Always try to manage your time efficiently and allow 2-3 minutes in the end to review your answers. This might save you from any unnecessary spelling errors.

6. Plan your time wisely! Never spend too much on one single question. In fact, once you realise that you need more time, perhaps you should continue with the next question. A difficult question probably requires more attention and, therefore, time. So, before you realise it, you might have wasted more time than you could afford to answer the easy (for you) questions.

7. Remember that there is no extra time for transferring of answers. You have 60 minutes to answer the Reading section. You must make time to copy the answers from the test booklet to the answer sheet or write directly on the answer sheet.

Good luck!