Every IELTS aspirants tend to appear for the exam, but there are some times when you don’t get the appropriate result.

Why is this? What happens actually?

Everyone needs to realise one concept that when you appear for the exam; you are more calm and relaxed, but when you go for the exam, it is precisely the opposite.

You are stressed, nervous and worried about how are you going to perform, and that makes it more difficult for you. Amidst such circumstances, aspirants tend to make a lot of errors.

Learn how to avoid such common mistakes in the IELTS Exam with the following strategies:

IELTS Listening Exam

  1. Don’t Ignore the Given Instructions: Suppose, the instruction read ‘answer in no more than two words’, then you are strictly required to write either one word or two words. You won’t be scored if you write your answer in three or more words.
  2. Don’t Leave Blank Answers: Know that you won’t lose scores for your wrong responses. Even if you don’t know the answer, make a guess and answer the question.
  3. Avoid Spelling & Grammatical Mistakes: Any answer that is wrong spelled or written grammatically incorrect will be marked wrong. So, listen to the audio properly and then provide your response.
  4. Don’t Write on the Answer Sheet While You Listen: You can listen to the recording only once, so it becomes essential to focus on the recording without any distraction. Don’t worry; you will get 10 minutes later to transfer your responses in the answer sheet.

IELTS Speaking Exam

  1. Don’t ‘Parrot’ the Question Everyone knows that parrots have a unique ability to mimic human speech. However, in the IELTS Speaking exam, it is not advisable to repeat the question asked by the examiner.
  2. Don’t Speak with a Flat Intonation: To maintain the listener’s interest and attention, you need to vary your pitch, volume, speed and intonation. Flat intonation will not help you to look natural.
  3. Don’t Use Advanced Vocabulary: Yes, if you are not comfortable to use advanced vocabulary, then stop there and don’t complicate it for yourself. Surely, advance vocabulary helps to impress the examiner but if you are not confident, then avoid using advanced vocabulary.

IELTS Writing Exam

  1. Don’t Write Unnecessary Words: Sometimes, aspirants write more words than given in the instructions. This is one of the common mistakes while writing an answer, and this can affect your marks.
  2. Avoid Write in the First Person If you are writing task 1 of Academic, then it is highly recommended to share details of the information that are shown in the graph, table or chart without giving your personal comments.
  3. Don’t Waste Time: You will need more time for your writing task 2, so do not waste time on task 1. You must practice writing answers for task 1 in 20 minutes.
  4. Don’t Change the Topic: You have to strictly write on a topic that is given in the exam. There is no scoring for a wrong topic in the IELTS exam regardless of how beautifully you present your ideas and work.

IELTS Reading Exam

  1. Don’t Forget to Maintain Word Formatting: Strictly, in the IELTS exam, it is recommended to write either in all capital letters (e.g., HELLO) or all small letters (e.g., hello). Many aspirants prefer to choose capital letters because of clear visibility. This point is also applicable to the IELTS Listening Exam.
  2. Don’t Read the Entire Passage: Try to find some relevant keywords and skim the text to get an idea of the topic. You can avoid unnecessary words and information from the passage.
  3. Don’t Lose Focus on the Order of Questions: Generally, the questions are in the same order as the text. If you get 2nd answer and the 4th answer, then you have to find your 3rd answer somewhere between those two answers. However, there is an exception in the paragraph matching exercises.
  4. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Complex Vocabularies: If you can’t find the meaning of the word, then it is recommended to move on because it is going to take much time. It is okay even if you miss to understand a few words in a passage.


Now, don’t forget to include all these strategies in your IELTS exam preparation to achieve the desired score. Also, make sure that you follow each strategy when you go for the exam.

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