IELTS Common Mistakes to Avoid

ielts common mistakes

The success in IELTS test to a great extent relies on upon students’ capability to follow the procedure. It might sound simple, yet it is a common mistake that lowers the importance of following the directions accurately. 

Following is the list of some common mistakes that eat away examinee’s IELTS points.

  • A very obvious mistake is to answer in more words than asked for. For instance, if the instruction is to answer in “Not more than 3 words”, answering in four words would definitely deduct your marks. 
  • On the other hand, if the task asks to answer with the minimum word limit (say 250 words), this means writing shorter would again cost you marks.
  • Come out of “More you write better score you get” myth. This is a dangerous misconception. If you write a lengthy essay, the chances of making mistakes would increase & would also be penalized.
  • Diverting from the topic is not at all accepted. Sometimes when a student tries to write on a topic which he doesn’t understand, he starts writing on a slightly or entirely different topic. The score he would get is zero. 
  • Having a sound memory often bring one in trouble. At times students, having seen the repeated essays, tend to mug up the articles. This is an awful mistake as the examiners are trained to trap the memorized essays.
  • Focus on pronunciation and not the accent. Being a non-native English speaker, you will not be penalized for not having the accent. Regardless strong your accent is, the words to pronounce clearly or it will cost marks.
  • Numerous students imagine that communicating the wrong thoughts and can hurt their score. The truth is that no idea can be wrong and the ideas are not important on their own. It is the way they express in that important.