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Did you know that True / False / Not Given style questions always come in the order of the text, but the answer to short answer questions can be anywhere? This is why you need a different approach to finding an answer depending on the type of question.
In the IELTS writing test, you can actually lose points for writing too many words. This is because the examiner can take away points for not answering the question directly or adding irrelevant content to your work.
The language and manner of speaking you use in the speaking test should be different in Part One, Part Two and Part Three. This is because you should become more formal as the test progresses.
In the listening test, you have 10 minutes at the end of the recording to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. Only the answers written on the answer sheet are scored.
Handwriting in the IELTS writing test is only important if it is completely unreadable. It doesn't matter if it is not very tidy, so long as the examiner can read it.
In the listening test, there is a short break in the middle of each recording for the first three sections, but not in Section 4. That means you have to prepare the 10 questions before the recording begins.
The most common question type that candidates get wrong in the reading test is the 'Headings' style question. That is because the IELTS test is designed to test your ability to identify qualifying words such as 'slightly', 'most of' and 'a few'.
In the listening test, it is common for the speaker to give an answer to a question, but then modify the answer. Writing the first answer you hear is not always the correct one.
In IELTS writing, Task II is worth more than Task I. An approximate way to estimate your result is to add Task I + Task II + Task II then divide by 3.
The examiner is marking your writing based on 4 different criteria: task achievement, lexical resource (vocabulary), grammar and cohesion / coherence.
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