Fear of IELTS….!

Fear of IELTS

IELTS is all about practice. One needs to practice in particular manner to get good results. Some key points will be discussed in upcoming article (module wise).

1. Reading:

  • Difficulties faced by exam takers:

Candidates find this module toughest among all other. One has to complete reading in 60 minutes. There are three sections, each contains some questions (Fill in the blanks, multiple choices, TRUE/YES, FALSE/NO, NOT GIVEN). Total marks are 40. Each section has given 15 to 20 minutes according to weightage of that particular section. But candidates are not able to complete each section within time. So, lead time for that module will ruin time for another module and at last in remaining time remainder section will not be completed fruitfully, and in depression they will not get good results. Poor performance in reading will leads to lower quality performance in next upcoming modules.

  • Remedies:

I. Read one page of English news paper every day II. Increase speed of your reading III. DO fruitful reading (You should know what was written after paragraph has read) IV. Try to make some points after reading some article

2. Listening:

  • Difficulties faced by exam takers:

There are 40 questions and question paper will be of 40 marks. Candidates generally looking for answers while listening the recording. Whilst listening if one fail to listen specific answer, he/she thinks about that (what would be the answer of left blank), but meanwhile recording is still going on. This is not formula of active listening. In this case he/she will lose next adjacent answers, and after all score will be affected.

  • Remedies:

I. Try to maintain track with speaker II. Try to guess the answer in blanks (by this he/she will easily capture the from speech) III. There is no end of world if he/she loses one answer IV. Try to get track back by any blank containing number (year, date, amount and so on) V. Multiple choices create most confusions in listening, while attending MCQs listen carefully to speaker

3. Writing:

  • Difficulties faced by exam takers:

1. Deficit in writing time, however time is enough for writing 2. Waste of time in calculating words for TASK 1 and TASK 2 3. Spending more time in TASK 1, instead TASK 2 has most dominance compare to TASK 1 in writing4. Writing essay without any pre plan, and flow less contents 5. Missing conjunctions, complex sentences, coherence, vocabulary, synonyms in TASK 1 and TASK 2

  • Remedies:

1. To write good essay one has to spend 2 to 3 minutes in the beginning to point out what to write in each paragraph 2. Don’t count words, instead count lines 3. In TASK 1 one needs to write at least 24 lines (± 2 lines, not more than that), In TASK 2 one needs to write at least 40 lines (± 2 lines, not more than that) 4. Essay structure (Introduction: 6 lines, Body Para1: 9, Supporting Body Para2: 9 lines, Supporting Body Para3: 9 lines, Conclusions: 5-6 lines)
4. Speaking:

  • Suggestions:

1. Maintain eye contact with examiner 2. Maintain gentle smile on face 3. Try to speak in English with friends, speak for 2-3 minutes on random topics every day. Try to speak house hold English (day to day life English with correct vocabulary) 4. Don’t afraid in front of examiner, present what you are not what you have prepared, give your best while speaking


1. http://www.ielts-blog.com/ielts-preparation-tips/things-about-ielts-people-fear-the-most/
2. http://www.examenglish.com/IELTS/ielts_fears.php
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_of_IELTS

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