Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Types of Mistakes You Need to Avoid in the IELTS Reading Test

The IELTS or the International English Language Testing System examination is taken every month in the Philippines. The number of test takers has been increasing over time making this test a demand to any Filipino who wish to work, study, or migrate in English speaking countries overseas. The weight of one’s IELTS score is very important as lodging of the application depends on how well the applicant hit the set score requirements. Hence, preparing well for the exam should be done seriously. 

Among the four sections of the examination, reading poses a great challenge on the individual’s comprehension skills. The readings are composed of texts, which could be lengthy, that range from simple to complex in terms of difficulty. Some people who are fond of reading do not have a hard time with the test. To those who do not, it could be pretty hard. For any test takers of the test, it is best to know the types of mistake that are commonly done that should be avoided in the IELTS reading test.

1. Do not write more than the number or words or answers required.

Say for example that there are two choices that you think are both correct in a specific answer. You wrote them down thinking that it will still get a point. The truth is it will be considered incorrect. Choose one to write on your answer sheet. Further, if you are asked to write for at least three words, do so. Though you have the right answer but it exceeded the number of words, it will be incorrect. Stick to the instruction to avoid getting this kind of mistake.

2. Do not panic if you do not know about the topic.

Some people give up on reading a certain reading passage because they are clueless about the topic. The test will note evaluate your prior knowledge but on how well you can understand the passage given. The answers are all in the passage. All you have to do is read and get the gist of it.

3. Write answers clearly.

Make sure your handwriting is legible. If examiners cannot understand what you have written, they will automatically put an x mark on it. Transfer your answers and make sure you write them clearly.

4. Check for any mistakes.

Double check on the grammar, spelling and any errors. Most candidates overlook this that they end up getting mistakes.

Reading is much easier when you know what to do while answering the questions. Always read instructions and take note on key words to be found while reading. Doing this makes looking for answers easier and much faster.


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