Here are some short quizzes to test your knowledge and clear up IELTS myths.
There is a lot of misinformation out there about IELTS and the best approaches to getting a good band score. Many of my students get different information and when they go online they are even more confused about what to do, so I hope this post can finally clear up the myths! There are 14 questions here.
The answers are below each quiz. don’t check the answers until you have tried the quiz.
(choose the best answer a, b or c)
1. In the IELTS exam in speaking part 2, you are given a cue card.
a) You have to talk about every point on the card.
b) You must not talk about your own points, you could lose marks.
c) You can either follow the points on the card or add your own ideas as long as they relate to the topic.
2. In the IELTS exam, after you have written your essay, how much time should you spend checking it for mistakes?
a) Don’t bother, you won’t have time
c) 5 minutes
3. Can you use personal pronouns in IELTS academic essays?
a) Yes, but don’t overuse them.
b) No never, they are too informal.
c) It depends on the essay type.
4. In IELTS, especially reading and writing, what are the most important skills to have?
a) Understanding difficult grammar and vocabulary.
b) Understanding how to use paraphrasing and synonyms well.
c) Understanding how to use idioms and phrasal verbs.
5. In IELTS Speaking part 1, what is the examiner testing you on?
a) Your ability to give an opinion and examples.
b) Your ability to answer the question naturally without hesitation.
c) Your ability to use formal or informal language.
6. In writing task 1 (academic), you should write your opinion when describing a chart or graph.
a) Yes definitely.
b) No never.
c) Depends on the type of chart or graph.
7. Where should you write your opinion in an IELTS essay? (if the task question asks for your opinion)
a) The conclusion
b) The introduction
c) Both the introduction and the conclusion
8. How many types of essays are there in IELTS writing task 2?
a) 5 types of essay
b) 3 types of essay
c) 2 types of essay
9. How much time should you spend planning your essay?
a) 2 minutes
b) 3 minutes
c) 10 minutes
10. When giving examples in essays they have to be real and accurate.
a) Yes, the examples must be real, the examiner is going to check.
b) You can make up examples but never use statistics.
c) You can make up examples and statistics as long as they look right.
11. You have to use very complex sentences and impressive grammar in the writing tasks
a) Yes you must impress the examiner with complicated grammar and vocabulary
b) Never do this, keep it simple and use the grammar that you feel comfortable with.
c) The grammar has to be complex and idioms are important.
12. You must use British English spelling and vocabulary in IELTS
a) You can use American or British English but keep it consistent.
b) Only use British English as it is a British English exam
c) You can use British and American English and mix it up.
13. The more words I write in the essays the better band score I will get.
a) Yes write more than 350 words and you will get Band 8
b) It doesn’t matter, up to 250 words are fine.
c) You should aim for 250 words or more, you will lose marks if under 250 words.
14. In the reading section you should use the following techniques:
a) Scan, skim then read in detail in the area where the answer could be
b) Just scan and skim the whole text then read the whole text.
c) Match individual words with synonyms in the text.
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