The test is something no one likes. Tests like IELTS, in particular, make students nervous and uncomfortable. They undermine the students’ self-confidence and stress. In the worst cases, students simply panic and lose their ability to think clearly.
IELTS, the language proficiency test is no different and for many people that is a problem. There are many aspects of IELTS that can be intimidating unless you know how to handle them. Its human nature to feel the unknown fear and the solution is simple, make you familiar with all those aspects of IELTS that you think are scary. Everyone loves miracles but for IELTS, familiarity is the key to removing fear.
Here are the top 5 things people will most fear when it comes to IELTS:
- What if I miss the answers in the listening module?
This is a very high level of fear. Fear of losing attention and focus. In our most recent survey conducted, we asked about 250+ IELTS people why they were afraid of the listening module and the response was normal. Most of them said they were afraid to miss the answers. “What if I can’t follow the recording”.
The only solution I can find in this fear is “Practice”. Practice builds confidence and teaches you how to recover or miss a question or two; how to proceed and do everything else. Practice reveals what your weaknesses are, what tasks are most difficult for you, and where points are often lost. Paying more attention to those activities will save valuable points and improve the band’s overall performance.
- What if I do not have enough time?
In the reading stage, the most common fear is not ending in time. The best solution is to break your fears or problems into a series of smaller steps. Students are given several verses and under no circumstances should you allow one verse to be eaten at all.
One of the ways to manage time is called “3-2-1”. Divide the time at the beginning of the test and give the different time needed to pass based on the difficulty of each lesson. Stick to that contract no matter what. Even if you have unanswered questions, move on to the next paragraph. Consider this – a risk management system – it will ensure that even if some questions are missed, many questions will be answered.
- What if I have nothing to write about?
This is the fear of the author’s block. Many readers are afraid to find an essay title and say nothing about it. An easy way to get through it is to read a lot of articles on a variety of topics and draw on other people’s ideas. The fact is that IELTS testers do not care about the source of information; it is the way the main story is written.
- What if I say something wrong?
This is the fear of expressing “wrong” ideas. Contrary to many people’s beliefs, there are no good or bad ideas. As long as the student talks on the subject and expresses his thoughts in a logical way, no thought can hurt his points.
- What if I have nothing to say?
In general, the speech module often makes people feel uncomfortable because there is little or no time to think. What if they ask me a question and I do not know what to say, I have no idea? To end this fear, people need to build confidence. Getting used to talking for a few weeks on a list of topics can do wonders; after making sure you can talk to you, it becomes much easier to show you the tester.
Some students became fearful of being recorded. There are cases where students are unhappy with their scores and want a re-examination, which can only be done if there is a recording of the test.
In conclusion, I will say it again – we, the people, are afraid of the unknown and are comfortable with our acquaintances. Do not let unreasonable fear interfere with your success.
This is all for now from my side. For my upcoming blogs, I will be covering individual categories. So keep an eye on this space.
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