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As a native speaker
The do’s and don’ts of IELTS for native English speakers. If you’re a native English speaker who’s planning to take the IELTS test, you could be forgiven for thinking that sit in your test will be a walk in the park. Now I don’t want to alarm you, but it is a test and just like all tests the more prepared you are the better you will do. Sure, English might be your native language but one of the last time you set a three hour exam. When was the last time you really thought about your range of vocabulary while you are speaking or your grammatical structures while you are writing. Let’s be honest possibly never. Preparation for IELTS is the key to success. In some cases native speaking test takers have actually scored lower than people who have only been studying English for a few years. This is often because they underestimate the preparation required.
So, what should you be doing right now to prepare? Make sure you understand the test format. You should know the basics. It split into four sections and takes three hours to complete. You should also know the nitty-gritty details, like how long you have for each section of the writing test and how you’re going to be scored. Try as many practice questions and answers as you can find. This will hone your exam technique into a well-oiled machine. Download our study resources. They’ll bring you up to speed with what to expect on test day and you’ll find tips from examiner’s and a checklist for preparation. It’s a sure fire way to make sure there are no surprises to throw you off on the day of your test.
And finally don’t forget that the examiner can only score you on the actual language you use in the test. So, as you’re practicing, make sure you’re paying attention to demonstrating the full range of your language ability. Don’t just use simple sentences with the same vocabulary. Mix it up. This is your native language, so show it off!