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IELTS Exam – Why candidates fail to reach their target band score?!

IELTS Exam – Why candidates fail to reach their target band score?!

IELTS Exam is taken by millions of candidates across the world who do not have English as their first language. If you are an aspiring international student or a professional seeking employment & residency options abroad, IELTS exam is the first hurdle you must cross before you can realize your international dreams. 

For students applying to universities/colleges abroad, a minimum band score of 6 or 8 (depending on whether you chose a graduate or a postgraduate course) is required to become eligible for the admission. If you are a professional, then you must score 7 to 8 bands in order to realize your dreams of living & working abroad.

Before you start preparing for IELTS exam, understand this, there is no fail or pass in this exam. You cannot technically fail the exam! IELTS exam works in terms of band scores, so you will have to set a target band score for yourself. The next thing to understand about IELTS is that, it is a proficiency level exam. So if you get a band score of 7, it indicates that you are proficient in the English language.

After understanding the pattern of the IELTS exam, it is very important to identify a realistic outcome. What do we mean by it? Identifying a realistic outcome means establishing a realistic & achievable target band score. This will depend upon whether you want to study abroad or live & work abroad. Usually, many IT professionals, doctors and engineering professionals struggle with the requirements of the exam, although they use English on a daily basis for communication.

Setting a realistic outcome is all the more important for candidates who are re-appearing in the IELTS exam. Candidates who have scored band 5.5 in their previous attempt and need a band score of at least 7, will usually rush to re-take exam within a month. This is highly unrealistic, because a band score of 5.5 indicates a low proficiency level in skills of reading, listening, speaking & writing English language. To reach a good enough level of proficiency in all these skills, takes a good amount of time.

The above point can be further linked with a major issue with candidates who fail to achieve their target band score, study ethic. For any candidate taking the IELTS exam, having a strong study ethic is highly important, i.e. regularity in preparation, making notes for revision, getting regular training from professional IELTS trainers & following a strict schedule of preparatory studies.

We hope the above points will avert you from making the same mistakes when preparing & appearing for IELTS exam yourself.

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