Common Errors Committed in IELTS
Errors in IELTS – The Board Examinations are over and the anticipation to fly high with your dreams of studying abroad are on the brink of your accomplishment list. The question of the hour for you remains till when are you going to let it be there? Its the time for you to act and start applying for foreign universities in countries like UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The most important element that is going to be for making your dreams come true is your IELTS BAND SCALE. IELTS gives you four spheres of performing to the best of your abilities which are READING, SPEAKING, WRITING and LISTENING.
To help you score an impressive band here is the list of some common errors you need to avoid:
Listen attentively & DO NOT ASSUME
The total time of the IELTS test is around 3 hours and the Listening Assessment is of 30 minutes. The IELTS aspirant is made to hear generally four recordings and then told to answer a series of questions. The recordings are mainly in conversational mode regarding daily activities, society, education. The common mistake that every aspirant makes is hear the first few minutes of the recording attentively and then assume the conclusion of it.
EXAMPLE- Mrs. Sanders & Mrs. Baker are talking about water shortage in their locality and may shift to another topic of grocery shopping herein candidate instantly assumes in order to finish the test quickly that they would have ended up discussing the measures to lessen the problems faced due to water scarcity.
When the question in IELTS is put upto him regarding what was the topic of discussion when Mrs. Sanders and Mrs. Baker ended their conversation he chooses the wrong option because of his assumption made.
The most commonly used incorrect words are the similar sounding words which have different meanings.
EXAMPLE: ACCEPT & EXCEPT
ACCEPT- act of accepting something upon receiving it from someone. I accepted my sister’s gifts.
EXCEPT- apart from, not including, other than.
I accepted my sister’s gifts except the gold articles.
IELTS Preparation demands you to understand the English Language and not just memorize it.
TENSES & SUBJECT VERB AGREEMENT
Everything in tenses sounds easy to IELTS aspirants until they are dealing with its Simpler Forms. The distinction and transition between Simple Present and Simple Past is determined by ‘is’ and ‘was’. The tornado of confusion arises when categories like PRESENT PERFECT, PAST PERFECT, FUTURE PREFECT, PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS and PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS come into play. Most of us are not aware about these different types in tenses. Considering the ones who are aware of it only a handful of them know their proper usage and the intricate distinctions between them.
The difference between them can be made simpler by understanding the structure of subject verb agreement to be used in them. The form of verb to be used with First person, Second Person and Third Person varies according to the tenses. EXAMPLES to make you understand better-
- SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE – He eats his food on time.
- PRESENT CONTINUOUS TENSE – He is eating his food on time.
- PRESENT PERFECT TENSE – He has eaten his food on time.
- PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS TENSE – He has been eating his food on time.
- SIMPLE PAST TENSE – He ate his food on time.
- PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE – He was eating his food on time.
- PAST PERFECT TENSE –He had eaten his food on time.
- PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS TENSE – He had been eating his food on time.
- SIMPLE FUTURE TENSE – He will eat his food on time.
- FUTURE CONTINUOUS TENSE – He will be eating his food on time.
- FUTURE PERFECT TENSE – He will have eaten his food on time.
- FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS TENSE – He will have been eating his food on time.
By working upon these common errors the IELTS BAND SCORE can be improved and Candidate can easily clear all the rounds with flying colours.