The Most Important IELTS Do’s and Don’ts

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On every exam, there are certain mistakes that IELTS candidates make every Saturday.

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Don’t be one of these students!

Read on for the most important do’s and don’ts for every part of the IELTS exam.

Do’s and Don’ts for IELTS Speaking

  • Do not be afraid to be yourself!
    • Behaving naturally shows confidence. This raises your Fluency scores as well as your Pronunciation scores.
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  • Do use a wide variety of vocabulary- from informal to formal.

Do’s and Don’ts for IELTS Writing

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Do’s and Don’ts for IELTS Listening

  • Do not skip ahead. Listen to the instructions and do exactly as they tell you.
    • Use the time to read the questions before you listen, and use the time to check your answers after you listen.
  • Do pay attention to the key words, and don’t get distracted by unfamiliar vocabulary.

Do’s and Don’ts for IELTS Reading

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  • DO’s

    1) Listening
    Do read & follow the instructions carefully
    Do pay attention to key words
    Do predict answers when you don’t understand
    Do use the time before/ after you listen

    2) Speaking
    Do be honest
    Do use a wide variety of voc – from informal to formal
    Do use high-level linking words ( Sp 3 )
    Do address your strong opinion

    3) Reading
    Do learn strategies of skimming & scanning
    Do time yourself
    Do practice under test condition

    4) Writing
    Do include a clear overall trend ( W 1 )
    Do contain a clear , personal opinion ( W 2 )
    Do use fake research
    Do use personal examples / experience


    1) Listening
    Don’t take notes while listening
    Don’t skip ahead
    Don’t second guess yourself
    Don’t count your score

    Don’t write answers on the answer sheet while listening
    Don’t panic if you don’t understand

    2) Speaking
    Don’t be afraid to be yourself
    Don’t worry

    3) Reading
    Don’t read the whole passage
    Don’t overthink

    4) Writing
    Don’t write a conclusion ( W1)
    Don’t write only one kind of example/ detail in your body paragraphs

  • Bob Lejkowski

    Great advice, I did hear someone say that in the listening paper if you are confident of your answers you can look ahead at the next questions, what do you think of this advice?