All you have been told is – get your facts right; speak when your examiner asks you to in the IELTS Speaking test; do not shy away from talking about yourself; do not stop writing till you have reached the word limit; do not exceed the word limit in the IELTS Writing task.

I bet no one told you that you don’t have to worry if you are telling a lie in your IELTS exam.

Now, if in the IELTS speaking test, the examiner asks you about your recent visit to a museum, and you have never been to a museum all your life, what will you say? Say nothing or tell them you have never been to a museum. Now the result of your honesty could be that you will lose points in that section. The examiner is not going to empathize with you and be impressed with your honesty and give you a score. If you do not give a relevant response to the question asked, you will lose score. No one is going to give you a reward for your honesty or penalise you for lying.

The lesson here is that you need to use your creativity and give relevant responses.

It is a well-known fact that a lot of students do not perform well in IELTS Writing and IELTS Speaking because they are afraid to lie. Even if they are good at English, they end up losing points because they don’t have the relevant experience.

A student once shared that she was asked a question about her favourite dress and she could not think of one at that point of time. And instead of making it up, she did not say anything. You will never lose a point for lying as long as what you are saying is plausible and answers the question.

Let’s dive into each section and understand what it means:

IELTS Speaking:

The IELTS speaking test is conducted like an interview, face-to-face. There are three parts. In each part, the examiner asks you different questions and you have to answer them. The entire test, all three parts, takes about 11 to 14 mins.

Part 1 Speaking:

 In this section, most questions are about you, your family, your work, your friends, your hobbies – you don’t have to lie about them. But there can be a question which you don’t know or cannot remember, then you can elaborate.

A student was asked once about camping. She had never been camping; she had no idea what to say. You can either say yes or no. If you say yes, then you should be able to tell why you like to go camping and what’s your favorite part. And if you do not like camping then what is the reason behind. As long as your answers are relevant, it does not matter whether they are a bunch of lies or truth.

Part 2 Speaking:

It is a talk for 1-2 mins. Most students find this section hard. You might have to describe the latest book you read. What kind of book is it? What is it about? What sort of people will enjoy it? And explain why you liked it. Maybe you don’t remember these details about the latest book you read. You can’t say to the examiner that you don’t remember. You have to come up with something.

Part 3 Speaking:

This part is based on the topic in part 2. You are asked to elaborate on the topic by adding explanation and examples to your answers. Most students find it difficult because you might be asked something you have no idea about and then you have to elaborate too. For example, if you are asked: What type of books do children in your country like to read?

And you have no idea about it. Your choice either is to tell the truth and say that you have no idea about it or you create a response based on your common knowledge. You are not expected to respond like a writer or an avid reader.

You have been a child yourself; you must know what your friends read in their childhood. So, you can easily elaborate on that. No one is going to cross question you on that. No one is going to say that you are wrong. What is important is you should not panic. Keep your cool and you will find things to talk about. The examiner wants to test your English and not your knowledge or your honesty.

IELTS Writing task 2:

 The IELTS Writing 2 for academic students is an essay. You have to write on a topic with examples supporting your argument. Most students find it hard to remember examples. You cannot lie about facts; you have to be very careful.

Use made up examples that make sense and support your thesis. If you are writing an essay about obesity and say that 90% of obese people come from poor neighbourhood. Then that is not a correct example. It is totally unbelievable and made up. You need to be careful about it.

The IELTS exam is the test of your English. No one is going to fact check if you told the truth or not. Your answers should be relevant, plausible and believable.

I hope you found this useful.

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