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40 from Leverage Ado welcome to the podcast and here I'll talk about common mistakes or problems that you face in the aisles exam and their Solutions. So before I start to all those who are listening you can comment and about your problems. In the section to me, and I'm going to try and address them and if you let's listen to this later on and even you can come write it in the comment section. Well date, I have a lot of people listening. I'm just going to wait for a couple of seconds more and those who are listening and tell me if they're planning to take the idols test. When are they planning to take it which type of test they going for? Or the countries that you would like to go to. And again, you can tell me any problems that you face while practicing dials test or if you have taken the test before and you found some problems with it. Or if you don't know what the hell's test is or you want some other tips about it. You can just do my previous podcasts. In this one I'm going to talk about them is common problems that you face in aisles. And we'll discuss the solutions to them. So like any other test? Even in Iris there are various problems that we face. And because of this it can lower your band score and coming your way of getting that high score so that you can go abroad to your dream University or to settle down. So what I'm going to tell you today is how to avoid them and solutions to the problems. So that you can score higher. Some mistakes are very common, you know, especially in test and even some of the most prepared individuals, you know, they can make mistakes because we are under a lot of pressure at that time and we are very nervous. So when it comes to your I else test especially you shouldn't Face any problems or you don't have to get nervous don't make some mistakes because your points are very valuable. And if you get a low score then you may lose your chances of going abroad which we do not want right. so I'm going to cover a lot of Miss common problems that we face and I'm going to tell about each and every section and before that. I'm going to give you a comprehensive. problems that you might face in your oils test Why you? What ideas I'm going to ask people to join in. Yes, I am going to take calls in this broadcast. Otherwise, you can also post your comment questions over here. Alright, so the first thing that I'm going to talk about is time management. This is one of the most common issues faced by the test takers and it can be very tough to complete the test within a certain time span. So particularly in Isles time management skills are very important. You don't want to spend a lot of time answering one question and then get a little time on the next so it's important. Don't know how much time is needed on each question. And this way you can answer to every question fully and you might even consider a strategy, you know. So for example, you can answer the shorter questions first and which you think are easier so you can answer them first you can attempt the first essay and then move on to the next one's because as you progress the difficulty level increases So when you practice see what kind of questions are you able to face better and more easily as compared to the others. So when you're taking the real test you would do those questions first, and this will help you save a lot of time. You can also tell me if any of you face time management issues in your eyelids exam or while practicing for it. All right, so I'll come to the next one now, which is wrongly pronouncing words or mispronunciation. So although Isles is an international test and the people who are marking your test know that you are an international student and you're probably not from an English-speaking background. But then again, it is a test of your English proficiency. However, your accent is not going to affect your marks. It won't lead you to lose any marks, but the way you pronounce English words with so you have to ensure that you are saying each word fully and clearly so that it doesn't matter from which background you are the examiner needs to understand with Clarity what you are So for instance, you are pronouncing the word probably as probably or something, so it's not a fault of your accent. It's actually a mispronunciation. And this will cost you marks. So the best way to tackle this is to just listen to the pronunciation and practice it. so you can even You know consider practicing with the native English speaker if you want. Otherwise, you can listen to videos available or movies or radio talks or shows on BBC and listen to various words and see how they are pronounced correctly. So I will reiterate the fact that your accent won't be a problem or hindrance to getting a good score. But if you don't pronounce the words correctly then that way so you need to know where you have to put stress on a word. Where you have to put stress in a sentence? And this is why a lot of people lose marks because they mispronounce the words. Okay, another one is leaving blank answers. so you talk to a lot of examiners and they'll tell you that you they do see a lot of blank answers questions, which are left blank then automatically it's zero for that answer. So if you think you are unsure of the answer it's better to write something as opposed to absolutely nothing. You know because it might happen that if you make a guess. That can come true. So there's a higher chance of you getting some marks even if you make a guess. You won't lose out on anything by simply trying so try not to leave any answer blank and who knows your guests may even end up being correct, right? All right, so I'm reading the comments and I see a lot of your wanting to talk and you would like to join the call so it won't be possible to take everyone's call. If you have any questions you can post them in the comments. so Okay. Abbreviation of Isles Isles is actually the abbreviation of the international English language testing system. So it's an exam that you take if you want to go study abroad or settle abroad this checks your English language skills. Alright, so the next problem and this is really important is the lack of focus. So when you're taking the exam you will be surrounded by other people other test takers and it's really important that you focus on your test, especially when it comes to listening and speaking part. So you must give your undivided attention when you are taking this exam because It really happens that you can be easily distracted, you know, while for example you are taking the listening part. You won't get to hear the recording again or twice. So it's important that you are very focused and you concentrate on what you need to do. even in your speaking section So you need to focus on what the examiner is asking from you and what exactly do you have to answer because a lot of times people don't answer the questions directly. and that leads to a low score So focus on giving the correct response and make sure you understand everything before you respond. This is why it's important that in your speaking section. You don't memorize the answers to the questions. Because that can even result in a lower score just see what exactly the examiner is asking because you know, even the examiners know that people do try to learn some language and try to memorize answers so they often mold their questions and change it according to the test taker. So if you memorize the answer and you just speak what you have learned Don't focus on what question exactly is being us. That white cut your marks. So just focus on absorbing what is being asked and what is being communicated to you and deliver very clear accurate information. Okay, let me read some comments. All right. So if you have taken the else tells you can tell me any problem that you are facing or you have faced in the past. And with that I'm going to come to the next one which is spelling errors or whoever vocabulary. So when you're completing the writing portion of the else exam, it's important to check your spellings. It's important to review your answer and see if you've made any errors. The most common Isles mistakes includes spellings and it's one of the easiest ones to avoid if you just be focused and check what you have written review it once you're done with it. And if you think you are unsure of the spare a link of a word or you're not sure whether they are the correct spelling. So just avoid using it try to use a synonym instead. Of it, even though it's a more simpler word. Try not to use the word if you're not sure of it. Okay, and it's important to remember that many words in English language are spelled similarly, but they mean different things so I would say is before you go to the Exam be prepared with a list of vocabulary or words that you can use not only their pronunciation not only the meaning but also their spellings. You might not know what word could strike you in your mind and you would use that in the context. And with spelling errors comes poor vocabulary. So you one way of building your vocabulary is by reading more and writing down the words you're reading understand what they mean understand how they are spoken and then how they're used in the context. A lot of students in Isles make this mistake of not using the correct words in the right context. So even though they are using like fancy words and difficult complex words in the sentences, but they're not using it in the correct context. So the examiner knows that you've just memorized a couple of vocabulary words and but you don't really understand what they mean or how to use So once you read more you write down more words be sure that you know what exactly they mean and how to use them. So once you write down those words that would also help you in getting your spelling is correct. Yes, you must have a good vocabulary to succeed in the language test because the examiner wants to know whether you can survive in native English speaking country or not. So without it you will face many challenges whether it's about it's in Reading Writing listening or speaking. Okay. All right. Let me tell you now some common problems that we see with students in the speaking part. So, you know each part of the speaking test ask you to speak in a slightly different way. This means that in each part, you would have different kinds of questions and you need to be prepared with different techniques and strategies of how to deal with them. So for example in part 1 you need to know how to extend your answers and in part 1 you get about. Eight to ten questions in for five minutes and you should know that you don't have to give really long answers, but they shouldn't be too short either. So you have to try and extend your answers lightly and there are various ways to extend your answers. The best way is to answer the question directly and then explain it give some reasons give examples. as for it And you could give your reason or explain it by using words like because for example use linkers use words for contradiction so you can say but so and so for example The Examiner asks you how often do you use a computer? So if you just say actually not that much or I don't use it very often so This is really short answer for your question. So you need to know how to extend it so you can say actually not that much. That's because I mostly use my smartphone. So I only ever use my computer for writing documents or word processing, you know, so give some example we have some reason for what you have to say and you can use various kinds of words. You can use adjectives or adverbs while speaking you can tell how often do you do is so you do that activity sometimes or mostly everyday or from time to time not very often rarely quite often. And you can also talk about other people and then your view so what type of music is popular in your country supposing. This is the question. so if you just say I suppose different kinds of music are popular with different people this just one sentence it won't be enough for you because the examiner needs to know how of how well can you use the language and how well can you answer the question so you can say something like some people mostly the youth or the younger generation prefer to listen to pop and dance music but old People tend to prefer to traditional music or classical music. Okay, so you can show a comparison with the previous generation and your generation and in the second part of the speaking test, you have to speak for 2 minutes. So the most common problem here that people face is they don't know how to speak for those entire for that entire time. So it's important that you do to avoid being penalized for your lack of fluency, and there are two things that you do. So before you actually get to speak for 2 minutes you are you have time of one minute where you can use and prepare some notes. So typically the best thing to do is not to try and think of words. But rather concentrate on ideas, see what all you need to include in your talk. So because the problem in thinking about words is that you just try and concentrate on what better vocabulary you can use so ideas are better just because they give you more time to talk about and the words that you probably think at that moment won't be quite helpful. And even if you do when you're actually talking you just think about answering around those words. So it's also important to note. What ideas are you going to talk about? So for example, if the question is like talking about the journey that you have recently made. So your nose can be something about like you went to Cambridge last year for job interview by cars and because it was you can have a comparison to because the other means of Transport are expensive then you can also include people in your talk. So you can say who did you go with so your best friend? Okay, so things like these would help you to enhance your talk. And this is how you will be able to add more details when you're talking. So another thing is that you have to use Q card and when you actually give the answer to the examiner that cue card is going to help you structure what you have to say. So once you write your words or once you write your ideas on the car. Take one topic out of it and just speak for about 30 seconds or so. That way you would be able to speak for about 2 minutes. And yes, it's okay. If you allow yourself a natural break or natural pauses in between that will not affect the marks that you get. So if you guys have any problems with the speaking section, you can post it in the comments. I would let me just read some. Okay, so, can you tell me how to improve vocabulary? I did cover it in the previous section So reading a lot there is no shortcut to it. Actually, if you just get a couple of words from the internet, that won't be helpful to you. Like I said, you should know how to use them in a context and what do they mean how to pronounce them? So the best way is to just read a lot you can do different types of reading like you can read intensively. you can read books newspapers or magazines articles on the internet and then you can also listen to YouTube videos or Ted Talks or BBC News this podcast and improve your vocabulary. All right now, I'll talk about how You have to find solutions to the common mistake problems in the listening section. So unlike your reading section where you have the text in front of you and you can refer to it again and again with listening the most important but the most common problem with the biggest challenge that you face is that you will only get to hear the recording once okay, you have to go back to the you can't go back to the recording listen again. So this fact alone often can cause candidates to go into the listening tests feeling a lot of anxiety and feeling stressed so that can actually lead you to be a lot more confused and nervousness often leads to mistakes. Which will of course affect affect your scores. So the first thing that you can do is follow the instructions carefully and understand what you have to do exactly in your listening test be prepared practice a lot and try and calm your nose. So before you actually listen to the questions in your listening test you will be provided with some time to help you prepare. So, you know, it's very difficult to concentrate on making sense of what you're hearing while you're also trying to read the questions and understand what you have to do. So you have to multitask you're not only listening but you have to write the answer C read the instructions. So before you hear the recording read what the task is all about and make sure you know, what sort of an answer you have to write. What words can you? So for example whether that answer is going to be a letter or a phone number or what kind of word can there be an adjective would there be a name or an adverb? So underline the main or the keywords in the instructions and in the questions and that will help you to make sense of the question? And you will know what exactly you have to do. Now for certain question type such as form filling or note completion, you need to listen in order to find out very specific information such as a name or a date or time and other details. So sometimes test-takers, you know, find it difficult to determine what exactly Lee or which information they should use to answer the question now, once again, it is important that you use the time before you listen to the instructions to actually read and that the read the instructions and that will tell you what is the maximum number of words that you can use so underline that and study the information given to you study what the kind kind of questions are given to you. And always remember that you are expected to be able to you know, recognize paraphrases and synonyms in the listening test. You won't get to hear the same words as in your questions. So always keep an eye out for what year I hear out. I would say for paraphrases and synonyms. Okay, so the next common problem in the listening section, and I'm sure a lot of you also might face this all do face. It is following descriptions. So labeling am a plan or diagram is very common tasks in your part 2 of the listings test. And if you have to label a map, you will need to figure out where things are. What something is made of or how it works if it's in it's a diagram or a plan so you may be listening for places or buildings or names. And all of this is and can be difficult to follow. But the thing is here that there are always words, you know important keywords, which are included in the listening text to guide you. So for example, these words can be adjectives about Size or shape or the words of directions? So you might have words like Left Right top bottom corner or Compass points like east west north south. So use these and listen to them carefully and then follow the direction in the map. Follow the description see highlight the main words already given to you. So again before the recording actually plays use that time those couple of seconds that you get very judiciously. And Mark in your question paper, what exactly is given to you? Now when it comes to part 4 of The Listening section, it is often regarded as the most challenging part in the listening module. Well, because the level of difficulty increases as your test progresses. Also, you hear talk or a lecture on an academic subject. So it could be a university lecture that would include complex vocabulary and probably words that you haven't heard before. So one way of dealing with it is that you can listen to signposting words. So for example words like well for example or on the other hand lastly because in addition so these are words which are called signposting and often good academic lectures have them so these will help you and that Next to in listening, so they'll tell you what exactly is going to come next. So you should pay attention to them. And another thing to pay attention to is to stress and intonation because when they are talking or when you hear the lecture stress is given to highlight important information and that information might contain the answer to your question. Alright, so another what I would say the last problem in listening, I would discuss is Spelling's and then as in other sections of files correct spelling is essentially in I'll see listening as well. So answers has to be correctly spelled in order to be marked, correct. So that means even though your answer. Is correct but if they are not spelled correctly, then they will be marked wrong. So if you're taking the paper bills dials, you will have ten minutes to transfer your answers to your answer sheet. So use this time and write your answers very carefully check your spellings and make sure you put the right answers into the right blanks and just use that time and don't be nervous and Be very calm when you're transferring your answers. Because if again if you ride the incorrect spellings the answer will be marked wrong. And the best way to ensure that you don't do this is by practicing and preparing well before the exam. So when you actually practice your listening sections do it as you would in the actual Isles environment. So the same conditions time yourself sit in a separate room Focus exactly on what you have to do. And that would help you to get habitual of how you will take the real test and lower your chances of making these mistakes and not facing these problems in your test. If again, if you have any questions related to the listening section, you can tell me in the comments. All right. Now I'm going to come to the last section which is writing. If anybody's ever taken the else test before and because I am told by a lot of students that they faced a lot of problem in the writing section particularly. So you can tell me in the comments. So the first Common problem that I want to deal with is not understanding the whole question the whole essay question. So, you know all aisles essay questions will have an instructional sentence so that will tell the students exactly what they are supposed to do and what they should include in their written answer. So use A pencil and open whatever you would use and underline that instruction. So for example, the question says discuss or analyze or argue so you need to know what exactly you have to do. And so these are like these are trigger words, you know, they would support and tell the student what is expected of them? And you should respond accordingly. So for example a question says some people argue that University should provide students with more practical training for their future career should University education be more vocational or academic discuss and state your opinion. So there are two things that you need to do in this question. You have to discuss the argument. That University should provide students with more practical training for their future career and the second and more important thing is that you have to give your opinion whether you agree with the statement or you disagree with it. And why do you agree or disagree with it? So be sure that you actually incorporate both these points in your question in your answer. So definitely you would be able to score higher band. And examiner would know that you understand what exactly is asked of you. Alright, so the next problem is writing about something that you know does not directly answer the essay question. So when answering you have to you know, actually answer it. For example, the question is cats are more loyal than dogs very controversial issue and the question says discuss so when you're actually answering this make sure that you address to it completely. So cats are more loyal than dogs. So look at why people believe it or you know, why would they think that and then discuss the other side as well? So dogs are more loyal than cats. So you need to be very clear with your arguments. And they should also be supported with explanation and example, it's they want to see more than just one opinion, you know, and many students are also confused with whether they can write examples in the essay. So yes, it's okay to use examples, but yes, you have to use them wisely and make sure that they actually relate to your That is very important. Okay, the third common problem is making too many grammatical mistakes The students want to impress The Examiner and they want to use complex sentences, but you need to be sure of what you're exactly writing. And students often, you know, right just individual phrases or they don't use prepositions correctly or they don't use the tents correctly. 244 grammar even though your language would be great. You're writing the correct ideas if you Have grammatical mistakes in your writing essay that would. Really have adverse effects on your marks and you can you know, very easily you get some grammar book and I'm sure a lot of you have learned grammar in school and you know it you just need to you know, refresh your memory or sharpen up your grammar skills. So you can use that do that by getting a grammar book. Devising some lessons. Also students don't use linking words. They don't link their paragraphs. So organization and coherence is very important in your writing task. So make sure that you link your paragraphs and be clear about what you have to say. Don't try to use fancy words and you know complicate your essay. That would not fetch you more marks. Azul don't leave out any important points or key ideas. And make sure again to use examples that connect to your main idea. And yes, if you are taking paper-based Isles, then you have to be sure of how many words you are writing. So word count is also really important. But again don't complicate it and don't write don't focus on writing, you know more words because merely using more words would not earn you extra points. The most important thing in writing is about your organization of ideas. So it's okay if you were doing these mistakes or you were facing these problems. I'm sure in the future you want. And it's more important to learn from your mistakes and practice well. Okay, let me just take some calls now. And again, if I'm not able to take everybody's called just leave your queries in the comment section. Okay, so until I'm trying to connect to you So, I don't think I'm trying. Okay, let's see. Hello. Yes, good evening mama. Hi. Good evening. How are you? I'm good. So what's your name? My name is Denise bechdel from Pune Maharashtra. All right, great. So are you planning to take the Alex test? No, I'm just discussion topic. What do you think you sent me? I will try. with you so actually, I was trying to take I'm actually trying to take calls which would benefit the people who are listening and particularly talk about Isles. So maybe we could talk some other time. Okay, okay. Alright. Thanks, babe. Okay guys, so if you're still listening you can post your comments and I'll try and get back to you on them.