IELTS Listening & Writing Sections | Important Do's and Don'ts

IELTS Listening & Writing Sections | Important Do's and Don'ts

Ninan Lawrence Published:
February 05, 2024

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an English Language proficiency examination that is trusted by the Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) to assess the English language abilities of a non-native speaker. Recognized as one of the most prominent language tests in the world, an IELTS test result is indispensable to migrating to Canada.

Passing the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test is a crucial step for anybody wishing to move to an English-speaking country, pursue employment, or study abroad. It evaluates non-native English speakers' ability in four main modules: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. It is of the utmost importance to understand the dos and don'ts to guarantee success in the IELTS test. You may increase your chances of receiving a good score by using the appropriate tactics and avoiding typical mistakes. We will go over the IELTS test's dos and don'ts in the following article to assist you prepare for the test and get the results you require.

Following are some pointers to help you ace IELTS listening and writing sections:


In the IELTS Listening test


  • Answer every question; omitting any will not lower your score.

  • Identify keywords, including headers, on the question page during preparation time.

  • Stick to the set word limit.

  • Listen to both monologues and conversations.

  • Check your spelling to avoid losing marks.


  • Moving quickly while copying your answers onto the answer sheet (for the IELTS paper test) to avoid writing incorrectly or entering the answers incorrectly.

  • Using wrong punctuation for numbers.

  • Relying on practice tests only, instead of consulting a range of resources.

  • Paying attention to a range of accents rather than concentrating on just one (like British English).

  • Focusing on more than one questions at a time.

In the IELTS Writing test


  • Address every aspect of the question.

  • Make sure your thoughts are clearly stated.

  • You will lose marks if you do not employ paragraphs.

  • Make sure your paragraphs are separated.

  • Make appropriate and adequate use of apostrophes, commas, and full stops (periods) in your phrases.

  • To bolster your claims, provide instances.


  • Failing to develop a single idea completely; this will not demonstrate the depth of your debate.

  • Failing to strategically use headers or bullet points.

  • Repeating the same terminology and attempting to utilize reference terms.

  • Missing to furnish facts in your instances.

  • Writing paragraphs that include one or two sentences only. There should be at least two or more than two sentences in each paragraph.

  • When required, failing to adequately start a sentence with a connecting phrase (for instance, also, for example, etc.). Overuse can also cause you lose marks.


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