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5 Tricks The IELTS Exam Will Play On Students

While it's always a wise idea to check, double, and triple check our examination question and answers, being able to spot "trick" questions during tests is a quick and easy tool to eliminating mistakes. Teacher Greg walks us through what tricks the IELTs exam has up it's sleeve.

Mar 19, 2018 12:00 AM
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I‘ve read a few medical reviews on various topics, and a „positive“ response from a medicine has nothing to do with being „happy“ about a drug. They’re just two different things. A cancer patient can get a „positive response“ from a chemotherapy drug, but I’m sure patients aren’t just delighted, I.e., „happy“ with the drug. Yeah, that’s a great way of testing English competency. 
March 20, 2018

I'm a native English speaker, so I certainly couldn't care less about some IELTS test (whatever THAT stands for). But, one of the questions seemed unfair to me.

I can't cut and paste the passage because it always puts me over the character limit if I do, but it was that question about the new treatment being so effective that a large majority of the patients reported a positive response to it. Then the trick question was ALL the patients were happy about the new medicine, which was obviously wrong because all doesn't mean "large majority" , ("large majority" is like what, 80-90% or something?) but where did the writers of this test get the idea that a "positive response" to a medicine equated with "happiness" with it in patients? That's a dumb statement.  A positive response means to me the medicine was effective, not that people liked it. What was that supposed to mean? What kind of medicine was it, some feel good medicine or something? It was a weird and misleading question in my opinion. 


March 20, 2018
SHL - IELTS Qs are constructed on the basis of paraphrasing and use of synonyms. You have to do quite a few Qs to get the feel of the kind of strategies used.  "positive response" and "happy" is close enough in everyday language to be synonymous in this context, in my opinion. You can't be too Jesuitical about this exercise. That said, there are plenty of dodgy practice tests around, so stick with the authentic Cambridge practice books (7-12).
March 20, 2018
This article is actually really helpful and things have been explained in depth by means of examples to help those who might find it difficult to understand. 👍
January 16, 2019
The article is universal.
This algorithm should be taken into account both on passing the exam, and when applying for a job or at the moment of simple communication. Thanks to the author. Written worthy.
July 24, 2018
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