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Ask a former IELTS examiner anything!

Yes! It is my favourite type of podcast episode – an IELTS question and answer session! Thank you to everybody who submitted a question on Facebook or Instagram (and if you are not following me there, you should be as I add free new material every week). If we don’t cover your query today, don’t worry – we will run another “ask an IELTS examiner anything” episode again very soon!

Below, you can find a summary of the episode, which includes all of the links to useful materials and the times of each part of the discussion (so you can go directly to the part you want to listen to) 🚀

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Podcast Summary: Ask an IELTS Examiner Anything!

A photo of Shelly Cornick working as an IELTS examiner00:00 – 03:20 Introduction – why we have had a busy week!

I loved being an IELTS examiner. It gave me a great insight into how students actually perform in the test (which can sometimes be very different to in class) and what exactly I can do as a teacher to help them further.

More importantly, being an IELTS examiner comes with a lot of responsibility. You literally have a person’s future life in your hands every time you give a score, so it is essential that you do it fairly and accurately.

In the same way, there is so much fake information online about IELTS that I think it is essential for ex-examiner’s like myself to do everything we can to get the message of truth out there.

So, today, Nick and I answer 12 of your IELTS questions to make sure you are 100% sure of what is expected of you in the test (all truth, no myths!)

03:20 – END – Nick and I answer 12 IELTS questions from our listeners.

We had over 40 questions from our students this month, but these are the 12 that we have chosen to discuss this time:

  1. Why didn’t the IELTS examiner take off his mask during my speaking test last week? (Kaur) 03:17
  2. How should we tackle Headings Match questions? (Inniyaat) 06:39
  3. What should I do to prepare in the final days before my exam? (Maimoona) 13:08 
  4. Do I have to mention every piece of information in Academic Writing Task One15:46
  5. Is it really true that we don’t have to mention the bullets in Speaking Part 2? (Eclat Tutor) 21:29
  6. Do you really need idiomatic language to reach Band 8 for lexical resource? (Deepika) 27:03
  7. Why do I keep scoring a 6.5 in reading when I consistently get 35 correct answers when I practice from the Cambridge books? (Nihal) 34.22
  8. Is the difficulty of the Cambridge books really the same as the real exam or not? 38.58
  9. Are diagrams and maps common in Academic Writing Task One or not? 42:55
  10. Will the Coronavirus be a topic in future IELTS writing and speaking tests? 46:33
  11. Is it true that writing a balanced approach essay will automatically give you a high score? (Maimoona) 50:23
  12. Which is the correct pronunciation of “either” and “often”? (Sivaraj) 57:10

If you want to take part in our next question and answer session, then you can email your questions to hello@myieltsclassroom.com. We particularly like recorded questions, so to increase the chance of your question being featured in the next episode, why not record it on your phone and send us the audio file? You don’t need any special equipment, you can just use your phone.


If you enjoy question and answer lessons like this, then why not listen to our IELTS Truth and Myth episode when you finish this one?


You can find all of our live and video lessons on our main website www.myieltsclassroom.com, which is where you can also sign up for our IELTS essay correction service or book a personal speaking lesson with Nick or Shelly. 🚀

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