Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Once in a while, we invite students from our course to sign up for live consultations. Misha is a very active student in our closed Facebook group, asking many questions and commenting on other students’ posts.

He came on the show today with three questions that many of you may also be wondering about!

Question #1

My handwriting is wide and too big. So, I only have about 7 words per line. When should I ask for extra writing answer sheets? I’ve heard on your podcast that the examiner doesn’t like being asked for extra sheets.

Answer #1

For most people, one sheet will be enough. It has a front and a back. There is one sheet for each task.

The person in the room with you in the morning on exam day is not an examiner. This person is an invigilator, and is there to give you instructions and make sure you don’t cheat.

You can raise your hand at any time to ask for another sheet of answer paper.


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Question #2

I’m not used to writing by hand. Sometimes when I’m writing, I will cross off a lot of words, sometimes a whole paragraph. Does this hurt my score?

Answer #2

Firstly, you must practice writing by hand! Cut yourself off from typing as much as possible, so your ideas flow more easily when handwriting your essays.

This will lead to fewer deletions.

Secondly, when you’re proofreading, you can cross off tons of stuff! For example, if you see a word repeated when you’re proofreading, you should cross it off and paraphrase. This will not hurt your score.

In fact, it will help your score, as you show more vocabulary! There is nothing in the grading system about messy work. As long as the examiner can read it, you’re all good!

Question #3

What if I mix up American and British spelling? Like, what if I spell realise with and s, then realize with a z? Will this hurt my score?

Answer #3

To be honest, this would only matter if you are aiming for a super high vocabulary score.

As long as the word is correct in either British or American English, you’re fine. But you should try to not repeat vocabulary!

What do you think of today’s student Q and A?

Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below!

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