Who among you here have taken the IELTS exam? What do you think is the most difficult section to pass? Is it speaking, reading, listening, or writing? Please feel free to share your experiences! Did you attended an IELTS review class or you did the training on your own?

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Dionis 220

Hi, Tiffy. Speaking, reading, and writing it is easier than listening section for me, because you will only be able to listen to the questions once,so you have to listen very carefully.


I agree with you Dionis but those question aren't that difficult to answer if you pay attention on you headphone i guess and you have to read the questions before the sound starts


Native 7620

I have taken IELTS about a year ago, and I think the speaking part is the most difficult because it requiers a lot of concentration on a lot of subjects in a short time. So you have to practice a lot to be able to speak fluently.


ahenus 11280
i have already prepared (and currently am preparing) students for this type of exam. naturally, the difficulty of a task mainly depends on the student. what one finds difficult the other might find easy.

however, i can say that the difficulty in the written part is that there are various types of compositions and you need to master all of them. writing reports and essays can be very tricky because they are not so common in our everyday life.

i would say that the reading part is the least problematic.

speaking can be tricky as well if you are not used to being asked about various topics in a short time. but you can certainly prepare for it which makes it easier. some topics require mental maturity as well as language knowledge so you'd better research some questions that might arise.

the listening part can cause problems if you don't practise enough. though i must say that i really like the variety of tasks - note taking, multiple choice, short everyday conversations. you don't generally find these in other exams.


I think reading is toughest section in IELTS. There are 3 passeges in reading and you have to answer those tricky questions in an estimated time. Reading test is not that easy as it sounds. Trust me


For me, definitely reading. You have only 60 mins to answer 40 questions. Each passage is mych lionger thann TOEIC. There are tricky synonyms that you need to know, and some sections have answers spread (EX: Which paragraph contains the following info?)..

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