What is The Most Difficult Test in IELTS

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IELTS is composed of four major language skills tests. They are reading, writing, speaking and listening.

You may think, “I know reading and I can get through reading test very easily.” But, dear IELTS candidate, it is not just about reading. It is a test that is a combination of some analytical and proactive reading.

You may read the given passage but to understand it and find answers that are correct are two different things.

Of course, anyone with good command over the language can understand what is there is in the passage but in order to find the correct answers, one will have to be intelligent. You do not have to think out of the box. But, think at least analytically.

Check out this excerpt from one of the passages in the IELTS Reading test.

Passage 1

Language Barriers: How To Speak Better English?

The use of the word “literally” in English is very common these days. But, not all people know how to use the word correctly. Originally, the word means something that is exact. And yes, you do not have considered it to be the opposite of Figuratively.

We find people using this word to exaggerate something. Can it really make anything seem bigger or important? Exact and not exaggerated shall be its meaning in the following sentence.

Example 1

There are literally hundreds of students asking for a change on the campus.

But, it is used to exaggerate something that may not even be true.

Example 2

That is literally the worst situation I have come across in my life.


True/False/Not Given

1 Literally and figuratively are close to each other but the former is used for exaggeration and the latter is used to describe something exact.

2 Examples 1 and 2 show these days,” literally” is used to emphasize, overemphasize something.

Answers: …………………

You can guess if you want.

Answers with explanation are given below:

1 False

2 False


1 Of course, the sentence is incorrect. The passage is more about the word, “Literally” not Figuratively. And to say something exact and to exaggerate, literally is used.

 Example 1 This would mean that if someone counts all of the students, then it is possible that the count will come close to hundreds.

 Example 2 shows that there are likely other situations that are worse than this situation. So, we may consider that it is not exactly the worst situation in the speaker’s life.

Inference: The word literally is used to say something that is exact and to emphasize

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