I recently had to take the IELTS to certify that I had attained a certain level of English in order to get my master's degree at a French university.
Anyway, I got my results last week: 7.5 / 9 (9 reading, 7.5 listening, 7 speaking, 7 writing).
The score that I got is more than enough to get my degree, but I am shocked at how low it is- especially for the speaking and writing sections- considering that I spent half my childhood in the US and that I did all my schooling in English!
I have previously taken:
- TOEFL and got a 117/120 with perfect reading and writing scores
- SAT and got 710/800 for the verbal part (top 5%)
- SAT II with a 720/ 800 for the writing section
- International Baccalaureate English Higher Level exam and scored a 6/7
Isn't it a bit odd that I scored so low on a test that is supposed to be a piece of cake compared to the SAT or IB? Granted, I didn't prepare for this test, but I didn't study for the TOEFL either and still got a much higher score. I wasn't sick or tired the day of the test, nor did I leave the room under the impression that I had done badly.
The only reasons for scoring so low that I can think of are:
- This test needed preparation in the sense that a specific structure was expected for the essay, speaking part, etc...They do, after all, make millions selling prep material.
- There's some sort of British bias to this exam because of accent, spelling, etc. I learned English in the Midwest, and thus my accent and spelling are American. I find it odd that I scored a perfect score (9/9) on the only multiple-choice section that leaves no discretion to the examiner.
I'm considering asking for a second correction, but it costs 90 euros. I wanted to ask you guys if you have taken this test and what you thought of it just to know if I am crazy, losing my faculties, or what...