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No, they can’t. Part 2 in the speaking interview is a monologue when the examiner evaluates your ability to talk for up to 2 min non-stop. This is a different skill which an examiner wants to assess.  

 
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As you noticed in the listening test the level of difficulty increases with every section. This is done on purpose to differentiate between those test takers whose level of English is at the beginner level and those whose level is advanced. In other words, if someone is only beginning to learn English, s/he will be able to do the first few questions and will find it too difficult to do sections 3 and 4 which are more difficult. In this way, the test defines correctly the language level of a candidate. Similarly, in Reading some questions would be easier than the others. This helps weaker students to get some of the questions right, and the stronger the student the more questions s/he answers correctly.
 
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Yes, everyone will have the same answer sheet which is a standard answer sheet used for the Listening section. You can find a sample answer sheet for listening here.
In fact, you will be given one answer sheet where you will have a Listening answer sheet on one side of the page and a Reading answer sheet on the other side of the page. So, be attentive not to confuse them. Write the answers for the listening test on the Listening answer sheet and the answers for the reading test on the answer sheet for Reading.

 
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I don’t think there is a magic bullet for improving your reading fast because it requires building up your vocabulary and understanding texts. Having said this, what is really helpful is reading one or two articles everyday. You can try to approach it in three steps. First, you need to read it quite quickly to get the main idea of the text as you will have to read quickly at the exam. After that, you can go back to the article and without timing yourself read it attentively to understand the meaning. And lastly, work on the new words from the article to expand your vocabulary. The secret is simple – the more you read, the better you become!

 
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No - therefore, be careful when you transfer your answers to the answer sheet. But, if you made a mistake, cross it out and write the correct answer next to it. You will not lose marks for it as long as it is clear what your answer is. You might want to use a pencil to make it easier to erase a mistake on the answer sheet.

 
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It’s a good question. Indeed, if you are going to take the exam along with a few other students, there will almost certainly be some noise in the room – someone will drop a pencil, another one will sneeze, etc. Therefore, when you prepare for the exam, train yourself to do your tests with a moderate level of distractions i.e. your little brother watching TV in the neighboring room, noises coming in from the street and so on. Try not to work in ideally silent conditions, so that you get used to small distractions during the actual test. In fact, the IELTS exam tests your ability to use English skills in real life situations. Therefore, you would often hear some sort of noise in the background in the recording in the listening section. So, the answer would be train yourself to concentrate and keep the focus.

 
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It depends on the testing centre how you register but most of the centres offer online registration. The online registration procedure is rather simple and takes no more than 15 min. You will need to send your ID or passport as an attachment. So, either have it ready in PDF format (scanned copy) or take a picture of it with your phone.

 
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It really depends on the test centre. It can vary from a few candidates to a few hundreds. You’d better check with your IELTS centre to find out more. 

 
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It is and it isn’t. In fact, if your test doesn’t use the headphones you might have some small noises in the room but the invigilators will make sure that it is silent in the room and you can hear the recording well. The sound is checked before the Listening test starts and it is adjusted if needed. So, do not worry, just focus on the task. 

 
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IELTS examiners have got a very strict script and assessment criteria. They also record each interview in case there is an appeal. So, IELTS does everything to make the exam fair and unbiased. Our advice would be instead of being stressed about the chance that the assessment of your speaking will be biased, focus on your response? concentrate and do your best!  

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