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    ILETS vs Native

    Dear Teachers

    I have heard that scoring an IELTS grade of 9 (the highest) in "speaking" is equivalent to a native English level. So does it also mean that a native should be able to achieve grade 9 in IELTS speaking test easily without any preparation, as he is native English speaker already?


    Anthony the learner

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    Re: ILETS vs Native

    No. Grade 9 is the level of an expert user. There are many native speakers of English who are not expert users of the language.

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    Re: ILETS vs Native


    Most speakers (of any language, in my opinion) would usually have a hard time if faced with a level test. A you know, when you are a native speaker, you produce many sentences which are not grammatically standard, but hwich are accepted in informal speech. Some people master their native language and can, more or less easily, change register to adapt to the requirements of a test. But that is usually not the case with the majority, so they would probably get a lower mark than a foreign speaker who prepared the test thoroughly.

    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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