2) Getting ready mentally and emotionally
Your score is more about you than the structure and marking of the test. Your mental and emotional state determines what the outcome will be. Anxiety is a natural response to every exam, but how you manage that anxiety is critical. Anxiety might inhibit your skills and your thought process. It distracts your mind with irrelevant thoughts, and you become more stressed. This vicious cycle repeats itself over and over.
The only way out is to sit for a mock test, so by knowing the exam isn’t the real IELTS, and the result will not determine the fate of your goal, you stay calm. This way, you will be truly assessed and the results will clearly match your current state.
Anxiety can also crush your confidence. You might think that you are too far from your target band score and lose hope. A mock test, on the other hand, can assess your actual skills when you are not stressed. It will then show you the path forward to your desired score. By working on the strategies that you receive from examiners, you become confident that success is attainable.
Taking a mock test eliminates emotional surprises that you don’t even know are possible. You get a feel of the experience and how your reaction will be. You get to see the test environment and how it affects your thought process and your emotional response. So next time when you sit for the actual exam, you already know how to be and what to do.
There is also the critically important factor of time management that you should master to get a high score. If you run out of time in even one section, you will lose a lot of marks. A mock test helps you evaluate your time management in real-time to know where you lack efficiency and what to focus on for improvement.