Word of warning to you all, IELTS and Person PTE are exams which should be approached with deadly caution! Far too often English-speaking candidates under-estimate the complexity of their exam, whilst over-estimating their own language ability.
IELTS and PTE exams are primarily designed to test candidates for whom English is not their first language, non-native speakers. Therefore, candidates for whom English is their first language, native speakers, are tested on language acquired from birth rather than language learnt, level by level. In this respect, native speakers are disadvantaged because they do not ‘tick the boxes’ of vocabulary, grammar and skills acquired as you would when you are learning a new language. This is apparent in a failure to understand the criteria assessed, particularly in writing and speaking sections of the exam.
In contrast, native speakers are required to adopt a ‘top-down’ approach in order to better understand which language components score marks, and which do not. This technique is particularly important in the writing paper when each task is marked on 4 distinct criteria. https://englishforemigration.com/2016/11/22/score-high-task-2-essay-writing/ Subsequently, the overall score is an average of 8 individual marks where one slip-up can result in a lower mark overall.
Therefore, try not to fall into the familiar trap and simple turn up on the day of the exam expecting to achieve your target scores. IELTS is not designed to be easy and those that succeed do so because of the time and effort spent preparing, in advance of exam day.