Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"

3 Keys student Valentin scored an amazing Overall 8 on his IELTS exam.

He also scored a 7 in writing and a 9 on reading!

Today he shares the strategies he used to earn these phenomenal scores.

Valentin is seeking Canadian permanent residency.

He is hoping to complete a phD in economics.

He also wants to be a snowboard instructor.

Now that he has the scores he needs, he has unlocked his dreams!

Valentin’s scores

Overall: 8

Listening: 8.5

Reading: 9

Writing: 7

Speaking: 7

How did Valentin improve his writing scores?

He first heard the IELTS Energy podcast.

He was inspired by our energy and our approach.

Right away, he signed up for our study system, 3 Keys IELTS.

He completed the module, but knew he needed feedback on his essays.

He decided to sign up for unlimited essay feedback.

Though he had been writing 2 essays every day, he had no one to check them.

He felt stuck when he didn’t know what the essays would be scoring.

How did feedback help?

He felt it was amazing to see feedback.

He realized what he needed to do to improve each score.

Suddenly, he didn’t feel stuck!

He saw his scores improving, which built his confidence.

He received useful tips about how many ideas he should have in paragraphs.

He was including too many ideas and they weren’t fully supported.

This also was increasing his grammar and vocabulary mistakes.

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How to use template sentences

Valentin memorized template sentences from 3 Keys IELTS.

This helped boost his confidence and saved him time.

He learned which structure was needed for the different essay types.

Once you have these templates, you just add your own ideas.

This makes for a well-organized, high-scoring essay.

How did Valentin score 9 on Reading?

It only took him 25 minutes to complete the Reading exam!

He had 30 minutes to just wait for the exam to end.

This is because he realized it’s not a comprehension exam.

He knew that he shouldn’t read entire passages.

Instead, he used the 3 Keys strategies of skimming and scanning.

Another student said to him, “Wow, this reading test was so hard!”

He was surprised, because it felt so easy to him.

This is because he had strategies!

Don’t let unfamiliar vocabulary throw you off

One of the reading passages was about yachting.

Valentin has attended a yachting schools and goes out often on a yacht.

For many students, this word may be unfamiliar.

  • yacht: a medium-sized sailboat

When you have strategies, you can still find the answers when you don’t understand words in the passage.

Strategies give you the confidence you need!


Valentin used strategies to get the score he needed on IELTS!

He is now accomplishing his goals and moving on with his dreams.

Apply his advice to your IELTS study.

Like him, you may need feedback on IELTS speaking or writing.

This way you can know how to get the scores you need!

Sign up for 3 Keys IELTS to get our expert IELTS strategies and feedback!

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