Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

3 Keys IELTS Success SystemToday we have a guest on the show.

We are honored to have 3 Keys IELTS student Fatima Hassan on the show!

Fatima took IELTS for the first time this summer after taking our course.

Her scores were:

Listening: 6

Reading 6.5

Writing: 5

Speaking: 6


Overall: 6


What was Fatima’s biggest challenge on the Writing test?

In Writing Task 1 she had a timing challenge.

She took too much time to brainstorm.

She felt pressured by the time and she got nervous.

Because of the timing issue she wasn’t able to write the essay in an organized way.


How did Fatima prepare?

She learned how to analyze graphs in our course and how to structure her essays but she did not have a chance to practice timing on the Writing test.

It’s important to sit down three times per week and give yourself 1 hour to complete the two full essays during your preparation.

The timing is what killed her score.

She didn’t realize that the time was passing as fast as it was.


What should she do now?

She will go back and practice writing the essays under test conditions.

She will also spend more time practicing the basic writing strategies that we teach in our course.

She is also thinking about reading more business articles.

Even though these articles are not super interesting, she does feel that she is building her vocabulary using these materials.

We are confident that Fatima can get the score she needs next time if she implements the suggestions we made today and if she follows the daily study plan!


Good luck Fatima!

We respect your dedication and hard work!

We know you can achieve your dreams if you keep working hard!


Leave us a comment below!

Are you working as hard as Fatima is in your preparation?

Let us know.

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