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

Today we answer a listener email about a study plan to hit a 7 in 60 days on his next IELTS Exam.

My name is An. Could you please give me some advice to improve my scores? I took the IELTS test last January, and here are my scores: Reading 7, Speaking 6.5, Listening 5.5, Writing 5 with an overall 6. I will retake the IELTS test in May. My target is overall 6.5 and no skill less than 6. I have nearly 2 months to study. Could you give some advice about your course so I can enroll to meet my target?

This is an interesting case because the Reading is high and the Writing is low. Same with the Speaking and Listening. Usually these skills are paired and the scores will be closer.

The good news is that, after seeing the Reading and Speaking scores, we know that the ability and potential is there for higher scores overall.

He just needs some some additional reading strategies, and a few more tips about what the examiner needs on Speaking, and those scores will rise.

Listening- Increase from a 5.5

You must balance your practice, as we do in our course’s study plan, between overall ability and testing skills.


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We guide you through resources that are made for students, and then move you into resources made for native speakers, such as podcasts.

You must put both of these activity types, overall listening practice and test practice, in your study plan.

Writing- Increase from a 5

The knowledge is there, you just need to know how to arrange it according to the scoring system.

In Task 1, in particular, you need to know how to write about the numbers in an organized way that uses impressive vocabulary.

For Task 2, you need to organize your ideas in a clear way, and you can get that through learning simple essay templates, such as those in our course.

Lastly, stick to our 3 Keys- Planning, Writing, Checking!

Are you having success increasing your Writing score!

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