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

She needs an 8 Listening, and a 7 for the other sections, or an overall 7.5 for Canadian immigration.

In her email, she noted that every time she takes the exam, she gets 6.5 in everything.

How to Increase Listening Scores

From the sounds of her email, it seems that she is not focusing in IELTS preparation, but, rather, just taking the exam a bunch of times.

You need a balanced approach– not only a high level of English, but also Listening strategies.

One of our most useful Listening strategies is predicting what you will hear. This builds context so you avoid listening shock on the exam.

So many of our students have said that this strategy is very important in their IELTS success.

Basically, you must underline key words before and after the answer you need. Then, predict the word form you are listening for (i.e. noun or verb), and, also, predict possible answers.

Even native speakers don’t always do well on the exam if they don’t know the strategies!

How to Increase IELTS Speaking Scores

One major key here is using a variety of linking words– not just andbut and because.

In Part 2, you should tell a story to fit in time markers. In Part 3, you need to use some formal linking words.


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How to Increase IELTS Writing Scores

The toughest part on the test, for both General and Academic, is Writing Task 1. Even native speakers do not know how to do this!

You must know the difference between the three types of questions you’ll see in Academic Task 1- such as the difference in vocabulary and sentence structures between Change Over Time and Static.

How to Increase IELTS Reading Scores

The IELTS Reading test is not a comprehension test, because you do not have time to read everything and think about the ideas.

You must learn time-saving strategies, practice them, and then apply them to timed test practice.

At first, you should time yourself step by step, where you do not allow yourself to look for an answer for more than one minute.

Basically, for all IELTS sections, you need to learn the strategies to increase your scores.

How are you increasing your IELTS scores?

Share your experience in the comments section below!


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