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

lessons Ekaterina IELTS journey overall 7.5Today you’ll meet a 3 Keys student from Russia, and learn lessons from Ekaterina’s IELTS journey to an overall 7.5!

She took the test 3 times before getting into the course, and couldn’t get the scores she needed.

Her previous scores were 5.5 for Writing and Speaking, 6.5 for Reading, and 7.5 for Listening.

After studying with us, her scores jumped!

Ekaterina got a 9 for Reading, 6.5 for Writing, 7.5 for Listening, and 6 for Speaking, with an overall 7.5!

Get a 9 for IELTS Reading

Her tips for increasing the Reading score:

  • Matching key words in the question and passage
  • Don’t think too much
  • Read New York Times every day, while enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning
    • Ekaterina read 1-2 articles every day. This was really difficult at first, but, eventually, she grew to enjoy reading these high-level articles!
  • If the New York Times is too tough at first, you can read USA Today (this newspaper is written with lower-level language)

Get Higher than 6.5 for IELTS Writing



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Ekaterina will actually take IELTS again, to increase the Listening to 8 and get a 7 for all other categories, in order to immigrate to Canada.

She did our 30-day study plan to prepare for her most recent test.

Get Higher than 7.5 for IELTS Listening


  • Pay attention to spelling!
  • You can do some beginner/intermediate listening quizzes on to review common words and how they are spelled.
  • Don’t over-prepare and cement your anxiety, so you don’t make extra mistakes on test day!

Get Higher than 6 for IELTS Speaking


How can she keep increasing her IELTS scores?

  • Create a new study plan, using resources from the 60-day plan.
  • Don’t over-practice, especially with writing.
    • Ekaterina did 1 or 2 whole Listening tests every day. This is too much!
    • She wrote at least 3 essays a week, and 5 in the week right before her test. This is too much!
  • My advice? No more than 2 practice tests a week, and only 2 essays a week. In the week before the exam, decrease this to 1 full practice test, including writing.
  • Lesson Speaking anxiety by decreasing focus on IELTS questions, and including more conversation in your preparation.

What do you think of Ekaterina’s experience?

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