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

Today we’ll look at the way that one student prepared for IELTS and we’ll give you some tips on how to prepare for a 7 or higher in IELTS on all sections.

Today we’ll start with a question from a listener:

“I am preparing for IELTS and I get approximately 20 right answers from listening and reading when I take the test from the Cambridge books, but I never try to answer my writing or my speaking questions. I need to get at least a 6.5 overall with a 6 in each. Could you give me instructions to get this? Thanks in advance.”


What’s the problem here?

It looks like this student is only using the Cambridge practice books and is not improving.

You need strategies to get the right answers and then you need to practice them. However, you need to learn them first.

We have seen this with many students in the past and their score never improves!


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What else should this student change?

He is not trying to answer the writing and speaking questions.

How will he go in on test day and perform well without practicing these sections?

However, practicing wrong will not help either. That’s why you need to know what the examiner wants on speaking and writing.

If you don’t know what the examiner is listening for on speaking you can get a maximum score of a 6. You cannot get a score higher than 6!

We know it’s weird practicing speaking by yourself but it’s the best way to start because you won’t be as nervous.

You can work in new vocabulary and practice the answers more than once.

This is epecially important on IELTS Speaking Part 2.

You can add more details every time you practice your answer to the same question.

When it comes to writing you do need some feedback. That’s why we created our course.


One speaking tip: If you don’t think you have any ideas, go back to the Culture of Thinking and build that skill.

Also you need to know the scoring system.

One writing tip: In Writing Task 2, more ideas are not better! The more specific you get, the higher your score will be.

When you are more specific you will have more details and your essay will be stronger in the body of the essay.


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