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

Today you’ll hear the sad story of someone stuck at IELTS band score 6.

Is this you?

You’ll find out what you need to change if this is your situation.

What is this student doing wrong?

  •  She is trying to study alone, with a textbook and is trying to memorize things to prepare for IELTS just like she studied in her home country growing up. This doesn’t work when it comes to a language exam like IELTS. The IELTS requires spontaneity so memorization doesn’t help very much.
  •  She makes pages of lists of sentences and words by herself. She doesn’t interact with anyone else or any other material or input.
  •  She reads example essays and copies them. She doesn’t spend much time writing her own essays and using IELTS writing strategies.
  •  She refuses to admit that her way of studying isn’t working. She has been stuck at a 5.5 or 6 for three years.

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Is this you? Here is what to do:

  • Admit that you need help and that what you are doing isn’t working. Be willing to change your preparation strategy.
  • Put in the hours with the CORRECT strategies.
  • Go out into the real world with your English to get the balanced practice. Be willing to spend time with native speakers, make mistakes, and feel vulnerable.
  • Remember that test practice is not a way to improve your IELTS skills. You need to prepare for the test by learning strategies and improving your skills then measure by taking practice tests.


Are you this student?

Are you stuck at a band score of 6?

What are you going to change starting today?

Tell us in the comments below.

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