Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"
Tania 3 Keys IELTS testimonial Overall Band 8

Today you’ll find out how Tania managed an overall 8 on her last IELTS Exam!

The first time she took the test, she had a medical issue and didn’t perform her best.

She got 6.5 in Writing and Reading, 7 in Listening, and 5.5 in Speaking.

Then, she worked even harder before her second exam.

The second time, Tania got 8 in Listening, 9 in Reading, 7 in Writing and 7.5 in Speaking.

Watch Tania’s success story

Increasing IELTS Speaking from 5.5 to 7.5

To accomplish this, she spoke English out loud as much as possible, including practicing test questions.

Even though Tania was nervous on test day, she had the base of strategies and practice that carried her forward.

To prepare, Tania reviewed the course strategies to remind herself about what’s important on the exam.

Top tips from Tania: use informal fillers, and provide specific details.

On test day as well, remember to correct yourself if you think you made a mistake.


Increasing Listening from 7 to 8

Firstly, Tania realized she had to improve spelling for Listening and Writing.

Every time she spelled a word wrong, she wrote it 10 times to make herself remember it.


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This was part of her vocabulary notebook.

Then, of course, she reviewed this collection of words.

Increasing IELTS Reading from 6.5 to 9

In the past, Tania didn’t manage her time well. She spent too much time overthinking every answer.

So, she practiced not spending more than a minute on each question.

Even if she wasn’t sure of the answer, she wrote something and moved on. For doubtful ones, she put a little mark and went back to it later.

Increasing IELTS Writing from 6.5 to 7

Tania’s biggest writing tip is to provide specific details.

Also, pay attention to punctuation, especially if it’s different from your first language, like Portuguese.

Tania’s final advice is to keep trying, and you will be able to achieve your scores!

You can get amazing scores just like Tania!

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