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

Today 3 Keys student Gursharn shares her experience using IELTS Ninja to prepare for her exam.

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She has taken the IELTS Exam twice, and has not yet reached her target for Canadian immigration of 8, 7, 7, 7.

Before her first test, she didn’t prepare at all. Then, she enrolled in IELTS Ninja.

Gursharn says that IELTS Ninja provided no Listening strategies. There was only test practice.

3 Keys has provided what she needed to pass the Listening Exam, with the step-by-step strategies. These have improved her Listening scores as she has done more test practice.

In order to increase the Listening score to an 8, you need these strategies, but you also need to challenge yourself with native speaker podcasts like On the Media, The Daily, BBC news, and fun stuff as well like Science Vs.

Turning to Reading, IELTS Ninja offered very complicated and time-consuming strategies. This led Gursharn to run short on time on her exam.

She was reading way too much, and underlining too many key words. This leads to overthinking and wasting time.

Now, using the 3 Keys strategies, including skimming and scanning, she has greatly improved her Reading scores in test practice.


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As to Writing, she did have a Writing tutor in IELTS Ninja. However, there was no writing template to help her organize her ideas in the way the exam needs.

The tutor only corrected the vocabulary and grammar; thus, Gursharn was not guided in Task Response or Cohesion Coherence, half of the Writing score!

For the Speaking Exam preparation, IELTS Ninja also did not offer a lot of tips or tricks. That’s why Gursharn feels better prepared by using 3 Keys, with all the advice for organization, linking words and vocabulary needed for high Speaking scores.

She also had a Speaking tutor in IELTS Ninja, which offered the same limited help as was given for writing.

In fact, our strategies helped her score a 7.5 on her recent IELTS Speaking Exam!

Finally, Gursharn asks how to get more reading answers correct.

Step back and practice other reading quizzes, apart from IELTS.

Then, try working backwards to familiarize yourself with the Reading Exam.

Finally, time yourself, allowing only 1 minute for every question.

How have you tried to prepare for IELTS?

Share your experience in the comments section below!


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