Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"
3 Keys IELTS testimonial Marina

How did Marina get an IELTS Overall 7.5 with just 3 weeks of practice using the 3 Keys IELTS Online Course?

Today she shares her experience getting the scores she needed.

She gives advice about what worked for her.

She also explains what she did when she hit a Writing speed bump on test day.

Follow her advice to get the scores you need!

Why did Marina need to take the IELTS exam?

Originally from Russia, she was teaching English in China.

She was planning to apply to complete a master’s degree in another country.

At first she planned to study Linguistics, but then switched to Information Technology.

She needed to take the Academic exam in order to be accepted into her master’s degree program.

What scores did Marina get?

  • Overall: 7.5
  • Listening: 8.5
  • Reading: 6.5
  • Writing: 7
  • Speaking: 8

Initially she thought these wouldn’t be high enough to get into her master’s program.

She then discovered that students had been accepted with lower scores.

This made her realize she should focus on the other parts of the application rather than retake the IELTS exam.

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What can we learn from Marina’s experience?

Every school is different.

They all have different requirements.

Departments within schools might even have different requirements.

It is vital to call and speak to someone, or meet them face-to-face to find out exactly what requirements they have.

What resources did Marina use to study for IELTS?

She listened to the IELTS Energy podcast and the videos on the IELTS Energy YouTube channel.

Focusing on building her vocabulary, she started watching TV shows in English.

She also read books in English.

How did Marina get a 7 on Writing?

On test day, she had a hard time remembering the vocabulary she had learned.

All her time practicing to write the essay paid off, as she was still able to write a well-organized essay.

She studied the model essays and memorized the template sentences in 3 Keys IELTS.

Knowing what a band 9 essay looks like helped provide a foundation.

Why did Marina need 3 Keys IELTS?

Her English is excellent!

She is an English teacher and has studied Linguistics.

However, she knew that having advanced English skills wasn’t enough to get a high score.

It was necessary to be more familiar with the exam and what the Examiner is looking for.

Especially for Academic Writing Task 1, she was not familiar with writing about graphs and charts.

The 3 Keys IELTS Success System gave her all the insider knowledge she needed to succeed.


Marina only studied for a few weeks and got the score she needed!

Her advice is to be confident on test day, no matter your language level.

She believes that if you follow the strategies in our system, you will be confident and feel prepared when you take the exam.

If you want to get past IELTS and get on with your life, join our 3 Keys IELTS study system today!

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