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

Have you taken IELTS before and still haven’t gotten the scores you need?

If so, you’ll definitely learn from today’s conversation with Sandra.

She is preparing to take the IELTS exam again.

Today you’ll learn why this time she is going to succeed.

She is this month’s 3 Keys IELTS Writing Wizard essay contest winner.

Winners receive a free 1-on-1 class with Jessica, and are invited to appear on the IELTS Energy podcast.

To enter this contest, you must be a 3 Keys student so join today!

What is Sandra’s history with IELTS?

She took the exam last year without practicing at all.

After minimal research, she took the exam and realized she needed to practice.

Her scores on that first attempt were:

  • Listening: 6
  • Reading: 6
  • Writing: 6.5
  • Speaking: 6

Her goal was to move to Canada, so she needed 8, 7, 7, 7.

How did she study after receiving these scores?

She began studying specific topics.

She read about:

  • Crime
  • Environment
  • Education

None of these topics came up on her second exam attempt.

Her questions were about things she hadn’t read about.

She again did not get the scores she needed, and was very frustrated.

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What 3 Keys strategies can improve this study?

Develop a culture of thinking.

Gather ideas and information from the world, rather than focusing on specific topics.

Rather than focusing on specific topics, follow a study plan.

Read books, newspapers and magazines.

Listen to podcasts and watch movies and TV shows.

Do this not looking for topics, but to fill your mind with all kinds of ideas.

Why did Sandra sign up for 3 Keys IELTS?

She heard Jessica on the podcast and was excited about her enthusiasm.

She needed that boost of IELTS positivity!

It was clear to her that she needed expert, insider IELTS advice.

She also knew she needed strategies that were directly related to the scoring system.

The 3 Keys Writing module was especially helpful for her.

She discovered how to structure and organize a high-scoring essay.

How did Sandra improve her vocabulary?

Sandra used high level, less common vocabulary in her winning essay submission.

It was clear that she was not just memorizing a list of words.

She took the more effective route of learning words in context.

She read a lot and paid attention to how natives use words.

If you just write down a word, that doesn’t give you the collocation.

It must be recorded in your notebook in example sentences that provide context.

What other tips did Sandra discover in 3 Keys IELTS?

One discovery was that she needed a few different grammar structures.

She realized how to create compound and complex sentences.

Don’t overcomplicate grammar, as this can lead to errors.

To get a 7 or higher for grammar, you need simple, compound and complex sentences.

If you missed it, check out our grammar series from earlier this year.

It provides all the most important details you need for IELTS Grammar scores.


So many students are in Sandra’s situation!

You are likely one of them!

If you have taken the IELTS exam and didn’t get the scores you need, you are likely frustrated!

You need a study plan and strategies that are directly linked to the IELTS scoring system.

Sign up for 3 Keys IELTS today to get the study system that helped Sandra write this winning essay!

What questions do you have from today’s episode?

Please leave a comment below.

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