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

Today you’ll meet 3 Keys student Eltaf from Turkey.

She prepared for IELTS for 60 days.

When she took the exam for the first time, she surprised herself by getting a much higher score than she needed.

She shares tips and advice you can use to get a 7 or higher!

Why did she take IELTS?

She wanted to apply to Qatar University.

The department required a 5.5 IELTS score.

She was aiming for higher, hoping for 6 or 6.5.

Her jaw dropped when she saw her results.

She was shocked and excited when she saw she got an overall 7!

Why did she sign up for 3 Keys IELTS?

She wanted to do her very best!

Even though she only needed a 5.5, she wanted to get higher!

She knew that an online course could give her a jumpstart!

Additionally, she was concerned the school might change the requirement.

She wanted to be prepared in case that happened.

What was her biggest strength on test day?

She felt most prepared for the Listening exam.

However, she was expecting to receive headphones.

The testing center didn’t provide them.

For the paper-delivered exam, headphones are not provided.

You will hear audio from speakers in the room.

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How did Eltaf get over her anxiety?

She remembered the Anti-Anxiety module from 3 Keys IELTS.

She performed breathing exercises before entering the room.

As she felt the panic coming on, she reviewed what she had learned.

Getting over anxiety is a testing skill.

You can be fully prepared, but then let anxiety throw you off!

Don’t let anxiety tank your IELTS score!

How did Personal Coach classes help her improve?

It’s one thing to take in all the information and try to improve by yourself.

Receiving feedback makes all the difference!

Her Speaking class helped her increase her Speaking score from 6 to 6.5.

She had received specific advice that she was able to apply.

  • She was saying “too many” to mean “a lot.”

This is a common grammar and vocabulary mistake that many students make.

“Too many” has a negative connotation.

Instead say “a lot” or “a considerable amount.”

What recommendations from 3 Keys made a difference?

She watched a lot of movies in different ways.

  • English subtitles
  • Turkish subtitles
  • No subtitles

In this way, she was able to take in input she could understand.

This is related to the theory of comprehensible input.

You should challenge yourself, but be able to understand enough that you enjoy it.

What other advice does she share?

Don’t worry!

She ran out of time and had to take the exam, even though she didn’t feel ready.

After receiving her 7, she discovered she definitely was ready!

She realized the only thing she was lacking was confidence!

Her advice is to follow a study system and then be confident that you are ready!


Eltaf’s experience is a good example of hard work paying off!

She signed up for the 3 Keys study system right away.

Following our 60-day study plan, she had the strategies she needed to rock IELTS!

Even though she only needed a 5.5, she was able to get a 7!

Join 3 Keys IELTS today to get the strategies she used and get your 7 or higher!

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