Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll see a simple study plan for 1 week before the IELTS Exam, to manage your time and prepare for success.

In the week leading up to your exam, you have to be realistic.

By that, I mean you’re probably not going to really learn any new skills or strategies that will change your score on exam day.

Hopefully, by this stage, you’ve been preparing for a month or more, and you’ve learned all the strategies you need, and applied them to test practice.

You should feel, at this stage, that you’ve prepared as fully as you can, given 100% to knowing the exam and improving your English.

In the week before the test, then, it’s as much about mental preparation as it is about practice.

I’ve seen students ruin themselves right before their test, by overloading themselves with mock exams. This creates negative pressure surrounding IELTS, and it also is mentally draining.

So, this is my recommendation for the week leading up to your exam:


  • Do a full Listening Exam
  • Read a newspaper in English
  • Write about one of the articles you read, summarizing the information and your opinions on it


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  • Practice whichever part of the exam you are most worried about
  • Go to an event or activity in your city, and then speak out loud or write about it afterward


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