One of the main aims of this blog is to give people a method for tackling each aspect of the IELTS test.
I hear from many people who have been successful after following my advice, but I also hear from people who haven't passed yet. And when people are stuck on the same score, they sometimes think that "the method isn't working". But this is the wrong way to think.
Methods / exam techniques will only help you to get the score that reflects your current level of English. If your English level is 'beginner' or 'intermediate', no method will suddenly give you a band 7. Exam techniques don't increase your vocabulary knowledge or your grammatical accuracy.
Remember that we're working on 2 things here:
- Methods e.g. knowing how to write an essay.
- English language e.g. expressing your ideas using good vocabulary and without making mistakes.
If you've been following my advice but you're stuck on the same score, don't change your method! Instead, work on point 2 above.