Many people ask me how they can improve their IELTS scores. In my experience, improvements tend to happen in the following way:
Here's my explanation of the graph above:
- When a student first starts taking IELTS lessons, they learn useful exam techniques and they do some practice tests. They often improve quite quickly at this stage.
- However, there is a limit to the improvements that you can make with exam techniques alone. Stage 2 represents the frustrating period during which your score stays the same.
- The only way to reach point 3 is by working hard to improve your English. There are no secrets, shortcuts or special techniques; learning a second language takes time and practice.
- In the end, students who persist do tend to get the scores they need! (I'm afraid nobody can tell you how long this will take).