Some students retake the exam too often. The normal result is that they get similar scores each time, and they waste a lot of money.
Before you retake the exam, ask yourself some questions:
- What specific areas have I worked to improve since my last exam?
- How do I know that I have improved?
- Can I get higher scores when I'm practising than the scores I need?
Here's an example of an ideal response to these questions:
Since my last exam, I've been doing a lot of work to improve my 'main body' paragraphs for writing task 2. I now spend more time planning and organising my ideas before I start writing, so my paragraphs are a lot better. My teacher noticed this improvement and gave my most recent essay a band 7. I only need a 6.5.