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Sunday, January 22, 2017


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I was very week at Algebra (Mathematics) and cannot solve at exam. I started to practice algebra everyday from 9 pm to 11 pm. After few months I understood my progress at algebra.

I agree with Mr. Simon's advice to improve a new language and IELTS.

There is no short cut method to improve at intermediate level. Please work hard, practice every day and follow a method.

Hi Simon,

Well, I totally agree with your statement. Before, when I had my first IELTS review in an IELTS review center my coach provided me an initial assessment by giving me the 4 types of exam. After that, she commented in my writing task 2 as if it goes around the bush. Then a few months later, with all the mammoth tasks and techniques that she gave to me and my hard work in practicing and polishing some of my silly mistakes in the writing part, I can say that there had been a roughly 50 - 60 % improvement and that includes not going off topic. Well, 50 -60 % being better than before is not bad after all because aside from being a part time IELTS student, I have been working in 3 different shifts in a weekly basis. In addition, I have been reading a book about success and it really helps me a lot in terms of adding my limited vocabularies. Overall, there have been some major changes which is positive enough to pull my scores upward.

Absolutely right!

I'd probably say it depends on your trainer. If you are lucky enough to meet the right person at right time then 3 months is well enough to reach 5 to 7 level. However, I assume that you must have a good understanding about broad range of topics which can be learned by watching documentaries or reading books.

You are absolutely right. Bearing in mind that band 7 is still almost nothing compared with educated native speakers, English learners might need to be more patient. It's an endless journey so you'd better keep it going slowly but firmly on a daily base.

Take myself as an example. In 2015 September, after one-month preparation, I sat IELTS exam for the first time and got band 7. Sounds not too bad, however, only when I interned in a pure English workplace did I find how poor my English actually was. So in 2016, I arrived in UK with a burning ambition to conquer English. Until now I have been studying English full time in a Language school for 4 month. Nevertheless every single day I still struggle to completely understand real conversations and articles. The huge gap between me and native speaks in all aspects of English skills has not escaped me yet.

Anyway, no matter you plan to take IELTS or not, it's always great to look through Simon's website. Always find something inspiring! It's for every English Learner. Many Thanks.


Unfortunately moving from 5 to 7 in three months is not achievable for 95% of people.

The average learner will improve by one level after three months of full time language 'learning' (around 20 hours per week). Moving from 5 to 7 would take around 6 months for the average learner, and that's working 20 hours per week. Most learners don't allow that much time, and their journey is of course longer.


Although level 7 is considered 'advanced', the difference between a 7 and a 9 (native English) is like the difference between 5 and 7. It's considerable.

Thanks so much Simon. Thanks for your great tips on learning language and scoring high on IELTS exam.
It is very nice of you help learners to make progress. I really enjoy all pieces of your advice.

Dear simon!
My exsm question yesterday was" new parents should attend parent classes to learn how to bring up their chlidren. Do you agree or diagree?

I wrote the whole essay about agree point of view.. i didnt write the other point... will i be able to get 7?? Last time i wrote both sides and i got 7..
Please simon reply as soon as possible


In a question that asks if you agree or disagree it's fine to only look at one side. This will not affect your score.

It is not easy to assert that a 5 can go to a 7 in 3 months because what makes up the 5 or the 7 varies. If a person gets a 4 or 5 in Task Response or Coherence and Coherence then yes, these are areas that can be raised easily with proper instruction. Grammar and Lexical Resource on the other hand, require, in my experience, more time.

Thnx dear sjm... i m really tense


20 hours per week means learning the language only or this includes IELTS Test taking skills?

Last exam ..he ask me to speak about sth make me laugh ..why..where and when ..my mind stopped think and I didn't remember any thing ..so the examiner jump to part 3.. and because I did not answer in part 2 that make so stressed . What I can do if that happen for me in part 2 in next time ?

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