There is usually a gap between the IELTS scores that people get when they practise at home and the scores they get when they take a real test.
For example, maybe you can achieve a band 7 when you write essays without a time limit, but you get a band 6 when you take the test. This is a gap of one band.
Here are some tips relating to this 'performance gap':
- There should be a gap!
- If there isn't a gap, something is wrong with the way you're studying.
- If the gap is too big, you're doing something wrong in the exam.
- First, try to make the gap bigger through study and learning.
- Then try to make the gap smaller by practising in exam conditions.
I hope this makes sense! Let me know if you've noticed this gap. How big is it, and what are you doing to make it bigger or smaller?