With hard work and a clear understanding of the skills you need to show, you’ll be well on your way to improving your IELTS band score.
You were aiming for a band of 7, but you got a 6 instead? Maybe you think that if you retake the test right away, you might just get lucky and reach this higher score. Don’t be fooled – this is a highly unlikely scenario. Before you rush to book another test, here are some tips that might help you improve your score:
Put the spotlight on your weakest skill
Be clear on what skill you need to improve on the most according to all the sections of the exam. Once you’ve identified it, think how to improve specific areas within that skill. Take into account that if you already scored a 6.5 you might only need to improve a few areas to lift your score to a 7.
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Study the assessment criteria
For speaking and writing, the examiner grades you according to assessment criteria. The criteria are very detailed and, if you look at it carefully, you can get a very good idea of what skills you’ll need to demonstrate. You can find the assessment criteria at ieltsessentials.com. In the speaking test, for example, to get a band 7 you should speak comfortably without having to stop while you search for your words; be able to use a wide range of words to explain your ideas; be able to speak with full sentences without making too many mistakes; and communicate the English language clearly.
Look at sample responses
It’s always helpful to learn from others. Visit ieltsessentials.com to find examples of work from people who scored a band 7 or above.
Go to class
Before deciding to spend more money on another test, take some time to go to an advanced English class. This way, you’ll be able to get personal feedback on your English.
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