If you really want to pass the IELTS exam with your target score the first time around. It’s really essential you have a clear strategy, realistic timeframe and goal in mind. You may have a certain level of English, so first of all you will need to assess your level. We use a FREE level test, which can help students to check their level prior to signing up with us. 1) Check your level – you can do this using our FREE level test checker. 2) Don’t just book your exam, as you may not be ready. Try to be realistic with regards to how long you need to prepare. 3) If you are a band 5.5 you will need more time to prepare if you need a band 7 in each area, but it could be possible to get a band 6 in each module within 1 – 2 months. This could be longer if your score is quite weak in certain areas. For example, some students may be very strong in three areas, but weaker in another one. 4) Work with your teacher to come up with a clear goal and timeframe in mind. Follow your teacher’s advice. If you ignore them and book the exam anyway you will most likely miss out on your target score. 5) Stay committed and make time to study. If you are serious about passing first time you will really need to stay focused and avoid any distractions. 6) Reviewing is essential if you want to pass properly. You will need to review all your common mistakes and try to improve and learn from them. 7) Make a clear study plan from Monday to Sunday. Will you have Sundays off or will you study 7 days per week? Ideally, it should be every day with some full days off as you improve, but initially it needs to be intense and every day. 8) Do not rush, as this leads to sloppy and weak mistakes. Focus properly and take proper time to study. 9) Set your standards low and aim higher. Don’t expect to get a band 7 without little effort. Always push yourself to aim higher, but be realistic about your expectations and don’t be overconfident! 10) Set a clear strategy if you have weaker areas you need to focus on. Make sure you spend more time on these areas. Allocate more time to weaker modules, so you can have more time to improve in these areas. For example, if writing is your weakest area then make sure you spend more time on this area. All-in-all it’s very feasible to pass your IELTS exam with your target score in mind, but you need to have a realistic, clear and excellent strategy, as well as lots of dedication and hard work.
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