If you’ve appeared for IELTS this month but were not able to get desired scores you might be thinking of taking the test again. I know how rigorous the exam process is and you are probably trying to make up your mind to go through all that all over again. But you are confused how to start again and the most what went wrong last time?
Well there is no absolute way to know why you didn’t succeed as IELTS test evaluations are not transparent. But what is for sure is that you need to change your game plan this time.
Because obviously your strategy didn’t work last time but it is up to you to learn from your mistakes and restart.
To begin with, start with clearing your mind first by taking a moment of break from all worries and past frustrations as a clear mind is an ideal canvas to commence.
1) Self contemplation:
Take a moment to do some self-reflection about your previous performance in the test. What went wrong? Why did you score low?
- Maybe your study plan was not sufficient. If you’ve not dedicated enough time on your preparation you need to re-plan.
- If you took you test after self-study then it’s a clear indication that you need professional guidance for success this time. Take a careful observation of potential coaching centres around your area and opt for the one with best results.
- Coaching channelize your preparations into a strategic plan which is not possible with self-study.
- If you’ve already taken coaching then there is no need for another, if you feel like, just go through the study materials and take their mock test classes. By this time you’ve already become aware of exam tips and you just need ample practice. So keep on practising solving papers.
- You might have slipped due to lack of discipline in your preparation consistency. If that’s the case then you need to increase your concentration and focus more.
2) Being a beginner:
If you were a beginner in English language with basic knowledge, you might have scored average band scores due to lack of proper training. It is very important to have good English knowledge for IELTS so if that’s the case then enroll yourself to an English language course. Take your time to clear your basics and with training you will get better.
3) Second opinion:
If you are not satisfied with the coaching you did last time and want to change your centre then opt for one with good credentials. They might even be slightly costlier but if they claim and have evidently delivered good results then you should not hesitate.
4) Practice is the key:
If you are consistent on something you get good at it. For successful IELTS preparations, practice is the golden key. Speak in English everyday for natural fluency. Surround yourself with English, join a English speaking club, converse with your friends only in English.
5) Take your trainer’s feedbacks and suggestions about your performance. They might be able to give you a clear picture of your strong and weak areas which you should work on.
6) Work on improving your writing skills as writing is the most tricky module and requires a lot of practice. Good writing speed is important for completing your test on time and handwriting is also vital as it can have a negative impact on your scores if not readable by the examiner.
7) Though there is no limitations in attempt of exam, you should wait till 5 months to reappear as that is the sufficient time period for preparation.
8) Upgrade yourself:
Read and learn new words everyday and upgrade your vocabulary and grammar skills. If you did the same routine for your previous attempt then remember why was it not useful and work on it.
9) Attend personality development classes for confidence build up and interview skills which will beneficial during speaking test.
10) During the test keep a calm demeanour and attempt your test with ease. Don’t write answers in haste and follow the tips and techniques you learnt at your coaching centre.