Just to put things into perspective a little bit…
“How can I get a high score in IELTS? Any tips?” Well, this is the number one question I receive either on my YouTube channel or on Facebook. I really have to tell you though that tips, techniques, methods, and even tricks for all four sections can only work if your level of English is good enough.
Usually students search for tips and magic tricks for scoring high in IELTS but they tend to forget the most important thing: IELTS assesses your level of English, not your ability to learn methods and strategies. Consequently, lots of you end up wondering: “Well, I’ve tried everything!! Why is my score still the same?“
The answer to this question is two-fold. Either you haven’t given all these strategies and techniques enough time for them to actually start showing results OR-and maybe most importantly-your level of English is not good enough for these tips to actually work for you-yet.
Tips are not magic: they are not going to work instantly and they are not going to improve your overall knowledge of the language. Tips are very valuable only if your level of English is already good and you use them for guidance and even then, they will need some practice and time in order to work. IELTS is a vast topic and whole websites are dedicated to it for your preparation-this one included, so no wonder that just some tips cannot raise your score!
Bear in mind that no matter how much you practice and no matter how many tips you follow, the most important thing along with your practice is to try and learn the language a little bit better as a whole and work on the weaknesses only you know you have. Vocabulary, grammar, and syntax are assessed not directly but indirectly in all four sections of the exam.
Last but not least, never forget the reason that you actually take the exam. Most students believe that IELTS is the only obstacle and if they pass everything will be great. Well, you probably take the exam either for your studies or in order to work abroad. In both cases, your English needs to be good. Otherwise, you will need to quickly improve your English and you will do this the hard way! So, make your self a favour and start working on your level, weaknesses, vocabulary, and writing not for IELTS’S sake but for your own!
I’d love to hear your opinion below in the comments section! What do you think? How much do tips help you? What do you do during your preparation that is helpful? How do you deal with your weaknesses? Let me know!