Band 7 in IELTS Writing
– if you follow this simple plan.
My student Daisy complained that no matter what she did, her IELTS writing didn’t seem to improve.
She said that she had been practicing writing and she had sat the IELTS test twice but she was stuck at a band 6.
Now I want to be clear. Daisy was not lazy. She was a hardworking 30-year-old nurse who joined a IELTS preparation course at a private language school. She went there after work (and often before!), and sometimes she met with a private tutor as well, but she wasn’t getting the results she needed. The truth was that while she was pretty good at the other English skills (Speaking, Listening and Reading), she didn’t understand how to take advantage of the way the test is marked to maximize her IELTS writing score.
But Daisy isn’t unique.
According to the test IELTS 2015 Test-taker statistics, the average Academic IELTS writing band is 5.5. That means that generally out of the 2.2 million people who take the IELTS test every year, more than half – more than 1.2 million people – get less than a 6. The facts are even worse if you are a Chinese speaker, around 70% get a 6 or less!
What is worse, many of these people work hard, spend their precious time and money getting ready for an exam, … and still get nowhere.
But not everybody stays at this level…
Every year hundreds of thousands of people taking the IELTS exam achieve a 7 or higher overall. Probably one of your fellow students or friends has also done this.
They don’t seem to study much, or at least no more than you. But they have achieved their IELTS goal. They are getting ready to do a Master’s Degree in Australia or Britain. Or, maybe they’ve got that 7 that gives them extra credits to immigrate to Canada or New Zealand.
And of course you think – that would be AMAZING!
Well, that is why I am sharing this with you today.
You see, there is no luck here.
When you see someone suddenly get a band 7 in IELTS writing, with almost no effort – that is usually not what actually happened – there is always something more to the story.
… and today that is what I am going to share with you what it is.
My name is Ben Adams, the founder of ielts7.guru.
As you will see, I have worked out a clear, organized way to help people like you achieve a band 7 in IELTS writing.
But before I go into more detail about how I can help you, let me tell you a bit about me…
Unlike most IELTS teachers you find online, or on Youtube, or working in language schools, I am a trained IELTS examiner AND I founded my own language school – The English Academy – in Taipei, Taiwan. This means that not only do I KNOW what you need to do to get an IELTS band 7, I put my reputation and money on the line to prove it too.
In other words, if something doesn’t work with my students, I stop doing it. 🙂
Now, I’m not going to brag and boast and tell you that I always had the answer. I didn’t. When I started teaching IELTS courses, I was not an IELTS Examiner, I just did what most teachers did. I used the normal IELTS books, and I read some stuff, and I sort of worked out what seemed to help students.
Generally, at that time our IELTS Writing courses basically went like this:
1. Do a practice test
2. Do some practice stuff from IELTS books
3. Give students practice essays to write for homework.
4. Give them some feedback.
And my students did improve – a bit. But not enough. Generally, my students writing would quickly improve and then get stuck at around the 5.5 ~ 6 mark. Sometimes better students would get stuck at 6.5.
I wasn’t happy – In fact I was frustrated with myself for letting my students down as a professional.
Why am I telling you about my failure?
I am telling you this because I want you to understand that most IELTS teachers are STILL DOING THIS!
Luckily, after my IELTS Examiner training – my perspective changed. It opened my eyes and I began developing specific exercises and techniques to address the key aspects of the IELTS Writing marking criteria. Also, as I was examining, I tested these out in my head.
While I was marking the writing, I asked myself questions like:
Q1. If this student had followed the question, what would have happened?
Q2. If they had written a 2-sentence introduction, how would this have helped them?
And from this I developed a new set of IELTS Writing courses.
And do you know what? Over the next 4 or so years, I improved our IELTS courses, and I worked on the language and skill practice tasks. Now our students actually use the skills and language when they write. (Instead of before when they would just forget to use them.)
And now the IELTS Writing System works!
Now our students are able to quickly analyze IELTS questions, and plan their essays. They can write all their topic sentences in a few minutes. They can complete essays in 30 minutes because they already know what they are going to write.
5 Common Mistakes MOST IELTS Students Make
(Yes, you are probably making some of these mistakes too 🙂 )
Did you know the Internet is a dangerous place for IELTS students?
You can easily find things like “IELTS Band 9 Essay!” You can easily watch some “IELTS teacher” who writes an essay example on a whiteboard and then talks about it.
“Just do this” they say “and you will get a band 7! (or a band 8, or a band 9… whatever.)
I see this all the time on Youtube.
I HATE this.
The truth is, for most of you this is not very useful. These kinds of essay examples are nearly always too difficult for most IELTS students. And do you know what? Often, these essays would not even score very well.
It makes me sick to think that the people who really need to take the IELTS exam may actually listen to this advice. Most IELTS students invest hours and hours of time preparing for the exam. And usually they under lots of pressure from work and / or family.
This means IELTS students should NOT waste their time on a solution that seems too easy, or too fast.
At best, this kind of thing is unhelpful or mistaken. At worst, it is a lie. And, in fact, it can take you further AWAY from achieving your goal.
YOU deserve better.
I know some of you think you can do this yourself – that you can go through lots of books, online videos, blogs and improve your writing. And you are right – some of you could do this – IF you had the time to work out what was good, what wasn’t, what was true, and what was false.
But the thing is you are busy. You have responsibilities. Maybe family, work, studies, or a business. So, just ask yourself, what is more effective: wasting hours and weeks of time looking for stuff online, or spending a few hours improving your IELTS writing in a tested course?
A final comment: I also see IELTS teachers offering a service for grading IELTS writing – this also makes me mad!
Sure, it can be useful to get feedback on your writing – but the most important thing is that you have a plan to improve! If you don’t have a plan, then you have just spent $20 ~ $30 for a number! Oh, and the “grade” you get is probably wrong anyway.
So, if you have been tricked into buying 5, 6, 7 … 20! IELTS “Correction”, or IELTS “Grading” services, you are probably throwing your money away.
Remember, no plan = no improvement!
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