How I Got a 7.5 Band Score In My IELTS Exam On My First Try Even Though I am Terrible With English and Had Only 2 Weeks to Prepare
by ADEMILUYI DAVID | November 1, 2018
Earlier this year, I started preparing to relocate to Canada and one of the first steps I had to take was to write the English Exam otherwise known as IELTS [International English Language Testing System]
Without passing this exam, it would be truly difficult, if not impossible to complete the relocation process
In order to get a high enough point for my Canada relocation, I needed to get a minimum of 7.0 band score for the IELTS exam which was kind of scary.
It was scary because I have heard many stories of smart people who had to take the test 3 or more times before they could even score 7 out of 9 which is the total (I actually know a woman that wrote IELTS NINE times before she scored what she was looking for)
It is true that one can take the test as many times as possible but each test would cost N75,000 each time.
I couldn't imagine dropping N75,000 for an exam only to check your results and discover that you didn't even get an average score.
Another reason why I was scared had to do with my poor background in English.
Throughout my school days, I never for once passed English.
The highest I ever had was a lucky C during my SSCE Exam
My fear of failure was so strong that I almost wanted to cancel the whole relocation plan
But after a while, I remembered one of my core principles - which is that no matter what I want to learn or do, there are people who have already spent much of their life mastering that thing and succeeding at it.
All you have to do is find those people, and study them... or get coached by them.
And that is exactly what I did
I started spending time on various websites and forums to find a proven "shortcut or formula" that someone like me could use.
Many of the strategies I came across seemed to be too complex and required a lot of time.
It wasn't until 2 weeks to the exam that I finally discovered a "high-score formula" from a book written by a Girl from Cambodia
In the book, she narrated how she was able to come up with this high-score formula after writing the IELTS exam 8 times.
And also gave several feedbacks that proved that this high-score formula has already been used successfully by many people all over the world to get a high-IELTS score.
Even in places like India and China where their English isn't so good.
So, I bought all the recommended materials about the book and tried it.
And It Worked For Me Too...
Here is a scanned copy of my IELTS result below showing a Band-score of 7.5 after I took the test for my first time
Why Does the High-Score Formula Work So Well?
The high-score formula works effectively because of 2 reasons
(1) It is a straightforward and easy formula that doesn't require a lot of time for you to prepare for the exam (HINT: Many people fail the IELTS exam due to all the stressful and time consuming methods around)
(2) It helps you to focus on the main areas that get you high results in each section of the IELTS exam (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)
This high-score system also makes it easy to answer any question you are asked regardless of whether you know the answer or not.
With this formula, you don't have to spend hours upon hours at study centers like a lot of people do to prepare for their exam.
You do not need to spend N100,000 or more to hire a tutor who probably never wrote a single IETLS exam before in his life