We are often asked by candidates how they can ensure that, as far as possible, they can pass the IELTS™ examination.

In the view of our Academic Consultant, and IELTS™ examiner it should be possible for a properly prepared candidate to achieve an 80% pass rate. Why therefore do we often hear of people unsuccessful after 8-10 attempts, or more?

Please consider the following:

• The examination is difficult and should not be underestimated. Band 7 for example relates to a level required for an International Student to enter elite education, such as Oxford University, for example.

• The progress level varies from one individual to another, according to ability and effort.

• Most individuals will be capable of a pass with appropriate resources, though not all.

• Each one band improvement represents a probable 200+ hours of study overall, although this will vary individually.

• To pass it will be necessary to undertake not only the online tutorials, but also the work assigned in each lesson and the background study hours suggested, as a minimum.

• Many students find that applying variety to their study methods helps. For example, listen to television or radio in English wherever possible, read English newspapers and books, and access online resources to aid your learning process.

• Consider the modular approach, this focuses study on the areas where it is most needed

• Be realistic in terms of the time that is available to study. Look at your commitments and plan a study timetable. Then ensure that you will achieve the required amount of study before your next examination sitting.

• Get an IELTS accredited professional to assess your current strengths and weaknesses in depth, and get their suggestion for your study programme. Consider, the examiners also have had to sit IELTS, and they require a band 9.5 to be accredited.

A famous quote, sometimes attributed to Benjamin Franklin comments as follows:

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”

Consider these ideas therefore, and good luck!