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Many people have written to me asking to explain about the IELTS Gym, so this is what I am going to do here.

For those of you who wonder what IELTS Gym is, the answer is – it’s a training program. After you’ve read the tips and learned the techniques to handle IELTS tasks, the very next step is to practice as much as possible. For people who have very little time to study IELTS Gym offers online exercises that allow you to quickly get in shape before your exam. For students who need to improve their Band Score, there are courses at 3 levels of difficulty, designed to help you get a better score. To use them, all you need is a computer with Internet access (broadband or dial up – doesn?t matter) and speakers or headphones (easy, ha?).

You can see exactly what you get in IELTS Gym by using these free samples of real lessons that are included in the training program.

To start training in the IELTS Gym

1) First, choose a course from this list (or click on Courses in the menu of IELTS Gym).

2) Then, click on “Buy Now” button and fill the sign-up form – to get yourself a username and a password for the Training Room.

3) After you’ve done that, an activation email with subject “Student Signup” will be sent to you. Open it and click on the confirmation link inside – to confirm your membership.

4) Log in using your username and password (in the left side-bar, via “Members” menu). You will see empty list of courses – because you haven’t bough anything yet.

5) Click on Courses in the upper menu, choose a course and click on “Buy” button -> then on “Confirm” and go through the payment process until you reach the page that says “Thank you, your payment was successful”.

6) The course you bought will appear in the Training room in your list of courses – click on its link and start training!

Success in IELTS – what’s involved

If I had a dollar for every email I’ve received which was saying “My IELTS is in 3 weeks and I need a Band 7 in every section, what should I do?” – would I be a rich person! This is the main question of any student – how do you succeed in IELTS in such a short time?

My answer is – there are 2 stages to this process. Stage one: learn the techniques to handle tasks in a fast and efficient way. This part is mostly theoretical – and you all know that theory alone is never enough. At stage two you practice and use all of those techniques to solve as many tasks, answer as many questions, and write as many essays, letters and reports as possible.

For a long time the IELTS-Blog was focusing more on the techniques and less on practicing – but not any more!

Have a look at IELTS-Blog’s “younger brother” – IELTS Gym. The idea of this site is very simple – you go there to practice and get in shape before the IELTS exam. Like any gym, it has training programs and sets of exercises you do online, each with immediate feedback. Every skill is covered: the reading, writing, listening and speaking. All you need to use IELTS Gym is Internet access and speakers or headphones.

Enough said – check it out. Make sure you don’t miss the free samples!