Case Study: Improvement in Writing From Band 6 to Band 7 in 3 Weeks

Najmeh Alyasin, a successful IELTS test taker, says

“Dear Simone,IELTS preparation case study

I have good news. I got the result of the IELTS Exam on 21 November. I made it!

Listening 7.5, Reading 7, Writing 7, Speaking 8.

Thank you so much for your book and guidance.

Regards,
Naj”

Background

Najmeh Alyasin is a nurse by profession, who needed to get Band 7 in the IELTS test to become a registered nurse, allowed to practice in Australia.

When she first took the IELTS exam (before coming to Australia) her writing score was Band 6. While living in Australia Najmeh took another 6 IELTS exams. Her writing score in the 7th attempt (in October) remained at the Band 6 level.

Najme wrote to Simone in frustration: “Now, after three years of practice and life in an English speaking country my Writing result remains 6!!! I am sitting the exam on 21 November for the 8th time in Australia! As I said before I do believe that there is something wrong with examiners!

After 3 weeks of practicing with Target Band 7 and having the writing tasks checked by the Writing Correction team, Najmeh took her IELTS exam for the 8th time, and … received Band 7 for Writing.

Objective

Najmeh needed to raise her score from Band 6 to Band 7 in the Writing test.

Strategy

By the time Najmeh took her 6th or 7th IELTS exam she understood there must be something wrong with the fact that all her preparation and practice, in addition to living 3 years in an English-speaking country, can’t help her score 6 in Writing. Najmeh was confused about the reason why her score was remaining at the Band 6 level – to the extent that she blamed the examiners for it!

She began searching online for IELTS help, and found IELTS-Blog.com. It didn’t take her long to decide to buy Target Band 7, to learn the rules of IELTS writing. She also decided to use the Writing Correction service to receive an analysis of her writing tasks, and to get suggestions on what she had to improve and how to do it.

Execution

3 weeks before her IELTS exam Najmeh bought Target Band 7 and a Writing Correction package.

Advantage 1: Najmeh learned about the correct structure on both essay and paragraph levels, which helped her improve coherence. She learned that beginning a paragraph with an example is not the best way.

Advantage 2: Najmeh learned how to sequence arguments logically, to make any essay easier to read.

Advantage 3: from the teachers’ comments Najmeh learned about her sentence formation and spelling problems ( she used to write “seperating” instead of “separating”, “bout” instead of “boat”, “instructures” instead of “instructions”, etc). Previously she had no idea about these issues, but once she began paying attention to the grammar and spelling, her writing improved significantly.

Advantage 4: Najmeh began writing consistently better reports even on complicated mixed charts (such as a pie chart and a bar graph in one task).

Results

The IELTS Score Najmeh received was

Listening 7.5, Reading 7, Writing 7, Speaking 8

Najmeh wrote to Simone:

“Dear Simone,

As I had difficulty in Writing, I just concentrated on the Writing Chapter of your book. It helped me to organise the essay in three paragraphs. Simply, I followed your instructions to identify the topics by type, and write a clear introduction, two body paragraphs and a very clear conclusion. The same goes for Task 1.

In addition, the correction service assisted me with reducing the grammar mistakes as much as possible and also corrected my spelling. I strongly recommend both e-book Target Band 7 and the Writing Correction program to students who have difficulty in writing. I do believe in them! I wish I had the e-book one year ago.

Regards,
Naj”

Case study: Band 7.5 in just 10 days.

Inokoue, a student from Malaysia says:

“Hi Simone!

It’s going to be a great weekend for me! Let me share with you why:

Speaking 8.5, Listening 8.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 7!

Overall: 7.5!!!

I am so so happy! And it’s all because of your IELTS-Blog and Target Band 7 book!

Thank you so much. I am grateful! Now I can continue my professional life with great confidence!”

Background

Inokoue is a student from Malaysia, who had to take the IELTS test to be accepted to a university in another country. As soon as Inokoue found out she needed Band 7 in IELTS, she bought the book Target Band 7 – just 10 days before her exam.

In that short period of time Inokoue managed to raise the score from around 6.5 to 7.5 overall, with band 8.5 for both Speaking and Listening.

Apart from reading Target Band 7 and practicing for 10 days Inokoque didn’t have to do ANYTHING.

Objective

Inokoue urgently needed to get IELTS Band Score of 7 or above within 10 days of studying.

Strategy

Inokoue estimated her band score by solving IELTS practice tests and found out that it needs to go from 6.5 up to 7 or above.

After Googling the term ‘IELTS’, Inokoue found IELTS-Blog and Targe Band 7 e-book, downloaded it and began studying, utilizing the tips from the book and practicing solving IELTS-like tests.

Having identified her weakest skills and biggest problems, Inokoue followed Simone’s advice and concentrated on the areas that had the biggest impact on her performance and score.

Execution

10 days before IELTS – Inokoue bought Target Band 7 and began practicing.

Advantage 1: Speaking improved dramatically, Inokoue felt confident and prepared.

How:

A. Using the tips from the book and real questions from past exams Inokoue was training herself in Speaking. Once she got into a habit of outlining points to speak about in her mind, her confidence grew significantly. She knew all the topics, what to say, how to say it and even what to wear to her exam.

B. Inokoue asked Simone for advice about her problem in Speaking (being shy and hesitant interfered with her performance). The advice she received solved that problem.

Advantage 2: Inokoue learned how to finish the Reading test within 60 minutes (previous attempts: 90 minutes)

How:

A. Inokoue learned how to manage her time in the Reading test. Target Band 7 explains exactly how to avoid the deadly trap of wasting all the time on one difficult passage. It also guides you how to spend less time on a passage through skimming and scanning techniques.

B. Inokoue learned from Target Band 7 how to get better at answering questions by analyzing her own mistakes.

Advantage 3: Inokoue was prepared to any type of question in the Writing test.

How:

A. She went through the step-by-step explanation of how to write a report for every type of chart that can appear in the IELTS exam, learning the rules, the structure and the vocabulary. She practiced and wrote at least one report of every kind. After the third report she felt she was a pro.

B. Inokoue learned how to write a great IELTS essay, in terms of structure, paragraphing, style and vocabulary. She was following the step-by-step plan in Target Band 7 and felt she couldn’t go wrong with it. Time wasn’t a problem any more, any essay was taking her no more than 40 minutes.

Advantage 4: No more anxiety or panic

How: Inokoue understood exactly what needs to be done in each section of the IELTS test and how to do it, she practiced in doing it and felt in control of her performance. The process she went through helped Inokoue build up enough confidence to remain calm and focused on the exam.

Results

After the exam

Inokoue writes to Simone: “My IELTS TEST IS FINALLY OVER! I can rest now. It felt good, I don’t think I scored high marks, but I do feel like I have done enough to register the good points to get a decent band. ;)”

IELTS results arrived

Score received: Overall Band 7.5 – Speaking 8.5, Listening 8.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 7.

Inokoue writes to Simone:

“Kudos to Simone, IELTS-BLOG and all the kind people who have contributed past questions, tips and advices. I couldn’t have done it without your help.

I needed my IELTS cert immediately, therefore I only had 1.5 weeks to prepare. So I went online and googled ‘IELTS’ and IELTS-BLOG was the first hit that came up. I purchased Target Band 7 and downloaded the practice tests.

Thank you so much Simone for helping so many people like us!!! 😉 ”

 

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