Hi! I’m Charlotte.
I come from Guangzhou, a big city in the south of China. I came to England for a better education. I have been preparing for my IELTS test at The Cambridge Centre for Languages and now I’m studying for a one year GCSE course in Cambridge. My dream is to study in and English University and I’m trying my best to achieve it!
I would like to share my understanding of studying for IELTS and my experience of studying English with The Cambridge Centre for Languages.
When I was told by a sixth form college that I really want to enrol with that I need to achieve a minimum 6.5 IELTS score in about 2 months, I was in quite a panic! I was uncertain if I could achieve it because my English was quite bad, especially writing skills, and I knew nothing about IELTS. But I was ready for hard work.
And it was hard: I had a 90 minute IELTS lesson twice a week and had to do two practice tests including listening and writing and an essay after each lesson. At first, I found it quite difficult to balance my school and IELTS. I was preparing for my Physics Olympia, Maths challenge as well as the IELTS exam. But I tried to squeeze my time and made a study plan every day. After about two weeks, I started to manage time much better and do things more efficiently. The most difficult thing for me is to write the essays. I found them rather dull and frustrating.
But thanks to Sophie, my IELTS teacher at The Cambridge Centre for Languages, I did it! I couldn’t have done so much practice or written scores of essays without her pushing me through it and she improved my writing considerably.
After 2 months’ hard work, I took the exam. During the speaking test, I got too nervous when I didn’t talk long enough in part 2. Despite all the great preparation Sophie had helped me with, I had run out of ideas and I knew I didn’t do well in that part of the test right after the exam.
Besides Speaking, everything was fine. When I got the result, I was truly surprised. I never expected to be capable of getting an overall 7.5 and in fact a 9 in reading!
I think it’s not only because I did a lot practice, but also I read quite a lot. I really enjoy reading and I read the New Scientist magazine every week because of my personal interest. I think reading these kinds of magazines helps a lot because the articles in it are quite similar to the passages in IELTS Reading.
All in all, I am of the opinion that, as long as you do a lot of practice and have the right skills, you can get the result you want. Good luck!
If you would like to know more about studying IELTS, Cambridge exams or generally improving your English, speak to us at the Cambridge Centre for Languages!