This post was crafted in response to a friend from Bangladesh, who will sit for the test in a couple of weeks. His question was about how I scheduled my preparation phase to get a desired band in IELTS. From what I knew, this phase is very crucial as most of the candidates have very limited time to prepare for the test. Therefore, a good plan for preparation is essential to avoid you mess up the whole progression.
Hence, here are some basic principles I employed for planning:
- Design an achievable plan with actionable steps that works well for you.
- Search for workable materials and resourceful people for guidance.
- Stick to the plan, don’t procrastinate or work overload till burn out.
- Be consistent and stay focused on every step that drives you to success.
One month before sitting for the test, I checked all the details and had my registration done online. Then, I scanned through all the criteria, marking schemes, and real test questions to ensure that I had a clear idea on how to pass the test. After getting used to the test format and criteria for every band, I set targeted band for every section and started looking for IELTS materials and draft a schedule for it.
From 10.00 am to 11.00 am~ Listening (Practiced a variety of questions from YouTube).
From 11.00 am to 12.00 pm~ Reading (Kindly refer to the IELTS Liz Reading Practice which I found it is very useful for practicing.)
From 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm ~ Writing (Got any topic randomly from any IELTS website, and took it as a real test)