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Quality and quantity matters in IELTS preparation

This is a brief post on exam preparation. It’s not just about what you do, it’s also about how you do it. That may be obvious, but also consider the “how much”question.

The obvious temptation is to do as much as possible. The more you do, the better you’ll get, right? Actually, not necessarily. What can happen is that if you practise, practise, practise, all you do is repeat the same mistakes in the same way.
My suggestion is that you should limit how much exam practice you do. Don’t do a test each day – even if you have time. Rather, do a test every three days, for example. That way each time you do a practice test, you are under pressure to get it right. If you don’t, you’ll have to wait a few days for your next chance.
This is a good suggestion for two reasons. Firstly, there is pressure in the exam – you only have one chance and you need to practise under pressure too. Secondly, don’t just think quantity, think quality.


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