How much time do you need for IELTS Preparation?

Are you starting your IELTS Preparation? Or have you been practicing for some time? You are not sure how long you need to prepare for IELTS. Well, I am afraid that you are asking the wrong question.

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The right question is “how do you know you are ready for your IELTS exam?”

In this post, I will tell why the question about the amount of time you need for preparation is wrong, why it is necessary to have the right question, and some “diamonds” in the end.

There are no right answers to this question.

The answer to this “how much time do you need to prepare for IELTS?” question depends on several factors. There is no right or wrong! What is right for me may not be right for you.

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It depends mostly on 3 things.

  1. Your current level of fluency in English. Your current level of English will determine how much you will need for IELTS Preparation. And, apparently, your English level is different from your neighbor’s level. If your English level is much lower than your target score, you need to improve your English before prepping for IELTS. Take these FREE Placement Tests to quickly determine your level of English.
  2. Your target band score and type of IELTS. Of course, it is much more difficult to reach 8.0 from 6.0 than 8.0 from 7.5. And it is easier to reach 6.0 than to achieve 8.0 across all skills. And, Academic IELTS is a little more complicated than General Training IELTS.
  3. How much time you have every day to practice. It means how committed you are to the practice. The more committed you are, the faster result you’re gonna get. If you have just a few hours a month, you will take longer time to prepare than someone who can dedicate at least an hour a day to the practice.

The right question is: “How do you know you are ready for your IELTS exam?”

So, let’s start with asking the right question because when you answer this question, you allow yourself to zoom out and take a look at your current status. It doesn’t matter how long it takes for you to get ready, the most important thing is whether or not you are ready.

Take this 3-minute survey to see if you are ready for your IELTS exam. IELTS Academic | IELTS General Training.

The bottom line

I realized one thing a long time ago that the majority of people who achieved their IELTS target scores quickly always read everything until the the end. That’s why I often put the best bit at the end of my articles. This one is no different.

The bottom line about the average amount of time you may need to spend on your IELTS Preparation is 03 months. This is the average amount of time that my clients spent.

Having said that, I didn’t mean to say you will definitely need 3 months. I’ve got clients who needed my help only for 2 weeks or a month. I’ve also had clients who needed me way longer than 3 months. But as long as you:

  • can fluently speak and write in English,
  • understand spoken and written English,
  • your level of English is NOT significantly lower than your target band score,

you can definite start preparing for IELTS.

BUT do not rush yourself. Give yourself 2-3 months to be well-prepared. That is why my packages are valid for 3 months. You can take them for 1 month and get your target band score or dedicate 3 months to the practice. Either way, you will have access until you feel confident enough to take the IELTS exam.

If you want my expert opinion, book a Consultation Call with me. I will develop a study plan for you based on these and other factors.

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Feel free to contact us for better guidance on your IELTS journey.

Don’t waste your time on IELTS! You can get it this time.

Have fun learning!

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Huyen Nguyen

Founder of Practice9, creator of IELTS with Huyen. Huyen has 10 years of experience with IELTS, overall 8.5.

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