Did you ever take the IELTS test and get really upset with your result?
Did you ever feel fed up, frustrated, and or felt you deserved a better score?
Well this happened to Maria, a lovely girl from Russia now living in Adelaide, Australia.
Maria is doing her PHD and has taken IELTS twice, the first time scoring 5.5 in the writing.
Obviously she was quite upset over this result, but she didn’t throw in the towel!
Nor did she immediately pay for another load of IELTS tests.
She decided to wait 6 months, spend the time preparing, tenaciously studying practice test, actively listening to podcasts, and investing in her preparation.
Finally exam day came and she got those typical exam nerves.
Before the speaking exam she was breathing really fast, really shallow and almost panicking.
To calm herself down she engaged in some diaphragmatic breathing which calmed her down and got her ready for the examiner.
The speaking test went well, the examiner abandoned the scripted questions and really engaged with Maria.
Well a few weeks later the result came…
Maria was over the moon! She even scored a Band 9 in one of the sections!
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