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During my 3-month-experience in Kaplan Education, it was a fantastic place where I was able to improve my knowledge and skills on IELTS which was essential for my college application. I had first become acquainted with Kaplan through a placement test on IELTS as I have only been learning the reading and listening sections. Because of this I did not know how my overall score would be and would not have any feedback on how to improve in all the sections especially for writing and speaking.
Even though I had prepared myself for the placement test however, my results were not outstanding. I got an overall score of 7.0 with a very low writing score at 5.5. While most universities have an IELTS minimum score of 6.0, I felt that I needed to achieve higher to have a higher chance in aiding my application process. Therefore, I decided to enroll for an IELTS course which took me a little over 3 months to complete.
For the entirety of the course, I had an amazing teacher who was very sociable and was able to communicate well with me to improve my understanding of all the sections. He told me to constantly look for the key words in listening and reading and to make educated guesses on what the answer might be so as to make it easier for myself. In the writing section, he emphasized the importance of providing an outline to simplify the process of writing the structure as well as managing sentence arrangement. He had an out of the box method to enable me to speak my mind out clearly and concisely by initially having a normal conversation and gradually making the topics more challenging and having my response to it more professional.
After the course was finished, I immediately took the official test because I have felt more confident in doing in. I am happy to say that my final results have improved significantly, having a listening score of 8.5, reading 9.0, writing 6.5, speaking 7.0, with an overall score of 8.0. In short, my quick and improved progress would not happen without undergoing the IELTS course in Kaplan Education.