How to prepare
In its core, choosing the best way to prepare depends on 3 factors:
- your current level
- the desired score
- the deadlines.
In terms of time, the preparation can take from 20 academic hours to several months or even years.
Let’s look at a specific example of how these factors work together. If your English level is Advanced (C1 CEFR) and you need IELTS band 7, a short course of 20-40 academic hours might be enough. You will only need to familiarize yourself with the test format and the strategies of answering the questions. Or you may choose to only target the specific parts of the test that you find challenging. So you can start in October and be ready by December.
If you need IELTS band 7, but your level of English is Intermediate, you will need to take a much longer course. You will need to work not only on test strategies but also on improving your English level significantly. A longer course will include grammar and vocabulary, as well as exercises aimed at bringing your reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills to the level of the desired test score.
Before you start any course, you can have a free talk with the teacher to discuss what kind of course suits your needs and how long the preparation might take.