HELP - I Got 5.5 in My IELTS Exam

Last Published: 04/03/22
Did you know that there are 3 million IELTS exams taken each year? The average score in the writing component is 5.5, even though the pass mark is 7. This tells you that it can be hard to pass the test! Many of us hate writing and are therefore reluctant to practise this skill. We know we should practise but will find any excuse to avoid it. Instead, we sit the test again and again and again hoping that we will get lucky. But hope is an expensive strategy when it comes to passing the IELTS writing test. "Third time lucky" does not apply to this test.

In 2017, the Australian television station SBS carried a news story about a student from India who sat the IELTS test over 20 times. They failed to achieve a mark in band 7 for writing despite attaining near perfect scores in the other modules. According to the story, the student spent approximately $8,000 on coaching and test fees. GRAID has been created to help you practise your writing skills and build your confidence so you can pass the writing test the first time. We believe you should spend your hard-earned money on something more fun than an English exam.

In order to get started, all you have to do is choose one of the questions from the GRAID database and begin composing your response. You can plan your essay first before writing it in full. Once you submit your essay you will be given comprehensive feedback instantly. You may have to wait 30 seconds or so depending on your internet speed, but unlike feedback provided by a tutor, you won't have to wait days for a response. The feedback you receive will cover grammar, composition, the structure of the argument and other criteria that IELTS teachers use to mark the exam. Importantly, the feedback will also include a grade based on the IELTS exam rubric. GRAID will track your progress as you go and allow you to quickly see the areas you have mastered and those that need more work. Once you are confident you can consistently achieve at the required level you are ready to sit for the exam. Your practise should help you become less nervous so you can pass the exam first time avoid paying the exam fees over and over again.