Exactly a year ago, I was busy preparing my documents for my visa application in Australia. The biggest challenge among these requirements was getting an overall band score of 7.0 in the IELTS examination. Let me say that I was pretty confident for the examination since I studied in a private school from grade school to university. English was the medium of instruction, so I was exposed to the language well. However, upon purchasing IELTS review manuals, I started doubting myself whether I could hit my target score or not.
My IELTS training started with me reviewing with the manuals I purchased in some bookstores and online. The reading and the listening sections were both manageable since there were answer keys that provided explanation of the answers. The problem started when I started reviewing for my speaking and writing. There was literally no one to check my responses, so my progress in my IELTS training could not be really evaluated. Then, I decided to enroll in an IELTS review center.