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  • Writer's pictureSte Sharpe

What do marathon training and the IELTS test have in common?


A person running for a marathon
A person running for a marathon

My friend recently ran a marathon and when she told me about it, the thought of doing it made me feel sick. But when I spoke to my friend about how she trained, I discovered two things that students could take from it to help them prepare for the IELTS test.


If you want to know what they are, then read on…


Marathon training

Running 26.2 miles is not an easy task and you definitely need to have a plan in place to help prepare your body and mind. Most people take between 16 to 20 weeks to train for a marathon, which seems like a long time, but they are slowly building up the physical and mental strength needed to perform well in a marathon.


When people are doing this, they always have two things in place:


a training plan and consistency


Without a training plan, people don’t know how to train their body and mind effectively to help them run for a long period of time without injuring themselves or quitting.


Without consistency (the behaviour of always doing something), the training plan is useless, as people won’t progress.


How does this relate to the IELTS test?

As I mentioned in a previous post, remember that the IELTS test is ‘an evaluation of your current level of English’. If you want to receive a high band score in the IELTS test, you need to show the examiner that you can understand and use a wide range of vocabulary and grammar, as well as having a clear accent.


Just like training for a marathon, you need to have a training plan to help you prepare for the IELTS test. Having one in place means you can:


-develop your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills to perform well in the IELTS test

-learn more vocabulary and grammar to help you reach a high band score in the IELTS test

-improve your accuracy through feedback from an IELTS teacher

-mentally prepare for perform under timed conditions in the IELTS test

-prepare yourself to manage your nerves in the IELTS speaking test


The longer you give yourself to prepare for the IELTS test, the more chances you have to receive a higher band score.


So what do I do now?

If you want to prepare for the IELTS speaking test like a marathon runner, check out my online IELTS Speaking Course where you’ll learn all about the IELTS speaking test, while also preparing to deliver your best on the test day.


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