Most IELTS training is run by companies who only know about basic English training and do not employ IELTS experts. A typical English teacher, even a native speaker, is not an expert in teaching IELTS speaking and writing unless they have been trained as an IELTS examiner.
Don't assume that fancy offices are an indicator that the IELTS training on offer is going to be good. Many English language training organisations provide IELTS training in addition to their standard services. This is because this form of training is viewed as more valuable, and thus offers more potential for a higher profit, than conventional training!
The Sausage Factory Approach!
The factory style training operation is not the best way to learn anything, and this is especially the case with IELTS. Even where the organisation claims to provide training that is suitable for each individual, this assumes that they have the ability to identify that person's strengths and weakness. When it comes to writing and speaking this will not be possible to do with any accuracy, unless they employ experienced IELTS examiners.
If your English level is below that required to achieve Band 4.0 in Writing or Speaking, then you need more basic English teaching, not IELTS teaching! Such training is a waste of time and money. Get the basics right first!
Most examiners if not all, have come across candidates, in both speaking and writing, who appear to be following some form of script, despite their English level being very low. It is clear that they have had some kind of IELTS preparation training, but not the correct preparation for IELTS speaking & writing!
Do it Right!
As a former examiner, for everyone's benefit, I would like to stress the importance of choosing the correct type and level of training. There are no short cuts to getting a good IELTS speaking and writing score if your English level is very low. Get basic English training first! For those already at Band 4.5, or above you will benefit from specialist training from IELTS experts, and can step up to the next level, in the shortest possible time, and at the lowest cost. Get training from an experienced IELTS examiner!
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