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A clever way to prepare and get Band 8 in IELTS (even if you work full time!)

Today’s post is dedicated to the smashing success of Chetan, a young man from India, who got a high score in IELTS while working full time – 6 or sometimes 7 days a week! This didn’t stop Chetan from getting Band 8 in IELTS, with a perfect 9 in Reading.

Being a very kind and caring person, Chetan quickly responded when we asked him to share his method of preparation, and sent us a number of tips that you, too, can implement to follow his footsteps to a high score.

Band 8 in IELTSChetan said:

“I took IELTS on 30th of September and got an Overall Band Score of 8.

It wasn’t easy for me to get this band as I am working on a very demanding project at work. I used to work 6 days or sometimes 7 days a week for minimum 10 hours, everyday.

Initially I was very stressed about the approaching date of my exam and the least preparation I had done. But I made a decision to handle this issue systematically.

I started devoting time to my study, one hour per day, just 30 days before my exam. I made a timetable and a list of areas to focus on, and divided my time into sections. I also made a timetable for practice tests. Now the only thing I had to do is stick to the timelines.

I used to study during my commuting to and from office, so that I could save time and take my practice tests as per the schedule.

Few of my learning techniques I would like to share with all:

I listened to the radio everyday, it is convenient because now it’s available in an App. This helped me a great deal to improve my focus while listening. I used to miss information at the beginning but gradually I could catch up and improved. My advice is, choose your own medium of interest. But this exercise is definitely a confidence booster.

My problem with reading was time management. I used to get Band score of 6.5, while I needed a 7. So I started solving Academic reading tests. I managed to score Band 7 but within the time frame. Because of this, time management in the actual exam became easier for me. I finished the Reading section in 45 min and scored Band 9!

While I feel I was lucky to get the right mix of question types, I evaluated my mistakes during the practice tests and analysed to see if there is any pattern in the failures. This is the most important thing, because you know your own way of thinking better than anyone else. So self evaluation is what I would suggest one should do, to have your own strategies.

The only issue with writing is you have to have an outside evaluation. This is the most important thing, to get your writing checked by someone. Beside this I read lots of model essays. Get a good book – I got a book from my friend that had around 113 model essays. It helped me a lot.

I followed tests which are shared almost everyday. Used those questions and prepared myself. Also I did some simulation on a website and recorded my session.

These are some of the study methods I had during my preparation which I thought would be helpful to share, because thanks to those who did share their experiences on this blog helped me a great deal in boosting my confidence.

I wish everyone the best of luck.”

IELTS Results competition winners in October 2017

Today is a great day, because we get to congratulate 10 winners on their IELTS success. All those nights spent going through the books, doing practice tests and working on grammar and vocabulary are finally over; now a much more exciting chapter in their lives begins! The majority of our October winners come from India (what’s up with the rest of the world?), and their scores range from the near-perfect IELTS Band 8.5 to a very honorable Band 7.5.

Congratulations to:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Sushruti Verma from India, Band 8.5
  • Rajatha Rao from India, Band 8.5
  • Stanislav Boyko from Uzbekistan, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Teerth Dhudshia from India, Band 8
  • Shirin Fateh from Iran, Band 8
  • Shreyas Koushik from India, Band 8

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Mehak Saleem from Pakistan, Band 7.5
  • Sourav Behera from India, Band 7.5
  • Saksham Mahajan from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Chetan Yograj Soni from India, Band 8

Well done guys, we’re applauding you! As a token of our appreciation we are sending your certificates of achievement to your emails. Winning IELTS results will be displayed in the IELTS-Blog hall of fame – so if you won, please feel free to show them off to your friends!

So, how does a person get a high score in IELTS? What does it actually take? All we know at the moment is that Chetan Soni (Band 8) used our website to get the most recent IELTS questions. He also told us how he prepared, and we will share his advice with you later this week. But there must be so much more information our winners can contribute!

We hope to hear from the winners the stories of how they prepared and studied, and what helped them achieve success in IELTS. Anything they wish to share will be posted on IELTS-Blog without delay, so everyone can use the same technique and get a better score in their own exam this month.

P.S. IELTS results competition runs every month, and everyone is welcome to participate. Learn how to enroll here.



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