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Young man from Nigeria got Band 8 in Academic IELTS – here is how

When we asked Oladeji Bamisile, a young man from Nigeria, how he managed to achieve Band 8 in his Academic IELTS exam, the answer was quite simple – lots of practice, early arrival, some warm up before Speaking and a prayer!

We felt his perspective was important to share with you, because quite a few of our students said they feel that Band 8 is nearly impossible to get. Oladeji’s experience proves the opposite – that with the right preparation and dedicated work, it is possible, doable, achievable and manageable!

Here is what he said about preparing for IELTS:

Band 9 in IELTS“Firstly, I practiced and read thoroughly the road to IELTS application materials, I took several tests there.

Secondly, I also practiced the test on the IELTS CD given alongside the material I received from the test centre, it was helpful.

Thirdly, I bought some materials online. These materials accounted to about 70% of my success, it included reading materials and also lots of tests and answers, listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Fourthly, I arrived at the exam venue hours earlier, so as to be in a calm mood and serene state of mind, free from pressure. On the day of my speaking test I made sure I raised a topic for discussion among the students sitting the test, and it was a good confidence booster, as it put me in the mood to talk. When I now got to the examiner I was calm and relaxed.

Lastly, I prayed to God to help me pass with excellence and he did!

The fact remains when practicing, time yourself and follow the timing keenly, I used 1 hour timing in Reading / Writing and it helped me finish most of my questions before the time was up.

Thanks so much, I hope my technique will work for someone else”.

Inspiration and commitment help Pauline get Band 7.5 in IELTS

Today we are delighted to share a success story of Pauline O. from Nigeria. Unlike people who find themselves taking IELTS repeatedly, trying to get their desired score, Pauline took the exam for the first time and got Band 7.5. Here is how she explains her success:

Band 7.5 in IELTS“Inspiration and commitment were the two keys that helped me get a good IELTS score as a first timer. I saw results in the IELTS-Blog Hall of Fame and I said to myself “If they can do it, then so can I” – plus I also applied tips from the winners and today I’m one of them.

The most tricky part for me was the Reading test. I realized an attempt to read the entire passage before answering meant I would never finish so I devised a means of simply picking the answers out of the passage through scanning.

For the Speaking test, confidence and lots of words are the key while making sure your pronunciation is correct. Even if the answer to a question is not correct, it’s your English that is being tested and not really your knowledge on the question asked, so never keep quiet. Keep talking and remember to breathe so you don’t fumble with words.

As for the Writing part, you have to be sure to address exactly what is asked, in clear language, be it data or an essay topic or a letter. Also, don’t forget to use appropriate punctuation marks because I sure did.

Despite scoring a 7.5 on the Listening, “Never touch your headphones” is what I’ll say to myself if I ever have to write IELTS again – considering the sad fact that I lost some listening time to that. Watch lots of English movies too, it’s fun. However, the most important thing is to clear your mind and pay utter attention because a split second matters. If you do miss an answer though, don’t panic, rather move on or you’ll miss the next one.

Lastly, positive thinking is everything! I was so scared of the reading part and it was my lowest. Invest your time while preparing for your IELTS and have fun doing it. Read novels, blogs or magazines in English, play music in English, chat in English, try scrabble.

P.S. You could try timing yourself, but I didn’t do that. In my opinion, if you just get good at it, then you’ll finish in record time. Let it be all about English, at least for that period of preparation, and then write your way to success. Good luck everyone!”

 

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