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Didier Got IELTS Band 8 Using These Simple Tips

Today it is our pleasure to share the IELTS tips from Didier Chene. Didier is 19 years old, he lives in French Polynesia and his first language is French. However, his English is very good – he got an overall Band score of 8 in IELTS and consequently won in our monthly IELTS results competition.

Band 8 in IELTSWhen we asked Didier for some advice that will help other test takers score better, he said:

“Thank you very much for the regular e-mails from IELTS-Blog, as well as your Target Band 7 book! The tips were extremely helpful!

Credit must also be given to Unique New Zealand, a wonderful English language school located in Browns Bay, North Shore. My heartfelt thanks go to Linda K and Jane D, two lovely Unique teachers who have given me invaluable advice and help that have hugely contributed to my score. Many of the tips they have taught me are included in the following section.

When writing/transferring your answers onto the answer sheet, write all of your answers in CAPITAL LETTERS. This way, not only will it be easier for markers to read what you wrote, you also avoid having to worry about whether your answer needs to have a capitalised letter or not. Proper nouns, for instance, when written on the answer sheet with a lower case letter, even if it is the right word, might be counted as wrong. Avoid this simple mistake by writing everything in capital letters on your answer sheet for the listening and reading sections.

For listening, I advise you to be an “active” listener: cross out the words on the question booklet as you hear them so that you’re not just “listening”. By doing something at the same time, you are more likely to keep on task, instead of letting your mind wander.

The reading section is all about getting the grasp of what each paragraph is talking about, and using this as a “map” to locate your answers. You may wish to jot down some key words next to each paragraph to help you scan quickly which paragraph(s) the answer is likely to be in.

In your writing, when it comes to the second section, I advise you to be opinionated – don’t sit on the fence. Reading newspapers or watching the news in English is a good place to start to form your opinions on general topics that may show up in this section. It is also a good practice for your reading and listening skills.

When it comes to your speaking, it is a good idea to read through previous topics from, and think about what you’ll say if you were to get this question. Remember that “honesty” is not being marked here, so as long as your story is believable, and you’re able to convey it with your current English level, it will avoid moments of “blanks”, and will likely raise your score as a result.

One suggestion I have is to talk about something that has already happened to you, but using a future tense. For example, if you’re asked about travel plans, tell about the travel plans you made in the past, but talk as if you were planning this for the future. This way, you will sound more genuine, since it’s something that actually happened.”

IELTS Results competition winners in July 2015

There is no better way to start the week than some inspiring news! Today we’re happy to announce the winners of IELTS Results competition in July. These 17 bright test takers have a very good reason to celebrate – the great IELTS score they are obviously proud of, and now we’re about to give them another reason to party, party, party!

Wondering who they are?

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 8 in IELTS

  • Gladys Wan Tyng Seah from Singapore, Band 8.5
  • Petr Jirasek from Chech Republic, Band 8.5
  • Priyanka Shah from India, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Irati Saute from Maozambique, Band 8
  • Didier Teiki Chene from French Polynesia, Band 8

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Nazuk Madaan from India, Band 7.5
  • Yogesh Mehta from India, Band 7.5
  • Hoi Leong Lee from Malaysia, Band 7.5
  • Gaurav Singh from India, Band 7.5
  • Manjari Rahul Damani from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Banu Roshana Rasheed Ali from Sri Lanka, Band 8.5

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Rohan Philip Mathew from India, Band 8
  • Madhubanti Das from India, Band 8
  • Kanchan Jajoo from India, Band 8
  • General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Saravanan Ravindran from India, Band 7.5
  • Mohit Verma from India, Band 7.5
  • Ajay Sashi Kumar from India, Band 7.5

Congratulations to the winners! A day like this shouldn’t go unnoticed – and so we are sending your certificates of achievement to your emails. Your IELTS results will be displayed in the IELTS-Blog hall of fame – please feel free to show off to your family and friends!

I’m sure everyone is wondering how these lovely people were able to score so well. At the moment we only know that Didier Chene (Band 8) prepared using our book “Target Band 7″, but we’d like to hear from every one of the winners.

This is why we’re asking all the winners to share their 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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