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Aby’s road to IELTS Band 8.5

We have been running the IELTS results competition for years, and the winners have never disappointed us. They always have been able to find some time in their day – busy as it may be – to send their tips and advice.

Today I’d like to share with you an email from Aby Lukose (one of the winners), an Indian test taker who got Band 8.5 in IELTS. Here is what Aby recommends to people looking to replicate his success:

Band 8 in IELTS “I am thankful to IELTS Blog for helping me to score well in the exam. I have used only the practice tests given on your website and some other websites to prepare for the test.

Listening section needs keen attention of the candidate. Try to scan the questions before the recording starts and anticipate the answers, write them down in pencil on the question booklet. Change them, if required when the recording plays. Please do not assume that you can write answers after the recording stops. This will never happen since you will forget the answers after the recording.

Reading section needs only careful reading. Some questions may be tricky, so do not assume anything. All answers should be based on the passage given.

Writing needs a little bit of actual writing because we all are now used to typing on the computer and hence the speed and word count will come only with practice in a day or two.

Please do not worry about the speaking test. This will happen in a very natural and encouraging environment. Hence be confident, use English language for daily use as much as possible.

There is no need to go for IELTS coaching classes. Training available on Internet is sufficient. Use IELTS-Blog site as much as possible.

Good luck to all candidates and thanks to”

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