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Need IELTS Band 7? Here’s what Pedro did to get it:

Pedro Echenique is a young man from Mexico who speaks Spanish as a first language. We met Pedro through our monthly IELTS results competition in June. As you know, every winner can share his or her tips for success in IELTS, and here is what Pedro said:

Band 9 in IELTS“First of all, enjoy the language. If you enjoy learning English, then none of the English tests you are going to take is going to be hard. Secondly, it is really important to understand the format of IELTS. Therefore, you really need to know everything about it.

I used many tips from, however, for me the most useful were the following:

1. Reading: This section is one of the most tedious. There is no need to read precisely every detail of the reading passages, so my advice is to go directly to read the questions for each passage and then you search for the answers in the reading using the skills of Skimming and Scanning. Time is your main enemy, so use it wisely.

2. Listening: My main advice in Listening is “DON’T GET DISTRACTED”, this is something that happens a lot so avoid getting distracted. Usually between each part of the listening test they give some time to check your answers, my second advice is to “PREVIEW, do not REVIEW”. Use the time they give you to read the next set of questions, this can help you to focus and understand the listening even more.

3. Writing: This was the toughest part for me. If you don’t have time enough to study for the IELTS, I highly recommend you to focus on this part. This is the part where you can succeed using a wide range of grammar and vocabulary. It is really important to use connectors, less common words, paraphrasing, complex sentences, etc. so get used to them.

4. Speaking: For me this was the easiest part. If you speak English well, you don’t have to worry too much since you are asked some questions about your personal life and public interests. Don’t worry, get used to the IELTS format and, in particular, don’t get nervous.

IELTS high-scorers: “The secret lies in taking NO shortcuts!”

Today we are delighted to share IELTS advice received from two previous months’ competition winners, Vivien-Lisa and Rahul. The interesting fact about it is, they both agree that taking no shortcuts in their IELTS preparation is one of the main reasons why they got the high band scores.

Band 9 in IELTSVivien-Lisa Bermel comes from Germany, she has been speaking German from birth. Lisa received Band 8 in Academic IELTS (with a straight 9 for Listening) and in her winner’s interview mentioned the following points:

“1. Improving your English is a continuous process that takes some time, so be patient.

2. Even though it is hard to find some time next to other daily duties to study the language, there is always an option to practice a little bit every day. I am, for example, reading the news on my phone in English and I started to watch movies and my series in English as well. If the context is to hard to understand, then I just turn the subtitles on.

3. Finally, it is important to speak. I met a lot of people who tried to avoid talking in English as they did not feel comfortable, but if you do not try you cannot improve.”

Rahul Bhavan is a native Malayalam speaker from India, he got Band 7.5 in Academic IELTS. Rahul said:

“There is no secret behind success and one advice from me to all others is – don’t take shortcuts.

For Listening and Reading – practice is the mantra.

For Writing – keep updated with all current and general affairs and train yourself to write both tasks within that one hour time frame. For that practicing is the only way, and check for your mistakes and practice not to repeat the mistakes.

For speaking – watch a lot of English movies and documentaries and try to analyse the pronunciation and usage of the language.”

Congratulations Vivien-Lisa and Rahul on your wonderful IELTS results and a big thank-you for sharing your experience with everyone!



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