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IELTS Band 9 in the Speaking test is thought of as next to impossible for non-native English speakers. However, Marlon – a 30 year-old man from Sri Lanka – has proven this can be achieved even by a person who did not speak English from birth. And he won in our monthly IELTS results competition in June as a result Even though Marlon’s first language is Singhalese his English is apparently just as good, and today he shared a few tips that can help you, too, get a similar score in the IELTS test.
“As far as speaking is concerned, I think what really helped me was the fact that I watch English dramas (British) as I love watching such dramas, for example, ‘Midsomer Murders’, ‘Doctor in the House’, ‘Doctor at Large’, etc, and also watching programmes such as stand up comedy shows or even shows like ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ as well as documentaries about history, politics and travel.
I think that watching these dramas not only helped me improve my vocabulary but also pronunciation and expressions as well.
Almost on a daily basis I read the news by visiting websites such as CNN, CBS News, NBC etc and whenever I come across a new word, I refer to the Cambridge Dictionary Online for its meaning and usage.
And besides these habits which I follow not because of IELTS test but because I find it interesting and stimulating, I also did some practicing using past test papers, especially the listening and writing modules.
Hope this helps :)”
Monagelle Toledo is a 23 year-old lady from the Philippines and one of our IELTS results competition winners. Just like you, she had to take the IELTS test and while preparing she used a few easy techniques that helped her reach her target score – Band 7.5. Here is what Monagelle had to say about her IELTS preparation – try these simple techniques to improve your own performance in the upcoming exam:
“First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Simone Braverman and her entire team. You have played a major role in my success, through the tips given in your book Target Band 7 and through your complete practice exercises.
Here are my techniques that I would like to share with the other IELTS candidates:
1. Have a Time Table.
Know your goals that you want to achieve in a specific period of time. For instance, do 2 listening exercises every day for 1 week, then reading exercises for the next week and so on. Try also to practice all 4 sections without a break, just like in a mock exam.
2. Identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Be attentive to your common mistakes and address them. Try to identify or experiment with your own strategies on how to rectify the problem. In my case, I had trouble in the Reading section until I found out that it is easier to read all the questions first which are related to the first paragraph or passage of the article and answer them before moving on to the next group of questions.
Never stop until you nail it. Spare no effort.
4. Relax and conquer the exam.
Congratulate yourself on a job well done. Good luck and congratulations in advance!