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IELTS advice from a married couple how to get Band 7.5+ in IELTS

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Today’s post is dedicated to Pratik and Shruti, a husband and wife from India.

Band 7.5 in IELTSWe got to know this lovely couple through our monthly IELTS results competition. They both took the IELTS test and achieved great scores: Shruti received Band 7.5 and Pratik – Band 8.

Here are some tips from Pratik and Shruti that helped both of them, and can help YOU do a great job in your upcoming IELTS exam:

Listening

  • You can use headphones while practicing, but make sure to do a few practice tests without the headphones, to be prepared to listen to the recording through a loudspeaker.
  • Doing many practice tests within time limits helps a lot in the real exam.
  • Non-English-speaking candidates should resort to watching Hollywood movies, documentaries or TV series to improve their listening or even speaking.
  • Attention to intrinsic detail does help.
  • Proper hand-eye-ear coordination can work miracles in the Listening test.

Reading

  • The strategy of glancing at the questions prior to reading the passages really helps.
  • Read the passage carefully, where the answers to the questions could be hidden.
  • Be witty enough not to waste too much time on the irrelevant paragraphs.
  • Concentration and patience are very important in the Reading test.

Writing

  • Reading editorial articles in English newspapers will help with your writing.
  • Always check your word count to make sure you are over 150 words in Task 1 and over 250 words in Task 2.
  • Writing grammatically correct, simpler sentences is better than trying to impress the examiner with advanced English words/sentences that you’re not sure how to use.
  • Keep in mind that you need to describe a Task 1 chart to someone who doesn’t see it.
  • For the essay (Task 2), there should be an introduction, content (the body) and a well-framed conclusion to set a benchmark or make a point.

Speaking

  • Listen to podcasts of authentic news channels like CNN and BBC and get acquainted with the accent.
  • The habit of reading in English daily always helps to develop new vocabulary.
  • Greet the examiner warmly. Such attitude portrays the candidate’s energy and fosters interest in the mind of the examiner at the same time.
  • Speak on the topic, because beating around the bush does not help. Don’t concentrate just on your pronunciation – your speech should have ideas, facts, clarity and coherence.
  • Ask the examiner to repeat his/her question, if you did not understand what he/she means.
  • Quoting examples, case studies or experiences will make your speech more interesting.
  • Leave your nervousness outside the examination room – take the test with confidence.

Good luck!

Future doctor shares IELTS preparation tips for Band 8.5

Peter Gbajie is a young man from Nigeria. He took the IELTS test earlier this year and received an Overall Band Score of 8.5. This great score also secured him the first place in our IELTS Results Competition, and when we asked Peter how others can achieve the same success, he said a lot of preparation and a little bit of faith go a long way!

Band 8.5 in IELTS“I think the best advice I can give to anyone who wants to pass IELTS is to take it very seriously and prepare very well, irrespective of the person’s level of English proficiency.

IELTS is truly a tricky/technical exam and does not only test your proficiency, but also your level of concentration, intelligence and confidence. For the prep, I’d recommend at least 2-3 hours dedicated to IELTS each day.

As for me, I prepared for 2 months, and I had a partner who is also very proficient and serious like me. We met twice a week, but we also studied individually on the other days.

You could start with reading and listening only, do as many practice questions as possible and when you feel your confidence level is high on those two, then integrate writing and speaking.

I wrote on every conceivable topic while minding the time and spoke and recorded myself on my phone as many times as possible. The key word here is “PRACTICE”.

In addition, I found www.IELTS-Blog.com, ieltsbuddy (website) and Liz (You Tube videos) very useful. Furthermore, Cambridge Official Guide to IELTS in my opinion is a must for every ambitious candidate.

‘Target Band 7’ is highly recommended as well.

Good luck to all candidates and do remember to pray as well, because with God all things are possible.”

 

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