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Simple yet effective things that helped Karan get Band 8 in IELTS

When we asked Karan S, one of our IELTS results competition winners, what contributed to his high IELTS score, he named a few things. They might seem pretty straight forward to you because they are simple enough, but make no mistake – a technique doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated to be effective, and it’s a fact that Karan got Band 8 as a result. Here is what he suggests:

Band 8 in IELTS“My advice to all the IELTS candidates would to be to practice mock tests several times, which would give them the actual feeling of how the examination is conducted.

Also, some specific tips for individual IELTS sub-tests:

Reading

One must develop the speed of reading paragraphs/comprehension and answer the question only after reading, rather than trying to find the answers based on the given questions. Watch out for spelling mistakes!

Writing

To write good essays or reports it is important to be aware of the format for both task types because it will help you score better. For an essay one must identify clearly, what kind of essay it is i.e. question based, discussion, advantage/disadvantage etc. The first paragraph should include the paraphrased task prompt, it must introduce the essay topic and hint at your response! The following paragraphs must have coherence and cohesion to the main idea/view. Try and give examples supporting the idea and have a concluding statement. Also vocabulary and grammar must be kept in check throughout.

Similarly, in a report the first paragraph should paraphrase the question and state what the chart/report/graph depicts or illustrates. The following paragraphs must state the main differences, common trends, overview, etc.

Listening

For this section people believe there aren’t many tricks, but it is important to anticipate what the speaker is saying or about to say, by paying attention to the tone of the speaker. Also use more time for the difficult sections where there are chances of making mistakes.

Speaking

For this section it is important to practice as much as you can and cover as many topics as possible. This will ensure that you are not taken by surprise by the topic in the final speaking test. One must have a good range of vocabulary and be confident while speaking. For the introduction questions speak in 2-3 lines only (shorter answers), and for discussion questions answer in 3-4 lines (longer answers).

Also the most important thing is to be relaxed on the day of the exam, as it is the day which matters the most and accounts for all the hard work and practice that you have put in.

Hope my views may be of some help to candidates in their forthcoming exams, wish them all the very best!”

Rizwana’s recommendations for IELTS test takers aiming at Band 8

Today we’d like to share with you some IELTS tips that helped Rizwana achieve IELTS Band 8 overall, with the perfect 9 in Speaking. Rizwana lives in India, her first language is Hindi, and here are a few things she did to get Band 8 in her IELTS exam:

Band 8 in IELTSListening – I got band 8 in this section. For scoring well in listening section, CONCENTRATION is the primary skill. There will be many distractions around you in the examination hall but just do your own thing. For this section, the moment your mind or eyes wander, you miss one or two questions for sure. That is a personal experience. And if you are not a native English speaker, the best strategy to improve your listening skills would be to watch English movies. Honestly guys, this helped me a lot.

Reading – I scored a 9 here. The two main reasons behind this are, I maintained a good pace from the beginning to stop missing out on any portion of the test due to time restraint and I tried to maintain 100% accuracy by reading the passage carefully and simultaneously viewing the questions. I double checked every answer as I moved forward in the test and didn’t leave checking of the answers until after completing the test, because we may not have enough time then.

Writing – I scored band 7 here. Although I had gone through some of the common writing topics given in IELTS official guide, the topic that I got during my exam was a surprise. As we have to write our essay in support of or against the given Statement (Topic), we should be sure that whatever side we take we should have enough points to form a strong and logical argument. So, I started with noting down the points that I could use while agreeing or disagreeing with the given Statement. And based on the number of strong points and reasoning, I moved ahead with my essay.

Speaking – I scored band 8 in this section. The speaking test was just a sort of usual conversation for me. I had practiced speaking on some suggested topics for a few times in front of mirror. Besides working on my tone, I also practiced adding better vocabulary to my conversations. The thing to remember while during your Speaking test is to agree or disagree with the assessor. That is, even if you do not agree with them on some point, present your own views politely and acknowledge their point of view as well. Never be too defensive or strong in your speech. Take it lightly.

Finally, the thing about IELTS is that if you are calm and focused during the test, you will do your best.
All the Best!”

 

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