Kunal’s journey to IELTS Band 8

Today we would like you to meet Kunal – a young man from India, who speaks Marathi. The remarkable thing about him is that he prepared and got Band 8 in just 2 weeks (with a perfect 9 in Listening!). Kunal took the first place in our monthly results competition, and of course we asked him about his preparation.

In his winner’s interview Kunal explained how he did so well, in such a short time. Here is what he said:

Band 8 in IELTSMy Band 8 story

Module – Academic
Preparation Time – 2 weeks.

In my opinion anyone who has two weeks and prior English knowledge since primary school can easily score Band 8 like I did.

Preparation Material

To make the most of my time I read all I needed from www.ielts-blog.com, ‘Target Band 7‘ is the recommended book. I used Cambridge IELTS 12 book for practice as well.


I read ‘Target Band 7‘ start to end in 4 days. I highlighted the tips given for each section. They help a lot, especially for Reading & Writing sections.

Then I started with the tests. I solved 4 full Length Tests within given time limit. Listening won’t be an issue as such, if you can understand English movies easily. Reading has few tricky questions. But those highlighted tips in the book can help here.

For writing you should be a good reader. I, for instance, sometimes read articles, newspaper, blogs, etc. It helps you write well and also the tips tell you how to cover all the points.

Speaking seems easy, but it isn’t. Many factors are considered in evaluation, so the more you practice the better chances you have – that’s all I can say.

Overall, I planned on scoring the most in listening & reading to balance the score in writing & speaking, which I knew would be tough to score.

IELTS Speaking test in the UK – December 2017

Our friend M took the IELTS Speaking test in the UK and remembered the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in the UK


– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What subject are you studying?
– Why did you choose it?
– What do you like the most about this course?
– What do you remember about your secondary school? Why?
– Who was your favourite teacher? Why?
– Are you in contact with your school friends?
– How often do you use public transport?
– How much time do you usually spend on your trips to work?
– How did you come to this test venue today?

Cue Card

Describe an occasion when someone said positive words because you did something accurately. Please say

– Where and when was it?
– What did you do?
– How did you feel about it? Why?


– Let’s talk about courage.
– How can parents motivate their children?
– On what occasions should they do it?
– Is it a good idea to give too much encouragement to children? Why?
– Do you think adults need to be encouraged as well? Why?
– Let’s talk about celebrities.
– Would most people like to be celebrities? Why?
– Is it good or bad to be in public view all the time?
– Do you think different media outlets magnify celebrities’ events? Why?
– How do famous people affect our society?



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