IELTS preparation tips from winners

IELTS high achievers share their secrets

Successful IELTS candidate from Nigeria shares his strategies for Band 7.5

If you need Band 7.5 in IELTS, Promise has some advice for you. When we announced the winners of our monthly IELTS results competition and invited them to share their best tips, he was quick to tell us how he scored Band 7.5 – and how YOU can, too. Promise said,

“First things first, I would like to express my intense gratitude to Simone Braverman and the entire team for granting me the opportunity to hold my head high along with the other IELTS results competition winners.

In my opinion, this exam is more of a game than an exam, and if you have the right set of strategies, you will excel. I came across website some days prior to my exam, and I decided to follow their tips and strategies. It would be a burden on my conscience if I didn’t recommend their books to the other candidates.

For the Reading module: read the questions before moving on to the passage in order to get a quick glimpse of the passage, skim and scan as quickly as you can, however, don’t waste too much time on any particular question. Try to complete as much Cambridge past exams as you can, and lastly, be optimistic from the start of the module to the end.

For the Writing module: write as much as you can before the test date! Always plan your answer before you start writing. Ensure that you have a paragraph for every main point and always provide some supporting details to back up your main points. Do not forget to write your conclusion in every essay. Also, never forget to write your thesis statement so that the examiner won’t find it hard to go through your work.

For the Listening module: my biggest advice to all candidates is to conquer their fears of the accent the speaker might have! Listen to popular English radio stations like BBC, CNN and so on. Try to go over as many listening practice tests as you can. Never fall prey to the speaker, because sometimes they correct themselves!

Lastly, the Speaking module: I, for one, used to be petrified at the thought of having a one-on-one conversation with a native speaker, up until I came across this blog. When speaking to yourself, always speak in English! Watch a lot of foreign movies, and try to imitate their way of speaking. On the test day, make sure you ponder over your answer before responding to the examiner, to avoid confusion during your speech. Don’t be nervous, instead see the examiner as a close friend you’re communicating with.

I may not be perfect, but I hope this helps someone whose test date is pending!’

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She got Band 7.5, he got Band 9, and here is their advice to YOU

Today we would like you to meet Amandeep and Sarthak, the two winners of our IELTS results competition. Amandeep got Band 7.5 in IELTS (a great score!) and Sarthak did the impossible – he scored a perfect 9!

In their winners’ interviews they shared some really useful tips, so have a quick read through and remember to apply this to your own practice sessions.

Amandeep said,

“I feel so honored to become a winner in your competition. I would love to share some words with the readers on how to ace the IELTS test.

First of all, I would like to thank, the website I continually followed and practiced on. Moreover, I have learned one thing while practicing, that it is worthless to surf various other websites online as they do not have authentic information and sometimes they mislead the learners. Most of those websites do nothing but confuse the learners. So try to practice hard on your own and keep a track of your improvements as I have done. Readers can also use the books published by IELTS-Blog for more guidance.

Hope my few words would help the learners to score better and ace their test.”

Note: while preparing this blog post, we couldn’t help but notice that 3 out of 4 Sarthak’s recommendations are the same as Simone Braverman’s advice in her books ‘Ace the IELTS‘ and ‘Target Band 7‘. Well, that’s one more reason for you to follow these tips with confidence 🙂

Sarthak said,

“For Listening, I would advise and encourage students to scribble down information they perceive as important on their question paper as they listen, even if they’re looking for specific answers. Sometimes the answers are in the details we accidentally may have missed.

For the Reading section, I’d advise to not skim through a passage with the intent to come back to it later looking to find specific answers, but to rather comprehensively read through a passage the first time itself with undivided attention. This makes it easier to come back to it and scan through looking for answers in the right spot.

For writing and speaking, I went through sample answers and responses for many prompts across practice tests to understand what’s expected.

Lastly, I can’t stress this enough, understand why your answers were incorrect and make sure to really learn to not repeat the same mistake again. Identifying and dissecting weaknesses is the best way to get better.”

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