Nahid got IELTS Band 8 – use her experience to raise YOUR own score

Today we are delighted to introduce to you one of our IELTS Results competition winners from February, because these are the exact people to learn from – they obviously did something right! Nahid is a lovely lady from Iran, her first language is Farsi. As a child she lived in England, which would explain her perfect 9 in Speaking. Her overall IELTS score was Band 8, and when we asked how she got that, Nahid said it was “50% knowledge and 50% test-taking skills”.

So what exactly are these test taking skills, and how can they help you do better in IELTS?

Band 9 in IELTSNahid recommends the following:

1. Interact with native speakers as much as possible and listen to how they talk and the way they use words and phrases.

2. Listen carefully and write down new words you hear (ie. in the news) and check the pronunciation and articulation. Use them for your Speaking and Writing tests.

3. Expand your vocabulary as much as you can. Don’t rely on simple and basic words. Use complex words and phrases especially in your Speaking test.

4. Take the hardest tests you can find online or in books; it’ll make any questions you encounter in the real test seem easy.

5. Familiarize yourself with different accents, especially British, American and Australian. My speaking examiner had an Australian accent and as I was familiar with the accent from childhood it didn’t stop me from getting a 9 in Speaking.

6. Don’t let the blank expression of the examiner’s face fool you, just be sure to do your best.

7. Everybody knows their weaknesses. I worked on my strengths, knowing I had a better chance in increasing my score in the fields I was already good at. There’s usually not that much time to work on core issues.

8. Take advantage of YouTube videos. There are videos for every aspect of the exam. Many of them have good information. If they sound too easy, move on to the harder ones.

9. I used a lot! I read other people’s tips, the exam questions and all tips and tricks in general. I can say it all helped me significantly.

10. Learning is a life-long process. I’m even more eager to expand my knowledge in English, having already taken the exam.

11. Learn as much as you can by listening and reading about subjects you enjoy. It’ll make everything so much more fun and pleasurable.

I hope everybody does their best in the exam. It’s 50% knowledge and 50% test-taking skills!

Good luck to all my dear friends.”

The simple steps Vanessa took to get Band 7.5 in IELTS

Today we are delighted to introduce to you Vanessa – a young lady from Nigeria whose first language is Yoruba. The remarkable thing about Vanessa is that she prepared for IELTS in 6 weeks and got an Overall Band 7.5 as a result (with 8.5 in Listening!). This score helped Vanessa win in our monthly IELTS results competition, and when we asked her to share some useful things other test takers can do to get a higher score, here is what she said:

Band 9 in IELTS“Thank you for choosing me as one of the winners of the IELTS Result Competition, I am greatly honoured.

I had about a month and two weeks to prepare for the IELTS Test, I will share some of my study tips with you.

Reading and Listening: I studied the entire reading module and listened to all the recordings in my IELTS study book and I practiced some of the model tests too. For the reading section I timed myself while I was practicing, so that I could get used to the time restriction during the real exam.

Speaking: I practiced speaking about different topics with my IELTS tutor.

Writing: I studied the writing module in my preparation book and spent a lot of time practicing how to write different types of essays.

In addition to these, I put God first in my IELTS preparation because with God all things are possible. Also, my parents supported and encouraged me in preparing for the test by getting a tutor for me and buying all the study materials I needed.

I also watched a lot of IELTS tutoring videos and read study tips from successful IELTS test takers.

My advice to all those preparing for the test is to study and practice a lot, because practice made me to notice my errors and so I could correct myself, also it made me more confident.

Practice! Practice!! Practice!!!

Passing the IELTS requires hard work, determination, and positive mindset – and we are all capable of that.”



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