Anne and Prashika explain how they got Band 8 in IELTS

IELTS Band 8 isn’t an easy goal, but it is not impossible – and when you see people who did it and hear their stories, it helps to make that Band 8 real and achievable.

So, what can YOU do to get a Band 8 in IELTS?

Two of our recent IELTS results competition winners, Anne Padmarani and Prashika Pettagam, got Band 8 in their IELTS exams and are sharing their best advice to help others achieve the same level of success.

Prashika Pettagam from Sri Lanka said:

“My best advice to other IELTS candidates is to identify and review their own mistakes. I have done several practice tests and when I checked the answers I always used to find out the reason for incorrect answers. It works well for listening and reading tests and I improved a lot especially in True/False/Not Given questions. Once you check the correct answer and compare with your own, ultimately you will be able to logically find the correct answer very easily.”

Anne Padmarani from India said:

Band 8 in IELTS“Read a lot of books in English, watch Hollywood movies and listen to Western music. This will help you improve your overall performance. Practise makes perfect. I wrote 12 tests in total. I set a timer to time my answers. This gave me an idea of what to expect on the day of the test.

I used two books to prepare for the test: The Official Cambridge Guide to IELTS Student’s Book with Answers (Cambridge English) & IELTS 5 Practice Tests, Academic Set 6: Tests No. 26-30 (High Scorer’s Choice).

I also used the website IELTSLiz to get tips for the speaking test.

I asked my husband to score my essays and speaking test (he was my questioner) and worked on the feedback that he gave me. Choose someone who is fluent in the English language to help you with the tests.

Get in touch with the test center well in advance, if you have any special requests. I asked for extra time because I am disabled.

Be calm and relaxed on the day of the test. Sleep well the night before. If you miss out on an answer during the listening test, don’t panic, just concentrate on the rest of the conversation.

Have fun talking to the examiner on the day of the test. My speaking test was easy because I felt pretty confident on the test day.”

Here is what Oluwasegun did to get IELTS Band 7.5

You may remember Oluwasegun as a winner of our IELTS results competition in November. This remarkable young man from Nigeria got an Overall IELTS band score of 7.5, with Listening 8.5, Reading 7, Writing 7 and Speaking 8.

It didn’t take him long to get back to us with his IELTS Success story. Here is what he did, and his recommendations to you:

Band 8 in IELTS“Thank you for the opportunity, it’s a great privilege.

The book IELTS Success Formula helped me a lot to understand the basic information about all the four skills through the Q&A sessions, and other vital information as well.

I made use of the book Target Band 7 mainly to enhance my Reading and Writing skills as I found out they were the most difficult part of the test for me.

I’ll advise intending test takers to ensure they check the Speaking and Writing Band descriptors. It sort of helped me know to a certain level, the things I need to do and the ones I’d need to avoid, to get the band score I wanted.

Exam tips

1. In Listening, 100% concentration is required as you have to multitask (read, listen and write).

2. In Speaking, maintain a good level of eye contact with the examiner, it helped boost my confidence level.

3. In Writing, stay focused on the task, never write out of scope or context.

4. In Reading, try and work on your vocabulary, it comes in very handy as you’re able to tell the meaning of words used and to also avoid getting trapped when synonyms of certain words are used instead.”



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