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A clever way to prepare and get Band 8 in IELTS (even if you work full time!)

Today’s post is dedicated to the smashing success of Chetan, a young man from India, who got a high score in IELTS while working full time – 6 or sometimes 7 days a week! This didn’t stop Chetan from getting Band 8 in IELTS, with a perfect 9 in Reading.

Being a very kind and caring person, Chetan quickly responded when we asked him to share his method of preparation, and sent us a number of tips that you, too, can implement to follow his footsteps to a high score.

Band 8 in IELTSChetan said:

“I took IELTS on 30th of September and got an Overall Band Score of 8.

It wasn’t easy for me to get this band as I am working on a very demanding project at work. I used to work 6 days or sometimes 7 days a week for minimum 10 hours, everyday.

Initially I was very stressed about the approaching date of my exam and the least preparation I had done. But I made a decision to handle this issue systematically.

I started devoting time to my study, one hour per day, just 30 days before my exam. I made a timetable and a list of areas to focus on, and divided my time into sections. I also made a timetable for practice tests. Now the only thing I had to do is stick to the timelines.

I used to study during my commuting to and from office, so that I could save time and take my practice tests as per the schedule.

Few of my learning techniques I would like to share with all:

I listened to the radio everyday, it is convenient because now it’s available in an App. This helped me a great deal to improve my focus while listening. I used to miss information at the beginning but gradually I could catch up and improved. My advice is, choose your own medium of interest. But this exercise is definitely a confidence booster.

My problem with reading was time management. I used to get Band score of 6.5, while I needed a 7. So I started solving Academic reading tests. I managed to score Band 7 but within the time frame. Because of this, time management in the actual exam became easier for me. I finished the Reading section in 45 min and scored Band 9!

While I feel I was lucky to get the right mix of question types, I evaluated my mistakes during the practice tests and analysed to see if there is any pattern in the failures. This is the most important thing, because you know your own way of thinking better than anyone else. So self evaluation is what I would suggest one should do, to have your own strategies.

The only issue with writing is you have to have an outside evaluation. This is the most important thing, to get your writing checked by someone. Beside this I read lots of model essays. Get a good book – I got a book from my friend that had around 113 model essays. It helped me a lot.

I followed tests which are shared almost everyday. Used those questions and prepared myself. Also I did some simulation on a website and recorded my session.

These are some of the study methods I had during my preparation which I thought would be helpful to share, because thanks to those who did share their experiences on this blog helped me a great deal in boosting my confidence.

I wish everyone the best of luck.”

5 thoughts on “A clever way to prepare and get Band 8 in IELTS (even if you work full time!)”

  1. I am doing my job, daily i have to spent 10 hours in my work my problem is that i cannot manage my time, please suggest me how can i prepare myself

  2. Hi Mirza, when you don’t have a lot of time the key is being very organised. You can plan your study sessions for the week ahead and do one hour of study per day. You will complete at least 6 hours in a week, which is great, and you will be getting steady progress. This book has a study plan that will help you spend the little time you have left each day after work, with maximum efficiency. It also comes with practice tests for you to use in your study sessions. Click here to learn more.

  3. Hi,I want to study IELTS my problem is IAM not interested to do my practice,how can I do my practice,can you please help me to do ..

  4. Hi Sony! You know that you can do nothing without your practice. In fact It is real lesson in which you can creat your own rules for IELTS yourself so it is much more useful to practice. In order to practice you should have a reliable material which you understand easily and a material which is more interesting for you to start . To be more confident you can watch some clips with or without subtitles as you want. Watch some video lessons there are tips which is useful for learners. Motivate yourself more with preparing presents for yourself ‘for your achivements’ and congratulate yourself . Find a good partner which can discuss any topic . And my advice is be confident and motivated . Do and find tasks which you want more in interesting way .

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