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Chloe went from Band 7 to 9 in IELTS doing this

We are so very proud to share with you today the success story of Chloe, our VIP Club member from Taiwan. Chloe joined us a few weeks ago and since then has been using the resources available to VIP members – the model answers that we send out every day, IELTS Online Prep platform and writing correction service.

Chloe did amazingly well in her IELTS exam with an Overall Band 8 and two 9’s for Listening and Reading. When she reached out to us, eager to share some killer prep advice, we knew it’d be gold for anyone reading this blog. As a winner of our IELTS Results Competition, Chloe wanted to pay it forward and help fellow test-takers ace the IELTS challenge. Here are her top tips, straight from her own IELTS prep journey:

Chloe said, “I think the most important thing is to do mock exams as much as possible 🙂 I practiced the ones on your website and I went from I believe 7 to 9 in listening and reading.

For listening, I suggest listening to the recording at a normal speed first and then reading the transcript, then listening to the recording again at a slower speed again. Being consistent is the most important. What I did is, after finishing the listening test, I would re-listen to it again at least 2-3 times, to get more familiar with different contexts. For example, If I got 2 questions wrong in Section 2, then I would record the playback on my phone and slow it down to around 0.8x speed whilst reading the dialogue’s transcript and make sure I heard every word clearly. Then I would listen to the listening section again to see if I still misheard anything.

Another thing I did to help myself was actually redo past mock exam papers! If I did a mock test around 1-2 weeks ago, I would redo it again to make sure I fully understood the questions being asked, and to see if I would make new mistakes or make the same old ones.”

Congratulations to Chloe Cheng on achieving an Overall IELTS Band score of 8.0!

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Simone Braverman is the founder of and the author of several renowned IELTS preparation books, including Ace the IELTS, Target Band 7, the High Scorer's Choice practice test series, and IELTS Success Formula. Since 2005, Simone has been committed to making IELTS preparation accessible and effective through her books and online resources. Her work has helped 100,000's of students worldwide achieve their target scores and live their dream lives. When Simone isn't working on her next IELTS book, video lesson, or coaching, she enjoys playing the guitar or rollerblading.