Do you have tips to get an IELTS band 8?

by Jesusloves - Vikas

Hi, I am taking the IELTS exam on 27th Oct and I need to get 8 in each module of the exam.

My score from the previous attempt was

Listening - 7.5
Reading - 6.5
Speaking- 7.5
Writing- 7

I would appreciate if you can suggest some tips, so that I will be able to achieve the desired bands.

Thanks for your help in this regard.

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Oct 17, 2012
IELTS band 8
by: IELTS buddy


It's difficult to give specific tips to make that 'jump' from where you are to an 8.

To give you good advice in this respect I would really need to see samples of your writing and speaking and find out where you are going wrong and work on those specific skills. And to see where you are having difficulties with your listening and reading.

So I can just give you general tips:

a) Make sure you fully understand each part of the test and all the different essay types, reading question types etc you may get - you don't want any surprises!

b) Practice as much as you can! This is the only way you will improve. There are plenty of IELTS websites out there including this one.

c) Don't just focus on IELTS training - you want a band 8 - this virtually means you are fluent in English! Are you nearly fluent? If not, you need to immerse yourself in English as much as possible - reading complex texts, watching English TV and films, speaking with native speakers etc.

Have a look through this site though - there are lots of tips for the different parts of the test.

And here is some advice from someone who got a band 8:

How I got a band 8:

Good luck.

Jul 16, 2013
IELTS band 8 (2012)
by: Hoang Lo

I got band 8 the first time I took the IELTS test in 2012 after less than a month preparation.

My best tip is to love the language. Once you love it, you just better absorb it.

Recently I created a blog at to share my English learning experience. I have some articles on the blog on how to get a high band score in IELTS test.

Oct 17, 2013
by: Anonymous

I am also same to get 8 scores in IELTS
I need help from someone

Dec 27, 2013
by: Ashfaq

Hey, I got an ielts band 8.5 in my first attempt, believe me or not, but i did not prepare a minute for it.

According to me and my exam experience, I'd say, it is all about how good you are at the language. It's not physics or math that you can 'LEARN'. It's about how fluent and well learned you are at English. Say, a chef can never be a world class chef by just learning the recipe of the best dish in the world a day before the cooking and then expect to be the best chef, do you get my point? There's no way to learn for ietls.

I would say, watch TV's, read books, converse more, brush up your vocab and most importantly, stay calm.

Hope this helps!

Feb 12, 2014
How to get Band 8
by: Anonymous

I was very lazy, to my surprised I got band 8, especially in Writing, I got 9. I did not study much but I hired a tutor for 10 2-hour tutorial in Hong Kong.

I jumped from Band 5.5 to 9 in writing. 6.5 to 8 in reading. 7 to 8.5 in speaking.

Apr 21, 2014
Stupid advice for high mark
by: Quang Phan

All the answers below are just stupid. These are my worth-reading tips:

1. Skim the Oxford dictionary and remember the key vocabularies. It's not much, just about 3000 words, if you study fast (50 words/day) you can complete remembering them in 2 months (which is what I did myself). Once you remember them you can know all the related words (words family)

2. Listen to academic audios and music. Once you understand all Eminem says, that's when you got band 9.0.

3. Neglect all other stupid advices (only listen to my advice)

4. Take IELTS sample as final

Sep 23, 2014
7 band
by: $onu

hello i am giving exam first time nand my exam is on 11th oct but i don't know too much in ielts each module i have no preperation but i want 7 band in each module so can you give me some tips please

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I want to get 8 bands in each module

by Sonia

Hi dear

I want to get 8 bands in each module.but I cannot exceed above 6.please help me. i do not have any option except ielts.piz help me. and it's very difficult for me to give ielts again and again because they are charging $330 which I cannot afford easily.soplease help me.

With regardss

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Nov 01, 2015
Going from Band 6 to 8
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Sonia

It is really not possible for me or anyone else to give you some quick tips to go from a 6 to an 8.

You are talking about going from a "Competent user" to a "very good user" of English.

That is a big jump. Learning a language takes time.

Also, regarding tips, there are lots of different tips depending on each section of the test and all the different question types. They could not all be described here.

You need to set yourself a course of IELTS and General English study - ideally with face-to-face lessons of course but if you can't do that through websites and online.

And I would say there is no point in taking IELTS again and again in the hope you will get an 8 if you are now a band 6. I'm afraid that won't happen.

You need to study and improve yourself over quite a long period of time before you are ready to take the test and think about getting and 8.

Of course it is possible, but you need to give it time and study hard.

Good luck

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