How I got a band 8
by Madhuvathani Shakthivel
Hi aspirants, I'm madhu. I got an overall band 8. Listening - 8.5 Academic Reading - 8.5 Writing - 7 Speaking - 7.5
I was initially nervous to take up IELTS thinking that i would end up scoring lower bands. But it was a great experience. Speaking
The interviewer for the speaking test
was an old gentleman who listened patiently to whatever i have to say. I did not practice anything for the speaking test.
The topic given to me was "The Furniture you have at your home"
. I didn't give him details on what material the furniture was made of or anything since the test was just to assess how you present your ideas. The test went on for 10 mins and i was asked to leave. Listening
The next day was the big day for me. I started my listening test
. One very important thing to be remembered while doing the listening test is keenly listen to the sound clip and write all your answers in full form. Do not use short forms for months or any other words (eg: do not write Dec 21, please write December 21st). Reading
For the reading test
I found it a bit difficult since i took the academic module. In this section you have 3 passages altogether. The second passage is given and you are asked to match the passage number with appropriate headings. This is something which you have to concentrate on.
Please practice as many tests as possible before you go for the test. You are supposed to match the MOST appropriate heading. WritingWriting
is an important section since it depends on your style and how well you are able to convey your opinion and how effectively you justify your opinion.
All the best people....Wishing you great success in future.