How I got a band 8

by Madhuvathani Shakthivel
(Chennai)


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.

Writing

Writing 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.



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Jun 08, 2012
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Band 8
by: IELTS buddy

Thanks for your comments Madhu.

You have given some useful test tips to help people with the IELTS exam.

Nov 28, 2012
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Congratulations!
by: JOEL

Hi Madhu,

I just want to ask if it's your first time to take the exam and got the band 8? Because, i know a lot of people tried many times before they can achieve the band score they want. If you nailed it the first time well, it's really good! Congratulations!
Btw, thanks for your advice. I will sit on my IELTs on December 1st.

Apr 16, 2013
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Thanks
by: Robin

Initially congratulation's Madhu and i must say thank to u for this helpful information.

Jul 24, 2014
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Got a Band 8 too
by: Harshad

Hi Madhu,

Congratulations! I got my results yesterday and happy to announce I got a Band 8 too. 8.5 each in writing, speaking, and listening; and 6.5 in reading. The last score bummed me - that was in fact the best section for me. Anyhow, 8 is cool. Suits my requirements.

Aug 09, 2014
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IELTS
by: Paul

It contained a good information regarding IELTS test tips and speaking skills.

Sep 19, 2014
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I scored band 8
by: Van Heilsing, West Africa

Listening: 8.0
Reading: 9.0
Writing: 6.0
Speaking: 8.0

Overall: 8.0

It is all down to practice..more practice..and even more practice. I used to speak to myself in the bathroom so much my wife was scared i was going crazy lol. Meanwhile...my result was picked for quality assurance reassessment what ever that means.


Sep 19, 2014
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I scored Band 8
by: Anonymous

i got the results today.

L-8
R-7
W-7.5
S-9

overall 8.

For listening I solved Cambridge ielts tests which are easily available on YouTube.

In reading, the passage 1 is the easiest and 3 is the toughest. Try to finished para 1 in 15 min. time so that u have ample time for para 3, which is lengthy. Get ur ideas clear about false / not given.

For writing, practise essays and get it corrected from someone whose English is better than urs. There are so many apps for learning new words. Try to get relevant and simple phrases into essays. Keep the essay limited to 4 paragraphs. Introduction in 3-5 sentences(50 words), 2nd para either for/against the argument(100 words), 3rd par for/against (100 words), and a good conclusion in 50 words. In writing, read the question carefully and complete all the tasks asked from you.

For speaking don't try any accents, speak as if ur conversing with ur friends. Try to pick up good sentences from movies, news, commentaries/ documentaries.

Practise, so that u know ur weaker and strong areas.

Hope this helps....all the best.

Oct 29, 2014
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IELTS
by: Anonymous

Dear All,

I have attempted IELTS twice, as was targeting 7 each in all modules. Both times I missed out on either writing or speaking by half mark. however the over all score is 7.5. Last time I scored 6.5 in Speaking and 7 in writing, this time I scored 7.5 in Speaking and 6.5 in writing. Don't know what do I do to get 7 in each module, can some one suggest some strategy.

Oct 31, 2014
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Help me to get 8 bands in IELTS
by: Mohammed Farooq

please brothers help me to get 8 bands in IELTS, my confident get boosted whenever i hear someone got 7, 8 or above. but i have some problem with my memory i always forget things. this is the main drawback in my IELTS preparation. please help me and share with me the details of websites where i can learn English and IELTS. also share with me some materials for English & IELTS.
This is my eMail ID: go4farooq@yahoo.co.in

Thanks to those who even try to help me and a big thanks to those who help me thanks in advance.

Feb 13, 2015
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YAY!
by: Anonymous

I just got my results today.

8.5 average on my first attempt.

8.5 for both speaking and listening.

8 for both writing and reading.

Honestly, I only did one practice for the listening and reading components. I would advice to just calm yourself and not be nervous. Nerves penalise 30% of your potential. Just be yourself and do your best for each component. Also, pray hard after!

Feb 16, 2015
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How I got an IELTS band 8
by: Anonymous

Recently took IELTS academic and got a score which surprised me.

I needed the test for my citizenship application and the score they required was around 6 or so. I didn't have time to prepare at all because I had many other exams and literally went to the test without even knowing much about the format, hoping I will manage the required 6 somehow.

Well. ..I got 8.5 overall. 9 in listening and reading and 7.5 in writing and speaking. I had an awful topic in the speaking - it was about news and news reporting and I watch the news once in a blue moon. Had I gotten a food topic, I'd scored 9 probably :)

Be positive about IELTS - if I could do it, so can you

Apr 02, 2015
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Ielts remark
by: Tiffany

Hey everyone, I'm a Malaysian girl who just took her ielts test recently. I see a lot of people who are anxious about the ielts test (I totally understand, I was like that too) the first time I took the test my scores were as follows:

Reading 9
listening 8.5
writing 6.5
speaking 7

I decided to go for a remark and my scores were increased, for that which I am eternally grateful
reading and listening the same

writing 7
speaking 8

So my advice for those who didn't achieve the band they wanted, it's worth the remark if you are confident in your fluency. You'll get the money refunded (RM560 in my case) if there is a change of score.

All the best peeps! :)

Apr 10, 2015
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Got a band 8 today
by: Abhishek

Sincere thanks to IELTS buddy...

This website has all the information one needs to prepare for IELTS.

I got my results today and delighted to see an 8 :)

Listening - 8.5
Reading - 7.5
Writing - 7
Speaking - 8

Apr 14, 2015
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How to get IELTS Band 8 like me? In 4 easy steps
by: Karthi

I got IELTS band 8.5 in recent IELTS test.
Check out easy tips and tricks & questions asked to me in my blog

http://www.vistaunderthesun.com/how-to-get-ielts-band-8

May 05, 2015
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IELTS
by: Anonymous

Visit IELTSLIZ.com she has great tips

I seriously recommend you pay careful attention during the listening and reading comprehension phases. Pay attention while you listen and don't focus on the passage as the tape plays.

My scores were as follows

Listening 7.5
Reading Comprehension 7.5
Writing 7.5
Speaking 8.5

I am certain that my scores are higher, and I will be asked them to recheck my papers. If I score less, it will not matter. The institution I am applying at needs a score of 7 or higher and I scored 8.

I didn't practice much for the test, because I had no time. I only practiced the night before.

During the speaking test, if you feel like you cannot contribute to the topic explain why that's out of your league of understanding. That's still scored.

May 25, 2015
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I Scored 9.0 Overall
by: Yasir Abbasi

This is Yasir From Pakistan who Recently Scored
L- 9.0
R- 9.0
W- 9.0
S- 9.0
Overall 9.0 Score.

Jul 11, 2015
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So Motivated!
by: Samboocha

Very good and motivated techniques.I really appriciate you.

Thanks for your tips.

Aug 17, 2015
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Help
by: Anonymous

I never take an IELTS exam before, but I have been practicing for 2 months now. Whenever I take a mock test at my extra class, I just got 7.0 for both Reading and Listening. I know that Writing and Speaking is my weakness, so I want to get 8.5 for both Reading and Listening.

Pls give me some tips, in details :< Do not tell me to practice bcos I do it everyday. I am always get confused at Head matching and True/False/Not Given. Pls tell me how to get it correctly.

Thanks a lot.

Oct 22, 2015
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Thanks
by: Anonymous

man! it's been so helpful

Nov 28, 2015
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Band score 8
by: Jeffrey

I just received my score and had a Band 8 overall.

Reading - 9
Listening - 9
Writing - 7
Speaking 7.5

I was thinking I would score higher on the speaking session. But I couldn't speak for 1-2 minutes on a topic. Didn't have that much to say.

Ps. I only studied once.

Apr 08, 2016
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Thank You - got overall 7 band score
by: Nishi

I got band score of 7 in speaking, listening, writing & reading in one week practice through ielts buddy. The materials are awesome and very helpful.
Thank you very much....!!

May 30, 2016
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Tips for Speaking
by: Ricardo

Before start the 2min speaking test, you will know the topic and have some time for preparation.

My advice is to think about some related topic, so if you get out of issues, you have another line to explore.

Despite they say you should speak beetween 1.5 and 2 minutes, they expect you speak for at least 2 minutes, so do not mind about being interrupted, keep talking and make sure you cover all topics within the minimum 2 minutes.

Jul 21, 2016
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How I got a band 8
by: IELTS friend

Hi there,

I sat for my IELTS exam and got band 8 as follows:

R-7.5
W-7
S-8
L-8.5.

It was my first time of taking the test and I did watch a few youtube videos especially on writing as it was my weak point. I was disappointed with my writing but I must say watching those videos made a huge difference.

Focus on the main trends in task 1 and use as plain english as you can and edit with synonyms later. For task 2 you should write as fast as you can as simply as you can. Paraphrase after you are done (use a pencil in the exam). Have enough water in the test.

For reading skim and scan. I got distracted in listening and didn't answer a few questions so I ended up guessing. The trick is to move onto the next question whenever the recording leaves you behind.

Greetings from Uganda

Jul 23, 2016
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No has given the practical tips
by: Anonymous

No one has given practical tips, everyone is trying to behave like a professor here. All the tips have been given already. No body bothers to give his personal experiences like what problems they faced or how they tackle tricky questions..

Aug 04, 2016
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7 in each module
by: Anonymous

Hi, I had got 7 in total (reading 7, listening 7, writing and speaking - 6.5), 5 and half years back.

I was in INDIA that time. In NZ from past 5 years.

Now want to get 7 in each component, in order to study further.

Any tips plz....

Aug 13, 2016
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IELTS score 8
by: Neri afonso

So basically everyone wants to score an 8 but its really not that hard if you have good basics in English.

That being said, i managed to get an 8 (L8.5, R7.5, W7.0, S8.0).

Reading

The reading part will be the trickiest cause in some cases the vocab is hard and you tend to waste a lot of time solving it, but keep in mind there's a clock ticking and those examiners are gonna grab your papers as soon as the time is up, so if you're stuck in a particular para, skip it and move on.

Time management is the key in reading and if you master it you could have a few extra mins to even recheck your answers which is always good but not possible mostly.

There will be one tricky para and that's for sure. So be prepared.

Practice online, download material, keep a timer and solve them. Improve on your mistakes and keep practicing until your confident that you can score a 8 on any article in the reading section.

Oh and ielts is way wayyyy easier then toefl, cause I've taken both and scored a 89 in toefl. So u can see the level of toughness.

Speaking

I aced the speaking section, could be cause i have good command over the language but i feel its more about logical reasoning as well, so when asked a question think carefully and answer, remember you don't have to use jargon words but simple and effective English and keeping it simple is hard for many people but trust me if you do you will get a good score.

Listening

As for listening, it's the easiest. Just be sure to focus your entire concentration on that sound clip during the exam. Don't bother to look at your partners next to you, the examiners moving around you except the clock.

If you get distracted your gonna miss out on an answer and its gonna cost you, furthermore u might panic that you've missed an answer and miss a few more.

So concentrate on the audio clips and be sure to have gone through the question in the few extra mins you have before the clip is played, it helped me.

Writing

Now for the part everyone hates, writing. It's all about your vocab and grammar, but if ur finding it hard just keep it simple, no complex terms again, just use logical reasoning and answer the question, no extra BS.

So before the exam it's gonna be a very tense atmosphere and your gonna be like damn look at that dude i bet he's good at English, don't do that, believe in yourself, keep calm and concentrate on your exam, you've paid a lot of money for it, you've prepared, you will do well.

If you're still not confident about scoring well, keep practicing. There's nothing that can't be mastered with a lot of practice.

P.S forgive my language here, typing on my phone is never easy and i make mistakes.

Good luck folks!!

Aug 13, 2016
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thanks Neri
by: Anonymous

Thanks Neri for giving us tips and motivation.

I was crying before I read your post. Today I just scored 28 in reading while practicing. My test is on 20 Aug. I am so tense.

Sep 12, 2016
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NINER in the FUTURE
by: Abdurashid

Hi,

Now I'm going to take IELTS exam, but my result is not good especially reading and writing.

IF you will help me with this problems. THANKS!!!

Sep 12, 2016
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Fanyastic boy
by: Anonymous

CAN you take from me online test?

Sep 22, 2016
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help me plz
by: komalgrewal

Hello friends. My name is komalgrewal plz help me how can i get higher scoring in ielts test. Please tell me tips to improve my ielts skills

Oct 07, 2016
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High score
by: Dolly

I recently had my ielts but I scored 6 only. I need 7. Please help me to score more. Suggest good sites to score more than 7.

Oct 07, 2016
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Navjot
by: Anonymous

This is navjot from india... I scored 7.5 overall but only 6 in reading... And 8 in listening 😊

Oct 10, 2016
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Motivated
by: Ssiva

Thanks

Oct 18, 2016
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Good Luck!
by: Anonymous

Listening: 9
Reading: 8.5
Writing: 6
Speaking: 8.5

Overall: 8

My writing score is pretty low and now that I'm applying for UCAS I'm worried that it might hold me back.

UCL asks for 7.0 minimum in each criteria and King's wants 6.5 if I'm not mistaken. I think writing is considered as the most influential among the four and I regret not trying harder to achieve a higher mark.

So anyone who is about to take IELTS, don't take writing lightly, pay attention to your vocabulary and actually make sure that your sentences make sense xD

Nov 16, 2016
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problem with reading
by: jasneet

I have a very huge problem with reading please give me a solution.

Dec 02, 2016
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Ielts score 8
by: Archita anand

Speaking -8
Listening -9
Reading -8.5
Writing -6.5

Overall -8

First attempt and no coaching.

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