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How can I Improve my IELTS Score to Band 8?

by Kaur

Hello IELTS buddy,

I have got 7.0 bands overall, which includes 7.5 in speaking, 8 in listening, writing I got 7 and in reading I got 5.5.

I want to get 8/8.5 bands overall. At least 6 in reading, 7.5 writing, 8/8.5 bands in speaking and 8.5 listening.

How can I get the score I want. I have only 1 month to prepare. Please suggest me the ways to get the score. In India, i haven't seen anybody getting 8.5 or 9 in speaking. Also, i find Reading very tough (my weakest subject), am poor in locating answers, especially match the heading, sentence completion and multiple choice question.

i have recently started referring to your website. i have started applying the strategies, but i fail. Also, what should i focus 1st on, accuracy or time management? i have challenge in both aspects.

i will be appearing for general module soon, please help. i can contribute 2 hour daily for studying on weekdays and 8 hours on weekends. help me develop a plan or timetable.

Thanks in Advance,

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May 12, 2017
Improving to IELTS Score 8
by: IELTS buddy


Firstly, getting band 8 or 9 certainly isn't easy. Those kinds of scores mean that you are completely fluent in English (9) or very nearly fluent (8).

But whatever score you want, unfortunately it's really not possible to tell someone in one forum post how to increase all all their IELTS scores.

As you will have seen from looking through this site there are many different tips and strategies. And if you attend courses at IELTS centres they can be up to 10 weeks or more. So there would really be too much to go through.

The other issue is that to get advice tailored towards your specific needs you'd really need to have some kind of assessment to find out where your weaknesses are. You'd also need to see a tutor if you want a specific plan to suit your needs as they will need to assess you.

For example you ask about focusing on accuracy or time management, but that really depends on what module you are referring to and again your personal abilities.

What you are wanting to achieve in terms of individual band scores is quite possible because for most you only say you want to improve by around half a band. But you may still find that takes more than a month as even half a band can be quite an improvement, especially if it is in every module.

But you have said overall you want 8.5 / 9. That is a big jump from some of your current scores as to get say 8.5 overall you are going to need at least 9, 9, 8, 8, in the various modules. Going from writing band 7 to band 8 is a very big step and will take time.

If you have tried websites, are really stuck at your current level, and want to improve very quickly then you really would need to think about some kind of personal or group tuition, because apart from that I will only be able to advise you to keep looking through my site and others.

One advice is of course that you focus on your reading as that is quite a low score and will bring all the others down. So that should be a priority. That will simply be more and more practice and reading whenever you can. Also improve your vocabulary (there are vocab pages on this site).

Sorry I can't be of more help and good luck.

Jun 04, 2018
How I can start preparation for IELTS
by: Tanvir

Dear I am very confused for start. My target is 8, 7, 7, 7, but I am confused, from where I should start the preparation from any Institute or from on-line.

Please hlp me.


Jun 07, 2018
How I can start preparation for IELTS
by: IELTS buddy

I'd start by doing some practice tests on this site to get to know the test.

Then you can go through the lessons for all the modules.

Dec 02, 2018
My requirement is L-7, R-6.5, W-7, S-7.
by: Simerdeep

First time i go LRW - in each but 6.5 in speaking now i got 6 in writing, 7 in speaking, 6 in reading and 7.5 in listening. Should I book exam i can increase my score in academic ielts..please help me.

Dec 04, 2018
My requirement is L-7, R-6.5, W-7, S-7.
by: IELTS buddy

It seems your main problem is writing as the other scores are at the right level or nearly there (reading 6 and you need 6.5).

But you have 6 in writing and need 7. That is quite a big move, up one band.

I can't see the point in continuously taking the test as you'll just waste your money. You need to work on improving your writing (and reading) and when you are at a band 7 level, retake the test.

How you get to 7 is your decision but it will need to be with practice and training - classes, private tuition, online writing checks.

You need to decide how you want to improve your writing but doing it alone with nobody to check it will be difficult.

Websites like mine can help with training on answering the question, structure, planning etc. but if you have issues with grammar you need some kind of English writing training.

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Scoring 8.0 IELTS writing general test

I've taken the IELTS general examination twice now and in both cases I've received a 7.5 score for writing.

I have 8, 9, 9 and 9, 8, 8 scores for reading, speaking and listening respectively in the two times I sat for the exam.

I need to score 8 on the writing component as well, as I need band 8 on each component to achieve my desired result.

What should I do to increase my score on writing? I'm not too sure as to what I'm missing in my writing either.

Would be really grateful for some help or pointers to assist me in my score. Thanks in Advance!

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Nov 17, 2017
Scoring 8.0 IELTS writing general test
by: IELTS buddy


It's really difficult to know why you may be getting a 7.5 without actually seeing a sample of your writing.

There could be a number of reasons as you are marked across 4 criteria:

1) Task Achievement
2) Coherence and Cohesion
3) Lexical Resource
4) Grammatical Range and Accuracy

So it could be any of those that is bringing your score down. Or it could be different each time.

Also it's impossible to know whether it is your Task 1 letter or essay that is letting you down, or both.

If you see this reply, then write an essay under timed conditions and post it here then I can comment.

Nov 21, 2017
good luck
by: Anonymous

Use 1 or 2 idioms in task 2

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How to get a band 8 in all aspects

by Komolafe Adenike
(Nigeria )

I wrote my ielts test in March and my scores were: R: 6.0 W: 7.0 S: 6.5 L: 6.5.

I am surprised as I clearly finished my listening and reading questions. Are there ways on marking both listening and reading (maybe starting an answer with a capital letter) because I was sure on my answers.

Thank you.

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Apr 13, 2020
Reading and Listening
by: IELTS buddy

No there is no issue with whether you use capital or small letters and whether you start with a capital letter in your IELTS Reading or Listening or not.

It just has to of course be the right answers but also be spelt correctly and fit in the sentence to be grammatically correct. You won't have to change the tense of the word or anything like that but you must make sure you are selecting the right words that fit.

Try doing some practice tests online and see how you do. There are some official ones you can use on the British Council and IDP websites. If you try a few practice tests (under exam timed conditions) and you get around the same scores you did in your test it suggests it was correct and you need to improve your skills for the test.

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