Strategies to Achieve an IELTS Overall Band 8
by Rizwana Saife
(Udaipur, Rajasthan, India)
IELTS Band 8
Secured overall band 8 on IELTS.
I am from Udaipur, India. Honestly, with just a month's preparation using IELTS official guide only, I was able to get overall band 8 on IELTS:
I scored band 8 in this section.
The speaking test was just a sort of usual conversation for me. I had practiced speaking on some suggested topics a few times in front of the mirror.
Besides working on my tone, I also practiced using better vocabulary into my conversations.
The thing to remember while going for the speaking test is to agree to disagree with the test opinions in the questions. That is, even if you do not agree with them on some point, present your pwn views politely and acknowledge their point of view as well.
Never be too defensive or strong in your speech. Take it lightly.Writing
I scored band 7 here.
Although I had gone through some of the common writing topics given in IELTS official guide, the topic that I got during my exam was a surprise.
As we have to write our essay in support of or against the given Statement (Topic), we should be sure that whatever side we take we should have enough points to form a strong and logical argument.
So, I started with noting down the points that I could use while agreeing or disagreeing with the given Statement. And based on the number of strong points and defenses, I moved ahead with my essay. Reading
I scored a 9 here.
The two main reasons behind this are, I maintained a good pace from the beginning to stop missing out any portion of the test due to time restraints and I tried to maintain 100% accuracy by reading the passages carefully and simultaneously viewing the questions.
I double checked every answer as I moved forward in the test and didn't wait for checking answers after completing the test, because we may not have enough time then.Listening
I got band 8 in this section.
For scoring good in listening section, CONCENTRATION
is the primary skill. There will be many distractions around you in the examination hall but just do your own thing.
For this section, the moment your mind or eyes wander, you miss one or two questions for sure. That is a personal experience.
And if you are not a native English speaker, the best strategy to improve your listening skills would be to watch English movies. Honestly guys, this helped me a lot.
Finally, the thing about IELTS is that if you are calm and focused during the test, you will give your best.
All the Best!