We at the Centre for Success (IELTS Coaching Centre in Chandigarh) ensure that our students get the highest band in the IELTS exam. Achieving 8 bands in IELTS is a big thing, and you have to work on specific tips and strategies to reach it. If you want to get 8 bands in listening and reading, then it means you have to get 89%. It means that in these two sections, you should get 36 correct questions out of 40.
However, in speaking and writing, there are specific skills and requirements that the test taker must meet to get 8 bands. Here we are going to discuss the strategies and tips for getting 8 bands in the IELTS exam. There are several things which the test taker has to understand, which includes different tricks. Let’s study each section one by one:
There are some points that you should remember while taking the listening test. These points are as follows:
Listen to English Language Daily
Listening to the English language every day will enhance your vocabulary and tell you about the different accents. In this way, you will be able to understand various accents of the English language. That will be helpful in the listening section. You can also improve your sentence structure and framing by listening to English daily. There are a lot of online resources that give you listening options.
When you listen to a speech or extract, you should give full attention and focus to it during the test. As in the listening test, the audio is played one by one. You should be able to understand the different audios. During your practice before the test, listening actively will help you build your vocabulary that is important for the IELTS exam.
Planning and Strategy
It would be best if you planned what strategy you would follow in the test. Planning before and having a system will help you go through the test efficiently. You should know the listening format and work on it. It will give you confidence while passing the test, and you will know which steps are followed one after the other.
Consistent practice and repeating is the main thing that will get you through the test with flying colours. It is key to get success in the IELTS exam. Continuous practice will make you confident in the English language. In this way, you can give quality time to IELTS practice. Do all the practise tests available online, and it will benefit you a lot. Practice managing your time as in the actual test. In this way, you will not stress on the day of the test.
To achieve a high band of 8, certain things should be kept in mind. Some of them are:
Enhance Your Reading Skills
Reading test your abilities in reading. So it is important to practice a lot of reading. Read a lot of books, magazines, comics and newspapers. This will help you to learn about accents as well as improve your vocabulary. You will learn sentence structure and grammar skills that are important for IELTS.
Find the Answer in the Question
It is better to read the question thoroughly and then answer the questions. The passages given in the IELTS exam have questions in the end, and all the answers are shown in the passage. Spend some time reading and understanding the passage and then answer the questions. Improve your comprehension by doing regukar practice.
Know the Difference
You should know the difference between skimming and scanning. Skimming means getting the general idea of the gist of the text. You should be able to answer questions related to the main idea and overview of the passage. Scanning means getting a thorough understanding of the text. It includes keywords, reasons, and explanations. You should be able to differentiate between these two to pass reading in the best way.
Spend one minute per question
It is advisable to give only one minute to each question. If you are stuck at the reading section’s start, then do not waste time finding its answer. Spend only one minute on it and then move to the next question. You will get 40 minutes for 40 questions. So it’s better to manage your time and give one minute to each question.
Practice the following points to get 8 bands in the writing section.
Always explain the idea in words that the examiner easily understands. If you have good vocabulary and proficiency, then the chances are that the examiner will score you better. Always write an essay that is 150 words for task 1 and 250 words for task 2. Do not write less than that else; you will lose marks.
It means that you have to use high-quality words and vocabulary that can impress the examiner. You should know how to use these words; if you know them but do not know how to use them, it will make you lose your marks. It is essential to keep reading that will help to increase vocabulary and how to use them.
Grammar and Accuracy
Make sure that you do not have to make significant errors. Some minor mistakes are acceptable. You should know that your sentences are grammatically correct. The examiner checks whether the grammar is used or accurate or not. You must be best in sentence structure, so you get 8 bands. Check your essay time and again to get good grades.
Your speaking skills will be assessed based on the following criteria:
Fluency is an essential factor in determining good grades. If you are speaking without hesitation and confident over what you are speaking, you will probably get 8 bands. Fluency affects speaking, so be sure and practise speaking in front of the mirror.
If you are using complicated words in your speech, you should explain them to the examiner. It leaves a good impression of the test taker on the examiner. Use idioms and phrases in your speech and explain them to the examiner.
Grammar and Accuracy
You should be able to speak grammatically correct sentences that are structured well. Sometimes, it becomes a challenge for non-native speakers when it comes to speaking because of a lack of fluency and wrong structured sentences. Practice speaking with correct grammar.
If the test taker, i.e., you can speak fluently with accurate grammar and pronouncing the words correctly, you will get 8 bands.
Good Luck with the test!