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IELTS Candidate Suggestions for an Total Band 8.5

Beneath are IELTS Suggestions for Band Rating 8.5 from a profitable IELTS candidate. The following tips are written by Esha who’s blissful to share her experiences of the IELTS take a look at and her examination preparation with you all. I’ve added some additional important ideas for the writing take a look at on the backside of the web page that will help you guys push your rating to band 7 and above.

IELTS Candidate Suggestions for Total Band 8.5

I’m Esha Chaugule. I just lately took IELTS and scored greater than I anticipated. Firstly, I’d wish to say an enormous THANK YOU. I diligently scoured by each part of this web site. They have been all tremendously useful, and I owe my rating to you, Liz. I secured 8.5 general band in my IELTS Check. I wish to share my ideas with you, in an effort to publish them up on the web site and hopefully, my ideas may assist college students sooner or later. (I’ve connected my rating card under).

Esha’s IELTS Outcomes

Listed here are my ideas…

Listening Band 9

Initially, I practised on-line from varied web sites, however later realised that these will not be correct, are unnecessarily excessive stage, and the solutions are generally incorrect. I realised the one supply I can belief is the official IELTS Cambridge books. These are curated precisely just like the official IELTS Exams, and thus, present probably the most correct codecs and practise questions (remark from Liz – these books are previous papers printed by IELTS). My largest tip for Listening could be to learn the questions forward of time. The IELTS examination format offers you time to learn questions beforehand, but it surely won’t at all times be sufficient (eg. within the final part). Together with the studying time, I’d recommendation to make use of the “introduction of the part” time and the “reply checking” time as effectively. Studying questions forward offers you an concept of what to anticipate for a solution (i.e., a quantity, a avenue identify, an adjective, and so on.). Focus and focus play a vital a part of course. Working towards will get you geared up with the Listening take a look at format, accents and your focus will increase as effectively.

  • Tough half: when the reply to a clean comes approach earlier than within the audio, than we anticipate it to. Thus, we have to hold shut consideration to every part that’s being stated within the audio.


  • Phrases are rephrased within the audio, so studying questions beforehand, to get the gist of what’s going to be stated, offers you a heads up on when a solution to a clean is likely to be arising.

Eg. The audio may say: There’s quite a lot of litter on the seaside. This is likely to be dangerous for youngsters taking part in or adults strolling on the seaside. So, we want individuals to wash this up from the seaside.

The take a look at might need the query: “ensuring the seaside doesn’t have ________ on it.”

The phrase “litter” is rarely repeated after the primary time it’s stated. Thus, we have to hold shut consideration to the audio and focus to seek out solutions even when the sentences are paraphrased.

Studying Band 9

Once more, use solely Cambridge Exams for practise. I’d recommendation to learn a pair questions first, and attempt to LOCATE the solutions to these questions, by skimming by the passage. Attempt to determine a selected phrase or couple phrases within the query which might be distinctive, and discover these within the passage. Start from the primary paragraph, as a result of 90% of the questions are available in order.

Tough elements:

  1. True/False/NG or Sure/No/NG: When unsure about False/NG or No/NG, rephrase the query with the precise reverse that means, and attempt to discover if that reverse that means is given within the passage. If it’s given, the reply is False/No. If it’s not given, the reply is NG.
  2. Matching Data/Matching Headings: Learn the paragraph in it’s ENTIRETY, get the gist of what it’s making an attempt to convey, match. Typically the reply lies in a single sentence, different instances, you’ll want to learn the whole paragraph. When it’s complicated and taking too lengthy, skip, and are available again to the query after you’re completed with the remainder of the questions.

Writing Band 6.5

Not an awesome rating, however I may give my ideas. I went by ALL the sections of IELTS Liz Writing. Stored in thoughts particular phrases like barely, marginally, rose, dropped and phrases like “quantity stood at X”, “quantity witnessed a peak of X” and “quantity accounted for X% of the entire”. This was for half 1 in fact.

Other than this, simply observe Liz’s ideas, and also you’ll be good to go to attain not less than 6. I knew I wouldn’t be capable to rating greater than 6.5 in Writing, so I centered extra on the opposite three sections. (Remark from Liz – I’ve added helpful ideas for Writing Process 2 on the backside of this publish.)

Talking Band 8.5

I really utterly forgot every part that I had ready for the Talking take a look at. I had ready to include a number of excessive vocab phrases and complicated phrases into my talking take a look at. However what got here out on the time, was a pure dialog and real ideas. I simply tried to talk as a lot as doable, with none pauses. I by no means ended my solutions on my own in part 2 and three, the examiner did that for me, I simply saved talking whereas sustaining a coherent logic of my ideas. I bear in mind utilizing a pair excessive vocab phrases, however the remainder of it’s a blur to me, so I don’t know what sort of grammar I used. Have a powerful (however not loud) voice and be assured. A smile goes a good distance! (Remark from Liz – right here’s a hyperlink to my free ideas for IELTS talking)



You’ll get comfy with the format of those assessments, and with the extent of questions as effectively. You’ll know what to hear for throughout Listening and know what to find throughout Studying a lot simpler solely with practise.

Liz’s web site helped loads. Should you observe solely her web site diligently and practise from the official Cambridge Exams, you’ll be good to go!

All the most effective!

Feedback from Liz

Effectively completed, Esha! An excellent general rating and a few very helpful ideas for all future IELTS candidates. I wish to stress how vital your tip is about utilizing the genuine listening and studying take a look at supplies. The one full assessments it’s best to use are ones instantly provided by IELTS of their books, not ones you discover on different web sites. I additionally wish to commend your listening ideas relating to solutions that seem earlier than key phrases are given – very effectively noticed. These questions are so difficult!

EXTRA WRITING TASK 2 TIPS from Liz (Goal band 7 plus)

Process Response in writing activity 2 is 25% of your marks. Every primary level should be related to the subject given. Every sentence must be 100% related to the primary level within the paragraph. Your essay mustn’t include any padding. So, goal for a centered and extremely related essay. For all Writing Process 2 ideas, click on right here: Writing Process 2. For writing activity 1, it’s about activity achievement for each Tutorial studies and GT letters. See this web page for ideas: Writing Process 1 Suggestions

Coherence and Cohesion is 25% of your marks and lots of we overlook to deal with this. Utilizing a spread of linking units is essential. Click on: key linking phrases. You must have an introduction, conclusion and both two or three physique paragraphs. That is the best marking criterion to get a excessive rating in so long as you propose paragraphing and verify your linking phrases.

Grammar is 25% of your marks. Don’t over-complicate your sentences. A fancy sentence doesn’t imply an advanced sentence. Only one clause can change a easy sentence to a posh sentence for IELTS assessments. Use a spread of grammar options, resembling noun phrases and noun clauses, and in addition goal for accuracy with articles (a/the/plurals), phrase order and prepositions. See this video lesson: Including a Clause to your Sentence. Keep in mind that too many errors means a decrease rating.

Vocabulary is 25% of your marks. Don’t attempt to push fancy, flowery phrases into your essay as a result of the essay should be in formal model. Phrases must be appropriate, applicable to the subject and conveying exact that means. Use phrasal verbs, fairly than idioms (that are principally too casual). Don’t attempt to over-paraphrase because it’ll result in too many errors. Spelling counts.

Band Scores – study extra about them. Know the necessities of the band rating you’re aiming for and what causes your rating to go up or down. Click on right here: IELTS Writing Process 2 Band Scores Defined

Be aware to Different Profitable IELTS Candidates: when you want to share your ideas as Esha has completed above, please electronic mail me: liz@ieltsliz.com. I can’t promise to publish all candidate ideas however any which might be posted will likely be deeply appreciated.

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