In this article, I’ll show you how to get an 8 band in IELTS score.
If you’re preparing for IELTS, you know how important it is to get an 8 band in each IELTS task. Reading, Listening and Writing are the three major tasks that you’re struggling with. And almost everyone who contacts me for IELTS help asks for the same thing. ‘How to get an 8 band?” Well, in this article, I’ll talk about how you can ace your IELTS test easily (with a little bit of effort)!
To get an 8 band score in listening and reading, you must score 89 percent of the time. Because IELTS reading and listening each have 40 questions, in order to get a band 8, you must answer at least 36 of each.
Whereas in IELTS speaking and writing, performance is measured not only by looking at the scores, but there are certain descriptors in each section that the test taker must meet the requirements of.
In order to get an 8 band score in the IELTS exam, the test taker must understand a few things in each section.
The written component of the IELTS test is offered at four academic levels: elementary, intermediate, upper-intermediate and advanced.
The following checklist is designed to help students review their writing skills before taking the IELTS test.
-Have I used a variety of sentence structures?
-Have I used a range of vocabulary?
-Have I used a range of grammatical structures?
-Do my sentences flow smoothly?
-Do my sentences have a clear subject and verb?
-Do my sentences have a clear, precise meaning?
-Do my sentences demonstrate coherence and cohesion?
-Do my paragraphs follow a logical progression?
-Is the tone consistent throughout the passage?
Tips to get 8 Band in IELTS
IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System and it is a system of assessing the English language ability. IELTS is accepted by over 9,000 colleges and universities in countries such as Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
IELTS has four different bands: band score ranges from 0-9. Band 8 is the highest IELTS band you can get.
The most important thing to know about getting 8 band in IELTS is that you need to practice your grammar and vocabulary exercises systematically and keep working on them. Concentrating on these two areas will help you improve your overall score.
If there’s one thing almost everyone doing IELTS is bummed about, is the listening part. For some reason, writing and reading comes easy for India, but listening? Not so much.
Here’s the trick. Watch a lot of movies. I’ve been a movie bum pretty much all my life, so understanding US accent wasn’t that hard for me. But I used to watch all kinds of stuff. World cinema, Italian movies, Aussie movies.. everything! Unknowingly, I kinda developed a taste for listening to different slangs. But wait, just by listening movies, you won’t reach anywhere. It’s just a beginning. It can provide you a good base to start off with. It can prepare yourself to be a good listener. That’s all.
Here are some observations that might help you.
“People listen to argue. Don’t. Listen to understand.”
1. Practice focusing and patience
Listening is an art. No matter whether you understand the language or not. To listen well, you need to have a certain temperament in you. Being a good listener is a skill that many employers seek. For this, you need to focus a lot. There are different ways to listen. Listen and grasp nothing, or listen to understand. To be able to listen to understand (which is what is required in IELTS) you need great focus. Practice yoga. Or just be cool and calm. Don’t be on a “debate mode” when you’re listening. And being able to remember what you’re listening will go a long way.
2. Pace yourself
If you talk to people in the US, you’ll notice a significant change of pace. People are more calm and they talk clear most of the time (of course, I’m generalising here, but still). Communication is the key not making sounds. So, pace yourself slow when you speak and listen. When you listen, try to keep making mental notes of key points, so that you can answer it later.
3. Listen a lot
Some people ask me if they need to listen one hour a day? Well, my answer is always “Do you think that’s enough?”. Because, each person have their own listening abilities and it differs. Your one hour of listening may be good enough for you, but not for someone else. But, the key is to listen more.
4. Use YouTube
Many IELTS aspirants ask me if there are resources online. And my answer always is yes, go search on YouTube. It’s an excellent resource to find new stuff. For example, there are even lectures from Ivy league colleges available for free. That is the most realistic representation of your future. Try listening to those a lot.
5. Be quick
If you are unsure about which answer to write in response to a specific question. Skip to the next question if you don’t want to spend too much time figuring out the answer to that one. You can return at the end when there is more time to review the answers and try to figure out what the answer is. It is critical to manage your time well because if you get stuck in the first passage, you will lose a lot of marks because the time limit to answer the questions is only 40 minutes and it is advisable to take only one minute or less to answer a specific answer.
Getting an 8 Band in Reading
Reading is comparatively easy. The problem is speed. You can read a 100 words in 4 minutes may be, but 1 minute? That’s the trick. For this, apart from the usual advice of “read a lot”, I’d say, “read faster!”.
Try to time yourself. Ex: When you read a page, see how much time you are taking for it. Now try again. Once you practice the speed, you’ll notice that you’re able to read more. There is a common practice of “speed reading”, where there are tricks to read more in less time. Try to practice that. You don’t need super high speeds for IELTS but keeping that benchmark is always helpful.
Yes. It’s not easy. It depends on your background. If you are someone who’s been watching lot of Hollywood movies, listening might come easy to you.
One of the most important things to remember when answering questions in IELTS is that answering the question is more important than providing a detailed response. The goal is to demonstrate your proficiency in English and not to write a dissertation. The more concise and relevant your answer, the better.
Some IELTS questions will ask you to express a preference or a degree of certainty, while others will ask you to justify your reasoning for a particular answer.
If you’re someone who reads a lot, then reading section will be easier for you. But to ace in each, the only way out is practice. Practice more, practice better! There more, the better!
All the best!