Jasmeen’s 3 basic steps to IELTS Band 8.5

Jasmeen is a delightful young lady from India, whose mother tongue is Hindi. She took IELTS a few weeks ago and scored Band 8.5, with two straight 9’s in Reading and Listening. This certainly isn’t an IELTS score we get to see every day, and so we simply had to ask Jasmeen for her best IELTS tips.

Here’s what she said YOU can do to follow her footsteps to success:

Band 8.5 in IELTS“Preparation for any exam requires 3 basic steps:

1. Understand the requirements and grading criteria of the exam.

2. Gauge your level on a practice test to come up with a strategic study plan based on your score, the desired improvement and study material available.

3. Dedication and patience is the key, stick to your schedule and practice daily.

The basics for preparing for IELTS reading and listening is making the least number of mistakes. Therefore, aim for reducing the incorrect answers rather than looking for a specific band score. When you reduce your wrong answers daily, the band score rises automatically.

In addition, examine your weak spots i.e. question types you frequently lose marks on. Once you are able to correct your own mistakes, you will be able to find faster methods and tricks to solve those types of questions thereby ensuring a perfect score on these sections.

Moving on to the other modules. I believe Writing and Speaking can be prepared together. If one is good at organizing and expressing their thoughts in English in writing, then they can surely do the same in Speaking and vice versa. The key here is to be able to logically explain your viewpoints.

In addition, writing is graded on 4 criteria as mentioned in the IELTS exam guide. So make sure to fulfill all of criteria to score high. That would be completing the task by answering the entire question in full, using proper linkers and connectors to make sure your essay is developed and bound properly, keep the grammatical and spelling mistakes to the minimum and ensure using diverse range of words to express the same thing (synonyms, idioms and vocabulary).

For speaking, practice daily and record you self to review your fluency and pronunciation also don’t forget to time your responses especially for the cue card.

Last bit of advice, do not forget to practice with pencil and do a full IELTS test before exam day, as erasing and writing again might consume more time then one would imagine.

I was able to score high using the above mentioned approach and I hope others reading this would benefit from my experience.

Good luck to all the test takers!”

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IELTS test in Australia – April 2017 (General Training)

An IELTS test taker from Australia (thanks, D!) remembered the following topics and questions from a recent exam:

Writing testIELTS test in Australia

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You recently visited a store to repair your computer, but they couldn’t fix it. Write a letter to the store manager and say

– What was the problem with your computer?
– What happened in the store?
– What do you want them to do about it?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Some people think that you need more money to be happy, while others prefer to have more free time than money. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What subject are you studying?
– How do you see your future career?
– Why is that?
– Do you like writing?
– Would you consider becoming a writer?

Cue Card

Talk about a place you use for relaxation. Please say

– What and where is this place?
– How often do you go there?
– How did you find this place?

Discussion

– How do people in your country like to relax?
– How were people relaxing in the past?
– Is it different today?
– Why do you think so?

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IELTS test in Malaysia – April 2017 (Academic Module)

Our friend S took the IELTS test in Malaysia and remembered the following questions:

Writing testIELTS test in Malaysia

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given two diagrams showing the layout of a college building. The first one was showing a 30-year-old layout and the second its current redevelopment. We had to compare and summarize both diagrams.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays most developing countries receive financial aid from international organisations. However, many people believe that help in a form of advice and skills is more important and useful than money. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What subject are you studying?
– Do you like photography?
– What is more valuable, photo or video?
– Why do you think so?

Cue Card

Talk about a nice place for relaxation that you know and use. Please say

– Where and what is this place?
– Why do you go there?
– Who do you go there with?

Discussion

– What do you think about work for big corporations?
– Would you like to work for one? Why?
– What are the pleasant and unpleasant things about such workplaces?
– How should the manager and staff communicate in your opinion?
– Why do you think this is important?

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IELTS test in Saudi Arabia – April 2017 (Academic Module)

Our friend T took the IELTS test in Saudi Arabia and remembered the following topics and questions:

Listening testIELTS test in Saudi Arabia

Section 1. A conversation about first working day in a new job and the necessary forms to complete.

Section 2. About bike trips to different places including directions and location on a map.

Section 3, 4. Don’t remember.

Reading test

Don’t remember.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a bar chart showing how men and women use the Internet. We had to compare between them.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Many criminals after serving their time behind bars usually commit crimes again. Why do you think it is so? Give causes and your solution to it.

Speaking test

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?

Cue Card

Talk about a moment that made you laugh a lot and you cannot forget it. Please say

– What happened?
– When and where did it take place?
– Why was it so funny?

Discussion

– Let’s talk about comedy.
– Who is funnier, women or men?
– Why do you think so?
– Can you name a few famous comedians in your country?
– What is better, reading a funny story or watching a comedy movie? Why?
– What do you personally prefer? Why?

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IELTS Speaking test in Bangladesh – April 2017

Our friend S took the IELTS Speaking test in Bangladesh and was asked the following questions:

Speaking testIELTS test in Bangladesh

Interview

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Do you work or study?
– What do you do?
– Let’s talk about your home.
– Do you live in a house or an apartment?
– What does it look like?
– What can you see from your windows?
– Do you like to stay in your hometown or city?
– Let’s talk about colors.
– What is your favorite color?
– What color do your friends like?
– What color wouldn’t you like to see on the walls of your home?
– Why is that?

Cue Card

Describe a piece of equipment that has been in your home for years and you still use it. Please say

– What is it?
– How often do you use it?
– Do your family members use this equipment too?

Discussion

– Why do you like using this equipment?
– How long have you had it in your family for?
– Did you buy it?
– Do other people use such equipment?
– What other machines can you see in the office?
– Are people changing their things frequently?
– Which kind of machines do people use in a factory?
– What are the consequences of using machines for work?
– Who is using machinery the most, younger or older workers?
– Do you think older people feel comfortable using machinery?
– Why is that?

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