How I Scored an Overall Band of 8 in the IELTS

Tips to Get the Best Possible Score in IELTS

Vinita Silaparasetty
Feb 8 · 5 min read
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I have attempted the IELTS exam twice. The first time was a blind test. The second time, I went in with a plan. I have always been good at English, so I did not have to study very hard for any English exam. I wanted to share my experiences and give aspiring IELTS candidates my advice.

My First IELTS Attempt

Overall Band Score: 7

Listening: 7.5 , Reading: 7.0, Writing: 5.0 & Speaking: 8.5

I attempted the paper version and this got exhausting. The writing test was the last part. I had not eaten a good breakfast as I had to travel very far to reach the venue and then the exam went on till evening with 15 minute breaks in between segments.

I was so exhausted by the end, I didn’t even know what I was writing and I couldn’t keep track of the word limit too well.

The hall was pretty noisy, with about 100 students attending the exam at the same time. So, the listening segment did not go as well as it could have.

The reading test went well. I was able to pin point the answers pretty well and I was satified that I had answered the questions to the best of my abilities at the time.

The speaking test was conducted on a separate day, that went really well, as you can see above.

Just because my writing score was not upto the minimum requirements for most universities, despite my overall band being acceptable, I had to retake the test. Which I am glad I did.

My Second IELTS Attempt

Overall Band Score: 8

Listening: 8 , Reading: 7.5, Writing: 7.5 & Speaking: 8

By this time there was a computer based test center in my neighbourhood, so I opted for it. The computer had a word counter, which was a huge help, so that I could quickly check if I had met the minimum word limit and then exceed it.

The liteneing test was the best. However, there was one question pattern which was not immediately clear to me. It was a table in which I was supposed to just click the correct option so that a tick would appear. However I initially thought I had to fill in the table and nothing appeared in it, so I was baffled and missed out the first 3 questions out of the 5 questions in this section. Then I finally figured it out and answered the last two questions correctly. The best part is there were only 5 students in the hall at any given time. We were also provided with noise cancelling earphones. So there was absolutely no disturbance at all.

Reading was smooth . No complaints there. I even scored 0.5 higher than my first attempt.

and this time in speaking I got 0.5 less then my first attempt, which I was a tad disappointed by, but it is alright.

My advice for IELTS Preparation:

Note: You do not need to use big words in order to get a higher band. Use only words that you are confident with. If you use toomany big words, you risk making spelling errors or using the words incorrectly.

My Tips to Follow During the Test

Factors that Contributed to my Score:

Note: You do not require an accent to get a higher band in the IELTS. Neither can you expect to acquire a natural sounding accent in a short period of time. If you try to fake an accent, you risk getting a lower band than if you just speak in your usual manner.

In conclusion, your lifestyle does contribute greatly to your overall band. However, the little tips and tricks that I have mentioned in this article will help to give you an edge when you attempt the exam.


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