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IELTS Coaching: Tips Towards Band 8

This article will help you to score 8 Bands in IELTS Exam by taking tips from the Master Trainer at the Best IELTS Coaching in Mohali. We at TARGET 9 help the students for IELTS preparation for Immigration and study abroad programs. We have been awarded among the top IELTS coaching in Chandigarh and Mohali. We also provide PTE coaching and we are the leading institute for both IELTS and PTE since 2012. This blog is all about scoring high in your IELTS modules. I hope the following tips and techniques will help you to excel in your IELTS exam.

LEARN ENGLISH

The first thing that any student should keep in mind who is looking to give IELTS exam is that he or she should give themselves at least one full month of rigorous preparation irrespective of the proficiency level of that student in English. Modules such as writing and speaking requires more practice than the modules of listening and reading. One month of serious practice is more than enough.

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Moreover, you should also know that what sort of material to follow for all the modules. The material that you ought to practice should be of the highest quality. Once you start preparing from your IELTS  coaching study material, you must know the study material is fresh, and you have not done it before.

IELTS PREPERATION

 Now, I will explain to you that how you can aim 9 Bands in your Listening module. When you start an IELTS listening test, complete it without pausing the recording at any point’. Once the test is over, transfer you answers to a separate sheet in capital or block letters. This is a must habit that you all should follow before going for that actual IELTS exam. After transferring the answers, you should check each answer carefully and make corrections where necessary. After analyzing your listening module answers, you should repeat that test again and again until you reach a point where you give all your answers correct.

 

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This is a great habit that will surely help you in understanding the mistakes that you make while listening module. Not to mention, a lot of students ask me about the difficulties in diagrams and maps they face in the IELTS listening module. I have a simple yet effective solution for that kind of problem. Before attempting questions that are in the form of a diagram and especially the map, you should learn the directions and vocabulary and synonyms for different directions.

For example, the opposite can also be spoken in the listening test as in front of, across. Another example is that they might use adjacent, along with or besides it in place of with. These kinds of vocab words are important to learn if you wish to score 8.5 or even 9 Bands in the listening module of IELTS.

IELTS READING

Reading module of IELTS coaching is one of the easiest scoring modules if practiced in a proper manner. Although, most of the students who are studying IELTS, find the reading module the toughest. When it comes to manage the time, again most of the students struggle in that aspect of IELTS reading module. I want to give you a simple advice that I give to my students in the class. The first thing that you should keep in mind before starting they IELTS reading test is that you should go through all the paragraphs of the test in 10 seconds.

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Decide for yourself which one to begin first and which one to leave for the last. It is essential to choose the paragraph of your choice. Always try and choose the one which you find interesting by reading the title of the passage. Once you select the paragraph that you are going to do first, try to complete that passage in 15 minutes. If you complete the first passage in this time, then you have a few minutes extra for the remaining questions. This kind of practice will ensure better time management in the IELTS reading test and will allow you to spend extra time on tough questions or paragraphs. You also need to keep in mind that you should transfer the answers into your answer sheet simultaneously as you will not get even a single minute extra when it comes to the reading test. One hour and that’s it.

IELTS WRITING

IELTS writing module requires most of your practice time. There is no shortcut of succeeding in the IELTS writing test. As you know that there are two modules and you have one hour to complete both your tasks. In the Academic module, the first task is Data interpretation and in the case of the General Training Module, the first task is the letter writing. However, the task number two remains the same in both Modules, that is Essay Writing. Essay writing holds more marks, so it is generally preferred to attempt the essay first and then the task one. In an essay, it is significant to follow the correct format as it will make or break your scores in the IELTS Writing module. As far as the task one is concerned, its easy to do and to get full bands in that is not any difficult job. Essays are easily the tasks that can deceive you a great time.

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So, be aware! Whenever you think of starting an essay, you should read the questions clearly and carefully as it can be lethal if you make a mistake in understanding the question. You should practice both the writing tasks every day at a stretch so that you can make a habit of finishing your task in a given time. You should be able to complete both tasks in about 50 minutes. This will save you 10 minutes so that you can go through your answers and proof read it carefully. This will allow you to correct any error that you made while you were writing your tasks. Even if can find 3 or 4 minor mistakes in both the tasks then you can save at least a half Band. This half band can sometimes save you giving the IELTS test again. So, these are the things that you need to keep in mind when you are taking the IELTS writing test.

IELTS SPEAKING

Most of the students who come to me for IELTS coaching are generally short in confidence when it comes to the speaking module. But I think that if you prepare smartly then scoring 8 Bands is not a difficult task to do. Its integral to read a lot while preparing to enhance your idea development for certain topics. Read every day and practice speaking for a minimum of 40 minutes each da apart from your IELTS training or classes. It will seem to be a tough task of speaking a foreign language for 40 minutes every day. But, take my word, you will thank me for this tip. Speaking English for 40 minutes or more everyday will make you fluent and will finish your hesitation in about a months’ time of practice.

IELTS SPEAKING

Improvement in speaking is not as easy as some people think. It requires regular and quality practice. Let’s say, if you have a speaking level of 7 bands and you require to score 8 bands then you need at least 45 days of practice to take your level up by one band. Same goes with the other modules of IELTS.

SUMMARY

Let’s face it, the majority of students who take IELTS coaching will never have to worry about getting 8 or 8.5 BANDS. But there are a rare number of university courses and certain occupations that DO require IELTS Band 8 as proof of a candidate’s ability to handle complex detailed argumentation’, some law degrees for example.

This blog sheds light on the things required to get IELTS Band 8 in all four modules of the test. Your module score, or ‘sub-score’, can be either 8.0 or 8.5 depending on whether you meet these minimum requirements, or exceed them slightly.

IELTS Listening Band 8

  • Get 35 out of 40 answers correct for IELTS 8.0
  • Get 37 out of 40 answers correct for IELTS 8.5
  • Spell answers correctly
  • Not write more than the maximum number of words for each question

IELTS Reading Band 8 (Academic Module)

  • Get 35 out of 40 answers correct for IELTS 8.0
  • Get 37 out of 40 answers correct for IELTS 8.5
  • Spell answers correctly
  • Not write more than the maximum number of words for each question

IELTS Writing Band 8 (Academic Module)

  • Answer both questions fully
  • Use paragraphing skillfully to convey several key ideas
  • Use less-common vocabulary naturally with an awareness of collocation
  • Provide an overview and explain key points in Task 1
  • Indicate a clear position and develop it extensively in Task 2
  • Produce mostly error-free complex sentences

IELTS Speaking Band 8

  • Speak fluently and at length on any given topic with almost zero hesitation
  • Use a range of linking words accurately to develop ideas
  • Use higher-level and idiomatic vocabulary to convey precise meaning
  • Produce mostly error-free simple and complex sentences
  • Use pronunciation and intonation patterns like those of a native speaker

So, I am sure if you follow the tips given above, and practice hard, you will be able to score 8 Bands.

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Examiner – Approved IELTS Speaking Tips

These are the speaking tips I share with all my IELTS speaking classes. You can use these tips for speaking in both the academic and general IELTS tests. These tips are going to be really helpful for students who aspire to take the IELTS exam and are looking for IELTS material

Examiner-Approved IELTS Speaking Tips:

24 Hour English Warm-Up

Have you ever gone into English class after a few days without speaking English? How do you normally feel in the first 10 minutes? It takes most students 10-15 minutes to ‘warm-up’ and performs to the best of their ability. Just like an athlete warming up before a sporting event, it takes time for you to get back to your correct level. If you don’t warm up before your speaking test, it will be over before you are ready to show the examiner how good you are.

For these reasons, you should speak, write, read and listen to only English for 24 hours before your test. Your family and friends might think you are crazy, but it will really make a huge difference to your score.

Speak a Little English Every Day

It is better to practice a little every day than speak your native language all week and then go to English class once or twice a week. ‘But I have nobody to practice with!’ I understand that you might have very few native speakers to practice within your local area, but the internet is full of people willing to talk to you.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask the Examiner Questions If You Don’t Understand
I have lots of students who think that the examiner is the only person allowed to ask questions in the speaking test. It is meant to be a normal conversation between two people, so if you don’t understand what they mean, just ask them.

You can’t ask them to explain a whole sentence, but you can ask them to explain what one particular word means. Just say ‘I’m sorry, could explain what X means?’

You can also ask them to repeat the question if you didn’t quite understand what was said. Just say ‘I’m sorry I didn’t quite get that, could you repeat the question please?’

You should not, however, abuse this rule and ask the examiner to explain every word and repeat every question. This is not allowed and will probably make the examiner a little angry. Just ask for help when you really need it.

Give Full Answers

‘Yes’ and ‘No’ are not satisfactory answers. Remember this is a test and you have to show the examiner how good your English is. If you give very short answers, there is no way the examiner can know how good you are.
You should try to extend your answers with explanations and examples.
Let’s look at good and bad examples for this question: ‘What are the causes of traffic jams in your city?’

Bad answer:

‘The causes of traffic jams are narrow roads and overpopulation.’
This answer is too short and has given the examiner the minimum amount of information possible.

Good answer:

‘The causes of congestion are narrow roads and overpopulation. This is because our roads were designed a long time ago when the population of the city was much lower. For example, the road near my house was built in the 1960s when the population was about a third what it is today.’
This student has not only answered the question but also explained what they mean and given an example to further support their answer.

Learn What Types of Questions to Expect

You should never memorize answers, this is a very bad idea because the IELTS examiners are trained to spot these and are very good at spotting them. If you give the examiner memorized answers you are likely to get 0 in your test.

Despite this, there are certain question types (not topics) that always appear, and we can study and learn the functional language used to answer them.

Here is a list of the comment question types:

· giving examples;
· giving opinions;
· contrasting viewpoints;
· commenting on someone else’s opinion;
· talking about cause and effect;
· talking about hypothetical situations;
· talking about the past and future.

Learn How Native English Speakers Talk

If your teacher speaks to you in a very slow and unnatural way they are not teaching you how real English speakers actually sound. Go on YouTube and listen to how two native speakers actually sound. They use pronunciation features such as linking words, sentence stress, and weak sounds. This makes it more difficult to understand, but it is something you will have to get used to if you want to score high in both the speaking and listening test.

Are You Better at Grammar or Fluency?

Grammar is a set of rules that explains how words are used in a sentence. Fluency refers to your ability to speak easily and smoothly. These two are linked because students who focus on getting the grammar correct tend to be not so fluent because they spend more time thinking about the rules than actually speaking at a natural speed. At the other end of the scale are those students who speak very fluently, but make lots of grammar mistakes.

In my experience, most students are either good at one or the other; however, there are always exceptions.

If you are speaking at a slow pace and stopping a lot to think about grammar, try to forget about the rules of the language and just focus on speaking fluently. You will see a big improvement if you practice regularly.

Don’t Worry About Past Exam Questions

One of the first questions I get asked by students when I start a new IELTS course is ‘What are the common questions?’ or ‘Where can I find past exam questions?’ The questions on the IELTS exam paper are very rarely repeated and it is extremely unlikely that you will be asked the same questions that appeared in past tests. You are therefore wasting your time.
Another point I should make is that the past exam questions are very boring. If this is the only thing you do to practice, you are likely to get bored very quickly. Instead, you should talk about what you are passionate about. If you love football, talk about that; if you love fashion, talk about that. Talking about your passion will help you improve because you will actually enjoy talking about it and we tend to learn more when we having a good time.
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Lots of students complain that they can’t think of any good ideas in the speaking test. Part 1 of the speaking test is about you, so you shouldn’t really need any time to answer questions about yourself. In part 2 you will be given time to prepare your answer, so again don’t worry too much about this. Part 3 however, is the part students tend to fear the most because the questions are more ‘challenging’ and it can take a few moments to think of a good answer.
This is totally natural and it is something you probably do all the time in your own native language.

The crucial thing is to let the examiner know you need a few moments to think by saying something like:
· ‘That’s a tricky question; let me think for a moment.’
· ‘That’s an interesting question, let me think about that.’
· ‘It’s very hard to say for sure, but I would guess….’,
· ‘It’s difficult to say, I believe….’
· ‘I don’t really know for sure, but I believe….’
The important thing is to only use this technique when you absolutely have to. If you begin every sentence like this, the examiner will think you have memorized answers and fail you.

Correct Your Mistakes

People make mistakes when they speak all the time, especially when they are nervous in an exam. The examiner understands this and it is fine to correct any mistakes you make. Some students don’t like to do this because they think it is making it clear to the examiner that you made a mistake. Don’t worry, the examiner always knows when you have made a mistake and correcting them shows the examiner that you really do know your grammar.

When you make a small mistake, simply say sorry and repeat the sentence correctly.

Never Learn Scripted Answers
I know I have already said this, but it is such a big mistake it is worth saying more than once.

If a teacher tells you to memorize answers, that teacher does not know what he or she is talking about and you should find a new teacher. Also, if you read a textbook or website that advises you to learn some scripted answers, throw that book in the bin and never go back to that website.
Learning scripts is the best way to get a band 0.
Instead, you should focus on developing your speaking skills, so that you will be able to respond to any situation in the exam and life in general.

Keep it Simple

The biggest mistake students make is trying to show off how great their grammar and vocabulary is. By this, I mean trying to use advanced words and grammatical structures that they don’t know how to use correctly.
For vocabulary, this means including words that might sound very complicated but using them inappropriately. If you use a word incorrectly, you will lose marks. Therefore, it would have been better if you used a simple word you understood than the long-complicated word.
I tell my students to follow the 100% rule- If you are not 100% sure about a word, don’t use it in the IELTS test. By 100% I mean that you understand the:

· meaning
· how it can be used correctly in a sentence
· collocations
· synonyms and antonyms.

If you don’t know these things, use a simpler word.

The same goes for grammar. It is much better to use simple structures and get the sentence correct, than trying to use very complicated structures and making mistakes. Even if you make a small mistake that sentence is counted as not being ‘error-free’ and this costs you valuable marks.

There is also lots of confusion about what a simple sentence is and what a complex sentence is. The truth is that ‘complex’ sentences are not actually complex at all. Also, have a look at my sample answers for task 1 and task 2. You will see that it is possible to write a very good essay using simple language, that is easy to understand. (Samples can be found in the previous posts or you can request to get the samples by emailing us at target9educity@gmail.com or you can also call-80540-45246)

Any Answer is Better Than No Answer at All

A student of mine recently got 8 in reading, writing and listening, but only scored 5 in the speaking test. Why? She didn’t answer a number of the questions, because she wasn’t sure about the answers.
I teach mostly students from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and many of them tend to not attempt an answer in class unless they are sure about the answer. This is natural in a classroom environment, but not acceptable in the IELTS speaking test. You have to attempt to give an answer. Don’t worry if you have no idea how to answer the question, please just try to give some kind of answer. If you say nothing, the examiner will be forced to give you a low score for that particular question.
A bad attempted answer is much better than no answer at all.

There’s Nothing Wrong with Your Accent

Lots of students think that the best way to get high marks in the IELTS speaking test is to simply adopt a British or American accent. This is a bad way to think about pronunciation because good pronunciation is not about what accent you have, but how easy you are to understand.
English is a truly global language and is spoken in thousands of different accents. In fact, the accent in the UK changes about every 20 km.
Be proud of where you are from and the accent you have.

Finish Strongly

Speaking in a foreign language can be exhausting. Most students have never had to speak for longer than a few minutes at a time and by the time they get to part 3 of the test, they are really tired and this affects their answers.
You should, therefore, practice talking for extended periods of time. You should be able to have a normal conversation with another person for at least 30 minutes. Remember that you will be doing most of the talking in the IELTS speaking test, so 30 minutes of normal conversation is about the same amount of words spoken as 15 minutes in the test.
You should also try to really extend your answers in part 3. Part 3 is the most important part and tired students often give very short answers and hope the test will finish soon. Don’t be one of these students.

Control Your Nerves

Nervous students tend to make more mistakes, have poor pronunciation and speak very quietly. Get to bed early the night before your test and make sure you have a good meal and drink plenty of water on the day of the test.
Make sure you get to the exam center early. If you are late you will be even more nervous.

Understand that the examiner wants you to do well. Believe me, it is a far easier and more pleasurable experience for the examiner to listen to a good student than one that we can’t understand.
Remember to speak clearly. Don’t shout at the examiner, but also make sure they can clearly understand what you are saying.

Finally, know that by reading this article you have demonstrated that you are prepared to work hard and you are therefore ahead of most people who do the test and you should, therefore, have confidence in yourself. Well done!

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