How to Score Band 8 in All Four Tests of IELTS

*Scoring band 8 in the International English Language Testing System  is a dream come true moment for a number of aspirants. Among them, the ones who desire it the most are those preparing to get permanent residency in abroad countries as language scores directly influence the chances of being invited to apply for a permanent residence. Apart from this, the students as well as the professionals seeking to get some work opportunity abroad also try to obtain maximum score. It opens door to better job opportunities and can also help students get a scholarship in a few countries.

All the four modules test different skills of a candidate and hence, to obtain on overall 8 band score with no band less than 8, one needs to be an all-rounder, a master of all the skills. There is no denying the fact that there is always a scope of improvement, but a well framed answers taking into consideration the marking scheme of IELTS can help one score 8 or even 8+ bands. Let’s review all the modules individually for a better reference.


-Reading involves a good understanding of the passage in question. For both academic and general mode of IELTS exam, it consists of answering the questions based upon reading of passages pertaining to different subjects under the sun. The only difference lies in the number of passages asked in both the modules and their difficulty level (being a bit easy for the General training module). Therefore, a thorough practice with learning of the tips and tricks to solve true/false and heading based question, which trouble the students most can improve one’s score in reading. Understanding ones week part and then working on it is what makes achieving band 8 level easy.


-Listening tests how well a candidate understands various accents. Therefore, a continuous exposure to British as well as American accent of English language can help one remain in a regular touch with the exam pattern. Watching more of English movies, interacting in English with people is what helps us. Apart from this, speed plays a major role because in the given span of time, one is supposed to complete all the 40 questions while keeping pace with the running audio. One missed answer can have an impact on the whole test. Ergo, one should practice listening regularly to get that pace of answering quickly.


  -Speaking is that part of IELTS examination which is conducted for a very few time. It has both positive and negative results. Looking at the positive side, one need not feel the pressure for an hour like that in Reading but on the negative side, one has to show his or her command on the language in a very less time, which also reduces the chances for improvement. Therefore, to get an 8 band score in Speaking, the candidate has to practice regularly with an expert who can provide good feedback. Special attention should be given on the pronunciation, grammar and content used while answering the question. It should be correct and relevant without any beating about the bush.


-The last but never the least module is writing which has been considered as the most difficult module by majority of the candidates. As it is a subjective test, one has to be extremely cautious while attempting this answer. For this, a sound knowledge of grammar with good store of vocabulary and understanding of sentence structure which brings coherence in the written piece are the pre-requisites. In addition to this, an expert’s guidance is inevitable here because if not assessed properly, one might continue follow the wrong track of practice.

Hence, one can surely get 8 bands with regular practice done under proper guidance. New Cambridge College brings the best of it for its students.

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