This just in! Twenty year-old Indian girl, Maany R, scores sensational IELTS Band Scores of 8.5 in the Overall and 9 in Listening! Scanning through the last sentence again in disbelief? You are not alone - her scores took us by surprise as well!
She has proved herself to be as proficient in English as she is in her own mother tongue, Tamil- to universities worldwide. So how did she accomplish this successfully against all IELTS-odds? She shares her experience with us and gives us pointers. (So start taking notes!)
Some Wise Words…
Handling the Listening Section:
She honestly remarks, “I found it very competitive but if you listen carefully there is a great possibility to score a 9. Since I got a 9, the only tip I could offer is stick to the conversation fully and avoid using erasers while the test is in progress.”
Making the Most of the Reading Section:
Maany hints to us how to overcome hurdles in the reading section, “Most of my friends who took the exam with me found reading very tough. Somehow I managed a 8.5.” Maany remarks modestly. “Looking for synonyms and not for the exact words mentioned in the question would be advisable. To avoid running short of time in the end always transfer answers to the answer sheet directly after every passage. Try answering the paragraph summary questions as you read it will save a lot of time.”
Bringing Out Your Best Paper Self- the Writing Section:
She emphasizes focus on the right aspects and tells us what to steer clear of in this section. “Don’t write long passages. I wasted a lot of time finishing my writing early which is why I got only 7.5. Try to spend more time on the longer essay. After finishing if you have time try replacing some of the everyday words with fancy synonyms that might impress your examiner.”
Saying Hello to the Speaking Section:
She confesses, “My speaking went totally haywire but I still managed to get an 8. I believe I could have done a lot better if I hadn’t written down notes in the question card by mistake.”
“Also try avoiding non-lexical fillers like ‘urgh’ and ‘hmm’ because they create a bad impression. Make sure you include some quote or idiom in your two- minute speech. It would sound impressive in your introduction or conclusion.”
Her ONE Formula to Success!
Maany finally chirps, “It was all because of the practice tests.” So the moral of her student story is-practice, practice, and more practice really does make perfect! We hope you know where and how to start your IELTS prep now. Want more in-depth tips and advice on IELTS? Feel free to browse our site that hosts an ocean of information for Indian study abroad aspirants like you.
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