Tips to get 8+ bands in IELTS in the first attempt

Every student wishes to get an 8+ band in IELTS. To achieve that score, you must focus on the listening and reading part and get 89% of the marks. You must answer at least 36 questions correctly or more out of 40 in both the IELTS reading and listening sections to achieve a band of 8 or 8+. In IELTS speaking and writing, however, the test taker’s performance is not just judged by their scores; each component has specific characteristics that the test taker must meet. To achieve an 8+ band score on the IELTS exam, the test taker must comprehend a few items in each part. We will look at each section individually, and let’s start with the listening test.


In this section, certain things are there to keep in mind to score eight or above 8 in the test.

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1 Listen actively

One of the crucial points is to listen actively because whatever you watch in English like movies, short videos, news, etc. By listening to it consciously, you will not miss minor details, and you will easily grasp the pronunciation of words. Thus, it will help you in speaking as well.

2 Listen to videos/audios in the English language

If you maintain a habit of listening daily, you will be able to grasp the various dialects of the English language and know which words can be used to frame a sentence. Furthermore, there are several websites that can assist you in improving your listening skills and give you multiple information. Hence, listening carefully will develop your vocabulary and grammar, which are necessary for the IELTS test.


Under reading, you must have a keen eye to read everything and try not to leave minor details. In addition, you must have outstanding reading abilities to earn a good eight-band score and to do so, you must read many books, periodicals, journals, and newspapers to improve your English. For this, you should primarily concentrate on improving your grammar and vocabulary, attempting to understand the relationship between two supplied sentences, and applying the passage’s keywords effectively.

1 Careful reading

If you read the passages carefully, you will find the answers to the questions. Hence, this implies that if you fully understand the question, answering it will be very easy. Therefore, it is preferable to go through the text and questions before writing the answer. Keep 5 minutes aside to do so at the start.

2 Vocabulary

Vocabulary is vital in the reading section, and it will vary depending on the topic. As a result, you must be cautious when learning vocabulary. In addition, if you’ve taken several reading tests, you will notice that some themes and words perhaps reoccur. Therefore, spending time on these topics is never a waste of time because you will be well prepared if the same topic appears in your IELTS exam.


You should practice proper time management in writing because we don’t want you to miss any questions. Your answers should be coherent and in a proper structure. Avoid grammatical errors and silly mistakes. Distribute your time equally to each question and write within the given word limit.

1 A proper structure

The examiner will be looking for an answer that is simple to read and in a proper structure. So, in the same way, you should be able to provide a flawless response. Furthermore, some connectors are uncommon, and a paragraph with original material is required to receive an eight-band score.

2 Write “to the point” answers

You will receive an eight-band only when you will be able to write specific answers. You need to prepare an essay of at least 150 words for task 1 and 250 words for task 2. If you are excellent in English and can describe the ideas in detail, you can get a band eight or more in the exam.


You should speak at a moderate level in the speaking test and don’t get too excited or nervous. Instead, stay calm and follow these two tips given below, as these will help you in your preparation for the IELTS test.

1 Fluency

You should be able to speak confidently and without hesitation in the speaking test, and the fluency of the test taker’s English language is primarily measured in the speaking test. If the test taker speaks English fluently without stammering, he will have a good chance of receiving an eight-band score in the speaking test. Moreover, the examiner will assess whether the speaking is organized or not. If your English isn’t outstanding, you might be able to get by with writing, but at the same time, speaking smoothly is difficult for non-native speakers.

2 Pronunciation

The candidate has a good chance of receiving a high band score if he speaks consistently and fluently without the examiner’s help and if the candidate can pronounce all the complex terms during the test.

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