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Featured Success Story: Rehan Got IELTS Band 8 After 5 Weeks of Preparation

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IELTS Band 8 is a score many test takers dream about and work very hard for. This is a remarkable result of Rehan in short 5 weeks of preparation.

“I sat for IELTS Academic in October in Sri Lanka and was able to achieve an overall band 8 score (Listening-9, Reading-8.5, Speaking-7, Writing-7).
We were far too curious to leave it at that. Experience shows that advice from people like Rehan can make a huge difference to other test takers, and he kindly agreed to a short interview. Here is what we learned – and remember, reading Rehan’s advice is just the first step, but implementing what you learned is the more important step and the one that will give you great results.
Q: How did you organize your exam preparation, did you have a study plan?
Rehan: Yes, the plan suggested at the end of ‘Target Band 7’ book.
Q: How did you use the book ‘Target Band 7’ in your preparation?
Rehan: The book is exceptional. Even though it’s a relatively small book, all the key points are summarized nicely. I went through most of it within a couple of days. More specifically, speaking test sample questions and writing tests helped me a lot.
Q: Your Listening score is the perfect 9. How did you achieve that? 
Rehan: Always focus on spelling to prevent losing marks unnecessarily.
– Get familiarized with audios by listening to them even after finishing the test.
– Listen to good English (BBC podcast) daily.
– Be aware of traps in the listening tests such as answer is not the first sentence, but the second, especially when they are talking about prices.
– Practice to forget about the things you missed in a one section and divert the attention to next one quickly.
– Practice, practice and practice.
Q: Speaking was your weakness. How did you overcome that and achieve Band 7?
Rehan: I practiced answering sample speaking test questions in the book, recorded myself and listened.
– Listening test audios were saved in my tab and I listened to them repeatedly while traveling.
– English was used to communicate with others as much as possible.
– I purposefully listened & watched only the English media.
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