6-7.5 in Writing | Tips from a Band 8 student
Noemi took the IELTS test to get a job as a nurse in the UK. She needed an overall band 7 and at least a 6.5 in writing. When Noemi got her results she was ecstatic. Here is what she got
- Listening: 9
- Reading: 8
- Writing: 7.5
- Speaking: 8
- Overall: 8
Noemi is a Premium Member of English Pro Tips and I had been watching her progress throughout her preparation. Her perseverance and motivation to improve – especially in her writing- was very impressive.
Here is a summary of Noemi’s advice:
- Monitor your progress with IELTS mock tests. Noemi bought 3 mock tests from Take IELTS and spaced these out over her preparation. She was very happy to see a 0.5 band increase between each mock test. If you would like to do a mock test with Take IELTS, you can use the code englishprotips to get 10% off!
- Enrol in a course to guide your learning. Noemi did all of the lessons and practice activities in my Academic Writing Course and gave it a 10 out of 10 rating.
- Gain technical knowledge of the exam. Several years ago, Noemi got a 5.5 in her IELTS writing test. This surprised her because she felt she already had a good level of English. This time, she made sure to learn about what examiners are looking for in the writing test. As a result, she was able to score band 7.5.
- Spend more time on task 1 to improve your writing score. In my writing course, I encourage people to try different timings for task 1 and task 2 of the writing test. Noemi did this and found that she prefers to spend 30 minutes on task 1 and 30 minutes on task 2.
- Improve your vocabulary. Noemi recommends my IELTS Vocabulary Course for learning vocabulary for the common topics that appear in IELTS. Noemi also recommends the BBC Learning English App
- Read the news from trusted sources like The Guardian and the BBC. She said that the vocabulary she learned from these news outlets were very suitable for her IELTS exam.
- Immerse yourself in English. Watch films and documentaries in English; listen to music and podcasts; listen to a range of different accents; read English books in your spare time; get a dictionary and look up any new words.
- Use the new vocabulary you have learned- especially by talking to English speakers.
I hope that Noemi’s experience and advice can help you all with your IELTS preparation.