Getting a very high score of 8 or 9!

The following are some suggestions if you are seeking a very high score in the IELTS exam

Listening and reading:

1. do ALL the Cambridge books of past test papers 7-11!

2. Work on skills reading, listening



1. learn idiomatic expressions


2. learn some topic specific vocabulary [same for writing!]


3. write out and rehearse some likely topics for part 2 speaking…especially cover people/places/things…you can see questions using this link, but the idea is that if you prepare an answer for a person, you try to use that to answer a question for any person…or when talking about a place you may also be able to include part of your talk about the person.


3. Get your speaking assessed by a tutor who has trained as an examiner:

Speaking practice over Skype


1. learn the three types of essays that get asked

2. Build up topic specific language


3. Get your tasks assessed by a tutor who has trained as an examiner:

Get IELTS essays corrected

4. Buy ebooks written by an author who has trained as an examiner:



Get my free IELTS preparation ebook over 140 pages!



6 Responses

  1. Thet Mar Win

    Thanks for your useful links. l’m really eager to get high score but it’s horrible at present. Please show me the best way.

    1. MikeAdmin

      What are your current scores for each part of the test? What score do you need? What do you find most difficult?

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