I got an 8 in IELTS

by Lea Hook / 11 March 2020 / No Comments

Phone English student Emilie from France recently took her IELTS exam.

Emilie was already a very good speaker when she took Skype IELTS lessons with Phone English but she needed an IELTS 8 score overall and she wasn’t sure this was possible. So, she took lessons with us to practice speaking to an experienced IELTS specialist teacher on a variety of topics. Her result of 8 was a huge achievement.

I asked her about the exam and for any techniques she used which helped her get a high score:

‘In part 1, I was asked about my home, describing it, what I like about it, etc. Then she asked me what I do when I have free time. 

My part 2 was something like: describe a challenge that you completed, what it is, where/with who/why it was difficult/how you felt about it. I talked about the time I decided to start running. I had planned to go to New York with my husband, he had this iconic image to run in Central Park so I thought it might be great, but I hadn’t done any sport for a decade, so it was hard, but after 4 weeks, I ended up running 10km, at a snail’s pace, but still! 

In part 3, more abstract questions about challenges in sports, like what kind of difficulties you faced when starting a sport (my answer was very basic: muscle aches, being out of breath). Then, challenges the world is currently facing (I talk about environmental issues, global warming). 

Any tips?
I really tried to add expressions as much as I could. 

The lady was very nice, which helped me a lot.

I have been practising it for many years (mainly alone), it took me more than 3 years to raise from 5,5 to 8! 

For the last months, I have tried to set up a few stories that I can relate to any topics. For example, running was for any question related to sport, challenge, health, outdoor activity, etc. Or I had the same story for memories, childhood, countryside, great day, event, etc. And only one person for any question about a person. And so on.

Thank you, Emilie. Congratulations – and good luck as you use your IELTS qualification to advance your career!


About the author:

My name is Lea Hook.
I’m am the proud owner of Phone English Online Language School.
Phone English was created in 2004 by Louisa and William when Skype had just been invented, it moved with the times and since then other platforms have been used such as Zoom, Meet etc. I have been working with Phone English since 2013.
In the new year, Phone English will launch a new platform with Learncube.
With qualified and experienced native British teachers already on board living in the UK, I am hoping to expand in the next few years with native English teachers from all over the world with different accents.
In the next few years, I hope that Phone English will be a multi-subject platform with qualified teachers teaching all languages, maths, nutrition and diet, music, writing services, business, and any subject that can be taught online.
January will see a completely new website design and things will be added as we go.
Coming soon, Phone English Juniors, Phone English Spanish, Phone English writing and proofreading services.
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