How to Get IELTS Band 8 (8.0 or 8.5)

How to Get IELTS Band 8 (8.0 or 8.5)

This article is specially written to help you get  IELTS Band 8 in all four modules of the test. The module score, or ‘sub-score’, can be either 8.0 or 8.5 depending on whether you meet these minimum requirements, or exceed them slightly. Getting IELTS band 8 is not so hard as you think because it takes a little more hard work and little techniques to make this happen. So with no any delay, let’s check out the overall requirements and rules in IELTS exam.

The overall IELTS score will also be classified as either 8.0 or 8.5 based on the average of each of the four modules, e.g. Listening Band 9 + Reading Band 9 + Writing Band 8 + Speaking Band 8 = IELTS 8.5.

How to Get IELTS Band 8

IELTS Listening Band 8

  • Get 35 out of 40 answers correct for IELTS 8.0*
  • Get 37 out of 40 answers correct for IELTS 8.5*
  • Spell answers correctly
  • Not write more than the maximum number of words for each question

Read more about the IELTS Listening module, including techniques to improve your score.


IELTS Reading Band 8 (Academic Module)

  • Get 35 out of 40 answers correct for IELTS 8.0*
  • Get 37 out of 40 answers correct for IELTS 8.5*
  • Spell answers correctly
  • Not write more than the maximum number of words for each question

Read more about the IELTS Reading academic module, including techniques to improve your score.


IELTS Writing Band 8 (Academic Module)

  • Answer both questions fully
  • Use paragraphing skillfully to convey several key ideas
  • Use less-common vocabulary naturally with an awareness of collocation
  • Provide an overview and explain key points in Task 1
  • Indicate a clear position and develop it extensively in Task 2
  • Produce mostly error-free complex sentences

Read more about the IELTS Writing academic module, including techniques to improve your score.


IELTS Speaking Band 8

  • Speak fluently and at length on any given topic with almost zero hesitation
  • Use a range of linking words accurately to develop ideas
  • Use higher-level and idiomatic vocabulary to convey precise meaning
  • Produce mostly error-free simple and complex sentences
  • Use pronunciation and intonation patterns similar to those of a native speaker

Read more about the IELTS Speaking module, including techniques to improve your score.


*The number of correct answers required to get IELTS 8.0 or 8.5 may vary slightly from test to test.

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