There are a few tips and tricks that help achieve an 8 band.
Let’s say if it is the listening part, you need to get your ears accustomed to new styles of speaking, so that when you listen, you understand how words are pronounced and how you hear it. Look out for signal words in your listening module and try to figure out an understanding of the entire topic. Learn to focus on listening for phrases or words that help you to understand the relationship and connection in between sentences and try to anticipate what the speaker is going to say. Also assess the conversation to know whether it is a suggestion, apology, or a complaint, and if it is a casual or formal tone.
Now in the reading part, you need to work on your reading speed as time management is one of the major aspects of this test. Learn to read fast in order to get a general understanding of the text and then take a quick look to find out the specific information in the text – looking for words or phrases that correlate to the heading, this is also known as the skim and scan technique. Understand your questions and make a plan to tackle each type of question. Work on your grammar as it can help you to spot your answer in a limited amount of time. Give importance to keywords in the question and then paraphrase them to know the intensity of the keywords.
In the writing section, cohesion and coherence can be obtained if answers have a great readability with good vocabulary. Use connectors for your sentences that are used very rarely. Make your writing simple and minimize the number of negatives in a sentence. Use synonyms if you feel they fit the meaning. This gives more weightage for your writing. Balance the use of high-level and low-level words or phrases with clarity.
Speaking is one of the most realistic test and it’s a do-or-die situation sometimes it might be difficult to answer in front of a stranger. Never use pre-set answers. Use a normal tone and speak in your own style. Do not use words that you don’t know the meaning of. Avoid using fillers as much as possible. Speak confidently and slowly so that you can be understood. Use idioms and phrases to make the weightage of your answers high. Modulate your voice by putting emphasis on the important words. Try to sound natural as ever. Don’t try to put on an accent but if you do, then go ahead. Always make your answers effective so as to capture the mind of the examiner.