Here comes another Outstanding BlueSkyian named Phyu Sin Hmwe who has achieved an IELTS score of 8.0 on her IELTS test taken in May 2022. Phyu Sin started joining our individual/ private coaching after the completion of her matriculation exam in 2020, and she has studied with the Blue Sky International over the past two years. Her deliberate and strategic efforts made over the years have paid off, and she could now hit an IELTS band score of 8.0! Big congratulations, Phyu Sin.
The following are the tips shared by Phyu Sin for those of you who are preparing for an IELTS test.
First of all, it is best to push yourself a little more when you practice. For example, I skipped all the pauses whenever I did practice tests. Also, when you read the questions, just try to grasp the general idea of the answer you might have to put in instead of reading every single word. This makes it easier to pay attention to the important parts of the audio. Especially, in multiple questions, their speeches mostly brush over all the available choices. Thus, it’s essential to not lose focus of the final conclusion because this is the correct answer.
Outside of class, if you enjoy watching movies or listening to music, it is great to try guessing the words without looking at the lyrics and subtitles. It helps a lot when you practice English with something you actually enjoy doing.
In the test, I go through three steps. Firstly, I scan the whole passage to understand the overall idea of each paragraph. This technique helps a lot when you have to choose appropriate titles for the paragraphs. After that, I look at the questions and look for the paragraph related to it. Finally, I search for the sentences or phrases that give the answer.
For the True/False/Not Given questions, it is easy to get confused while choosing False and Not Given. At this time, remember to read the corresponding part a little more. It will get clearer eventually. If you can’t still decide, it is okay to just make a guess and move on.
For me, I like reading novels and short stories in the first place. Although it’s not academic, it really improves my reading speed. Hence, if you also like it, then go for it.
There is usually a structure for both Task 1 and 2. In the Task 2, for instance, it is important to not get confused between opinion and idea essays. You will also need to read some up-to-date news and academic papers to have enough knowledge when similar topics come up on the test. In the Task 1, you will need to know a lot of synonyms to rephrase the questions. There will also be a need to switch around adjectives and adverbs as well. All of this can, indeed, be done by reading a lot of Band 9 sample answers and practicing your writing.
For this, you will need to have a great number of lexical resources. You can also learn from previous recorded tests. Then, you can apply what you learnt when you try speaking with a partner. For this case, it is great to have as much practice as you can. During the test, do not rush. It is best to speak calmly and be mindful of your words and grammar.
When Phyu Sin started joining us to prepare for her IELTS test, she had an English language proficiency level of B2. With her earnest effort, she has reached the C1/ C2 level and has now achieved an IELTS band score of 8.
We are happy to have her in the list of our IELTS 8 and above Outstanding BlueSkyians:
1. Chaw Chaw Shumawa Minn Naing (IELTS score 8.5 achiever)
2. May Khine Thant Zin (IELTS score 8.0 achiever)
3. Dr Ya Mone (IELTS score 8.0 achiever)
4. Anchi Leong (IELTS score 8.0 achiever)
5. Eaint Myat Chal (IELTS score 8.0 achiever)
6. Thet Htar (IELTS score 8.0 achiever)
7. Yadanar (IELTS score 8.0 achiever)
8. Ei Yupar Min (IELTS score 8.0 achiever)
9. Cho Zin Than (CAE score 198 which is equivalent to IELTS score 8.0 achiever)
10. Nang War War Aung (IELTS score 8.0 achiever)
11. Phyu Sin Hmwe (IELTS score 8.0 achiever)
Our hearty congratulations to Phyu Sin on achieving a very good socre of 8.0. We are happy that you have chosen to study with us and we really appreciate for sharing your tips. We wish you all the best with your further studies in the US.
Blue Sky international Learning Academy
232, Orchid Condo, Unit 82 & Unit 198,
Ahlone Street, Ahlone Township, Yangon, Myanmar 11121
09 254 278 273
09 787 682 164
09 886 272 475
09 504 3135
We provide quality English language courses for learners of age 5 to 55. We have proven records of success in coaching for the IELTS, TKT and other Cambridge Exam Preparation (Starters, Movers, Flyers, KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE) over 15 years.
Blue Sky International is founded by Ms Hla Win May Oo @ Teacher Wendy who is currently in pursuit of her doctorate through the University of Otago, New Zealand. Being a graduate of BEd, MPA, and MA in Teaching of English as a Foreign Language, she is a well-trained and well-experienced ESL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Success Coach & Mentor, and Business & Education Consultant. She has also worked as a Social Enterprise Consultant and “Education for Entrepreneurs” Trainer with the British Council, Myanmar, and a Lecturer for the MBA program at Temasek International College, and a Research Associate with the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is passionate about teaching, training, researching, consulting and coaching.
Learn more about our other Outstanding BlueSkyians in the following links:
Our IELTS online class schedules: