Perfect 9s in Speaking, Listening and Writing! Nancy explains how she did it in this episode of IELTSCast! (High quality recording)

Thanks to those of you who provided me with some feedback on the podcast.  Yes, I know the quality has been questionable at times, but this episode should hopefully be a little more to your liking.

I am very excited to introduce this episode to you.  Nancy, a native from Oxford, talks about how she scored band 9 in Speaking, Listening and Writing!  Click here to listen to the entire interview!

Last week, a student suggested I post ‘key points’ for each podcast episode to help listeners decide whether to tune in or not.  So in my talk with Nancy, we discuss:

  • -difficulties native speakers have when taking the IELTS
  • -what she did to prepare for her exam
  • -what she recommends students do to prepare properly
  • -how she responded during the speaking portion of the exam

As always, please provide me with feedback and consider leaving me a generous 5 star rating on iTunes. 🙂

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9 Responses to Perfect 9s in Speaking, Listening and Writing! Nancy explains how she did it in this episode of IELTSCast! (High quality recording)

  1. Huong Ho says:

    Hi Ryan,
    Thanks for your dedication! The questions you asked Nancy represented our wonders about what going on in the IELTS test. However, I in particular would like very much if later on you could ask more minute questions relating to strategies and methods that helped these candidates obtain such an amazing mark. For instance, you might need to ask them how they practised 4 skills before engaging the exam.
    Thanks very much and please reply to say your opinions on my comment, 🙂

  2. Ryan says:

    Thank you for the feedback, Huong.

    Can you suggest a few specific questions? I will have another talk with a different band 9 student this coming weekend.

  3. Huong Ho says:

    Thanks for replying, Ryan. The specific questions that most IELTS students desire to ask those who achieved amazing mark in this exam are :
    1. How often did you practise your speaking skill? ( As this skill does take a great deal of time and regular practice)
    2. What were the names of practice tests books you used before taking the exam?
    3. Did you use essay samples from some website for your writing practice? And how did you use them?
    Well, these are the questions I have no hesitation of recommending, Ryan. I would like very much if you could use them for the interview. 🙂

  4. Matt says:

    Hi, Ryan. Thank you very much for this podcast – this is the best one so far in terms of contents and the quality. Thank you Nancy, too, for her sharing with us.

    As you said, you will be interviewing with another student hitting band 9 soon. I would love to see how the candidate responds to the questions in the speaking test. Would you mind, for example, asking him/her some questions (like in part 3) and then s/he attempts to answer them under mock-examination conditions? This way, we listeners know how a quality answer is structured, and how students scoring a high band go about answering the questions in the speaking test.

    Thank you very much, Ryan!

  5. Ryan says:

    @Huong Ho I’ve noted your questions. Thanks!

    @Matt Excellent ideas, but I will first ask the student if they are comfortable doing this. I don’t want to put them on the spot (in front of an international audience, no less!).

  6. Junaid says:

    Hi Ryan, this podcast has very good sound quality but i was not enough useful for IELTS students as Nancy avoided to disclose her study methods & materials.

    Secondly, i had requested you to kindly post any new essay & your recommended answer. it really help a lot to understand new tricky questions in IELTS essay writing.

    God Bless you

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hi my name is Rima. Ryan thank you very much for podcast. it is really very helpful. In my IELTS exam i managed to get 8 bands in Speaking, 7 in Listening and Writing and 6.5 in Reading.


  8. walaa says:

    im studing i eng dep and i want to develope myself

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