Tips to achieve CLB 9 In IELTS

What is CLB?

IELTS General Training score is authentic enough to be accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). In fact, IELTS is the first test to get the recognition from CIC. The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) standard is a descriptive scale of language ability in English as a Second Language (ESL) written as 12 benchmarks or reference points.

Why is CLB 9 important?

Canadian Language Benchmark system has 0 to 12 stages and each stage carrying certain level of IELTS bands score. So your selection or de-selection will be depend upon the CLB score you would achieve. In the immigration three stages play vital role in your selection criteria such as

  • CLB – 4 – This is the minimum scoring level which a spouse has to achieve to claim the additional 5 points under the eligibility criteria. As per the level the IELTS (G) score need to get is Listening 4.5 bands, Reading 3.0 bands, Writing & Speaking 4.0
  • CLB – 7 – This is the minimum level that the candidates has to get to qualify for Canadian FSWP or PNP programs and to make their profile into Express Entry system (Note – Other factors are also important to make express entry profile, but this is the minimum criteria sets by CIC along with other eligibility factors). 6 bands in each module of IELTS (G) considered as a CLB – 7.
  • CLB – 9 level has its own significance in Canadian immigration. The level consider the IELTS (G) score of Listening 8.0 and 7.0 in rest of modules. Many of candidates not only increase their CRS scores but also achieve the Canadian Permanent Residency dream once they reach to the level. For instance: A 30 years of Single applicant with Master degree and more than 3 years of work experience got Listening 8.0 Reading 7.0 Writing 6.5 & Speaking 7.0 bands then his/her CRS would be 406 points. Now suppose he/she could achieves the CLB 9 then it will be added additional 58 points and then CRS would be 464 points
    • The score majorly influence the “SKILL TRANSFERABILITY FACTOR” in CRS calculator. Skill Transferability Factor is a combination of “Official Language Proficiency and Education & Official Language Proficiency and Foreign Work Experience” the candidate scores 25+25=50 points in both the factors if he/she could achieve less than CLB 9
    • But when he/she achieves CLB 9 then both the factors add 50+50 = 100 points in total CRS.

How to achieve CLB 9?

Congratulations! If you are reading this blog, then it is proved that you have hopes to achieve the magical score in IELTS -General Training which is 8, 7, 7, 7 (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). Yes! It is not a pipedream. I will show you how to achieve CLB 9 by smart work and not hard work.

As we all know, Listening and Speaking go hand in hand; whereas, Reading and Writing go parallel. That means, if you are good at Listening or Speaking, then you will win half of the battle as you would automatically improve on the other module. And same goes for Reading and Writing modules without saying.

Target 8,7,7,7 bands:

Here are the easy ways to achieve this magical band score:

Listening 8:

Learning any language is a long process. You cannot learn any language overnight. Active practice is required, and above all, you should be enjoying it. If you want to learn English, then you will have to listen to it every day.

When we listen, there are two choices that we make:

  1. We listen only to comprehend.
  2. We listen only to fetch the answers from Audio.

In order to achieve a band 8 in IELTS Listening, you will have to redress the balance between both the choice. As the test progresses, difficulty level increases.  There are four possible answers in entire IELTS Listening test from parts of speech: Noun, Verb, Adjective, Adverb. There are different strategies for different question types.

Listening Tips

It is very important to not take the practice test for the sake of completing it. Get the assessment done by verifying the answers from the answer key. You must work smartly. Please ensure that whatever time you invest in practicing doesn’t turn out to be wasted.  You have to take the authentic test conducted by the test bodies that conduct IELTS exam.

Reading 7:

  • You should be able to skim and scan the reading passages quite efficiently and speedily. You must be capable to comprehend the question and match the key words of the question with that of the passage. There is no need to understand the entire passage as we do not have to study it.
  • Develop your skill to find the correct answers of each question type. Candidates face difficulty in True, False and Not given question type. Follow the link … to learn about all the question type of Reading module.
  • Make Reading a part of your routine. Develop the habit of reading at least 500 words a way. This would help you increase your speed and you will be able to finish your IELTS Reading test in 60 minutes. This way, you would learn new words as well. You can follow the link below and learn one new word everyday from our Youtube Channel.

 

Writing 7:

  • To get 6 bands in writing is relatively easy, but it is very difficult to achieve 7 band score in writing module as a lot of polishing is required when it comes to English.
  • Use passive voice only while writing an essay or formal letter. Use variety of conjunctions which would produce complex and compound sentences.
  • Both the writing tasks must be finished in the given word limit because if you write more then you would be more prone to making errors which may hurt your score.
  • To get all the tips and strategies of writing task 1 and writing task 2.

 

Speaking 7:

  • Speaking modules revolves around playing with the words.
  • Avoid repetition.
  • Learn paraphrasing
  • Use linking words if you are stuck or run out of words. This would not hamper your fluency.
  • Use a lot of formal idiom and relevant phrases.
  • Practice, practice and practice. AS in mathematics, it is not possible to read the sums and learn from it and go confident in your exam without practicing it. Likewise, any language needs a lot of practice. If you want to learn speaking, the speak. If you want to learn reading, writing and speaking, then practice it.
  • Above all, smile and feel confident in exam.

Learn the tips and strategies of speaking test from our blog:

 

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