IELTS Results competition winners in March 2018

Today is the day we reveal the March winners of our IELTS Results competition. As the saying goes, “Your reap what you sow” and the seeds of success these 7 test takers sowed during their prep sessions grew into these fantastic scores!

Let us introduce the winners:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Saurab Mehra from India, Band 8

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Jambalsuren Dovchindorj from Mongolia, Band 7

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Ismael Nour from Canada, Band 6.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Srinithya Sundar from India, Band 8

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Madhuri Yarlagadda from India, Band 7.5
  • Jigna Pradip Sutar from India, Band 7.5
  • Urvi Prakash Manohar from India, Band 7.5

Congratulations! We applaud the winners and send their certificates of achievement to their emails – let’s make this day a little bit special. The winning IELTS results will be displayed in the IELTS-Blog hall of fame – if you won, please feel free to show off to your family and friends!

We should really find out how these lovely people were able to score so well. Some of them are our students, so we know they used our books – Saurab Mehra (Band 8) and Urvi Prakash Manohar (Band 7.5) used “Ace the IELTS”, and Jambalsuren Dovchindorj (Band 7) used our writing correction service. But we definitely need to know more!

We hope to hear from the winners the stories of how they prepared and studied, and what helped them achieve success in IELTS. Anything they wish to share will be posted on IELTS-Blog without delay, so everyone can use the same technique and get a better score in their own exam this month.

P.S. IELTS results competition runs every month, and everyone is welcome to participate. Learn how to enroll here.

Nahid got IELTS Band 8 – use her experience to raise YOUR own score

Today we are delighted to introduce to you one of our IELTS Results competition winners from February, because these are the exact people to learn from – they obviously did something right! Nahid is a lovely lady from Iran, her first language is Farsi. As a child she lived in England, which would explain her perfect 9 in Speaking. Her overall IELTS score was Band 8, and when we asked how she got that, Nahid said it was “50% knowledge and 50% test-taking skills”.

So what exactly are these test taking skills, and how can they help you do better in IELTS?

Band 9 in IELTSNahid recommends the following:

1. Interact with native speakers as much as possible and listen to how they talk and the way they use words and phrases.

2. Listen carefully and write down new words you hear (ie. in the news) and check the pronunciation and articulation. Use them for your Speaking and Writing tests.

3. Expand your vocabulary as much as you can. Don’t rely on simple and basic words. Use complex words and phrases especially in your Speaking test.

4. Take the hardest tests you can find online or in books; it’ll make any questions you encounter in the real test seem easy.

5. Familiarize yourself with different accents, especially British, American and Australian. My speaking examiner had an Australian accent and as I was familiar with the accent from childhood it didn’t stop me from getting a 9 in Speaking.

6. Don’t let the blank expression of the examiner’s face fool you, just be sure to do your best.

7. Everybody knows their weaknesses. I worked on my strengths, knowing I had a better chance in increasing my score in the fields I was already good at. There’s usually not that much time to work on core issues.

8. Take advantage of YouTube videos. There are videos for every aspect of the exam. Many of them have good information. If they sound too easy, move on to the harder ones.

9. I used IELTS-Blog.com a lot! I read other people’s tips, the exam questions and all tips and tricks in general. I can say it all helped me significantly.

10. Learning is a life-long process. I’m even more eager to expand my knowledge in English, having already taken the exam.

11. Learn as much as you can by listening and reading about subjects you enjoy. It’ll make everything so much more fun and pleasurable.

I hope everybody does their best in the exam. It’s 50% knowledge and 50% test-taking skills!

Good luck to all my dear friends.”

 

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