The simple steps Vanessa took to get Band 7.5 in IELTS

Today we are delighted to introduce to you Vanessa – a young lady from Nigeria whose first language is Yoruba. The remarkable thing about Vanessa is that she prepared for IELTS in 6 weeks and got an Overall Band 7.5 as a result (with 8.5 in Listening!). This score helped Vanessa win in our monthly IELTS results competition, and when we asked her to share some useful things other test takers can do to get a higher score, here is what she said:

Band 9 in IELTS“Thank you for choosing me as one of the winners of the IELTS Result Competition, I am greatly honoured.

I had about a month and two weeks to prepare for the IELTS Test, I will share some of my study tips with you.

Reading and Listening: I studied the entire reading module and listened to all the recordings in my IELTS study book and I practiced some of the model tests too. For the reading section I timed myself while I was practicing, so that I could get used to the time restriction during the real exam.

Speaking: I practiced speaking about different topics with my IELTS tutor.

Writing: I studied the writing module in my preparation book and spent a lot of time practicing how to write different types of essays.

In addition to these, I put God first in my IELTS preparation because with God all things are possible. Also, my parents supported and encouraged me in preparing for the test by getting a tutor for me and buying all the study materials I needed.

I also watched a lot of IELTS tutoring videos and read study tips from successful IELTS test takers.

My advice to all those preparing for the test is to study and practice a lot, because practice made me to notice my errors and so I could correct myself, also it made me more confident.

Practice! Practice!! Practice!!!

Passing the IELTS requires hard work, determination, and positive mindset – and we are all capable of that.”

IELTS Results competition winners in February 2018

Today we’re proud to present and celebrate the 9 winners, who received the best IELTS scores in February. It’s a true pleasure to give you the dedicated, hardworking people whose efforts paid off, who can finally relax and look back with satisfaction, because they made it! Don’t be surprised to see a Band 5 owner on the winners list – everyone has a fair chance, and if no higher scores get submitted in that particular month, Band 5 can win just as well.

And the winners are…

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 8 in IELTS

  • Debjyoti Sinha from India, Band 8
  • Vaishali Bhandari from India, Band 8

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Princy Natolanda from India, Band 7.5
  • Vanessa Olatunji from Nigeria, Band 7.5
  • Mino Bartolini from Italy, Band 7.5

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Piyumi Dewage from Sri Lanka, Band 5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Thomas Simon from India, Band 8
  • Neha Verma from India, Band 8
  • Nahid Makhmalbaf from Iran, Band 8

Congratulations to the winners! A day like this shouldn’t go unnoticed – and so we are sending your certificates of achievement to your emails. Your IELTS results will be displayed in the IELTS-Blog hall of fame – please feel free to show off to your family and friends!

We would love to hear from all the winners to learn how they prepared and studied, and what helped them achieve success in IELTS. Anything they wish to tell us 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.



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