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Peter Gbajie is a young man from Nigeria. He took the IELTS test earlier this year and received an Overall Band Score of 8.5. This great score also secured him the first place in our IELTS Results Competition, and when we asked Peter how others can achieve the same success, he said a lot of preparation and a little bit of faith go a long way!

Band 8.5 in IELTS“I think the best advice I can give to anyone who wants to pass IELTS is to take it very seriously and prepare very well, irrespective of the person’s level of English proficiency.

IELTS is truly a tricky/technical exam and does not only test your proficiency, but also your level of concentration, intelligence and confidence. For the prep, I’d recommend at least 2-3 hours dedicated to IELTS each day.

As for me, I prepared for 2 months, and I had a partner who is also very proficient and serious like me. We met twice a week, but we also studied individually on the other days.

You could start with reading and listening only, do as many practice questions as possible and when you feel your confidence level is high on those two, then integrate writing and speaking.

I wrote on every conceivable topic while minding the time and spoke and recorded myself on my phone as many times as possible. The key word here is “PRACTICE”.

In addition, I found, ieltsbuddy (website) and Liz (You Tube videos) very useful. Furthermore, Cambridge Official Guide to IELTS in my opinion is a must for every ambitious candidate.

‘Target Band 7’ is highly recommended as well.

Good luck to all candidates and do remember to pray as well, because with God all things are possible.”

IELTS Results competition winners in May 2015

May brought us 10 winners who received great IELTS results ranging from Overall Band 7.5 to Band 8.5. Some of them even got 9′s in the Listening and Reading sections! With great pleasure and pride we present the successful test takers:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Jigisha Chaudhari from India, Band 8.5
  • Sansar Choinyambuu from Mongolia, Band 8.5
  • Nikolaos Tripodakis from Greece, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • George Nwonjuyi Ndiloseh from Cameroon, Band 8
  • Pratik Kumar Kundu from India, Band 8

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Shruti Srivastava from India, Band 7.5
  • Jeeva Rajendran from India, Band 7.5
  • Anushka Sharma from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Shweta Moheeput from Mauritius, Band 8.5

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Noble Pynadath Poulose from India, Band 8

Congratulations to the winners! A day like this should be remembered – 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 friends!

The big question on everyone’s mind now is “How did they do it?”, but only our winners can answer it. We look forward to hearing from the winners their 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.



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