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A few practical tips from Wai who scored 7.5 in IELTS

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Wai Hong Tan is 26 years old; he lives in Malaysia and speaks Chinese. Wai isn’t a native English speaker – in fact, he doesn’t even speak English regularly. This, however, didn’t stop him from getting an Overall Band Score of 7.5 in IELTS and winning in our monthly IELTS results competition. Here are a few tips he shared that may help other test takers score higher:

Band 7.5 in IELTS“I am not a native English speaker and I hardly speak in English at all in my state. However, I have my pride in my writing skills as I would frequently win the competitions in which I participated. Getting a 7.5 surprised me, not because it is good, but because I expected more, especially in the writing section. I am quite sure I made no grammatical errors at all in writing, and I met the word limits. Here is my advice to do better in IELTS:

1. Writing: Avoid grammatical errors, do not exceed the word limit by more than 10%, and try NOT to use too many bombastic words (which is one of my tendencies, as I like to include words like VENTRIPOTENT CONCUPISCENCE and MELLIFLUOUS MAGNILOQUENCE), and most importantly, try to make it content-rich and cohesive (this could be one of my weaknesses). Additionally, I think I wrote something like ‘Apropos of this statement, I am in consummate discord/accord with it’ and I am not quite sure if this is accepted as a correct sentence in the eyes of the examiners, so it is best to avoid.

2. Speaking: The MOST important part is DO NOT GET STRESSED. I know it is impossible not to have butterflies in the stomach at all, but the best thing to do in this part is to think of it as a casual conversation with the examiner, and try not to show too much tension. Speak as much as you can, avoid errors if possible, and correct yourself whenever you realize you made a mistake.

3. Reading: This part is quite hard for us. I noticed many test takers could not complete the paper in time (they were trying to write even though the time was already out), probably due to the lengthy and complex texts in the paper. I myself did not do particularly well in this section but I think I would be able to do better by first reading the questions (rather than the text first) and focusing on what the questions ask. This component is indeed the most challenging race against time.

4. Listening: For most candidates I think this may either be the easiest or hardest part. Firstly, read the instructions (the number of words required) and the questions, and try waiting for the recording to reach the point of possible answers. In case you miss the part and the recording moved on to another question, leave the first question and try to fill it in with possible words later (better than to leave it blank).

I wish this would be of some help to the other IELTS candidates. Good luck with scoring Band 8+ :)

IELTS Results competition winners in November 2014

November was a very good month for many test takers, and in particular for 17 high scorers who won in our IELTS results competition. They received band scores ranging from 7.5 to 8.5 – a real reason for celebration!

Congratulations to:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 8.5 in IELTS

  • Kalini Wattage from Tanzania, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Sundar Gnanavel from India, Band 8
  • Ashkan Eslami Fard from Iran, Band 8
  • Pratistha Singh from India, Band 8

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Manisha Adhikari from Nepal, Band 7.5
  • Wai Hong Tan from Malaysia, Band 7.5
  • Diana Kolusheva from Uzbekistan, Band 7.5
  • Nahid Al Hoque from Bangladesh, Band 7.5
  • Alex Okwudiri Umeanozie from Nigeria, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Rohit Agarwal from India, Band 8.5
  • Bosco Manuel Fernandes from Pakistan, Band 8.5
  • Kamran Afshar from Iran, Band 8.5

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Lakshmikanth Jadhav from India, Band 8
  • Sanjay Basrur Kumar from India, Band 8
  • Himanshu Pandey from India, Band 8
  • Pavlo Bakhmut from Ukraine, Band 8

General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Rajesh Sankara Pillai from India, Band 7.5

So now your lives are not on pause any more, and you are one step closer to your dreams. These great IELTS scores mean you are free to study or work in a country you have chosen, and give yourselves and your families a better future. To mark this happy occasion we are sending your certificates of achievement to your email addresses. Winning IELTS results will be displayed in the IELTS-Blog hall of fame – so if you won, please feel free to show them off to your friends!

We’re always trying to find out from winners how they did it. Recently, Ashkan shared his success story on our blog, and we received fantastic responses from our readers who found it helpful.

I’d like to ask the winners – please be kind to the other test takers who are still preparing for their IELTS exams. Do share your stories and tell us how you studied, and what helped you achieve success in IELTS. Any useful tips will be shared on, 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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