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IELTS Results competition winners in May 2016

May brought us 14 winners who received great IELTS results ranging from Overall Band 7.5 to an amazing Band 9! This is a very diverse group of people – they come from 8 countries and speak 11 different languages. Their achievements prove beyond any doubt that no matter where you come from, no matter what language you speak, you CAN get a great score in IELTS, if you work hard for it!

With great pleasure and pride we present the successful test takers:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Maryna Teplova from Ukraine, Band 9

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Epitakaduwe Nambuwasam from Sri Lanka, Band 8.5
  • Koyesha Mukherjee from India, Band 8.5
  • Hassan Saad Ifti from Bangladesh, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Pierpaolo Casamassima from Italy, Band 8
  • Harpreet Kaur from India, Band 8
  • Phyo Wai Thaung from Myanmar, Band 8
  • Pouya Aghaseyedabolghasem from Iran, Band 8
  • Megha Mehan from India, Band 8
  • Tanvi Gandhi from India, Band 8
  • Sherif Makkawy from Egypt, Band 8

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Melissa Taizun Patheria from India, Band 8.5

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Ellisa Hasanali Khoja from India, Band 8

General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Harjot Singh from India, Band 7.5

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. All we know is that Melissa used our practice tests to prepare, Sherif bought our IELTS Success Formula book, and Megha used our Writing Correction service – but we could learn so much more from the actual advice of our winners, things they learned while preparing for their exams! So we look forward to hearing the stories of how they studied, and what techniques 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.

IELTS tips from two successful test takers from Sri Lanka

Today we are delighted to share the IELTS success stories of two remarkable ladies who have a lot in common: they come from the same country, they’re almost the same age and they both got Band 7.5 in IELTS.

Mihirani is a 29 year-old nurse who lives in Sri Lanka and speaks Singhalese. Here is what she told us about her exam preparation:

Band 7.5 in IELTS“First and foremost let me tell you how grateful I am for your priceless assistance with this IELTS examination. I followed your test tips and emails which were really helpful for me to achieve band 7.5. I bought your book ‘Target Band 7’ online and followed all instructions. In addition, I read and listened to BBC radio in order to improve my vocabulary. However, I had to overcome a lot of difficulties too. I am a nurse by profession and I work around the clock. It was a great difficulty for me since I was exhausted after a 24-hour continuous work shift. By the way, I practiced your previous exam and speaking tests and luckily I got the opportunity to talk about a topic which I practiced with you on my REAL EXAM DAY! Therefore, without any doubt I guarantee success with IELTS-blog.com even though my first language is Sinhalese. Thank you again.”

Shehani is a 28 year-old, native Singhalese speaker from Sri Lanka. Here is her advice to future test takers:

“What matters most in an exam like the IELTS examination, is being confident about what you know and facing it without fear. Fear will only discourage you and will not give you the chance to perform the best that you can.

Time management is essential, as you have to answer within minutes. In the case of the listening test, it is always good to note down things as fast as possible, because the recording will be only played once, and you will not get the chance to write the answers if you do not manage your time properly.

For the Speaking test, you will have to be relaxed and answer the questions the examiner asks you without panicking. Remember that no one will laugh at your mistakes, and that the examiners are used to handling candidates. In the second part, you will be given a topic on which you must talk as much as possible without long pauses. You can make notes as you will be given one minute before the talk, and a piece of paper and pencil. You will not be interrupted within the talk, so be mindful not to miss what you want to say. It is your personal opinion about something, and you don’t have to feel uncomfortable at all, because you can express your ideas in any way you want. In the third part you will be asked questions based on your talk for which you have to give justifications about your opinions.

Written test will be different for the Academic and the General Training modules. Therefore I will only be able to talk about my area of experience, which is General training. The paper consists of two tasks, the first is a letter and the second an essay. My advice here is, write as much as possible and give your opinion clearly and effectively. Manage the time properly, but also remember that you must give a very clear cut conclusion for the essay. The invigilators will provide you any number of sheets, so keep writing. The minimum limit is given but there is no maximum number of words. Take the advantage of it.

To face the Reading test efficiently, you must develop your reading ability to a great extent. In the first reading you must get a general idea about the passage and then you have to read the questions which will make you more confident because you can easily spot where the answers are hidden. Be very cautious about the time as you have a very limited time for the exam. Quickly spot the answers and then immediately take note of them. At the end of the paper go through all answers to see if you have made any mistakes. Reading quickly is essential for IELTS and it must be worked on. Since IELTS does not have a pass or fail grade, I wish and hope that all of you will get the grade that you want for your purpose. Good Luck.”

 

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