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IELTS Results competition winners in July 2014

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Just in time for the weekend I’m happy to announce the winners of IELTS Results competition in July. We’ve got 14 bright test takers who already have one, main reason to celebrate, a great IELTS score they are obviously proud of, and now we’re about to give them another reason to party, party, party!

Wondering who they are?

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 8 in IELTS

  • Deepra Bhattacharya from India, Band 8.5
  • Thomas Pieter Vermeulen from Belgium, Band 8.5
  • Saad Khayoom from India, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Ulrika Cecilia Frising from Sweden, Band 8
  • Priyanka Verma from India, Band 8
  • Chethan Narasimhaiah from India, Band 8
  • Dhritiman Mukhopadhyay from India, Band 8
  • Vandana Yadav from India, Band 8

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Deepti Janapareddy from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Hibiki from Japan, Band 8
  • Dikshit Soni from India, Band 8
  • Sina Borzooei from Iran, Band 8
  • Arifur Rahman from Bangladesh, Band 8

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Suku George from India, Band 7.5

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!

I’m sure everyone is wondering how these lovely people were able to score so well. At the moment we only know that Priyanka Verma (Band 8) prepared using two of our books, “Target Band 7″ and “IELTS Success Formula”, but we’d like to hear from every one of the winners.

This is why we’re asking all the winners to share 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.

The way Aruna prepared and got Band 8 in IELTS

Aruna is a lovely Indian lady in her 30′s who speaks Telugu as a first language. When she won our monthly IELTS results competition with a great Band 8.0 overall score, we asked her to describe her exam preparation process.

Here is what she said:

Band 8 in IELTS“I would like to express my gratitude to your blog from the bottom of my heart for providing such useful information like daily broadcast exam updates which not only made me familiar with the IELTS test materials from around the globe, but also helped me always stay alert for my exam.

I would like to share my preparation tips for all the four modules:

Listening

Listening to the English radio stations helped me a lot. I used to listen to the world news or regional news every morning that helped in two ways: to get used to listening at fast pace and also to know the current affairs and what is happenings around me. Sometimes I also watched English documentaries on the Discovery channels to make myself familiar with the native speakers’ accent. Finally, when I just wanted to relax, I used to tune in and listen to English songs and try to follow the lyrics word by word. I would say that apart from practicing proper IELTS listening materials, it is good to look out for additional ways in the areas of your interest to add more excitement to your preparation.

Reading

The above tips also apply to Reading – choose the article or novel or story of your interest. It could be related to the events in your city or the biography of your favorite sports star or movie star or it could also be reviews of your favorite tourist locations on a travel blog or Facebook or just anything written in standard English. This helps us increase our reading speed and add new and uncommon words to our vocabulary bank.

Writing

IELTS Blog model essays are a great start for anyone to learn how different essays are graded and also the structure and types of essays. The best part is the comments written below each essay which give us insights into the merits and the drawbacks of different writing approaches. The model letters from the blog also guided me towards writing a well-structured letter with a complete task response in the least possible time. The last but not least is the spelling and grammar correction done to those essays which taught me to stay watchful while writing.

Speaking

For Speaking, practicing regularly on different topics published on IELTS-Blog.com has been very handy to me. It saved me the hassle of searching for the topics. Following those topics by either framing sentences in your mind or speaking aloud to friends or recording and listening to myself to dig out the repeated mistakes helped me get rid of the phobia of speaking openly.”