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IELTS Results competition winners in March 2015

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March was a very productive month for IELTS test takers, with a lot of activity and many good scores. As a result today we’re happy to present 23 high achievers who won in our IELTS Results competition in March.

What a remarkably big group of winners, and also a very ‘international’ one – just look at the list of countries! This proves yet again that you can live anywhere in the world, and get a great score in IELTS – even if English isn’t widely spoken in your country.

Here are the proud owners of the best IELTS results in March:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Venus Rom Garcines from the Philippines, Band 8
  • Reza Indah Pribadi from Indonesia, Band 8
  • Sasha Alba Amy D’Costa from Portugal, Band 8
  • Adam Bahram from Pakistan, Band 8
  • Shaahabeddin Dayani from Iran, Band 8
  • Tomalika Rahmat Ullah from Bangladesh, Band 8
  • Farish Ismail from Maldives, Band 8
  • Sumi Shrestha from Nepal, Band 8
  • Lee Besana Gordoncillo from the Philippines, Band 8

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Vanessa Lacerda Orsi from Brazil, Band 7.5
  • Ramadan Ferih from Egypt, Band 7.5
  • Phuong Anh Hguyen from Vietnam, Band 7.5
  • Megha Jasmin Pandya from India, Band 7.5

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Ahmad Mahmoud from Palestine, Band 7
  • Sharef Mahmoud from Egypt, Band 7

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Ayudh Bhattarai from Nepal, Band 8.5

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Anita Williams from India, Band 8
  • Ashwin Moheeput from Mauritius, Band 8

General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Kashif Akram from Pakistan, Band 7.5
  • Benix Stephen Masangcay from the Phillippes, Band 7.5
  • Minh Hoan Vu Ngo from Vietnam, Band 7.5
  • Fatima Cortes Espinosa from Mexico, Band 7.5
  • Estefania Cortes Espinosa from Mexico, Band 7.5

Congratulations to all the winners! You worked so hard to get here, and we are very happy you made it! To celebrate your big achievements we’re sending your special certificates 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!

So, how does one get a high Band score in IELTS? All we know is that Anita Williams and Lee Gordoncillo (Band 8) prepared using our book “Target Band 7″, and also that Kashif Akram, Benix Masangcay, Minh Ngo and Fatima Espinosa (Band 7.5) prepared using ‘Ace the IELTS’ e-book. Surely our winners can share some practical tips that helped them, and can help others score higher.

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

Self study CAN get you Band 8 in IELTS

Today we would like to share two success stories of readers who prepared on their own for the exam.

First we’d like you to meet Ward from Jordan. He is a young 18 year-old fellow, a native Arabic speaker, who came across our website because his mom recommended it. Apparently Laila (Ward’s mom) has been saving the exam updates we send regularly to our readers. She was very diligent and didn’t miss one update since 2009 – there were 1414 updates in her special folder!

Ward got an Overall Band Score of 7.5 with 8.5 in Reading and won our monthly IELTS results competition. In his winner’s interview he said:

“Following my Mom’s suggestion I used some tests from IELTS blog and practiced. I read some of band 8 writing samples and reading passages which was very useful and enabled me to score 8.5 in reading. In turn, I advise IELTS candidates to do some practice using this blog before sitting for the test.”

The other success story belongs to Bahram, a 26 year-old Iranian, who speaks Farsi from birth. He scored 8.0 Overall in IELTS with an amazing 9 in Reading. Here is a short summary of his own preparation and his advice to other test takers:

Band 8 in IELTS“I have had some formal English training during my childhood but my achievement came through self study. I strongly believe scoring band 8 in IELTS exam is not an overnight achievement. one should use extensive English media (books, music, movies) constantly.

My greatest stronghold was in Reading with band 9, I suggest that everyone uses 2 techniques, namely skimming and scanning. Skimming is reading quickly for general understanding and Scanning is looking for specific information within the text. Another helpful tip would be to underline key words in the test. It can help organize the text and save a great deal of time.

As for the Listening module concentration is the most important key to success. Do not lose your attention even for a second! Pay close attention to correct spelling of words. Read the questions carefully and decide which type of word goes in the spaces. At the end of each section you have 30 seconds to check your answers. Use this short pause wisely to make any corrections.

I think the Speaking part was the most challenging for me. Try to speak to a teacher or mentor long before the exam to gain enough confidence for the real test. Try to say more by adding details as much as possible when answering questions. Be aware that when you make a mistake, you can make things worse by spending too much time correcting yourself; the best thing to do is to move on quickly.

And finally for the Writing test, my best advice is to THINK and PLAN before doing anything else. If you start writing without paying close attention to the question, you may end up losing a lot of marks. It is also very important to check your writing for grammatical errors, set aside a sufficient amount of time aside to revise and make corrections.

I would like to thank IELTS-Blog for the useful articles and tips and for offering me the chance to help other students achieve 8+ band score.”



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