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IELTS Results competition winners in January 2014

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Today I’m delighted to announce the 11 winners of our January 2014 IELTS results competition. What a great start to the New Year!

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 8 in IELTS

  • Harsha Shetty from India, Band 8.5 (with a 9 in Speaking)

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Nokwanda Ngcobo from South Africa, Band 8 (with a 9 in Speaking)
  • Sandeep Kudale from India, Band 8
  • Tejashri Kambli from India, Band 8
  • Yahnnah Francisco from the Philippines, Band 8
  • Lovedeep Wadhwa from India, Band 8
  • Aparna Valan from India, Band 8 (with 9′s in Listening and Reading)

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Manvit Vekaria from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Chethan Harry from India, Band 8 (with a 9 in Listening)

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Kamal Almakari from Saudi Arabia, Band 7.5
  • Nisha Sharma from India, Band 7.5

Congratulations to the winners! Hope you’re out, partying and celebrating, because such scores should not go unnoticed! To mark this occasion 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!

How did these lovely people do so well? We would love to find out! At the moment all we know is that Yahnnah Francisco and Manvit Vekaria used Target Band 7 in their preparation – but (surprise, surprise!) both scored above 7! Well done guys!

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.

How Raj raised his IELTS score from 6.5 to 7.5

Today we are happy to share the success story of Raj, a young man in his 20s from India. Raj is a native Tamil speaker, who needed to pass IELTS with at least Band 7 for his immigration application. In his previous attempt Raj couldn’t score higher than Band 6.5, and so he began searching for help online. He found, purchased our e-book Ace the IELTS in the end of November, began studying and 3 weeks later took the test again, this time scoring Band 7.5 Overall, with an 8 in the Listening section.

Here’s what he wrote to us right after receiving his IELTS results:

“Hi IELTS-Blog Team,Band 7.5 in IELTS

I’m extremely happy to inform you guys that I got the required score in IELTS today.

Listening 8, Reading 7.5, Writing 7, Speaking 7, Overall Band Score 7.5

I needed 7 in each sub test to support my Immigration application. In my previous attempt, I scored 6.5 only in each module. With the help of your materials and tips given by the writing correction team, I got to know my mistakes and corrected them in my last attempt.

I would like to thank you all once again for all your help. After seeing the care and support you show to test takers, I must say that you guys are doing a service, not business.

Please keep it up and help others. Thanks.”

No wonder that will such a good score Raj became one of the winners in our monthly results competition. When we asked him what would be his advice to other test takers, he said:

“I strongly believe that practice is the key to success in IELTS. Before sitting the IELTS exam, I assessed myself and did more than 20 sample tests.

I subscribed to the Writing correction service at and found out my most frequent mistakes. Also I read “Learn from the Examiner” materials provided by and tuned my way of presentation.

I would suggest to test takers to practice at least 10-15 sample tests and read all the materials provided by”



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