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IELTS Results Competition winners explain how they scored so well (Band 7.5 to 8.5)

When we asked the highest scorers of October how they would recommend to prepare in order to succeed in IELTS, they were quick to provide some useful advice.

Sweety (IELTS Band 8.5) said:Band 8 in IELTS

“I found the IELTS to be an apt test to ascertain one’s language skill. I concentrated on the listening and the reading part and did practice with previous test samples. In my opinion, the writing and the speaking is not something you can practice and it will help you in the test. The practice would help with time management but the rest depends on your language which can only be sharpened by increasing your vocabulary. This can be achieved by reading magazines, newspapers and novels etc. This was my first attempt on appearing for the IELTS and I would say my success can be attributed to my schooling and my work environment.”

Fernando (IELTS Band 8) said:

“My best advice is to practice, practice and practice. I did not enroll in any course before taking the test but If you are aiming for a certain score and you don’t want to spend money, the best thing to do is go online and complete the free tests that you can find on the IELTS website. They’re really close to the real thing and that helps you to familiarize with the test format. You have around 30-40 min to finish depending on the section so try timing yourself while practicing. That would help you to get an idea of how many questions you can answer or complete before you run out of time. I’d say speed and accuracy are vital while taking this test.”

Adeola (IELTS Band 7.5) said:

“Preparation is key. I started practicing about three weeks before the exam.

Going through sample essays on, I went through all the samples of my desired band score.

For the speaking I listened to the CD given to me when I signed up for IELTS, and also used a lot of online materials such as YouTube speaking videos and Learn English with Emma.

To prepare for the Reading and Listening I worked through the materials I got from the British Council and I also found very helpful.”

IELTS Results competition winners in October 2016

Today is a great day, because we get to congratulate 11 winners on their IELTS success. All those nights spent going through the books, doing practice tests and working on grammar and vocabulary are finally over; now a much more exciting chapter in their lives begins! Our October winners come from Vietnam, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, India and the Philippines, and their scores range from the near-perfect IELTS Band 8.5 to a very honorable Band 7.5.

Congratulations to:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Ashwin Murugan from India, Band 8
  • HargunSingh Khanduja from India, Band 8
  • Vo Tran from Vietnam, Band 8

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Apoorva Paygude from India, Band 7.5
  • Ravinder Kumar from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Sweety Basil Paul from India, Band 8.5
  • Mark Anthony Basa from the Philippines, Band 8.5

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Payam Pourfallah from Iran, Band 8
  • Nima Shabestari from Iran, Band 8
  • Fernando Gonzalez from Mexico, Band 8

General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Adeola Babade from Nigeria, Band 7.5

Well done guys, we’re applauding you! As a token of our appreciation we are sending your certificates of achievement to your emails. 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!

So, how does a person get a high score in IELTS? What does it actually take? All we know at the moment is that Ravinder Kumar (Band 7.5) used our book ‘Ace the IELTS’. But there must be so much more information our winners can share!

We hope to hear from the winners the 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.



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