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IELTS prep tips from Band 8 candidate, competition winner

This post is dedicated to the success of Surendran, our IELTS results competition winner who scored Band 8. Surendran lives in India, he took the General Training IELTS test after preparing on his own. His Overall Band Score was 8.0 with the highest individual scores being Band 8.5 in Listening and Band 9 in Reading!

Band 9 in IELTS
Here are some tips he shared that can help you do better in the exam:

Only practice helps here, take a lot of listening tests with clock timer set up. Mark the words that are important and when audio plays note down the answers directly.

Read the questions carefully and highlight words that are important, then read quickly through the paragraph. With practice you can skim and quickly complete paragraphs. Take close to 20 tests. I used IELTS Cambridge books 8,9,10 and 11 and they really helped me.

I read through internet topics on a lot of questions that were asked in the last year. Got questions from daily emails, and IELTS Books. It would be good if you had a tutor to correct your work, which I didn’t have – so could only manage to get 7 in Writing.

Use timer and practice speaking aloud in your room, for the cue card task 3-minute timers are useful. For the first minute note down points to talk about, and after that timer beeps start talking answering all question until the 2nd (2-minute) timer.

This helped me mentally prepare to extend my ability to speak at length, as I wasn’t able to go over 1.5 minutes initially. A lot of topics are available on, the last 6 months should give a good idea on how the test questions will come up.”

IELTS Results competition winners in September 2017

September has given us the pleasure to announce 7 test takers who won in the IELTS Results Competition. These lovely people will always remember September 2017 as the month they finally conquered IELTS. Let’s give the lucky seven a round of applause, and here comes the list:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Nikolaos Staikoglou from Greece, Band 8
  • Dhanya Saji from India, Band 8

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Phillemon Mutoko from Zimbabwe, Band 7.5
  • Jahanavi Chhabra from India, Band 7.5

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Krishna Patel from India, Band 7

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Ramandeep Singh Dureja from India, Band 8.5

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Surendran Munuswamy from India, Band 8

Congratulations to the winners! You are determined, dedicated and hardworking people, and deserve every bit of this success. 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!

Well, what does it take to get a high score in IELTS? How do you make it happen? If anyone can answer these questions, our winners can!

So, 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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