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IELTS Results competition winners in June 2016

We are just about to present the 11 top scorers who won in our IELTS Results competition in June. All of them obviously managed to do a very good job of preparing for their exams. June’s winners come from many different countries – Vietnam, India, Nigeria, Egypt, Iran – and seeing such great IELTS results being achieved all over the world is very encouraging.

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

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Hoang Nhan Huynh from Vietnam, Band 9

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Nikita Desai from India, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Steffy Kurian from India, Band 8
  • Charles Obukwelu from Nigeria, Band 8
  • Rizwana Mashraque from India, Band 8
  • Yesha Anwar Amlani from India, Band 8
  • Mohammed Dallash from Egypt, Band 8

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Farzam Mousavi from Iran, Band 8
  • Tarun Arora from India, Band 8
  • Shobhit Bajaj from India, Band 8

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Kaushal Thakkar from India, Band 7.5

Dear winners, we’re applauding your efforts and sending your special certificates of achievement to your email addresses. Your IELTS results will be displayed in the IELTS-Blog hall of fame – please feel free to show off to your family and friends!

Something very unusual happened this month: Hoang Nhan from Vietnam got an outstanding Band 9 and raised the bar of excellence, which in turn pushed many test takers with great scores out of competition. But, even though technically they didn’t win, we would still like to congratulate Cristal from the Philippines, Sajal from India, Nahid from Iran and Sultana from Bangladesh on achieving Band 7.5!

And now it remains to find out how these lucky people were able to score so well. We do know that Sultana Solaiman (Band 7.5) prepared using our book “Target Band 7”, and also that Farzad Mousavi (Band 8) used “Ace the IELTS” book, but we want the details!

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.

An enjoyable way to raise your Speaking score above 7.5

Today we are delighted to share with you one way to raise your Speaking score above Band 7.5 – and enjoy while you’re working on it. This recipe was suggested by Pouya A, a native Farsi speaker from Iran, who won in our monthly IELTS results competition in May.

Band 9 in IELTSPouya scored 8.5 in Speaking thanks to… watching TV! Jokes aside, here is what he really wanted to tell everyone about his IELTS preparation:

“I personally think for up to band 7.5 of IELTS, there are enough well-known books and other resources such as great websites (including www.ielts-blog.com) that are full of general information, writing and speaking samples and smart practical hints. So I try to write more for what has worked for me to achieve band 8 plus in both speaking and Listening modules in last two exams I took recently.

Getting over 7 in Speaking means you have to sound more natural or “native” and be grammatically accurate when you talk. What I have been doing during the past 6 years for achieving this is, in fact, following a piece of advice from a Russian friend of mine who had mastered English to a very high level by following numerous TV series.

Unlike many educated and academic people, I am not a big fan of TED talks or online podcasts of different kinds. Although they can be effective in some cases, they simply get boring quickly and it is especially difficult to find such materials that are consistent in terms of content and language.

TV series, on the other hand, are spectacular source of authentic, error-free and up-to-date English language in different genres of your choice. I suggest not to watch them with subtitles and always watch with the purpose of learning and not simply enjoying. The process can be lengthy and requires both patience and dedication, but as I have witnessed, this is a practical way that probably helps thousands of young people around the world take their English language to the next level.

This is true especially in many developed countries such as in European countries, in which young people still struggle to gain a good command of English.”

 

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