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IELTS Results competition winners in September 2014

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It is a true pleasure to announce the 15 test takers who won in the IELTS Results Competition in September. They come from 7 different countries and speak 12 different languages, but all of them have one thing in common – a great IELTS score.

Let’s give a round of applause to the winners:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Alvin Garett Paul Dousip from New Zealand, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Ranjit Bajarang Chougale from India, Band 8
  • Sepehr Haddadshargh from Iran, Band 8

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Fuad Ahmadov from Azerbaijan, Band 7.5
  • Mrinmoy Das from India, Band 7.5
  • Aliyabanu Kansara from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Kheirian Hamidreza from Iran, Band 8.5
  • Karthiga Renga Sastha Murugan from India, Band 8.5
  • Haider Zeeshan Khan from Pakistan, Band 8.5

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Prithvi Hemmige from India, Band 8

General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Cyril Thevenet from France, Band 7.5
  • Gagandeep Singh Bhurjee from India, Band 7.5
  • Dhruv Bhandari from India, Band 7.5
  • Rashmi Nair from India, Band 7.5
  • Sherifat Oluwakemisola Onabanjo from Nigeria, Band 7.5

Congratulations to the winners! You must be 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!

So, what does it take to get a high score in IELTS? How do you make it happen? All we know at the moment is that Fuad Ahmadov (Band 7.5) used our book “IELTS Success Formula”, and Prithvi Hemmige (Overall Band 8 with straight 9′s in Listening and Reading) 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.

Erica shares her tips after scoring 8.5 in IELTS

Erica, a lovely lady from Nigeria, has won in our IELTS Results competition in May, and no wonder – her Overall Band Score is 8.5 with a perfect 9 in Listening. When we asked Erica how she did it, and what she would recommend that other test takers do to prepare well for IELTS, here is what she said:


Band 8.5 in IELTS- I made enquiries to find out when I can take the exam, how many modules there will be, and how each module affects the overall score.

- I started my preparation as soon as I decided to take the test.

- I purchased the official IELTS practice materials, read all the tips and studied the booklet. I also attempted all the practice questions for the four modules and watched the DVD.

- I attempted all the sample questions on the official IELTS website and in search of more practice materials I discovered .

- I visited IELTS-Blog regularly and attempted a lot of sample questions. More importantly I read through all the exam preparation tips on the website and those posted by candidates who took the test.


- Read all instructions carefully especially during the listening test.

- Remember to allocate your time proportionally, especially during the writing test.

- Work through the easiest part first during the reading test as lingering on the more challenging questions may rob you of valuable time.

- When answering speaking questions, try to relax and be as honest as possible as this would ensure a free flow of conversation. Remember, the test is mostly about your English ability and not about who or what you are. Do not feel intimidated in any way, the examiners are professionals and I believe are well trained.


Do not worry if you found the test challenging, because most people probably did as well.

Good luck everyone!



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