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The strategy Anastassia used to get Band 7.5

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Everyone, meet Anastassia Fokina, one of our past IELTS Results competition winners. This bright lady lives in Kazakhstan and speaks Russian from birth – but she managed to score Band 7.5 in Academic IELTS in her first attempt ever, and here is how.

Anastassia prepared for her exam using Target Band 7 book and following some very sensible rules. Here is what she suggests you do to get a good band score in IELTS:

Band 7.5 in IELTS“IELTS exam is tricky. Passing it is a high goal, so you should create a strategy to gain your desired score goal and strictly follow it! Be ambitious and disciplined!!

1. I suggest that your strategy should include regular testing (at lest 3 full practice tests a week). You can find plenty of them on and in the Internet.

2. A good live tutor is a must especially for those wishing to enhance their score considerably. A tutor could be found via the Internet and communicated with by Skype.

3. Write as many Essays as possible. Better to write one a day. They all should be assessed by your tutor or with help of service on

4. Another effective approach is to speak ONLY English the last 30 days before your exam. Even if you are not in English speaking environment you can ask your family members or friends to help you with that. The more you will speak in English the more chances that you will start to think in English. Starting thinking in English is a crucial step to success in order to gain the highest score in IELTS.

5. Practise the speaking part every day. You can turn on a camera and record yourself to see how you look and how you sound. I did it many times, speaking on different topics and have to say that this is the perfect method to reveal your regular mistakes and gaps in vocabulary. You should definitely close those gaps. You can also assess you speaking with help of – they give a very fair mark.

Finally, practise, practise, practise. It will make you perfect! Good luck!”

IELTS Results competition winners in January 2014

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.



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