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IELTS Results competition winners in January 2015

Ever heard of the proverb “A good beginning is half the battle”? It means that a good beginning is very important and if you keep moving in the right direction, your chances of success are great. Today we would like to congratulate 14 IELTS test takers who had a very good beginning to 2015. Their year started with a Band 7.5, 8 or 8.5 which made them the envy of their friends, and the pride of their families.

Let’s put our hands together for the highest IELTS scorers of January 2015:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 8.5 in IELTS

  • Natalie Cohen from Germany, Band 8
  • Tansha Anand from India, Band 8
  • Tinashe Gimani from Zimbabwe, Band 8

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Ibrahim Elshazly from Egypt, Band 7.5
  • Uday Kiran Tiruvalluri from India, Band 7.5
  • Harendra Manoj De Zoysa from Sri Lanka, Band 7.5
  • Pauvsokheng Phauk from Cambodia, Band 7.5
  • Negin Forouzesh from Iran, Band 7.5
  • Nakul Dhingra from India, Band 7.5
  • Gupta Anchal from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Michael Bassey Effiong from Nigeria, Band 8.5

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Wei Yee Chong from Malaysia, Band 8
  • Jaideep Singh from India, Band 8

General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Arshpreet Singh from India, Band 7.5

Congratulations to the winners! 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!

If you are wondering how these people were able to achieve such wonderful results, you’re not alone – many of our readers email us and ask this question. This is why we always contact the winners and ask for their tips and advice for other test takers. Anything they share we post on, so everyone can use the same technique and get a better score in their own exam this month.

I’m pleased to tell you that some of the winners used our IELTS materials and services to prepare for the exam: Michael Effiong used Ace the IELTS book, Tinashe Gimani used our practice tests, and Natalie Cohen used our Writing Correction service.

Meanwhile, we hope to hear from the other winners the stories of how they prepared and studied, and what helped them achieve success in IELTS.

P.S. IELTS results competition runs every month, and everyone is welcome to participate. Learn how to enroll here.

How four busy IELTS test takers got Band 8 (after preparing for a week or less!)

This post is dedicated to success stories of four working professionals who had to fit IELTS preparation into their busy life. Not only did they manage… they exceeded everyone’s expectations – including their own – and got IELTS scores ranging from Band 7.5 to 8.5. Earlier this week we promised to share their testimonials on the blog – so here they are.

Akinola, Band 8 in IELTSEveryone, meet Akinola and Abimbola, a husband and wife from Nigeria, both in their 30s, native Yoruba speakers.

They used ‘Ace the IELTS’ book in their preparation, and took the test in Saudi Arabia. Right after the exam Akinola wrote to Simone:

“The exam was great! Your resources were very helpful to both me and my wife (we both took the exam). We feel very confident.”Abimbola, Band 7.5 in IELTS

It turns out they had every reason to feel confident, because Akinola got Band 8 and Abimbola got Band 7.5.

Akinola said:

“You materials really helped a great deal, I only had 1week of effective study.”

Only ONE week? Well done, Akinola!

The next person we’d like you to meet is Vivek Sharma, a 43 year-old native Hindi speaker, who now resides in Melbourne, Australia.

Vivek got an Overall IELTS score of 8.5 in his first attempt. Can you imagine he isn’t completely happy with his score?! Here is how he describes his IELTS preparation:

“I wanted to update you regarding my IELTS Result which I cleared in 1st attempt with an overall score of 8.5. In writing, I was not happy with the output and got only 7.5, otherwise it could have been 8 all the way. And it was my mistake as I started writing without framing the structure first and after all was done, I was sure that 8 will be difficult and there was no time left for rewriting everything. This book ‘Ace the IELTS’ helped me prepare in a very short time.

Vivek, Band 8.5 in IELTSMy scores are: Listening 8, Reading 9, Writing 7.5, Speaking 8.5.

For a person like me, with almost 20 years of work experience and hardly any time for preparation, ‘Ace The IELTS’ helped me to clearly understand what is expected and how to best use the time. Have discussed IELTS with many friends before but did not have a clear reply except from the one, who referred me to your website. [Your book of] around 70 pages and to the point guidance helped me prepare in a short time. Before subscribing to this, had tried on my own with Cambridge series of books, but the results were not encouraging. Somehow after I read your book and did some practice, I could see the difference. I would have spent less than 72 hours preparing for the test over a period of 2 months.”

And the lucky last for today is Theresa from Lagos. Theresa is 45 years old and took the IELTS test for immigration to Canada. She got an Overall Band score of 7.5 (with an 8 in Listening and Writing) and here’s what she wrote to us:

Your book and the various practice materials helped me greatly, especially in the areas of letter writing and essay writing. l last wrote an essay when l was in secondary school about 27 years ago. l could only practice 2 weeks before the exam due to a tight work schedule. l was so thrilled to see a score of 8 in Writing. The listening examples were great also and helped me in achieving these scores.

l have already recommended your book to my sister and her husband, and to my friends and colleagues who are writing this exams soon. God bless you for the role you are playing in making us realise our dreams, please keep it up. And oh my husband got an overall band of 6 with only about 3 days of intense practice with your materials. Thanks.”



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