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How Tony overcame all challenges and got Band 7 in IELTS

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Tony’s first language is Spanish, and he lives in Venezuela. When Tony started his IELTS preparation, things looked tough because he only had 9 weeks until the exam, he learned English 15 years ago and hasn’t ever been to any English-speaking country. However all these obstacles didn’t stop him from getting Band 7 in the exam! As one of our students and a winner of IELTS results competition, here is what Tony shared about his exam preparation:

Band 7 in IELTS“My real challenge was preparation time, I had barely two to three months to prepare for the test with not much free time available due to my busy life. So I needed a reference material because it was my first IELTS attempt and I needed a score of 6 in all components of the test for immigration purposes, so I decided to get IELTS Success Formula, it was a wise decision, I got an overall band score of 7.

My advice is to practice every day to improve your listening and reading skills, but the first and most important step is to familiarize yourself with all the type of questions of the test, IELTS is not actually very difficult, but it is a demanding, very technical and tricky test.

For Listening, I trained my ears listening to BBC podcasts first thing in the morning almost every day for about 2 months, and practiced with many IELTS Practice Tests.

For Reading, timing is important, there isn’t enough time to think carefully about each answer, so I had to read a lot and practice a lot under real test conditions, I found a lot of helpful exercises in IELTS Success Formula.

For Writing, again, time is your worst enemy, my advice is to read a lot of essays, and then begin practicing writing under real test conditions, is a great source of information and I found a lot of examples to practice for the Writing part of the test.

For Speaking, I did not have the opportunity to practice for this part of the test, and I got a 7 in Speaking which is amazing, considering the fact that I learned English 15 years ago, and I have never been in any English-speaking country, but, again, my advice is to check and IELTS Success Formula, they both have a lot of useful advice and exercises for this part of the test.

On the test day try to be calm and make eye contact with the examiner, speak with confidence, and consider the speaking test as a friendly conversation.”

IELTS Results competition winners in January 2016

They say “In every end there is also a beginning”, and these words carry deep meaning. A good IELTS score means the end of preparation and uncertainty, and the beginning of a new, better life. Today we would like to congratulate 16 IELTS test takers who had a very good beginning to 2016. Their year started with IELTS Band 7, 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 2016:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 8.5 in IELTS

  • Vidya Venkataram from India, Band 8.5
  • Ruchir Vasaiwalla from Australia, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Adil Nijat from Pakistan, Band 8
  • Vasav Hemantkumar Vakilna from India, Band 8
  • Rinchen Lama from Nepal, Band 8
  • Shahbaz Ahmad from Pakistan, Band 8
  • Abdulhafiz Onimisi Usman from Nigeria, Band 8

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Rajinder Kaur from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Mozhdeh Jafaridoulabi from Iran, Band 8.5
  • Rahul Khare from India, Band 8.5
  • Mairyn Alejandra Valdes Bueno from Venezuela, Band 8.5

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Anil Kumar Suman from India, Band 7.5
  • Robson De Souza Lima from Brazil, Band 7.5
  • Akash Kumar Agrawal from India, Band 7.5
  • Raphel Rupesh Jassani from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Tony El Chaer Jreige from Venezuela, Band 7

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: Tony El Chaer used IELTS Success Formula book, Raphel Jassani used our practice tests, Ruchir Vasaiwalla and Anil Suman used “Target Band 7″ e-book, and Robson Lima 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.



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