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IELTS Results competition winners in December 2015

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They say “All’s well that ends well” and looking at the winning IELTS results in December 2015 makes me think – no one could ask for a better way to end a year. Can you imagine what it feels like to leave IELTS behind and start new life in 2016? These 17 people with IELTS scores from Band 7.5 to 8.5 sure can!

I am delighted to announce the best IELTS results in December 2015:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Guillermo Caceres from Brazil, Band 8.5
  • Weng Kit Chan from Malaysia, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Noof Khalfan Saif Al Harrasi from Oman, Band 8
  • Thet OO Khant from Myanmar, Band 8

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Fazliddin Zhamolov from Uzbekistan, Band 7.5
  • Samrin Nasir from UK, Band 7.5
  • Saeed Amiri from Iran, Band 7.5
  • Jagat Kamaleshkumar Sheth from India, Band 7.5
  • Kush Chirag Shah from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Richard Barthes from France, Band 8.5

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Abhishek Nagre from India, Band 8
  • Sagar Sudarshan Rao from India, Band 8
  • Sharada Shridhara from India, Band 8
  • Muhammad Owais from Pakistan, Band 8

General Training Module – 3rd place

  • Hamed Izadi Nia from Iran, Band 7.5
  • Yasser Azeem from Pakistan, Band 7.5
  • Dhaval Satishbhai Sharma 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!

I’m very happy to report that some of the winners used our IELTS materials to prepare for the exam: Samrin Nasir and Dhaval Sharma used IELTS Success Formula books.

We’d love to find out what IELTS books other winners used, 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.

Manzoor got IELTS Band 7.5 without asking for anyone’s help

If you are wondering whether self-preparation can get you IELTS Band 7 or higher, the answer is YES, and here comes the proof. Today we would like you to meet a person who prepared for IELTS completely on his own. He didn’t take any courses, didn’t attend any classes and didn’t have any tutors. Manzoor Ahmed is 23 years old, lives in Pakistan and his first language is Urdu. He got IELTS Band 7.5 with two 8′s for Listening and Reading, and consequently joined the list of winners of our IELTS Results competition. Here is what he said in his winner’s interview:

Band 7.5 in IELTS“My name is Manzoor Ahmed and I got an Overall Band Score of 7.5 in my first attempt. I didn’t join any center or institute for preparation. I did not ask for anyone’s help. I didn’t even practice my writing nor did I work much on my speaking. But I worked really, really hard on the sections which are very important and which can actually help you get a high band score, namely listening and reading.

Practice, practice and practice your reading and listening skills! In order to do so, first of all you need to familiarize yourself with the skills that are tested in listening and reading sections. Once you have the idea about the skills then you would know how to approach the given tasks in the IELTS exam. I can’t emphasize this enough – do as many practice tests as possible. Practice your listening through loudspeakers and avoid using headphones. Listen to different accents to familiarize yourself with many accents that you might hear during the test.

For reading, I would advise you to read articles or random paragraphs in order to improve timing. When it comes to reading, time is your worst enemy. Improve your timing/reading skills by taking as many mock tests as possible. Reading and listening sections of the IELTS exams can either make you or break you. Practice them as much as you can.

Now, as far as writing is concerned, you need to concentrate on the task given, and complete it accurately. I didn’t practice writing much, but it doesn’t mean you should not. Try to include a wide range of vocabulary and use the words correctly. Use punctuation. Use tenses. And never stray off topic. Read articles to understand coherence.

In the Speaking test give an extended answer. Don’t limit it to just the information they have asked, but try to add a little more. Answer accurately, always. In part 2 of this section, when you are asked to speak on a topic at length, and given time to make notes then use this opportunity and make notes, in form of bullets, and use them. Also try to keep eye contact when you speak and it is very important that you keep on speaking until the examiner asks you to stop. In the 3rd part of this section, answer the questions accurately and to the point, while extending your answers.

Personally, I would advise you not to panic, stay calm. When I was taking the test, it was my first, I had no idea how it is going to go down and I was feeling quite nervous, but even then I tried to stay calm and concentrated on the test. There are going to be a lot of distractions, so try to pay no attention to them. Don’t go hungry or sleepy in the test, and if you need to use the bathroom then go and relieve yourself before the test. Stay focused and sharp and remember what you have practiced.

Remember these little things and you will get a good band score. Best of luck!”



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