IELTS Results competition winners in September 2020

This year may have started off on the wrong foot, but all is not lost! With IELTS exams back and running, we are seeing more and more people achieve great results, such as the wonderful group of 10 we are about to announce.

They come from all over the world – Nigeria, Norway, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines – and the one thing they have in common is their invitation to a new life, in the form of IELTS certificate with an Overall Band 7.5, 8 or 8.5!

With great pleasure we present the winners of IELTS results competition in September 2020:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Victory Yinka-Banjo from Nigeria, Band 8.5
  • Magnus Salomonsen from Norway, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Nkechi Okwuosa from Nigeria, Band 8
  • Tara Chamki Sridhar from India, Band 8
  • Prisca Ngozi Umeobi from Nigeria, Band 8

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Dinuka Kankanige from Sri Lanka, Band 7.5
  • Kamaldeep Sharma from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Khushbu Shah from India, Band 8
  • Samia Nikhat from India, Band 8

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Nielson Ng from the Philippines, Band 7.5

Congratulations on your success! To celebrate your achievements we are sending your special certificates 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!

How did they score so well?

We smile as we see familiar names and faces among the winners – some of them are our students!

Prisca Ngozi Umeobi (Band 8) said:

“Hi Simone,

This is a special note to express my gratitude to you and your team for the preparation materials Target Band 7 book and the 30 IELTS practise tests.

I found out today I scored an Overall Band Score of 8.0 with a perfect 9 in Speaking.

Thank you. You really are a star! So, shine on…”

Nielson Ng (Band 7.5) said:

“I would like to thank for their fast response with essay checking and speaking feedback. It made me jump from 6.0 to 7.0 within 2 months span. I made sure to write one essay task 2 every day and have them corrected. I tried to cover all the topics, from academic to lifestyle. I highly recommend getting the essay correction services because they will give you the equivalent scores of your essay plus the recommend words that can boost your vocabulary list.

Speaking feedback was great for correcting pronunciations and giving a better idea of word choices. The first test was accurate and gave me ideas on how the speaking module works during the IELTS exam.”

We also know that other winners used our books and services: Magnus Salomonsen (Band 8.5) had his writing corrected by our team, and Nkechi Okwuosa (Band 8) prepared by the book ‘Target Band 7’ + used the writing correction service.

But what about the other winners?

We would love to hear from them! Their scores are a great inspiration, and their advice can help everyone achieve similar results. Any tips they wish to share, as soon as we get them, will be posted on IELTS-Blog without delay, so everyone can use the same technique and get a better score in their own exam.

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

Two successful students explain what it takes to get Band 7.5 or higher in IELTS

Sometimes the inspiration you need to achieve your dreams can be found in a few simple words of wisdom, and that is exactly what we have for you today. We would like you to meet two winners of our monthly IELTS results competition, because there is a lot you can learn from their experience.

Kourosh Moini lives in Iran, he is a native Farsi speaker who got Band 7.5 in Academic IELTS. When we asked Kourosh how he scored so well, he said:

“In my experience, knowing where your strengths and weaknesses are is the best guide you can have. So the first step is to identify those and be truly honest with yourself. I achieved this simply by taking standard practice tests at home. After 3 tests, I recognized very clearly where my skills came short and needed improvements.

Then you can parcel the issues and come up with a solution. In my case, my strength is listening and my weakness was writing. So, I started searching for information on how to improve my writing skills and I found out that collocations and the ability to write in the appropriate structures are of great importance. Then, I studied this book called “Collocation in use” by Cambridge publications that helped me a lot and started watching some online courses on how to use the appropriate structure in regard to various writing questions.

I can also recommend, when practicing your reading skills, pay attention to how native authors paraphrase a concept because it is very useful. This can fix many errors in this section and it gives you the ability to imitate native authors’ styles when writing your own material.

In there are many speaking questions from actual recent IELTS tests – that can be very effective and helped me a lot to prepare for my speaking session with the help of a dear friend. Actually, Part 2 of my speaking was somehow similar to a previous test I found on

Hope what I wrote helps others and wish you all the best possible results in your IELTS exams.”

Amir Ebrahimi also lives in Iran; he got Band 8.0 in General Training IELTS. When we asked him what others could do to increase their IELTS score like he did, he put together quite a few handy tips:

Band 8 in IELTS“Firstly, I suggest that candidates increase their connection with the language they are trying to learn. To do so, I used to listen to at least 10 podcast channels with varied accents. In addition to that, I switched my bedtime reading from Farsi to English. I also used to watch TV series with English subtitles to improve my reading comprehension and listening at the same time. All in all, you shouldn’t miss any chance to be a professional English consumer 🙂 .

Secondly, I was wrong thinking that I can get the required score purely by self-study, which led me to fail in 3 exams in a row. That was when I started to consult with IELTS teachers and successful candidates to get familiar with my weaknesses and get feedback on my essays and speaking skills. Therefore, I asked a local teacher for help with the writing section and bought the writing correction service from to have my essays revised by a native IELTS expert. During my preparation, I had collected all the mistakes I was made aware of, and reviewed them the day before the exam to avoid repeating them. Therefore, do not forget to ask an expert for help in order to get your desired score in the first attempt.

Finally, use the official IDP and British Council resources to get ready for the test condition. You can’t get a high band without knowing the tricks and techniques to face different question types, even if you have decent language abilities. I also suggest that you read the Writing Band Descriptors very closely, as it’s the most important document used by IELTS examiners to mark your essays.

I hope reading these will help other candidates overcome their IELTS challenges.”

A very big thank-you to Kourosh and Amir from us all for sharing their knowledge.



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