IELTS Test Results competition

Here is what helped Alan get Band 8 in IELTS

You probably remember Alan as one of the IELTS Results competition winners. We celebrated their success earlier this month, and Alan took the first place in the General Training group.

Alan lives in India and speaks Hindi as his first language. He came across and subscribed to our daily emails in January this year. When he took the test, he scored Band 8.0, and decided to take part in our monthly IELTS results competition. As a winner, Alan was invited to share his experience, and he wanted to give back and help everyone still studying for the test. Here is what Alan told us about his IELTS preparation, and how you can do well in the test:

“My English proficiency before starting the preparation was at a moderate level, I would say.

With the initial practice assessments I took, I was around Band 7-8 in Listening and Reading, Band 5-6 in Writing, and an estimate of Band 6 in Speaking (based on feedback I received). My weaknesses were writing and speaking, so I concentrated my 2 months of prep on those more than the other sections. I dedicated around an hour a day to preparation.

Some general tips that I found helpful:

– Practice consistently: fix a time in the day (I fixed a time after work to study).

– Book the test in advance when you feel like you are moderately ready. This gives a deadline and a reason to study. Dragging out the preparation might reduce your motivation and confidence.

– Go through the free materials provided when registering for the exam.

– Read the IELTS-blog daily emails

– Focus on your weaknesses

– Do not underestimate the difficulty of the exam. One of my friends (who has better English proficiency than me) ignored the writing letter/essay structure and got Band 6 in the test.

– Take mock tests for Reading and Listening online on websites like to familiarise yourself with the computer-based interface.

– Keep the IELTS assessment criteria in mind while doing tasks

– Track your Listening and Reading practice scores

I hope you found some of my tips useful.”

Thank you very much, Alan, for sharing your advice, and we wish you only the very best!

Best IELTS test result April 2023

IELTS Results competition winners in April 2023

IELTS Results competition winners in April 2023

If you are working hard on your IELTS score and you are dreaming about Band 7 or 8, you can appreciate the amount of work that goes into this achievement. Today we are celebrating the success of six dedicated test takers whose efforts were rewarded with amazing scores, ranging from a respectable Band 7 to an admirable Band 8!

The winners of April round come from Iran, Sri Lanka, India, Egypt and Peru. Put your hands together, lets give them a standing ovation!

IELTS results competition winners of April 2023

Academic Module

  • 1st place – Arian Mavedati from Iran, Band 8
  • 2nd place – Gayathri Arachchige from Sri Lanka, Band 7.5
  • 3rd place – Gurbhinder Singh from India, Band 7

General Training Module

  • 1st place – Alan Josy from India, Band 8
  • 2nd place – Mohamed Zahran from Egypt, Band 7.5
  • 2nd place – Cinthya Vargas Chamorro from Peru, Band 7.5

These are some impressive scores! To mark this happy day we are sending our winners their certificates of achievement via email. We are also adding the winning IELTS results to the IELTS-Blog hall of fame – so please feel free to show them off to your friends!

How did they score so well?

All of the winners were subscribed to our daily emails; they were going over the most recent questions and model answers regularly in their preparation for the test. But there must be so much more they can tell us, which is why we have contacted all of them and asked for their best exam tips. As soon as we hear back, their useful advice will be posted on, so that everyone can use the same techniques and get a better score in their own exam this month.

Did you know? IELTS results competition runs every month, and everyone is welcome to participate. Learn how to enroll here.