Two IELTS Success Stories that Resulted in Band 7.5

Today we have two stories to share. One belongs to Wahumpurage from Sri Lanka, who needed Band 7 in Writing but struggled to achieve it. The other story belongs to Tina from Iran, who started at the modest Band 6 and worked her way up to a remarkable Band 7.5. Both stories have a happy ending, and quite a few lessons that can be learnt, so enjoy and think how you can implement the same methods and strategies in your own IELTS preparation!

Wahumpurage from Sri Lanka, Overall Band Score of 7.5

Wahumpurage Band 7.5 in IELTS“I had been so desperate to achieve Band 7, mainly in Writing. Actually, the other three aspects were fine. So I went through sample answers for task one and two on thoroughly. I wrote the commonly used academic sentence patterns again and again, referring to Band 8 sample essays.

I followed the linkers that were in the samples and learnt how they were used. I used the same linkers in my essay to improve the proper flow of the essay. I became familiar with all the main topic areas such as employment, health, education etc. and what main points were discussed in sample essays. For example, if the main topic is ‘health’, the points are ‘food’ and ‘exercise’. Finally, I got a great help from this website and am grateful to the whole team. Thank you again!”

Tina from Iran, Overall Band Score of 7.5

Band 7.5 in IELTS

“Thank you for your amazing website and the way you help other candidates to achieve the best result.

First of all, I have to say that when I started studying for IELTS my Overall Score was 6 in my first mock exam. So it took around 8 months to get myself ready for the real exam.


Practice, practice, practice! It is good to improve your vocabulary. I had a notebook where I wrote all the important words and practiced them every night.

In the final 2 months I wrote at least one writing task a day, simulating the real exam conditions and I tried to use all the advanced vocabulary in my writing.


It is not a good idea to memorise the answers, but it is good to become familiar with the questions. So I read all the past speaking questions and had prepared answers for them. In the real exam, although the question wasn’t exactly the same as past ones, I still knew how to answer it properly. It is very important to have at least one ‘if clause’ in your part 2!


I didn’t practice that much for reading, just the Cambridge tests. Maybe if I had read more, I would have achieved a better score. So read different articles and books in English before your exam.


Not only is it important to have adequate practice before the exam, but it also is vital to stay focused during the Listening test. So try your best to listen carefully to each sentence and make your best effort to reduce spelling errors in your answers as well.”

6 test takers reveal how they got IELTS scores ranging from 7.5 to 8.5

Success and generosity go hand in hand, and the winners of our IELTS results competition have proved it yet again! Within less than 24 hours they contributed these powerful tips that you can use to start increasing your score right away. Here is what they said:

Karen from Singapore, Band 8.5Band 8.5 in IELTS

“Regarding tips and strategies, I’d say go through the IELTS Success Formula book. Flag out pages that are useful and go through them again the night before. Work on your weaknesses (for me it was reading and writing), so I did a lot of practice tests. Remember the writing style and format for letter writing and essay, and try to use some words and phrases which demonstrate a higher level of English ability to get a better score.”

Behtash from Iran, IELTS Band 8

“To be brief, I would advise everyone to improve their language proficiency enough before they start preparing for IELTS. Also, the materials found in, especially the sample questions and answers, are extremely beneficial. Additionally, to really increase the Speaking Module score, one needs to have a minimum of 2 hours a day speaking practice on daily routine topics during the 6 months leading to the test.”

Esther from India, IELTS Band 8

“I’m glad to hear that I have won the competition, thank you. My advice to those taking the IELTS is to practice each and every module. The more practice tests we do at home, the easier it becomes when we take the test.”

Jasur from Uzbekistan, Band 8

“My best advice would be for listening (as I got 9 in the Listening section) to listen to more British songs by Ed Sheeran and James Arthur. What is more, TED radio podcasts are very useful too. For my speaking, I was just speaking out loud to myself and recording that to the voice recorder. Later I was listening to my speaking and spotting my mistakes.”

Benjemen from India, Band 7.5

“For the third time, I took my IELTS General Training exam last week and I successfully secured 7.5 in Writing. I have been attempting to score at least 7 in Writing which will significantly boost my score for Canadian immigration.

I would like to thank you for assessing and evaluating my essay through the writing correction service. Your correction services has enabled me to identify my weaknesses and work on them.”

Prince from India, Band 7.5

“It feels really good to be the winner. I am really grateful for the people behind this. The study material, as well as the tips and suggestions that were given was very much useful to me to get this score. Practice makes things perfect and is one such aid to excel at this exam.”



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