IELTS Results competition winners in March 2020

At times like this good news is especially important, and today we would like to congratulate 4 people and hopefully inspire many more!

As you would have guessed, we are about to announce the lucky owners of highest IELTS results in March. Let’s give a round of applause to…

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 9 in IELTS

  • Po-Jen Hsieh from Taiwan, Band 8
  • Amir Mostashari from Iran, Band 8

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Aneesh Elamthuruthy Joshy from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Rency K George from India, Band 7.5

Congratulations on your wonderful IELTS scores! To make this a day to remember 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!

How did they score so well?

What we know so far is that Po-Jen Hsieh (IELTS Band 8) used our book ‘Target Band 7’ to prepare for the exam, and he also took our interactive Speaking test. Also, Aneesh and Rency (Band 7.5) used our writing correction service.

But we really hope to get some tips from the winners; we would love to hear 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.

Remember, even if IELTS exams in your country may be suspended for now, soon they will resume testing and you want to be in a great shape to take IELTS as soon as possible. Now, while you’ve got time to study at home, it is more important than ever to do your best, and get your target score! We at are here to support you every step of the way, so if you need help, email us any time.

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

Indian doctor reveals how she boosted her IELTS score to Band 8

Today we would like to share with you the success story of Dr. Ishita Dhada who improved her IELTS score to Band 8 overall, with a perfect 9 in Listening. You may remember Dr. Dhada’s name as a winner of our monthly IELTS results competition in February. When she wrote and asked to be included in the competition, her email got our entire team smiling with satisfaction:

“I am happy to share that this time I have received the required score. I have got an overall 8.0 band score ( L-9, R-8, W-7, S-7 ).

I am really grateful to you for all your help. The test papers that you have designed always kept me a step ahead to face IELTS with more confidence. Moreover, I must say that has also played a profound role in terms of providing me with the latest writing and speaking questions to go through.”

But Dr. Dhada is so much more than a high achiever – she is also a very kind and compassionate person, who wants others to benefit from her experience. In her winner’s interview she shared the following advice – we are convinced that some of it can be applied to anyone’s IELTS preparation, just go ahead and give it a try.

Dr. Dhada said:

“It was my third IELTS attempt and finally I received an overall 8.0 band score (L-9, R-8, W-7, S-7) which was much awaited. After appearing for IELTS multiple times,I would like to share some important takeaways from my experience.


After repetitively getting 6.5 in writing, it had become a pain in neck for me to conquer IELTS.

Writing is all about sticking to word limits and not going far beyond it. Ultimately, it helps us to make fewer mistakes. Minimizing the number of errors is the key to increase the writing score.

Another important point is to do planning before attempting any writing task. There is a famous quote by Abraham Lincoln, “If I had 6 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 4 hours sharpening the axe.” Initially, I wasn’t convinced I should spend the initial 3-5 min planning. But, slowly and gradually when I started practicing it, and it turned out to be a game changer for me. Planning helps you keep the flow of ideas clear in each paragraph you are writing. For example, jot down points like Body Paragraph 1 – Idea and Example, and similarly for the rest of the body paragraphs.

Use variety of words. That doesn’t mean using complex vocabulary. Using different synonyms for a word can turn a score in our favor.

Lastly, rechecking at the end of writing is not optional, you must do it. Spending the last 5 minutes proofreading can give you an extra 0.5 Band Score.


For listening I would say, the more we practice the more we become familiar with the pattern. Gradually, it becomes a cake walk to stay tuned to the recording and identify the answers because most of the time I felt that “the tone gives it away”.


Again for reading, practice is the key. However, here we can apply some strategies to nail it in a much smarter way.

Firstly, each question has a specific keyword to look for in the paragraph. After locating the keyword, it becomes easier to find the correct answer.

Moreover, among all the different types of questions in reading, only in one or two types, answers don’t come in sequence. So, for the rest of the types, answers always follow the order of the text.


My English is very basic as I don’t apply it much in my day-to-day life. However, daily recordings of 2-3 speaking sessions helped me to become comfortable with the language and present myself confidently in front of the examiner, not only by answering questions in a much structured way but also by using proper hand gestures and facial expressions.

Moreover, I would like to thank for providing latest speaking and writing questions to enhance my preparations. Practice papers in the books by Simone Braverman were excellent to boost my confidence.

To conclude on a positive note, I would like to say, give it your best shot and you will get the desired score. Never give up as it is rightly said, “Fortune comes to the brave”.



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