IELTS Results competition winners in November 2019

November was a very good month for many test takers, and in particular for 12 high scorers who won in our IELTS results competition. They received band scores ranging from 7.5 to 8.5 – what a reason for celebration!

Congratulations to:

Academic Module – 1st placeBand 8.5 in IELTS

  • Lucie Olivova from Czech Republic, Band 8.5

Academic Module – 2nd place

  • Guzal Fayzieva from Uzbekistan, Band 8
  • Zeynep Isik from Turkey, Band 8
  • Ellen Thomassen from Belgium, Band 8

Academic Module – 3rd place

  • Reshal Dsouza from India, Band 7.5
  • Ayisha Kader from India, Band 7.5
  • Nikita Gaga from India, Band 7.5
  • Ruman Khader from India, Band 7.5

General Training Module – 1st place

  • Hillary Onyeanakwe from Nigeria, Band 8
  • Kenil Kotak from India, Band 8

General Training Module – 2nd place

  • Mohammed Imran Ali from India, Band 7.5
  • Ishita Dhada from India, Band 7.5

Now your lives are not on hold any more, and you are one step closer to your dreams. These great IELTS scores mean you are free to study or work in a country you have chosen, and give yourselves and your families a better future. To mark this happy occasion we are sending your certificates of achievement to your email addresses. 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’re always trying to find out from the winners how they did it. I’d like to ask the winners – please be kind to the other test takers who are still preparing for their IELTS exams. Do share your stories and tell us how you studied, and what helped you achieve success in IELTS. Any useful tips will be shared on, so everyone can use the same technique and get a better score in their own exam this month.

We are expecting responses from our winners and as soon as we get their tips, we will post them on In the meanwhile, we are delighted to share that Kenil Kotak (Overall Band 8) used our writing correction service, and that Ishita Dhada (Overall Band 7.5) used our IELTS practice tests in her exam preparation.

The first IELTS results competition we held 11 (!) years ago was our very first step towards connecting successful test takers with everyone else. Winners have obviously done a lot of things right, and by sharing their tips, ‘secrets’ and advice they are helping thousands of others achieve great results in IELTS. is proud to be the channel for the experience and wisdom of high scorers to reach every IELTS test taker in the world!

So if YOU got a high score in IELTS, no matter when – this month, last month, a few months ago – we want to hear from you! We would like to extend our warm invitation to everyone who is happy with their IELTS score. Take part in our IELTS results competition today, and share your IELTS tips when you win!

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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.”



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