Describe a Big City You Would Like to Visit

Last week, I posted a series of sample answers to writing task 2 questions from Cambridge IELTS 17. Today, I will give you my answer to a speaking part 2 question from that same book. It asks you to describe a big city you would like to visit.

In this article, we will analyse the cue card, plan our answer, and then see how to give a band 9 response to it.

The Cue Card: Describe a Big City

Here’s the cue card that appears in Cambridge IELTS 17:

Describe a big city you would like to visit.

You should say:

– which big city you would like to visit

– how you would travel there

– what you would do there

and explain why you would like to visit this big city.

I think that this is quite straightforward, so there isn’t much to analyse. However, due to the stress of the exam, people often make silly mistakes, so let’s go over what you need to do and say.

Most importantly, the place you describe must be:

a big city (ie not a small city or a big town)somewhere you want to visit (ie not somewhere you enjoyed visiting in the past)

This probably seems very easy, but it’s important to answer the question properly and not to overlook important details by reading the cue card too quickly.

Aside from those points, you should also aim to answer the bullet points. This is a bit less important and you can certainly answer them in any order, but it is worth trying to talk about each of them, even if briefly.

Planning your Answer

When you are given the cue card, you will have one minute to prepare your response and then you should speak for between one and two minutes. That means you don’t have much preparation time.

You need to quickly pick a big city to talk about. Don’t weigh the various options or you will waste time. Just pick one and think about how to describe it.

You then need to think about what you want to say. The bullet points can help you here. In this case, you will think about how you would travel there, what you would do, and why you would like to visit this city.

Again, you don’t need to answer these in the same order as the bullet points appear. You can also put two bullet points together if needed. I think that “what you would do” and “what you want to go” are basically interlinked.

Language for Describing Cities

You don’t really need to go into a lot of technical detail about cities, but it would be useful to know some vocabulary for describing them. Here are some words and phrases that might help you:

ArchitectureThe design of buildings.DiverseIn the context of a city, this means a mix of people.DowntownGenerally, the middle or busiest part of a city.Green space(s)Places where there is greenery – ie parks.InfrastructureThe various parts of a city required for people to live.Mass transit systemA means for moving large numbers of people around.MegacityA city with more than 10 million inhabitants.NeighbourhoodA part of a city.SuburbsThe residential areas on the edge of the city.

Of course, this is just a small list and the actual vocabulary that you use will be entirely dependent upon what city you want to talk about. For example, you’d need different language to talk about Tokyo, Beijing, Venice, and Paris. It is a good idea to always be specific and not just use generic vocabulary.

You can learn some vocabulary about buildings and architecture here.

My Sample Band 9 Answer

To be honest, I’m not really a “big-city person,” but the one that springs to mind is Tokyo, which of course is the capital of Japan. I’ve actually been there before, but it’s so vast that I would love to go back and see more of it and the surrounding areas.

Tokyo is fascinating because it’s such a vast and diverse city, and, like much of Japan, it is modern almost to the point of being futuristic. It is unlike any other city in the world and even each of its districts has a totally unique feel.

If I went back to Tokyo, I would fly in because I don’t live in Japan. There are at least two airports that I know of and from there you can use the mass transit system to get into the middle of the city… although actually Tokyo is so big that maybe it doesn’t really have a centre.

In the city itself, there are loads of fascinating places to see, such as the Meiji Shrine and the Shinjuku Gardens. There’s also nearby Mount Fuji, which would make for an excellent day trip.

Of course, Tokyo is a huge draw for foodies like myself. There probably isn’t a city in the world with the quality and diversity of food that you can find in Tokyo. There are also pubs with their own interesting characteristics, which covers nightlife as well.

Altogether, I would love to go back to Tokyo and explore this incredible city further.

This is a photo I took of Mount Fuji when I visited five years ago. ??


I started with the phrase “big-city person.” We sometimes use expressions like this to denote liking something. For example, “I’m a cat person” or “I’m not really a dog person.” It refers to liking or not liking those things that come before the word “person.

Other useful language here included:

springs to mind  surrounding areasvast and diverse cityfuturisticday tripa huge drawnightlife

Note that I mentioned having been to Tokyo before, but this does not pose a problem because the cue card did not say anything about a prior visit. I also explained clearly that, although I had been before, I want to go back. That’s the most important thing.

I felt that the bullet points weren’t massively helpful because the first could be answered in a second and the last two points are basically the same thing. As for how you get there, it’s not exactly something you could talk about at length. Instead, I just focused on what I would do and how I would get there.

Finally, I ended with a small and natural summary. This is a really useful structure and is better than just suddenly stopping in the middle of a thought! You can learn more about how to answer part 2 speaking questions here:

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IELTS essay, topic: Some people like to own their home while others prefer to rent it (discuss)

This is a model response to a Writing Task 2 topic from High Scorer’s Choice IELTS Practice Tests book series (reprinted with permission). This answer is close to IELTS Band 9.

Set 6 Academic book, Practice Test 30

Writing Task 2

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people like to own the place where they live, but other people like to rent where they live. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.

You should write at least 250 words.

Sample Band 9 Essay

The debate over whether it is better to own or rent the property in which one lives is one that has strong supporters on each side. There are persuasive arguments for both points of view.

One of the main advantages of renting a property is flexibility. Usually, a tenant only has to give a month’s notice before changing where he or she lives. If a property is owned and a change is needed, the property must be put onto the market and it is frequently a long and stressful process to get a sale completed. Sometimes, the wrong time of year or a bad market can mean that a sale is not possible. Another advantage of renting is that a large amount of a family’s capital is not tied up in the property. Property can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and often a lot more. If one rents, this money can be spent on other things to help improve the family’s quality of life. If the property is on a mortgage, then the deposit, also often very large, is tied up in the property and the pressure of having to make substantial payments every month can cause a lot of stress.

Owning a property does have various advantages, though. Even though people usually have to service a mortgage every month with payments, this money is then built up with the property. With renting, the money is lost to the landlord, but at the end of the term of the mortgage, the whole property is owned by the family. This makes the process of living in a property a type of investment. In addition, the property’s value often goes up after time, frequently creating a substantial profit. Owning the property where one lives can also create a sense of well-being and self-actualisation.

The decision to whether one rents or owns the property in which one lives really boils down to individual preference. My opinion is that it is much more preferable to own a property, mainly because it creates a valuable asset for the family.

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IELTS test in India – September 2022 (General Training)

Thanks to our kind friend from India we are sharing the questions from his recent IELTS test:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You visit a cafe every day. Write a letter to the manager of the cafe. In your letter

– Say what you like about the cafe
– Suggest an improvement to the cafe
– Explain the benefits of your suggestion.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Some say that modern technology is giving people more free time, while others think it is making them busier. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Speaking test

Part 1 (Interview)

– What is your full name?
– Do you work or study?
– Do you live in a flat or a house?
– What is your favourite room? Why?
– What would you like to change in your flat?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Talk about a time when you helped a child. You should say

– when and where it happened
– who the child was
– how you helped him/her
– and explain how you felt about helping the child.

Part 3 (Discussion)

– How can neighbors help each other?
– Were neighbors helping each other more in the past?
– Do you think it is important to participate in any voluntary work?
– Do you help anyone regularly?
– Do you think people generally like to help each other? Why?
– Do you think people who help others expect something in return?
– When helping others, what is considered more valuable, time or money? Why?

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IELTS Speaking test in the Philippines – September 2022

Thanks to our lovely friend K., today we are sharing the questions she remembered from her IELTS Speaking test in the Philippines:

Speaking test

Part 1 (Interview)

– Can I have your full name, please?
– Can I see your ID?
– Did you study about the history of your hometown in school?
– Do you use a mobile phone often?
– Do you like texting?
– When was the first time you got a mobile phone?
– Do you like looking at yourself in the mirror?
– How often do you use mirrors?
– Have you ever bought a mirror?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Talk about a gift you would like to give to someone. You should say

– what gift it would be
– who you would give it to
– why you would like to give him/her this gift
– and explain why you chose this gift for him/her.

Part 3 (Discussion)

– Do you like giving gifts?
– What kind of things should we consider when choosing a gift?
– On what occasions do people in your country give gifts?
– Why is it sometimes difficult to choose a gift for someone?
– Why do some people consider the brand/price when giving gifts?
– Do parents in your country give many gifts to their children?

Sentence Fragments: A Big Grammar Problem

I have written about sentence fragments before in posts about common grammatical mistakes, but I think it’s time now for a full explanation. In this post, I will explain what a sentence fragment is, why it is such a big problem, and how to avoid them.

What are sentence fragments?

To put it simply, a sentence fragment is a group of words that is used as a sentence, but which is not actually a proper sentence. For example:

Because she was hungry.

This is a sentence fragment because it is not a grammatically complete sentence. It begins with an idea that is not completed.

To explain further, all sentences in English should have the following three things:

A subjectA verbA complete thought

The above sentence had a subject (“she”) and a verb (“was”) but it lacked a complete thought. That is actually a very common occurrence in IELTS essays.

What do I mean by a “complete thought”?

The most common way that a sentence lacks a complete thought is by being only a dependent clause. That means a clause that includes a subordinating conjunction (such as “because,” “although,” “while,” “if,” etc). These need to be attached to an independent clause because they introduce an idea that is only completed in the independent clause.

Take the above example again:

Because she was hungry.

This has no meaning on its own because it needs to be attached to an independent clause, such as:

She ate five cookies.

This sentence is perfect because it has a subject, a verb, and a complete thought. Thus, to fix the sentence fragment, we can append it to the independent clause:

She ate five cookies because she was hungry.Because she was hungry, she ate five cookies.

Why are sentence fragments such a big problem?

If your IELTS essay includes a sentence fragment, you will probably get a very low score. That is because a sentence fragment is considered an extremely basic mistake. Thus, you should strive to avoid them.

English grammar is difficult, but there are various degrees of error. Making a small comma error would not affect your score much, and misusing a difficult tense would also have a minimal impact. However, a sentence fragment would be considered a very serious mistake and could limit you to just a band 5 for Grammatical Range and Accuracy (GRA).

For this reason, you really must learn to:

avoid making this sort of this error when proofreading your essay.fix this error when you find it.

Fortunately, we’ll see that fixing a sentence fragment is actually quite easy.

How to fix a sentence fragment

Even though sentence fragments are really serious mistakes, they are actually quite easy to correct. You just have to have a good understanding of clauses. You can read about independent and dependent clauses here.

As I said above, all sentences in English need a subject, a verb, and a complete thought. Thus, if you find a sentence that lacks this, you simply need to add the missing part.

The most common mistake, as I mentioned above, is using a dependent clause as a full sentence. Here are some examples:

Although it is raining outside.Because he was too confident.If you are thirsty.

We can fix these simply by adding independent clauses:

Although it is raining outside, we will go for a walk.Because he was too confident, he made a silly mistake.If you are thirsty, you can grab a drink.

(Remember that you also invert the order to put the independent clause first. Just omit the comma when you do that.)

Sentence fragments may also occur because of a missing subject:

Became sick after walking in the cold rain.Ate too much and got a stomachache.Forgot the password for his e-mail address.

To fix this, we just add a subject:

She became sick after walking in the cold rain.He ate too much and got a stomachache.He forgot the password for his e-mail address.

Finally, a sentence might be missing a verb. This most commonly occurs when someone mistakes an adjective for a verb, so make sure that you understand parts of speech fully. For example:

They confused about the new rules.He knowledgeable about this sort of problem.The movie interesting but a little hard to believe.

Of course, we just add an appropriate verb to fix the problem:

They are confused about the new rules.He is knowledgeable about this sort of problem.The movie is interesting but a little hard to believe.


See if you can figure out the correct answer to this sentence fragment test:


Sentence fragments are one of the biggest mistakes that you can make in the IELTS writing test, so it is imperative that you avoid them. Thankfully, they are easy to spot and easy to fix. Just figure out what is missing from the sentence and then add the missing part!

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IELTS test in Iran – September 2022 (General Training)

Thanks to the lovely S.E. we are sharing the questions from her recent IELTS test in Iran:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have recently read a book about a city which you know well, and found some incorrect information in the book. Write a letter to the author. In your letter

– Inform him/her of the incorrect information
– Give him/her the correct information
– Explain why he/she should correct it.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

These days world leaders of all kinds are younger than in the past. What are the reasons? Is this a negative or a positive trend?

Speaking test

Part 1 (Interview)

– What is your full name?
– May I see your ID?
– Tell me about your hometown.
– What is it famous for?
– What sport do you like to watch? Why?
– Do you like to watch your favorite sport on TV or in a stadium? Why?
– What sport do you like to watch live? Why?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Describe a piece of clothing that you like very much. You should say

– where you got it
– what it is like
– when and where you wear it
– and explain why you like wearing it.

Part 3 (Discussion)

– Have you ever given somebody a piece of clothing?
– Why is it important to wear uniforms?
– Does fashion influence people?

Cambridge IELTS 17: Sample Band 9 Answers

Cambridge recently released the 17th instalment in their IELTS series and I wanted to give you my sample answers for four of the essays in this book. I’ll also make some comments on the questions where I think it’s important to discuss the meaning, potential problems, or anything else that might arise. These are all task 2 essays because I don’t want to break any copyright laws by posting images from those books.

Below, you can find my sample band 9 answers to the task 2 questions from Cambridge IELTS 17.

Test 1: Taking Risks

Here’s the first task 2 question in the book:

It is important for people to take risks, both in their professional lives and their personal lives.

Do you think the advantages of taking risks outweigh the disadvantages?

First of all, I’ll say that this really reminds me of several older questions, which is not a surprise because the IELTS test makers like to recycle topics and ideas. It is most similar to this question:

Some people prefer to spend their lives doing the same things and avoiding change. Others, however, think that change is always a good thing.

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

Although the words and even format of the question are totally different, it is almost the same in terms of its general meaning. Still, you always need to read very carefully and respond directly to the question rather than previous, similar questions.

Sample Band 9 Answer: Tasking Risks

People differ in their attitude towards taking risks, with some people seemingly born to be risky and others rather risk averse. This essay will look into the advantages and disadvantages of an adventurous attitude and conclude that taking some risks is a positive thing.

First of all, it should be noted that taking risks is necessary for success. History is full of such examples in all fields, from science to war and from sport to literature. Those who simply continue tradition and never try anything new are doomed to repeat the past and typically content themselves with mediocrity. However, when people try new things, they may risk failure, but they also bring about the possibility of tremendous success. Looking at literature, for example, we can see great writers like James Joyce and William Burroughs, who completely redefined what a novel could be by breaking all the rules. They could easily have wasted their time and become mired in failure, but their risks paid off and they are today considered giants in their field.

Of course, that is not to suggest that taking a risk always results in success. Naturally, for every great success there are countless failures. To continue the idea of literature, one can only begin to imagine the number of writers who attempted to do something entirely new but failed because they were misunderstood. Taking risks in everyday life can be an even bigger problem because the consequences can be more severe. Young men often hurt themselves in foolish stunts because they took a risk to impress their peers. In such cases, it would clearly have been better not to take that risk at all.

In conclusion, whether it is better to take risks or not depends entirely upon the risk. In some scenarios, it is best to take a chance and see what happens because the potential outcome could be immensely rewarding, but in many cases it is rather pointless. Still, overall it is better to take some risks than avoid them altogether.  

Notes and Language

I started this essay with a nice general statement but without being too random. I’ve tried to avoid clichéd IELTS language like “There is a hot controversy about…” This is neither true nor is it appropriate.

Although I mostly wanted to show that taking risks is a good thing, I split the essay into two body paragraphs and tried to show both sides of the issue. You don’t need to provide a balanced answer in IELTS writing task 2, but in this case I thought it was for the best. The main thing was to make sure that my position was clear throughout. This began with a clear and precise outline sentence. I also gave some interesting and appropriate examples and I stretched one theme (literature) over two paragraphs for continuity.

In terms of language, I used words like “risky and “risk averse,” which are obviously very topic specific. I did, however, have to use more vague terminology like “adventurous attitude” because I didn’t want to repeat “risk” too much. I also used phrases like “break the rules” and “attempt to do something new.” This also helps to avoid repetition.

Test 2: Smartphones

The next question is also similar to some previous ones, but because it’s 2022 it has been specifically written to include smartphones rather than computers or other types of technology:

Some children spend hours every day on their smartphones.

Why is this the case? Do you think this is a positive or a negative trend?

This is a two-part question that includes a positive or negative question! This might seem weird, but actually it’s become fairly common in recent years to include positive/negative questions inside a two-part question, so you should be ready to answer something like this. The key is not to go at length about the positive/negative aspect and instead squeeze it into just one paragraph.

Sample Band 9 Answer: Smartphones

It can be seen nowadays that young people, including small children, spend a lot of time on their phones. This essay will explain why and then argue that it is an overwhelmingly negative development.

To begin with, children use their phones a lot because they are enjoyable to the point of being addictive. Indeed, numerous studies have shown that phones are as addictive for children as sugar or drugs, and this makes it hard for them to moderate their behaviour. The apps on most phones are designed to appeal to people by rewarding them with dopamine and children are particularly susceptible to this. In addition, the bright images, simple games, and immersive experience make phones thoroughly appealing for young users.

This constant usage brings various problems, with perhaps the most alarming being the impact on people’s health. Using a phone is something that the human body has not yet adapted to and there are various risks. The most obvious one is neck damage. Doctors often warn that the postures people use when using their phones lead to neck strain, which can also trigger problems in the back and head. Some people worry about eyestrain, too, though this is unproven. Then, of course, there is the fact that for children almost the entirety of their entertainment comes in the form of these phones and so they no longer go outside to play games in the fresh air, getting necessary exercise and socialising. They are stuck indoors, staring at their phone and becoming overweight, fragile, and unsociable.

In conclusion, the current situation with children using their phones a lot is utterly negative. Even if there were any possible benefits, they would be grossly outweighed by the damage that these devices cause.

Notes and Language

Again, my introduction is clear and precise. It starts by explaining the topic and then gives an explicit outline. There is nothing clichéd or confusing here. A reader would be well prepared for the next parts.

The structure is simple. One body paragraph deals with the first sentence and the next deals with the second sentence. It was a challenge to keep this simple because the questions certainly raise a lot of ideas. I could have written a thousand words on why children like smartphones so much! However, keep it short and to the point. Don’t waste time.

Important vocabulary here included “addictive” and “dopamine.” I also needed to talk about health (you can learn about health vocabulary here), so I mentioned various issues, including “neck strain.”

Test 3: Professionals

Here’s the third writing question from Cambridge IELTS 17:

Some people believe that professionals, such as doctors and engineers, should be required to work in the country where they did their training. Others believe they should be free to work in another country if they wish.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Interestingly, this question has also been asked in different ways over the years! I have seen it written as a problem and solution question but now it is a “discuss both views” one. It is also frequently shared on websites and social media with various mistakes because people saw it in a test and misremembered it. (Read about the dangers of fake questions.)

Anyway, it’s a fascinating topic that hopefully everyone has something thoughts on. I know I did. ?

Sample Band 9 Answer: Professionals

A small number of people think that highly trained professionals should be required to work in the same country where they did their training, but most people disagree with this. This essay will also disagree, suggesting that they should be free to work where they want.

To begin with, it is understandable that people might argue in favour of professionals working in the country where they trained because in some cases that country has paid for their training. Take, for example, a doctor who received medical training at the government’s expense in a relatively poor country. If they moved to another country, perhaps in order to earn a higher salary, then the government’s investment would have been wasted.

However, there are a few problems with that viewpoint. First of all, professionals of this nature usually pay for their own education, and so if they were required to stay in that country then it would be unfair. A lot of people invest in their education purely to gain the chance of moving to another country for a better life. Then, of course, there is the argument that all people should have some freedom of movement. Particularly in the case of highly trained professionals, who can bring value to different societies, it is beneficial to have them move around the world, sharing their skills and increasing diversity. Perhaps they ought to give something back to the society in which they were trained, but they should not be restricted by any law because that would be a violation of their fundamental rights.

In conclusion, people who have important skills should be free to move to other countries if they wish. They should not have a legal obligation to stay in the nation where they earned their skills, but perhaps for the sake of decency they might consider staying a short while and giving back to that society.

Notes and Language

You might be curious about my first line: “A small number of people think…” Why did I say that? Well, the question says “Some people” and honestly I don’t think that many people share this view, so I used my words carefully to reflect that. Remember: Don’t just paraphrase blindly! Use your own language and ideas to express a clear and intelligent point.

I began my concession paragraph by saying “it is understandable that people might argue…” I want to show the opposing view so that I can do a better job of arguing against it. I went on to argue convincingly in favour of the opposing view.

Note: You don’t need to talk about doctors and engineers! IELTS candidates often read the question, see these examples, and think that they are the main idea. However, they are not. These are purely examples. You don’t need to mention them at all.

My language here is related to the topic of work and migration. I also tried to avoid repetition. I used some great phrases like “at the government’s expense” and “a violation of their fundamental rights.” These are descriptive and specific.

Test 4: Alternative Medicine

Finally, we come to a question about a controversial issue:

Nowadays, a growing number of people with health problems are trying alternative medicines and treatments instead of visiting their usual doctor.

Do you think this is a positive or negative development?

Here, we have a question about alternative medicines vs conventional ones. This is a difficult subject to talk about and people will have different opinions on the matter, but don’t worry too much. Whether you support or oppose the use of alternative medicines, the examiner should not be prejudiced against you. Just make sure to explain your position clearly and convincingly.

Sample Band 9 Answer: Alternative Medicine

It has been claimed that more people are now using alternative medical practices rather than using proper doctors. This essay will argue that it is a dangerous development.

To begin with, there is simply no good argument for using alternative medicines. Any alternative treatment that works will be incorporated into conventional medicine, so to go outside of the mainstream is to take a pointless risk. The vast majority of alternative medical practices, no matter how they are marketed, are at best useless and at worst highly dangerous.

Using any alternative treatment has two potential outcomes. The first is that nothing will happen because most of them are in fact fake. Take acupuncture, homeopathy, or folk medicine, for example. These are simply archaic or idealistic ideas that mostly rely upon the placebo effect. In most cases, they do nothing and any genuine use that they could pose has or will be incorporated into conventional medicine through the scientific method and peer review. In such cases, a patient with an illness will not recover and will waste time in seeking real treatment. In severe cases, these fraudulent practitioners will actually harm their patients because their treatments are dangerous. These alternative medicines are unregulated and used by people who have no proper training, which means that they will not only fail to help but may even introduce new health problems.

In conclusion, the trend of people seeking alternative forms of medicine is massively problematic and puts people at serious risk of illness and death.

Notes and Language

You will notice that there is not much balance to this essay. I have taken a very firm position here and that’s just fine. It actually makes it easier to write an essay when you have a firm belief. That’s why I started paragraph two with a strong statement: “there is simply no good argument for using alternative medicines.”

Of course, if you make a statement like this, you need to be able to back it up with explanation or evidence. I explained my position in the second paragraph and then gave more detail in the third.

Questions relating to medicine can be hard because they might require you to draw upon difficult vocabulary. Here, you can see I have done that, although not all of it is medical in nature: archaic, idealistic, placebo, fraudulent, practitioner, etc. In terms of Lexical Resource, you shouldn’t strive for difficult words, but rather aim for accuracy.

Final Thoughts

I hope that you have found these sample band 9 answers to Cambridge IELTS 17 questions useful. You should not try to copy my words or ideas, but rather view them as inspiration for your own essays. There is no perfect formula for an IELTS task 2 essay, and so you should figure out your own ways of directly addressing the question and developing your answers thoroughly.

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IELTS Results competition winners in August 2022

Queen Elizabeth II, who sadly is no longer with us, famously said “When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future.”

We couldn’t think of a better description for the 5 people we are about to celebrate today. Look what they have achieved by refusing to give up:

IELTS results competition winners of August 2022

Academic Module

1st place – Roshni Haye from Pakistan, Band 8.5
2nd place – Nor from Malaysia, Band 8
3rd place – Sandra Ifeoma Anyanwu from Nigeria, Band 7.5

General Training Module

1st place – Rayan Zeineddine from Lebanon, Band 9
2nd place – Mohit Kumar from Canada, Band 7.5

Well done, Roshni, Nor, Sandra and Mohit! What an amazing score, Rayan, a Band 9?! To mark this happy occasion we are sending certificates of achievement to your email addresses. 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?

It feels SO good to see our student win! Rayan from Lebanon used our book ‘Ace the IELTS’ and credited his success to it. In his own words,Ace the IELTS is the book that came to me at the right time. I had one month to prepare and I wanted straightforward, guaranteed tips and tricks to achieve the results I need. I ended up scoring a 9 overall! Thank you Simone for the time and effort you put into this book. There’s a reason why this book is a best-seller!”

As for the other winners – we would love to hear from you, because when you share your stories and tell us how you studied, you are helping thousands of test takers, preparing for their exams right now. Any useful tips will be posted on, so everyone can use the same technique 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.