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How I Scored 9.0 in IELTS Listening and Reading?

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Relax and don’t stress out – it’s a simple but useful exam tip from Justin Wong, a Grade 12 student at Columbia International College who scored Band 9 in both Listening and Reading in his first IELTS attempt in Dec 2017. He spent a total of two days preparing for the exam and achieved a whopping overall Band of 8.5.

“For listening and writing, I watched  YouTube videos and reviewed some past exam questions.” Justin said. “I didn’t practice for writing. The most important thing is the structure – don’t go off topic.”

Justin left Hong Kong at age 14 and entered Grade 10 at Columbia. “I learned English under Hong Kong’s IGCSE system.” He said. “But 90% of the time we spoke Cantonese. ”

He describes Columbia as a great place to mingle with students from different countries in class, sports, community services, cultural events and so on.

“Only 10% of my friends are from Hong Kong and that helps with my English.”

Justine believes time management is vital in achieving a balanced life style. He usually finishes most of the school work before going back to the residence and spends the evening working out in gym, hanging out with friends or peer tutoring fellow students.

Justin is graduating in May 2018 and he hopes to study business in university.

Fafali Adzo Ahadzi

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Fafali Adzo Ahadzi (Ghana) Ahadzi Fafali Adzo

Graduated from Columbia: May 2015

Accepted to:

  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Carleton University
  • York University
  • McGill University
  • University of Sydney
  • Queen’s University
  • University of British Columbia

Total Scholarships: $61,500

Hoi Kiu Yeung

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Hoi Kiu Yeung (Hong Kong)Yeung Hoi Kiu

Graduated from Columbia: May 2015

Accepted to:

  • York University
  • University of Ottawa
  • McGill University
  • University of British Columbia

Total Scholarships: $24,000

 

Sze Liz Lung

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Lung Sze LizSze Liz Lung (Malaysia)

Graduated from Columbia: June 2015

Accepted to:

  • McMaster University
  • Ryerson University
  • Carleton University
  • York University

Total Scholarships: $26,500

Elsah Galenda Wojega

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Wojega Elsah GalendaElsah Galenda Wojega (Uganda)

Graduated from Columbia: May 2015

Accepted to:

  • York University
  • Carleton University
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Toronto
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Manchester

Total Scholarships: $24,000

 

Isana Siveraman Pillai

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Isana Siveraman Pillai (Singapore)Pillai Isana Siveraman

Graduated from Columbia: May 2015

Accepted to:

  • University of Toronto
  • Queen’s University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Carleton University
  • Brock University
  • University of British Columbia

Total Scholarships: $42,000

Zejun Wang

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Wang ZejunZejun Wang (China)

Graduated from Columbia: May 2015

Accepted to:

University of Toronto

  • Queen’s University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Carleton University

Total Scholarships: $54,000