I am incredibly grateful to have been chosen as one of the winners of the British Council IELTS Prize. It has given me the confidence not only to continue my master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh but also to practice my English skills as a student. I am aware that practising English, reading, writing and speaking, will play an essential role as I study my postgraduate degree in the UK. Therefore, to be selected as an IELTS ambassador considering how vital our English skills are as an international student is a responsibility that I am honoured to have.

Financially, winning the IELTS Prize will help me to survive in Scotland. It is known that the living cost in the UK is higher compared to other countries, so this is added motivation to make sure I complete my studies on time.

When I applied to the University of Edinburgh, I knew that IELTS was one of the requirements of the admission process, and so I applied to take the IELTS test. Overall, taking the IELTS test with the British Council was an enjoyable experience. The test was available in several convenient locations, it was well-organized, and a good audio system was provided for the listening section. It was conducted professionally, thereby maintaining the international standard that this test has.

I believe that preparing for the IELTS test enhanced my English capabilities considerably. During the preparation, I rehearsed the questions and learnt from my mistakes. As I worked my way towards the IELTS test, I learnt how to skim-read, gained new vocabulary and learnt how to write correctly which all improved my skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. I believe that these skills will help me to get through my postgraduate degree in the UK.

I don’t believe in overnight magic. Preparing for the IELTS test was a long-term process; the more you practice, the more you will gain the confidence to face the test and achieve a better test result. Indulge and familiarize yourself with the IELTS test and learn from your mistakes, because that is what will enable you to achieve your target score.