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IELTS Test Tips & Advice On the day

Below are some tips for the day of your IELTS exam. This tips are to guide you before your IELTS test and also during your test. These tips are for both GT and Academic tests.

On the Day IELTS Exam Tips:

Be prepared for your IELTS exam by making sure you know exactly what will happen in the day of your test. Check all tips and rules below.

  1. Sleep & Eat Well
    1. The IELTS test is long. It takes 2 hours and 40 mins to do the listening, reading and writing test. There is no break between the tests. Make sure you are well rested and have eaten in order to keep your concentration during your test.
  2. Clothes
    1. Wear comfortable clothing. You are not marked on your appearance for any part of the test. So, wear something that you are comfortable in and that gives you confidence.
    2. The test room might be cold in the aircon is on, so take an extra layer of clothing with you.
  3. Drink
    1. You can take a drink into the exam room as long as it is in a transparent bottle.
  4. Arrive Early.
    1. Make sure you know how long it takes to get to your IELTS test center and exactly where your test will be held. Don’t be late or you won’t be allowed to enter the exam room. You will need to check in so make sure you arrive with plenty of time to spare.
  5. Toilet
    1. The listening, reading and writing tests take 2 hours and 40 mins. There is no break so make sure you go to the toilet before you enter the exam room. If you need the toilet during the test, put your hand up and the invigilator will let you go. But you will lose valuable time by doing this and it could affect your score.
  6. No Phones
    1. You will not be allowed to take your phone or any other electronic items into the test room.
  7. Pen, Pencil & Eraser
    1.  You can take pens, pencils and erasers into your test. You can’t take a dictionary or extra paper into the test room. For your speaking test, you can take nothing into the room except your ID.
  8. ID
    1. Check with your test center exactly what ID you need to take with you. Don’t forget it.
  9. Listen to Instructions
    1. Listen carefully to all instructions given before your test starts.
  10. Clock
    1. There will be a clock on the exam room. Make sure you know where it is before your test starts so you can keep checking it in your reading and writing test. You can’t take your watch into the exam room.
  11. Disability
    1. If you have any form is disability that will affect your test, you must speak to the test center well before your test date.
  12. Focus & Be Calm
    1. Make sure you go into your test with a clear aim and an understanding of the techniques you need to use. Be calm and confident at all time.


  • Don’t cheat
    • This is an international test and cheating or copying is not allowed.
  • No dictionary
    • You are not allowed to use any form of learning aid in your test.
  • Don’t take the test paper home
    • You are not allowed to take any part of the question paper home with you.

IELTS Test Tips During your Test

The following IELTS test tips for each part of the IELTS exam will help you focus on the right things during your test. Don’t lose marks by not being prepared.

IELTS Listening Exam Tips

  1.  Make sure your headphones are working. Raise your hand if you have a problem.
  2. If no headphones are used, make sure you can hear the recording. If you need the volume increasing, raise your hand immediately and someone will come to ask what the problem is. Explain that you need the volume increasing.
  3. Use the time given to prepare the questions. Always read through all questions before the recording starts. You should practice doing this at home.
  4. Focus on listening for answers rather than trying to understand everything.
  5. Write your answers on your question paper while you listen.
  6. Make sure you notice how many words you can have for each answer.
  7. You will be given 10 mins after the recording has ended to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. Always check your spelling and grammar.
  8. It is recommended to use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS FOR YOUR ANSWERS.

IELTS Reading Exam Tips

  1. Read the instructions carefully and make a note of how many words you can use for your answer.
  2. Don’t waste time trying to find one answer. Just move on to the next question.
  3. Keep your eye on the clock.
  4. Write your answers directly on to your answer sheet. There is no extra time for transferring later.
  5. Always spend time analysing the questions before looking for an answer.
  6. Look out for paraphrasing.
  7. Your aim is to find answers – not to understand the whole passage.
  8. It is recommended to use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS FOR YOUR ANSWERS.

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IELTS Writing Exam Tips

  1. Don’t spend more than 20 mins on task 1. Keep checking the time so you don’t make this mistake. You need 40 mins for task 2.
  2. Always write over 150 words for task 1 and over 250 words for task 2. See this lesson about the recommended word count.
  3. Don’t count the number of words, count the lines and estimate your word count. See this lesson to learn about using the official IELTS writing answer sheet properly.
  4. You can plan your essay on the question paper. No extra paper is given for planning. The examiner will not look at your planning, only at your essay.
  5. Always write a clear overview for task 1 academic. See here about the conclusion/overview issue. For GT task 1, make sure you cover all points requested in your letter.
  6. Always write your conclusion for task 2. Never miss it out.
  7. Always organise your writing for both tasks into body paragraphs.
  8. Check your spelling. You can use either American or British spelling.
  9. Keep all information focused and relevant. More does not mean better.
  10. If you run out of paper, put up your hand and you can get more.
  11. Do not remove any paper from the exam room.

IELTS Speaking Exam Tips

  1. Practice speaking English before your test.
  2. Be confident and ready to chat. This is not a formal interview.
  3. Listen to the question and answer it directly.
  4. Add more information to all answers.
  5. Don’t focus only on vocabulary. Vocabulary is only 25% of your marks.
  6. You can wear anything you want. This is not a job interview. Clothing does not affect your score.
  7. Use a range of grammar tenses in your test.
  8. American or British English pronunciation can be used.
  9. Ask the examiner to repeat the question if you need it. See this lesson about asking the examiner questions.
  10. The examiner will provide a pen and paper to prepare your talk for part 2. The examiner will not look at your plans and will only mark your talk.

IELTS Exam Tips: One Week Before

  1. Full IELTS Practice Tests
    • Make sure you have completed at least one or two complete IELTS practice tests before your real test. See my useful websites page for links to free IELTS practice tests.
  2. Practice using the Official IELTS Writing paper : a free download link is given under the video.
  3. Review common topics for IELTS speaking and IELTS Writing.
  4. If you are worried about your test, consider booking two tests. You can use the best score from any test.

The exam tips above  are summarised from the official IELTS sites:

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  1. Hi Liz, Me and my husband has been practicing for IELTS with your help for about a week before the test. We are grateful for having your incredible support via this portal. We have managed to score a 7.5 and 8 band. We always speak of and how you make a great teacher- so knowledgeable and empathetic! We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the hard work you put into your tutorials.!

  2. I got overall band score 7. Thank you Liz I watched all your videos and tips 🙂

  3. Megha Manglani says:

    Hi Liz, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I had only 20 days for my IELTS preparation and I decided to stick to your blog and the techniques advised by you. I managed to score an overall band of 8.5 with full in the Listening section and a band of 8.5 in both, reading and speaking. Thankyou so much for providing us these elaborate lessons, they are extremely helpful and easy to understand. Sending lots of love and good wishes from Mumbai, India. And yes, your smile is extremely contagious 🙂

  4. Jaweriah Alvi says:

    Hi Liz,

    Your website is really helpful. I wished I had known about it earlier. I have my spoken English test on Monday and the LRW test on 10 Nov 2018.

    I would like to ask you that is it possible that we complete a task before a time and then switch to the next questions? Or we would not be allowed to jump to the next question before the time written on the question paper to spend.

    I completed writing task 1 in 15 minutes and now I would like to spend the remaining 5 minutes for Task 2. The same case for Reading Section.

    Kindly guide me regarding this.


    • You have 1 hour for the writing test – you use the time as you wish. You can take as long as you want on task 2 and as long as you want on task 1 – you control how you use your 1 hour. The same with the reading paper.

  5. Hi Liz,

    I’d like to thank you for your website. Due to your tutorials my 3 day study period got rewarded with an 8.5 🙂

    I’m not a native and I didn’t expect anything close to that score, especially since I kinda messed up the first writing part, I even forgot to structure it correctly, as I was very nervous abt the writing in general.
    S,R,L: 9 W: 7,5 (still really happy abt it :), could’ve been an overall 9 easily tho :/)
    I was aiming for a 7.0.

    So thanks again & hope you’ll get well soon!



  6. Hey,
    Is it acceptable to write “s” in listening answers, when you are not sure whether s will come or not. Can we write s in bracket like (s). For example: knife(s). It will correct or not.

  7. Good info..thanks

  8. Hi Liz
    I just wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ from my hubby and me. We only used your website for our revision etc. It was all we needed. He got 9 overall and I got 8.5. I was beyond nervous but I tried to remember your advice to keep my brain moving when I started to panic!
    Thanks again.
    Anne (& Simon)

    • That’s fantastic!! I’m so pleased for your both. Band 9 is very rare and band 8.5 is excellent 🙂 Think of sharing your results on the page for other IELTS candidates to see: http://ieltsliz.com/post-your-ielts-test-results/. Well done !! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

    • Dear Lis,
      I focused one point in answering IELTS Speaking…when you said in notes that (All answer should be in capital letter) < So what about if only the 1st letter of the words in capital and the rest of them are in small?????????
      isn't correct??
      Miss. Tavga

  9. Hi Liz, I just got my IELTS score and I have got a 7.5 band score. I can’t thank you enough for this website and your amazing tutorials. I am never been a fan of reading and writing stuff but your tutorials just did the impossible.

  10. Hoang Phuc says:

    I just completed my speaking modules this morning. I’m pretty disappointed though, i feel that i could’ve done much better but somehow i made many mistakes in grammar and fluency. Anyway, many thanks to you; you clarified a lot of things for me, especially telling me that the test is informal and it’s normal to speak casually with abbreviations.
    My LRW test is on Thursday 2nd of August, i’m keeping my fingers crossed this time 😉

  11. Hello Liz,

    I’m really thankful for all your valuable tips. Im planning to take computer based ielts this August and Im not really sure if its still acceptable to write all answers in capital letters in listening and reading.

    Thank you liz. I hope to hear a reply from you soon. 😊

  12. Hi Liz, Thank you for the valuable information. I have my IELTS exam in coming month and I hope your tips will help me get a good IELTS score.

  13. Hi Liz,
    Thank you so much for all the free tips. 🙂

    Please suggest, In writing task 2, can I partially agree with the statement. Some one told me that I can either agree or disagree. However, at times I partially agree with the statement and would like to express it that ways as it makes it easier for me to write.
    for example-
    Q- Some people say that it is possible to tell a lot about person’s culture and character from their choice of clothes. Do you agree/disagree

    Background Statement – It has been often argued by some that it is possible to tell so much about the person’s cultural values and personality traits by just looking at their clothes. I partially agree with the aforementioned statement. In my opinion, preferences of clothes may tell alot about one’s culture but It cannot represent much about the characteristics of a person.

    You think It will wrong ? Please advise.

    • Some teachers teach only the one-sided approach because so many students struggle with the partial agreement approach (balanced approached). You can use either. The examiner doesn’t care which approach you take as long as your opinion is clear and fully explained throughout your essay.

  14. Madhur Kishore says:

    Hi Liz,
    Got my score today itself. I got the below score-
    L-9 R-9 W-7 S-8.5 Overall-8.5
    Your site has been really helpful to me during my preparation. Thanks for all the help.

  15. When I took the writing exam task, I used 2 separate sheets.. The proctor instructed me to write “1 of 1” on the first sheet and “2 of 2” on the second one.. I was so doubtful and yet I still followed her instructions.. I think it should be “1 of 2” and “2 of 2” since I used 2 sheets for the task?

  16. Eby Joseph Lalichan says:

    Hello Liz. I’ve just received my ielts score and it is well above my requirement. It’s just that your blog have helped me immensely with my prep. Thank you for your service and keep up with the good work!

  17. Hello Liz,
    I would like to sure that if I do use all capital letters for answering in Listening test will it impact on my band score?
    Thanks in advance

    • It is fine to use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS FOR YOUR LISTENING AND READING ANSWERS. It is actually recommended to do so.

  18. Paticiana says:

    Hi Liz,
    Am taking my IELTS -G next month,was going through your tips, you had mentioned that it is recommended to write all words in Capital letters for listening and reading, however, the tutor in one of the coaching centres has discouraged me doing so , by stating that I will lose marks. Request to know which is correct.

    Thanks In advance


    • You can write either with lower or upper case. Both are accepted by IELTS. Writing upper case is easier to read for the person marking.

  19. sourabh goyal says:

    hi Liz, i want to know if i can use fillers instead of saying umm, aaaa for instance, you know, i mean, like, right, etc.

    Please help,
    i’m so close to my test.

    Sourabh Goyal

    • I filler is a word – an English word. For example, “let me see..”. A filler is not a sound. Sounds such as “aahh” do not help your band score. Of course, you might have a few natural ones, but you should not be using them as a technique to fill gaps – you need to fill gaps with words.

  20. Hi Liz, there are words with different spellings in British n American.We are suppose to write British spellings or any of the two?

    • You should choose only one language: either British or America.

      • I suggest every one to kindly first read the FAQs and other comments. Most of the questions have been answered. If something is not there then you can ask here. That saves a lot of time for everyone. Thanks in advance.

  21. If there is question like this.
    Why didn’t Lucian Dewdley finish his studies?

    As per the listening test conversation Lucian Dewdley did not finish her studies due to illness.

    what will be the correct answer ??
    “Because of illness” or “illness”

    It was short answer question .

  22. Methal says:

    Hi Liz,
    Thank you so much for all these useful tips, I’m sure they’ll come in handy on the test day.
    I was wondering if, during the test, I would be able to move from the reading section to the wriing section before the 60 minutes is up? I’m quite a fast reader but much slower in writing and could use those few extra minutes.

    • You do not choose when to start your writing test. IELTS is an international test with strict procedures. You have 1 hour for reading – no more and no less. You have 1 hour for writing – no more and no less. These are the exam rules which you can’t change. During your 1 hour for reading, you decide which passages to read first and which questions to answer first – you do not have access to the writing paper during that 1 hour of reading.

  23. Thanks a Lot Liz for your website and youtube channel. I prepared for my IDP IELTS exam with the help of your tutorials and tips. My LRW test was on April 21st 2018 and my speaking test got over just now. You are doing an amazing job and your video sessions are of great help. Thanks again.

  24. Hey liz, thanks for your precious lessons. I personally learned a lot but I was hoping you could give one more advice. I have been doing ielts courses for almost 2 years now and I kinda know everything about the test, the tips, and the skills needed. However, despite all my best effort, I can’t get more than 6.5 ( I’ve done the test 6 times and ). Also, I live in London and I speak English most of the time. What do you think?

  25. vikas arora says:

    i have a topic in writing task how can i start and end
    the retirement phase for most indians is going to be 30 years plus given medical advancements and a large population with million of young job seekers. During the long and difficult period, income is limited and expense on health and childrens education are significant.Settling in countries that offer social security can solve many problems for your family and for all subsequent generations.

    do you agree or disagree ??

    • Are you sure this is an exam question written and produced by IELTS? It does not look like a real IELTS question at all.

  26. Hi Liz,

    I want to know if the readability of essay or letter should be easy or difficult for a good score. I mean should it be easily read by a 5th grade reader or should it reflect slightly difficult or high level english that is bit difficult to read.

    I hope I am clear.

  27. Esraa Alajmi says:

    Hello Liz,
    Yesterday was my IELTS exam and it was amazing because of your pieces of advice and your lessons. I got a benefit from you so thank you for everything that you do on this website.

  28. M. AHSAN ZAKA says:

    Hello Liz,
    I Hope You are Fine. Can you tell me rules to improve my grammer.
    For example,it is a rule to use first form of verb after a model verb.Your Videos are not enough to learn these type of rules for me. If you have a special link or videos kindly let me know! I need that desperately.

    • My site focuses on IELTS skills, not English grammar. You need to google a grammar website and review your grammar.

  29. hi Liz

    This is Atika from Pakistan. I had my academic test on 24th March, 2018. I got band score 7.5 overall
    Listening 8,
    Reading 8,
    Writing 7 (because of my slow writing)
    Speaking 6.5 (I confronted a very very bad traffic jam for 03 hours that badly affected my mood and mind on Speaking test day, still got this score just because of your guidance otherwise I might had even worse score)

    Liz, i am a die heart fan of your teaching. I took IELTS lessons only and only from your YouTube videos and this website, (that considerably saved my precious time and money), so all credit goes to you. You are simply a love 🙂 you are such a devoted teacher I ever had in my life, I am overwhelmingly grateful to you. Your pedagogical style is really very engaging and inclusive. The way you deliver lecture is awesome. I have recommended your lectures to my friends who are looking forward for taking IELTS. God bless you with health, success and happiness 🙂

    • Atika, I’m so pleased with your score. I know that the speaking test didn’t go as you planned, but you still did very well 🙂 Well done getting band 7 in writing – not easy! 🙂 Thank you for your kind message. It’s lovely to know that I have helped you 🙂

  30. HHi Liz,

    With the help of your lessons and practice tests, I was able to achieve the score I need. Thank you very much!!

  31. Rubygean Grande says:

    Hi! Liz,
    I took an Academic Test on 3 February 2018 – Cambridge, UK. Here’s my scores:
    Listening 8.0
    Reading 6.0 – Im too slow!
    Writing 8.5 – I’m just aiming for a 7.0 but unexpectedly got this score, all credits to you and your lessons, particularly on your advance lessons. I only used your band 9.0 essays as reference all throughout my revision days, it felt like I can only trust your works than others.
    Speaking 8.0
    Band score 7.5

    I am going to take the exam again soon, as I needed a minimum of 7.0 in all sub-test for Nurse Registration. I’ll be working more on my reading skills.

    Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge and wisdom! More powers and May God bless you more!.

  32. Safak Duzgun says:

    Hello Liz,
    As.I am preparing for IELTS, I have decided to use IELTS 1-11 Cambridge books.I am confused though : Shall I order ALL of the books (from 1 to 11) in its order,or only the latest version (which is IELTS-12 thesedays) ?
    Thanks in advance.

  33. Hi Liz,
    Thank you for investing your time and resources on this website and helping us all to overcome the test jitters.
    This is indeed very helpful site for IELTS preparation.
    I had my speaking test today and I feel that I spoke at length with minimal grammatical errors however I stopped before two mins in the third task. Do you think it is going to hamper my score?
    Kindly advise I am a bundle of nerves as my LRW is tomorrow.

    • Don’t worry. Your speaking score is based on your overall performance. This means there are allowances for little mistakes.

  34. Hii mam.i born and raised in one city . And I did all my schooling ,intermediate and graduation from the same city. But my own district is other city . If they ask me about my hometown about which place should I tell.

  35. Margherita says:

    thank you!

  36. Hi Liz, I am following your website regularly and finding it very helpful in my IELTS preparation. This is the first time I am leaving a comment so I would like to thank you and ask you one question. Recently I got very intrigued by the word “data” as it is a mass noun commonly used with singular verb “was/is”. According to the Oxford vocabulary it should be always followed by the plural verb “were/are” although they acknowledge that is widely accepted in the other form. As I use this expression often in my writing I would like to know which form would IELTS examiner appreciate more. Thank you in advance and wish you an amazing new year!

    • I rarely use this word in any IELTS writing. It is mainly used as a singular noun: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/data. However, if you want to post a sentence using that word, I’ll take a look and let you know.

    • Hi Rea,
      This is an example of a word that is changing in its use. In general usage, “data” is almost entirely accepted now as a singular noun (and uncountable, as you indicate). The main influence on the general user of the language is the world of IT. To this extent, the Oxford guide you refer to is behind the times. In specialist usage (scientific, statistical, etc.), it is a mixed picture, but still mainly treated as a plural noun. IELTS examiners would be (or should be) well aware of this disparity and the history behind it, and would therefore be open to candidates using the word data as a singular or as a plural, without prejudice. What would prejudice them, however, would be inconsistency. If you use it as a singular noun, you should do that throughout an answer; if as a plural, likewise, keep it plural throughout your answer.

      Until not that long ago, the word’s use was mainly restricted to scientific and technical contexts. Its Latin root would have been evident to educated users and it was always regarded as and used as a plural countable noun (singular, datum) meaning “recorded/known/measured bits of information” (i.e. These data have been analysed.) Until recently, it was rarely used in general communication.

      In the more traditional sciences and engineering fields, the word is still regularly used this way (plural). You could say they are being linguistically conservative, although even in these circles, there is a shift away from the plural use.

      With the growth of IT amongst the general public and in the business sphere, people have found a need for the word data, where, before, they may have spoken of information or facts or measurements. In these contexts (general communication, business, IT), data is used as a singular (i.e. as an uncountable noun).

      You could put this down to the average user in these areas (IT, business, wo/man-in-the-street) being uninformed about the Latin root and traditional technical usage of the word datum/data, in particular. After all, most people in these categories have no problem learning and understanding other irregular s/p pairs from Latin or Greek, such as erratum/errata, bacterium/bacteria, spectrum/spectra, atrium/atria, alga/algae, larva/larvae, fungus/fungi, cactus/cacti, phenomenon/phenomena, criterion/criteria, etc. And most people have an instinctive sense that media (medium/media) is a plural word – The mainstream media are owned by a few multi-billionaires with their own axes to grind. The media always lie. Etc.

      However, it is true to say that data as a singular mass noun is clearly winning the battle over its plural self, even though pockets of resistance are holding out (academia, sciences, statisticians, etc.) In my opinion, it cannot hold out more than a few years longer.

  37. Akbar Shaik says:

    Hello Liz,

    Thank you very much for your wonderful tips. I have IELTS General test on January 20, 2018. I am having challenge with listening section 3 (multiple choices). As i am practicing mostly though youtube videos, underline key words. Kindly provide suggestions on how to overcome this challenge. My goal is to score 8 overall.

  38. Hi Liz,
    I need small piece of advice from you. When the examiner asks my full name, must I mention
    my full name? Or is it ok, If I mention my given name & surname? Because Sri Lankan names are very long and my full name on passport have 6 names. I have 3 clan names before my given name, then the middle name and then the surname. Please clarify…

    • When the examiner asks for your full name, it will be during the ID check. You will say the name that is written on your ID card.

  39. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for your wonderful lessons. I need to ask one thing. There is a mistake I am doing quite often in listening tests. I am using hyphenated words without hyphen. For example, I am using “full time” rather than “full-time”. Will this be a wrong answer if I don’t use hyphen?

  40. Hello Liz can you guide me how to write roman letters in reading if they are given in smalls and we are writing all answers in capitals can we write them without dots in capitals (but they say choose from the answers) will it be marked wrong if we write it out. Capitals

  41. Frank Reuben says:

    Hello Liz,
    My exam is tomorrow, please i have this question to ask.
    If I was given an opinion essay like

    Can i use IN MY OPINION to end the essay? Or can I use IN CONCLUSION THEREFORE, In my opinion?

    Please which of them is okay to use.

    I hope to hear from you soon

  42. Donna Belle says:

    Oh. Thank you very much 🙂

  43. Amit Kantia says:

    Hi Liz,

    I wish your going great, Need help please.

    Yesterday I have received my first attempt IELTS result and except reading I scored 6.5, In reading it was 5.5.

    My question: How I can improve as I strongly feel it was my best shot, Could you please help me to improve my score? In reading section I was first reading the question then searching keywords in para to look for answers.

    I again booked IELTS exam on 02/12 but before that would like to give best try. I need to have overall 7 and above band.

    Please help?

    Many Thanks

  44. Asha Adhikari says:

    Hi liz just a small question please. Can age ’20 and under’ be considered ‘early twenties’? It was one of the options in a recent listening test.

  45. WAQAR AHMED BUTT says:

    Dear Liz,
    How are you?
    I am from Pakistan.
    It was the fourth time, I appeared in the ielts general training module.

    1st attempt L8, R6, W7, S7
    2nd attempt L8.5, R6.5, W7, S7.5
    3rd attempt L8.5, R7, W6, S7 (after rechecking writing band increased to 6.5)
    4th attempt L8.5, R7, W6.5, S7.5 I think to get writing rechecked this time also.

    I am fed up with writing.

    This time on 14 Oct task 2 was ” Some people argue that widening roads is a good way to decrease traffic congestion” Do you agree or disagree?

    I wrote a 5 paragraph structure with disagreement with the topic statement.

    Introduction para
    Background, rephrase, opinion, outline of essay

    Body para1 started with( to begin with)
    Nullified the topic statement

    Body para2 started with (on the contrary)
    Added my argument or solution to the problem by saying Firstly. Gave example by quoting for example.

    Body para3
    Added another argument or solution to the problem by saying Secondly. Gave example by quoting for instance.

    Conclusion para
    Started with In the conclusion
    Rephrased question, Rephrased opinion, Restated body points

    Letter was about apologising a friend as you have broke something he lended you.

    Although it was a letter to friend, it was for apologitic reasons , so I started it straightaway with a clear statement of reason for writing letter.
    I did not added greetings in the start like
    ” hello! I hope you and your family are doing well. I am also fine . The reason I am writing you this letter is to ….” I stated the reason of writing directly as I was apologising and it required a little straight tone .

    All the bullet points were completely addressed , each in a separate paragraph.

    Word count is +50 for both tasks.
    Task achievement is complete for both.
    I did not went off topic for both tasks.
    Used pretty good and accurate lexical resource.
    Grammar might have 2 or 3 mistakes .
    Used connectors which are ( task 2 , to begin with, on the contrary, firstly, but, so, secondly, therefore, although , to conclude)

    But still struggled to get band 7
    Do guide me what should I do.

    I am with an intent to get it rechecked, but I am not sure about probabilities of increase in band .

  46. Hello Liz,

    I want to see how the writing task question paper looks like. More so, since this is where I will have to jot down my points while planning.

    Could you please lead me to the page which contains this sample writing Qs paper.
    I will be appearing for a General Training Tests.

    Thank you !!

  47. meenakshi says:

    Hi liz I got overall 6 bands reading 6.5 lis 6.5 writing 6 and speaking 5.5 but I know my speaking was good and examiner took just 7 to 8 minutes speaking can I fill revaluation?

  48. Hi Liz,
    Last month I took the IELTS Academic exam in Budapest. To my surprise, there was no clock on the wall (They simply screened a word document on the wall, and each 20 minutes they would write the updated hour).
    I’m going to take the exam once more next month and wanted to ask you if it is OK for them to do that?? Because in this way, I do not know the actual timing (Only every 20 minutes) and it is very difficult…

    Oh, and thanks for all of your amazing tips and video which are extremely helpful!!!


    • Personally I think that is appalling !!! Try contacting IELTS Official and let them know. You could try posting on their Facebook page in a public post so they have to address the problem. Also contact your test center in writing and ask them to provide a clock – it’s good to get their response in writing. Good luck!

      • Hi again.
        I contacted the exam center and it seems like there was a clock gadget on the screen, which apparently I missed 🙁 They did mention, however, that they will try to make it more visible.

        Thanks for all of your wonderful videos.


  49. Mohammed Ali says:

    Dear Liz,
    I was preparing for my IELTS general test, and while going through the youtube IELTS videos, i found your’s to be the most helpful. I noticed that you are not posting videos anymore, which by the way is a loss for millions of students like me.

    I really appreciate your teaching style, your soothing voice, your slow and steady approach and not to mention your beauty. Yes, i really feel you are beautiful which makes the learning even more interesting.

    Finally, i would like to conclude on the note that you have been really helpful and more of your videos on youtube will definitely be appreciated.

    Yours Lovingly :),
    Mohammed Ali

  50. Hi Liz I did my exams again on the 9th of Sep. Previous result:L7.5 R8.5 S7.5 W6.5.
    New result: L9.5 R8.5 S8.0W7.0
    Thanks so much for it blogs assistance.

  51. Hi, Liz! I have IELTS exam on 14 OCT 20 17. The reason I am writing is I have hearing loss and I have opted for “lip reading session” for listening. I can’t find even a single video or any possible tips for such special case candidates. It would be helpful if you could give me any weblink where I can practice for lip reading.

    • I don’t know about this service. I wish I could offer you advice and share experiences with you but I can’t. Here is a link to practice some basic lip reading in English: https://lipreadingpractice.co.uk/Lip-Reading-Exercises/Vowels/ – each exercise comes with a video. I would be grateful if you could share your experience of the IELTS lipreading listening test after you finish.

    • Fatima
      If you have a hearing disability, ask test center a headphone set in advance.
      However, it requires 3 months before the test and also you need to provide doctor’s note.
      I have the same problem so I understand your situation. I think it is not good enough with your lip reading ability with IELTS cause we hear from the recording~! Actually, you can ask the examiner for help that you need lip reading then he or she faces talking more clearly in speaking part, but not in listening part. Good luck on your exam~!

  52. Hello Liz,I have a question.Since the IELTS examination is yearly and registration is monthly in different centres around the world.Are the questions the same.For example,a test was conducted in April will the questions still be the same as one taken in a different month say May.thank you.

  53. Hi Liz.
    I took my IELTS exam last saturday and I would like to ask you a question.
    I believe I did well enough in writing (both tasks), following your useful tips. However, I realized soon after finishing the exam that I had made a bad mistake in writing task 2: I used 3 times the term “responsible” (not subsequently and just because I needed it), but all the three times I spelled it as “responsable”. I am really worried about my score, do you think such a mistake will affect it much? And will they count it as 3 mistakes or just 1 given it is the same word?

    P.s.: I was aiming to 7 in writing, but I am not completely skepticist about achieving it, as I am convinced the rest of the test was quite good, even comparing it to some official samples marked by IELTS examinators I found on the official IELTS website. Anyway, I would really be pleased to know your opinion about my mistake.

    • Not all words need to be paraphrases, so it’s not a big problem to repeat a word. If you spelled it incorrectly, it would count for one mistake only. Just one word is not going to have an big impact – there are many factors to be considered in marking. When it comes to samples published by IELTS – they do not like to give easy samples or even good samples – their aim is not to make their test easy – but to make it difficult. Be careful which models you use.

      • Thank you Liz,
        your answer made me relieve a lot.
        Anyway, I only looked at a model answer marked 7 in order to check my overall level, taking into consideration that I cannot be as precise as an examiner in assessing my works. So, I am aware I cannot just rely on that model.
        Thank you again for your great work, I practically prepare for IELTS on your blog, and I know if I succed it’ll also be thanks to you!


  54. Hello Liz,

    I am so grateful to you for the job you doing here so much that i feel just saying thank you wont do any justice. You doing a very good work. Ever since i came across your site and teaching i decided to stick, the truth is there are different sites training students but your is just different as you understand the exact steps one needs to use to prepare well. I had my IELTS test on the 19th of August, this was my fist attempt ever and my center messed us up in Listening which is one of my strongest as the recording stopped on two different occasions throwing candidates off balance and they just continued playing from where they stopped annoying. Anyways i got a score of Listening:6.5, Writing: 7 Reading 7:5, and Speaking:7.5 although listening got me mad i still must say thank you cause i learnt a whole lot from here.

    • I think you’ve done really well indeed!! It’s such a shame your listening score is low – it’s really awful when the center messes up like that. But you’ve done great. Getting band 7 in writing and 7.5 in speaking is excellent 🙂 I’m really pleased you found my site useful 🙂

  55. Hello, Liz
    I do appreciate what you’ve done for us.
    I have a little question which I encounter at the listening. There are some questions like “the date of XX”, for example, it’s 28th, November . Should I write down 28th November or just 28 November without”th”.
    I saw the standard answer is without”th”, but I am still confused . Could you please tell me the which one is the right answer?Appreciate a lot!
    Have a nice day.:)

  56. Sohan Baghel says:

    Hi Liz!!

    I just received my result.


    I am really grateful to you as your site was the only resource of my studies. I have followed each and every advice given on this website. I have failed 5 times before getting the desired score in the sixth attempt. I had trouble in scoring 7 in speaking & writing in all of my previous attempts. But, finally I was able to break the jinx.

    Your valuable tips & lessons have helped me a lot in not only scoring well but also in getting a better understanding of the language.

    Thanks again!

    You are the best English teacher I have ever had.

    • Excellent!! It must be a great relief to you to finally hit such a great score 🙂 Well done with your dedication and determination 🙂

  57. Danielle Johnson says:

    Hi Liz,

    I have a doubt, in speaking test, i got a question on :

    Describe the book you read recently. You should talk about:

    How you get this book
    When did you read
    What was the book about
    Will you like to read it again

    I covered first three points but then examiner stopped me as 2 mins were over, so willy band be affected for not covering the last point?


  58. Hi Liz,
    Hope you are doing well. Recently I have been practising with the highlighter at home. I was wondering if that is allowed to use during the exam.
    Honestly, I find it easy to find answers, especially in reading.


  59. hello liz,

    My cue card topic was ‘ Describe an occasion on which you did some activity for first time ‘.
    I spoked about scuba diving which i did in college dys for first time. I did not mention any occasion and just spoked about activity in college days. However, I was confident and fluent.

    Will that affect my band score as I didnt any occasion ?

    I am really worried.

  60. Hi Liz! I want to ask a question on writing regarding the formality.

    As in standard English, contractions are regarded as informal. Should we avoid writing contractions in the IELTS writing task? Should we write, for example, book of John instead of John’s book? I scored above 90 percentile in the GMAT verbal section recently but I found that IELTS required a very different skill set. Thanks!

  61. Slavvy Coelho says:

    I got done with my exam today. I am really thankful to you for all the material you put up. It has definitely eased my journey a great deal. I found it very helpful and interesting to learn things your way. It was nicely structured and formulated. And during my speaking test, all the questions asked to me were seen before. Thank you so much for all the help! And keep up the good work 🙂

    • That’s really good news. It is the reason I made this website. I wanted students to feel confident going into their test and feel that they were prepared. I wish you luck with your results 🙂 Thanks for your comment 🙂

  62. Shathiyah says:

    Hi Liz. I’m Shathiyah here.Today (18 Aug 2017) I went for IELTS speaking test. Thank you so much Liz. All your tips regarding speaking, helped me a lot. 1st Part was easy a bit. The examiner asked about myself and my hometown. She also asked about my Favorite history leader. Beside these questions, she asked about my favorite jewellery and the reason why I like them. In part 2, I talked about my favorite clothes. That was tough because had to talk about 2 minutes. But, I managed to talk. In part 3, all are general questions about dress code(formal dress). Honestly, I thank you from bottom of my heart for the information that you are sharing with all students.Thank you LIZ. Its really helpful.

  63. hi Liz
    where i can post my sample essays ?i really need some evalution and notes to see where i stand .

  64. Baljinder Singh says:

    Hi ,
    Plz tell me how to start cue card ? Is it good to give gernal information about topic or we have to star direct according to questions. ?

  65. WAQAR AHMED BUTT says:

    Hello Liz,
    I am Waqar from Pakistan.
    I need to know if I apply for rechecking of the writing module, the same examiner who had checked the paper will re evaluate it or will it be reassessed by another examiner .


    • If you get your IELTS test remarked, it will be a senior examiner who marks it, not the examiner you previously had.

  66. hello.
    what is the toughest part of the academic test.
    thanks a lot

  67. Is greeting important before the beginning of cue card as
    Thanks for giving me this cue card

  68. Hojiakbar Sobirov says:

    Hello LIZ. I would like to give you a question about a situation which occured. In other words, at the end of my exam, when we had already finished all sections like speaking, reading, listening and writing, one of the IELTS takers who was next to me gaven me a question on which I decided POLITELY reply rather than ignoring. However, while my replying him all IELTS examiners had been picking up all condidates’ WRITING ANSWER SHEETS. Thus, two of them saw as I was speaking to that guy and then, one of them came to us and filled a blank by saying that we are getting a warning for breaking rules of the exam. And also, she said that even if the exam was over, it was not officially ended, so that she has a right to give a warning for us. And then, around 3 minutes had passed and the exam was officially ended and we were allowed to go home. So Liz, now I want to know how much that WARNING could actually affect on my scores from all sectons? If possible, PLEASE give me FULL information about it.

    • You can contact your test center about this and discuss it with them. Breaking the rules is serious so you should take action and discuss the matter with them.

  69. Hello Liz!
    I’ve been trying to find an essay structure explication for writing task 2. Dyou you have one on your page?

    thanks in advance

  70. Your website is so useful:)

  71. Mehmet KAYA says:

    Hi Liz,

    I would like to thank you for your support with your great tips on your web page and Youtube videos. I really appreciate your help to pass my IELTS exam.

    All the best.

  72. Hi Liz,
    Normally in writing task 2, is it fine to use most common phrases like, ‘in my opinion, on the one hand, on the other hand, in other words and etc’, are these affect the score since it’s being used by most of them?

  73. Hello Liz,

    Thank you so much for your videos and valuable tips for IELTS.
    Today was my speaking test in New Delhi. It was good overall but I did number of pausing during the test due to my stammering issues. I was also present my medical certificate to the examiner for the same. I would like to know you that they are really consider my stammering issue favourably because they did not gave me extra time or other types of relaxations during the test. How they judge my speaking skills with stammering? Last time I did not showed them to my medical certificate and got 5.5 score in speaking. I think, this time my speaking was quite better than previous but stammering issues and pausing would remain same as previous. What would I expect this time ? Can I get 6 band this time ?

    Look forward your response.


    • They can’t give you extra time or change the test for you. But hopefully it will be taken into consideration for your fluency score. Also check the procedure for submitting medical certificates with the test center.

  74. Hi Liz…I have given my ielts speaking test yesterday…I gave all the general questions and cross question’s answer correctly.However,my cue card didn’t right…please suggest…how much bands I gotten with this situation🙁

    • The speaking test is not scored for each part. There is only one total score for your overall performance.

  75. My exams tomorrow and i need to know stuffs about numbers in listening. If i hear 5 should i write five or 5? If 12 should i write 12 or twelve? And another thing if i hear 1/4 should i say one fourth or just 1/4? And and dates, if i hear fourth of july 2010 should i write it like that or 4 July 2010 or July 4, 2010. Pls im so confused. Thanks

  76. Hello mam
    How to reduce my listening spelling errors and it is true that if we do not write s and es in listening answers, then it decrease our scores in listening.
    Plz tell me mam

  77. Mam shall I use full capital letter for writing essays.

    • You should use lower case and capital letters when grammatically needed.

      • Akinsola says:

        Hi Liz, Thanks for everything. Plz do I need to give space( mergine) while starting a new paragraph in my IELTS writing tasks???? Thank You.

        • It is ok to indent if you want. However, it is best to leave one empty line between paragraphs rather than indenting – it’s easier to see paragraphs that way.

  78. Dear Liz,

    Hope you are well. I’m so grateful to have found your website!! It is so informative and helpful! I would highly recommend it to any friends who need to sit for an IETLS test.

    I did my IELTS in 2015 and achieved an overall band score of 8 which enabled me to study Master of Teaching in Australia. Unfortunately, it is now expired and I have to retake the test in order to get my teacher’s registration in Victoria. Believe it or not, I am still so nervous!!

    I was wondering have you published any books for IETLS writing? Task One in particular? I’d love to buy them!! I benefited so much from analysing your sample answers to the writing tasks in 2015. Although I did not finishing writing my Task One essay during the exam, I managed to get a 7, which could not have happened if I had not studied your videos back then.

    A big heartfelt thank you to you, Liz! You are a tremendous teacher and I look forward to keeping learning from you and even working with you in the future as I will become an EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher in Australia when I graduate.

    Warm Wishes,

  79. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for this useful website.

    I have a question regarding Ielts Listening module. In our country, one of Ielts body is offering headsets for listening part. Do you think it will have edge over loud speaker? Currently I am facing difficulty in listening module. Sometimes i get confused between listening and writing the answers in the later part of listening test. Please assist.


    • Headphones are considered better by most students. It allows them to concentrate more easily. But this is a personal choice and you must decide which you prefer. In section 4 of listening, if the answers are long, just jot down letters or a simple code to remind you of the answer – the full answer can be transferred to your answer sheet at the end of the test. Also follow the key words in the questions to keep track of the audio and information.

  80. Hi

    Is IELTS computer based? i mean writing, listening and reading sessions? or are they paper based?

  81. HI Liz,
    in 13th May i will take a GT Ielts,
    I have a problem with GT because so difficult to find a course only for GT. I’m very interesting with your video and if I learn a speaking and listening section from your video it will be help for my GT exam ??
    Thx before.

  82. Carrole Earnest says:

    Hi Liz, I have a question. For cuecard session if i do not answer any one of the sub-question will it affect my bandscore?

    • There are no questions on your cue card. Look carefully and you will see they are not questions. They are guidelines and nothing more. You can choose to use them or not use them at all. It is your choice and won’t affect your score. Just try to stick near the topic – that’s all.

  83. Dear Ms Liz,
    I appreciate for your wonderful website,which is really useful to many students who are preparing for IELTS.I have a doubt . Hope you can help me in.
    Can we give answer for listening test starting with capital letters,if its a summary completion or sentence completion,where small letters are more suitable


  84. I would like to thank you Liz for your great blog .. you make english easier for us..
    My test next saturday.. but really I have problem when I speak while I’m good in writing .. when I’m start speaking I forget everything and I don’t know how to start.. just I feel i want to speak by direct answers.. do you have solution for me?

  85. Mohamed Hindam says:

    Hi Liz,

    I like your videos too much, Actually, I’m a keen follower to your youtube channel.
    But I wonder if there is a strategy for targeting band 9? regarding the time I could plan enough time for study, but How much do I need?

    • The most important thing is your level of English. It needs to be highly flexible and very accurate. Mistakes should be very rare indeed and not systematic. When you write an essay in a word doc and then press “grammar and spell check” how many mistakes are there? It also takes time to develop the right skills for IELTS and understand what the examiner wants. Developing band 9 English, if your level is not strong, can take many many months. Developing IELTS skills can take just a few weeks if you learn quickly.

  86. Hi, I want to ask you what happens in text day. Do they give me reading, writing and listening task papers all together and then collect it at the end or do I get and hand them in seperately. Also when is the speaking text done? I read somewhere it’s done seperately after the reading, writing and listening.

    • You will get a date for speaking. It might be up ton 7 days before or after or the same day as your other tests. Each paper for the listening, reading and writing is collected after that part is finished.

      • Okay thank you. So they just check my ID after each section and collect that paper and give me the paper for next section?

        • They check your ID before the test as far as I know – but you can confirm this with your test center. Each paper is given out and handed in at the end of the time limit. There are no breaks between papers and no talking.

          • Okay. And is there there a given seat or do I sit anywhere?

            • All of this will be explained by your local test center. Please contact them to know.

              • -do we have to answer any part of the exam with pen or just pencil is allowed to be used?
                – do we have to take pencils and eraser with us? If yes, the automatic pencil is allowed or do we have to take two or three wooden pencils?

                • you use a pencil for listening and reading. You use a pen or pencil for writing – your choice. I advice you to take two or three pencils, an eraser and a pen with you. Although your test center might provide these – check with them before your test. Don’t use a pencil that requires you to click to get more lead – the lead easily breaks on these pencils and I have seen students miss answers in listening as a result.

  87. Hi Liz,

    Thank you for your blog . It was very helpful.

    Today I had my speaking test . these were the questions asked :

    Part 1 :
    1) Do you work or study?
    2) What kind of colors do you like?
    4)what kind of colors do your friends like?
    5)If you could paint your home again which colors would you choose lighter or darker?
    1)Do you like reading books?
    2)Have you read any book more than once?
    there were 2-3 more questions which i cannot recollect right now

    Part 2:
    What kind of space do you feel is appropriate for a sports center
    Part 3:
    1) which sport do you feel people of your country like to play (other than cricket) ?(I answered football)
    2)why do you feel people like football ?
    3) what are the benefits of playing football?
    4)why do you think people of your country like to watch international games?

    Overall it was good . My fluency was good but at one point i was totally blank i could not speak for some seconds . how much will that affect my score?

    Thank you again for your immense help .

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 If your fluency was generally strong throughout the test, one pause won’t affect your overall score.

    • Mohamed Ali says:

      Dear Liz,
      Dear Sakshi,
      Thank you all so much for your valuable information. But, I have a question. What is the meaning of “What kind of space” that you mentioned above in part 2?

  88. Zubair Hameed says:

    Hi Liz,

    I wanted to thank you for all preparation tips for IELTS. I didn’t prepare for the IELTS except for 2 days of watching and reading your tips. Your tips and tutorials have helped me a great deal to get an overall band score of 8.5. My detailed band scores are:

    Reading: 9.0
    Listening: 9.0
    Speaking: 7.5
    Writing: 8.0

    May God bless you. Keeping sharing the knowledge.

    Zubair Hameed from Lahore, Pakistan.

    • Excellent! 8.5 is a great score!! You should be proud to do so well. Thanks for sharing your results which are an encouragement to all students 🙂

  89. Hi,
    I’ve been taking your lessons for a couple of months and it’s extremely helpful, thanks.
    I just have two questions
    1) Is it better to avoid using words like “And so on”, “Kind of” and “Things like that” in speaking test?
    2) I tried paraphrasing many words in writing task2 like using “renovation” instead of the given word (refurbishment). But my friend who is a native speaker suggested that it is better to use the exact key word which was given in the task description so that I would not make any differences in word style.
    How do you think?

    • Question 1 = it’s fine to use that language in speaking. Question 2 = any vocabulary mistakes will lower your score. If your English is excellent, you can try paraphrasing more. But if your English contains mistakes, be safe and follow your friends advice. Only paraphrase when you are 100% sure it is both correct and appropriate.

  90. Hi Liz !

    First of all thanks for every pieces of gold tips , really make us very organised in approaching the exam .
    I have found this question a bit difficult to understand the meaning of the first part of question , please .

    Finding a job satisfaction is considered to be a luxury in developing countries .
    Why do you think that is ?
    Do you think job satisfaction is important ?

    I have a problem with the word of luxury that makes me stuck in answering the first part of the question .
    Please I need your help and every one else !!!

    • It means something not affordable for all. The paraphrase: In developing countries, having a job that provides job satisfaction is something that most people can’t afford.”

  91. hi Liz
    Thank you for all videos lesson

  92. hi LIZ
    Tomorrow, I have a speaking exam. I have don`t agitation. Because I was learned all video lesson, so thank you for video lesson. You are the best tutor.

  93. Hi !
    Please des any one has clear approach for my question ?
    Thanks in advance .

  94. Hi liz
    Thanks alot
    Am asking if it’s possible to write all my
    Paragraphs in writing tasks 1 and 2 with capital letters??

  95. In reading answers, can I write True/ false or yes/no as uppercase but all other answers as required?
    Actually I thought I had done reading well but got only 5.5! Do I answer in a wrong way?

  96. Heena Arora says:

    Hello mam.
    i have got writing task 2- if policeman carry a gun it encourages the violence in the society.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree ?
    can you just suggest some ideas that what can i write in this essay?

    • If the police force carry weapons, the criminals will also carry weapons on order to defend themselves. This can be seen in the USA which has a high crime rate with guns. The UK, on the other hand, has a no gun policy for policemen which has resulted in a lower rate of gun crime. The idea is that police set the standards for society.

      • Hi liz,

        I’ve taken the IELTs for 5 times now my writing part always get 6.5.. 😣 I needed to get 7 in each of the component of the exam..

        I’m wondering, is it true that in every body paragraph i need to write 3 examples or more because if i don’t my writing will be considered flimsy?.. thank you!

  97. Rohit Ahuja says:

    Hi Liz,
    I have been exploring this website for last few days and want to say thank you so much for such a commendable job you are doing.
    I am planning to appear for IELTS – GT in Dec 16 and regarding same I am considering preparation by myself only.
    Can you please suggest some study material required , this would be very helpful to me.
    Thank you in advance.

    • For GT, all the question types are the same as the Academic test. This means that GT students and Academic students build the same reading techniques with the same tips. So, you can benefit from all practice exercises on this blog. You should also get the Cambridge IELTS Test books from 1 to 11 (11 is the most recent). They are real test papers published by IELTS for you to practice with. For writing task 2, the essays are the same so again you can follow the same advice and techniques. There is only a subtle difference in difficulty level with the essay question. See this page: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-gt-academic-writing-differences/. I don’t have a book to recommend you for writing task 2 but you can consider getting one or more of my advanced lessons: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore. For writing task 1, you can find tips and models for letters on this page: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-1-lessons-and-tips/ as well as other websites online. The listening and speaking test is 100% the same as for Academic students.

  98. Hello Liz,

    I have my exam a day after tomorrow. I need to know that can I write all my answers in pencil on the answer sheet? Answers of Listening, reading and also the writing task 1 and 2? I’ll be appearing for Academics IELTS and I am really worried about my writing part. I’ve seen all your youtube videos and have read all your blogs to prepare myself, but I guess I have this problem with essays. Whenever I write an essay to practice I make many mistakes and cutting the wrong words makes my essay messy. This is why I need to know if it is okay to write the essays and other answers using a pencil so that I could erase the wrong words.

    I’d be thankful for you prompt reply.


  99. hi…
    plz, give help me to find the MCQ because my IELTS exam is very near.

  100. rudra pandya says:

    can i take my IELTS exam in british council or IDP?

  101. Hello Liz,

    Thank you for all of the useful information found on your website. I do have a question, but first, a bit of background. On one of the practice listening exams, the answer was a length. I wrote down the number and then the abbreviation for the word kilometer, but the answer key had it written down as the full word. My question is should I make sure to write out the full word for measurement units or is the commonly used abbreviation acceptable? I only ask because, on other similar questions, the answer key used the abbreviation or the full word, but not for this particular question. Was this just an oversight or should I play it safe and write down the full measurement unit?

    Thank you!

  102. Tauseef Ur Rehman says:

    Thanks Liz you really helped me a lot. I had score of 5 in IELTS, but now I am following you for 7. I am planning my GT IELTS.

    • Good luck! To hit band 7, you must be able to produce English which is complex but without many errors.

    • Hi Liz,
      Thank you for this wonderful website.
      Here i am seeking your advise – Today i had done with my speaking 08sep16. After 1 wait for 1 hour the registration team said my exam is postpone to Sunday, i said i havent receive any info regarding that so they said me to wait, after 15 mins they said thay can conduct it today and took my biometrics and photo. Again after 15 mins one lady came there and speaking infront of me that the examiner said cant conduct today…after 2 mins same lady call me and told one examiner to took my test, she was not ready since she was waiting for another 2 cantidates, but the first lady said they are not yet come, Then exminer went inside the room without saying anything again that lady asked thrice finally she told to send me inside. so i went inside the room, she said without welcoming me that she need to record the exam i said ok, then she was talking about my name where she used my surname twice and recorded i said my name is Rockey then she updated with my full name, after that she ask for my passport i have given that and she didnt even look at it (- asked only for record purpose). Then she ask few questtions without even looking at me she was busy doing something down(i couldnt see what she was doing) it was my worst experience ever. Also please note that after asking 2 questions only she said me she forgot to told about the topic , that was about spending money. (i had attend 3 times prior and got 7 for Speaking all the time). i dont think that i performed good this time because of her attitude. please suggest me that what should i do?
      Waiting for your reply,

  103. Marie Maude Jean-Louis says:


    Congratulations for your career milestones. It’ s a pleasure to attend your lessons video .
    My name is Marie Maude and I am from Haïti and want to apply for a residence in Canada. Could you please give me a link to practice readind and speaking exam(full).
    I want to order some books also to practice home.



  104. Liz,
    I have my exam tmw. I have a doubt in listening. for e.g. instructions are NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS. and the answer is CHOOSE THE MENU. Can i use THE in brackets in case if the word count is unsure?
    Another doubt; date pattern
    if the instruction is NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS and if the answer is July 1, do we need to write 1st of july or 1july or july 1. because i am losing my marks because of this. Please let me how to write the same when the instruction is NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS.

    • Question 1: never use brackets. You must choose your answer, not put alternatives. Question 2: In English we usually write July 1st or 1st July. Although we hear “1st of July”, we never write “of”.

  105. Senthil says:

    Hi Liz,

    Firstly, I need to appreciate you for all the guidance you give to IELTS students. Thank you so much!

    My name is Kumar, from India. I would be taking the IELTS Academic test on 8th of July, 2016. I’m confident to face the exam but have some doubts regarding IELTS marking strategy. Hope you will address this.

    The query is: is it necessary to get a minimum of 6 in every skill? Let’s say if my score in Academic reading is 5 but excel in other skills and score 7 or more. Does the final average is counted and considered?


  106. Akash george says:

    Hi liz..,

    Am going to write ielts exam on this September and iam preparing by myself. Am too backward in writing and reading. Could you please help me in that two categories. I mean recommend me a good way to overcome these problems…..

  107. hey Liz
    could you help me booking date for ielts exam.please send me the link from where i would be able yo fill up the form

  108. Dear Liz,
    I really appreciate your help and your nice lessons.

  109. Dear Liz,

    Hope you are doing well. I am doing self study for my ielts exam and I have booked my exam on 30th April 2016 . I was going through different ielts training sessions online and then suddenly come across with your one. I must say you are doing a great job in educating students across the world who are preparing for their ielts exams through self-study.

    Liz I have been trying to follow proper time and rule while practicing cambridge ielts exam book as I want to score 8 bands overall. So far I am doing alright with listening and writing and scoring around 7 to 7.5 bands but when it comes to general reading my scores fluctuates a lot. It varies from 5 to 7 bands and I have been practicing almost everyday but its not helping me a lot.

    I have seen your General Reading videos but still I guess I am not been able to implement it in a correct way. Please guide me how should I inflate my reading scores and also what is the appropriate way to practice speaking at home?

    Any help and guidance in this regard will be much appreciated.

    Thank You

    Looking forward to hearing from you

    Kind Regards


  110. Mansoureh sajjadi says:

    thank you Liz the web site is inspiring

  111. Walid Hamad says:

    Thanks to your videos and blog, i have passed with a band score 8 from my first trial.

    Thanks Liz!

  112. Sukuren says:

    Thank you for the good job

  113. Martin Kwaku Akpatsa says:

    Martin K. Akpatsa says, you are just too good for me.
    I am preparing for my IELTS exams in March, 2016. Thank God I have found this site.

    Keep it up. Martin loves you very much. I will whatsapp you later.


  114. Karthikeyan says:

    Dear Liz,

    First, I would like to thank you for the writing exam tips which I found very useful to my IELTS preparation. I need a clarification about a point which you listed in the writing exam tips. You mentioned “You can use either American or British spelling”. I have doubt, whether I should stick to one spelling (American/British) throughout my writing task or I can comfortably mix-up spelling in my writing task.

    • You can’t mix up your spelling. You must choose if you are writing with American English or British English.
      All the best

  115. drprasanna says:

    hi liz,
    I am from India. Your blog has been very useful in my preparation. I have my ielts test coming up in 2 weeks time. I have been practising at home using IELTS cambridge test material ,the british council practice book and videos online for the last 1 month. Should i now go for a professional training,..like a fast track training program for the last 2 weeks or stick to the above materials. Because i am beginning to doubt if my preparation is up to the mark.
    thanks .

  116. Hello! =)

    I would like to ask for help.
    I can’t finish my task 1 in 20 minutes since turning the illustration into words is really difficult for me. Whilst, in task 2, I often complete the essay within 30 minutes.

    I think, I have a problem. The use of time is inverted for me (task 1:40 minutes, and task 2:20 minutes)

    What can I do?

    Thank you!

  117. hello dear teacher
    the thing i always afraid of is do not understand a word in examiners questions or writing topic . it really scares me . for example in one of your lessons you ask about fiction books , i did not know about fiction until i check my dictionary .
    what shall i do in these situations ?

  118. hi ,i’d like 2 ask,does bad hnadwriting affect my score ?
    as i got 5.5 in writing although i watched all ur vedios and i followed ur rules exactly in both tasks??
    i am really confused ,,why i got this bad score

  119. Hi Liz,
    I would like to ask you about speaking part 1. I’m not sure which tense I should use:
    I had been working as an accountant for seven years when I was living in Brazil?
    (but, I came back to my country two years ago and now I’m stay at home mum)


  120. Dr. Sabrina Zarin says:

    Thank you Liz for your website. I am going to sit for Ielts(Academic ) on 30th January from Ireland and my requirement is 7.5 which I think is hard for me.
    I will highly appreciate if anyone can suggest me how should I prepare in this one and a half months and what should I do to increase my level from now. Is there any link for model answers. ..please help me…
    Hope liz is having a great holiday. .
    Dr. Sabrina

  121. Hi liz, i just got my Ielts Academic Result this afternoon and I am very happy about it. I would like to thank you and your website. I only did self review with the help of your website (the only website that i used). I’ve learned a lot. I followed your tips which made me gain self confidence. Again thank you so much. By the way , my band score is 7.5, which i think isn’t too bad, considering the fact that I only did self review in a span of 2 months. Again, all i can say is thank you for continuing to help us thru your site. God bless and more power.

  122. Hi liz,
    I am planning to give Ielts exam. What exactly you think is the time required for a average person with average English skills.
    I am planning to give it in January’16 end.
    Is two months of preparation enough?

  123. Dear Liz,
    I posted my comment, but I cannot find it. so sorry. I need to repeat my questions:
    1. Is it really possible to receive a band score 9 in Writing or Speaking while the opinions of the examiner can affect the result. I mean the final score of these two tasks are somehow subjective. Please help me to know the answer of this question.
    2. I always receive high scores in productive skills; more than 7 or 8, but I cannot get an acceptable score in reading or listening. actually i don’t have vocabulary or understanding deficiency, and i try to apply the techniques, but still i have such big problem in scoring. please help me in this case,too. what can i do?

    • Dear Liz, firstly I would like to thank you for your patience towards us 🙂 and for your hard work, I really appreciate what you do. Today I took my General IELTS examination in Berlin.
      The test was quite strange for me because at the listening 4th part was the easiest one, reading was very similar in difficulty to listening- the 4th part was the easiest one.
      Writing task1: if you are employee you can take part in event, in college, where you can share your experieniece about your work with students. In this task you have to inculde information: why do you think your proffesion can be interesting for students, what experienieces can you share, fix convenient date for you – when you can come to college.
      Writing task 2: nowadays more and more people have consumer goods, such as refrigerator or washing machinęs. Do you think this developmemt has more adventages than dissdventages?

      Spęaking: view questions about snacks, do I like snack, do I think it is good to eat snacks? How often do you eat it? Next view questions about photos: do you like make photo? Why?How often do you do it? Do you like selfie? Do you have any photograph with your family?
      Cue Card was about person who help unpaidly other people, who he or she is? how he support people? What effort it takes to do it?
      3rd part questions: about work market, how do you think technology revolution impact on employee market? Which occupations are paid higher than before? I cant rememebr other questions… I was tired after Writing, listening and reading sections.

      I am worried about my answers about snacks because I said that I used to eat chips and salted nuts, and now I realised that I wanted to say crisps 🙁 are chips also can be snacks 😔

  124. Hi Liz,
    Would you please help me to write on this following topic
    The first car appeard on British road in 1888. By the year 2013 there were more than 29 million vehicles on British road. Alternative form of transport should be encouraged and international laws introduced to control ownership and use.
    To what extent do you agree or disagree?
    Please help me. Thanks sumbla

  125. Ayush Agnihotry says:

    Hi Liz, Thanks for to all usefull information. my exam will take on ’12th December’ .
    i have a one question to you, when in the listening they conservators asking for time .so what is the right way to give the answer, for instance “9:oo am to 7:00 pm” or just “9 to 7” or something else.

  126. Hi Liz,

    Thank you so so much for your tips and advise. I got my desired score in IELTS by viewing your videos and practicing accordingly. L: 8.5, R: 7.5, W: 7.5 , S: 8.5

  127. Thanks a lot for your guidance, because those tutorials helped me a lot. In yesterday exam, I did academic writing, reading and speaking pretty well, but it’s so pathetic that couldn’t do listening on the way I expected. However, will let you know the results.

  128. Thankyou so much for your all video whicg help me to improve my english but still, i get confuse while speaking? if someone ask me question then i take more time to understand it and i get confused..
    so, can you please help me?

    • Practice answering all questions that have been given in this blog. For more you prepare, the less confused you will be.

  129. Hi Liz. .I had my result for Oct.31 exam. .
    lisetening 7.5
    reading 7.0
    writing 6.0
    speaking 6.5
    Overall 7.0

    I know that I need to practice more on writing. .
    I was not able to finish my task1. .under academic module. .

  130. I have been working in an International Call Centre for 2 years where I talk to British customers over the phone and I’ve kind of adopted an accent or it comes within so in speaking test, will I be judged on accent ? Will I lose mark if I sound so? Would you like to shed some light on?

  131. I never wrote one bt I intend to soon can l see some examples of e tests written there
    thank you.

  132. Hello Liz,
    Thanks a lot for your massive efforts .
    I have a query regarding writing.
    1.while writing can we write on the back of the pages or just the rules ones.
    2.As far I understood writing is to be done with pen ,what if we commit mistakes ,that would look shabby?what can we do in that case?
    Many thanks

    • Question 1: You write on the lines only. Question 2: You can use either pen or pencil. For pencil mistakes, use your eraser. For pen mistakes, put a strong, clear line through it and write the new word. Make sure it is clearly deleted.
      All the best

  133. Highly grateful to you! Pls tell me that, can I use a wrist watch? As you said you are not allowed to take your watch….Pls explain…

  134. Hi,

    Thank you for the valuable tips. Its so helpful.
    I have a question about the word count. What if you write more than what is required? For example, the word limit for task 1 is 150, but what if I wrote 200? Do I lose the mark for doing this?


  135. I have the exam tomorrow. I’m a bit nervous. I didnt understand that “consider booking two test” ? thanks

    • It means that students should think about booking two IELTS tests instead of one. The first will be practice, the second you will be ready for. Good luck tomorrow!

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