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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. All pages on my site are relevant this year, 2019.

On this page, you will find:

  • Tips for preparing for the big day and what to take with you.
  • Listening Last Minute Tips
  • Reading Last Minute Tips
  • Writing Last Minute Tips
  • Speaking Last Minute Tips

It is important that everyone reads this page before the test day and also on the morning of the test day. Good luck πŸ™‚

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 inΒ 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. Β You should take at least two pencils and one pen – just in case one of them stops working. You should also take an eraser as well. 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. You cannot take a watch into your test. 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.
  • Don’t continue writing after the invigilator tells you to stop. If you continue writing even one word or one sentence, you could have your whole test invalidated.

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. Β 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.

IELTS Writing Exam Tips

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  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. If you only have 3 mins left, use it to write your conclusion.
  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. Practice expressing your opinions on different topics and talking about your past experiences.
  2. Be confident and ready to chat. This is not a formal interview. Being open and friendly is important.
  3. Listen to the question and answer it directly. Don’t waste time before answers. Be direct. This applies for part 1 and part 3.
  4. Add more information to all answers. Keep talking until the examiner stops you.
  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. A mixed accent is also fine. The key is to make sure your words are easy to understand.
  9. Ask the examiner to repeat the question if you need it. See this lesson about asking the examiner questions.
  10. If the examiner interrupts you, don’t worry about it. It’s a normal part of the speaking test. Just focus on the next question.
  11. 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. It is fine to look at your notes and at the cue card during your talk, but also try to make eye contact.

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 paperΒ :Β 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 Β are summarised from the official IELTS sites:

Always check with official sources in case of any changes in rules.

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  1. http://Zohreh%20Khorasanizadeh says


    Do you confirm “The official Cambridge Guide to IELTS” book published by the Cambridge University Press in 2014? I did not see that in your IELTS book list and I was wondering if this is a really published book by the Cambridge?

  2. http://Zohreh%20Khorasanizadeh says


    I noticed that punctuations are not considered in notes! For example, even a complete sentence does not necessarily have a full stop or does not necessarily starts with a capital letter! Am I right?? How should we act in this regard in the IELTS test?



    • http://Liz says

      I do not understand your comment. What part of the test are you talking about? The listening test? The writing test?

      • http://Divya%20Swetha says

        hello Liz i had given my IELTS exam today I am actually worried because I wrote all my answers of reading test directly on the answer sheet without writing them on question paper will i loose marks for that and is it mandatory to write answers on the IELTS question paper for IELTS reading test academic please reply

  3. http://Amit says

    Hi Liz! Have to thank you from the deepest core of my heart for this awesome site for IELTS preparation.
    I wanted to know, on which day the photograph of the candidate is clicked? (Speaking day or L-R-W day). Also, do they allow you to wear caps while getting the photo clicked? Asking this because I’ve had a minor surgery on my scalp so I had to cut some portion of my frontal hair.

    • I think it’s best you contact your test centre directly and talk to them about this. Hopefully they will be understanding. I hope you are feeling ok.

  4. http://Rajnish%20kumar says

    Hi liz….
    As I can see here almost every study materials posted in the years 2015-16 on this website and now running 2019….
    So any changes in the patterns of ielts from 2015 to 2019. or same as earlier.
    Please let me know…

  5. http://Anuja says

    Hi Liz,

    Is there a way to get past papers of GT reading?

    • http://Liz says

      Yes, you can buy the IELTS Cambridge test books which contain real IELTS tests published by IELTS. You should always complete three or four full real tests at home before your exam date.

  6. http://Muhammad%20Akhtar%20Pathan says

    I wish you peace in all spheres of your life!

    I feel I have no appropriate words to convey my gratitude to you, my respected teacher. I watched almost all your videos, listened to your valuable advice and tips and did all the practice lessons on your website before plunging into the IELTS Test. Thanks to you, all my fear and trepidation evaporated when I heard the first question my examiner asked during the speaking test and when I looked at the listening , reading and writing question papers. It was such an easy sail! I literally enjoyed the test. Though I fear I might have committed a few mistakes in my over-excitement, they will not weigh on me since I am sure the errors were a result of my haste not my ignorance. I am now waiting for the result which is due after two weeks from now.
    Tonnes and tonnes of thanks again, dear Liz. May you always smile as you do all through your life and keep sharing the good….

  7. http://Shriya says

    Hi Liz,

    Hope you’re doing good!

    I would like to thank you for creating this website and including all the relevant material and tips for preparing for IELTS. It has been of immense help to me as I hardly had a week/ 10 days to prepare, due to my professional commitments. Especially, the model answers for writing and tip videos for listening and reading are fantastic, and i encourage all those appearing for their exams to definitely have a look at them. It helps one to understand the key points to focus on/ keep in mind to get good scores.

    I appeared for my GT module on Dec 1st 2018, and just received my scores. I got an overall 9.0 band with the break up as follows:

    Thank you once again. And wish everyone appearing for the exams all the very best!

    Warm regards,

  8. http://Balaji says

    Hi Liz,

    I would like to give IELTS exam before December. Unfortunately all the slots got booked for Pen and Paper Based Test. But, Computer Based Tests are available for December. I am really scared & in dilemma whether to take a chance for CBT or not, since all my seniors and friends attended Pen and Paper only and they can’t able provide suggestion for CBT. Appreciate your suggestions, please.

    • It basically depends if you feel comfortable using a computer and typing. I personally like to make notes and write answers using pen and paper. Other people are so used to typing and using a laptop that it’s easy for them that way. It will depend on you.

  9. http://Kamila says

    Hi Liz, I just got my IELTS results and my score is 7,0. I had only 2 weeks to study (but I still have to work full time and take care of my family). I’m so glad I found your useful tips, videos and blogs. It was a great help for me and I wouldn’t be able to achieve the score without it. You have a gift to explain it very clearly that everybody can understand. I followed your tips for every part of IELTS test and it worked very well for me. Thank you very much for doing this, you’re a great teacher!

  10. http://Ainee says

    Dear Liz,
    Thanks a lot for for your tips and this amazing website, I have already bought your all advance essay videos and they are extremely helpful and I am hoping to get 7 in writing this time, I had an IELTS and I got 8,8.5,6.5,8 I am stuck at 6.5 in writing . I am sitting for my exam on 30th of November. My question is that an essay type which says discuss both sides and give your opinion, do we need to write the first body paragraph about the side which we are supporting or it can be either order or does it follow the question pattern.
    My 2nd question is does the following type of question require my opinion?
    ”Does this situation has more advantages or more disadvantages?”

    • 1. You follow the same order you introduced in the introduction. Logical organisation is marked on IELTS.
      2. It asks “OR” it asks you to choose – that means your opinion. It is an advantages outweigh disadvantages essay – see my Advanced lesson about that.

  11. http://Rohan%20Sil says

    Hi Liz,
    I just gave my speaking test, and I would like to thank you for all the help that you provide via this blog and also through the YouTube videos. Although I would like to add a tip for other fellow aspirants, and that’s to make sure to drink significant amount of water before entering the centre, because I spoke too much in part 1 and then my mouth dried up through the second round. I wish they kept a glass of water on the table, but I guess that’d disrupt the flow of the recording. Hoping for a good result, all thanks to you ma’am πŸ™‚

  12. http://Daniela says

    Hello Liz! I want to thank you for all your hard work. Your tips and the provided information have helped me a lot. Today I have receved my results and I scored 7.5 thanks to you. Keep up the good work and thanks again!

  13. http://ADITI says

    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.!

  14. http://Saduni says

    I got overall band score 7. Thank you Liz I watched all your videos and tips πŸ™‚

  15. http://Megha%20Manglani 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 πŸ™‚

    • I’m really pleased to read your news!! Well done πŸ™‚ Band 8.5 is excellent. I send you a big smile πŸ™‚

  16. http://Jaweriah%20Alvi 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.


    • http://Liz says

      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.

  17. http://Xenia says

    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 πŸ™‚

    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!



    • http://Liz says

      I’m really pleased for you. It’s a great score that you should be very proud of πŸ™‚ Well done πŸ™‚

  18. http://Ravneet says

    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.

    • http://Liz says

      You can’t use brackets in your answers. Brackets are for answer keys in books, not for test candidates.

  19. Good info..thanks

  20. 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

    • http://Tavga says

      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

  21. http://Soumitra says

    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.

  22. http://Hoang%20Phuc 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 πŸ˜‰

  23. http://Ann says

    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. 😊

  24. 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.

    • http://Liz says

      There are over 300 pages of tips and lessons on this website: make sure you review them all πŸ™‚

  25. http://Kaur says

    Hi Liz,
    Thank you so much for all the free tips. πŸ™‚

    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.

    • http://Liz says

      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.

  26. http://Madhur%20Kishore 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.

  27. http://Shine says

    When I took the writing exam task, I used 2 separate sheets.. The proctor instructed me to write β€œ1 of 1” on the first sheet and β€œ2 of 2” on the second one.. I was so doubtful and yet I still followed her instructions.. I think it should be β€œ1 of 2” and β€œ2 of 2” since I used 2 sheets for the task?

  28. http://Eby%20Joseph%20Lalichan 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!

  29. http://Suyeb says

    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

    • http://Liz says

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

  30. http://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


    • http://Liz says

      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.

  31. http://sourabh%20goyal 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

    • http://Liz says

      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.

  32. http://Rubina says

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

    • http://Liz says

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

      • http://Ravi says

        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.

  33. http://sindhu says

    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 .

  34. http://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.

    • http://Liz says

      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.

  35. http://Ann says

    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.

  36. http://Sam says

    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?

  37. http://vikas%20arora 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 ??

    • http://Liz says

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

  38. http://Andy says

    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.

  39. http://Esraa%20Alajmi 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.

  40. http://M.%20AHSAN%20ZAKA 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.

    • http://Liz says

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

  41. http://Atika says

    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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

    • http://Liz says

      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 πŸ™‚ Well done getting band 7 in writing – not easy! πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind message. It’s lovely to know that I have helped you πŸ™‚

  42. http://Shabna says

    HHi Liz,

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

  43. http://Rubygean%20Grande 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!.

  44. http://Safak%20Duzgun 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.

  45. http://Siya says

    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.

    • http://Liz says

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

  46. 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.

  47. http://Margherita says

    thank you!

  48. http://Rea says

    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!

    • http://Liz says

      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.

    • http://Bru says

      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.

  49. http://Akbar%20Shaik 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.

  50. http://Charitha says

    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.

  51. 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?

  52. http://Manu says

    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

  53. http://Frank%20Reuben 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

  54. http://Donna%20Belle says

    Oh. Thank you very much πŸ™‚

  55. http://Amit%20Kantia 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

    • You need to do more than read the question and find key words. You need to analyse the question. You must think deeply of the meaning, all words, which words will not be paraphrased, which words will be paraphrased. When you find a key word in the passage, you need to read at least 5 or 6 sentences around it to check the full meaning. See this page: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-reading-lessons-information-and-tips/

      • http://Amit%20Kantia says

        Thanks Liz, Couple of Questions:

        Can I relax on other sections?
        Which e-book I should refer?
        Which site you recommend for IELTS GL Mock test?

        • You need to get the IELTS Cambridge test books which contain GT tests. They are real tests published by IELTS. You can buy them online.

  56. http://Asha%20Adhikari 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.

  57. http://WAQAR%20AHMED%20BUTT 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 .

  58. http://Kansh says

    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 !!

  59. http://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?

    • http://Liz says

      Going for a remark is your choice. All speaking tests are between 11 and 14 mins long – not more and not less.

  60. http://Gary says

    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!!!


    • http://Liz says

      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!

      • http://gary says

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

        Thanks for all of your wonderful videos.


  61. http://Mohammed%20Ali 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

  62. http://Yvonne says

    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.

  63. http://Fatima says

    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.

    • http://kyumsun says

      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~!

  64. http://Imeobong says

    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.

  65. 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!


  66. http://Jibiks says

    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 πŸ™‚ I’m really pleased you found my site useful πŸ™‚

  67. http://yilin says

    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.:)

  68. http://Sohan%20Baghel 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 πŸ™‚ Well done with your dedication and determination πŸ™‚

  69. http://Danielle%20Johnson 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?


  70. http://Kumar says

    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.


  71. http://Gurpreet says

    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.

  72. http://Marco says

    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!

  73. http://Slavvy%20Coelho 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 πŸ™‚

    • http://Liz says

      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 πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment πŸ™‚

  74. http://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.

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

  76. http://Baljinder%20Singh 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. ?

  77. http://WAQAR%20AHMED%20BUTT 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 .


    • http://Liz says

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

  78. http://yahia says

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

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

  80. http://Hojiakbar%20Sobirov 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.

    • http://Liz says

      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.

  81. http://soad says

    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

  82. http://Ash says

    Your website is so useful:)

  83. http://Mehmet%20KAYA 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.

  84. http://Yosu says

    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?

  85. http://Vikas says

    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.


    • http://Liz says

      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.

  86. http://Sam says

    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 situationπŸ™

    • http://Liz says

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

  87. http://Tyn says

    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

  88. http://pooja says

    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

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

    • http://Liz says

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

      • http://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.

        • http://Liz says

          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.

  90. http://Lydia says

    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,

  91. http://Sam says

    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.


    • http://Liz says

      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.

  92. http://Orei says


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

  93. http://Robert says

    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.

  94. http://Carrole%20Earnest 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?

    • http://Liz says

      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.

  95. http://Vrinda says

    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


  96. http://Meme says

    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?

  97. http://Mohamed%20Hindam 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.

  98. http://Mani says

    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.

    • http://Liz says

      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.

      • http://Mani says

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

        • http://Liz says

          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.

          • http://Mani says

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

            • http://Liz says

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

              • http://Nader says

                -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?

                • http://Liz says

                  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.

  99. http://Sakshi says

    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 .

    • http://Liz says

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

    • http://Mohamed%20Ali 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?

  100. http://Zubair%20Hameed 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 πŸ™‚

  101. http://sav33we says

    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.

  102. http://Lola says

    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.”

  103. hi Liz
    Thank you for all videos lesson

  104. http://Sherzod says

    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.

  105. http://Lola says

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

  106. http://Omar says

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

  107. http://Robi says

    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?

  108. http://Heena%20Arora 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.

      • http://Mel says

        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!

  109. http://Rohit%20Ahuja 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.

    • http://Liz says

      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.

      • http://Nirmal%20Patel says

        Hello Liz, thank you so much for your advice and good blog. I am also planning to take GT (India) in Dec 16. I have just started practicing by your video tutorials on Youtube. πŸ™‚


  110. 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.


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

  112. http://rudra%20pandya says

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

  113. 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!

  114. http://Tauseef%20Ur%20Rehman 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.

    • http://Rockey says

      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,

  115. http://Marie%20Maude%20Jean-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 HaΓ―ti 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.



  116. http://Ram says

    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.

    • http://Liz says

      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”.

  117. http://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?


  118. http://Akash%20george 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…..

  119. 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

  120. http://Fateme says

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

  121. http://Mukul says

    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


  122. http://Mansoureh%20sajjadi says

    thank you Liz the web site is inspiring

  123. http://Walid%20Hamad says

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

    Thanks Liz!

  124. http://Sukuren says

    Thank you for the good job

  125. http://Martin%20Kwaku%20Akpatsa 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.


  126. http://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

  127. http://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 .

  128. http://Steph says

    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!

  129. http://zarifi says

    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 ?

  130. http://kaka says

    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

  131. http://Kamila says

    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)


  132. http://Dr.%20Sabrina%20Zarin 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

  133. http://Duduy says

    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.

  134. http://ROHIT says

    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?

  135. http://Fatemeh says

    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?

    • http://Liz says
    • Dear Liz, firstly I would like to thank you for your patience towards us πŸ™‚ 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 machinΔ™s. Do you think this developmemt has more adventages than dissdventages?

      SpΔ™aking: 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 πŸ™ are chips also can be snacks πŸ˜”

  136. http://Sumbla says

    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

  137. http://Ayush%20Agnihotry 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.

  138. 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

  139. http://kumara says

    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.

  140. http://amit says

    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.

  141. 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. .

  142. 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?

  143. http://farry says

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

  144. http://Mehnaz says

    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

  145. http://kumara says

    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…

  146. 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?


  147. 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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