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  1. himanshu says:

    Hello Liz,
    I’d like to inform u with much happiness and joy about my recent IELTS score
    I am a dentist by profession and I appeared for IELTS For UKVI Academics exam at IDP Centre Pune on June 7, 2018, India and glad to have received my scores. It was only possible due to your websites meticulously prepared instructions on how to perform during the examinations.
    My scores are as under:
    Million thanks once again
    Dr Himanshu πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Liz,
    You certainly are doing a wonderful job. Not many people are blessed with a talent that can be shared globally.
    During my first attempt on 12.05.18 , I scored
    L 8.5
    R 8.5
    S 7.0
    And unfortunately 6.0 in writing, which could probably be attributed to certain unexpected distractions, for instance repeated erasing.
    I’m awaiting my second attempt. Do you recommend a remarking in this context?

    • You can read my comments on others on this page about remarking for writing. If you are erasing often, it usually means you did not plan sufficiently. You don’t only plan main points, you also plan supporting ideas – in essence, each sentence is already formed in your mind before you start writing. This means when you actually write the essay, your ideas are fully formed, and you can focus on your grammar and vocab. Think about getting my Advanced Writing Task 2 Lessons to help you if you have to retake the test:

  3. Rohit Handa says:

    Hello Liz,

    First of all, I would like to thank you for sharing your expert advice with students like me who are planning to give IELTS exam. It is really a great help. I appeared for my IELTS exam on 02.06.2018 General Training (IDP) from Chandigarh (India). I am working as an Assistant Professor. The details of my score are as under;

    Listening – 9
    Reading – 9
    Writing – 7.5
    Speaking – 8

    Overall – 8.5

    I followed your advice and read all the topics of Task-2 (Writing Section) and framed key points for almost all before I went for my exam. It was a great help.

    Regarding the exam, I missed 2 to 3 questions in listening but managed with the little I was able to recall at the end of the exam. Reading was fun as I am into academics and can read long passages which was not an issue. Speaking I was nervous because I was asked so many questions in Section-1 and 3 and I felt as the examiner was not convinced with my answers bit I cleared it.

    So ultimately what I feel is that without your support, we all would have not achieved what we have achieved.
    Thanks Again!!!!

    • It’s a great score – very well done πŸ™‚ You are spot on about the listening – it is possible to use logical deduction to decide answers for missed questions when you are transferring your answers to the answer sheet. In the speaking test, if the examiner is asking a lot of questions, it’s a good thing. Glad my lessons were useful to you πŸ™‚

  4. Sanjeev says:

    Hi Liz,
    Your website has been of great help. I gave the test on June 2nd and received my results today. I am very disappointed with my speaking score as I needed 7 in that. Not sure if I should go for the remark as I did the cardinal mistake of not using the whole time for the main topic. I stopped around the 45-second mark which might have caused a penalty. The examiner asked me to talk more, so I did use the whole time though. I did pretty well in other areas.
    Overall – 8
    L – 9
    R – 9
    W – 8
    S – 6.5
    I will have to retake the exam now πŸ™


    • Spending 2 mins on your part 2 talk is not critical and does not guarantee a low score. It is a lost opportunity to take your language into your own hands and plan which language features you want to demonstrate to the examiner. If you felt you delivered a range of language features, strong fluency, a good range of grammar etc, then it is worth to consider a remark. I have also emailed you – so please check your email. Very well done with your other scores πŸ™‚

  5. Jayan Jayasinghe says:

    Hi Liz,
    I am Jayan, post-doctoral fellow in general surgery from Colombo, Sri Lanka. I sat for IELTS academic on 2nd of June and my band score is 8 ( Listening = 8.5/ Reading=8.5/ Speaking=7.5/ Writing=7) in 1st attempt.
    I want to thank you for the guidance you give for everyone through your website and YouTube. Its amazing….!
    In my simple equation…….,
    Ielts LIZ = British council+ Cambridge+IDP
    I went through word by word on your online lessons and NOTHING ELSE….! Simply tips and tricks of you. Reading, even though I thought a challenge, I finished 8 Mi s before the given time. All because of following your tips. I prepared for about 1-2 months…but intensively for 10 days or so.
    Thank you again for the great job and really recommend your site 100% for everyone who wishes to succeed in Ielts.

    • You’ve done really well πŸ™‚ It isn’t easy to hit band 8 overall πŸ™‚ Glad my website was useful πŸ™‚

  6. Fahad Sherwani says:

    Hi Liz

    I would like to start by thanking you and your website/videos for helping me prepare for my IELTS test. I have been working as a System Analyst for the past six years. Today, I got my result for the general module IELTS test that I appeared on the 2nd of June 2018. Absolutely delighted to share my results with you.

    Overall – 8
    Listening – 8
    Reading – 9
    Writing – 7.5
    Speaking – 7.5

    This was my first attempt and I achieved my desired score in the first attempt. I was always good at Listening and Reading sections but average on Writing and Speaking sections. For writing I would recommend practice as much as you can. The more practice you do the more you learn from your mistakes and the better you get at writing. For speaking I would recommend just be natural. It is important to showcase your vocabulary, but on the other hand it is more important to be natural and speak confidently. It’s just like having a conversation with your colleague, friend, relative, etc.

    Thanks a lot for the amazing and helpful posts. Appreciate all your help. Keep up the good work Liz!!!!

    • I’m pleased to see your score – well done πŸ™‚ your speaking tips are spot on – being natural, chatty and enjoying the conversation is very important πŸ™‚

  7. Hello Liz,

    I’d like to personally thank you for what you are doing here. Your resources have been so useful. I got my result today and I shed tears because it’s my 7th attempt and I finally got my desired scores. I always fall short of .5 in either listening or writing.

    My profession is Banking and I took the GT module.

    My scores are below:
    Listening 8
    Writing 7
    Speaking 8.5
    Reading 9
    Overall 8

    I followed your tips diligently, especially the part of making sure you write a good conclusion in writing. This time around I focused on your resources as against previous attempts that I got confused because I was reading other websites that had conflicting ideas.

    Thank you again Liz,may God bless you.

    I don’t mind sharing my tips as soon as I get my TRF.Cheers.

    • I’m really pleased to see your results πŸ™‚ It must be such a relief to finally hit the score you needed – very well done πŸ™‚ It’s a good demonstration of perseverance and determination πŸ™‚ Yes, feel free to share your tips when your TRF arrives. If you want your own page on this site with your experiences, struggles and tips, just email me:

  8. Manpreet says:

    Hi Liz,

    I had my exam on June 2nd at Columbus, Ohio, USA, and I got the following scores:
    Listening: 8.5
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 7
    Reading: 6.5
    There were a lot of headings questions in the reading exam (which is the hardest for me) and that’s probably the reason I could not score 7 in the readings section. But I must say that getting 7.5 in Writing section was just because of your videos, lessons, and sample answers. I wrote exactly the way you provided the essays and I even wrote more than 300 words. The sad part is that I was not expecting less score in reading section due to which I have to write this exam again. I hope I do even better in that one!

    Thank you so much!

    • Well done with your results! Although not quite what you wanted, your reading will hopefully improve on your next test. Take your time to prepare πŸ™‚

  9. Prabhu V says:

    Hi Liz,
    I am working as Senior Consultant in IT; I took my General training test on June 02, 2018 in Boston US and my results were declared just now:

    Listening – 7.5
    Reading – 7.5
    Writing – 7
    Speaking – 7.5
    Overall – 7.5
    CLB Band – 8

    I have to say a big thanks to you and wish you a good health and great life ahead!!
    Without your tips and videos, i would have not done this. This may not be a good score for others, but as a dependent applicant for immigration this is more than enough for me!!
    Thanks again, keep smiling as always!!!

    • Very well done πŸ™‚ It is a good score! Not many people hit band 7 in writing with 8 overall πŸ™‚

  10. Hi Liz,

    All I can say is thank you. I used only your blog to prepare. I registered for the test one month earlier. I’m a PhD student in E/E engineering, and I had little time on my hands. Before I knew it, it was 2 days to the test. So I shutdown every other thing and prepared using your blog. Here’s my result:
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 8.0
    Writing 8.5
    Speaking 7.5
    Overall Band: 8.0

    for the writing part, I used your advanced writing lessons and nothing else. I got a Discussion essay asking to discuss views about the impacts which family migration have on the development and life of the children, and was asked to state my opinion. I simply used the format in your Discussion essay video (advanced writing task 2) and that did it.

    Thank you. I will probably mail you my report form when I receive it.

    • Well done with your results πŸ™‚ I’m so glad my advanced writing task 2 lessons were useful πŸ™‚ With such little prep time – it’s a great score πŸ™‚

  11. Akshar Mehta says:


    Phew! The results are here! While they are decent, I really hoped for a better score in writing. Overall score 8.5

    Reading: 9
    Listening: 9
    Speaking: 8.5
    Writing: 7.5

    I think I allocated lesser time to practice writing as compared to the others and that could be the reason for the lower score. However, I would like to thank you for all the resources you have made available on your website. Your advanced series was a life saver πŸ™‚

    • Very well done πŸ™‚ Writing does require a lot of preparation – mainly in terms of developing ideas for topics, practising identifying and addressing issues, and planning organisation. Still, getting band 7.5 in writing is a strong score πŸ™‚

  12. Thanks liz for your free lesson. It certainly helped me a lot in short span of time. I really appreciate you dedicating your time to sharpen our skills. Thanks a lot. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    My results
    Speaking 7.5
    Writting 7
    Listening 9
    Reading 9
    Overall 8
    Although i got a little less in writting i’m happy with my results.

    Take care

  13. Padmaja says:

    Hi Liz,

    I truly thank you from bottom of my heart for such a wonderful thought of sharing your experiences and teaching to us. I have appeared for general training and just followed your guidelines which worked perfectly for me. Here are my results

    Overall score 8

    Listening 9
    Reading 8
    Speaking 7.5
    Writing 7

  14. Hi Liz…
    You are a true mentor and above all a great human being. Many many thanks for providing such a wonderful platform to achieve desirable score. You are doing a great job indeed. May God bless you with everything you desire!
    Your tips helped me a lot. I took ielts General Training Test on 24th May 2018 and here is my score card:
    My overall band score is 8.
    Listening 8
    Reading 9
    Writing 7.5
    Speaking 7
    Thank u once again.

    • Very well done with your score πŸ™‚ I’m so glad my tips helped πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to mention your profession.

  15. Ovie Ainenehi says:

    ielts Academic
    Date: 19/may/2018
    profession: Civil Servant

    Hi liz. I wanna thank you for all the effort you put in your blog. Your teaching method and information is very good.
    Speaking: 8.0
    Listening: 8.5
    Writing: 6.5
    Reading: 7.5
    Overall: 7.5

    Thank you once again liz. You are the best.

  16. I took ielts on 19th may and my result
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 7
    Writing 7
    Speaking 8.5

    I am really grateful to your website. Thank you so much for all the tips and videos. I would highly recommend your advance writing lessons for those struggling to get bands more than 7 in writing.

    • Very well done with your score – band 8.5 overall is great πŸ™‚ So glad my advanced lessons were helpful πŸ™‚

  17. Ame Uwoghiren says:

    Hi Liz,
    First off I’d like to say a big thank you, your site helped a whole lot with my practice.

    I took the IELTS General test on the 24th of May 2018.

    I had 8.5 overall.
    Listening – 9.0
    Reading – 9.0
    Writing – 7.5
    Speaking – 7.5

    This was my second attempt though, as my first try was in September 2017 (had 7.5 overall then).
    Generally, I’d say practicing over and over for every aspect of the test is very important. The fact is no matter how much of an everyday English language user you are, being under exam conditions gives some sort of tension that could throw you off balance.

    Listening: I used the practice materials on IELTS Liz and a few free practice materials I came across online. The key here is not to listen too “hard” and also not to get distracted while listening. Ensure that you read the HEADINGS and questions and also understand what is required of you (one word, a number, not more than three words etc.). If you miss a question, don’t stop listening! You can go over the tape in your head when you are given time to check your answers.

    Reading: Again the IELTS Liz site was my forte. I went over every single tip not less than 5 times, and I made sure to apply them when practicing questions. In the beginning, I had a serious problem with the True/False/Not given aspect, but with consistent practice, I was able to get the hang of it.

    Writing: “The arch nemesis”. So, the writing test was a nightmare for me in my first IELTS exams, so I had to put in a lot of focus on this aspect; the writing task 2 especially. I followed every single tip on this site, watched every video and I practiced as much as I could. On the test day i made sure to manage my time very well, in the first two minutes, i put down points for both the task one and two, I spent about 15 – 18 minutes on task one and the rest of the time on task 2. Unfortunately, I had just about a minute to read through both the task one and two before the end of the test.

    Speaking: I went through most of the recent questions for May – August on the site, but unfortunately, I got a question I wasn’t remotely prepared for in the second part of the test “my favourite season”. Although I couldn’t talk about it for too long (spoke for only about a minute) i made sure I answered the follow up questions in the section three to the best of my abilities. I kept in mind that the examiner wasn’t examining my knowledge of the topic, and this helped out a lot.

    All in all I’d say practicing as much as you can will help you achieve your desired score. Thanks a million Liz.

    • Going from 7.5 to 8.5 overall is excellent – very well done πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your tips – you’ve got some great tips that will really help people with their IELTS test πŸ™‚

  18. Fadeyinmi says:

    Hi Liz,
    My IELTS GT was on 24/05/2018, my first attempt.
    I am a stay home mum.

    My Scores goes thus:
    Listening 9.0
    Reading 8.5
    Writing 7.0
    Speaking 8.0
    Overall 8.0

    For listening, I tried to concentrate only on the moment. Whatever I missed, i only filled in after I had finished the entire test.

    For reading, I read through the questions before reading through the passages. And this made things very much faster for me. Though this method didn’t really work effectively for the last part of the reading test.

    For my writing test, though I have always been a good writer, my writing is always rough. Using a pencil meant I was distracted with making corrections with the Eraser. I was so distracted , I started my second writing 20mins to the end of the test.
    My Second writing was an opinion test and instead of choosing sides (negative impact of hosting international sporting events on the host country) , I weighed both sides by listing the advantages and disadvantages and made sure I had a conclusion as you instructed.
    If I had not been so distracted with the first question, I believe I might have done better.

    For speaking, I ensured I gave long engaging answers to almost every question. The second part of the test had to do with saving money and what I did with it. I almost lost track of the questions as I told my story about saving up for a lunch date for my husband and daughter. During the third part (money, budget, youth attitude to spending, general attitude to spending) , I didn’t even know what to say to the examiner at some point , so I told her to repeat the question as an opportunity to think. I eventually gave a certain flimsy answer.
    On a whole, i didn’t think I did any good till I saw my scores.

    Thank you for what you do here. I studied the blog all night before my tests and I got more value than I had gotten since I started studying through other media.

    • A great score – well done πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your tips as well – very useful πŸ™‚ I have quite a few stay at home Mum’s contacting me about studying IELTS. If you have any extra tips for them about using their time at home more effectively and juggling other responsibilities, please share them πŸ™‚
      If you want your own page of tips posted, just email me:

  19. Amritsar, Punjab
    General training
    Result for 24th May test

    Dear Ms. Liz,

    Thank you for your such generous efforts to assist and guide aspiring young people to reach their target score in the form of your website. It takes enormous time and humongous effort to run this initiative and I congratulate you for that. You website is indeed a blessing and I am really proud that I have scored the required bands solely depending on your learning material provided here, though I retook the exam seven times (always got 6.5 in writing). But all is well that ends well. My scores are:
    L= 8.5
    R= 8
    S = 7
    W= 7

    I have also taken the exam on 2nd June and I hope to get deserved scores in that too.
    I am not working at the moment as I have recently shifted from Australia. I studied there and worked part time as an Assistant Store Manager.

    • Very well done finally hitting your band 7 in writing – great πŸ™‚ So glad my website was useful πŸ™‚

  20. Mohita Kaushik says:

    Hi Liz,

    Firstly, thank you so much for your blog, you are doing a commendable job, and your channel has been a great help to IELTS aspirants. I prepared for less than a month and found your blog very resourceful.

    I gave exam on 24th May, and my got results yesterday –
    Overall – 8
    Listening – 9
    Reading – 7.5
    Writing – 7.5
    Speaking – 7.5

    A few tips which I guess worked for me –

    1) For speaking, be clear and confident. There is no need to worry about correctness of the answer, just speak from your heart. Don’t consider this as an interview, but consider it as if you are sharing your life experiences with a friend. Prepare certain notes, or practice on certain topics (given on this blog) about the ideas which you can speak upon.

    2) For writing, prepare a structured format for yourself for each type of essay (I prepared using Liz Model essays), and practice using that. It helped me in maintaining the flow of my essay as well in Task Achievement and Cohesion. Avoid using too low vocabulary and using same word again and again, instead use synonyms.

    3) For Listening and Reading, analyze your practice tests and focus on areas where you are getting most incorrect answers, and try answering those using a different strategy.

    4) Most importantly, be calm and stay positive and cheerful on the test day πŸ™‚

  21. Maitri Paul says:

    Hey, this is Maitri Paul. I am from India. I posted My Questions of IELTS before on 24th of MAY 2018 and today I got my Result. I got only 3 days time to prepare myself since my Graduation exams were going on and I was in a hurry. Anyway, I took The ACADEMIC IELTS Test and got an overall band of 7.5 which is C1 but my English depth is C2. But due to lack of practice, I could not perform that well and I am not that satisfied.

    Overall Band – 7.5
    Reading – 7
    Listening -8
    Speaking – 7.5
    Writing – 6.5

    Well, since I did not get to practice much. All I did was go through your videos for 3 days mainly about Writing and Speaking.

    My Speaking is very fluent but the topics were very uncommon so could not give my best.
    TIP-1 Vocabs are very important even if you get very uncommon topics.

    Listening needs practice but I watch many TV series in Netflix so I did not face many problems.
    TIP-2 Listening really needs practice if someone is not comfortable with the Accents which Indians face a lot.

    Reading. Well, I took your tips in reading and skim read it. But in spite of having 30 minutes for the last paragraph, I did not get much time for T/F/NG.
    TIP-3 Please practice Reading and try to finish it on Time.

    Writing. Well. I do not know why my score went down because according to me, it was okay and deserved a Band 7.
    TIP-4 Here also I suggest to practice and increase Vocabularies.

    And THANK YOU SO MUCH, for all the tips and suggestions. It really helped a lot. πŸ™‚

    • For a first attempt with only 3 days to prepare, it’s a great score. With your results, it would be possible to consider a remark in writing, but only if you are sure you wrote over the word count in both tasks, with an overview in task 1 and a conclusion in task 2. Thanks for sharing your tips πŸ™‚

  22. Nazanin Yuzbasheva says:

    Hi Liz,
    I am general English teacher from Azerbaijan and just got my results.
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 8.5
    Writing 6.5
    Speaking 7.5

    Unfortunately, writing is disappointment for me as I expected at least 7. Do you think, I should request a re-mark?
    In addition, your website and tips was so useful during preparation. Keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

    • If you wrote over the word count in both tasks, with an overview in task 1 and a conclusion in task 2, it might be possible to consider a remark. But it’s never guaranteed. Your speaking results show you have a good level of English, because the marking criteria are only language based in speaking. Unfortunately, writing has different requirements which are specific to IELTS. Only around 50% of your marks are language based in writing – for this reason many people get a lower score in this section because they have not fully understood what is required of them in their essay. I do sell advanced writing task 2 lessons for this reason: Glad my website was useful πŸ™‚

  23. Hello liz !!! Thanks a lot for your blog. I got 8 overall . And 8.5 listening, 7.5 writing, 7.5 speaking, 9 reading.
    Thank you very much.

  24. Venika Saini says:

    Dear Liz,
    I got my IELTS result today:
    Although writing scores are not what I expected but I feel really indebited to you…your videos and website have contributed the max to my scores.
    Thank you so much.


    Venika Saini

  25. Ayodele Akingboye says:

    Hello Liz
    My name is Ayodele and i am a Chemical Engineer in Nigeria.
    I had my General Test on the 24th of May 2018. My first attempt.

    OVERALL BAND : 8.0
    LISTENING: 9.0
    READING: 9.0
    WRITING: 7.0
    SPEAKING: 7.5

    I just want to say a big thank you for the wonderful job you’re doing. Your website and videos played a key part in my test scores. Well done!!

    I reckoned i could’ve done better in the writing test, as i made a major error in my writing task 2 where my essay was leaning more towards “Advantage/Disadvantage” type rather than “Agree/Disagree”. Nevertheless, i am proud of the score as i have always had a flair for writing.

    For the Listening, it’s more of concentration and trying to stay as focused as possible. Also, that brief moment where you are given a few minutes to read the next questions before the tape plays is priceless as it afforded me the opportunity to sort of predict the answers.

    As per the Reading test, i basically just read the questions of the passages first before attempting to skim/scan the passage. This worked perfectly well for me as my mind was trained to look out for specific words/phrases etc.

    The Speaking test is all about confidence. The tips from your videos on how to answer questions by paraphrasing them was invaluable.

    Overall, it’s about taking time to practice as much as you can.
    Thank you once again and keep up the great job you’re doing. Cheers!!

    • Very well done with your score πŸ™‚ Hitting band 7 in writing isn’t easy – good job πŸ™‚ Great listening and reading scores! Thanks for sharing your tips πŸ™‚

  26. LabrosKt says:

    IELTS : Academic
    19 May 2018
    I received my IELTS results 2 days ago and I am still so so happy.
    Overall : 8.0
    Listening : 8.5
    Reading : 9.0
    Writing : 7.0
    Speaking : 7.5
    Your website is the most helpful and your IELTS related material is accurate and up to date. Thank you for helping me understand the best way to confront the writing task 1. My tip for everyone would be : try to take as many tests as possible and always keep in mind the time , because it is crucial to comprehend that time is a key factor in this test. Don’t panic and try to concetrate. I was about to lose my cool twice during the actual test but I took a deep breath and carried on.

    Again , thank you very much .
    Kisses from Greece.

    • I’m so pleased to see your results – very well done πŸ™‚ Getting band 9 in reading isn’t easy! And hitting band 7 is an aim for many IELTS candidates. I’m glad my website was useful πŸ™‚ Glad to meet someone from lovely Greece πŸ™‚

      • LabrosKt says:

        Dear Liz ,
        Thanks to you I got accepted by my dream university in the Netherlands and now I will be able to study in the post graduate program I was aiming for .
        Hope you will visit Greece soon .

        • Brilliant – that’s great for you πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy Holland! It would be my absolute pleasure to visit Greece one day πŸ™‚

  27. Hi Liz,
    I am from Bangalore, India. I took IELTS (GT ) on 12th May and got overall band 8.0. This was my first attempt.
    L : 9
    R : 8.5
    W :7
    S :7
    To be honest, I achieved this result with just 2 days of thorough preparation. I am a Semiconductor Professional working in a startup and my work intensity did not give me the luxury to prepare everyday. I neither did a speaking mock test nor wrote whole practice essays,the results of which reflects in my low scores(a little disappointed) in those two sections.

    First and foremost, a big thank you for you for the tips and techniques you have posted in this site. The last couple of days before exam , I took off from work and I just referred your website for all the tips and strategies. It helped me immensely, especially in approaching multiple choice questions in Listening(May 12th test had plenty of MC questions – 2 sections to be precise) and T/Y,F/N, NG questions in Reading.I also used your website to get the crux and the skeleton for writing tasks.Your videos are short and to the point which is really helpful for last moment planners like me.Again thanks a ton.

    Coming to the tips, I think you have covered all of them in your website.I will just add a few from my IELTS experience.

    Listening – Start listening to English Podcast whenever possible.I spend close to 2 hours every day in transit and I switched to listening to podcasts from songs after registering to IELTS. There are plenty of good channels to improve your listening and overall English. My personal favorites are – The Inquiry from BBC, Intelligence squared US debate and Open Source. These podcasts talk about the current issues in the World and will help you not only in listening but also in speaking part 3 and writing task part 2 for the ideas and vocabulary.
    Reading-If you read newspaper or articles everyday at least for half an hour, then this should be a piece of cake. Time Management is the Key. Ensure at least 30 mins for the last section which requires in depth reading and have at least 5 mins buffer at the end to review once. (underline the answer in the booklet,to review quickly )
    Speaking – I literally didn’t prepare and paid the price for it. I personally feel this is the easiest section of all if prepared well. I was nervous in the first part due to lack of confidence and although I maintained fluency throughout the test and discussed good ideas (part 3), I was skeptical to use less common vocabulary and stuck with simple daily English to be on the safer side(Big mistake I felt) .Best thing to do would be to have a friend or a speaking partner and do few mock sessions.
    Writing- Key is Time management which comes only with practice. I spent more than 30 mins on task 1 and another 10 mins planning the essay which left me with very little time to complete the writing and no time to review , correct the grammatical errors and to re-structure the sentence.So practice as much as possible if time permits.Worst case scenario , write at least one full practice essay for each category before the main test by following all the tips highlighted by Liz which will definitely help in scoring 7+ band.

    My best wishes to all the test takers. There is nothing to panic. If your education from kinder garden was in English and if you could afford a couple of hours per day for a month to prepare(mostly writing ), then just go through Liz website which is all that you need to score a band 8 or higher.

    • Very well done, Raj! It’s a great score to be proud of. Thanks for sharing your tips and experience – I know many IELTS aspirants will benefit from them. You’ve highlighted many key points – particularly time management πŸ™‚

    • Amaninder Singh says:

      Congratulations for your result.
      Kindly let me know did you take the test from IDP or BCD?

    • Hello Raj
      Very well done and it is an awesome score. I have given twice but not able to get where i am doing wrong. My weakness is multiple choice questions in a listing. Do you have any better strategy to overcome on those?

      • Hi Sonia,

        Let me tell you how I approached MC questions and see if this can be of any help to you.
        Firstly, as soon as the instructor allowed everyone to open the question booklet, I straightaway looked for MC questions and underlined the key word and paraphrased them if possible. I also used the initial time when the recording is played with a demo instruction to analyze all MC questions upfront.

        Next, I did not read the MC answers in detail when the recording was playing , I was just scanning them and fully concentrating on listening since the answers may come in different order(and was eliminating the wrong choices based on whatever I was listening to). In my point of view, we generally tend to lose track of the listening if we dive deep into reading the answers and waiting for the same to be heard in the recording.

        Just try if this method works for you by doing a few practice tests.I would be glad if this technique helped you.

        So in a nutshell ,the key is Understanding and preparing the questions upfront and to Focus completely.

        All the best for you main day. Cheers.

  28. Deepa Thomas-Sutcliffe says:

    Thank you so much for the great advice. I basically spent the two weeks of prep I had mainly on your site and also on the Road to IELTS practise tests and tips you get once your application is accepted by the British Council.

    I was delighted by the overall band score of 8 I received as I needed 7.5 for teaching jobs in Saudi Arabia. My individual scores are: Listening – 9, Reading -8.5, Writing – 7 and Speaking 8.0. I wish I had got a better score on writing and perhaps needed to practise the two essays more.

    My tips would be to:
    1. Prep: Practise the full test as many times as possible in your prep
    2. Prep: Watch the advice videos to learn about tips & tricks for eg. how the reading IELTS may say 15 rather than 50 to confuse you and then later it would be corrected to 50
    3. Exam: Keep a little time at the end of Listening & Reading to revise your work and spot any errors. I finished both those sections well ahead of time.
    4. Exam: Time your Writing Test well and spend more time on Section 2 than Section 1. Ensure you have the Introduction, Body of at least 3 paragraphs & Conclusion written before you run out of time. Go above the word count.
    5. Exam: However boring or strange be the topic in the Speaking Exam, talk until the examiner stops you and leverage your vocabulary to show your command of the language.

    Hope these tips help. Liz thank you again for all your amazing content.

  29. Praew&Proud says:

    Me and my twin sister sat for the exam on 19th May and we both got an overall 8, which is totally unexpected because this is our first attemptπŸ˜†We’re 12th grade students from Thailand and 7 is the score we need to apply for the university that we want.
    Here’s our score
    L 9 ,R 8.5, W 6.5, S 7 and
    L 9, R 8.5, W 6.5, S 7.5

    We would like to thank you SO much for your efforts!
    All the tips and lessons are amazing guidelines in order to do the IELTs Cambridge practice tests efficiently. We are especially pleased with the reading scores, considering the fact that we’re are slow readers. But thanks to you and also Manal’s tips which really helped!(we even got some time left to recheck before the end😊)

    Thank you again !! You are the best of the best!!!❀️❀️

  30. Hello Liz! My results came out today.
    Overall 7.5
    L -8.0
    R- 7.5
    This is a sweet success Liz as this was my 4th exam ! I was stuck to a 6.5 in writing and I would have given up but thanks to your website and lessons, I am now going to be professionally registered as a medical laboratory technician and soon to be medical laboratory scientist. I will not let this opportunity pass to thank you and may the good Lord bless you beyond what you can imagine. Thank you, Liz! Praying for your good health so that you can help more people achieve their dreams.

    • It’s great to wake up in the morning and read a message like yours. Very well done πŸ™‚ After 4 tried you made it – perseverance is worth it πŸ™‚ Good luck with your future plans πŸ™‚

  31. Hi Liz,
    I am Tanya and had to book IELTS exam slot just two weeks in advance.So,there was a time crunch for me for preparing for the exam.I completely relied on your website and youtube videos to prepare for each section of the academic module devoting the whole week.The tricks and tips of maximizing the score helped a lot .I finally received my results which are great owing to only a weeks prep in speaking and another for all the other three.Your instructions was very helpful in speeding up the whole prep and getting the most out of it.

    My score : overall : 8
    speaking :7.5
    reading :8
    listening : 9
    writing : 7.5

    thanks a lot for your guidance.

  32. Hi Liz,

    I can’t thank you enough for the help you have given me to prepare for the IELTS exam. Your website was the only source of information I used, I just couldn’t trust anyone else. My exam was in London on 19 May 2018 (the Royal Wedding!!) and I was so sure I had failed, I actually booked a repeat test date as soon as my exam was over. I knew I hadn’t done my best on the writing task and this worried – in brief, by the time I got to the writing module in the exam, I was so tired, I completely lacked concentration, had to take a toilet break (which wasted my time)… I misunderstood the question, then realised my mistake, ended up erasing a page of writing and started again with 15 minutes to go… I really was convinced I had failed.

    Anyway, my results have just been published and I am in disbelief…

    Listening: 8.0
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 9
    Overall band score: 8

    Clearly, my writing wasn’t up to scratch (as I expected) but I am so grateful I got the minimum score required by my university.

    Thank you once again, I couldn’t have done this without you!!

    Kind regards,

  33. Hi Liz,

    I really want to use this medium to say thank you, this blog is definately beneficial for students preparing for the IELTS. May 12 was my third attempt on the IELTS in my last 2 attempts I was down by .5 which was quite depressing. I was referred to your blog and my score reads thus:
    Reading – 9
    Speaking – 8.5
    Listening – 8.5
    Writing – 8.5

    I wanted to post my result but I haven’t gotten around to doing so. But my greatest tip is basically using the tips I read of Liz’s blog especially for writing. For reading I had to stick to a method that works for me, I am a fast reader and I tend to assimilate the questions if I have an understanding of the passage so I tend to read the entire thing in one quick sweep and then attempt the questions. For speaking you need to be confident and relaxed just try and have a good and rich conversation. For listening it was practise, practise and practise that made me conversant with different tones and at different pitch. I really would say this blog made the difference for me in this attempt which has now proved successful. Wish you all the best


    • Pearl, it’s a great score! I’m so pleased you found my website πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚

  34. Ankur Gupta says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you for all the help you have provided through your website. I recently appeared for IELTS General exam in SF, Cali center and got my results:
    Listening- 8
    Reading – 8.5
    Writing – 8
    Speaking- 8.5
    Overall – 8.5
    Now brief about each section –

    1) Listening – Listening was tough because questions and choices were tricky, close and with lot of verbiage. I followed the method of reading questions in next section when they ask to check questions in previous section. I got map related questions as well. My advise, always stick to your first choice which you make while hearing. Also, listen completely with concentration even if you feel you got your answer.

    2) Reading – This is the breather. I was able to complete this section in 35 mins. Do revise!! I was able to rectify 2 questions while revising.

    3) Writing – Topic was ” Importance of Money and teaching the importance to children”. There were two questions on the topic – 1) Why it is important 2) How can parents teach the importance to their children. Time is limited. Always Write more and use vocab properly. I asked for supplementary sheet for my task 2. I was able to revise task 2 but not task 1. Plan your time properly and always revise. I practiced for writing a lot.

    4) Speaking – This was the best part of the test. It’s like introductory interview. I deliberately used 4-5 vocab words. Make sure to be confident. I remember leaving 1 sentence incomplete and starting again by changing it’s structure. I practiced for speaking with my friend. She used to give me cue-card problems and i used to speak following the same way as an exam and she used to time me. This helped me a lot. Yes, my topic was something around ” A time you changed your decision suddenly. What it was? When? Why did you change? ” Then she asked me multiple questions on top of this like “People usually don’t like changes, Why people change their decision, Is it good to change your decision often, Do you like hand written letters or emails? How often you write letters, Do you use maps, Do you ask people about navigations, etc”

    I completed IELTS Cambridge Test Series books (7-12). I gave about 1 month for preparation.I followed IELTS Liz for all tips, tricks, advise, writing formats. I am very thankful to you for consolidating so much information on your website and your continued effort to make it even better. For all the candidates, here is one advise – Follow IELTS Liz with dedication. Don’t refer to multiple websites. Stick with 1-2 places for preparation only. Must do IELTS Cambridge book 11 and 12. Practice writing a lot, esp. by writing responses and getting it checked by an expert. Reading, practice T, F, NG ( i got about 10+ question of this pattern).

    Good Luck!!

    • A great score !! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your tips – I know many people will thank you for this. You’ve pointed out some essential aspects of taking the test as well as of preparation. Doing real IELTS tests at home is one of the most important things to do before your real test. Well done πŸ™‚

  35. Oluwatobi says:

    Good day Liz.

    I’m a Mechanical Engineer from Lagos, Nigeria.

    I sat for IELTS on 12/05/2018. After 5 attempts, my score is as below

    L = 8.5
    R = 8.5
    W = 7
    S = 7.5

    I thank God for the result and I also thank you for your efforts. Your videos, write-ups and generally, your website are of great benefits. God will bless you more. You are the best. Thank you.

  36. Neeraja says:

    Thank you Liz.
    I am a software engineer.
    My entire preparation was done by following your website.
    General Training:
    Listening – 8
    Reading – 9
    Writing – 7
    Speaking – 7.5
    Overall band – 8

    Doing all the exercises provided on your website for reading was very helpful.

    Following the structure for writing Task 1 and Task 2 also helped me a lot. One big mistake I made in the exam was, I wrote task 1 answer in task 2 answer sheet, due to which I had to copy whole answer again to task 1 answer sheet, which had cost me 8 minutes. Otherwise, My writing score would have been much better.

    For speaking, just try to make a conversation with the examiner.

    For Listening, try to focus more. Remind yourself to focus when extra time is given to look at questions in advance. Do a lot of mock exams.

    Thanks a lot for all the work that you put in to help others.

    • Well done with your results πŸ™‚ Considering the problem you had in writing, you’ve scored very well πŸ™‚

  37. Hi Liz,

    A big thanks for your website and your free service which is indeed great. It helped me a lot for my GT test.
    I took my test on 12th May and got an overall band of 7.5
    L-8.5 , R-8.5 , W-6.5 , S-7
    I am disappointed with my writing and speaking because I was sure to get a band higher than this. And due to this I could not score any points for immigration. While speaking test I was so natural and was able to speak fluently except for 1 mistake which I think should not put me down to 7.
    I did not take any professional correction service for writing while practicing. I made a mistake though which is in task 1. The letter is about providing tips for a friend on her first interview. Instead of mentioning first I wrote she should talk about her prior work experience. So I am little confused whether to go for a remarking or a second attempt. I am just short of 0.5 in writing due to which my score is insufficient for immigration.
    Whatsoever, I am certainly grateful to you for your highly valuable lessons. Take a bow.

    • Well done with your score πŸ™‚ Remarking is never a guaranteed success. It’s up to you if you choose to try it.

  38. Gokul Prasanna says:

    Hi Liz,
    Thanks to you,i am on cloud nine now!Overall-Band 8
    Listening 8.5 ,Reading 9,Writing 7 and Speaking 7. I am a doctor planning to work in the UK.
    I am grateful for your invaluable contribution!

    • Band 8 is excellent – I’m really pleased for you πŸ™‚ Glad you’ll be able to register soon as a doctor here πŸ™‚

  39. Hi Liz, I received my result today. I had the following LRWS: 8,7.5,6.5,8. I am confident I did better with my writing. Do you think it is advisable to go for an EOR?

    Please kindly respond.

  40. Test Date: 12th May – General Training
    Lagos, Nigeria
    Listening- 9
    Reading – 8.5
    Writing- 7.0
    Speaking – 7.5
    Overall – 8.0

    Thanks a lot for the materials. My listening improved a lot after watching your videos. I wish I had paid more attention to your writing resources but I focused more on listening as I thought it will be most challenging for me. Overall I’m happy with result

    Thanks again and stay blessed.

  41. Hi Liz,
    I want to use this opportunity to say a very big thank you for what you are doing here. I’m one of the beneficiaries of your kind gestures.

    I wrote my IELTS ( Academic) on May 12,2018 at Ibadan, Nigeria. I got my scores few minutes ago. It was my first attempt and I say that I’m ok with all but writing.

    Overall: -7.5

    Your lessons were very helpful. I practiced mostly using your website. Infact,for the speaking,I started practising few days to the exams. For the writing, I guess I didn’t use enough vocabulary to describe the line graph given. That must have been responsible for the low score. I practiced listening more because I had issues listening for ‘s’ plurals,articles , and repeating information already given in the passage. Like writing the $ dollar sign when it’s already given in the passage.

    May God in His infinite mercies meet you too at your every points of needs, amen.

    • Well done with your score πŸ™‚ Line graphs certainly require a range of vocabulary used appropriately – it’s still a good score πŸ™‚

  42. Vasilena Dimitrova says:

    Hello Liz!
    I took IELTS on the 12th of May. I just wanted to thank you for your amazing site and your valuable advice. I prepared for the test completely on my own and only had 2 months for that. Everything I read on your site was really helpful and improved my performance so much. Thanks to you I managed to get the grade I wanted.
    I got an overall band of 8.5.
    Reading: 9.0
    Listening: 8.5
    Writing: 8.0
    Speaking: 7.5
    I’d recommend everyone who is about to do the test in the future to really do all the exercises you’ve listed here. They’re really useful and helped me feel more confident on my test day.

    Vasilena Dimitrova

    • 8.5 is a great score – very well done πŸ™‚ So glad my lessons helped πŸ™‚

    • Abolore says:

      Woow congratulations!!!!!!

      Please, what resources did you use for Writing ?

      Also, can you give me writing tips . Thank you sir

  43. Abdullah says:

    Hi Liz,
    I took IELTS GT on 12 May,2018. I’ve got
    Band 8.5
    Thank you Liz. Your site and tips helped me a lot. I’m a doctor. It was my 1st attempt. I took preparations for 2 months.
    I just wanna say that it’s all about practice. I’m not a English medium student. In my country (Bangladesh) English is taught for 12 years in the public schools and colleges. But one doesn’t have to speak a single sentence in English. I still can’t believe how poor my speaking was. Actually I think my speaking has a lot of room to improve. Even now I can’t pronounce words like ‘film’.
    Tips –
    Reading- good time management
    Listening- concentre very hard ( needs practice). It’s only 30 mins. Look for plurals and articles. Watch Liz’s videos.
    Writing- my writing was sixish. But following some basic rules like writing a coherent intro, using linkers and clauses, minimizing spelling errors, improving hand writing ( remember, I’m a docta) and expanding vocabulary regarding commonly used words and thus avoiding repititions, I was able to lift my band score to 7.5
    Speaking- practice, practice and more practice.
    Try to enjoy your conversation with the examiner. I know it’s hard. But we had a real talk. Actually the examiner was able to convince me to change my opinion about the formal clothes worn by the people of my country.
    Finally thank you Liz, thank you very much.

    • Well done with your score πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your tips and experiences. When the speaking test feels like a conversation – it’s a good sign πŸ™‚

  44. Hi there, I appeared for my IELTS for the first time in January and although my over all score was 8.0 with 8/ 8.5 in R/ S/ L, I had a 6.5 on my writing.

    Now I am a fairly decent writer and I even occasionally write articles for some online platforms. The result was a surprise to me and my friends too.

    I re took the IELTS in March and then got the following – 9 / 9 / 8 / 7 in LRSW with an overall band of 8.5. Firstly, this website was quite helpful to that. I decided to write this post to share my experience with you. Besides the content and the questions, the biggest points that I realized was

    1. Writing in IELTS is very technical. It is not as much about the content or the idea of your writing but about the technicality of your word usage and sentence construction. By this I mean that it is important to understand the proper use of linking words and how the commas and etc work with them.

    2. Make sure you practice your speaking or at least visualize yourself doing it. In the part where you’re asked to talk about a given topic – dont stop talking unless you are specifically asked to.

    3. Score well on your reading and listening – you can score a perfect score on them with some practice.

    I am open to Liz’s comments and anyone else’s. I hope this helps .


  45. Yashaswini says:

    Hi Liz,

    I am working as a Software Engineer in one of the Network operators in Singapore.
    I came to here to thank you for sharing all the tips, techniques and materials in your website. It was very useful and helped me to get the required band score.
    I managed to get 7 and I am extremely happy because all I wanted was only 6.

    Overall : 7
    Listening : 8
    Reading : 6.5
    Speaking : 7
    Writing : 7

    At first, I was bit shocked to see my reading score as it was unexpected. But, I guess it could be due to some minor mistakes.

    Thanks a ton Liz. Your lessons not only improved my language but also boosted confidence while speaking. My job demands me to handle overseas customers where the main language of communication is English. I have had hard time understanding their words while on call and was not able to respond properly. Now, I feel more enthusiastic and confident , and always ready to attend any call or meeting.
    Also, I have developed an interest and taste in reading. I spend most of my spare time in reading rather than wasting on social media scrolling unnecessary feeds/photos/snaps. You have changed the way I look at English language and improved my lifestyle.

    Thank you so much Liz. You are doing a great job.

    Suggestion to test takers : Just go through Liz website. It is more than enough as it has EVERYTHING needed.


    • To get band 7 when you only needed band 6 is excellent πŸ™‚ Well done πŸ™‚ I’m so glad my website lessons helped πŸ™‚

  46. Taneet Singh says:

    Hello Liz,
    Hope you are doing well!
    I took IELTS Academic on 12th May 2018. Speaking was held on 9th May 2018. Speaking and Listening sections went very well. In my opinion, Reading was tough. Writing has always been difficult for me because I haven’t written a lot since school days. However, I learnt that it’s more about the pattern or structure that the examiner is interested in.
    To be honest, I was sad with my performance in Reading and Writing sections. But when I got the result yesterday, I was surprised because I scored 8 bands overall.
    Below is my result for IELTS Academic:-
    Listening – 8.5
    Reading – 7
    Writing – 7
    Speaking – 8.5
    A bit about me, I took IELTS General last year for immigration purpose and scored 7.5 bands overall with sectional bands as stated below:-
    Listening – 8.5
    Reading – 7
    Writing – 7.5
    Speaking – 7.5
    You can clearly see that I have improved my band score in Speaking and have maintained my band score in Listening and Reading. However, I scored .5 band less in Writing this time.
    All in all, I am happy with my score in both test versions because I achieved more than what I needed in the first place.
    Therefore, in my opinion, IELTS is more about strategical preparation and if candidates can follow that on the test day, they are more likely to score well.
    @Liz – I ain’t that bad in Writing, isn’t?

    • You’ve done really well. Hitting band 7 in writing is a particular level that many want to achieve – well done:)

  47. Thank you so much Liz. I’m a medical doctor and I’ve written the ielts academic test four times for registration as a doctor in the United Kingdom but I kept scoring 6.5 in writing. I wrote it for the fifth time on the 12th of May and below is the result

    Overall band score 8.5
    Reading 9
    Listening 8.5
    Speaking 8.5
    Writing 7

    Thank you so much for all the useful information and resources on your website. It helped a great deal. I’m glad I found my problem areas and didn’t give up till I made it! πŸ’ƒπŸΌπŸ’ƒπŸΌ I can now go on to the next stage. Yippee πŸŽ‰πŸ˜

    • 8.5 is excellent – very well done πŸ™‚ Definitely celebration time πŸ™‚ Thanks for letting me know πŸ™‚

  48. Hi Liz
    Im so happy to share my result with you as your website and youtube tutorials were the main source of learning for me.. i did self study through your tutorials and practice materials.. thanks alot Liz😊

    Heres my score
    Listening 8.0
    Reading 8.0
    Writing 6.5
    Speaking 8.0

    Overall 7.5

    Thanks again😊

  49. Shamsh Hoda says:

    Hello Everyone,

    I just received my IELTS results. My scores:
    Overall Band: 7.5
    Listening: 8.0
    Reading: 7.0
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 7.0

    I just wanted to thank Liz. Your videos have helped me a lot.
    My suggestion to other test takers:
    1. Start at least 10 days in hand (if you’re a working professional or have not been dealing with education for 4-5 years)
    2. Watch Liz’s videos and understand which area you’re good at and which area needs improvement.
    3. Make your own strategy. There is no best strategy.

    Thank Liz.

    All the best to all test takers!

  50. Got my result today

    L 8.5
    R 7.5
    W 6.5
    S 8

    Overall 7.5

  51. Aishwarya says:

    Dear Liz,
    Just recd my score for the GT test taken on 12th May :

    Overall : 8.5
    Listening : 9
    Reading : 9
    Writing : 7.5
    Speaking : 8

    Thank you so much for your blog.
    I think I’ve watched every single vdo of yours and taken down notes, and I’ve practiced almost all the topics you’ve listed.

    I love the way you teach and it’s amazing how patient you are when it comes to responding to people’s comments and queries!

    Thank you once again and wish you the best of health!!

    • 8.5 is a great overall score!! And getting 9 in listening and reading is excellent! It clearly shows that you have understood the techniques for this test and have done the work needed for preparation. Well done πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed my videos πŸ™‚ I hope to make more of them when I’m better πŸ™‚

  52. Zohaib Zafar says:

    Thankyou Liz. You’re an amazing teacher, learnt so much from you πŸ™‚
    Enjoying my result!!!

  53. Richard says:

    Hi Liz,
    Firstly, I’d like to thank you for all the practice tests, tips, essays and letter samples. They really helped.
    I’d recommend anyone taking the test to read the tips posted on this website. I didn’t get much time to look at the videos but I made sure that I look at the sample answers to the writing tasks. Do practice writing as many topics as possible.
    Also, do practice IELTS Cambridge practice tests.

    Practice is the key.

    I took IELTS GT on 12th May and received my scores today.

    Overall: 8.5
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 9
    Writing: 8.5
    Speaking: 7.5

    Kind regards

    • Well done with your results πŸ™‚ Definitely all IELTS candidates should do as many Cambridge IELTS tests as possible to prepare.

  54. Hello,
    I was hoping to get band 7.0 in all four sections in order to apply for PR in Australia. I tried the test 3 times.

    Attempt 1 in April 2016 (Academic module) R 8.0/ L 8.0/ W 6.5/ S 6.5
    Attempt 2 in April 2018 (General Module) R 8.5/ L 8.5/ W 6.5/ S 8.0
    Attempt 3 in May 2018 (General module) R 8.5/ L 9.0/ W 7.0/ S 7.0

    Finally I achieved my goal. Just a day before my last exam, I came across Liz’s website. I went through the different essay types she has described. This might have helped me to move from 6.5 to 7.0 in writing. For Reading and listening, I did the practice tests in IELTS Cambridge book 1-10.

    Thank you Liz for your valuable website πŸ™‚

  55. Hi!! Liz.

    I just received my IELTS results. It was my second attempt.

    My previous results were:

    This time my writing went very good and I was expecting band score higher than 7.0.
    I addressed all the parts of the questions. I also took help from your advance lessons too. Do you think I should opt for revaluation? I am very disappointed with my writing scores.

    • It’s certainly possible to consider a remark with your results. However, there’s no guarantee. If you wrote over the word count i both tasks, but also not more than 200 in task 1 or more than 300 in task 2 – then it’s worth considering. Also as long as you finished your task 2 with a conclusion and if your task 1 had a clear overview – then go for it and I wish you luck!

      • Thank you so much Liz. I made sure to write above 150 words in task 1 and above 250 in Task 2. I ended up a conclusion in good way too. But I am not sure whether the task 1was above 200 & task 2 above 300.

        Infact I wasn’t aware that writing over limit will deduct my marks. Anyways, I am very thankful to you and hopefully get 7 in writing.
        May god bless you always. You are doing such a noble work.

        • In writing task 1, you are marked on your ability to select information and group information together. Getting lost in too much detail will lower your score. In writing task 2, the essay must be highly focused and each sentence 100% relevant and critical to the essay. Writing over 300 words means you probably included some less relevant or less focused information. Anyway, if you feel it’s worth going for a remark, try it and see what happens. Let me know.

  56. Alexandra says:

    I scored an overall band 9. I got 9 in reading, listening and speaking and 8.5 in writing! I am a student (Literature major) from Sweden. The tips I can think of after my own experience are to speak A LOT during the speaking part (I mean the full time that you are expected to speak. Rather that the interviewer stops you, than that you speak too little). Furthermore, practicing writing the writing part on actual test paper (which Liz has available here on her site!) was absolute GOLD!!! When I was to write the real test I felt so prepared πŸ™‚

    • Band 9 Overall !!! Fantastic!!! πŸ™‚ I’m really pleased for you. I’m glad you went into the exam feeling ready – that is important. And I completely agree with your comments on speaking – keep speaking until the examiner stops you. Let the examiner decide when to move on to the next question. Well done again with your great score πŸ™‚

  57. Just checked my ielts result online for the exam held on 12th May, 2018:

    L 8.5
    R 7.5
    W 6.5
    S 8

    Average 7.5

    Thank you so much Liz… your videos were of great help ❀️

  58. Vineesha Paladugu says:

    Date: May 22, 2018
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Venue: India,Andhra Pradesh,Vijayawada

    Topics were
    1) Your full name
    2) Work or Study
    3) Where are you from
    4) What type of house do you live in apartment or individual house
    5) What is the best part (room) you like in your home
    Then topic was travel
    6) Have you travelled recently
    7) What are the factors you think before travelling
    8) Which place would you like to visit in future
    9) What is the holiday trip you enjoyed a lot
    10) Do you plan for holidays
    11) Do you use maps
    12) Which one would you prefer Electronic maps or paper maps
    13) Do you ask any direction from other people

    1) People prefer magazine or newspaper
    2) What skills should journalist have
    3) The news that they publish is correct or not
    4) Do they modify news
    5) Do you think that journalists should publish facts

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Omg. It was same with my speaking questions. I took it May 21 2018 in Uzbekistan.

    • Hi I had my Ielts Academic test on the 23-24th of May in the Pilbara region in Australia.
      Speaking part they asking me if i lived in a house or apartment. To describe it. Which was my favourite room and why.Then they gave me the topic: describe a friend from your childhood that was important to you.
      After that,they started to ask questions about how technology has changed relationships and if friendships are as long as they used to technology has change interaction between teenagers and if i I remember a teacher which had inspired me and why.
      Writing task1 2 pie charts showing the use of water by different sectors in 1997-2007 and task 2 some people thinks media should report more stories about good news.agree or disagree.

  59. Tanvir Sonali says:

    Speaking Test
    Center: British Council, Mauritius

    Whats your name?
    What can I call you?
    Can I see your identification?

    We are going to talk about you.
    Where do you live?
    Tell me about your hometown.
    Is it far from the center?
    Some advertisement questions
    Are there many adverts on tv nowadays?
    Do you remember any ad when you were a kid?

    Some outdoor questions
    What kind of outdoor activities do you like?
    Can you tell me about any outdoor activity you enjoyed when you were a kid?

    Part 2
    Describe a person whom you really admire
    Why you admire him
    When do you see him

    After 2 mins he stopped me and asked me: Do everyone in your family love him?

    Part 3

    Why are some children more popular than others?
    Why are some teachers more popular than others?
    Are celebrities happy with the fame and money, they have?
    There are some people without money, so are they happy?

  60. Comfort Mgbado says:

    My answers to the listening test based on the Royal Wedding:
    1. 1840
    2. 19th May
    4. 96 years
    5. over Β£20m
    6. 16 feet
    7. 18 million
    8. 1536
    Thanks a million times Liz.

  61. Test Type: UKVI Academic
    Test Date: 05/05/2018

    Listening 8.0
    Reading 8.0
    Writing 6.5
    Speaking 7.0

    Profession: Civil Engineer
    Going to start my masters degree this September.

    I would like to thank you for all your efforts and this great website which I would recommend to anyone preparing for the IELTS exam. Your videos and the way of explanation were always to the point, and the smile you always show gives us positive energy. May God bless you and I wish you quick recovery. Thank you Liz.

    • I’m pleased to read your scores – well done πŸ™‚ Thanks for your support – glad my smile gave you positive energy – that’s my aim πŸ™‚

  62. Vito Meow says:

    Dear Liz,

    Thank you for all the information on this website.

    I attended an exam on 05/05/2018, and I achieved:
    Overall: 8.0
    Listening: 8.0
    Reading: 9.0
    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 8.5



  63. Manisha gupta says:

    Hi Liz
    Thanks for your valuable website. I got my required score.
    Module- Academic
    Location- Canada
    Test date- 14 April 2018
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 7
    Writing 7
    Speaking 7
    Overall 7.5

  64. Taking the IELTS test is never a walk in the park and the best way for me to express my gratitude for Liz is to share my results. Not to show off but to let everyone know that the lessons in this website are truly beneficial and yield undoubtedly astonishing results.

    Overall: 8.0

    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 8.0
    Speaking: 7.5
    Writing: 7.0

    Thank you, Liz!

    PS. I will share the questions during my exam on the other page.

  65. Hello Liz,
    For Listening/Reading test i am planning to write all answers in capital letters.
    but i have a query which is as below:

    For one of the section it says as below
    “Choose the correct heading for each section from the list of headings below.
    Write the correct number, i-x, in boxes 15-21 on your answer sheet”
    As i mentioned am planning write answer in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS , do i need to write answer as I,IV,X (or) i,iv,x

    Thanks in Advance!!!!


  66. I work in IT as a system administrator and have been working in a English speaking country for 13 years now.
    I took my exam twice in Melbourne and each time I got a poor mark in writing.
    – results for 7/04/2018 are: L 8, R 9, W 6.5, S 8 & Overall 8
    -results for 12/05/2018 are: L 8.5, R 8.5, W 6.5, S 8 & Overall 8

    For my second attempt I used your website and I believe I followed the instructions, the format, the linking words and also made quite sure to keep between 160 and 180 words on W1 and 260 and 280 words on W2.

    It is clear I’m doing something wrong, so I guess some training is required on this.
    I am so gutted that I only needed only .5 to get the mark I needed.

    • It’s a shame you didn’t hit band 7. The main reasons are either:
      1. Too many language mistakes.
      This means you are taking chances with vocabulary and trying to impress the examiner – this can result in poor word choice which lowers your score.
      Also grammar mistakes lower your score. You need to make sure you are proof reading and make sure you have idenitfied your common grammar mistakes.
      2. Problems with technique.
      This might be that you are not fully addressing the issues in the question directly. It might be that you are not following instructions enough – many students don’t actually follow them properly. It might mean that you are not planning your supporting points – most people plan only main ideas.

      Your use of language will need to be checked by you carefully. Any technique problems, get my advanced writing task 2 lessons. Click here:

  67. Thank you liz. I thorough enjoyed studying for my exams on your website.

    My overall band was 8.5
    Listening 9
    Reading 9
    Speaking 8
    Writing 7

  68. Divya Sree says:

    Hi Liz,

    Location : Bangalore, India
    Test Type : General
    I have completed my speaking exam yesterday and I’d like to share the topics which would be helpful for others.

    Part 1 :
    What do you do?
    Have you worked in part time jobs?
    Do you give your best on what part of your day?
    do you have friends?
    Do you like giving gifts to others/ Why /Why not?
    Have you ever received gifts, you didn’t like ?
    Do you like shopping gifts to others?
    In your culture, do you gift others? When ?

    Part 2: Describe a popular person you know in your country
    Who is the person?
    Where did you see him?
    and Explain why is he popular?

    Part 3:
    do others also consider him as popular person?
    Can ordinary people become popular?
    Do popular persons are happy in their life?
    Why do you thing people who follow celebrities , do not become leaders?
    Why do some children in class want to be popular?
    Do teachers popular in school?

    Tomorrow is my LRW test. Hope i’ll do well
    Thanks for your help Liz.

  69. Liz thank you so much for your lessons and wisdom. I must admit my preparation for IELTS was not at par. I just did one full test. But, your tips stayed with me. I recently completed her Masters in Public Health. I have been studying English since the first standard. Due to my nervousness and conflicting demands I have not practiced much. But your simple explanations stayed with me even when I was taking my test. I am so thankful to you as I was able to complete this test in the first attempt.
    My score is as follows:
    General IELTS
    W: 7.5
    R: 7
    L: 8
    Writing: I made the greatest mistake of writing too much in task1 and was short of time for task 2. But your purchased lessons had helped me in understanding the task response. Even though I was short of required work limits and had not concluded my argument, I managed to score. So, a suggestion to others no matter how amazing first topic looks, stay in the time limit. I took 40 minutes to write my letter and had to complete the essay in next 20 minutes.
    Speaking: Even though I am a fluent speaker, I had not practiced/ rehearsed speaking. I will strongly suggest everyone ‘look at the recent topics given on the website.’ After my test when I came back I noticed my topic was one of most frequently asked question in the month of March. I had a pretty abstract topic. If I would have looked at the list of topics, I am sure I may have fumbled less and would be more organized in my responses. Another confession, I was so nervous about writing (as I am a horrible writer not only in English but also in my mother tongue)that I just did one writing task. Please do not do that. Your writing pace will improve with continuous practice. Ensure you have a person to check your writing if you are as unsure of your grammar as I was.
    Listening: This is the only section, I had practiced religiously (6 to 7 tests). But, I had practised all my sessions with headphones on. Whereas, my region does not provide headphones. It took me off by surprise. I easily skipped three or four responses. So, figure out what is going to be used in your exam center and practice in the same way. It is important to practice a variety of test papers. The best source is IELTS Cambridge.
    Reading: I took 3 or 4 tests. But, I was always stuck with 6.5 or 7 score. So my suggestion is to look at your mistakes, are you repeating them in all your tests, why are you repeating them, what is the correct responses and why you made that error. Please evaluate your test. Even though I am an avid reader and fast reader, my tendency to assume responses and overthink hindered my ability to correctly answer true false and match the heading.
    Once again thank you for your time and really hope for your quick recovery.

  70. Kirti Chawla says:

    Hi Liz,

    I am extremely grateful to you for creating this site as it helped me get my targeted IELTS score. Just a couple of weeks before my exam I saw all the videos and tips provided by you here. I got a total band score of 8. My individual scores are :- Listening :- 8.5, Reading :- 8.5, Writing :- 7 and Speaking :- 8.
    Thank you so much for all the help and guidance.

    Kirti Chawla

  71. Vaisakh Vimalan says:

    Hi Liz,

    I am an HR Professional. Tried IELTS 3 times. But never met my target score.
    Finally my friend suggested . Finally I achieving my target score for applying Canada PR;

    IELTS Band 7.5
    Listening: 8
    Reading: 7.5
    Writing: 7

    Thank You Liz !!!!

    • Vaisakh Vimalan says:

      Sorry for typo ” Finally I achieved ” sorry for that πŸ™‚

    • I’m really pleased you finally hit the score you needed – well done πŸ™‚ Glad you found my site πŸ™‚

  72. Piyali Das says:

    Hi Liz,
    I appeared in IELTS exam(GT) on April 21st, 2018 and used your website extensively for preparation. Here is my result:
    Listening: 9
    Reading: 9
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 8
    Overall band: 8.5

    Thanks for providing such a useful resource for IELTS, it was immensely helpful.

  73. R V G Krishna says:

    Listening: 7.5
    Reading: 9
    Writing: 7
    Speaking: 6.5
    Test Date 21st April 2018
    Location Hyderabad, India

  74. GOVIND S RAJAN says:

    Hey Liz….so yesterday I got my IELTS score and I have to say I am happy. Here are my scores:
    Listening : 9.0
    Reading :9.0
    Speaking :8.0
    Writing :7.5
    Overall: 8.5
    I needed a minimum 8.0 in all since I had to prove to be a superior speaker. However I am satisfied with my scores. Writing I was expecting 8.0. Anyways thanks for your videos which guided me to a good extent.

    • Great score !! Very well done πŸ™‚ Well done with 7.5 in writing. Don’t forget to say your profession.

      • Thankyou Liz. I am a process engineer working as a senior engg. I know 7.5 in writing is not a bad score but now I have to retake the test since I lost my superior score tag by just 0.5 in writing. A bit disappointed. However overall I am happy.

        • It’s frustrating when you lack just 0.5. There is always the possibility of remarking to boost that extra 0.5, but it is never certain. I just emailed to the email you used to post this comment. Take a look.

  75. Hello Liz,
    Ordinarily, this post would have been about successful tips for the IELTS General Training exam, unfortunately, it isn’t. S
    So here is my story. I have written IELTS General Training twice within the past four months. The first in Feb and second in April. Each time I got a 6.5 in writing. I am beginning to be worried as I am clearly not doing something right. Since this post is about our result, in the April 21st exam my scores were 9 Reading, 8.5 Listening 8 Speaking and 6.5 Writing. In February my scores were 8 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking and 6.5 Writing. Need i add that each time i used the practice tips on your website.
    I would have loved to talk about my preparation approach for my relative good score in other areas, I am not sure it will be helpful since my writing seems to be pretty bad.
    Please what am i supposed to do. Thanks

    • It is common to get stuck at 6.5. It is either due to poor technique, which is about not understanding what the examiner is actually wanting. Also it’s about English – avoiding errors and also avoiding using learned phrases or expressions. All errors lower scores. Try my advanced lessons which explain in more detail how to tackle writing task 2 by taking you step by step through all stages of essay writing:

  76. Meenakshi says:

    HEy Liz,

    Thanks for your lessons on Reading and listening and the writing structure .I got my scores today :

    Overall band:8

  77. Hi Liz, a big, gigantic and enormous thanks to you.. I passed my ielts test at my third attempt.
    Supply chain manager
    Lrws:8.5,9,7,7.5.keep up the good work. God bless you. I pray your heart desires come to pass.
    MOD ielts, Lagos Nigeria.

  78. Rupinder kaur says:

    Today is me ielts speaking test
    Venue -Ludhiana.punjab.india
    Why choose this collage?
    Rainy season
    What you like in rainy?
    When rain comes in your town ?
    Does rain change your plan?
    Childhood friend
    Who is?
    When u met?
    What activities you did together?
    It is important to have huge frnds or few.
    Still people are in touch with childhood frnds.
    Your friends help you.
    Which advices you get from friends.
    With whom you share your feelings family or friend.
    Can you share any kind of problem with your family?
    It is important for children to have friends .
    Which activities children do together?
    What children can learn from their friends?
    Is it easy for teenagers to stay in touch with friends with help of technology and how?
    What about whatttppp?
    My part3 is too long.

  79. Surya Sharma says:

    Hi Liz! I appeared for the IELETS Academic Test in India and my result was declared last week.
    Overall: 8
    Listening: 9
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 7

    I prepared for the test entirely through your websites and by watching your YouTube videos. All the content is incredibly helpful. Really grateful to you. Keep doing the great work. You’re an amazing teacher.

    • A great score – well done πŸ™‚ Glad my lessons were helpful πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to let me know your profession πŸ™‚

  80. Dr Abhimanyu Kar says:

    Dear Madam
    Thank you for all the free lessons in your website.
    I have managed to get an overall band score of 8
    8.5 – listening
    9- reading
    7.0 -writing
    7.5 – speaking
    Dr Abhimanyu Kar

  81. Surya Sharma says:

    Hi Liz! I appeared for IELTS Academic in India and my result was declared yesterday.

    Overall: 8
    Listening: 9
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 7

    I prepared for the test by watching your videos and through your website. All the content is incredibly helpful. I’m really grateful to you. Thank you so much.
    Keep doing the good work. You’re an amazing teacher. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

  82. Anuradha says:

    Hi liz

    My husband and I have scored band 8 and this is becoz we referred your lessons for all modules…we cant thank you enough for being so helpul n detailed in ur lessons.wish u good luck n best wishes for now n always

  83. I had to take the test in order to get into university in Norway, so I just needed a 5 overall. Nevertheless, I decided to do my very best, and today I got to know that my overall score was 8! Your lessons were extremely comprehensive and useful. Thank you a lot πŸ™‚

    A tip I feel like sharing is to practice the speaking with a person who would know well what the test requires and how much time one should take in order to answer the questions. My practice partners and I weren’t so strict about it, so at the real test I was really nervous because of that.

    Thank you so much Liz! πŸ™‚

    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 7.5
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 8

    Profession: shop assistant (now soon to be a student!)

    • Wow! Well done getting band 8 when all you needed was a 5 !! Great work!! Glad my lessons helped you πŸ™‚ Enjoy Norway πŸ™‚

  84. Harmanpreet Kaur says:

    Hello ma’am!!
    This was my 4th attempt.
    General-7th April
    Overall- 8 band
    Missed the target by .5 in speaking.
    Otherwise I am happy with the results.
    Thanks a lot ma’am πŸ™‚

    • Well done πŸ™‚ Speaking is all about making the most of each question to demonstrate your English. There are no right or wrong answers – just opportunities to chat πŸ™‚

  85. Hello Liz,
    Am a Clinical Dietitian in Ghana.
    I took my ielts on 7th April.
    this is my first attempt and these are my results
    Overall score of 8.
    Very grateful for the resource you have on here. My last minute studies on the writing task 1 and 2 were my saviour. The last essay i looked at for both tasks were so similar to what i had on the test date. The writing was a great challenge. I spent more than a month everyday after work to do practice writing. I did a lot of writing, though, i didnt get anyone to proofread for me.
    I am glad at least i got a 7 and do not have to attempt again.
    God bless you Liz and May He send healing your way. You are an awesome teacher.

  86. All,
    I wrote the IELTS GT exam on 7th April, 2018 at IDP New Delhi and got my result on 20th April. I got L-9, R-9, S-9, W-7.5. Overall band of 8.5.
    This was my 2nd attempt with first one in November 2016 and when I got L-9, R-8.5, S-8, W-6.5. Over the last more than 1 year, I contemplated many times to write IELTS again as I was very disappointed with my writing score which was primarily due to my lack of time management.
    I registered for the exam on 7th April during end of February and this time did only selective practice only from IELTS Cambridge 12 and previous official test series. I was confident in Listening and Reading. Especially for writing, I focussed this time only on maintaining my focus on time management and answering all parts of question. I revised the basics of writing from Ieltsliz website and other books published by Cambridge IELTS. Voila, I was pleasantly surprised to get 7.5 in writing. I would be glad to provide any other help or share my experience in details, should someone in India requires it. Good Luck!

  87. Thank you so much Liz for this website, it helped me a great deal.
    UkVI IELTS, Lagos, Nigeria.
    This was my first attempt and I’m really happy I made it:
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing : 7
    Speaking: 7.5
    Overall bandscore: 8.0

  88. Overall band 8
    L -8
    IELTS general April 7, 2018.
    Thank you very much for your wonderful tips and lessons. This was my first attempt and was extremely worried as I needed 8777LRWS for my immigration purpose. I would like to thank you once again especially for the reading section. I was able to ace it because of your YouTube videos and blogs.

  89. Rita Giri says:

    I got RWLS-7.5,7.5,7.5,7. I followed your instruction. You are really great teacher madam. You are like god for me. I went through all your instruction and also subscribed advanced writing. It really helped me. Thank you so much for helping students like us. Love you madam.

  90. Hi Liz. My IELTS results are out. Here it Goes:

    Module: General
    Location: India

    Overall Band Score: 8.5

    Listening : 9
    Reading : 9
    Speaking : 8.5
    WRITING : 7

    The trend for this year seems to have changed in favor of direct / cause-solution essays. Unfortunately, I could not manage my time well in Writing Section. Nonetheless, I would request you to kindly put up an advanced lesson on how to tackle direct essay questions. I guess that would really help the prospective test takers.

    Thanks much for all the help through this wonderful website of yours!

    • Excellent – well done indeed πŸ™‚ I hope to put up more Advanced lessons in the future when my health improves. Don’t forget to mention your profession.

  91. All,
    I wrote the IELTS GT exam on 7th April, 2018 at IDP, New Delhi and got my result on 20th April (2 weeks after the exam). I got L-9, R-9, S-8, W-7.5. Overall band of 8.5.
    This was my 2nd attempt with first one in November 2016 when I got L-9, R-8.5, S-8, W-6.5. Over the last more than 1 year, I contemplated many times to write IELTS again as I was very disappointed with my writing score which was primarily due to my lack of time management.
    I registered for the exam for 7th April during the end of February and this time did only selective practice only from the IELTS Cambridge 12 and previous official test series. I was confident in the Listening and Writing. Especially for writing, I focussed this time only on maintaining my focus on time management and answering all parts of the question. I revised the basics of writing from IELTS LIZ website and book titled “New Insignts into IELTS”. Voila, I was pleasantly surprised to get 7.5 in writing. I would be glad to provide any other help or share my experience in details, should someone in India requires it. Good Luck!

  92. Hi
    Many Thanks for you.This was second attempt this year, as I screwed up last attempt’s writing with misunderstanding instructions.
    Listening – 9
    Reading – 8
    Writing – 7
    Speaking – 7.5
    Overall – 8 (Academic)

    Tonnes of Thanks for you and your website. May God Bless You.

    Thank you

    • That’s a great score – well done πŸ™‚ Glad my website was useful πŸ™‚

    • Amit Batheja says:

      Hey Liz,

      Just cant thank you enough for the immense support i got through your website.I started my journey for IELTS in the month of Oct and after 6 months of hardwork i finally got the desired results.I gave my exam on the 7th of April and it was general and below are my scores
      Reading:- 8
      Writing:- 7
      I think going through your tutorials for writing helped me and i would definitely suggest everyone to also purchase the same.I cleared my exam in the fourth attempt with the past three attempts i missed out by 0.5 in one of the sections everytime. My suggestion to everybody for writing in particular would be to practice writing on a piece of paper atleast 3-4 days before your test.Since we do most of the things on computer,it will certainly loosen your hand muscles and you will feel more comfortable in writing during the exam.Second one should not over do giving too many tests before the exam as it certainly affects productivity.In the end just want to thank you for all the guidance and strength that you provide to all students.I wish you the best of health and wealth always
      Thanks and Regards
      Amit Batheja

      • Well done πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your tips – yes, everyone should practice hand written essays!

  93. Nida Ahmed says:

    Overall 7.5 bands
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 7.5
    Writing 6.5
    Speaking 7

    Thanks Liz for your website and all the videos you have provided
    Excellent learning material

  94. gurvinderpal says:

    Hi Liz,

    Overall Score 8.5
    L-9, R-8.5, S-8, W-7.5
    I didn’t spend much time preparing for IELTS, however, the 5 hours of preparation that i did, was all done by spending time with the resources you so generously provide on your website.
    Its was extremely helpful and please keep up the good work !!

    Gurvinder Singh

    • A great score for little prep πŸ™‚

      • Syed Minhas Ali Shah says:

        Hi Gurvinder Jee !! Good Day!

        Nice to read about your score achievement. Please, would you suggest us your techniques to get the 9 in academic reading?

        Thanks in advance.


  95. Saurabh Chopra says:

    I would like to thank you Liz for the resources that you have for all of us to learn from at a single place..I appeared for IELTS GT exam on 7th April and my score came today:
    Listening 9.0
    Reading 7.5
    Writing 7.0
    Speaking 8.0

    I was expecting more in reading but i m still satisfied as my CRS score improved a lot. Thank you Liz

  96. My results are finally here! Academic module in Paris on April 7th.

    8.5 Overall
    9.0 for Listening and Reading
    7.5 for Writing and Speaking

    I cannot express my gratitude enough. All writing tips were truly my saving grace, so I would most certainly recommend to everyone to read/watch everything Liz offers on that subject πŸ™‚

  97. Dear Liz,
    I am very grateful for the material you have presented us with! It was such a helpful source of knowledge and tips.
    Firstly, I have been feeling very self-assured, but while I was starting to gather more and more information about the test, my self-esteem shattered. And ONE WEEK before IELTS and after discovering your website, I have started to go through your tips and the material.
    In the end, I believe, I owe a big part of my success to you. I took the IELTS test on 7th of April, 2018.

    READING 8.5
    Overall: 8

    Thank you once again. I wish you good health and a lot of strength while helping so many people succeed!

    • I’m really pleased for you πŸ™‚ Well done πŸ™‚ I think the more you understand about the test, the more achievable it is πŸ™‚

  98. Ranjani James says:

    Dear Liz,
    Greetings. I am very happy to share my results .My overall band score is 8.0

    READING 8.5
    WRITING 7.5
    SPEAKING 7.5.

    Your website is the key reason for my success in the exam.Thank you for all your efforts in guiding us with all your tips and suggestions.

  99. hi Liz,
    i finally passed my ielts exam. yeeeiii! thanks in big part to your website. it was really healpful on the listening and reading sections.

    God richly bless you

    L: 8

  100. Hello Liz,
    I also posted my comment earlier but its not visible due to unknown reason nonetheless i found your website quite helpful and have recommended it to others as well.

    I just had one question if you could please reply it will be great help. So i gave my ielts academic module exam and have 7 or above 7 in all parts except writing but i explained both taks quite well although there were some repetitions but the word limit was quite enough. Do you think its worth trying for remarking my writing exam?
    Thanks in advance.

    • I don’t usually post comments on this page that ask me questions. Regarding remarking for writing, did you read the comments I have written to other students about this? Please read the comments box so I don’t have to repeat myself. Thanks

  101. Nikita Palta says:

    Hi Liz,

    I am from India and appeared for the IELTS test on 24th March. I got my IELTS result last week. This was my first attempt to IELTS.

    I scored 8.5 overall band (GT)
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 8.0
    Speaking: 8.0

    I would like to thank you for all the tips and tricks you have been sharing with us. You indeed are doing a great job!

    I took around a month’s time to prepare myself. I went through all your tips and has all the minute details or traps that IELTS throws at us on my mind throughout the test. I also solved some test papers from Cambridge.

    From the beginning I was quite confident about achieving the desired score in writing as I have been good at writing and developing ideas since childhood. My teachers at school always acknowledged that I was good at imagination and in putting them into words.

    I gave a few mock tests, only to realize that listening is going to be the toughest for me.
    I decided to practice listening on daily basis and ensured that I solve at least one listening test paper everyday. I analyzed my answers and reasons behind getting them wrong – mostly it was plurals or the articles that I used to miss writing.
    One more hurdle in listening was to miss on information when the answers to multiple choice questions were long sentences. I realized I could either read the sentences or listen to what is being said, I found it difficult to multi-task.
    So, I used a trick – I just read the questions before hand and marked its keywords and just concentrated on listening and understand the gist of what the speaker is trying to convey. That was enough for me to mark answers in questions where the answer was listed, and exact word was not expected from me. And I am happy it worked for me. πŸ™‚

    Key to crack listening is to listen with CONCENTRATION. Our mind at times keeps wandering and we miss on things. I had realized this during my practice tests when while listening I used to start thinking of other things and then miss on the information. I remember telling myself at least 4-5 times during the 30 mins of listening test to come back to the examination hall and just FOCUS!! πŸ™‚ Do not panic if you miss questions and try to come on track is one more tip that helped.

    Reading again was something under control. The trick I used to manage my time well was, I kept an eye on all the questions related to a passage all at once. Specially for the last section this trick really worked well.

    For speaking, I had just read all your topics, and had some thought associated with it. I did not really prepare content, but had some incidences and props in my mind for each topic. Initially, I used to be out of content for the entire 2-3 minutes (I had prepared speaking for 3 mins instead of 2 to be on a safer side). My husband suggested, to start with a little introduction and talk about surrounding things rather than directly starting your actual topic.
    For example: Traditional item/product of your country – talk about the different traditions and cultures that exist, which tradition you admire, why?, then talk about the actual product. This strategy helped me a lot. This also left a scope to improvise my answer on the go, as in, if you are out of ideas for one product, you could start about another one.

    I thank you for making an effort to segregate all types of questions and for providing extra details about each question type.
    Understanding the format was very helpful to hit a high score.

    You are indeed a wonderful teacher. Kudos to you!!
    Keep up the good work and all the best for your future endeavors!

    Warm Regards,
    Nikita Palta

    • Very well done with your score πŸ™‚ And thank you for sharing your tips to help other people with their IELTS test πŸ™‚

  102. Salika Altaf Raad says:

    Hi Liz,
    I appeared for my 2nd attempt GT Test on 24th March 2018.

    First attempt : 16th Dec 2017
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 7.5
    Writing 6
    Speaking 7.5
    Second Attempt : 24th March 2018
    Listening 8
    Reading 7
    Writing 7
    Speaking 7.5

    I missed by 1 band in writing in my first attempt and came across your website after my test. I found your teaching and practice lessons/ videos so useful and amazing. I went through all your exercises and purchased your Advanced Lessons for writing. I must say your advanced lessons are excellent and I must say it helped me reach my desired band in writing.

    Thank you so much for the wonderful work you are doing. May you stay healthy and blessed always.

  103. Hi Liz,

    There was just one month between the day I decided to take the IELTS and the day of the test. I came across your website midway through my preparation, and I must thank you because your tips were very useful.

    I got my scores yesterday:
    Overall 8 (GT)
    L 9 – I thought this would be the toughest for me but I got a perfect score.
    R 8 – I second guessed myself on the T/F/NG, and I know exactly where I went wrong.
    W 7 – This is disappointing.
    S 8.5 – I am happy with this score, the conversation was easy and flowed naturally, despite my nervousness.

    I know it’s a good score, but I needed an 8 all across. I write quite regularly. I was confident of having ticked all the boxes for a high score on the writing test. Part 2 was an agree/ disagree essay, and I structured the introduction, paragraphs for both points of view, and conclusion. Do you think it is worthwhile to request a re-marking of the writing test? Although I haven’t really heard of many getting their scores revised by one band.

    Irrespective of how this turns out, I would like to thank you again for how useful your website and tips were.

    From India

    • Very well done with your score πŸ™‚ Your writing is certainly lower. Writing is often the hardest skill for people to tackle on their own because the examiner has specific requirements for the higher band score. There is only 1.5 difference between speaking and writing. If you feel that your writing ticked all the criteria to reach 7.5, then it is possible to consider a remark – but nothing is guaranteed. Make sure you wrote over the word count, and an overview in task 1 with a conclusion in task 2. Also check that you didn’t use any learned phrases and that each sentence was uniquely writing by yourself. Also read these pages: and If you take the test again, get my advanced writing task 2 lessons to help you.

  104. Mamta Agrawal says:

    I gave 2nd attempt of my ielts GT on 24th march.

    1st attempt : LRWS 7.5 7 7 7
    2nd attempt : LRWS 8.5 7.5 8 8

    I had purchased advanced lessons for writing task2 from your website that helped me to a great extent. Thanks a lot for your wonderful tips regarding speaking and writing.

    I am so unfortunate to miss 0.5 in reading.. I want 8 in all modules for immigration purpose but now I am slightly tensed to go for the third attempt.

    What do you suggest?

    • Very well done πŸ™‚ A clear improvement in your score πŸ™‚ If you miss your target by 0.5 in listening or reading, it means you close to your desired goal. Your performance in the test can change depending on concentration, topics and language used. I suggest you review all your techniques for each type of question – be strategic. Then review all answers from practice tests – even the ones you get right – this will show you where you are going right or wrong. Good luck πŸ™‚

  105. Chavali Aparna says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you for your tips and valuable inputs. I had no idea about the exam, but you helped through step by step process. You videos have been very helpful and very easy. I did not follow anything else expect your site and videos.
    My exam was on March 24, 2018. Hyderabad, India
    Overall- 7.5
    I could not practice writing module hence the score was low, but i have read articles in your site and framed my passage points.

    Thank you so much for helping me get through with such a wonderful score. Your are a blessing for a lot of people like me.

    Chavali Aparna

  106. Hi Liz,
    I took IELTS Academic on 24th of March.
    I’ve got band 7.5 overall.
    Listening: 9
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 6
    Speaking: 7

    I used mainly your website for preparation and overall spent several weeks ( couple of hours a day) revising.
    With listening and reading- also used IELTS books for practice, and all answers wrote in capital letters.
    With listening – used half a minute after each part as an extra time to read the questions for the next part.
    Reading – used recommended technique of reading questions first and then looking for answers in the text. Luckily there were no questions requiring to match headlines with paragraphs.
    Writing- I was worried most about this part as I don’t do much writing in everyday life. Should have practiced more. Write, write and write!
    It took me 30 minutes for the essay ( took me 40 min at the startof preparations) and had no time to look through and check for grammatical mistakes.
    And had just about enough time to write a quick conclusion that was too brief and didn’t restate the initial statements.
    Probably was too repetitive in the report ( world sources of fresh water) and didn’t paraphrase well. The same goes to an essay ( agree/disagree essay about use of social media everyday)
    Speaking- almost didn’t prepared and paid for it with a relatively low score. The topic was about my favourite period in history.

    • Well done with your results and thanks for sharing your experience πŸ™‚ It is important that students do practice full tests at home using the IELTS Cambridge test books from 1 to 12.

  107. Hi Liz,

    I appeared in GT test on 24th March,2018 in US.
    My score is:
    Overall -8

    Your lessons were very useful specially advanced lessons .This was my first attempt and I am very happy with my score.
    Thank you so much.

  108. Malvi Shah says:

    Hi Liz,

    My husband referred to your lessons and appeared on 24th march from India. He scored as below

    Point is that he gave a month before and had scored 7 in writing previously. He feels he has done better than previous one and is disappointed with writing score. We need 7 in writing for application. Should he go remarking as he doesnot want to appear for another exam

    • Well done to your husband with his score. If he wrote over the word count in both tasks for writing and he also wrote an overview in task 1 with a conclusion in task 2, then it might be possible to consider a remark. There is only 0.5 difference between your speaking and writing scores. However, there is no guarantee that it will be successful, so it is completely your choice πŸ™‚

  109. Prachi Dixit says:

    Hi Liz,

    I am from India and appeared for IELTS on 24th March for the 2nd time. I got my score today and I am very happy to share that I have received an overall 8.5 band ☺.

    Listening 9
    Reading 8.5
    Writing 8
    Speaking 7.5

    This has been possible only because of you and your wonderful site. All the information and videos have helped me immensely in achieving this score.

    In my previous attempt, I wasn’t sure which site to refer to be able to score band 8 and above, so I referred multiple sites and ended up getting overall band 7.5 only, however this time I just concentrated on your website and read all your tips, saw all your videos and practiced.

    The way you have organized all the information is not available anywhere else. The material helps a lot in practicing for higher bands. Your lovely smiling face in videos always seemed to motivate me which boosted my confidence.

    I would suggest people trying to achieve band 7 and higher to go through all of your tips, videos and practice tests. And also do some practice tests from Cambridge books 9-12 as per your advice and I think that’s enough as one can get all they need here…

    I would again like to thank you Liz for all the help you are providing to the world, it’s appreciated more than mere words can convey. Kudos to you..

    Stay healthy..stay blessed..


  110. Jatin kumar says:

    My score is:

    OverAll 8
    Listening 9
    Reading 9
    Writing 7
    Speaking 7.

    I made this because of you and ur ur blog. Thank you very much Liz for your valuable videos.

  111. gagandeep says:

    I gave my exam on 24 march 2018
    L 9
    R 8.5
    W 7.5
    S 7.5
    Overall 8
    My master tip for writing is to follow the structure of the model essays on this website, for each type of essay, whether it be discussion, agree disagree, positive negative development. Practice using these essays only, then enriching ur vocabulary yourself, and getting it checked at least once from a good teacher.

  112. Priyanka says:

    Hi Liz,
    I am from India and took my IELTS test on 15march 2018 and I got my results today.
    Overall 7.5
    Listening 7.5
    Reading 7.5
    Writing 7.5
    Speaking 8

    And this wouldn’t have been possible without your tips and strategies. You explain in the most simpliest way which is easy to understand. Especially in writing your videos and sample answers have been a great great help.

    Thank u so much!!!

  113. Andrea Montierth says:

    Hi Liz!

    I am Andrea Tan-Montierth, a nurse from the Philippines. Would just like to thank you for your blog as it was a big help to me. I am unable to study for very long because of work but using your bandscore models in the website and utilizing your exercises and videos helped me pass my IELTS.

    I know I did the best I could for my writing tasks and didn’t think I deserved my score but oh well, maybe it was my handwriting haha!

    Overall: 8.5
    L: 8.0
    R: 9.0
    W: 7.5
    S: 9.0

    Thank you again!

    • It’s a great score !! It’s still good to hit over band 7 in writing. It’s all worth a real celebration πŸ™‚ Well done πŸ™‚

  114. Hi Liz,
    I am an IT professional and appeared for GT exam on 3/3 in US.
    My overall score is 8.5
    Listening – 9
    Reading – 9
    Writing – 7.5
    Speaking – 8
    I am very happy with my score and would like to thank you for all the useful tips which helped me get a good score with 2 weeks of preparation.

  115. Hi Liz,

    I’m a Medical Doctor from Nigeria.
    Did IELTS Academic on 10th March 2018.
    Had an overall band score of 8.5
    Listening 9
    Reading 9
    Speaking 8
    Writing 7 (Although i expected a bit more)

    I had barely 2 weeks to prepare so i just focused squarely on your tutorials coupled with practice questions from the Cambridge book like you advised.

    Thank you so much Liz, and keep up the good work!

  116. Kimberly says:

    Hi Liz

    I am a homemaker in the Caribbean and I needed IELTS GT for immigration purposes. While I only speak English I wanted to tell you thank you for your fantastic site. I got an overall band score of 8.
    R: 9
    S: 8
    L: 8.5
    W: 7

    Personal recommendations:
    R: Paraphrasing is a must in reading section. It helps you understand the jist of the passage faster. Also underline key words in the passage which will help with your speed in answering
    L: learn how to be an active listener by twiddling your toes; I have a problem zoning out even during the exam and this helped me. Also be aware of tricks, IELTS would often answer a question without explicitly stating the question

    Again thank you Liz, without your materials I would’ve definitely scored much lower

    • A very strong score indeed πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your tips – very useful. Many people forget that IELTS listening is an active skill, not passive – well pointed out! So nice to see you come from the Caribbean – I’m sitting here in the cold and dark of England – wish I was there πŸ™‚

  117. Hi liz,
    I received my TRF lst week and i’m glad to let you know that i managed to secure an overall band score 8. I am a doctor by profession and i appeared on 3rd march 2018 for the general training module. It was first attempt.My scores are as mentioned below:
    I strictly followed your writing structure and i also watched your advanced lessons.I’d recommend them to everyone who’s planning to sit the ielts exam.
    I practised writing lots of essays by timing myself before the test and prepared questions from your recent exam questions page , and also from the cambridge books.
    I used to brainstorm ideas , plan my essay and then wrote the whole essay within 40min. After that , i used to read some samples for the same topic , note down the relevant topic vocab from your website and then i used to rewrite the whole essay again by incorporating some ideas and vocab which i had jotted down. I noticed a considerable improvement in my writing once i started practising in this manner. I also used to share my essays in the wats groups i had joined, and people gave me suggesstions on how to improve. Apart from that, whenever i had a query i used to post on your website and your were always there to reply. I’m really thankful to you for it.
    For reading and listening i practised from the cambridge books 1 to 12.
    For speaking, i practised the cue cards from jan to april given on your blog . Since, i didn’t have a spaking partner, i timed myself and recorded my own vouce.This helped me to develop my frequency.
    All the best to those who are appearing on 24th march. A big thankyou to you liz for the wonderful work you are doing for your students. Your blog is a real blessing for all ielts test takers.

    • That’s a great result – well done πŸ™‚ It sounds like you took a logical, strategic approach to the test – that is exactly right. I’ so glad you recorded yourself for speaking – it’s a great way to practise and develop πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your tips πŸ™‚

  118. I am Yetunde. A medical doctor. I did the general training module.

    Waoh! Liz I want to say a big thank you to you for this free lectures you’ve given us via youtube. It’s amazing and quite interesting listening and watching the lectures. I used your blog for my lectures and practice after attempting ielts once and not reaching my goal. This is my present result

    March 3rd 2018
    Listening 8.5
    Speaking 8.5
    Reading 9
    Writing 6.5

    I am repeating the ielts exam because of the writing, i need at least 7. i will practice more using your blog because it really helped my score at the second attempt.
    1st attempt
    January 20
    Listening 7.5
    Reading 7.5
    Speaking 7
    Writing 7
    The purpose is for immigration and i need the advanced level score to boost my points that’s the reason i went for the second attempt. Thanks so much Liz. Any advice on how i can do this? Planning on writing another in May

  119. Sudeep Chavare says:

    Hello Liz ,
    I got my results for GT
    Overall :8
    I am Mechancial Engineer . I thank you very much for all your help and videos ;without your blog it would have been really tough to the results I got .

    I prepared for 3 weeks or so . As you mentioned in one of your videos , taking practice tests was really important. I practiced writing essays / letter almost every day . Thank you again !

    • A great score πŸ™‚ Well done πŸ™‚ Yes, I can’t stress enough the importance of doing plenty of practice tests at home (from the IELTS Cambridge test books).

  120. Hye, Liz..I’m from Malaysia.. I just sat for my IELTS on 3rd of March 2018..Glad to inform you that I manage to score 7 point for overall..Your tips are very helpful:)

  121. Hi Liz,

    I must say I used your website as the only source of preparation for my IELTS test, as I really needed help to refresh my memory on how such tests are structured. The last English test I had taken before IELTS was the Proficiency of Cambridge, about 13 years ago – time flies, and so does my ability to think like my 14-year old self back then.

    Anyway, here are my results:

    Overall: 9.0
    Listening: 9.0
    Reading: 8.5 (I’ve always had a hard time with T/F/Not Given questions, even in my mother language!)
    Speaking: 9.0
    Writing: 9.0

    Thank you for the abundance of tips & materials! Greatly appreciated.

    • Let me elaborate on a few more details, as I am sure there will be others identifying with my situation.
      My test center was in San Francisco, CA, and I took the academic module.
      Given that my English was already at a good level, it took me 5 days to study for the test, while working full-time. Please keep in mind I speak/write in English in my daily life, and had also acquired plenty of English degrees / certifications as a high school student; therefore there was no type of question in IELTS that I had never seen before.

      My tips for other individuals in my position are the following:

      Listening: Probably the easiest part for all good language users. Your time should mostly be spent identifying the different question styles you might encounter. I took 1 practice test and looked at a couple more.
      Reading: Remember that T/F/Not Given questions refer to what the text actually says, not what you think. The rest of the questions should be again very easy to handle for good language users. Again, I mostly spent time looking at question styles, rather than taking tests (only took 2 practice tests, mainly for the T/F/NG questions).
      Speaking: My biggest fear was that the few minutes/seconds I had for each answer would not be enough to actually make a point (I talk A LOT). However, the examiner interacted with me to lead the discussion accordingly, which actually made it feel like an every day discussion. Fun fact: she kept me an extra 15 minutes after the recording for an actual conversation! In terms of practicing, I looked at a few topics just to get an idea of what to expect, and then I just let the generic ones (hometown, family, profession etc) brew in my mind the days before the exam. Again, remember I speak English every day, and it does make a difference.
      Writing: Of course, the fear for even the greatest language users is time. You might be able to compose your essays very fast, but in my opinion there is a risk of overthinking things, wanting to give more arguments and/or expand on sophisticated ideas the topic might trigger in your brain, which will actually cause you to lose valuable time. On the day of my exam, I met another woman who was an excellent speaker and had been living in the US for years – even had a green card. After the exam, she told me she ran out of time in the Writing section, what a pity! In a nutshell, look at Liz’s sample essays and identify how your ideal structure should be. When developing arguments, I prefer to stick to 2 arguments for each side of the topic, as I am able to expand on each one of them (it was actually impossible for me to stay under 300 words for Writing Task 2). The instructions Liz gives are super clear, just stick to the “approved” recipe! They don’t actually care how much of a thinker you are. Needless to say the Writing section is the one I focused my studying on. I wrote a total of 4 essays for each Writing task (not much more I could do in a week full of work!), and I self-corrected them in terms of how they could be more concise. After writing the first one and seeing I should write less, I studied the model essays provided here and then wrote the rest of my own; the improvement was significant.

      Good luck to everyone! Once again, thank you, Liz!

    • Band 9 Overall – Fantastic !!! A great achievement πŸ™‚

      Thanks for sharing your tips πŸ™‚

  122. Manoj Babu R says:

    Dear Liz,

    I took IELTS General in Dubai (for the first time) two weeks before and got my results today.

    Speaking: 7
    Listening: 7.5
    Reading: 7
    Writing: 6

    Overall: 7

    I wish to thank you wholeheartedly for your website/videos for the immense support. I didn’t prepare well for the writing test since I was targeting for 7 band each. Anyway, I am positive towards my next attempt and will highly depend on your materials.

    I am a chemical engineer, wish to migrate to Canada/Australia and recently started preparing for the exam.


    Please practise daily/regularly with your freinds/family members by recording your speech. You can find where you get stuck. Avoid self-corrections, pauses and thinking for the mistakes done.
    Be relaxed, watch your breath and stay in the moment! that is the key and will make a difference.

    I find it easiest part of the exam as I am a movie maniac. Practise with practice tests and listen to real-time news/movies/documentaries/educational stuff. Just move on if you don’t get an answer for a particular question and you can recall/guess something at last. This approach will keep you focused and avoid panic.
    Obviously, this section can help you get a higher overall band.

    I spent more time on easy initial questions and had to rush for questions 30-40. Felt answering the last ten questions first would have helped me. Time management is challenging and practising more will surely improve the band. Sometimes we make assumptions subconsciously and hurry up to confirm the answers. This needs to be avoided. Allotting time to check answers (5 or 10 mins) is essential and ready you for the writing part with the calm mind. The advantage of this section is the break time (to drink water or to go out for the restroom) which you can take. A possible break will keep you relaxed and energetic.

    I didn’t reach 7 band which was my target. I spent more time on letter writing and rushed for essay writing. Writing the essay first would have increased my band since it has more weightage. Again, allowing time for checking is mandatory. I am going to prepare well and practise more for my next attempt.

    All the best for all the aspirants!!
    Once again thank you very much Guruji (Liz)!!!

    Best Regards,
    Manoj Babu R

    • Well done πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your experience and tips πŸ™‚ I really like your speaking comment: Be relaxed, watch your breath and stay in the moment! – advice that is good for life itself πŸ™‚

  123. Hi Liz,

    Before I share my score, I would like to highlight that your website is THE BEST source for someone, like me, who need to have all the guidelines and training material at one place. I am a Mechanical Engineer by profession and I took IELTS GT on 3rd March 2018. However, I managed to get 8 band overall, I am a bit disappointed by 7 band in writing as I was expecting 7.5 or more. My score details are as below;

    R: 9.0
    L: 9.0
    W: 7.0
    S :7.5
    Overall: 8

    Reading Tips:
    1- For me, Paraphrasing is the KEY. Whenever you are reading a question, you should ALWAYS think about alternate words before looking for your answers.
    2- Understand T/F philosophy clearly. It’s not about what you understand, it’s about what the statement is telling so while finding answer, look for the information (mostly paraphrased) not for the sentence.
    3- Try to complete Section-1 and 2 early. If practiced well, it can be managed easily in 30-35 minutes. Spare AT LEAST 25 minutes for the last section.
    4- For T/F and Blanks, no need to read all question at once because you wouldn’t be able to retain. Read two questions and look for the answers and then move to next questions (two question at a time). This practice helps to save time and you always know if you have missed an answer (because you will find answer for 2nd question).

    Listening Tips:
    1- As per my experience, if you know how to use your time wisely at the start and end of each section, you will never feel disengaged with the conversation. I repeat practice using this time WISELY.
    2- Section 1/2 are the easiest.
    3- Section 3 (specially MCQs): Don’t fall to same words mentioned in answer options (they are usually traps). Focus on the following two things and you will find all the answers.
    A- Alternate words for answers
    B Complex Sentences specially where the entire meaning is changed if you miss words such as Although, However, Though, Despite, Nonetheless.
    4- Section 4: Always make sure that you have understood all the questions clearly (it’s crucial to read all the questions before it started)
    5- Usually statement follows the answer so you need to be a proactive listener.
    6- ALWAYS have a look at the next question.


    • Very well done with your scores πŸ™‚ Your listening and reading tips are great – thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  124. I got an overall band 8.5 πŸ™‚
    Listening: 9.0
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 8.5

    All credit goes to you Liz for the beneficial tips and tricks. I recommend your blog and videos to everyone. This was my first attempt and I wasn’t hoping it would turn out this well. You are doing an amazing job Liz. Thank you so much for everything! God bless you πŸ™‚

  125. Tim Smith says:

    Dear Liz,

    I hope you are enjoying your holiday? I wanted to take the time to thank you for helping me with my exam. I am from the UK and I needed a strong score for my professional registration in New Zealand.
    I work as a Critical Care Nurse, so fitting the time into revise was difficult. I spent many a-night shift revising on break. I spent about 3 months going over the test, with the final month revising during my days off. Many people on the examination day felt I might have over prepared, but this is nonsense. If you want results, you need to put the work in.

    I used your videos and website, including official IELTS booklets to revise and acheived the following scores:

    Overall Band: 8.5
    Listening: 9.0
    Reading: 7.5 [T/F/NG and Y/N/NG were the most difficult]
    Writing: 8.0
    Speaking: 9.0

    I would say my overall advice to candidates is to ‘play the game’ and prepare thoroughly. Remember, IELTS are not judging you against other candidates. What you put on paper, is what they mark.

    Thank you again for your help. If you are ever in New Zealand, hit me up for a beer, I owe you!

    Yours sincerely


    • Brilliant score !! I’m really impressed, particularly with band 8 in writing and band 9 in speaking πŸ™‚ I completely agree – people need to do the work if they want results. A coffee sounds great if I go back to NZ πŸ™‚

  126. Hello Liz,

    I took the test on 3rd March 2018. The results were declared today.

    I got an overall score band of 8.5
    Reading – 8.5
    Listening – 8
    Writing – 8
    Speaking – 9

    Your site was of immense help. I went through your videos and picked up the tips provided. I also took a lot of practice tests before the exam. I worked on the weak areas and through your lessons improved on them.

    A BIG thank you !!!

    Keep posting and encouraging students.

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