Post Your IELTS Test Results

After your test, share your IELTS results. It would also help other students if you could share your tips and experiences of the test as well.

Post your IELTS test results in the comments box below.Β 

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I hope you did well. Liz

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  1. Dear Liz,
    I took the IELTS 3 times needing at least an 8 in listening and a 7 in writing.
    I got the following scores in my first 3 attempts:
    1. L: 8, R: 7.5, W: 6.5, S:8
    2. L: 7, R: 8.5, W: 6, S: 8.5
    3. L: 7, R: 8.5, W: 6, S: 8.5

    Then I found your website, I bought your task 2 vids. I combined this with practicing listening online for a week.
    Then I did my IELTS test, and these are my final results:
    L: 8
    R: 9
    W: 7.5
    S: 8.5
    Overall: 8.5
    I’m over the moon.
    Thank you for being an awesome teacher (:

    • Fantastic!! You’ve improved so much πŸ™‚ Well done πŸ™‚ I’m so pleased my lessons helped πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚

  2. Hello Liz,

    I am from Nigeria and I took IELTS on 9/9/17.
    In my first attempt I got
    L7, W6,R7 &S7.Overall 7.
    My second attempt on 9/9/17 I got;
    L 7.5,R8, W 7.5 &S8. Overall 8.

    All thanks to your blog😘😘😘😘..

  3. Divya Sundaravadivelu says:

    Hi Liz

    Please find below my scores
    L – 8.5
    R – 8.5
    W – 7
    S – 7.5

    Overall : 8

  4. Overall – 8
    Reading-7 πŸ™
    Speaking -8 πŸ™‚
    Writing -8 πŸ™‚
    Listening -9 :-0

    Thank you Liz, I followed your tips and essays topics .2 weeks of practise. It was very useful. The score was unexpected. I owe this to you. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. hey liz

    finally after three atempts I’m able to achieve my desired score
    S 8
    L 8
    R 7
    w 7

    you writing videos helped me a lot. Stay blessed.

  6. hello liz,

    thank you so much for your website, because of you, i got overall bandscore 7.5.
    thank you so much; i want to give you a big hug right now~!!!!!! <3333::

  7. Overall Band: 8

    Listening: 9
    Reading: 8
    Speaking: 7
    Writing: 7

    I am trying for Canada. This site helped me a lot. Thank you.

  8. Hi Liz,
    I wrote my test on the 9th of september 2017 in Nigeria for the first time. I just checked my result today. Below is my result
    Overall Band: 8.0
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 8.0

    Thank you so much for the great tips.

  9. Mercy Egbunah says:

    Hi Liz,

    I am from Nigeria, I took IELTS on 9/9/2017.
    L, 7.5
    W, 7.5
    S, 8
    Overall 8

    Thank for so much, your blog helped me achieve this.

  10. Irfan Sheikh says:

    Hi Liz,
    i got 8, 8.5, 6, 7.5 in listening, reading, writing and speaking respectively in exam conducted on 9/9/17.
    I don’t understand why i got 6 in writing, i used synonyms and paraphrased, wrote more than 170 words in task 1 and around 300 words in task 2..Still didn’t get the required 7 bands .Should i go for re-marking or repeat the test.
    i feel very disappointed.

    • You’ve got great results, except for writing, so well done! Using paraphrases will only get you a higher score if they are 100% appropriate and 100% correct for the context. The most common vocabulary mistake students make is trying to paraphrase too much and using words that are quite right. Any word that isn’t 100% prefect will lower your score. Also, writing about 300 words in task 2 is irrelevant to your score. Students aiming for band 8 should aim for between 270 and 290 words – no more. I’ve written an email to you about this, please check it.

  11. Thanks Liz. your writing tips helped me a lot. In 15 days I made a jump from 6 to 8.5. I would highly recommend your blog and videos.
    My score
    Overall 8
    Listening 9
    Reading 7
    Writing 8.5
    Speaking 7

  12. Hi!

    I just received my IELTS score and im sooo delighted to get the required bands despite committing a blunder in writing…. i had not practiced writing with a stopwatch in the last 3/4 weeks and task 1 took more time than i had imagined, probably because i kept erasing and rephrasing my sentences in order to make them complex, and before i knew it was already 20 minutes past…so i immediately switched to task 2 and spent proper time and thought in it….. returned to task 1 in last 3 minutes but unfortunately i couldn’t complete it as i panicked, left the sentence in the middle and i so regretted it later , i should have squeezed in the overall review instead of starting a new detailed paragraph.. but i did manage writing above 150 words and almost completing the task ………. but despite this blunder, i must say i owe u a huge huge thanks for such a detailed description of all the tasks required from us in writing and the scoring system, as it certainly helped me to timely switch to task 2 and do it properly instead of wasting more time on 1 …….. that’s how i managed to gain a good score… had i not known it, i wouldn’t have been able to get it….. i love how simply and precisely you have given all the information on your website, about all 4 parts ( though i mostly used writing material, but i wish i had spent some time on speaking too, which i didn’t)….

    My scores are as under:
    listening: 9
    reading 8.5
    writing: 7.5
    speaking: 7
    overall: 8

    • Very well done !! I think you’ve explained the timing issues very well. Definitely students should practice a few practice tests under the time limit at home before their real test. Anyway, you’ve got a great score πŸ™‚

  13. hello liz, my results were declared today. i had appeared in the IELTS Academic Module on 7th (speaking) and 9th(listening,reading,writing) from Guwahati (India)
    My scores are:

    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 7.0
    Overall performance: 8.0
    I had downloaded a lot of books online for ielts, but didnt get time to go thru them much ! However, i found the ielts books available on Amazon Kindle Unlimited very useful. The books available there helped me a lot. And there were other offline books such as 6 practice tests from Tata Mc Graw Hill and The Complete Guide to IELTS from Cengage Learning, apart from the material from British Council. And i can never forget the contribution of your blog, particularly the practice questions for listening, speaking, writing ! they dispelled much of my anxiety. And the student community here – your contributions to ‘recent exam questions’ have helped me a lot as well. And yes, if one looks at the archives of september 2017, i have contributed towards my ‘recent exam questions’ as well !
    Liz i wanted to know whether my score as 8.0 is good enough for academic institutions in UK and elsewhere?

    • Well done indeed! You’ve got a great score. Yes, band score 8 would be sufficient for most academic institutions in the UK but you would still need to confirm requirements with each individual university.

  14. Hi Liz,

    I took the exam in Phoenix, AZ, USA. Your lessons have helped me immensely in the exam preparation. My scores are –

    Overall – 8
    Listening – 8, Reading – 8.5, Writing – 8, Speaking – 7

    I wish I got 8 in speaking…I might take the exam again in couple months. Thank you so much for the material that you have provided on youtube and your portal for everybody’s benefit.

  15. Dear Liz,
    I took the IELTS 3 times needing at least an 8 in listening and a 7 in writing.
    I got the following scores in my first 3 attempts:
    1. L: 8, R: 7.5, W: 6.5, S:8
    2. L: 7, R: 8.5, W: 6, S: 8.5
    3. L: 7, R: 8.5, W: 6, S: 8.5

    Then I found your website, I bought your task 2 vids. I combined this with practicing listening online for a week.
    Then I did my IELTS test, and these are my final results:
    L: 8
    R: 9
    W: 7.5
    S: 8.5
    Overall: 8.5
    I’m over the moon.
    Thank you for being an awesome teacher (:

  16. Hi Liz. I took IELTS last Sept 9, 2017. My result:
    Listening: 8
    Reading: 8
    Writing: 7
    Speaking: 7.5
    Overall: 7.5

    Your site helped me a lot…like, a lot.

    Thank you so much.

  17. Hello Liz,

    I appeared for my IELTS (Academic) exam on 29th July and I’m glad to share that I got an overall band score of 8.5!

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

    Your website was indeed a lifesaver! I used the practice tests, video tips and writing samples. Your videos with a breakdown of the writing tasks really helped me express myself in a clear and concise manner. The content on this site is detailed, easy to understand and incredibly helpful to score well.

    A heartfelt Thank you Liz πŸ™‚
    I hope more and more IELTS aspirants stumble upon this site

    • Brilliant score!! Well done to you πŸ™‚ You obviously understood all the right techniques and used them to gain your full potential. It’s a score you can be proud of for the rest of your life! I’m glad my website was useful πŸ™‚

  18. Manjot kaut says:

    It is also help to improve writing

  19. Manjot kaut says:

    It is very helpful for me so that’s by I decided to follow this web πŸ‘

  20. Chaitali Thakkar says:

    Hello Liz ,
    I took my IELTS exam on 26th August 2017.
    My scores are as follows
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 8.5
    Writing 6.5
    Speaking 8
    Overall 8
    I did not take any class for the exam but solved practice tests from books provided by a friend. I discovered your site a week before the exam. I improved my scores in reading by understanding your yes/no/true/false lessons. I took two mock tests ( way before I started studying just to check where I stand )at a local class for essay writing in which I scored 7 and 7.5 . However , I got a poor score of 6.5 in the actual exam. I somehow fail to understand where could I have gone wrong. I have done all my education in English and this score makes me feel really horrible. I am retaking the test on 21st September. Wish there was a way to find out where did I go wrong. Any last minute tips for essay writing ? Would appreciate your expert comments. Thank you .

    • The problem is that you think having good English is enough for IELTS writing. It isn’t. In IELTS speaking, your entire marks, that means 100% of your score, is based on your English language. This is not the case in IELTS writing. Only 50% of your score is based on English, the rest is technique relating to band score requirements. This means IELTS have their own requirements which you must know, understand and practice for essay writing. See my advanced lessons to learn – even one lesson will open your eyes in a way that will surprise you: Also avoid using learned phrases which you think are academic. Each sentence must be unique to yourself and not typical of any other essay or style. So, avoid common academic phrases.

  21. Hello liz,
    Your videos and tips made the process of studying for ielts much more easier. Thank u so much!!
    I’ve managed to score an overall score of 8.
    Listening: 9
    Reading: 9
    Writing: 7

    I’m happy about my score but i thought that i would score higher especially in speaking. The topics in my speaking test was easy and i think i was eloquent enough until the examiner said a word that i wasn’t familiar with. The word is “soap opera”; the examinar kept repeating the word many times and she even whispered its meaning in arabic, but to my shame, i remained oblivious to what she was saying. Under some other circumstances, i would have probably guessed its meaning but since we were talking about Oprah winfery, i kept confusing “Oprah” with “opera” in soap opera. Other than the messed up “soap opera” incident, i was articulate enough to get a better score. I’m now considering an EOR but i don’t know if such a mistake is enough to drag down my score to a 7, so i thought that your advice will surely help.

    • Well done with your score! You’ve done really well in listening and reading. It’s not easy to judge your own score in speaking. I doubt you could tell me how many grammar tenses you used and whether or not you showed flexibility with them. Most students only remember their fluency and ideas – considering ideas are not marked, that means they won’t be able to judge their own results. Certainly, if you feel you did better than band 7, go for a remark. But it is up to you. All remarks come with some risk. If you decide to do the test again, I wouldn’t book it until you are clearer on techniques and language functions in questions.

    • Sozan Morsy says:

      Hello Noha,
      ur scores r brilliant and 9 in reading is really amazing.
      could you give me some tips helping me coz I always struggle in getting even 7 in reading
      thanks in advance

  22. Ankur Verma says:

    Hi Liz,

    You are a gem. I just followed your blog/youtube sessions and scored 7.5 in IELTS (academic) held on 26th Aug 2017. Detailed score as follows:
    L: 7.5
    R: 8
    W: 7
    S: 7.5
    I know that score of writing module is not up to the mark and I could have scored more. I didn’t practice writing even a single essay, however, I followed your strategy (paraphrasing, overview, logical structuring, use of clauses, vocabulary and passive voice, use of brackets for putting data, word limit etc) in the main exam religiously and scored the minimum required threshold.
    I practiced 3 tests (excluding writing) from IELTS 11, which was borrowed from a friend.
    I was also lucky because, in Speaking test, examiner discussed the topic of dreams, which is already mentioned in your blog.
    What I have observed is that IELTS is not only about English language but also about strategy. A perfect blend can help you achieve best scores.
    Thanks a lot Liz. You are amazing. I have already started recommending your lessons to my friends.I owe this success to you. Thank you very much.
    Ankur (India)

    • Well done!! Considering your rushed prep, you’ve done amazingly well πŸ™‚ You are absolutely right, English is just one part of the test – the rest is strategy and understanding the requirements. Thanks for recommending my site – I appreciate it πŸ™‚

    • Hello Ankur,
      What was your writing task 2 question and speaking questions


  23. Asmaa Salah says:

    Hello Ms.Liz,
    I’m glad to inform you that I got an overall score of 8 in my IELTS general module.
    It’s all because of your useful tips and videos.
    You are a blessing.
    Your IELTS results
    Listening=8.5 Reading=9 Writing=7 Speaking=7,Overall=8.
    British Council.

  24. Hello Liz. I wanted to share with this community that I managed to secure a good result on the 19th August scheduled IELTS test.
    L : 9,
    R: 9,
    W: 7.5,
    S : 8.5
    Overall : 8.5
    My advise would be to follow a lot of practice tests to familiarize yourself with the various scenarios possible. This website is a great tool for tips and tricks. Good luck and happy to answer any questions.

    • Brilliant !!! A really great score πŸ™‚ Well done πŸ™‚ I full agree with students familiarising themselves as much as possible with the test πŸ™‚

  25. Hello Liz,
    I just got my IELTS score and they’re much better than I expected. Thank you very much for all your videos, guides and practice papers. I couldn’t have done well without them. πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ
    Writing- 7.0
    Speaking- 7.5
    Listening- 7.5
    Reading- 9.0

    Overall- 8.0

    Thank you so much Liz 😊😊

  26. Thank you!

  27. Hello Liz,
    Thank you so much for your lessons. For the preparation of IELTS,a friend of mine told me about your website and your videos on youtube. I immediately subscribed myself to your lessons and trust me I did not take any extra classes for the same.
    In my first attempt only I cleared my IELTS with band 7 having 7.5 in Speaking,which made me happy.

    I Thank you immensely for all your help n for doing such a wonderful job.

  28. Speaking 8.5
    Reading 8.0
    I don’t understand why I scored so low in my writing considering it’s my second attempt.In my first scored
    Writing 6
    What’s your advice?

  29. Hi dear Liz!

    Perhaps you don’t remember me as you get plenty of comments every day πŸ™‚ I’m Holly, I shared my speaking questions on β€œrecent exam questions” page and I wrote about my exam experience. I’ve just got my results! To be honest, my writing score is considerably lower than my other sections which something I didn’t expect, but I’m really surprised at my speaking score. If you remember I said that I didn’t do very well on my speaking exam.

    Listening – 8.0
    Reading – 8.0
    Writing – 6.0
    Speaking – 8.0
    Overall – 7.5

    I guess my good vocabulary and prononciation helped me. I used lots of informal vocabulary and idioms, therefore even my short answers sounded naturally. To be honest, I couldn’t answer some questions very broadly, but in fact, my examiner was very friendly and chatty, thereby I was very confident and I felt like we were sitting in a cafe and talking about something just because:)

    I am immensely blessed and blissfully happy! :))))))))))

    Thank you for all your assistance!

    • You’ve got a really good score. It’s hard sometimes to predict your own score after the test. Getting band 8 in speaking is excellent!! Well done πŸ™‚

  30. Hi Liz,

    My IELTS result is :
    Overall 7.5
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 8.5
    Writing 6.5
    Speaking 7.0

    Thank you so much for your help. I had only a few days for preparation and all I did was watch your YouTube videos and practice some sample papers. I’m very grateful to you.

  31. Hi Liz,

    My Results are:
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 7.5
    Writing: 6.5
    Speaking 8.5
    Overall 8.0

    Im devastated because I need 8.0 for immigration. Ive studied english literally all my life and attended uni in Australia, yet i failed to score 8. Any tips dear Liz?

    • You’ve done very well – shame about your writing. Speaking scores are based on the level of your English, so I can see that your English is excellent. However, writing is not based on only English language. There are other criteria and requirements for writing. If you are not 100% sure what the examiner is looking for, you shouldn’t do the test. So, I can very easily see the problem is your technique. I’ve sent you an email about this – so please check your email.

  32. Hi dear Liz
    Perhaps you don’t remember me as you get plenty of comments every day πŸ™‚ I’m Holly, I shared my speaking questions on β€œrecent exam questions” page and I wrote about my exam experience. I’ve just got my results! To be honest, my writing score is considerably lower than my other sections which something I didn’t expect, but I’m really surprised at my speaking score. If you remember I said that I didn’t do very well on my speaking exam.
    Listening – 8.0
    Reading – 8.0
    Writing – 6.0
    Speaking – 8.0
    Overall – 7.5
    I guess my good vocabulary and prononciation helped me. I used lots of informal vocabulary and idioms, therefore even my short answers sounded naturally. To be honest, I couldn’t answer some questions very broadly, but in fact, my examiner was very friendly and chatty, thereby I was very confident and I felt like we were sitting in a cafe and talking about something just because:)
    I am immensely blessed and blissfully happy! πŸ™‚
    Thank you for all your assistance!

  33. Hi Liz,

    I just got my test results! I don’t mind about writing because i don’t need to write essays. I will have to practice my speaking, do you have any suggestion about how to improve my score?
    Listening – 8,5
    Reading – 9
    Writing – 6,5
    Speaking – 6

    Your site has been very useful!
    Thank you

  34. Mam, Last time i got LRWS 7.5 7.5 7 8 and this time it is 8 7 6.5 7.5 and i want to inquire about my essay as I am filing EOR today. As the essay was about money brings happiness and also problems, agree disagree style. So I followed the following approach:
    1. Whole world is running behind money for materialistic needs and there is no second thought to it that money brings happiness in abundance as it satisfies needs, wants and desires. It is also true rich people become money minded, egoistic and they try to evade taxes

    2. Money brings happiness:
    Title line
    Furthermore, explanation

    3. However, as excess of everything is bad, similarly, a lot of money causes many problems.
    Here i explained like egoistic and money minded mind alleviates relationship with neighbors and friends who can help at the time of uncontingency.
    4. Also, Rich people try to evade taxes. They suppress their facts and conceal their incomes from governments and hence they become defaulters in the eyes of governments. This affects personal and professional ties which can affect business or ruin their life.
    5. Taking all the things into consideration, money is essential ingredient for happiness but it brings a lot of problems like xxxxxx.

    I used wide range of vocab for rich people and money like for money dollars, rupees, wealth, quantity etc.
    Kindly comment upon approach mam please. I studied over 100 essays and techniques but i am dissatisfied with my writing score.

    • I’m not really sure I understand your points. This essay is about “money & happiness” as well as “problems with too much money”. Tax evasion isn’t actually on topic. The problems with too much money relate to how people cope with money in relationships, life style etc. Also this essay requires you to present a very clear opinion using “In my opinion” or “I think..”. Did you do that? It’s fine to try for a remark but there are no guarantees.

      • Hi, Liz. I’m a new here, while searching useful test preparation resources I occassionally stumbled onto your website. I have about one month left to prepare and I really need the most efficient materials to perform it very well, I hope your website will help me to do so! Are you a current IELTS examiner or whatever? It may sound little dubious, but still it is crucial for me to know it However, it is good to see that your tips and practise tasks are really helping for the guys who already had or going to pass the IELTS exam.

        • I do not examine now. I did the IELTS examiner training in 2008 and since then have been teaching it or running this website. I’ve written over 300 pages of free tips, advice, model answers and more – so take your time to go over my website πŸ™‚

  35. Hi Liz,

    I’m a big fan of your website. I did all my IELTS preparation through it. Thank you so much for your hard work.
    I took the general IELTS test on 19th Aug and got following result –
    L – 6.5
    R – 9
    W – 7.5
    S – 7.5

    My listening test didnt go too well but I wasn’t expecting this low score. Do you think I should go for rechecking? Please advice.


    • Well done with your score. It’s a strong score πŸ™‚ Listening answers are based on correct or incorrect answers. This means there is no individual interpretation which affects your score. I have not heard of mistakes being made with reading or listening scores before. However, the choice is yours.

  36. Ranadeep Nandy says:

    Thanks you Liz for this wonderful site with loads of organized practice materials. I did not have much time to study and 15 days, (an hour daily) I went through all the recommendations you had on the various sections. It helped me a lot and I will definitely recommend your web site to all who are preparing for the exam. I gave the exam on 19th aug, 2017 and got a overall 7.5 ( R-8,5, W-7, L-7,5, S-7,5),
    Thank you Liz

  37. RIYA PRATHAS says:

    Dear Mam,
    I was so surprised to see my IELTS result as I am very much average in English. Your page was the only source which I found better to depend and your tips gave me the courage to even attend the test in a month. Thank you and surely I suggest your page for my friends who are struggling with IELTS. Lot many love from Kerala, the god’s own country.


  38. Dear Liz,
    I got my IELTS General Test (First attempt) results that was scheduled for 19th August 2017 in USA.

    Overall Band : 8
    Writing : 8.5
    Speaking : 8
    Reading : 8
    Speaking : 7 (Please avoid centers that do NOT provide headphones. I had no choice though.)

    Studying for exam after working for 10 years was very challenging. I am extremely happy with my scores. The tips and videos in your blog helped me the most. Your advance writing lessons helped me in understanding the essay structure which is battle half won.

    We celebrate 5th September as Teacher’s day. On behalf of millions of students (including myself) whom you have helped and continue to help I bow down to you for your selfless service and dedication. You have set great standards for each one of us by walking the talk : “Sharing is caring”.

    I am very sure that just like me most students fall short of words in thanking you.


    • A great score! Well done πŸ™‚ I agree with the need for headphones in listening – all students should check that. Thanks for your support of my work πŸ™‚

  39. Hi Liz

    I completed my test on 19 August and scored as follows:

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

    In my preparation, I watched many of your YouTube videos and went through many pages on this website. Yours were by far the most helpful IELTS tutorials that I could find. Thanks for everything!

    • Band 9 overall !!! Very well done to you πŸ™‚ You must be over the moon πŸ™‚ I’m very impressed with you getting band 9 in writing as that isn’t common at all. Thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚

      • Thanks Liz! Your material was such a big help!

        • Hi, Tanya is it was Academic, no matter what I congratulate with your amazing score!!!

        • Hello Tanya,
          Congratulations for having great score.
          I am facing an issue with my writing score, below 6.5 after 5 attempts.
          My scores are
          L R W S -OVERALL
          7.0 7.0 6.5 7.0 -7
          8.0 6.5 6.0 6.5 -7
          7.5 9.0 6.5 7 -7.5
          8.0 6.5 6.0 7.5 -7
          8.0 6.5 6.5 6.5 -7
          Would you share a snapshot of any opinion essay written by you. I’m interested in knowing your way of structuring

  40. Hi Liz. Here is my score . Exam was 19th August. General test.

    S 7
    R 7.5
    W 7
    L 6

    The listening test was done through public address system. Quite noisy it was.

  41. salu je doi passer passer ielts academic ce samaedi a bruxelle.mai je dois rΓ©ussir aa avoir le niveau b1 pour s’inscrire Γ  universitΓ© mai mon probleme est que je suis faibles en anglais et je stresse beaucoup ca fait 1 mois que j’ai commence a revisΓ© .mai je narrive pa a avoir le niveau.j’ai peurr.est ce que c’est facile d’avoir le niveau b1 IETLS ACADEMEC

  42. Hi Liz,

    Thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful website & YouTube videos for IELTS students.

    August 19 was my second attempt for IELTS and I scored the following:

    L = 8.5
    R = 8
    W = 6.5
    S = 8
    OVERALL = 8

    I am very satisfied with all sections EXCEPT Writing. It was only because of writing that I attempted IELTS second time and results were unchanged, 6.5 earlier and 6.5 now. Though, I strongly believe that I did a much better job in writing section this time.

    Any help or tips will be appreciated to move Writing scores UP. This really is causing a lot of delay in my immigration procedure.


    • Liz, thank you so much for your quick response. I can see three essays for $8 each. Are these three essays enough for me to improve my writing score? Is there a consilodated writing section tutorial that I can take advantage of? I want to accomplish good marks, 7.5 in Writing once and for all. Please advise.

      • The lessons cover 3 types of IELTS essay and from them you will have your eyes opened as to the right techniques to use and what the examiner is expecting of you. I suggest you get one and see how you like it. I don’t have essay marking service – sorry.

  43. kisnah ramanah says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thanks for this very useful website.
    I recently completed the IELTS test in UK and my temporary results are 9,9,7,9 (7 in Writing).
    For the writing section, the task 2 was an essay about “Does the advantages of machines outweigh the disadvantages?”. I went with yes in my introduction, 2 paragraphs with 2 different advantages (with an example in each one) and a conclusion but I didn’t mention any disadvantages.
    Kindly advice on the following:
    1. Do you believe that I was penalised (task incomplete) because I didn’t talk about disadvantages?
    I’m 100% confident that I met the word count and my grammar was accurate.
    2. Would you recommend going for a remarking of the writing section?


    • Firstly, well done!! You’ve got a great score πŸ™‚ Your writing task 2 answer is that you think the advantages are more important than the disadvantages. Or to put it another way, you think the disadvantages are less important than the advantages. You can see that the only way to express your view fully is to tackle both. Your essay isn’t an adv & disadv essay – a discussion type essay. It is an opinion essay but you will need to tackle both sides to explain why one is more important and the other is less important. So, that probably had an impact on your score. But there might have been other reasons too. All people need training in writing to ensure that they understand how the examiner marks your essay and how best to showcase your English. Even with excellent English, it is possible to make poor choices and you won’t know this until someone points it out to you. Should you go for a remark? It’s your choice. You could give it a try and see what happens but there are no guarantees at all because your writing will already have been marked by two examiners – but nothing is impossible. I wish you luck!!

  44. Samah Hindawi says:

    Hi Liz

    I just got my IELTS results and I’m so happy.
    A friend recommended your website and with only 5 days practice I got the result I was aiming for πŸ™‚

    Speaking 8:5
    Listening 8
    Reading 7
    Writing 7
    Overall 7.5

    This website is amazing and very useful. I would recommend to all my friends.
    Thank you for the great effort you put into helping people succeed.

    • A great score with only 5 days prep !!! Very well done to you πŸ™‚ I’m really happy you found my website πŸ™‚

  45. Mohan Raju says:

    Hi Liz,

    I took the IELTS general training on 19th August and my results are
    Overall – 8.0
    Reading – 9.0
    Listening – 8.5
    Speaking – 8.0
    Writing – 7.0.

    I have been an avid reader of your blogs and tips, I also watched your advanced writing videos and other videos too. The low score in writing was self-inflicted, I made a rookie error of writing the entire task 1 letter on the question paper and then copied the answer to the answer sheet, this resulted in a valuable loss of time. I had only 30 minutes for my task 2 and I managed to write my task 2 in that time. Nevertheless, I am extremely happy with my results and I attribute my success to you. Thank you so much!!!

    • You’ve done really well considering what you did in your writing test!! You made my heart stop when I read your comments. Yes, it certainly causes problems with time when you write your whole task 1 on the question paper first. You obviously nailed writing task 2 to get it done in just 30 mins – well done πŸ™‚

  46. Hello Liz,

    I’ve visiting you website for a while now and found it really helpful. I was able to improve my scores from:-
    L – 7.5
    R – 7.0
    W – 6.0
    S – 5.5
    Overall – 6.5
    To :-
    L – 8.5
    R – 8.5
    W – 6.5
    S – 6.5
    Overall – 7.5

    I would like to thank you for providing such useful tips. You’re awesome πŸ™‚


  47. Nomaan Butt says:

    Hi Liz,

    I would like to thank you for your wonderful blog. Today I got my result –
    R9, S8.5, L7.5, W7.
    Any suggestion you have to improve in listening section, I need at least 8 in that. It often gets difficult for me to keep focus for a longer duration of time and this impacted my listening score. πŸ™

    • It looks like you are on track for a good score in listening. Spend more time analysing your mistakes and developing strategies for different questions types. Also spend more time spotting key words and paraphrases.

  48. Hi Liz,

    I finally achieved my desired scores, all thanks to your instructional videos and the intricate material provided on this wonderful website.
    First attempt in June 2017:
    I didn’t think it was fair that I had received a lower score on my speaking module than my expectations so I went for the re-mark.
    Meanwhile, I took another date and resat the test in August 2017, the results of which are as follows:
    I also received the result of the remark and I had my score increase to 7.0 in Speaking, which is exactly what I wanted.
    Double celebration!!

    Nevertheless, this all wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t discovered your amazing blog. Once again, thank you so much.

    Sending happy thoughts to you from Pakistan.

  49. Priyanka rao says:

    Hi Liz,

    My results is
    L 8.5
    R 8
    W 6.5
    S 7

    I need 7.5 in writing section to apply for my visa. I followed your instructions and wrote this section nicely.

    Task 2:
    Having enough money can bring happiness but having too much money is a problem. Agree or disagree.

    I paraphrased the question and mention I agree with the fact that more money bring problem however proper management og wealth can help to resolve those problems.

    Body Para 1- I mentioned the problems(theft, stress, health issues, bad influence on children) n in body Para 2 – I mentioned the solutions(charity to help society n country, teaching importance of money to children). Gave examples too.

    Can you please tell me %
    1. Have I addressed the question correctly?
    2. Can revaluation help me in improving the score?
    3. As there is big difference between listening n writing section then does this mean that my writing section is already check by two examiner?

    • Well done with your results πŸ™‚ Your writing task 1 is about money bringing happiness and also problems. This means you agree money can bring happiness and you explain this in body paragraph 1. Then you tackle the next issue in the question which is that too much money brings problems – so you need to show that too much money will not bring problems if it is correctly managed in both paragraph 2. Two issues in the question and two body paragraphs. It seems to me that you didn’t follow this structure and failed to explain why you thought money brought happiness. This means you will not get a high score for Task Response. Can you see the problem with your essay? You also didn’t fully explain about managing too much money. Giving to charity is not exactly on topic – it’s about money management – not giving it away.

      • Hi Liz,

        Hope your doing good πŸ™‚

        I too had the same question for Task 2 in my writing section of the GT test. After going through your inputs above, I have partially figured out the mistakes that I made while attempting the question; however I am still a little confused.

        It would be very kind of you if you could please provide the sample structure (not the content) for the above question.

  50. Hi Liz,

    First of all, Many thanks for such a helpful information and content.
    I got my score today. This was my second attempt. In first attempt, I had studied on my own for a week and had given exam in hurry. I was not aware about your site.
    In my first attempt, my score was –
    Overall = 7.5

    I needed 7 in all. Hence I decided to attempt again. I came across your site this time. First, I went through all comments from students and then decided to go through each and every tip. I followed all your instructions as much as possible. And , result is very positive.
    I saw required improvement in my score. My current score is –


    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ :-). Once again thanks a lot. I highly recommend everyone to follow your tips and tricks religiously.


    • YAY!! It’s so good to see your results have improved!! I hope you celebrated πŸ™‚ Well done πŸ™‚

    • Hi Prasad,
      How much time did you take to give your second attempt? Iam too to take the test for second time.So need some suggestion. I scored less in speaking and reading

  51. Hi Liz,

    Thanks to your webpage and youtube videos which were so informartive, I got 8 bands.
    Listening 9
    Reading 8
    Writing 7
    Speaking 7.5

    Appreciate your help! Thank you πŸ™‚

    Sid (India)

  52. MΓ­Ε‘a says:

    I just got my results and I am happy with it!

    Overall: 8.0
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 9 (woohoo!)
    Writing: 6.5
    Speaking: 8

    Do you have any tips on how to improve academic writing? I am not planning to sit the test again but I would like to improve it as it is apparently not my strength.

    Also, thanks a lot for your tips, it helped me a lot in my last minute preparations!


    • Very well done!! Band 9 in reading !! Yay πŸ™‚ If band 6.5 is enough for you in writing, don’t worry about it. IELTS has specific requirements for writing which are not the same as University or other essay writing. That is probably the reason you got under 7. So, unless you need more in writing, don’t think about it.

  53. Anita Mary Pothen says:

    Hi Liz,

    I got my IELTS results today, thank you for all your tips and advanced writing lessons. I followed your site after my first attempt, I was able to improve my score in my 2nd attempt except for writing. I took the advanced lessons before the third attempt. And below are my scores. I would recommend your website to all my friends who are planning for IELTS exam.

    L: 8.5
    R: 9
    W: 7
    S: 7

    Overall band: 8
    Thank you again Liz, God Bless you!

    • Band 8 overall is a great score !! Good for you! I’m really pleased my advanced writing lessons helped πŸ™‚ Thanks for recommending my lessons πŸ™‚

  54. Hi Liz,
    Thank you so much for the wonderful learning blog. You are the world’s best teacher.
    I took ielts idp in Bangalore on august 19th,
    My scores are
    L 8.5
    R 6.5
    W 7 (your advanced lesson really helped)
    S 8 ( in part 3 I lost ideas so I was repeating, else I would have got 8.5)
    overall : 7.5
    I really doubt my reading score as I did really well. Can I go for revaluation?
    I wish I got 7 πŸ™ It would have fetched me bonus points.
    None in the blogs I get any info so can you Please suggest?

    • A great score – well done. IELTS reading scores are based on correct or incorrect answers – this means it is not based on examiner interpretation and changes in scores are very rare. If you wish to try for a remark, it’s your choice but don’t hold your breath.

      • Thank you for the reply Liz. I know its unlikely and waste of money but I really did well. So I am very much surprised.Is there anyone who received a change of score for reading.please let me know Liz and folks in the group.May be there could be manual error while evaluating. Is it possible?

  55. Hi Liz,
    I received my IELTS General Training score today and I am happy to share that I scored 7.5 overall. I could manage to score 8.5 in speaking ONLY BECAUSE OF YOU.

    My Preparation:
    When I first read about the pattern of the exam, I could relate it to an English exam of my 10th/12th Grade. As a working mother it was very tough for me to prepared dedicated way for the exam. To be honest I had prepared for 2 days i.e actually less than 24 hours before the exam day. The only preparation I did was by watching your videos on youtube and reading your tips and web articles.

    My Acknowledgement:
    I must say that to you that have an amazing soothing voice and all my anxiety went off due to that. You videos,tips,notes,website material is crisp, up-to-date,well-organised, user-friendly, easy and COMPLETE.

    Please accept my heart felt gratitude Liz.
    My test Info:
    Score Overall: 7.5
    Listening: 6.5
    Reading: 7.0
    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 8.5
    Test date: 19th Aug’17
    Location: Ohio,US


    • You’ve got a brilliant score !! Well done! Band 8.5 overall with band 8.5 in speaking is excellent!! It brings a smile to my face πŸ™‚

      • One update about the Listening ,my center had played Audio in the room.
        And without the headphone I found it to be very difficult to concentrate. πŸ™

  56. Hi Liz,
    I just got my results and would like to share with you.
    Listening 6.5
    Reading 8.5
    Writing 7.5
    Speaking 8.0

    Overall 7.5

    I am satisified with the overall score but completely disappointed with my listening score. I was completely confident in listening section before I took the exam. I felt listening is the easiest to score atleast 8. I’ve practiced many of your listening tests and always had one or two mistakes. That’s it. I used headphones for practicing. It boost my confidence, but to my surprise the exam center has this tape recorder with mic in front of it and asked us to listen and write. The sound was ok, it was audible to everyone but I felt separate headphones for each would have been efficient. 6.5 is not at all my level of listening score. Just wanted to share with you my experience. Also, what do you think of my listening experience? Is this the normal procedure in every exam centre? Do you think my point is valid that lost my listening marks because of mass listening without separate headphones?
    Writing tasks –
    1. Forgot something on aeroplane. Write a letter to airlines manager to report it. Describe where you think you left. Give instructions how to send it to you. Do not include mail addresses or phone numbers.
    2. Some people think making friends online is great. And there are others who think it is quite dangerous. Give your opinion

    Liz, speaking part was exactly as you described in your videos. Introduction part was spot on. I practiced introduction part very well and I think it gave me full points for that. πŸ™‚
    1. Where are you from? Do you live in a house or home? What home would you like to buy in future?
    2.What was one good news that you heard from somebody in your life?
    3. How do people celebrate as a neighborhood community when they are happy? I went off topic, she gave me a hint saying, do people celebrate weddings, festivals etc with the neighborhood and friends? That gave me a good direction to talk on.
    4. Lets talks about global news. What was a news that makes a global audience celebrate?
    Again I went off topic, she hinted saying ‘do people celebrate on sports, politics etc. Then I took off on Olympic player winning gold medal for their country blah blah.
    5. How important do you thinks emails are important in the current society?
    6. What do you think will happen to emails in the near future?
    7. Somehow our conversation led to Online friendships, and she asked me why is it not good. I got a good opportunity to talk on it as I just completed that topic in writing task.
    That’s it. It went well.
    Thank you.

    • Very well done with your results!! I agree with you about listening with headphones – it’s much better for concentration. I actually can’t believe that IELTS still have centers that don’t offer headphones. I’m glad the speaking went well and there were no surprises. Well done to you πŸ™‚

      • Thanks so much for the response, Liz. Again, thanks for everything you do to the IELTS fraternity. πŸ™‚
        Is there anything that I can do now like complaining about the listening test without headphones? I feel like that is not fair as we put so much effort into preparing for the test, travel two hours to the exam center, pay for the exam etc and at the end of the day lose my marks because of poor facilities! πŸ™
        I am novice in the IELTS community, hence asking you for suggestion. Appreciate it.

        • Unfortunately, there are quite a lot of IELTS test centers that don’t use headphones so I’m not sure anything will change. But may be if enough people complain, they might start making an effort to control the quality of their test.

  57. Dear Liz,

    Greeings to you from Sri Lanka.Thank you very much for the support that you give for students who prepare for IELTS. I prepared for the exam only for a week. I do wish I had done more practice tests.Anyway I got a good bandscore thanks to the valuable resources and tips in your site. My writing score is a little low but overall I did good.

    L: 8.5
    R: 7.5
    W: 6.5
    S: 8.5

    • I think you’ve done really well and should be proud of your score. Well done πŸ™‚ Getting band 8.5 in speaking is great πŸ™‚

      • Yes getting a good score for speaking is nice. my overall bandscore is is 8, I expected a 8.5.Anyway I’m happy with my result.

  58. Hi Liz,

    I had a night to study for IELTS (non-committed folks πŸ™‚ ). I started with your lectures and did 2-3 practice test, for next 3-4 hours, in each sections and writing test separately. The simplicity of your lessons worked like a charm. I got 7 overall (8/7/6.5/6.5:L/R/W/S).

    Thank you so much.
    (Let me know if you have a patreon account)

  59. Helo liz…

    Thank u so much for your wonderful and helpful site… I just got my IELTS result taken last aug 19,2107..

    Heres my results

    I really appreciate your lessons it helped me a lot in reaching my scores..

    Thanks and more blessings!!!

  60. Hi Liz,

    I am highly grateful to you. With your guidance I have scored 8 Bands overall in IELTS Academic I took on 19.08.2017 at Hyderabad in India. I am so overwhelmed.
    My Scores:
    Listening – 8.5
    Reading – 8.5
    Writing – 7
    Speaking – 7

    OVERALL – 8

    Total number of practice papers attempted – 20 in 15 days time.
    I totally agree with you Liz that only Cambridge University Books on IELTS series (1-11) and official guide are good for this exam.

    Writing – I evaluated my essays and reports by myself owing to the knowledge imparted by you and was honest in awarding even 4/5 bands to myself and it helped a lot. I sat with the common topics listed by you for almost 30 hours overall and made 20-25 pages notes as Essay Fodder. Cohesion part is tricky, one may miss it unknowingly so to be kept in mind.

    Speaking – This cannot be nurtured in a short span so ” speak, speak and speak ” English. It is normal to be nervous on the test day so find a companion at the test center and talk for 5 – 10 minutes normally, believe me this will ease you : I am the practical example for this. With the examiner,speak full sentences only and go on speaking in the two minute Que Card Task till the examiner stops you but make sure that you have started concluding after 1.5 minutes. Try not to pause.

    Listening and Reading – Purely depends on practice, exactly the way Liz recommends.

    All those writing IELTS – Do not panic, PRACTICE, PRACTICE & PRACTICE .
    And Liz , Biggest Thank you .

    • A really great score! Well done πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your tips – they’re great and I’m sure many students will benefit from them πŸ™‚

  61. Hi, Liz,

    I am from AL, USA. Here is my GT module result
    L 7.5
    R 9
    W 7
    S 8.5
    Overall, 8

    Heart broken as I could not make 8 at listening.

  62. Hi Liz, I am Mercy from Nigeria. I had about 3 weeks to prepare for my Academic Test, at some point I was doubting if I could pull it off. Thanks to your blog and Youtube channel I believed excelling at my test was possible. Thanks to you and all the free resources online that helped me achieve an Overall band score of 8.0 on my first attempt.
    L- 8.5
    R- 9.0
    W- 7.0
    S- 8.0

  63. Kirti Chawla says:

    Hi Liz,

    I am really grateful for all the help provided by your site and your videos while preparing for my IELTS exam. It;s only because of you that I got my desired score.
    Your tips are so crisp and so easy to understand.
    Once again Thanks a lot. You are amazing.

  64. Hello Liz, my name is Mirabel from Nigeria. I just wanted to say a very Big thank you for your online blog, which helped me tremendously during my IELTS preparation. I spent 1 month prepearing using all your materials which were so helpful. God Bless you Liz for being a great teacher.
    I got my Test Report Form today
    L 9
    R 8
    S 8
    W 7
    Overall Band score: 8

  65. Hello Liz.
    I have finally scored the required bands *sigh of relief*
    It was a daunting, torturing and mentally exhausting journey I would say πŸ˜€ but I am glad that its over.
    Academic – Karachi – British Council
    L 8
    R 7.5
    W 7.5
    S 7.5 overall 7.5

    I followed your tips throughout my IELTS. But this time I took your advanced lessons, practiced harder and it finally paid off. I want to advice few things to all future candidates.
    1. Read as much as you can. (It will certainly help you in reading, writing and speaking sections)
    2. Work smartly.
    3. Practice hard.
    4. Do not take task 1 lightly at all.
    5. Go through past task 2 questions (as many as u can) and read and gather different ideas.
    6. Do subscribe to Liz’s Advanced lesson
    7. Help others and pray to God.

    Thank you so much Liz. You are indeed a great teacher and human being. Stay blessed.

  66. Hi Liz,

    I am from India. Your inputs were very helpful for my IELTS GT exam.
    My scores were as below:
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 7.5
    Speaking: 7.0
    Writing: 6.5
    Overall: 7.5
    In my first attempt my scores were (L: 7.5, R:6.5, S:6.5, W:7, Overall: 7)

    The hike in my scores was due to your valuable lessons. However I need a score of 7 across all subjects and this time I did not score 7 in my writing module (I did get 7 in my first attempt). Do you recommend me to go for a re-evaluation for writing?

  67. Hi Liz,

    I did the GT at the beginnning of this month, unfortunately I didnΒ΄t know your blog at that time.
    My results were:
    L – 8
    R – 9
    S – 7
    W – 6.5
    Overall – 7.5

    I haven’t decide yet whether to ask for a remark or not but I’ve been watching some of your videos and I found them really valuables. I think the best choice would be to prepare it for a while here and then take it again instead that waiting 2 months for an answer.

    What would you recommend based on your experience?

    Thank you very much.

    • If you can afford to have a remark, try doing it and also retaking the test as well. Otherwise, think more carefully. If you take the test again, I recommend my advanced writing task 2 lessons which explain in great detail exactly how a good IELTS essay should be written. I’ll offer a discount on them very soon so watch out for me posting a notice on my site when it’s ready.


    Hi Liz,

    Thank you so much for your free blog. It was very useful for me to score 7.5 within 7 days of preparation using your blog. I want to share this with you. Please do post more free blogs.

  69. Omneya Mohamed Nagy Elmakhzangy says:

    I am from Cairo Egypt and my exam was on the 12th of August 2017 (academic module) . I just wanted to express my gratitude to your extremely resourceful blog . I only had one week to prepare and almost all what I did was watch your videos and these are my exam
    Reading 8.5
    Listening 8.5
    Writing 7
    Speaking 7.5
    Overall 8
    Thank you very much Liz

  70. Mi Chelle says:

    Hello, I’m from Malaysia and I took my IELTS (Academic Module) on the 12th of August, with my Speaking Test on the 11th. My results are as follows:

    Overall 8.5
    Listening 9.0
    Reading 9.0
    Writing 8.0
    Speaking 7.5

    I was pretty nervous during my speaking test and ended up stammering a lot but managed to pull through (barely). As for writing, I ended up spending a few minutes more on task 1 than I should’ve, resulting in me rushing to finish my task 2 essay, though I did manage to finish my conclusion when the time was up. Could’ve done better for speaking and writing but I’m pretty satisfied overall and I got what I needed. πŸ˜€

    Thank you so much Liz for all the resources you’ve provided on your website, especially your lessons and model essays for writing task 1. Also, thanks for the useful tips for each section, as they really helped me familiarize myself with the exam format and the techniques I had to use during the exam.

    • I think your score is great and something to be proud of πŸ™‚ I’m really pleased my website was helpful to you πŸ™‚ Well done πŸ™‚

  71. L:9
    W: 6.5
    This was my second attempt and I failed to secure 7 in writing module again! I found your materials to be the most detailed and helpful one available in the internet. I thought that I did much better the second time around in writing section and I was expecting at least a 7 this time πŸ™ . It is mandatory for me to secure 7 in each band and 7. 5 overall to pursue my career further. I feel like I’m ready every time I attempt the test, which to my surprise, I clearly am not. It is very depressing to be honest. What do I do next? Please help!
    Thank you very much for helping us through this difficult journey. God bless you!

    • You’ve obviously got excellent English judging from your other scores. But writing isn’t marked just on English, it is also about using the right techniques, understanding band score requirements and knowing how the examiner marks your essays. I suggest you get my advanced lessons for writing task 2 which will open your eyes to the mistakes you are making. See this page:

    • Hii jaya ,
      Please go for Remark for your writing.Fingers crossed to get additional 0.5 .. for your writing..

      • Hello Jaimi, Thank you for your encouragement :). Actually, I’m submitting my documents today for reevaluation. As it takes about 8 weeks or more for remarking, I’m also thinking of taking Liz’s Advanced lessons and reappearing IELTS after 2 weeks or so. She mentioned about providing discounts on those videos, I hope she formulates it soon :D. My best wishes to you!!!

  72. Hi, everyone!
    I am from the Philippines, bound for Australia. I took the Academic IELTS for the first time last August 12. Results were released exactly 13 days after. Upon checking online, my scores are:
    Listening – 9
    Reading – 9
    Writing – 7.5
    Speaking – 8.5
    Overall – 8.5

    I had about a month to prepare and I relied mostly on free practice tests online, including Liz’s. I focused on Listening as I felt this section was where I was weakest. Every day, I completed a Listening test until the day before my exam. I would even play sample audio files on speakers in the car during my work commute. I analyzed my errors and worked doubly hard on such task types. I was driven to get at least an 8 on this. (And I got a 9!)
    For the other areas, I gave myself a schedule on when to do them (i.e., Writing on Mondays, Reading on Wednesdays, and Speaking on Fridays).
    I would review after work hours. Having the discipline in doing practice tests really helped.
    Thank you, Liz, for your detailed and organized work on IELTS. I am grateful I stumbled on your website. More power!

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