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 

Unfortunately, not all results can be displayed due to the high number of posts.

If your results have been delayed, follow this link to learn why your results are withheld.

Tops Scores: If you scored band score 8.5 or 9 overall, email me a copy of your certificate and I will post it on this site for other students to see: ieltsliz789@gmail.com

I hope you did well. Liz

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  1. TIBIN JOSEPH says:

    Dear Liz

    Thanks a lot for your tips and guidelines.
    During my preparation I followed your website and tips provided by my cousin based on his IELTS experience. My cousin also recommended about your website.

    My exam (GT) was on December 03, 2016 at The British Council Office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and got my results on Dec 16, 2016. Results – L=8,R=7.5,S=6.5 & W=7.5 – Overall – 7.5.

    I was very happy as it was only my first attempt and same time I felt disappointed because I expected a minimum 7 band score in speaking. So I decided to apply for revaluation.

    Finally, I got my results on Feb 09, 2017 and there is a change in speaking score from 6.5 to 7.0. Overall – 7.5

    Once again thank you very much for your wonderful tutorials and exam tips.

    All the best and good luck.

    Tibin

    • That’s great news and well done getting an increase in your speaking score πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your results with us πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Liz,

    Academic IELTS under british council.

    First attempt, just reading examples of WT 1 and 2 from other websites.
    Results= L 7.5 R 7.5 W 6 S 7 OBS= 7

    Second attempt, same strategy but with LIZielts website examples (not even practiced writing on a paper and all), plus purchased one video.
    Results= L 8 R 7 S 7 W 7 OBS= 7.5

    thank you so much Liz, god bless!

  3. Ashok Kakadekar says:

    Dear Liz,
    I got my result just yesterday, for the IELTS academic test which I took on Jan 21st and the score is as follows:
    -Listening 7.5
    -Reading 7
    -Writing 7.5
    -Speaking 8.5.
    I am very happy with the results. I am a physician and needed band score of 7 and above in each category for licensing purpose. Your website was extremely helpful including advanced lessons. Your explanations of all aspects of the tests were up to the point with very clear concepts. There are many websites, which do not provide clear views regarding each aspect of the IELTS test and quite confusing for candidates. I have been reading your blog very regularly for the last few weeks and miss all the excitement but very happy it is over for me. I appreciate your efforts in keeping update with all the discussions and questions including answers where ever it is appropriate.
    Sincerely
    Ashok Kakadekar

  4. Dear Liz,

    Thanks for you precious help.

    I just got the result of my first attempt, my grades:

    – Listening 7.5
    – Reading 8.5
    – Writing 6.0
    – Speaking 8.0
    Overall 7.5

    I need an Overall score 7.5 and not less than 7.0 per each.

    my questions are:
    – Do you think I should go for a remark ?
    – How can I increase my writing score ? ( any helpful tips ? )

  5. Hi Liz,

    Finally got my result after 16 days of withholding. I’m so excited to have it. I still can’t believe that I scored 7.5!!
    L = R = W = S = 7.5
    (7.5 in writing is truly like a dream to me.)
    Thanks a bunch again for all of your tips and tricks. Your site was really helpful during my preparation week.

    With best regards,
    Sharmin

  6. Well, it takes forever to finally find this comment box.
    Jan 21,2017 Australia
    Listening 8 Writing 7 (Yeah!!!!) Speaking 8 Reading 9 (Immigration Assessment PassedοΌ‰
    Previous 4 attempts:
    L 8.5 W 6.5 S 8.5 R 9

    Thank you so much Liz. I have purchased all your advanced writing video lessons, and I will strongly (!!!!) recommend this to all of you. It will change and save your life, particularly if you are struggling with the band score of writing.

    Good Luck!

    • I’m really pleased you finally hit band 7 in writing!! Well done to you πŸ™‚ Yeah, this page is getting really long with comments and successful results. At least you all know that good results are possible πŸ™‚

  7. Hi Liz!

    I took IELTS for the first time on Jan 21, 2017 in the US for immigration purposes. I needed atleast 8 in all bands, my scores disappointed me.

    L 8.5
    R 9
    W 8
    S 7.5

    I am shocked that my speaking score was much lower than what I expected (I expected 8.5 or 8 worst case scenario). Since I really need 8 in all bands, I have 2 options, retake the test or go for rescoring.

    Your thoughts? Please help me!!!!!

    • It is certainly possible to consider a remark in speaking with your results. At present your speaking will have been assessed by only one examiner so a second examiner might not agree. But it is never guaranteed that you will get an increase. Speaking is scored on the level of English you demonstrated in the test and not on your actual answers in terms of ideas or relevancy. So, as long as you are confident that you showed a full range of grammar tenses and structures: past, future forms, conditionals, comparatives etc. And that you spoke easily at length without pause at all and your vocab & pron were fine – then go for it and I wish you luck!!

  8. Hello Liz, i wrote my Ielts on 21st Jan, i must say your blog was really helpful as i was able to reach my required scores W-7, R-7,S-8,L-8.5, O- 7.5. It was my 1st attempt and i just found out you really have to be good to reach a high band score in writing cos i felt i wrote really well.
    Ur blog is Fantastic and i’ve been recommending it for so many of my friends.
    Thank you for being so nice and easy to understand. Goodluck Liz πŸ™‚

  9. Hi Liz,

    Thank you for all the amazing help. I needed to get band 8 in Listening and 7 in the other 3 modules. Well, I finally did it on my 3rd attempt. Yippy!

    Speaking – 9 (I am Zimbabwean)
    Listening – 8
    Reading – 7
    Writing – 7.5

    This is without doubt the best IELTS site there is. I couldn’t have done it without it.

    My advice to those who are yet to reach their goal is work hard, don’t take it lightly. Aim to get 9s so that if you miss your target you will still be sitting in the high bands.

    All the best and thanks again Liz.

    • You’ve certainly hit well above your target score!! Well done indeed. Getting band 9 in speaking is excellent! Thanks for letting me know πŸ™‚

  10. Damaris Rodrigues says:

    Dear Liz,

    Thank you so much for this website, It was way more helpfull than my Cambridge classes.
    The day before I saw your example on task 1 map and that was my task 1 on the exam day, also I would like to mention that if it wasn’t for you I wouldnt know the importance of the overview and the practice on the exam paper.
    Thank you so much!
    I took my IELTS on de 21/01/2017. Results:
    W- 7
    R-7
    L-8
    S-8

    I’ll for sure recommend your website for my friends.

    • Very well done! It’s a real challenge to hit band 7 in writing. And getting band 8 in speaking is great. A lot of IELTS courses are not comprehensive enough to prepare a student for all that might come in the IELTS test. I’m glad you found my website useful πŸ™‚

  11. Rohan Fernandes says:

    Hi Liz,

    I had attempted IELTS Academic on 21st Jan 2017. My results have just been declared today, 3rd Feb 2017. Here are my scores:

    Listening: 8.5 Reading: 9.0 Writing: 7.5 Speaking: 8.5
    Overall: 8.5

    My university’s requirement in Canada is 6.5. I had prepared for the exam entirely from your website. My heartfelt thanks to you for helping me with your detailed videos and helpful tips. My 8.5 band wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thanks a lot again πŸ™‚

    Stay blessed always.

    • That’s really great news!! An overall 8.5 is fantastic! Well done! I’m glad my website helped you. Thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚

  12. Dear Liz,
    I am very happy to share my results with you after the exam of 21 January 2017 in Turkey.
    I got L:8.0 R:9.0 W: 7.0 S: 7.0 overall: 8.0 in my second attempt!
    My first attempt without any practice ended up with 6.5 in overall and this increase to 8.0 is very exciting! It means one should practice the techniques for the exam and your blog helped me a lot in that respect, especially with T/F/NG and Y/N/NG questions.
    Thanks a lot!

  13. Hi Liz,

    My second attempt, after finding out that my previous writing score fell short 0.5 points, went way better than expected. Did the exam the 21st of Jan in Manchester and wasn’t confident at all after screwing up the timing for the writing part the first time. The results now improved significantly without much practice. Just reading some of you very good advice on how to effectively give the examiners what they are looking for.
    L – 9.0
    R – 9.0
    W – 8.0
    S – 8.5
    O – 8.5

    Thanks for some putting all the great information together.

    Regards Patricia

  14. Divya Narendran says:

    Hi Liz,
    I took my exam on January 07, 2017 and I am posting my results with great disappointment,
    R- 9, L- 8.5, W- 6, S – 7.5 Overall – 8.
    I have no idea why my writing score is so less, I have applied all the strategies that I learned from your website and online lessons. I am quite sure that I have answered the task 2 very well. Is it possible because of poor answering in task 1 could bring my score this down? I am so confused and depressed about my results and totally out of idea about what to do to improve my writing score.

    Liz, kindly help me and give me guidance.
    Thank you

    Regards
    Divya

    • Your writing score is certainly low compared to your other skills. I’ve sent you an email to the address you used to post this comment. Take a look.

      • Hi Liz,
        Four weeks back, I didn’t know about your website, the amazing work that you have been doing and all the congratulatory notes/posts you receive from all over the world. Now, I have been telling everyone about you and your website. Congratulations, you are doing a fantastic work and making a difference in the lives of people.
        I am from India and took my IELTS test (first attempt) on 14 Jan. 2017. I didn’t get a chance to prepare well for the test because of my professional commitments however, I got serious and prepared only in last 10 days, 3 hours each day. Most of the times, I used to log in to your website to read the amazing material/tips which you have gathered over the period of time. Thanks to your website and tips, I have scored the following in the test:
        L – 8
        R – 7.5
        W – 7.5
        S – 7.5
        Overall – 7.5
        Thanks for your guidance and tips, they were really helpful. I am certainly going to spread the word about this amazing website. Because of you, I am one step closer to my goal. Keep up the good work!!

        Many thanks
        Sandeep

        • I was really touched to read your message. Thank you for your support and appreciation. Well done with your score!! It’s not always easy to hit those scores in the first try. You should be proud to have achieved it! All the best to you for your future plans πŸ™‚

          • Hi Liz,
            I got the following score thanks to your guidance,seriously it was all because of your tips and hardworking.
            Listening 9
            Reading 8.5
            Writing 7.5
            Speaking. 8.5
            Overall. 8.5

    • Hy Divya I read your IELTS result I am surprised you got 8.5 in Listening and I am still struggling for getting good listening score as I got 5.Could you please help me which online courses you follow and I hope you improve your writing score.Thanks

    • How can you get such this score😭😭😭😭😭

      Can anyone.please sheare the best answer espeacialy of speaking ,,,

  15. Thanks a lot for your help! I wasn’t able to get such a great score without your help!
    Reading: 9
    Listening: 9
    Writing: 7
    Speaking: 8

  16. Hi Liz! I took my IELTS exam on January 14 and I got and overall band score of 8 with the following bands on each area:
    Listening:8.5
    Reading:8.5
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 8
    Your site really did wonders for my review and now I’m spreading the word to my friends who are planning to take the IELTS that your site is a must if they want to get the band score of their dreams.
    Thank you Liz and keep up the good work!

    Best regards,

    Weng

    • I’m really pleased for you. It’s a great score. Well done getting 7.5 in writing and 8 in speaking πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing my site with your friends πŸ™‚

  17. Shabari Marla says:

    Hi Liz,
    I scored an overall 7 with the following band score in each section :
    LWS : 7
    R :6.5
    I still cannot believe i scored a 7 in writing ! Considering the fact that it was my biggest nightmare .
    Thank you Liz for being an awesome teacher and sharing your knowledge with us !

  18. Hi
    my result is held today for a quality control, has anyone had this situation before and when usually they send the results?

    • Hey Hamid ,
      I had the same situation in my second attempt in uk with academic module .
      They will inform you by email once your result will be declared . For me it took 2 more week after my result date but some of my friend had the same situation and she got the result after 1 week only so don’t penic they will inform you .
      Normally they withheld the result when you have difference of 2 band in between module for instance in my case I had 7.5 in listening and 5.5 in writing .
      Good for your result!!

  19. hi liz thanks so much for the material. i got
    l- 8
    r- 7.5
    w- 7.5
    s- 7
    again thanks so much.

  20. Ahmed Abdelaziz says:

    Hi,
    My name is Ahmed and I just got my results (20 min ago) and the first thing I would like to do is to thank you for your awesome tips specially the advanced writing lessons. They are amazing and finally I got my 7 in academic writing.

    S 7
    W 7
    L 7
    R 9
    overall 7.5

    • Well done! Band 9 in reading is not common! I’m glad to see you got your band 7 in writing – it can be a tough goal to reach! πŸ™‚

  21. Judi Thomas says:

    Hello Ma’m

    I am Judi from India. I appeared for my IELTS Academic module on 07/01/17 from New Delhi and got the desired score. I would like to thank you for your excellent lessons especially writing section which made me achieve the score required for my registration purpose. My scores are
    L – 8.5
    R – 7.0
    W – 7.0
    S – 7.0
    Overall – 7.0
    Thank you once again Ma’m. You are doing a wonderful job.

    Thanks

  22. Hello Ma’am,

    I don’t have words to thank you, your blog was recommended by one of my friend and while he was explaining why I should only follow your blog at that moment I was like why he telling me to do that because many of my friends told me to go through all the videos you come across on youTube but thank god what came in my mind and I choised to follow your blog.

    Following are the scores of the exam which I appeared on 7th Jan 2017 :
    Listening : 7
    Reading : 6.50
    Writing : 6
    Speaking : 7.50

    Overall : 7

    I did scored less in writing because I didn’t practice, but no regrets. And I also want to add that I prepared only for 3 days, and I am so impressed by your work that I can’t expressed in words. I will surely recommend your blog to my friends and family and I will also try to convince them to follow only your blog as my friend did.

    Once again thank you so much and keep doing the great work!

  23. shalinidevi says:

    Hai Liz,
    I am shalini from Canada, thanks for your useful tips and lessons especially graphs in writing section .I wrote my exam on 7 Jan 2017 and scored 7 in writing section before it was 6 but I didn`t put much effort on speaking,so I got less mark in speaking.I need overall score 7 which I got.Thanks.God bless you
    writing 7
    listening 7.5
    reading 7
    speaking 6
    speaking topic
    describe about a wild animal that you have seen very close

    writing topics
    writing 1
    table about the percentage of land covered by forest in seven countries

    writing 2
    Top universities are now offering free courses through internet without paying.Is it a positive or negative trend

  24. Impossible is possible. The numbers are amazing! I took Ielts test 07/01/17 Academic in Tashkent. Uzbekistan
    Here are the results:
    L. 7.0
    R. 7.0
    W. 7.0
    S 7.0
    overall 7.0
    Thanks for your free materials and guides! They helped me a lot.

  25. Hi, Liz! Greetings from Kazakhstan!
    Thank you again so much for your useful website.
    I took my ielts Academic on Jan7,2017. Got the results and…I got overall 7,5 (with Listening 8,5; Reading 7,5; Writing 6,5; Speaking 8). My goal was overall 8 so I was a bit disappointed.. Especially because I was pretty sure i aced the writing tasks (i am sure my grammar was perfect and the range of vocabulary was also good). Moreover, it seems unfair to me when, for example, people get 7 & 7,5 in all of the sections and get overall 7,5 OR even lower scores with just one score of 7,5-8 and still get overall 7,5 whereas i got 8-8,5 in two sections and 7,5 in reading… Also, when i add&then divide my scores i get ~7,625 so it all seems so unfair.

  26. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for your tips, I sat for Jan 7, 2017 GT exam, checked online yesterday.
    L=7.5
    R=8.5
    W=7.0
    S=7.0
    Overall=7.5
    Once again, thanks!
    ‘Sola from Nigeria

  27. Hi Liz
    I think your website is very useful for test preparation. It helped me a lot. I got
    L= 8.5
    R=9
    W=7.5
    S=7.5
    I was expecting more in my writing and speaking section, so I am not sure sure if I should go for re-evaluation or not.

    • It’s possible to consider a remark if you feel that you should have got better scores. In writing, make sure you wrote over the word count and that you wrote an overview for task 1 and a conclusion for task 2. Good luck if that’s what you decide!

  28. Dear Liz, thanks for your educative platform. I got to know about your website less than 2 hours before my speaking exam.
    My result are;
    Listening:7.5
    Reading: 7.0
    Writing:7.0
    Speaking: 7.0
    Overall: 7.0
    God bless you for what you do.

  29. Thank you so much Miss/Liz for your valuable advice & blog. I was lucky because my friend recommended your blog. I studied for less than a week. I took the academic IELTS on January 7th in Canada. The results were released today , my overall score is 8
    Speaking 8.0
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 8.5
    Writing 7.0
    No words can ever express how impressed I am by your effort & blog.
    I’ll definitely recommend your blog for friends &family
    Thank you so much
    Sincerely,
    Eman

  30. Hi Liz

    I don’t know why my comments on your blog says awaiting moderation….

    Anyways I got my results today Module GT exam held on 7th Jan 2017

    Listening 7.5
    Reading 7.5
    Speaking 6.5
    Writing 6.5

    Thanks to your teaching and tips I prepared for IELTS. But I need to score 7.0 in each band to comply with the migration requirement thus have to re-sit the exam unfortunately.

    I practiced both speaking and writing too but didn’t have the privilege of assessing myself on these two areas.

    Would you have any recommendations for me to improve my scores? Especially on speaking and writing. I am in a critical state that I am unable to proceed with the next step without my score of 7.0 in each band which is a MANDATORY requirement

    I humbly seek your advice whilst thanking you by all means for the great work and service you are providing to all IELTS students.

    Many thanks

    Thoshanka

    • Your speaking score will have been decided by one examiner and your writing score by a different examiner. It is unlikely that two examiners both marked you down. However, this must be your decision. Nothing is impossible so you must choose for yourself. Good luck!

  31. Dear Liz, got my results in the exam I took last 7th Jan. Scores were: L-6.5; R-7.5; W-7.5; S-7. A bit disappointed, though I anticipated already after the exam that I wont hit my goal (7) in Listening module. The difficultly in that module was from those section where there are already 3 people speaking. I must admit that I didn’t practice enough before the seat and I am planning to retake it. I intend to go through your lessons this time.

  32. Just got my results! I am so happy. I sat on January 7. I thought I did really bad because at the writing part the time wasn’t enough and I started panicking and I messed up!! I’m really happy, the uni I’m applying for requires 6.5! and I got 8 πŸ˜€ totally unexpected

    Listening- 8
    Reading – 8
    Speaking – 8
    Writing – 7
    Overall- 8

  33. Hello Liz,
    Your website is amazing, it helped me to get Bandscore 7.0 (L:8.5, R:6.5, W:6.0, S:6.5). God bless you. I don’t have words to thank you enough.
    Finni

  34. Amanpreet singh says:

    Hi liz..!!Is it possible to speak some quotes in our native language and then explain them in english?

  35. Dear Liz,

    I attended IELTS General (IDP) UKVI test on 29th of October 2016.

    Thereafter, my result was withheld and they released on 13th of December 2016.

    Below are the bands which I scored in each section
    Listening: 8, Reading: 7, Writing: 6.5 and Speaking: 7.5 (Overall: 7.5)

    Well, I am little unhappy about my writing score because I wrote the first and second section in appropriate way and covered the word count criteria in a well manner.

    So, would you please advice me whether I can get 0.5 mark if I request for remarking this section?

    Thank you for your help in this regard.

    Best regards,

    • It is not possible to predict if you will get an increase in score from remarking. It isn’t guaranteed. It depends on how well you have written task 1 and task 2. See the band score requirements before deicing:
      http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-1-band-scores/
      http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2-band-scores-5-to-8/
      Also check that you wrote an overview for task 1 and a conclusion for task 2. Good luck!

      • Hello Liz.

        I just got the results for my second attempt and I am so disappointed… I got:
        L 9
        R 8
        W 6
        S 8.

        I need a 7 in each section to go to Australia. Honestly I don’t understand why I got such low grade on the writting. Previously, on my first attempt, I got 6.5 on writing. I sincerely don’t understand what I have done wrong. Do you think is worth it to ask for a remark or it is almost impossible to increase from 6 to 7?

        Thank you for your time.
        Raquel

        • Firstly, let me say well done with your scores. Band 8 and 9 are great. about your writing score, you have a two band score difference between speaking and writing – this means your writing paper will already have been checked by a second examiner. So, the score is unlikely to change with a third examiner. This means you are possibly using the wrong techniques. I have sent you an email to the address you used to post this message. If you want me to email you to a different address just message me here (I won’t post it publicly). Check your email.

  36. Dear Liz,

    I followed your site while preparing for IELTS. I went through almost all of the content you have online and I am so glad to note that I received an avg of band 8.

    I scored,
    9 for Listening
    7 for Reading
    7.5 for Writing
    8.5 for Speaking

    Thanks again and may god bless you!

    Dilen

  37. Dear Liz:
    I got
    L:7, S:8, W: 7 R:7 the following scores
    I am Eduardo from Chile, I sat the academic IELTS ex. in October but I got only 6.5 in writing, however, I asked for EOR and I was successful because they boosted my W to 7.0 , and I received the new results 10 weeks after asking for the EOR, anyway IΒ΄m over the moon with my score!!! IΒ΄m ready to go to London to study.
    I am very grateful to you, your help , especially your writing classes, have been very useful because it is quite difficult to find reliable information to study. I am used to recommending your tutorials and classes to everyone, because, in my case, were fundamental to achieve my goals!
    Thank you very much!!

  38. Dhanushik Macharla says:

    Hi Liz,

    I took the IELTS test on 17th December’16 at Chennai, India and below are my scores:

    Listening: 7.0
    Reading: 6.0
    Writing: 6.0
    Speaking: 6.0
    Overall: 6.5

    Thanks to your blog, Liz. It really helped a lot for me as I had only a week for preparation. However, I could make it to the score which most of the universities would accept. I would recommend anyone preparing for IELTS to just go through this blog.

    God bless you, Liz. Happy new year!

    Regards,
    Dhanushik

  39. tajinderpal says:

    Ielts academic
    India
    Hello everyone today was my speaking test
    Task 1
    General introduction
    Questions about chocolate
    Task 2
    Describe your favorite meal
    Task 3
    Your favorite restaurant?
    Other related questions

    Actually i said name of the meal wrong
    2-3 times in cue card, other matter is fine
    How much my scores are affected by this
    Pls reply

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I can’t comment on scoring without hearing your speaking test. Vocabulary is 25% of your marks and is affected by a variety of factors: range, accuracy, collocations, idiomatic language and mistakes.

  40. Nikesh Rathod says:

    Dear Liz,
    Thank you so much for your free coaching and mentoring. It was very helpful for my preparation. I gave my test today and below are the details on the writing task 1

    Test Location: India, Hyderabad

    Writing Task 1:
    Letter to Colleague on the accommodation you will be moving out and ask if he is interested to occupy. Include
    Describe the accommodation
    why he should prefer this accommodation

    Writing Task 2:

    In many countries they allow driving a car at the age of 18 years. Some people think car driving should be allowed at the age of 25 years.
    Discuss both the ideas and also your opinion

    i am hoping for good results

    Regards,
    Nikesh

  41. Hi Liz – My results are below from a test in December (academic). It should also be noted I am a native english speaker (American) with a college degree.

    S – 9
    R- 8.5
    L-9
    W- 7

    I’m very disappointed in my writing score as I need an 8 for my visa. I’ve never been a great writer, but I’ve never had any issues with my writing not being adequate. I went through your site for all of the writing tips and videos before hand, even did multiple practice tests. I felt the test went as well as it could have, so I’m really confused why I scored so low for a native speaker. Do you have any idea as to what could be causing this? I’m really at a loss here and I won’t to make sure I know what happened the first time before I retake the test and spend another $200 and a Saturday. I intend on retaking the test using the general module – would that help improve my writing score?

  42. Fatih form Istanbul/Turkey says:

    Type: Academic
    Listening: 8.0
    Reading: 8.0
    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 8.0
    Overall: 8.0

    Hi Liz,

    I sat the exam on Dec 12th, 2016. First of all, let me thank you for invaluable videos, tips and advices. I think the most supportive material among those I studied were yours. Your to the point tips and advices were very very helpful. I strongly recommend everyone seeking for supportive stuff for IELTS go through your videos and other content provided on your website.

    My humble tips would be:
    * so much practice for each section
    * Reading: understanding the question types and building your own style is crucial. Pursue the strategy that works for you. Save time at easier passages and use the excess time to deal with the harder ones.
    * Listening: Try to get a grasp of overall topic and guess the blanks at the beginning. Watch out tricky numbers.
    * Writing: I was feeling confident with this section which led me to lack sufficient practice. For task 2, allocate at least 5 minutes to organize your view, samples and key vocabulary. Otherwise, you may get stuck with various ideas popping up in your mind.
    Speaking: Liz’s do’s & don’ts for the first impression are very very helpful for a confident start to your conversation. In addition, sample topics are also quite helpful to get prepared. Finally, you should talk to yourself, imagine conversaions and make sentences on your own. Of course, this is my style to improve my speaking so it may not fit to you. Btw, i can’t help myself doing it all the time πŸ™‚ regardless of the IELTS. I’m afraid It’s become kind of an obsession.

    All the best and thanks a lot
    Fatih

  43. Hi Liz,
    Here are my results:
    Listening : 9
    Reading: 8.5
    Speaking: 8
    Writing: 7.5

    Can i get a recheck for my writing and what are the chances to get 0.5 increase in band?

    Does it cost to get a recheck?

    • It is possible to recheck your writing if you feel that your writing deserved band 8. This means that most sentences were error free, you expanded ideas fully and used flexible linking with excellent organisation. Also make sure that you wrote over the word count and had an overview for task 1 with a conclusion for task 2. I wish you luck!

      • Hi liz! Happy new Year!

        I just want to share my UKVI results and this is just frustrating because I know myself that I did well ij my writing. Here’s my score. L-7.5 R-7 S- 7.5 W-6

        I am really disappointed with the score in my writing. Can I have a remark for it? And if I’ll do, how long will it take for me to get the results?

        • It is possible for you to consider a remark with these results. However, pleased read advice I’ve given to other students on this page about remarking writing. The remark can take up to 8 weeks. Make sure you apply within 6 weeks of receiving your results.

  44. Hello Liz,

    I hope you and your loved one’s are keeping well.

    I’m writing this post to let you know that I’ve got a pretty decent band in Speaking, Listening and Writing respectively 7, 6.5 and 6.5 but I’m embarrassed to say that I just got 4.5 in the Reading section and I’m planning to retake in the mid January. I would appreciate if you guide me on how do I get 8+ in the Reading and Listening. I’m worried about the Reading.

  45. Dear Liz,
    I sat for the IELTS academic module on 10th of Dec in Malaysia.
    The following are my results:

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

    Before learning from your website, I ignorantly did quite a few writing practice tests with the word count of around 400 words and above. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to have found out this website and figured out the optimum essay length. The real IELTS writing answer sheet that you provided also enabled me to time myself in writing essays of optimum length by counting the lines. It was of great help as I used the exact same method during the real exam since I certainly did not have enough time to count the words. I would say it was extremely helpful as I often face problems of writing either overlength or underlength essays. Despite scoring the lowest band for my writing component among all four components, it would had been much worse if I hadn’t followed your guidelines – I also learned how to paraphrase for the introduction paragraphs and also for my speaking test.
    As for the speaking component, I was really confused about the appropriate methods for preparation in the beginning. Thankfully, from your videos, I was able to learn the techniques, for instance: paraphrasing words, recording my answers and playing it to find out and correct my mistakes besides improving my fluency (which was one of the hardest part as I scarcely speak in English). I would daresay my result for speaking and writing tests would had been significantly lower if it wasn’t for your professional guidance via this website. Nevertheless, I am still pretty disappointed with my writing test result as I spent the greatest effort on it compared to the other 3 components. But it was expected as I felt that I was too nervous while writing, causing my mind to blank out. After the exam, I exited the exam hall feeling highly devastated as I had performed much better during my practice tests at home.
    Overall, I’m writing this not only to thank Liz but also to remind the future candidates to get a grip on the techniques, particularly for writing and speaking, before sitting for the real IELTS exam. Also do try your best to relax as well as taking caution of the time limit during the exam especially during writing test. Good luck everyone!

  46. I just got my result. listening- 9, Reading-8.5, speaking-8, writing-7.5. band score of 8.5. I wrote the academic version. your website gave me direction. some important tips
    1. Use all capital letters for listening and reading
    2. when practising reading, use 15 mins instead of 20 mins. I finished in the real exams 10 mins before time
    3. Please for writing, you MUST work with liz.
    4. For speaking section 2, try as much as possible to tell a true story because it will improve your fluency. thank you liz.

  47. Fawole from Nigeria says:

    Want to use this opportunity to thank liz for her great job and also to encourage fellow ielts students. Got my result general training10th Dec. 2016 L 7.5 R8.5 W7.5 S7.5 overall 8.0. If I can achieve this then you can do better

  48. Hi Liz, your website was very helpful! Thanks a lot. I took the IELTS tests (General Module) on 10th Dec with the following results:
    Listening – 9
    Reading – 9
    Speaking – 7.5
    Writing – 7.5
    Overall – 8.5
    I needed band 5 for a work visa, sΓ΄ mis soon accomplished! Merry Christmas Liz πŸ™‚

    • A great score!! Well done and Merry Xmas !! πŸ™‚

    • Vik, you certainly accomplished way more than what you needed as you mentioned for your Visa it was only band 5, so congrats to you. πŸ™‚

      Now, I am quite curious for Country are you applying which needs only band 5?

  49. Anyone here who gave exam on 3rd December and result is withheld?

  50. H Jayasinghe says:

    Dear Liz

    I’ve been following your website and videos for sometime now. It has helped me immensely to get through my IELTS (academic) module. You had shown some good tips for the writing section which I found was the hardest area to score.

    I did my test on the 10th of December in Sri Lanka and got access to the provisional scores online this weekend. Hopefully the test report form have the same scores!

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

    I was struggling with the writing section but the information on your website was really helpful. Also, I went through all of the speaking topics and prepared for all the odd topics like ‘art’. The recent IELTS examination questions were really useful as well, especially to prepare for speaking and writing. Thank you for having that section. You really are a star!

    Thank you again and please keep posting.

  51. Academic test 22/11/2016

    L 7.5 R 7 W 8 S 8.5 Overall band 8

    Secret – Liz’s Advanced Lessons & website all the way.

    Thank you Liz. Also wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and excellent health in 2017 and beyond.

  52. Hi Liz,
    I got my IELTS results today.
    I took my exams last 10th Dec in Abu Dhabi.
    Got overall Band 8 score
    Listening – 8.5
    Reading – 9
    Writing – 7.5
    Speaking – 7
    I am so thankful for all the lesson and videos found in your website.
    I prepared for a month and I can say that 70% of my study materials are from your website. At first I thought I will be having difficulty in getting a good score in IELTS because it’s my first time to take this exam and English is my second language only (I’m a Filipino). But your lessons and tips gave me confidence.
    You are a blessing! I hope that your website will always be here and you will never stop helping more people like me in attaining a good band score. Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚

  53. Hi Liz,
    I took my test on December 10th and just got my result yesterday. My overall score is 7,0 with L, R: 8,0 and W, S: 6,0. I am pretty relieved that I managed to get the overall above 6,5 and 6,0 for each part.
    I studied for about 2 months before the date but just actively practiced in writing 2 weeks before and speaking a week before the test. I found your site is extremely helpful with all the Q & A examples, can’t thank you enough for your contribution.

    Wish you a great holiday and happy new year.

  54. Dear Liz,
    I am very proud to call you my teacher. Your videos and website were my only resource for the exam. I was very scared of the test as I have always believed my English was not so sound.
    I prepared for about two months, had my exam on the 10th of December, 2016 in Nigeria and I got an overall score of 7. I had 7 in my LRS but got 6.5 in writing.
    I would want some more advice on how to improve my writing, I need to get at least 7 in all bands to fulfil the requirements for my other qualifying exams. I intend to take the test again early next year.
    Thank you so much for your invaluable resource.
    God bless you.
    Esther

  55. Gagan sandhu says:

    Hii liz,
    I got
    7.5 in listening
    6.5 in speaking
    6 in readind
    6 in writing and overall bands are 6.5
    Which are more than my requirement.
    When i gave first time exam i got only 5.5 bands . But after that i found your blog and with help of this i got 6.5 band .
    Thanku so much mam.

  56. Tehseena Nazneen says:

    Hi Liz,
    My score in General : (10 Dec. 2016)
    Listening – 8.5
    Reading – 9
    Writing – 7.5
    Speaking – 7
    Overall – 8
    Hyderabad – India
    I prepared for a month and came across your site a couple of weeks before test. It was a big help for me and I can’t thank your enough for the list of topics given in all modules. They are of tremendous help.
    Not much satisfied with ‘Writing and Speaking’ but I was a bit nervous while speaking and so didn’t expect much.
    Would recommend your site to others.
    Bless you and Merry Christmas Liz.

    • Band 8 overall is very good indeed! With only one month preparation, it’s a great score. I’m so glad to hear that my site helped. Wishing you a Merry Xmas πŸ™‚

  57. Daniel Brempong Onyinah says:

    Hi Liz
    I had less than 10 days to prepare for the IELTS. I applied to wrote the IELTS on the 10th of December,2016, late November because I had to do so to meet a deadline. So I had less than 10 days to prepare. A friend sent me your website and I acknowledge that it has been of tremendous help to me. I checked my results today and I had the following scores for IELTS academic
    Listening :8.5
    Reading : 6.5
    Writing :8.0
    Speaking :7.0
    With overall performance :7.5
    Thank you very much

    • Your results certainly show determination to succeed in just 10 days. Getting band 8 in writing is not easy at all – well done!! Thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚

  58. Happy Camper says:

    Dear Liz,
    I took the academic test for the first time on 10th December and am over the moon and very relieved to have scored an 8 and above on each section as required. (L&R-9, S&W-8) Even though English is my strongest language, I am multilingual and my parents are not native speakers. I also have ADHD and can have trouble with organisation and word recollection when I am anxious. In fact, my performance in speaking was the worst I could have possibly done as I was tired at the end of the day, went in with little preparation, and just wanted to get it over with.

    Leading up to the exam, I was very worried about writing as I know many native and near native speakers who failed to meet the mark on their first go. Moreover, I have a tendency to over complicate with complex sentences, an over elaboration of a single idea and obscure vocabulary. The tips and samples of writing on your blog gave me the assurance that there was nothing to fear. Just keep things clear and simple and minimise on chances to make errors: it is not a university dissertation.

    Many thanks Liz! I am so glad that I need not sit for the test again.

    • Thank you so much for sharing your results! You’ve done amazingly well and should be very proud of your achievements, particularly when you are also dealing with ADHD. Your results show how well you have absorbed the right techniques and have applied them correctly. Hats off to you!! πŸ™‚

  59. Hi Liz,
    I got Listening 7.5, Reading 6.5, Writing 6.5 and Speaking 6.0 with overall 6.5.. I had very little time to study with my 8 month old baby and it was lucky I found your website. Thank you so much!!

    • It’s a good score, well done. I applaud you tackling the test with an 8 month old baby to look after – you certainly must know how to multitask πŸ™‚

  60. Aaquib Shamim(India,Kolkata) says:

    My test(academic) was on November 26th,2016 and received my results today. The result is as follows
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading : 9
    Writing: 6.5
    Speaking: 7
    overall band score : 8

    I followed your blog for about a month before the exam and it helped me a lot. Your tips, especially about the reading and listening helped me to achieve high score. I would never would have any idea about how to go for writing task 1, if it was not for your videos/website. For writing task 2, I was confident but I think that’s where I lost my marks.
    My heartfelt gratitude to you. Your website is the reason of what I have scored. Not only you teach but also give necessary information which make students aware of what is expected from them in all the parts of the test.Thanks a lot, Liz .

  61. Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 9
    Writing: 8
    Speaking: 7
    Overall: 8
    Can’t thank you enough! Your videos were of tremendous help to me. Overall, I used less than 2 months to prepare, and I actively prepared for just 2 weeks. I’ll recommend your videos to anyone preparing for IELTS.
    Thank you once again!

  62. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for all your efforts and valuable guidance. I’ve got overall 7 (L7, R7.5, W6, S7.5) with few days preparation of your provided material. Bit disappointed with my writing score. I was expecting at least 7. Probably will try to reattempt next month.

    Your articles and videos really helped a lot in my preparation.

    Thanks,
    Viki.

  63. Hi Liz! I’ve taken exam on December, 10. Got an overall band score of 8 after 3 weeks of preparation (8.5 Listening, 8 Reading, 7.5 Writing, 7.0 Speaking). A bit disappointed with Writing and Speaking results becauseI thought like managed to show better perfomance. However, decided not to apply for re-evaluation. Thanks, Liz!

    • Overall band 8 is an excellent result. If you wish to try for a remark, then it is your decision. Getting band 8 means that the majority of your sentences in English are error free – do you think that is true? In this case, I can’t give you advice other than to review band score requirements and then decide for yourself. good luck!

    • Athan, did you score in academic or general?

  64. Hi Liz! I just want to thank you for doing this website. Your lessons and posts helped me tremendously to achieve my target scores.
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 8.0
    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 7.5
    I really can’t thank you enough. More power to you always.

  65. Hi Liz,
    Finally, my result is declared. General training ielts.
    LRSW
    8.5, 7.5, 6.5, 6.5

    Thanks to you and your fascinatingly informative website. I did well in my exam because of you.

    I need 7 in S and W.
    In speaking, I think I did well enough to score 7 at least.
    I had used a variety of vocabulary and rarely had done grammatical mistakes. Fluency was quite good as I don’t remember that I had paused for a while. Each answers that I had given was interrupted by the examiner. So I guess I had spoken sufficient.

    For reading, the situation was same as speaking.
    Good vocabulary, no irrelevant details, 5 paragraphs including intro and conclusion, each paragraph having first line as theme line, etc.
    I don’t understand where I did wrong. Still I got 6.5 in both of the above.

    I am thinking to apply for a remark..
    What do you suggest?
    Should I apply for remark, or I should just retake the exam again??
    Is there any chance that I might get 7 in remark?

    Please give your valuable guidance.
    Thanks..

    • It’s very rare to get an increase in both speaking and writing through a remark. That would mean that two examiners were incorrect in their assessment and that is not common. Usually it is possible to get an increase in just one part of the test. However, the choice must be yours.

  66. I’ve studied for 7 days just using your site and I scored an overall average of 8 from my first go. I’d like to thank you for helping me and others throughout this exam.

    • Well done! That’s a very strong score! πŸ™‚

      • Hi liz
        I gave my test on December 10 2016 at Dallas,USA
        I am wondering how I will get my test result. Is that any way to check results after 13 days online? or I need to wait till mail?

        • You could actually get on SMS if you ticked on the box previously given to you during the exam or search in email

        • Yes you can check it website. If you have given using IDP then go to IDP login and enter your passport number and Date of Birth then you will be able to see your result online.

  67. Hi Liz
    Thank you so much for all of the useful tips and lessons. I was a little bit lost when I began with my ielts preparation. Although I had three months prior to the test date, I could only work intensively for about 1 month. The course I registered was not as effective as I expected; therefore I had to work on my own and…sometimes lost. Fortunately I found your website. I did not spend much time on each skill here as practicing listening and speaking in the Cam books took most of my time away, but any time I struggled or needed advice, I always jumped to your page.
    I sat the test on 3rd Dec 2016, my first attempt. This is my result:
    Listening: 7.5 (as I expected – greatttt)
    Reading: 6.5 (I expected more but it’s acceptable as I guess the readings that date was insane for me)
    Writing: 6.0 (I’m sad with this result though. I looked forward to a higher score, at least 6.5 or above. I used less common words, synonyms, collocation…The ideas for task 2 were relevant to the given topic. Task 1 I followed the my teacher’s structure but I think I did not do well on task 1 as I had nobody correcting my writing. I just practiced writing on my own. Task 1 may low my score down.)
    Speaking: 7.0 (This is the skill I’m the best at because I have been working with foreigners for over a year. My speaking test went quite faster than I expected. I only prepared for speaking test for about 2 weeks before the test.)
    Overall: 7.0
    I’m satisfied with this result, so much satisfied. This is enough for me to study in New Zealand in the future. I was stressed out the whole 2 weeks before the release of the result. I couldn’t be more excited when seeing overall 7.0.
    In conclusion, your website helped me a great deal. Thank you so much again and again Liz.

  68. Hello Liz,

    Thanks for your insightful videos especially the writing samples. Found them very useful. Had band 9 in listening, 8.5 in reading, 8 in speaking, 7.5 in writing. I’m considering having my writing test remarked. I aimed for 8, wrote well. Not sure what could have been wrong.

    Overall, Liz is about the greatest ielts resource!
    Cheers

    • It’s certainly worth thinking about a remark in writing. See my band score page to see if you hit all the requirements of band score 8: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2-band-scores-5-to-8/. The difference between band 7 and 8 in writing is often relating to accuracy in vocabulary and grammar. Any slight mistake will lower your score. Band 8 requirement the majority of sentences to be errors free. Paragraphing and linking must be well managed. Ideas must be sufficiently developed and without any lack of focus – all supporting points must be fully relevant. Only rare errors in vocab are allowed. Good luck if you decide on a remark πŸ™‚

  69. Hi Liz,
    I took part in October’s IELTS general (Nigeria) but scored LRSW : 7.5,6.5,7.5 & 6.5 Overall: 7. This was disheartening, nevertheless, I managed to enroll for December 3rd’s examination and studied harder with your website then got these scores: LRSW : 9, 8, 7.5, & 7.5 Overall : 8.

    I am sincerely grateful for your tips and guidelines. They were really helpful.

    • I’m so pleased to see how your results have improved! Going from 6.5 in writing to 7.5 is a real achievement!! Well done πŸ™‚

  70. Hi Liz!
    I just want to thank you so much for the huge effort and dedication to make and maintain this website. I made my preparation based only on your posts and videos and also bought the essay-videos. I had a test 3rd of december. My results are L8,5, R7,5, W6 and S8,0. Overall 7,5. My mistake with the writing was that I panicked and I felt like I did not had enough time to write and, therefore, I wrote a very short and poor Task 1 and dedicated most of the time on the essay, which I think I made quite well. Thats why probably I got overall on the writing 6.00. However, I needed only 5,00 (overall) because I will study in Norway where english is a second language and the requirements are not so high so I am very happy with my result with only a month preparation. Thank you again! You are amazing!

    • It’s really common for students to mismanage time in writing. But I think you still did well. And getting band 8 in speaking is truly excellent. Very well done in just one month πŸ™‚

  71. Dear Liz,

    Your videos had been a great help during my preparation period for IELTS. I have overall score 30 with details as follows: WR 7,5 L 7 R 7 and SP 8,5. I thought I did poorly on the first day and was super nervous to face my examiner on the second day for Speaking. As an attempt to calm down, I tried to conduct a simulation as instructed through your Speaking videos. Your tips on writing bar charts had done wonders! So I want to say thank you for all your endeavors all these years. I wish you many more joy and excitement in the coming years.

    Love from Indonesia! πŸ™‚

  72. Hey Liz,
    Just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help!!! You were my virtual teacher and an absolute amazing one at that!!! I took my exam on the 19th Nov 2016 and my results were
    Listening- 9
    Reading- 7.5
    Writing- 8 (Cant believe it!!!)
    Speaking- 8.5
    Overall- 8.5

    So happy!! I needed to get 7.5 minimum to be able to take my Plabs in a couple of months!
    Thank you again πŸ™‚

    • Truly excellent!! A great score to be very proud of:) Getting 8 in writing really is an achievement and 8.5 in speaking is fantastic. Very well done and thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚ Good luck with your PLAB tests !!

      • Dear Liz,
        Thank you for all your tips and videos, they have been really helpful. I have taken the test twice.
        1st attempt: 8.5 in speaking; 7 in reading; 6 in writing and 7.5 in listening.
        2nd attempt: 8.5 in listening; 7.5 speaking; 7 in reading and 6 in writing.
        I intend taking it for the 3rd time and hopefully I will get my required band score of 7.0 in each part and 7.5 overall so I can sit for PLAB exam.

        • You’ve done well getting your scores up. Well done! Getting band 7 in writing really depends on two things. 1) having the right level of English and avoiding errors. Errors also mean inappropriate word choice. This is when you try to impress the examiner but the words are not actually appropriate or collocations may be wrong. 2) Using the right techniques and understanding what the examiner wants. See this page: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-writing-task-2-band-scores-5-to-8/. I’ve also got 50% discount on my Advanced Writing Task 2 Lessons at the moment which will certainly help you hit band 7: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

  73. Zain Akram says:

    Hello. I hope you are doing well. I didn’t prepare for the test because my friends said i could easily bag a good score. So, i watched a few YouTube videos for guidance. Although i’m glad with the result, I believe i could have scored better in each component had i gone through some material. Anyway this is what my score was:

    R : 7.5
    W: 7.0
    S: 7.0
    L: 7.5

    Overall:7.5

  74. After failing to attain the grades I required as an English native speaker I was absolutely astounded. I have two degrees and a masters, so never imagined this would happen. After several attempts I came across your website. I studied religiously for a month and my grades are as follows: Speaking 9 ( I always achieved this in speaking) 9 Reading 9 Listening and following a remark recently I was upgraded from a 7.5 to an 8….thank you Liz your website is honestly the best, I have tried many. I have now decided to put all my new found knowledge to help other students and become a part-time teacher. Thank you Liz, you are amazing.

    • A fantastic score – overall band 9!! I’m so pleased your score increased after a remark as band 8 in writing is very good indeed. Thanks for sharing your results and inspiring others. Well done πŸ™‚ !!!

      • Thanks Liz! Your website and YouTube videos have truly helped me a lot.

        My results just came out yesterday and I scored: L:8.5; R:8.5; S:9;W:7.5!

        This was my second attempt and I scored an 8 in Writing in the previous attempt. I’m confident I did well in the writing tasks and am strongly considering a remark to at least get an 8! What would you suggest looking at my scores? Please advise. Thanks!

        • Certainly consider a remark. You will find advice I have written to another student in a very similar situation above this comment to a student called Nifs. Take a look and then decide if you want a remark. I think if you got 9 in speaking, then it is a very strong reason to aim for a remark in writing – they are both productive skills and usually results should not be so dissimilar. Good luck and let me know what happens πŸ™‚ Very well done with your speaking score!!

          • Many thanks Liz!

            I visited the IELTS office today and inquired about the remark procedure. Interestingly, the IELTS staff was not very supportive of my decision to go for an EOR. They told me that since I have scored 9 in speaking versus 7.5 in writing, my writing score was already “flagged” before the results came out. This perhaps means they had an additional marking done on my writing part (Not sure if that is true!). However, I still applied for a remark and hopefully the result will be in my favor.

            Thank you again for all the help!

            • Usually a difference of 2 band score is required for writing to be double checked and you only had a difference of 1.5. However, maybe this is due to you getting 9 in speaking. IELTS have never actually published their rules in this case. Good luck with your remark. I’ll keep my fingers crossed! πŸ™‚

              • I am pleased to inform you that my scores did change after the remark…. πŸ™‚ Final scores now are:
                S:9.0
                R:8.5
                L:8.5
                W:8.0

                Once again, thank you for the help you provided.

  75. Hello Liz,

    Thank you for your website.
    I actually improved considerably my IELTS results in two months ( my Latest results was 7.5 overall) but I have a question for you I’d like to discuss in private. Would it be possible to have your reply? thanks a lot

  76. Hi Liz,
    Thank you for your very valuable lessons. I took my test on November 19th and my result was:
    R – 9
    L – 8.5
    W – 7
    S – 7
    Overall: 8

    My writing improved a lot because of you. I just had to structure my paragraphs exactly as you said and I could consistently get 7 – 7.5. So thank you again and best wishes for you.

  77. Hey guys! Finally received my IELTS Academic result after being delayed for a week.
    Reading 8.5
    Listening 7.0
    Writing 7.5
    Speaking 7.0
    Overall 7.5
    Thank you Liz for all your guidance.

  78. Hi Liz,

    First of all thanks for your wonderful lessons. I just used your lessons for my preparation and i could achieve 7.5 in speaking and listening, and 7 in reading. Unfortunately i couldn’t get a better score in writing. I got only 5.5 which made me disappointed. The question which I got for task two was:
    Some people say that printed newspaper is not needed any more. agree or disagree.
    I disagreed and i wrote three main points:
    1) Available everywhere. affordable and easy to use especially elderly
    2) No newspaper means people need to depend upon other sources (internet, TV) which are not available everywhere.
    3) No harm in using newspapers (health issues such as eye problems)

    I explained and supported my view. But I am not very sure if these points are relevant.
    I need 7 in each and I am planning to take the exam again. Can you please suggest m some tips to improve my writing? Can you please tell me if the above said points are relevant. So that I can understand my faults and improve myself.

    Regards
    Mary

  79. Hi.

    took the IELTS last Nov19. Results are:
    L-8.5
    R-8.0
    W-7.0
    S-6.5

    I am considering taking a retake for my speaking exam as I believe I deserve a higher score. Do you think it is better to resit or just have it re-evaluated.

    thanks!

    • You could certainly consider a remark for your speaking with these results. However, think about whether you offered a good range of grammar tenses and vocabulary and also whether you extended all answers.

    • I took the November 26 IELTS test in Lagos Nigeria and kad about 3 months to prepare… I had an overall band score of 8. Yes!!!
      Thanks Liz, I’m super excited… Your site was much more than helpful, it was extraordinary..
      Listening 8.5
      Reading 8.5
      Writing 7.5
      Speaking 8
      Overall 8

      I must admit that I didn’t prepare well for the Written test as I only wrote a few sample essays…but all in all, I’m grateful to God for the Score I had cos I needed at least 7.5 in all 4 tests for my PLAB exams…

      Keep up the good work Liz, You’re a Darling

  80. Sheheryar Khan says:

    Liz you were a virtual teacher for me for a week’s preparation, I took my test on 3rd nov 2016, here’s my IELTS Academic result,
    Listening : 8
    Reading: 8.5
    Speaking: 7
    Writing: 6.5
    Overall: 7.5
    I am greateful for your guidance and dedicated transfer of knowledge. Stay blessed!

  81. Dear Liz,
    Thank you very much for your tutorials. Here’s my result:
    Overall Band: 8.0
    Listening: 9.0
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 6.5
    Although the result is good enough to get myself enrolled into my desired university, I still felt that I could do much better for my speaking. Any tips for me to further improve my speaking skills with myself?
    Thank you.

    Odie

    • Very well done!! In speaking, there are no right or wrong answers, just opportunities to showcase your language skills. So, add past tense, conditionals, comparatives, superlatives and future forms to your answers. Here’s an example: Q. “Do you often go swimming?” A. “Not really. I used to love going swimming but rarely have the chance now. If I had more time, I’d go at least once a week because I find it really therapeutic and relaxing.” This answer contains a number of grammar tenses – past, present and second conditional – as well as an example of excellent vocabulary. You don’t need to fill your answers with high level words – just use them appropriately and when needed. In part 2, there are no questions to answer. You can use or not use the prompts. Just stick close to the topic and develop your talk as you want. You can add details, stories, descriptions, comparisons, memories, hopes etc – all of these showcase different parts of English language. So, my main tip is train yourself to add more to your answers and show what you can do with English – but do it in a natural way. Good luck!! πŸ™‚

  82. Fahad khalid says:

    I got 7 overall with 7 in speaking, writing and listening and 7.5 in reading. Thanks to you Liz I prepared 3 days before my test just listening to your tutorials. Thanks again

    • With only 3 days preparation, you’ve done very well indeed! Congratulations πŸ™‚

    • Fahad, From where did you check the results?

      I have been trying to check my result of Nov 19 test on ielts essentials website since morning but no avail. I opt for AEO, please let me know if you chose idp/AEO or Britsih council?

      • I have been in the same situation.
        I took test on 19th November 2016 for GT.
        I also.viewed my result on the website bit in the evening I got mail from British Council that my result is being withheld due to some quantity analysis .My result was not available on web also.

        I am extremely disappointed about such obnoxious response and mail.

      • I wrote my ielts examination in Saudi Arabia on November 19. I didn’t receive my results until now.

  83. Hello everyone! I just got my results for IELTS Academic taken on November, 19th in Argentina.
    Overall: 8
    Listening: 8
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 6.5
    Speaking: 9

    I am happy with the results, as I needed no less than 6.5 in each skill. Yet, I am a bit disappointed with my writing mark. I thought I could have done better than that.
    Thanks for your help Liz. This is a great site for anyone preparing for IELTS.

    • Excellent! A band score 9 in speaking is exceptional. Yes, it’s a shame about your writing but your overall score is still extremely good. Very well done πŸ™‚

  84. Writing – 7.0

    It is NOT easy to get that mark in the Philippines!

    This site has been such a BIG help.

    Thank you very much.

  85. Hii Liz.
    I am Prachi and I had posted my earlier results where I scored 6.5 in writing and was very unhappy as I need a minimum of 7 to go ahead.
    Finally I did it. My scores are
    Listening- 8.5
    Reading- 8.5
    Speaking- 7.5
    Writing- 7
    Overall – 8.
    Thank you…. Thanks for all your help. Your lessons are so good….I am so thankful. Thanks

    • Fantastic! Getting an overall increase of one band score is very good indeed πŸ™‚ Well done and thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • How did you score that great Prachi? Any Tips for me? Mine is on JAN 12 (with 1 week busy week for my official training), I am really worried about Speaking. Would you mind sharing your experience; how could you manage to improve yourself in such extent so that I can also learn from you. What should I look for higher score?

      • Hey Bishal, follow all the lessons by Liz and then practice practice practice.., that is the best way to master.
        All the best

  86. Sarasvathi says:

    Hi Liz,
    I took IELTS on Nov 19, 2016 in India for first time.Your website and video classes is definitely helpful to achieve good score:
    My Overall score: 7.5
    Listening – 8.5
    Reading – 7
    Writing – 7
    Speaking – 7.5

    Thanks Much.
    Sara

  87. Hi Liz I must say that your website is quite amazing.I appeared for Ielts academic on 5th of November and with just 5 days preparation I managed to fetch an overall 8.0 band score : R=8.0,W=8.0,L=7.5 & Speaking 8.5 ☺!!& One thing I want to suggest all those who are planning to sit for this exam is that Confidence is contagious & crucial !So don’t forget to wear your Confidence on the exam day & see the magic!!God luck 😊

    • Very well done!!! Thanks for sharing your results and I fully agree with your tips πŸ™‚

      • Hi liz, I just saw my result online this morning. L:8,R:6,W:7,S:7.5
        I’m gutted,my reading skill is really bad,but i’m happy on the other hand because my writing got better. From 5.5 last time to 7 now. All because i purchased all 3 advanced lessons. Massive thank you for that.My 7 year old son always asked me this question everytime he sees me watching you on youtube or the advance lesson “are you watching your friend liz?” 😊 You’ve been a part of our life ,liz. We call you our virtual friend.😊 So we will be seeing more of you coz
        I Have to retake coz i need atleast 7 in all parts.☹️
        Have a happy christmas,liz. Keep yourself warm.
        xx from your virtual friends from buckinghamshire😊

        • *our lives

        • Very well done!! An increase of band 1.5 in writing is truly excellent πŸ™‚ Not many people have achieved that. I’m so pleased that my advanced lessons helped. I tried to put as many tips as I could into the lessons to help show the right techniques. And I super pleased that you enjoy my lessons. That was my aim – to make IELTS easy and enjoyable πŸ™‚ Consider me your friend πŸ™‚ Here’s a link to a page for improving your reading: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-reading-tips-how-can-i-improve-my-score/ and the main reading page: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-reading-lessons-information-and-tips/. When you practice reading at home, always write down a reason why you got each question wrong. Write a list of paraphrases and also a list of common traps – that means how IELTS confused you either by technique or language. The more you analyse why you got something wrong, the closer you will be to getting it right. Good luck and Merry Xmas πŸ™‚

  88. Dear Liz,

    I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your videos and lectures have helped me to improve my scores. The first time I took IELTS was last August. My scores were pretty low. L/R/W/S – 6/5.5/5/6 Overall, 5.5 I was not surprised as I fail to prepare for my exam. Luckily, I found your website I studied and follow all your instructions. So, I decided to book again. I took the exam last 3-Nov-2016 (academic) Here’s my scores: L/R/W/S 8/8/6.5/7.5. My scores increased although my writing scores is only 6.5. I need to get all 7 across all subtest, to be accepted for a bridging course I am planning to take. I need your advice, should I applye for a remarking or just take the next available exam? Thank you very much. I am hoping for a response. Thanks again.

  89. Keith Adrian says:

    Dear Liz,
    I took the General Test on 3-Nov-16
    L – 9
    R- 8.5
    S – 8
    W-7.5
    Overall 8.5
    Thank you for all the help!

  90. Hi Liz!
    Your website is amazing πŸ™‚ It really helped me coach. I had only three days to prepare from my ielts and your tips were very useful.
    My score: L-9, R-7.5, W-8, S-8.5
    I’m quite happy with my score considering my prep time.
    Thank you once again πŸ™‚

  91. Dear Liz,
    First of all, I would like to thank you so much since your IELTS contents have been undoubtedly helpful in my preparation. I took the Academic IELTS test on 3rd November and got my result yesterday. I scored 7. (Listening-8, Reading-7, Writing-7 and Speaking-6.5. I am a bit disappointed considering the fact that only 0.5 point increment in any of the 4 modules could make my band score 7.5. A quick search on Google about result reassessment provided me with no hope at all since it takes about 2 months and I cannot use my sore during the reassessment process.

    My purpose is to apply for Master’s/PhD to a few North American university. At this point I am wondering if I should plan to retake the test or not. Your valuable suggestion is warmly appreciated.

  92. hello liz! i just want to share with you that i passed my ielts last november 3, 2016. because of your site i was able to get some tips and strategies on how to pass my exam, especially the writing part. thank you so much liz. God bless you
    L-8 R-8 W-7 S-7.5 overall-7.5

  93. Dear Liz, I wanna share my before/after experience with your website:

    My first exam was in September. I prepared for only 3 days as I wasn’t taking it seriously so I only watched random youtube videos and solved some listening exams. My results were:

    L: 7.5, R: 7.5, W: 6, S: 7.5 Overall: 7

    Shocked by these results, I’ve set my mind to prepare for a whole month now while a quick google search led me to your website. I was so motivated by the positive feedback from test takers in this website and I’ve decided to study using only the lessons provided here.

    I couldn’t sleep the night before the speaking test day because of some college work and I showed up an hour late for the test. By the time they finally decided to let me in I was so stressed, confused and sleep deprived. I spoke very fast and answered naturally without trying to impress the examiner because I was so exhausted.
    Nevertheless, my results this time came out exactly as I wished them to be:

    L: 9, R: 8.5, W: 7, S: 8 .Overall: 8

    So thank you a zillion. You have no idea how much each single topic/video/comment here had helped us reaching our final score.

    Finally, I wrote down some of the speaking/writing questions that I managed to remember from my second exam and I’d like to post them here for others. Is there a post for that?

    • Very well done indeed! You’ve increased your score so much!! It really shows other students how being focused and training correctly can change your score. Great news πŸ™‚ You can post your topics on this page: http://www.ieltsliz.com/recent-ielts-questions-and-topics

      • Greetings of the day
        I want to thank u liz …i gave the test twice bt i only got LRW 7,5.5,5.5 and speaking 5.5..and next time i got LRW scores as 6.5,6.5,5.5 and speaking 6…For both time i got only 6 bands overall..I was so much depressd..
        I saw all urs techniques , tips and practised them.. I also do job from 8 to 7 .I realy worked hard..I gave my exam on 5 nov,2016..and todays the results came out..unexpectedly.. As I was sick during my exam..bt I got LRW 7.5 ,6.5,6.0 and speaking.7.5.overall 7.0.I was very happy when i saw it in morning…literally crying and smiling…. Thank u so much..u r also one of the person who helped me in my journey…Thanks alot..may God bless u

        • Fantastic!!! Your news makes me really happy too πŸ™‚ That is a real success story and it shows how important it is not to give up and to keep trying. Well done to you !! πŸ™‚

  94. Hi Liz! First, I want to thank you for all the free lessons that are in your blog. I’m aware of the tremendous work that you have done, and I have to tell you that it’s helping lots of people, including myself. Today I got my results and they were W=6, S=6,5, L=7, R=9.

    While I always knew that I didn’t make it well in the speaking (I got to nervous), I wasn’t expecting that low score in writing. Could you please help me with this doubt? I did put the “overall” and support my sentences with data in task 1, as well as I put a conclusion and supported my opinion, including examples in task 2 (it was a “Do you agree or disagree?”). I also paraphrased the introduction and used the passive voice in both tasks. However, in taks 2 I used the word “culture” instead of “cultive” (cultive of plants) many times, because I got confused because of that is the word we use for fungal or bacterial cultures (I’m a Biologist). Could that have decreased my score in “lexical resource” and be the reason of my low band in writing?

    Thank you again for your help. I’m recommending your blog to anyone that tells me that is going to give the IELTS! πŸ™‚

    • You’ve got a good score and understand your issues. It is not necessary to use the passive voice in writing. You use it only when appropriate and sometimes you might not use it at all. It is important to use a range of other tenses in task 2, such as perfect tenses, future forms, conditionals etc. I’m not sure why you want to use language for botanists in your task 2 essay – you should use vocabulary suitable to the topic given to you and that’s all. Anyway, well done πŸ™‚ A great score in reading !

      • Thank you very much for your answer.

        I wanted to use the word “cultive” in order to paraphrase the topic that they gave to me (the said: “people growing their own food” so I put “people having their own cultures”–> what I really wanted to say was “people having their own cultives”). So, it seems that I’m not lost…just have to try it again and keep on studying. Luckly I have 100 essays for that πŸ™‚

        Thank you again for everything! πŸ˜€

        • This topic is about people cultivating their own food so you couldn’t use either option – both are wrong. It will affect your score but I can’t say how much.

  95. Chandrashekhar says:

    Hi Liz,

    My Scores for November 3, 2016 (taken from Abu dhabi, UAE)are:

    Listening 8.0
    Reading 8.0
    Writing 8.0
    Speaking 8.5

    I would categorize your blog as the best IELTS resource for any prospective IELTS students! Every bit of information, advice and content is as honest as it can get. Keep up the great selfless work Liz!!!!!

  96. Just received my score.
    Scored LSRW: 9/7/7/7
    Honestly, I m recommening ieltsliz to my friends. I use only this site along with Cambridge test questions after getting confused on different strategies from other sites….
    Ms Liz…Thank you

  97. Hello Liz,
    My IELTS results were declared today.
    Speaking – 8.5
    Writing – 7.5
    Listening – 8.5
    Reading – 8.0
    ————–
    Overall – 8.0

    I cannot thank you enough for the tremendous guidance I received from your posts, videos and useful tips. I highly recommend your website to other aspirants. To be honest, your website is the absolute bible to get a good score in the tests. Every word , every advice that you give is worth it. You are doing a very noble thing by providing guidance to people all over the world.

    Please keep up the great work. I am already a fan of yours πŸ™‚ .

    Thank you once again,
    Trupti

  98. Asad Zaman says:

    Hi Liz

    Today my IELTS result (in Pakistan) was announced and my score is:
    Listening 9.0, Reading 8.5, Writing 7.5, Speaking 7.5, Overall 8.0

    I would like express my deepest gratitude to you,I couldn’t have hit Band 8.0, if it were not you who had helped me through your video lessons and tips/techniques.Above all, free of cost,as I did not have enough money to get a formal training.

    In writing, if I would have purchased your advanced video lessons, I am sure I could have reached 8 or above. While,as far as speaking is concerned, unfortunately I lost confidence right before the interview and made some silly mistakes e.g. grammatical errors, which other wise I would not have made.

    In the end, I would like to thank you again and please keep up the good work.

    Regards
    Asad.

  99. Hi Liz,

    My Academic IELTS scores (first take) are as follows:

    L – 8.5
    R – 8.5
    W – 6.5
    S – 7

    I recall having written a conclusion/opinion at the end of Task 1 (which is wrong, according to some blogs), but I’m pretty sure my writing is good overall and deserving of at least a 7. I am confident of my writing skills because my job requires a lot of writing. I was actually more nervous about my speaking test because I stopped for a few seconds in the monologue part and asked the moderator to repeat a question in the last part — and yet I got a 7.

    Do you think I should go for a remark in the writing test? I need at least a 7 to apply for studies. Would appreciate your advice. Thank you!

    • It certainly would be a problem if you wrote an opinion in writing task 1. Task 1 is a factual report presenting only the information given, not making assumptions. It would lower your score to include an opinion. However, more seriously, it would really be a problem if you failed to write an overview. Task 1 is only around 33% of your marks in writing but it could be a reason for your low score. For speaking, it is no problem to ask for questions to be repeated – in fact it is recommended to do so occasionally to give yourself time to think. Pausing for a few seconds will not affect your score either. You must decide if you want to try a remark or not. If you do, good luck! If you decide to take the test again, start learning about your weaknesses and what the examiner really wants in writing and speaking before booking your next test.

  100. I did the IELTS on 03rd of September and my marks were…
    Reading -9, Listening – 9, Speaking – 7.5, Writing -7.5 , Overall – 8.5.
    Liz, thank you very very much. Your website helped me a lot to get those marks. I never studied under a tutor. I followed most of your videos and exercises and only read the IELTS 9 issued (issued after registering for the IELTS) by the British Council as a book. Your video tutorials were excellent. They were well prepared and gave me inspiration in addition to all the factual knowledge. In the field of IELTS teaching you are a real “A class” player. I cannot think of a better way to describe you. Providing such valuable study material free of charge in today’s world is really remarkable of you Liz.
    Now I will share some of the experiences I had. I had difficulties in doing the writing task 1 than the 2. Actually I could not do much practice on task 1 and I haven’t studied mathematics/physics sort of subjects in English. However I was ok with the task 2. I suppose it was because I have written essay type answers in academic studies and also while studying the English language. So my strategy was to , 1)Spend 10 minutes and write a introduction for task 1, 2)Complete task 2 using 35 minutes and 3) complete task 1 in the last 15 minutes. Initially my plan went well but it took me a bit more than 35 minutes to complete the task 2 and I went short of time on task 1. Finally I could not proof read task 1. So my advice is, be well prepared for task 1 or otherwise you won’t be able to finish it in a decent time (approx. 20 minutes).
    Once again , a big thank you to Liz. I am so much in debt to you. I wish you all the best in your future activities.

    • Thank you so much for sharing your results and you tips πŸ™‚ You’ve done exceedingly well, particularly as it was your first attempt. Hats off to you !!! πŸ™‚ Yes, I fully agree that students must be prepared for task 1. Because it is worth less than task 2, many students fail to spend enough time preparing for task 1, which could be disastrous. Thanks for highlighting this – all students can benefit from this tip πŸ™‚

  101. Hi Liz, I got my test results on last Friday, listening and reading – 7.5, writing – 6 and speaking 6.5. I expected more, at least 7 from each. Should I try to apply for a re correction? or try another attempt?

  102. Hi Liz

    I had to write IELTS exam all of a sudden as there were some policy changes for resident visa for one of the countries in October. On October 25th I registered for the exam, got email confirmation on 26th morning. After coming back from work in the evening, I referred to your website, tips and videos during the 3 nights which I had.

    Exam was on Oct 29th and I am quite pleased with the test result and would like to thank you for an excellent website with very useful information for ielts.
    L – 9
    R – 7.5
    W – 7.5
    S – 8
    Overall 8

    Thank you

    Regards
    George

  103. Although I was really stressed and couldn’t sleep the night before, I got the score that I needed.
    S:7, L:7, R: 8.5, W:7.
    Thanks Liz!

  104. Mohammed Asif says:

    Dear Liz!
    Hello from Dubai, U.A.E. I’ve been following your videos and tutorials for the past one month. I took the General training test on 29th October 2016 and obtained the following results:
    L- 8.5
    R- 8.5
    W – 7.5
    S – 7.0
    Overall Band: 8.0
    I’m really pleased with my results.
    Thanks Liz!

  105. Hi Liz,
    I got the below score in the first attempt.
    L-7.5, R-8.5, W-7, S-7..Overall Band: 7.5.
    Thank you very much for all your sessions, it’s really useful..You are amazing!

    Regards,
    Sunil

  106. Hello Liz,
    I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your recommendations related to IELTS test. They were outstanding!!!! Your recommendations helped me to pass the test! waooooo
    I scored : L8.5; R7.5; W8; S8. I consider it the best Xmas gift ;-))))

    My message to all other IELTS test takers will be: guys, if you want to pass the test, please, READ, LISTEN AND FOLLOW TO what Liz says! Her recommendation is a KEY to success the test. The IELTS is a very sensitive and specific test, without good preparation it is almost impossible to pass. Liz is the master of the IELTS.

    Thank you Liz and God bless you

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

  107. Dear Liz,
    First of all, I’d like to say, thank you very much for your great lessons both on this blog and on Youtube! Your lessons really helped me to get acclimated to the test format and prepared myself for the exam, especially in the writing part; your tips were very useful.
    I took the academic IELTS on 22nd October 2016, and the test report form has just arrived today. I’ve got 9 on listening and reading, 7 on writing, 6.5 on speaking, and overall band score of 8. I really messed up in the speaking module, as I ran out of topics in speaking part 2 before the timer stopped.
    Nevertheless, I’m very satisfied with my score, since not only was this the first time I’ve ever taken IELTS, I also had just about 3 weeks to prepare for the test, during which I also had to prepare for 2 other tests.
    Again, ΰΈ‚ΰΈ­ΰΈšΰΈ„ΰΈΈΰΈ“ΰΈ‘ΰΈ²ΰΈΰΈ„ΰΈ£ΰΈ±ΰΈš! (Thank you very much!)
    Kind regards,
    Yodsawin U.

  108. Dear Liz,

    Greetings from Pakistan!

    I received my IELTS test results today:
    Listening: 9
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 8
    Overall: 8.5

    Please take a bow for all the helpul tips and tricks you gave me through your website and youtube videos. Because of your virtual guidance, I was able to prepare for my IELTS test within a week.

    For those who are about to take their test, allow me to give a few suggestions:

    Speaking: Utilize your 1-minute time for task 2 (descriptive answer) to jot down whatever ideas and vocabulary come to your mind relating to your topic. This helped me improve a lot. Otherwise I had to pause and think for the next sentence.

    Listening: Anticipate the answers. Also, read the question/ sentence carefully, sometimes they can trick you with articles or prepositions. You have to find the correct word that matches with the preposition or the article.

    Reading: It helped me to read the qestions first. This way I can look for the answers as I read the passage and underline the required information. Like if you need to fill years in the queastions, you can focus on years first.

    Thank you again Liz!

    Best of Luck everyone!

  109. Dear Liz,
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH !
    Your blog and videos helped me a lot. My score in IELTS is- L -8.5, R- 7.5 , W-7, S-7. OVERALL score band 7.5.

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