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.

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I hope you did well. Liz

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  1. Hi Liz
    I took exam on 4th March, my results are:

    My requirement is each 7. I took exam several times and everytime I am lacking behind by .5 in writing.
    This time I am thinking to go for reevaluation for writing.
    Exam was organised by BC.
    Can you please advise me that should I go for remark or not?

    Regards, Riya

    • With your results it is certainly possible to consider a remark. However, first consider these points:

      1. You have have an overview for task 1 with main features collected and a conclusion for task 2. Don’t bother with a remark if you didn’t do this.
      2. You must have written over 150 words for task 1 and over 250 words for task 2. Again, forget a remark if you didn’t do this.

      Good luck with your decision and let us know what happens πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Liz,
    You are really a very helpful teacher doing magnificent job by giving marvellous tricks & tips on your website with videos & blogs. You are just amazing at your work.
    I appeared for Ielts general training on 4th of march.
    It was only a week that I had to get prepared. You helped me allot with your wonderful website.
    My result
    L 7.5
    R 7.5
    S 6
    w 6.5
    Overall 7
    Thanks a millions dear …

  3. Dear Liz

    Recently I took the exam (General Training) and scored 7.5 overall (Listening 8.5, Reading 7.5, Writing 7 and Speaking 7). I only had about three weeks to prepare. I was really confused at first because I did not have a study plan, then I found your website which helped me make my mind clear and use my time wisely. Your tips helped me a lot, specially for practicing speaking by myself.

    So I just wanted to say thank you.
    All the best.

  4. Muhammad Khalid says:

    Dear Liz, my scores for 4th March IELTS GT, Islamabad Pakistan.
    Listening 7.0
    Reading 9.0
    Writing 6.5
    Speaking 7.0. Overall 7.5

    This was my 4th attempt at GT in the last 18 months. I am dissappointed. My last TRF (October 2016) was

    Listening 8.0
    Reading 7.0
    Speaking 7.5
    Writing 6.5

    My TRF for June 2016 GT was:

    Listening 6.5
    Reading 7.0
    Writing 7.0
    Speaking 7.0

    I dont know what to do now. IELTS GT is tougher than academic from my experience. I am a University of London graduate (Masters).


    • I think you’ve been unlucky. Your last attempt is strong with all skills at band 7 and only one under. The listening test is the same for all candidates, there is no GT listening paper, so your results are just unfortunate as you previously did so well in the listening test. I wish you the best of luck with your future attempts πŸ™‚

    • Dear Khalid,

      Sorry to hear about your score not reaching the expected!

      Did you try to re-evaluate your writing for the Oct 2016 attempt?

      How do you feel about the Listening exam? Did the pattern become tough over your attempts or similar in all attempts?

      Best wishes for your future plans!



  5. Hi Liz!!!
    Today I got my score!!! Overall 8.5! I just had two weeks to prepare and I’m really proud of my results. Your posts helped me so much!!! Thank you very much Liz!

    Listening: 9.0
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 8.5

  6. Jay Fernandez says:

    Hello Liz,

    I’m Jay from Manila, Philippines.

    I took my academic exam last March 4, 2017. Here are my scores:

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

    I can’t thank you enough for the useful tips and for the valuable information you have on your website. I can now push through with the next step in my professional registration in the UK.

  7. Swarna Subramanian says:

    Finally got my results – academic (UKVI) of 11th February 2017, which was withheld.

    Listening – 9.0, Reading 7.0, Writing 7.0, Speaking 8.5 Overall 8.0

    Watching your videos was part of my preparation and thanks for all the tips – especially since this was my first attempt.


  8. Hi Liz,

    This was my first attempt. I am from India.

    This was my score:

    Reading 9
    Speaking 9
    Writing 8
    Listening 8.5

    My total was 34.5 and yet I got an overall band score of just 8.5 while my husband, whose total was 30.5, got an overall band score of 8. How does this add up? I was really hoping for a 9 and then becoming an IELTS trainer myself.

    This was not what I had expected πŸ™



    • Let me first say, well done!! You’ve got a great score. Your overall points work out at 8.5 but your husbands doesn’t add up. Strange. You are close to hitting band 9. If you could just push your writing score up it would be fine. Writing is not easy due to the techniques required. Let me know what you plan to do next πŸ™‚

  9. Dear Liz,
    I’ve only started practicing within two weeks before the exam and I must admit – there were times I simply panicked because of how difficult the test seemed but after all it motivated me to practice harder. I used a lot of your advice and sample tasks, watched many of your videos and here I am enormously happy with overall band 7.5 ( Listening 7.5, Reading 8.5, Writing 6.5, Speaking 7.0).
    Writing lowers my overall band, but I’m not surprised. I wasn’t entirely proud of my essay and I particularly suck at Task 1 (that actually was the part that scared me the most, before the test).
    Anyway, thank you so so much and keep your fingers crossed for me, so that my application to the university gets accepted and my taking IELTS wasn’t for nothing.


  10. listening 8.00
    Reading 6.50
    Speaking 7.00
    Writing 7.00
    Overall 7.00

  11. Thanks Liz and all contributors for the tips and materials. I just got my results for the IELTS test of March 4th. General Training module. Lagos, Nigeria. 1st try.
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 9.0
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 7.5

  12. Ahmed Saad says:

    I benefitted alot from your Reading tips. I used to panic with the time constraints of the reading test but I used your tips and got through. Here are my results in Academic IELTS test:
    L: 8.5
    R: 8.5
    W: 7.5
    S: 7.5
    Total: 8

  13. Dear Liz

    Thank you very much for your great blog, which I found very helpful while preparing for the test. My scores are as follows:


    Although my prospective university accepts these scores, I am rather shocked by my writting score. I am not sure about the number of words (I did not count them), but I was expecting at least a whole mark higher. I am considering asking for a remark and I am wondering if the university will still receive my current results.

    • Unfortunately, I don’t have time to answer all comments. However, in your case, you need to ask your IELTS test center if you can use your current scores if you are waiting for a remark.

  14. Nuwantha Rodrigo says:

    Nuwantha From Sri Lanka
    25th Feb


    Thanks Liz, I referred your guidelines and did exactly. I practiced illustrations by my own and compared with your answers to find gaps and learnt lot from it. It helped me in many ways.

  15. Hello Dear LIZ!
    i just checked my results its L:6 R:6 W:5.5 S:7 overall:6.0
    its not so high i know that but i fell satisfied with my all responsibilities as a mother for two little kids , and learning new language(German) at the same time.
    Now i will apply for the Master degree i hope to get the admission πŸ™‚
    thank you again for your great efforts you are such a wonderful person
    πŸ™‚ Ψ΄ΩƒΨ±Ψ§

    Best regards

    • Well done Basma. Juggling so much at the same time as doing IELTS is certainly challenging. You’ve done really well πŸ™‚

  16. Moataz Ehab says:

    Hey Liz,
    I have just got my IELTs results (25 feb Egy) through SMS and I would like to share it with you.
    L= 7.5
    R = 8
    W =6.5
    S = 7.5
    OVERALL= 7.5

    I want to note that my speaking exam was so tough ( i have posted my speaking exam experience before on the blog)
    So hesitation and nervousness doesn’t mean a low score in speaking . Actually i am celebrating my speaking score more than the overall score πŸ˜ƒ.
    Also, I have two of the three articles we got in our reading section. Where can I post them or share with others?

    Thanks you liz for your help.
    This blog is very useful.

  17. Ancy Aziz says:

    Hi Liz,

    I took my General Training IELTS exam on Januaary 7th, 2017 from Vancouver Canada. I started preparing a month before, and your tips and lessons for Speaking and Writing helped me a lot in getting a better score. I strongly recommend everyone to go through all the video lessons from this site.
    I got an overall score of 8.0 (I needed 6.0 for my Canada PR application)
    Reading: 9
    Listening: 8.5
    Speaking: 7.5
    Writing: 7

  18. Vijay Singh says:

    Dear Liz,I started preparing on 4th Feb 2017 for my exam on 16th Feb 2017, I purchased all the online lessons for writing task by you, which helped me a great deal to achieve an overall score of Band 8.0 in Academic IELTS. For rest of the components I just followed all the links and exercises on your web site. I had appeared for IELTS in the past a couple of times, but could never achieve a band of more than 6.5 in writing. I needed an overall Band of 7.0 to apply in various universities across Canada. I am thankful to you for preparing such knowledgeable lectures and keeping most of the content on your website free to access for everyone.
    Now my individual scores are
    Listening-8.0, Reading-7.5, Writing-7.5, Speaking-8.0
    Thanks once again.
    You are a great teacher.

    • I’m so pleased to hear your results. Very well done getting band 7.5 in writing. It’s often difficult to push past the 6.5 level. Thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚

    • hi can u give some tips for listening and writing. would be pleased to contact u

  19. Manal Khan says:

    Hey Liz, I got an overall band score of 8.5

    Listening – 8.5
    Reading – 9.0
    Writing – 7.5
    Speaking – 8.5

    I solved all Cambridge IELTS exercises and watched your videos meticulously.

  20. Thanks LiZ,
    Your blog helped me immensely. I took exam on 11th Feb 2017. I got overall band 8

    Reading – 9
    Listening -8.5
    Writing -7
    Speaking -8

  21. Dear Liz!

    I just checked my results online and it made my day πŸ™‚

    Listening 8,5, Reading 8,5 , Writing 7,5 and Speaking 7,5. The overall band score is 8.0.

    I needed an overall 6.5 and 5.5 in all parts for my master degree application. After the exam I felt good about all the parts except writing because I could not even finish part 1 entirely. I would like to thank you, because without your page I would not be able to achieve this high score. I also purchased your advanced videos to contribute a little.

    Thanks again! Keep up the good work!

    • A great score. Considering you only needed overall 6.5, you’ve aced it completely!! I’m so glad my advanced writing task 2 lessons helped πŸ™‚

  22. Hi Liz,

    I took my exams on 16th feb 2017 and got my results
    reading and listening – 7.5
    writing – 6.5
    speaking – 8.5

    I needed 7 in each band. I was confident abt listening, reading and writing part to get good score after my exams as I did well. I am very disappointed to get only 6.5 in writing. I know the essay and had already practised it. will remarking help increase band by 0.5?? I had a feeling if my reading , listening, writing paper got misplaced… I expected more in these modules. Feeling terribly depressed and am scared to retake the exam. what if I get less than 7 in any other module in the second sitting??

    Looking forward to hear from you Liz.

    • There are two band scores between your speaking and writing scores. This means two examiner have already marked your writing and agreed that the score is 6.5. It is doubtful a third examiner will have a different opinion. Sorry. Make sure you review your techniques before booking another test.

  23. Emmanuella o says:

    Hi Liz…im Emmanuella from Nigeria. I took the Academic module on the 16th of Feb 2017…I stumbled on your blog about a week to my exams…and i made sure i took note of all the useful tips..My result came out today and i’m glad to tell you i met the requirement of the overall band score of 7…here is the breakdown… Listening;8.5 Reading; 7. (Im a bit uncomfortable with this) Writing; 7. Speaking;7.5. I’m so happy about the writimg tests because i found writing challenging while practicing but im very sure the tips,lessons and videosfrom your blog really helped me…May God bless you for the good work you are doing…I’m most grateful…

    • That’s great news! You’ve done very well. Nice to know people in Nigeria are benefiting from my website and tips πŸ™‚

      • Emmanuella o says:

        It’s my first attempt by the way…I cant contain my joy…

      • Damilare says:

        Hello Liz,

        Perhaps I should add my voice to Emmanuella’s. I read almost every page on your website, and watched almost all your video lessons. Many thanks for the tips. I took IELTS Academic UKVI on February 11th, and my TRF arrived today.
        LRWS – 9/8/7/7.5, Overall 8.0. This is to let you know you are a blessing to a good number of Nigerians. I just recommended your website to a friend now. Do keep up the good work, and I wish other test takers all the best!

        Regards from Lagos, Nigeria.

  24. Hi Liz,
    I would like to thank you for your quite helpful website.
    Because of your helpful website, I was able to score high in my IELTS.

    Date 16-02-2017, IELTS – GT
    I scored LRWS 8, 9, 7, 7.

    It made my way to immigrating to Canada a lot easier.
    Thanks again,

    • That’s really good news! Well done πŸ™‚ Good luck in Canada πŸ™‚

    • Gireesh says:

      Dear Jay,

      Congrats on beating the 8777 score!

      How was your listening exam experience? I am giving it mine on March 25th, any tips would be helpful.

      Would you consider the listening exam harder than your practice sessions?

      Good luck with your Canadian immigration.


      • Hi
        Listening tests are, according to me, the same as practice sessions.
        I would suggest you to practise listening tests by Cambridge ielts official test materials.

        Of course, the one of its kind guidance from Liz will definitely help you passing ielts with flying colors..

        Good luck to you.
        Do your best.


        • Thanks a lot! Jay…
          My first attempt got me LRWS of 7/7.5/6.5/6.5
          Now seriously working on Cambridge and Liz materials
          Keeping fingers crossed…

  25. Vaibhav Kanchan says:

    I have written General module IELTS test on 16th Feb and I have got below score

    Speaking: 6.5
    Listening: 7
    Reading: 7.5
    Writing: 7

  26. A Kumar says:


    I had my IELTS General test on 11th February at Doha, Qatar. Below are my scores:
    Listening: 8
    Reading: 9
    Writing: 7
    Speaking: 8
    Overall score: 8

    Liz, your website has been very helpful and glad I stumbled upon.

    Regarding the test, I did a good job in Writing but got a score of just 7. Is it advisable to go for a rescore? I need a minimum of 8 in all bands.

    Also, if I opt for rescore, is there a chance for it to increase to 8 or just 7.5? Kindly advise. Thanks.

  27. Christopher says:

    Dear liz, Thank you very much ! Your blog and videos helped me. I passed my UKVI IELTS academic. I scored L-7.5, R-7.5, S-7, W-7., overall score 7.5

  28. Hi Liz,

    I have been following your blog/website for quite a sometime now. Thanks for the guidance provided. In the first attempt, my scores were S-7.5, L-8.5, R-7, W-6.5. Cumulative score was 7.5.

    To better my score, I have given my attempt today again and speaking test is done. First part went on well. There were no hiccups. In the 2nd part, when a topic was given to speak, I spoke around 90-100 seconds instead 120 seconds. The examiner didn’t interrupt, but, I couldn’t speak anything after that. In the 3rd part, the conversation went on well. She interrupted when I was answering.

    Please tell me how this will impact my speaking score.

    • I don’t see anything that will affect your score. You don’t need to speak for the full 2 mins and it is normal for the examiner to interrupt your answers. Well done with your first attempt πŸ™‚

      • Bharadwaj says:

        Hi Liz,

        I got my scores for the test conducted on 4th Mar’2017. My scores read R-8, L-8, W-7.5, S-8.5. Cumulative score is 8. Your writing videos helped me a lot. Just that, I lost my score in listening due to my own fault.

        Thanks for your help.

  29. Hi Liz,
    I had taken my IELTS-GT on the 11th Feb and my score for each tests are
    L: 9
    R: 8.5
    S&W : 7
    Overall Band Score : 8

    Thank you for the wonderful tips and videos. In my last attempts I was unable to cross 6.5 Band score for Reading and Writing. You have been my guide in preparing for the Exam…. Thank you for the help.


  30. Gurinder sandhu says:

    Dear Liz,
    I went through your videos two days before exam.ln listening test I tried to be as focused as possible.l was a bit nervous in reading section 3 but tried to skim n scan the answers..i wrote TF NG instead of true false and not given and was scared of losing marks….in writing section I followed the word limit and paraphrasing…I speaking I tried to be natural and fluent. Thanks a lot for your material and videos..
    My overall score was 8.5

    • Well done to you πŸ™‚ Luckily it’s ok to write T instead of True in reading. The problem is if you write Y instead of True. Thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚

  31. Hi mam
    I appeared for 11 Feb 2017 and my scores are
    L 8.5
    R 6.5
    W 7
    S 7
    Thnx fr ua guidance..
    And dis is my first attempt

  32. Niyat Patel says:

    Dear Liz,

    Thank you for the insightful videos, blogs and tips that helped me to achieve desire score in IELTS in 1st trial. My score is as below:

    L – 7.5
    S – 6.5
    R – 7.5
    W – 7.0
    Over all- 7.0

    It can’t be possible without your guidance. Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will be forever grateful.

    Niyat Patel

  33. Krishnaswamy Srinivasan says:

    Dear Liz,

    Thank you so much for all the video tips and lessons. I just followed all your tips and solved ALL practice questions (in all sections) meticulously. I also solved all the practice tests in the IELTS preparation book. Your advanced essay lessons are simple, very effective and has helped me to understand the nuances of the various questions that are being asked in the exam. I should thank you for the lessons and tips without I could not have scored over 7 in all sections. I had around 10 days to prepare due to tight deadlines at work.

    Took the test on 11-Feb-17 in Chennai, India. My Scores are:
    Listening – 8.5, Reading – 8.0, Speaking – 7.5, Writing – 7.0, Overall – 8.0

    I realised the importance of writing well over 250 words in the essay section. I was not able to write over 250 words as I ran out of time. But, I concluded the essay using your tips and perhaps, that has helped me to just get over the line.

    I would urge people to go through the tips and videos carefully as they are extremely important. Perhaps, summarising the tips in a notepad for each section would help during revision.

    Thank you so much Liz.


    • With just 10 days prep time, you’ve done very well indeed! You are right about getting the conclusion written in task 2 – it would have affected your score if you had missed it. Getting 7 in writing isn’t easy – good job! Thanks for sharing your results and I’m glad my advanced lessons helped πŸ™‚

    • Hi can you pls share your reading speaking writing test questions if you remember, it would be a great help.

      Again much thanks for Liz for the helpful website


  34. Thanks Liz,

    My score is

    Thanks for your tips, articles and guidance.

  35. my score on 11-02-17
    Reading =6.5
    overall= 7.5
    i am thinking of a resit because i need at least 7 in all modules.. Thank you for your Support.. God bless you

  36. It was my first attempt at IELTS on Feb 11 in Uzbekistan, and I scored
    L-8 R-8.5 W-7 S-7.5 OBS-8
    Thanks Liz for such an amazing website. I will not stop suggesting using your website to all people I know learning or preparing for IELTS. Thanks again so much.

    • Well done!!! For your first time, it’s really great πŸ™‚

      • mister g says:

        Thanks for your comments! I will continue to learn from your materials and take advanced lessons in order to improve myself for higher bands when I sit for IELTS test in near future.

  37. Finally at my sixth attempt I finally made it and achieved my goal and got 7 (at the British council)in writing after continuous 6.5 (at idp) .. my advice to any one is to keep trying and eventually you’ll achieve your goal ,and I don’t recommend taking the test at idp if you want to get 7 in each part. It may be a coincidence, but that’s what happened with me.
    Reading: 8
    Writing: 7

  38. hi liz,
    i wrote my ielts general training exam last month.
    i scored
    READING 8.5
    SPEAKING 8.5
    WRITING 6.5
    i am in shock seeing my writing score….it is a huge let down…i need score 7 to apply for my canadian PR under express entry….i am pretty sure that i didnt do that bad on my writing exam….i mean is it possible to have a 2 band difference between your speaking and writing? i have submitted a re -evaluation request hoping that my marks would increase…i have also scheduled another ielts exam in the meantime…do you think that i stand a chance of 0.5 point increment in my writing section?????????

    • When you have a difference of two band scores between speaking and writing, your writing will already have been checked by two different examiners and they both agreed that you should get 6.5. Speaking is marked based on language only, but writing is marked based on various skills as well as language – so it is common to get a difference between speaking and writing.

  39. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for all the lessons. My scores are

    L 8.5
    R 7.5
    W 6.5
    S 7
    Over All 7.5
    I am planning to re sit the exam. Can you please tell me if it is possible to use individual module scores from two different tests?

    • It depends the requirements from your university or course. You need to do the research for what you are using your test results for.

  40. Listening 8.5, reading 8.5, speaking 7, writing 7 overall 8! My ielts result for feb 11, 2017

    • Band 8 is great! Well done πŸ™‚

    • Hi,

      Where did you take the test ? And what time on 24th did you get your online preview? I also took the same test and still unable to view online results.


      • Hi all;
        I applied for the test on 5th February, started preparing 6th, intense practice for 5 days, waited for 13th day, disappointed by ” no candidate result found “, waited for another 3 days and Finally they revealed my results now….
        Listening 8.5
        Speaking 7.0
        Reading 8.5
        Writing 9
        Overall 8.5

        My wife
        Listening 9
        speaking 7
        reading 7.5
        writing 8.5
        Overall 8
        Happy for the week

        • Very well done to you both. Certainly worth waiting to get such great results. Congratulations on getting band 9 in writing – very rare πŸ™‚

        • Sasidhar says:

          Hi, its very amazing to see 9 in writing. Can you please let me know if you followed any study materials for writing other than tips given by Liz.

        • Sasidhar says:

          Also may I know the location of your test.

  41. Hi Liz,

    My results are as follow (Academic):
    L 8.5
    R 7.0
    W 6.5
    S 7.0

    Unfortunately, I have to take the test again as I need 7.0 in each component.
    My score in Writing is due to the fact that I did not complete my writing module…

    This time I will stick to your advices Liz!

    Wish me luck

    • Well done getting such good scores. It’s a shame about your writing but at least you know the problem. We all wish you lots of luck in your next time πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  42. Thanks Liz for all the lessons on YouTube, they were really helpful! I just got my results at:

    8.5 L
    7.5 R
    7.5 W
    8.5 S
    8.0 Total

    I had greatly underestimated the test and thought 5 days of prep would be enough to get a good score, which was pretty tough, so, I would definitely NOT recommend anyone to study for it late, no matter how good your English is! Thanks to these lessons though, I was certainly able to get a great result, much higher than I had anticipated.


    • A very good score! You are absolutely right. It’s a tough test. Having good English is not enough. Students still need to learn and develop the necessary skills for the test itself as well as gain a complete understanding of what is involved. Considering how long you had to prepare, I’d say you’ve done exceptionally well πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      • Thank you! I might suggest that you make a video on this topic (if there isn’t one) – just to let those who are overconfident with their English (like I was) know that it is a pretty BAD idea to not prepare in advance, as the test involves a very specific form, as well as general language skills that everyone needs to just practice πŸ™‚

  43. Hi Liz!!

    I just received my Feb 11, 2017 IELTS results.
    I have been studying using your materials here in your blog. And I’m very disappointed with my writing score… But nonetheless, i am very grateful of the wonderful tips and videos you have in your site that helped me review!!!

    Academic module

    I would like to apply for a remark… But i will also re sit the March 18 exam again (because the remark waiting time is so long)… do you think it is wise for me to get a remark? I believe i did well in writing, I prepared and reviewed intensively for it; i have previously had a band 7 for writing as well…

    • It’s certainly possible to consider a remark. You said you are confident that you did well – that’s a good sign. Are you familiar with the marking criteria used by the examiner? If not, then it might not be so easy to assess your performance. Anyway, see these pages below to help you decide. They show the requirements for different band scores – don’t just look at band 7, read all of them to get an understanding of what lowers your score. Getting band 7 before doesn’t mean that you will instantly get band 7 again. Language and technique varies depending on the topics and questions which is why band scores vary by around 0.5. I am not trying to discourage you, just make you more aware so you can make the right choice:

      • Hi Liz!

        Yes I’m familiar with the criteria, i have read it here in your blog as well (which I can’t express how much i am grateful off)… i tried using variations in my task 1 essay, which is usually my weakest link. I’m very confident that i have incorporated the needed overview and body paragraphs for it as well. And tried to avoid in using the same word more than twice…

        The task 2 essays are usually my forte, I’ve always loved writing. i hope i have a fighting chance of getting a +0.5

        Thank you for all your tips! πŸ™‚

  44. Just got my results from Feb11. L-9; R-8.5; W-7.5; S-9 Overall 8.5

    Short essay was 3 pie charts about percentages of people choosing accommodation options on vacation (hotel, camping, staying with family – 5 options) in 3 years. I was a little confused about what to do with three charts instead of two so I went a little over time.

    Second essay: “People choose to throw away things instead of repairing them more often than in the past. Why do you think that is and what are the consequences?”

    Thank you Liz! I found this website very useful. I hadn’t written an academic test in a very long time (I’m returning to university after 5 years of full time employment). While I wasn’t worried about my language skills (my UCAS condition is 6,5 with a minimum of 6 each), I found tips on structuring essays and matching headings valuable. I answered some reading questions with True/False and then realised the questions were asking for Yes/No instead just before transferring to the answer sheet. I would have missed that!

    I’ve never been to UK and I’m very excited to be one step closer πŸ™‚

    • A great score !! Well done to you πŸ™‚ Getting band 9 in speaking is fantastic – you should be so proud πŸ™‚ If UCAS only needed 6.5, then we can safely say that you ACED IELTS!! I hope you enjoy your time in the UK when you get here – it’s cold – be prepared πŸ™‚

      • I’m from the Baltics – not too concerned about the cold! It may be the last year I can apply for free tuition in Scotland because of Brexit, so it’s now or never.

        I did not expect a 9 in speaking as it was not flawless. I have been obsessing about 2 grammar mistakes I made (but I didn’t correct myself as I thought it’s better to just keep going). Also at one point I completely lost my train of thought – I said half of a sentence, started thinking about how I keep using the same tense and completely forgot what I was saying. I paused for what felt like a whole minute.

        Thank you once again for the excellent exam tips.

        • You certainly did the right thing to keep talking rather than stop and try to correct yourself. Making the odd mistake is natural but your level and use of English is obviously excellent πŸ™‚

        • hi,where did you take this exam?

        • Hello,

          I sat for IELTS on the 11th February, got my result on the 24th instant and posted my result immediately to let you know, as you have a great contribution behind that, but till now it’s under moderation. So, I’ve decided to post it again as a part of my gratitude. πŸ™‚

          Listening- 8.5

          It’s my first attempt and I have to confess that while starting the preparation trial I was probably worth for overall 5. By the mercy of Lord, I’ve found you and this amazing site to ease and perfect my journey within a month or so.

          Worth to mention that watching lots of documentaries helped me a lot in speaking and listening. Hope other students also consider this to make up the same weakness.

          Good wishes for you and for all πŸ™‚

          • Well done with your results. I doubt you were worth only band 5 at any time as your English is clearly good. Your scores show just how good your English is πŸ™‚

  45. Hi Liz,

    Thank You very much for your blog. Helped me a lot :).
    I got L:9,R:8,S:7.5 and W:7.5. Overall 8. My examination was at Singapore.

    Some pointers which helped me…

    Listening: I felt it was the easiest part. It is very important to read the questions before hand not only for answering the questions, but also for spotting when to move from one question to the next in case you missed it.

    Reading: I underlined most of the words and important aspects of the graph after reading the questions and this worked well for me.

    Speaking: I felt I did quite badly on this but apparently ended up quite alright. Apart from the task of talking on a topic, I think is important to have a broad set of answers for the common questions asked during the exam. I helps in narrowing down on your ideas once you have a broad topic in mind.

    Good luck!


  46. 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.


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

  47. 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!

    • Going from 6.5 to 7 in writing is great news! Well done! It’s often quite a hard jump to make πŸ™‚ I’m glad you got one of my advanced lessons to understand the techniques needed in writing task 2. For other students, see this link:

    • Geetanjali says:

      Hi Forest,

      Can you tell me the exact strategy that you follow for hitting a band of 7 in ielts writing?
      Thanks in advance.

      • Hi GEE,

        Actually you just have to read and read and read tons of examples in all writing scenarios. Don’t forget WT 1 also, it will give an extra boost in your score. I suggest that you should finish wt 2 first before the wt 1. Be wary of different complex sentence, conjunctions and examples, you will definitely need them a lot. Try to master each and every questions and try to answer them in your mind. Don’t be afraid to use high-scoring words. Lastly, try to give what is needed on the essay, stick to it and make a remarkable conclusion!!.. All the best!

  48. 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.
    Ashok Kakadekar

  49. 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 ? )

  50. 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,

  51. 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™‚

  52. 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!!

      • Hey Liz,

        I sat again for the IELTS on Feb 11, 2017 in the US. Got the results:

        Overall 9.0
        Listening 9.0
        Reading 9.0
        Writing 8.5
        Speaking 8.5

        Yayy! Thank you thank you!!!!!

        • An excellent score!!! Very well done to you! Getting 8.5 in writing is not common at all – a great job. Thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚

        • Sasidhar says:

          Hi, those are an excellent scores. May I know your test location in US, and your contact number to call you in person and ask a few things about your preparation and exam experiences.

  53. 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™‚

  54. 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™‚

  55. 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

    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™‚

  56. 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™‚

  57. 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!

  58. 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

  59. 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


    • 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

        • 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 ,,,

  60. 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

  61. 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:
    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,


    • 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™‚

  62. 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 !

  63. 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!!

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

  65. Ahmed Abdelaziz says:

    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™‚

  66. 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.


  67. 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!

  68. 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

  69. 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.

  70. 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.

  71. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for your tips, I sat for Jan 7, 2017 GT exam, checked online yesterday.
    Once again, thanks!
    ‘Sola from Nigeria

  72. Hi Liz
    I think your website is very useful for test preparation. It helped me a lot. I got
    L= 8.5
    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!

  73. 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;
    Reading: 7.0
    Speaking: 7.0
    Overall: 7.0
    God bless you for what you do.

  74. 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

  75. 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


    • 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!

  76. 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.

  77. 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

  78. 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.

  79. Amanpreet singh says:

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

  80. 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:
      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.

        • 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.

  81. 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!


  82. 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!!

  83. 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!


  84. tajinderpal says:

    Ielts academic
    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.

  85. 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


  86. 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
    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?

  87. 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

  88. 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.

  89. 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.

  90. 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!

  91. 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.

  92. 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

  93. 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?

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

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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™‚

  98. 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.

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

  101. 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™‚

  102. 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™‚

  103. 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™‚

  104. 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™‚

  105. 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 .

  106. 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!

  107. 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.


  108. 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?

  109. 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.

  110. Hi Liz,
    Finally, my result is declared. General training ielts.
    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.

    • 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.

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

  113. 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!

    • 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: 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™‚

  114. 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™‚

  115. 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™‚

  116. 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™‚

  117. 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: I’ve also got 50% discount on my Advanced Writing Task 2 Lessons at the moment which will certainly help you hit band 7:

  118. 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


  119. 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:

                Once again, thank you for the help you provided.

  120. 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

  121. 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.

  122. 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.

  123. 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.


  124. Hi.

    took the IELTS last Nov19. Results are:

    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.


    • 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

  125. 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!

  126. 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.


    • 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™‚

  127. 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.

  128. 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™‚

  129. 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.

  130. 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

  131. 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.

  132. 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: and the main reading page: 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™‚

  133. 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.

  134. Keith Adrian says:

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

  135. 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™‚

  136. 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.

  137. 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

  138. 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:

      • 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 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™‚

  139. 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.

  140. 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!!!!!

  141. 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

  142. 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,

  143. 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.


  144. 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.

  145. 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™‚

  146. 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?

  147. 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


  148. 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!

  149. 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!

  150. 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!


  151. 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!!!

  152. 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.

  153. 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!

  154. Dear Liz,
    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.

  155. Prateek Mohta says:

    Hi Liz
    Greetings from India!
    I took my IELTS academic on 22nd October 2016 and came across your valuable lessons a week before. They really helped me in understanding the subtle nuances involved in the assessment. My scores are as follows :
    Reading – 8
    Speaking – 8
    Writing – 7.5
    Listening – 7.5
    Overall – 8
    I am happy to share that I got my desired score (at least 7.5 in each section and overall 8) in the first attempt itself.
    Thanks a bunch.
    Prateek Mohta

  156. Najeem Oyeyemi says:

    Dear Liz,

    I came across your website a few date to my exam. I don’t really have the time to prepare but I listen to some of your tips and it helped. I sat for the Oct 8 exam and I have:
    Listening – 8.5
    Speaking – 7
    Reading – 6
    Writing – 7.5
    Overall – 7.5.

    Thanks I’m really grateful.

    • Well done! A strong result πŸ™‚

    • Md. Risalat Rahman says:

      Well done, Najeem πŸ™‚ My overall score’s the same as yours, just an 8.5 in reading and 6.5 in writing. Also, I got 7.5 in Listening and a 7.0 in speaking.

      I had 14 days or so for my IELTS exam preparation. It was sufficient for me, Alhamdulillah, as I counted on my 12 years’ schooling in English. Throughout my preparation period, I followed Liz’s channel, especially the tips section and this website as well. That helped me nail the exam! I personally think free lessons of IELTS Liz is sufficient for IELTS Preparation, but I believe that if I had a paid subscription, I would’ve done better.

      Thanks a bunch, Liz! Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  157. Hi Liz,

    Thank you so much for all the lessons that you published. Today, I received my IELTS exam in the Philippines. This is my 3rd take, the first two I took regular ielts and the third time I took UKVI and passed.
    Scores Listening 8.5 Reading 7.5 writing 7 speaking 7.5. Enough for me to work in the UK.

    To all, please purchase Liz advanced lessons. It will help you a lot. I got a month to study and I tell you, you won’t regret purchasing her lessons. All worth it. Thank you Liz

  158. Dear Liz,
    I had an exam today. I must say your blog is very helpful. My big thanks to you. Appreciate your generosity. πŸ™‚

    Thank you Liz,

    Keal πŸ™‚

  159. Test date 8th October 2016
    Test module: General
    Location: U.S.A

    R:9, S:9, L:9 & W:8 Overall band = 9
    Liz, I had very little time to prepare but your blog & videos were instrumental in helping me prepare for the exam. Thank you

    Exam Tips.
    Always simulate test conditions while practicing at home
    Be strict in your self-assessment & scoring afterwards
    Listen to as many audio speaking samples & answer as many questions as possible to train your mind to follow & retrieve info needed for actual test day

  160. Abdul Karim says:

    Hi Liz,
    I took the IELTS Gene Test on 8th Oct in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. My scores: L 8.5, R 8.5, W 7, S 8.5

    I have benefited a lot from your blogs although I only came to know about them five days before the test’s day, but they were the best among the ones I came through during my Internet search for IELTS sites.

    I tried to to write in the best possible handwriting but obviously I failed πŸ™‚

    Thanks again and again.

    • Very well done !! Getting 7 in writing is a good achievement ! πŸ™‚

    • hi abdul karim..could you share some of the questions?especially in speaking. i am preparing also for my exam here in abu dhabi.i appreciate your help.thanks a lot.

    • Hi Abdul Karim,

      Can I get your email address please for guidance regarding IELTS exam in Abu Dhabi?
      Thank you.

  161. Hi Liz,
    I took the IELTS test on 8th Oct in Phoenix. Here are my scores:
    L 8, R 7, W 7.5, S 6.5

    I am very disappointed with my speaking score. I am thinking of taking the test again. Do you think revaluation would help?


    • Well done with your score. It is certainly possible to consider a remark for your speaking as long as you are sure you expanded your answers well and presented a good range of both vocabulary and grammar tenses. Let us know what happens – good luck πŸ™‚

      • Ann Nanfuka says:

        Dear Liz,
        Greetings from Vancouver,
        Thank you for all the materials you provide to make preparation for the IELTS much easier.
        I got my result today:for academic IELTS
        Overall 7.5
        Which is good enough for my Phd application.Thank you so much for the help.

  162. Reynold Obrien says:

    Hi Liz, thanks for all your help. Got my results today. Wrote the test on 8th October, 2016.

    L: 8.5 R: 8 S: 7 W:7

    overall 7.5

  163. Hi Jel,

    Wow – great results! Congratulations!! I can see myself in your shoe. I’m a writer as well but found Academic Task 1 Writing to be one of the most difficult parts. My handwriting isn’t really good so yes practice, practice and practice are the keys! Sometimes, being overconfident does not help.

    I found the Youtube Listening tips of IELTSLiz very helpful in my preparation. Aside from IELTSLiz, I also found these sites useful: has a ton of tutorials their teaching method and constructive feedback in essay correction were tremendously helpful the tips improved my vocabulary.

    When I had my exam last August 6th, the task 1 given to me was a map of two cities. I needed to compare the past and present. It was a nerve-wracking ordeal as I seldom practiced maps before but luckily, Task 2 was a familiar topic which was about health.

    Here are my results:
    L:8.5 R:8 W:7 S:7 O:7.5

    Now I’m ready to apply my student visa in Australia. It could not have been possible without the help and youtube videos of Liz.

    Thank you so much Liz! Keep helping IELTS takers because you are changing lives!


  164. Dear Liz,
    I took the exam last Sept.24 and my results were released today.
    L:9 R:9 W:8 S:8 O:8.5

    When I started self-reviewing, I exclusively read two blogs (IeltsLiz and Ieltsadvantage) to help me tighten up my writing. Although I write professionally, I realized I have not handwritten anything under time pressure in ages! You really helped me a lot and I profusely thank you for that!

    1. Practice! Practice! Practice! Even if you are confident that your English is good, the exam environment will still get to your nerves.
    2. I exceeded 150 words in Writing Task 1 , which made me panic in Task 2. Keep Task 1 simple , don’t make it too complicated! Focus on Task 2
    3. It helps to read about a wide variety of topics before the exam. I was assigned the topic ‘video games’ which was really unexpected. I was practicing for topics such as education, social work, economy, etc hahaha!

  165. Hi,
    I just got my Academic IELTS result.
    Reading 8.0
    Writing 7.0
    Speaking 7.5
    Listening 7.5
    Really thankful to your writing videos. Watched every single one them, totally relied on them & kept practicing.
    Your blog is a tremendous help!

  166. Hi Liz

    I got my results yesterday. L – 8 W – 8 R – 8.5 S – 8.5.. Overall 8.5. I took General Training test for immigration purposes. All I needed was 8 in listening and 7 in rest of the modules. But I got way more than what I wanted.

    I never had any problems with listening or reading as I was constantly scoring above 8 in any practice tests (Cambridge IELTS 4 – 11) that I took. Since I am living in US (I am from India) for last 3 years, I was feeling confident about my speaking too. All that bothered me was writing and my high score was purely because of the you and your great website. I just followed the techniques that you gave for writing and did nothing more. I had thorough understanding of what to do and what not to do in writing to get high score solely because of your website. πŸ™‚ . I cannot thank you enough for that. Thank you so so much!

    Just a summary of what I got from your website:

    – Paraphrasing and thesis writing in the introduction paragraph
    – Four paragraph structure that can be used for any given topic
    – Using correct linkers for the conclusion
    – sticking to the correct word count
    – using correct tone and salutations for letter writing

    I truly believe that following these tips religiously helped me achieved high score in writing. Thank you so much once again.

    As I did not have anyone to verify my writing, I used this website – wordcounter. net to check the word count, grammatical errors and writing standards. It gives the word count and reading standard. I tried to keep my essays to 11-12 grade or at college level during practice. Whenever I got lower standard as result, I tried to rewrite the essay with longer sentences and better choice to words to up the standard. I am not sure if it is an accurate indicator of our writing, but it worked for me and some cross checking is any ways better than nothing.

    Once again, thank you so much!

    • Overall 8.5!! Excellent! You should be very proud to do so well. I’m glad you found my website useful. You’ve clearly understood all the key tips and also learned how to develop your own skills as well. Thanks so much for sharing your results, your tips and your experiences. Well done πŸ™‚

  167. Hi Liz,

    First of all i want to thank you for such a beautiful and helpful website.

    This was my second attempt for IELTS, in my first attempt i got : L7.5 R5.5 W7 S 6.5.

    My second attempt was on 24 sep after going through your online material i got the score :
    L 8 R 6.5 W 6.5 S 7.5.

    Thank you so much for your help.

    However I need band 7 in all could you please give your suggestions on how to improve my reading and writing scores.


  168. Dear Liz,

    I took IELTS general test of 24th September and my marks were;
    Listening 6.5
    Reading 7.0
    Writing 7.0
    Speaking 7.5

    During the test and my several practices, I perceived Listening to be my strongest point and I was actually expecting band 7.5 and above in the test. It was my first IELTS test and was not planning to write another one soon. I know that remarking usually take up to 8 weeks, which I wouldn’t mind if I have a chance of getting a positive feedback. What is your candid advice.


    • Well done with your scores. It is unlikely that listening scores or reading scores will change by remarking. The answers are either right or wrong and are not interpreted by examiners as in speaking and writing. However, nothing is impossible.

  169. Hi Liz
    Please , I need your help. I took IELTS 3 times. In my third attempt, I followed Liz’s website and got 7 in writing.
    2nd Attempt- L9, R8.5, W6.5, S7.5
    3rd Attempt- L8.5, R9, W7, S6.5
    I was confident about my speaking and hence I applied for EOR on my speaking on 7th August. I was desperately waiting for EOR results as I am shortlisted for a job but the healthcare trust wanted my IELTS results to proceed with the formal interview.

    When I called the test center at the end of 5 weeks for the status of my EOR they said I should just wait for the email from Cambridge. They were very vague and not giving precise details. I wanted to speak to the administrator who refused to speak and told the assistant administrator to tell that he is in a meeting. I overheard their conversation and was upset but I waited patiently. Today, 10th October I went personally to the office to ask about the status. They said, they have sent the recordings to Cambridge only on 27th September and they acknowledged the mail on 3rd October so I need to wait for 6 to 8 weeks from the latter date. Another 2 months!!!!!

    Does the EOR take so long? The IDP test center says this is the usual procedure. I wanted to make a complaint and know the exact facts and I was given the email id of the test administrator, the same person who did not care about the candidate who wanted to speak to him. They said even if I write to him today, I will get reply after 1 month as he is in vacation.

    I feel so bad and frustrated about this whole thing and the test center who care a damn about the lives of candidates. There is no info about the duration a test center could take to send recordings etc to Cambridge. Is there any way I can take up this issue with higher officials in IDP outside the test center so that candidates like me don’t have to go through this.

    Please help me Liz in this regard. Other candidates who have done remarking for their results please share your experience.

    • I’m not surprised that you feel bad. It’s very poor customer service and an unpleasant experience for you. You could try posting a public comment on their facebook page – keep the message short and clear: Ask for your results and also contact details for a serious complaint. I wish you lots of luck!

    • Hey Parveen,

      Is this happening in Australia? If so, on the website it says it will take up to 8 weeks for appeal. I applied for appeal in early September, so I’m expecting the result at the end of this month. Hopefully I can get it by then. However, in the meantime, I also booked another test just in case I won’t pass the mark I wanted lol. Try to contact the IDP directly rather than the test center, as I don’t see them are that responsible for that. But anyway, fingers crossed for you and get your result ASAP. Keep us posted with the process. πŸ™‚

  170. Georgi Trevnenski says:

    Hi Liz, I appreciate your effort and I am really thankful for all the information I found on your blog. I received my test results and I am glad that I can share my experience with taking the IELTS exam.
    My results are:
    Listening – 9
    Reading – 9
    Speaking – 7
    Writing – 7.5
    Overall – 8
    My writing task was about comparing group activities and individual ones. My speaking topic for part 2 was to describe an app I use. I was also asked about my home town, newspapers and magazines I read and the dangers of Internet.
    Once again thank you for everything :).

  171. Took the test on the 24th of September..

    Listening 9.0
    Reading 9.0
    Writing 7.5
    Speaking 7.5

    overall 8.5

    imagine my annoyance.. I need 8.0 in every section… I’m seriously considering a remark.

    The band difference between the sections that have either right or wrong answers and the sections that are open to interpretation is so huge, i’m almost certain subjectivity must have come into play here.

    • You’ve done really well. You could consider a remark if you feel you deserved a higher score. However, it is not easy to go from 7.5 to band 8.

  172. Dear Liz,
    Thanks a million for this fantastic blog, SUPER useful, can’t recommend it enough.
    I got the result for the academic ielts, 24th of September
    L: 7.5
    R : 7
    W: 6.5 ( I know that I usually have SO MANY spelling mistakes, could that be a reason for not achieving band 7 ?? )
    S: 7.5
    O : 7
    Not bad at all considering the fact that I had less than 2 weeks to prepare and two kids to look after.
    I’m HAPPY as that’s the band score I need.
    Thanks again Liz, you are brilliant.

    • Well done!! With only 2 weeks prep time as well as distractions, you’ve done very well. Spelling certainly will affect your score for vocabulary which is 25% of your marks. However, it may not be the only reason for your score. Anyway, you’ve done well πŸ™‚

  173. Navjot singh says:

    Hello everyone. I want to share my successful revaluation story.
    I gave my exam on 16th july and got the scores as following:
    Reading 9.0
    Listening 9.0
    Speaking 7.5
    Writing 6.5
    Overall – 8.0
    But I was strongly positive that I deserve a better score in writing. Even after many comments that I should not opt for a revaluation, I did it solely on my own confidence.
    And today, I got my results
    I applied for only writing revaluation and my score was increased by a whole band.
    Now my scores are
    R 9 L 9 S 7.5 W 7.5 O 8.5
    I would suggest that if you are confident enough then go for revaluation. And please share your stories so that it may guide someone else.

    • That’s really great news! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • I also set for 16/7/2016 and I got listening 7 reading 8 speaking 7 and writing 6.5 , I asked for remark I received I positive decision and my mark increased from 6.5 to 7 and my overall score 7.5.

    • Navjot and Lida, how long did the remark take for you guys to receive the result? And which country did you two take the test? Thank you if could reply πŸ™‚

    • Lukmon Busari says:

      Thanks I believe you testimony had instill more confidence in me, I recently sat for ielts academic but my score in writing and speaking was so bad that I believe something was wrong so I have to request for EOR and am waiting for the outcome. I will post it once it’s out, thanks again

  174. Hi Liz,
    I received my IELTS score for academic module( Test date – 24-09-2016).
    Listening – 8
    Reading – 7
    Writing – 6
    Speaking – 6.5
    Overall score – 7
    I watched your videos for my IELTS preparation, it helped me a lot for speaking module.
    Thank you for posting such an amazing videos.

  175. i took the IELTS academic module on the 24th of september,
    your videos helped me a lot and i want to say a big thank you. I believe i could have done better in the listening and reading part, however i am happy i got the score i require

  176. Hi everyone. Just received my results from the exam on September 24.

    My scores: L-7.5 R-8.0 W-7.5 S-8.5

    I understand that writing is a difficult portion for many people, and I myself was stuck on 6.5 SIX TIMES! So you can imagine how happy I was to finally attain 7.5, and meet the requirement to do medicine in Australia.

    I want to share with you all how my writing finally improved by one whole band.

    For task 1, the tip is really to understand all the type of questions that you will be asked. For example, line graphs or tables. Then, understand how to sort out your paragraphs CLEARLY; Liz really helps with the structure for task 1, so check it out. It is also SUPER IMPORTANT to have VARYING SENTENCE STRUCTURES, and to REPHRASE. You should try to reword what’s given, not copy it word for word. In terms of sentence structure, I know in task 1 it’s tempting and easier to just say “x rose by about 30%, while y rose around 20%”, but it gets repetitive, and you should aim to use different words and sentences to show off your english. Again, you can really prepare for this using Liz’s resources.

    Ok, now for task 2, what really troubles a lot of people. First, get to know the question types (e.g: To what extent do you agree; disadvantages and advantages; etc). After that, know if the question is asking for your opinion! If it doesn’t mention YOU, don’t use “I”. Developing ideas is super important too, so please set aside 5 minutes to write down what you are going to write, or you wont do well. What I found worked well for me especially is to outline the points I’m going to talk about in the introduction really briefly, and then present these ideas IN DIFFERENT WORDS in the main idea paragraphs. Follow the topic sentence, evidence structure when doing main paragraphs. Another good thing to do is to acknowledge the opposing side of view (for agree/disagree mainly). Because this shows that you understand both sides, but still have enough to support that your side is better/worse.

    OVERALL (THIS IS IMPORTANT) please please please find someone to read your essay. Writing it on your own is important, but you aren’t going to find your mistakes easily by doing that. Find a good IELTS essay correction service tutor (I found one after my sixth attempt, and he gave me super useful advice and showed me my mistakes) and your writing will grow even faster.

    Please contact me (reply) if you would like more specific details on the correction service I used or can recommend, or about my previous six attempts!!


  177. Dear Liz, my wife and I religiously followed your tips, approaches and tests and this instilled great confidence in us for the General test we took on Sep 24, 2016.
    My score: L: 8.5, R: 8.5, W: 7.5, S: 8.5, O: 8.5
    My wife’s score: L:8.5, R:8.5, W:8.0, S:8.5, O:8.5
    Much appreciate your techniques and suggestions as they gave a very accurate perception of what IELTS expects from us.
    Thanks once again, and I have broadcasted this website to all my friends!

    • Fantastic scores!! It’s great that you both did so well. Well done and thanks for sharing your results. I’m so glad my website was useful to you πŸ™‚

  178. Joy Sebastian says:

    Dear Liz,
    Thank you for the free and advanced tutorials. I took my test on 24th of Sep and results are as follows,
    Listening: 7.5
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing : 7
    Speaking: 7
    Overall : 7.5

    Wanted a score of 7 and more in all modules to practice as a Nurse in any of the Western Countries. Finally got the score I required. Thank you so much for all the tips and lessons, especially your advanced lessons. From the day I started following your blog and your tutorials, I have been recommending my friends to check out your tutorials . Thank you so much and appreciate your hard work in bringing us these fabulous tutorials.

  179. General Test on 24-Sep-2016 in India.

    Results – L:9, R:9, W:7, S:7, Overall:8

    This was my first attempt and have manged to get minimum required score so I am really happy though a bit disappointed with the scores in W and S. I was expecting better (at least 7.5 in each). Should I ask for re-eval?

    Practice from IELTS Cambridge books 9, 10, from IDP book (one you get on booking the test) and some practice exercises from your website helped prepare for listening and reading. I also read writing and speaking tips from your website and watched all the free videos and vocabulary lists. I also read materials from some other websites you mentioned in different places (ielts-simon, dcielts, etc.) which were also very useful.

    I had taken 4 weekend classes (4-5 hours each) at a local institute. That did not really help to build a lot of knowledge as such but gave me introduction to what is expected in IELTS as this was my first attempt and I did not even know what does IELTS stand for. πŸ™‚ The most beneficial thing out of that was I took 4 mock tests for L,R, W after the classes. That helped me in being mentally prepared for the real test. My advise is to do at least a couple of mock tests simulating exam conditions.

  180. Hi Liz,

    I found this resource highly useful in preparing for my IELTS test. I took the first test in March and the score was

    L: 7.5
    S: 8
    R: 9
    W: 7.5

    I needed 8 in Listening so I had to resit which I did last month. The score now is

    L: 9
    S: 8
    R: 7.5
    W: 6.5

    I need minimum 7 in writing. Phewww… I don’t know where it went so wrong. I never expected such a low score in writing. I am sitting the test again next month. I would really appreciate any tips. I am targeting 8 in each and I feel I can do it if stop making stupid mistakes. πŸ˜› I think I wrote quite a lengthy essay so I didn’t get enough time to recheck the last page for any errors.

    keep up the good work by the way.

    • Well done with your results! If your writing score is fluctuating between one whole band score, you might need to review your techniques. Writing a lengthy essay will NOT help your score. It will only allow for more mistakes in grammar and vocabulary which will lower your score. It is also a problem as you might have been long-winded and added unnecessary information – that also will lower your score. Aim for between 260 and 280 word in task 2. See these pages for more tips (read all band scores, not just the one you want): and also: To learn techniques for a high score think about my advanced writing task 2 lessons: Don’t book your test again until you are sure you have identified your weaknesses. Good luck!

    • Hi Komal,
      Could you please write some tips that lets you take 9 in reading ?
      Wow it is a perfect score, and good luck in your next test.

      Thank you

  181. Hi Liz,

    I’ve presented the IELTS 2 months ago and I’ve got:

    So, I have to do it again, I need 7 in each band due to skilled visa application. I’ve been studying with your advanced tutorials, which are great. I’ll do it again on the 29th October 2016.

    Any suggestions or advice to focus on during these two weeks of preparation?

    Many thanks,
    Gina from Colombia

  182. Hi Liz
    Thank you for your free tutorials. My exam was on 10th September 2016 GT in Sri Lanka.
    My result is
    Listening 7
    Reading 7
    writing 7
    Speaking 7

  183. I took IELTS General test on 10th Sept and got band scores;
    L: 7.5
    W: 7.0
    R: 6.5
    S: 6.5

    Retaking the exam on the 08th Oct. Any suggestions and predictions much appreciated.

  184. Hi Liz,

    I had to prepare the IELTS in 2 weeks, as I had a very short deadline. Anyway, those are my results:
    L 7.5
    R 8.5
    W 7
    S 7.5
    Overall 7.5

    I got the score I needed and I just want to thank you for your lessons! You helped me a lot! Your advanced lessons for writing task 2 are also very good!

  185. Hi Liz,
    I sat the IELTS exam on the 10th on September, for the third time, and I’ve finally passed it with the required grade:
    W:7.5; R:8.5; L:7.5; S:7; Overall: 7.5
    I need this grade to apply for a licence to practice as a psychiatrist in the UK! The second time I did well but I got only 6.5 in speaking test.
    Many thanks for your lessons and advice, which helped me a lot to improve, particularly in writing and speaking tests. Your website is very easy to use and comprehensive.
    I wish you the best,

  186. Hello Liz,
    Here are my scores (1st attempt):
    test: academic
    location: Stockholm
    Listening 7
    Reading 6.5
    Writing 7
    Speaking 7

    I am planning to take another IELTS next month since I have to score band 7 in all parts.

    Thank you for your recommendations and videos. They are of the utmost importance .

    • Well done! You’ve done well so far. Before you take your test, think carefully what you can do to increase your score. Learn more about how band scores are marked in writing and speaking. Visit my reading page to learn how to increase your score.

  187. Ciiii Liz,
    I am Prachi, from India but i have now moved to Australia. I gave my IELTS in June and scored as follows-
    Listening-8, Reading- 8, Writing-6.5, Speaking-7
    as i need a minimum of 7 on all categories i followed all instructions , videos tips and lessons from your site and gave my test again in september. my scores are
    Listening- 8.5, Reading-9, Writing- 6.5, Speaking-8.

    Thanks for all your help….your site, lessons are all amazingly simple, precise and extremely helpful.
    however i also realised that i have to do a to of writing practise. hope i score better on writing next time. Thank you

  188. Hi Liz,
    Thanks a lot for sharing excellent tips for all the sections. I appeared for my IELTS exam on 10th Sep 2016 and scored overall band of 7.5 (L:7.5, R:6.5, W:8.0, S:8.0) though bit disappointed with my reading score.
    I would like to thank you so much for your tips and guidance…especially your writing tips were commendable and worth million dollars πŸ™‚

    • You’ve done so well !!! Yes, it’s a shame about your reading score but you’ve done very well in all other parts. Well done!! πŸ™‚

  189. TestDate
    Overall. 8.0. Listening8.5Reading8.5Writing7.0Speaking7.0
    Hi Liz
    Just want to see thank you.
    I need at least 7 in each band to get my Doctor registration in Australia.
    This was the sixth time and I made it.
    I always failed in writing (6.5 for 5 times) before this one.
    However, speaking was only 7 ( normally 8) was because I was in very bad mood and suffering from shock headache on that day.
    My experiences are below:
    1) purchase Liz ‘s advanced classes and learn the structure well. It is very important to have a clear mind.
    2) read all tips on Liz’s websites including ideas;
    3) don’t just read and memorise, try to write at least two per day.
    4) don’t just write, self check is very important ( not just give to other people to check), then ask other people to check for you.
    5) vocabulary is very important but you have to know how to use each word probably, so don’t just memorise words, try to read and remember some modal sentences.
    Good luck everyone, you can make it.
    Once again, thank you Liz.

    • Sorry
      It should be ” say thank you”, not “see thank you ”

    • Academic writing is not easy and more difficult than General. As you can see, it took me six times to reach 7 in writing, and many years ago I got 7.5 in General writing in one go.
      So well prepared will help you make it.

    • That’s a very good score. Well done! Thanks for sharing your tips. You seem to have understood the techniques needed for IELTS. Checking your writing is very important and getting to understand vocabulary in depth rather than learning long words lists is exactly right. I’m glad my advanced lessons helped πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • Hello Jing,
      Please, what are the key methods you used for your listening and reading because I often run out of time during reading.

    • hello jing
      What kind of books should i use for improving my english skills

  190. Hi Liz!
    I took exam on 10th September
    My results are L-8, R-8, W-7.5, S-7
    Overall 7.5
    Thank you Liz for your wonderful work!

  191. Elisa Battistella says:

    Hi Liz!
    On the 10th of September I had my test and today I received the results!
    L: 8
    R: 8
    W: 7.5
    S: 7

    I would like to thank you for your web site and your precious advice. I didn’t have the opportunity to attend a course to prepare for the IELTS so I watched all your videos, read all your articles and made a lot of the exercises you proposed.

    I would have never reached these results without your help!


  192. Hi Liz, I got my score today:

    overall 7. L7 R6.5 W7 S8. not happy my reading score. do you suggest I should go for reevaluation. do people generally get their scores revised after evaluation or it remains the same. please reply as I am very upset.

  193. Thanks a lot for your valuable advice. I received overall band of 8.5 in the academic version of the test. R:9; L:9; W:8; S:8. I am especially proud of the band 8 writing score. Keep up the good work

  194. Thanks Liz for creating such a wonderful website. All contents are properly organized and are very easy to access.

    I just followed your website and official IDP practice tests for IELTS preparation.

    I got following result:
    L- 8.5, R-7, W-7.5, S-7.5 ; O-7.5.

    A piece of advice for other students. Pls. remember that IELTS centres do not allow you to carry watches. Timers are shown on projectors but sometimes they are not visible for candidates sitting at the back. Since, I am very accustomed to looking at watch during tests, I couldn’t finish my reading section on time in absence of my wrist watch. So, be careful with time.

    • Very well done getting 7.5! Thanks for sharing your tip. All students should ensure that they can see the clock provided by IELTS if they want to keep good time management in reading and writing. It’s quite shocking that IELTS don’t guarantee that all students can see it!

  195. Hi Liz,

    I’d like to specially appreciate you! You were an excellent resource through my IELTS. It took me approximately three weeks to prepare for the test, and I must say that I relied solely on your material.

    My scores for the IELTS September 10, 2016 test are as follows:

    Reading – 6.5
    Writing – 7.5
    Speaking – 8.5
    Listening – 8.5

    I owe you Liz. I could begin to share all the tips you gave me. And I could tell you why I had lower scores in Writing and Reading. For my writing task 2, I forgot to include a conclusion, and for my reading test, I wasted too much time on one of the passages. So you see I really didn’t follow your advice on conclusion and time management.

    Cheers Liz.

    • You’ve done really well and should be proud of your score. It’s hard to remember all the tips when you’re in the test room but even so you’ve done well. I’m pleased for you πŸ™‚

  196. Christian Agero says:

    Hi Liz!

    Id like to thank you for the wonderful, precised and very useful tutorials! It helped me to conquer the ielts! πŸ€—

    L/R/S – 8.5
    W – 7, i got the map comparison, and good thing i read a sample of it on your page. Thanks a lot!

  197. All are counted one except for number nine has two.
    Cheers, Elvia

  198. Dear Liz.

    I would like to thank you for the support I found at your web.

    The study system you created is very helpful.

    I found a good company in your videos and excellent practice material in all your links.

    I have presented my exams and passed!

    Please keep your work as wonderful as is.

    I am sure lots of people feel the same like me.

    I wish you all the best in your professional and personal live.

    Kind Regards


  199. IELTS Score
    Speaking 8.5
    Reading 7
    Writing 6.5
    Listening 8

    I cant seem to get band 7 score in writing. I gave 4th august attempt from British council. I speficially focused on construction of sentences, ideas relvant to topic, grammatical accuracy and exmple.This was my 6th attempt.

    I am repeating band 8 and above in listening and speaking since 1st attempt.
    I appeared for GT IELTS.

    Please advise what can be done to improve my score in writing.

    • There are usually two reasons why people can’t hit band 7. Firstly, they are making too many grammar and vocabulary mistakes. People think that if they produce complex sentences and use high band score words, they will get band 7. It doesn’t work that way. The aim is to avoid errors and produce accurate, appropriate language. The second reason is technique and understanding what the examiner wants. For the second reason, I can recommend my advanced writing task 2 lessons which are for both GT and AC students:

  200. Darlene Dabreo says:

    Let me start By Thanking You Liz For all the Great Information that Your Provided on your website …Your Website is really Very informative.I had done my Exam on the 20 August After a Long wait of over a month for my results i finally got my results today and i Scored an overall band Of 7.0 in my first attempt..i am really so happy with my results as i had only two days to prepare for my exams as i was working full time.

    • That’s great with only 2 days preparation πŸ™‚ Well done !

      • hey!i am really impressed ..can you help out too by letting me know how did you prepare within two days..could like to elaborate all… like i am gonna appear on 8th october… let me know please..will be waiting for u anxiously!!!!

      • hi liz
        I have done my ielts exam on 4thaugust but iam still waiting for result . i am not feel good please give me any information and help me

  201. Dear Liz,

    Thanks for the great work you are doing . I received my EOR results today and it came out positive. Initially I got 6.5 in writing but today I got 7 after an increase of 0.5 . I am so happy. The results are as follows Reading 7.5, Speaking 6.5 , Listening 7.5 and now writing 7.0.
    James WK

    • That’s great news to hear you got an increase. Well done πŸ™‚

    • Hi James
      Can I ask you how long does your remarking process take ? As I requested a remark as well on 28/7 but no thing comes up yet , :((

    • hi james,
      i got my results yesterday and unfortunately i had 6.5 again in my writing while passing other parts of the exam(L-8.5, R-8.5, S-7.5). i just want to know from which country did you take the exam and what module? acad or gt. thanks in advance. im planning to file an EOR too. hope you can answer my questions.

  202. Hi Liz, thanks for your website. I literally read on the day of the exam on 27th August in London (please don’t try this). I got an overall academic band score 8. L:8, R: 8.5, W: 7, S: 7.5. And it’s more than enougj for my PhD application this year.

    Thank you so much, Liz! I particularly found the tips for writing were fruitful!

  203. My test results on 27 August 2016:
    Listening: 7.5
    Reading: 7.5
    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 7.5
    Overall: 7.5
    Thank you for the excellent advice and tips on IELTS exam.

  204. Hi Liz,

    I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to you for making such quality IELTS material freely available. As a result of your tips and detailed lessons on all the sections of IELTS, I was able to achieve an overall band score of 8 in my first IELTS attempt.
    Bands in individual sections: L: 7.5, R: 7.5, W:8, S: 8.5.

    Best Regards,

  205. Hi liz

    Thanks to you i got good results in three skills:
    L 8.5
    R 7.5
    W 7.5
    but i was shaking during the interview and i’m sure i sounded funny too
    I have a fear of these kind of situations, like when i’m at an interview. have you seen anyone like me? Any pointers for my problem?
    Thanks in advance

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Well done in all other parts of your test. My heart goes out to you about your speaking test. Yes, I have seen students who just freeze when it is time to talk. They get so nervous and uncomfortable that they just can’t talk. There are a few things to consider. Firstly, make sure you have so many ideas prepared for topics that you always have ideas to give. See my speaking page with a list of common topics to start: Secondly, practice using those ideas to answer questions on your own. Many students think that you can only practice speaking with another person, but that isn’t true. You can still practice speaking out loud on your own: Lastly, take the test again. It is common for students to take the test a number of times until they develop confidence or until they hit their peak performance. I don’t usually recommend this but in your case it might work and help you get used to exam conditions. Otherwise, you could consider finding a local teacher to give you practice speaking tests instead until you develop your confidence. I wish you lots of luck!! πŸ™‚

      • Thanks, you are absolutly right. I used the materials that you share in listening, reading and especially the writing section which helped me a lot in that part, but for the speaking part I didn’t, cause I normaly don’t have a problem in speaking, so I think I kinda underestimated the stressful situation of the test (I did not consider the fact that i panic in a situation like this). I just read the FAQ to get to know how the interview is going to be conducted. I didn’t work on the topics so i didn’t have good ideas for this part.
        Yes I’ll definitely take the test again. and I hope that I can post better results of mine this time.
        Thanks again for replying and also your helpful website.

  206. Hi Liz

    Thanks for the tips. My score for 20th Aug 2016 is:

    Listening: 8.5
    Speaking: 7.5
    Reading: 7.5

  207. Hi, I would like to thank you for such a useful and informative site for IELTS preparation. I was not doing good in writing in my first two exams and before my third attempt I referred to your posts in IELTS Writing category – materials and videos, and it helped me a lot to know my mistakes and areas where I was loosing marks. I have got 7 in my third attempt. I would recommend your site to all those who are struggling with IELTS.

    • I’m really glad my website helped πŸ™‚ Well done!

      • Vyom Sharma says:

        Dear Liz

        I am extremely grateful for the knowledge and exam tactics that you share.
        I would be honest to say that I ventured online to find the best online resource for preparation of IELTS exam and I can say that Liz is the ” best”. I watched a number of Liz’s videos and the guidance on writing was very useful.
        After a period of nerve wracking anxiety due to withheld result , I finally got the result today.
        L – 9
        W – 7.5
        R – 7
        S – 7
        Overall – 7.5
        Exactly what I required.

        You Rock Liz


  208. Sarim Siddiqui says:

    Hello Liz,

    I would like to say thank you very much for all the efforts being made by you to educate people around the globe. Your lessons are tremendous and give huge knowledge to everyone. By practicing the materials provided by you, i appeared in PTE exam and with watching your videos i achieved very good score in PTE exam. Below are the equivalent bands which i got as compared to IELTS:

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

  209. Abdul bari says:

    Hi Liz, thank you for all the help you provided in the blog. I did’nt know a bit about english and ielts but after going through all of your videos and material I scored 7.5. you are really a great mentor. thank you very much.
    reading and listening 8
    writing 7
    speaking 6.5
    overall – 7.5

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

      • Hi Liz! I would like to express my sincerest thank you to you and to your site. I have taken IELTS twice in the Philippines and attended review classes but my writing score did not exceed 6.5 and my target is 7 in all subtest (for UK and Australia), it literally broke my heart because I thought I already gave it my all.
        After 2 years I decided to give IELTS a try, and I am so grateful to have watched your lectures in youtube and further read lectures and techniques/tips on your site. I have learned so much from this site than in my review classes. πŸ™‚ I took my exam last August 20 and received my score yesterday:

        Listening: 9
        Reading: 7.5
        Writing: 8
        Speaking 7.5
        TBS: 8

        Thank you and God bless you Liz!!! you are amazing in what you do.

        • A really great score!! Getting band 8 in writing is not common at all. Well done πŸ™‚

          • and that’s because of you. I owe you a lot!! πŸ™‚

            • Hello kris. Would you mind sharing which video helped you the most. I need 7 in all subtest as well. I got 6 in writing. It was my first time to take the exam. Please help. I am now watching and learning from liz’s video I’m really hoping for a better result on my next attempt.

          • Imani Kondo says:

            I can’t than you enough for the classes you provide.

            My score is L:7.5 R:7 W:8.5 S:9 O:8

            Thank you very much.

            • That’s a great score! Well done. Getting 9 in speaking and 8.5 in writing is excellent. You should be proud of that score! πŸ™‚

  210. Hi Liz

    Thanks for your lessons.
    I’ve given the exam 3 times, in my last attempt the overall score has improved from 7.5 to 8.0 Bands
    However, I’m not able to improve my writing score it is still 6.5 in this third attempt. Kindly give me some advice to overcome this hurdle of 0.5…

    • Liz….thanks a tonne as your tips on writing and speaking section helped me in finally getting the withheld scores of my 4th aug test
      L 9
      R 9
      W 7.5
      S 7.5
      But the overall score is 8.5
      The scores dont sum up…they say it’s indicative so waiting for the final TRF

      • Very well done! It’s a great score. The overall 8.5 is correct according to the scores for each part. Hopefully the TRF will confirm it.

    • Hi SA,

      I have taken the IELTS almost 4 times for my Australia immigration. I was always getting stuck on the Writing section. so decided to invest $19 in Liz’s Advanced WT2 lesson. That is one of the BEST $19 investment ever made.

      On Monday, I took the PTE_Academic and used Liz’s tips to tackle the Writing section. And guess what, I scored the maximum (90). So I highly recommend you invest into Liz’s WT2 lessons.

      All the very best and thank you Liz for your tips. You doing a wonderful job.


  211. I got my result yesterday.
    R: 7.5
    L: 7.5
    S: 7
    W: 6

    I am highly depressed with my Writing band score. I was expecting above or atleast 7. I am shocked to get 6. I practiced more than 10 lessons in accordance with 4 marking criterias and under exam conditions to get good band score. I did my Task 1 and 2 (GT) very well as topics were quite easy. It was a discussion essay and i used paragraphing according to your tips, addressed main points by giving reasons and relevant examples, used less common vocab, wrote conclusion etc etc. This was my third attempt πŸ™

    I want to ‘Enquire my Results’. Would you suggest me Liz to opt for that? Will it make any difference in my result?
    Need your suggestion.

    • It is certainly possible to consider a remark with your scores. Using less common vocabulary is a criteria for band 7 but any mistakes will lower your score. Any word that isn’t 100% appropriate will give you a lower score. Frequent errors = band 5, some errors = band 6 and few errors = band 7. So, it’s not always easy for students to judge their own band scores. Anyway, you decide if you want to go for a remark. I wish you luck!

  212. Hi Liz,

    I just want to express my gratitude for the free tips you shared in this site. I took the test last August 20 and got the results yesterday.

    L 8.5 R9 W7 S7.5
    Overall 8.0

    I’m ecstatic with my results, thank you very much!

  213. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for your help. I passed my IELTS (GT) at first attempt

    L – 7.5
    R – 7.5
    W – 7.5
    S – 8.0

  214. Hi Liz,

    Thank you for providing exceptional online guidance for IELTS.

    My Score

    Listening: 9
    Reading 8.5
    Writing: 7.5
    Spoken: 9

    Overall 8.5


  215. Hi Liz,

    First of all thank you for this amazing blog. I scored 8 in speaking with your blog this time.
    I have given IELTS general three times now:
    First attempt : L 8.5, R 8.5 , S 6.5, W 7.5
    Second attempt: L 9, R 8.5, S 6.5, W 7
    Third attempt: L 8.5, R 7, S 8, W 6.5

    I need 7 in all the sections. I am pretty confident about my writing section. Do you think should i go for re validation in writing?


    • It is certainly possible to consider that step. You’ve hit band 7 before in writing.

      • shalini singh says:

        Thanks Liz, that’s a relief. I will surely do that. I will update here about the results.

        • Hi Shalini

          Are you going to Enquire your writing result?
          I get low band score in writing too. But i was not at all expecting low in writing. Thinking to validate but double minded.

        • Hi shalini I need 7score in one attempt in ielts but every time I got different score like you

          • Hi Navdeep

            same goes with me as well. In last 2 attempts i got overall 7 … but one time less than 7 in speaking and one time less than 7 in writing. I want 7 in all 4… Although i was quite confident in my last attempt πŸ™

    • Do pte.

    • I applied of EOR and surprisingly i got my results even before 3rd week. But the result says unchanged. So i am going to attend this test again on 29th of this month. I hope i get 7 in all the bands this time.

  216. Anyone else got withheld result of 4th august?

    • Still got any message or mail from IDP?

      • Hello Anand..
        I m also waiting for resuly and there is neither any update nor any message from idp?

      • Sameer Sharma says:

        Anand , Ruchi , i received a text from IELTS that the result of the 4th August is released and the same will come by courier, also i called BC to check results , but they said it cannot be told over phone, (As they dont have it) , also it will not be displayed online, the only option is to wait for the courier to arrive.
        Does anyone know any method of checking the result ?

        • Hello sameer,
          I havent got any update. Yesterday i called to idp customer care and they told me that they would declare result before 17. I know the only one way to check result that is through candidate log in section

    • Manmeet bajwa says:

      I am also wating for my result of aug
      Idp officials said that the next updaye wil come in last of september
      They are playing with the future of students
      PTE is best my friend get a result in 24 hours
      And idp 3 months to go but rrsult is still pending

  217. Hey Liz,

    I spent a week preparing for my IELTS GT Module and i barely had time to cover everything on your site. It was extremely helpful, to the point and complete, I did’t need to consult anything else for my preparation. THANKS alot!
    My score was
    R 9
    L 9
    S 8
    W 8
    Overall: 8.5

  218. hey Liz, thank you so much for everything! I followed your blog for a week and got the results I wanted. It was my first attempt and I did the IELTS Academic module.
    L: 8.5
    R: 9.0
    W: 7.0
    S: 8.5
    Overall: 8.5
    Your blog was extremely helpful. Thanks a lot for all your help again πŸ™‚

  219. Me and my wife, both studied through your website for about 2-3 weeks. We never took coaching and it was our first attempt.
    I got L7.5, R 7.5, W7, S7 and my wife L8, R9, W7.5, S7.

    We want to thank you for your valuable content and way of teaching.
    You are doing a good job!!

    • That’s great news and the first time I’ve heard of a couple who both got such great results!! Well done! I hope you celebrated πŸ™‚

  220. Dear Liz,
    I came across your blog after my test on 30th July and wish I knew about it earlier. I find this blog to be the most relevant in addressing issues related to IELTS. My results were withheld and finally got them yesterday and the score is as follows:
    L 9
    R 8.5
    S 8
    W 7
    Overall 8
    I am very disappointed with my Writing score as I had done pretty well and expected to score 8 or above. I am in a dilemma as to whether I should go for EoR or re-appear for the test. Anyways you are doing a great job. Appreciate your efforts!!!

    • A great score!! It’s certainly possible to consider a remark for writing if you are sure you have fulfilled the requirements of a band score above 7. Did you use a range of grammar with most sentences error free? Did you extend ideas fully? Did you use a range of linking devices with flexibility? Did you address all parts of the task? There are a number of issues where you might have fallen short. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider a remark. See this page to learn more about the writing task 2 band scores: The main problem is that speaking is marked only on the level of your English, while writing is marked on other criteria which is not language based. If you feel sure, then go for a remark.

      • Thank you for your response, Liz.
        Though I may not be the perfect person to assess my own writing as I will always be biased but I was aware of the issues you have pointed out and I tried my best to address all these issues in my writing task. Maybe I will consider for a remark.

        • sheetal bob srikant says:

          Hu Kailash,

          I was wondering if you did a re evaluation for your writing session. I also plan to do the same, but confused if a retake would be a better idea.

    • A great score!! It’s certainly possible to consider a remark for writing if you are sure you have fulfilled the requirements of a band score above 7. Did you use a range of grammar with most sentences error free? Did you extend ideas fully? Did you use a range of linking devices with flexibility? Did you address all parts of the task? There are a number of issues where you might have fallen short. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider a remark. See this page to learn more about the writing task 2 band scores: The main problem is that speaking is marked only on the level of your English, while writing is marked on other criteria which is not language based. If you feel sure, then go for a remark.

  221. Hi Liz. I took IELTS Academic module on 13th of August. Here are my results:
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 8.5
    Writing 7.0
    Speaking 7.0
    Overall 8.0
    Thank you for your website and videos. I found them very useful, especially the ones about Writing Task. Without your help, I wouldn’t have scored 7 in Writing.

  222. Hi Liz,

    Your website has been a massive help in my preparation for the exam. My test results for my exam on July 30 were as follows:
    L: 8.5, R:6.5, S:7.5, W:8
    Not to sound over-confident, but I was surprised with the reading result. With my practice tests, I don’t remember getting a score lower than 30/40. The last time I took the exam, I scored 8 for reading. This was 9 years ago though. Still, based on my practice tests, I was more unsure with writing and speaking.

    I am contemplating whether or not to request for a remark. Is there any chance of a human error with the handling of the results. Your expert advice will highly be appreciated.

    • Your reading score is certainly surprising and I can understand why you’re thinking of a remark. The problem is that reading marks are based on correct or incorrect answers and mistakes are highly unlikely, although not impossible. I can’t advise you more than that. It’s your choice in the end and you decide if you want to try remarking when it’s unlikely your score will alter. Did you check your spelling? Did you write letters for multiple choice rather than words? Did you write T or True for TFNG questions instead of Yes? I wish you luck. Let us know what you decide πŸ™‚

  223. Hello Liz,

    Took the IELTS exam last August 13, after booking the seat barely 10 days before the date (it was a spontaneous decision!). Only managed to get 2 days off from work, and knowing that the writing exam would kill me, browsed your materials on the section.

    Somehow managed:
    Listening – 9
    Reading – 8.5
    Writing – 7
    Speaking – 9
    (OBS: 8.5)

    Wish I had more time to study go through your lessons; might have improved my score if I did.

    Thank you for your wonderful site, and wish you success with your pursuits!


    • A great score! Well done! You should be very proud to get band 9 in speaking. With only a couple of days preparation, it clearly shows the level of your English. No doubt with more preparation, you could also have hit a higher score in writing. But, regardless, you’ve still done exceptionally well – bravo! πŸ™‚

  224. ali Raza khan says:

    Dear liz
    i am writing to you for the first time . i hope you are well. Liz i like to thank you for the free ielts lessons you have been giving on this site. just because of you i have the following scores but in my previous ielts (which kept expiring after two years) i scored well too but this time it was different as ur guidance on technical issues made everything work well and smooth. Here is my score:
    L :8

    god bless you liz…..!!!!!

    • Well done! It’s a very strong score. Getting band 9 in speaking is fantastic!! πŸ™‚

    • Hello Liz,
      I took the ielts academic today in usa .Following questions were asked:
      writing: Task1 – had to compare two graphs showing carbon emission n global temperature change.
      Task2- without career life is meaningless….agree or disagree.
      speaking: general questions about where i live ,like watching movies or not ,how i spent weekends,wats d plan for next weekend.
      other question was to describe a situation when did i get angry n lator how to deal with people who are physically challenged.
      Thank liz for your guidance.Hoping for d best.

  225. Aayush Kukreja says:

    Hey Liz. Just received my IELTS result for 13th of August. It’s a 7.5 <3. I religiously followed your blogs, videos and lessons although for 2 days but I guess they were enough. Nevertheless, I could never thank you enough for the contribution. Hope many more IELTS aspirants get to hear about your blog and achieve success. Keep up the great work and remain as you are.

  226. Hello Liz!!! I have exciting news! My IELTS score showed up today and it is surprisingly high considering that I was rather convinced I couldn’t get more than a band 7 overall. I also have to mention that it was my first IELTS attempt and actually the first language proficiency test I have ever taken. I’m from Romania.
    My score:
    Listening: 8
    Reading: 8
    Speaking: 8
    Writing: 7.5
    Thank you for your valuable website!!! I acquired vast information from it.
    PS: I needed band 6.5 overall for university admission in Brussels.

  227. Dear Liz,

    I would like to thank you for the amazing job on this blog. In my fourth attempt, I finally achieved over 8 in all test sections! Part of my success is due to the excellent material I found here.

    I have already recommended your blog to several other people who are going through the IELTS battle.

    Here are my results:
    L 9
    R 8
    W 8.5
    S 8.5

    Best regards!

    • Really excellent !!! You should be so proud of your results. Well done πŸ™‚ I’m glad my blog use useful πŸ™‚

  228. I got my results today –
    Listening – 9
    Reading – 8
    Writing – 7
    Speaking – 7
    Overall: 8

    I thank Liz a lot because if it were not for her, I wouldnt have been able to prepare efficiently. I suggest everyone to first get familiar with the IELTS test. You can do this by checking the FAQs for every section in this blog.

    Next, its best if you can practice with the best materials. Cambridge IELTS books’ pdf versions are available in the internet from versions 6-10. You can search for them in google and you will be able to download the audios for listening. The materials in these books are authentic IELTS questions. There are many 4 tests in each of the versions.

    I think this blog is the best online resource to learn for IELTS. After you finish learning, use the Cambridge IELTS for practicing. Once again, Liz, thank you so much. God bless you!!!

    • Very well done! Thanks also for sharing your tips. I’m glad you found my FAQ page of IELTS Information. Not many students read it and it contains so much essential information: And I agree completely that students must use the Cambridge test books. It would be unthinkable to enter the test without having used them. Thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚

    • Hi Gabriel
      You have really performed excellent!!!
      Can you please help me with some of the esssays which might be you have written while doing practice.
      It will be really great help..I just want to have look of the essay which really can score above 7..just to enhance my level..
      Thanks in anticipation

  229. Hi Liz,
    I finally got my ielts result today, after being withheld for 2 weeks.
    Im really grateful to u for the online help you provide. I had only three days to prepare and this was my first attempt. My prep involved only going through the tips and tricks u provided and i got my desired results πŸ™‚

    Thanks a lot!!

    L : 8.5
    S : 7.5
    W : 7
    R : 7


    • Well done! That’s good news πŸ™‚

    • Hello zara,
      When was your exam? Even my result has also withheld. I m very tensed

      • Rashpinder says:

        Hlo mam my result has not been declared yet I m very tensed .I had given my exam on 4th Aug .my result was to be announced on 17th of august 2016 . they say that my paper is under quality check

        • Hello rashpinder
          I also appeared in ielts exam on 4th of august. But still waiting for result. What about your result?

          • Similar case
            Got 2nd September as a date for next update .

            • Hello rhea..
              Did you write for idp or bc?

              • Still waiting for withheld result..Its very frustating. After all its a matter of our career.

                • Anyone else got withheld result of 4 aug?

                • Sameer Sharma says:

                  Hi Everyone,

                  I got another SMS stating that result update will be available on the 9th of Sep 2016 now for Examination date 04th August 2016.Extremely frustrating and annoying.Also , the BC officers say that they have the results with them , but have been asked not to release as investigation is incomplete.Was anyone lucky to receive the withheld result , and if yes how did it come ?, As a text or email ?

    • Sameer Sharma says:

      Zara was your test date 4th if August 2016 ?

      • Yes my friend got withheld result after 23-24 days of actual result date .
        Don’t worry it will come soon .
        Probably on 9th .

  230. Hi Liz,
    My test score for IELTS General [dated 16 July at Bangalore, India] is:
    L: 9 R: 9 S: 8.5 W: 8
    I had only 4 days to prepare for the exam and I am quite pleased with the results, a major portion of which I owe to your website and your selfless work that has not only assisted me, but also innumerable people across the globe. Thank you for your invaluable test tips and advise. God bless thee.

    • Excellent!!! πŸ™‚ Very well done indeed!! With only 4 days to prepare you should be exceedingly proud not only of your level of English but also of your ability to grasp the essentials of IELTS πŸ™‚

  231. Hi Liz
    First of all thank you so much. All your lessons were very useful. I have practised with your lessons. I took exam on 3pth Aug and at last my results are out. This was my 4th attempt and I need 7 for all module. Everytime I loose for speaking. This time results are
    Listening 7.5
    Reading 7
    Speaking 7
    Writing 6.5
    Overall 7.
    But Im good with writing always. And Im sure this time I have appeared well. Can I go for a recheck and what I have to do for recheck.?

    • You can consider a remark but make sure you read the comments I have given to others about remarking writing before deciding.

  232. Hi Liz
    Thanks for your fantastic writing tips.
    I received my results today after 24 days of waiting.
    S :7
    L :7.5
    R :7

  233. Test was on 16th July 2016 and results withheld up until today i received a text:
    Reading – 9
    Listening – 9
    Writing – 8
    Speaking – 7
    Overall – 8.5 !!!

    • Excellent !!!! Very well done indeed!! Thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚

      • Optimistic Lady says:

        I have just got my withheld results of 30th July. I have achieved an overall 7
        My previous results for 16th July were L-6.5/R-5.5/W-7/S-7 and an overall 6.5

        I am puzzled why the results totally different from each other!!

        Thank you Liz for your tips.

        • The results are different because your performance will be different and the language you offer the examiner will be different. It is normal for results to change from test to test which is why some people do the test twice.

    • Ruben james Germano Georfo says:

      Hi Liz! After a month of waiting for my score, I finally got it. I got L-7 R-7 W-7 S-8!

      Your videos are very straighforward and easy to recall. I will recommend you to all my friends and ask them to purchase your lessons.

      • Well done! I’m really pleased to hear that my advanced lessons were useful. Thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚

  234. hi !
    I am really thankful to you for your brilliant videos on IELTS.
    my IELTS score is
    I have a question that should I go for a recheck ?

    • Please check my previous comments to other students regarding this. Thanks

    • Poonam Khullar says:

      Hi Umar,
      I had got L 8, S 8.5, R 8, W 6.5
      I did a reevaluation but score for writing remained same. Final decision would be yours as I also wanted to get my score reevaluated once and so I did.

      • It’s a shame. Remarking doesn’t automatically mean the score will change. You’ve done very well in the other skills.

  235. Hi Liz,

    Posting for my friend who took the exam last month

    Listening 6.5
    Reading 8
    Writing 6
    Speaking 6

    Overall 6.5

  236. Ashit Kumar Nayak says:

    Dear Liz,

    Thank you for your help in improving the scores of many students across the world. My Name is Ashit and I am from India. My Scores are as below in my 3 IELTS Attempts. I am not sure now what to do next. Please help me to understand what exactly should I do to get All 7.

    IELTS Attempt 1: L8 R6 W7 S7 – Over All 7
    IELTS Attempt 2: L8.5 R7.5 W7.5 S6.5 – Over All 7.5
    IELTS Attempt 3: L8.5 R8 W6.5 S6.5 – Over All 7.5

    I follow your instructions and it helps, the scores are not as expected.


    • Your score is probably fluctuation because your English and IELTS skills are borderline 7 which means sometimes above or below depending on test day performance. Don’t take the test again until you know what your problem areas are.

  237. Sohal Charanjit says:

    Hello Liz

    This is Sohal Charanjit from India.
    I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a top class preparation advice and material on your website.I extensively used your website and information available which helped to prepare and get the required score with in 4 Months of preparation.My IELTS & PTE scores are mentioned below:

    1)IELTS : L-8,R-7,W-6.5,S-7.5
    2) PTE : L-72,R:72,W-68,S-72

    Thanks you very much once again.

    • Well done!!! πŸ™‚

      • Hi Liz
        I would like to post my result but I don’t how so I just replied to this comment, my result after withheld for three weeks is L 7 R8 W 6.5 S7 , I need 7.5 overall but because of writing score unfortunately I can’t, I would ask you if it is worth for remake or my result was already reviewed by experts and it will be definite because it was withheld??
        I am looking forward for your reply Liz.

        • Your results are double checked when there is a difference of two band scores between skills. In this case, you could consider getting a remark if you:
          1. wrote over the word count on both task 1 and task 2
          2. wrote an overview for task 1 and a conclusion for task 2

          • hey liz,
            i asked you a question before but didnot get any reply from your side.
            so, i am asking it here
            i am in a big trouble
            i want to pursue masters in canada
            and band requirement for that is 6.5 overall
            my bands are
            S -7
            overall i am fulfilling the criteria as i got 6.5
            please tell me what should i do as i got 1 band less in writing module.
            i have limited amount of time
            please give me a way out what should i do now.

  238. Hi Liz,

    I got my results on 13 August and below is the same.


    I am very much disappointed with my speaking score.
    Strictly speaking I did well in my speaking but not sure why I got less score. In this context i want to share the speaking cue card question and my answer to get clarification.

    The que card was share something which was with you for long time, which you lost recently.

    I stated a home of our ancestors where we stayed for longtime which got demolished recently.

    Can you please help me to understand if choosing house was the mistake when the question asked about thing.

    Looking for your assistance.

    Thank you,

  239. says:

    I scored L 7.5 and R/w/S 6.5 with over all band 7. I need speaking practise. Looking for female partner to practice speaking over skype. Anyone interested? Send me request on arshia.sayeed( Skype name).

  240. Listening: 8.0
    Reading: 7.5
    Writing: 6.5

    Overall: 7.0

    For the first time and I am super satisfied!!!

  241. Hello Liz
    Yesterday, I got my result which have been withheld for more than 3 weeks.

    S 6.5
    L 8.5
    W 6.5
    R 6.5

    THANKS for your wonderful blog, it helped a lot

    • Faheem sadiq says:

      Dear Peter,

      Why are the results withheld.
      I appeared in IELTS test on 19th November 2016.
      On 2nd December I viewed my result couple of time but after that my result didn’t appeared on the site and a message popped up starting result not found.
      In evening I got a mail from British Council about result with held.

      I am surprised for such a strange attitude .

      Kindly guide what May I do

  242. Hi Darlene,
    First of all, here are the websites I used for my preparation.
    I mainly used Liz’s blog and covered all the important topics for writing and speaking, as I usually only faced a problem with these. I used the third website just to get a few ideas about different speaking topics.
    I think the best thing you can do is practice for the listening and reading modules using the materials on this blog, as well free full length practice tests available on the internet. Time yourself especially during the reading test so that it becomes easier for you during the actual test.
    For speaking, it is really important for you to be confident. For the second part of the speaking test, the 1 minute prep time is really crucial. Use this to jot down a few words or phrases related to the topic and try to think of some points you can disscuss.
    Along with the websites, I used the book “Cambridge Vocabulary for IELTS Advanced” to practice vocabulary and also to practice for all the modules.

    I hope this is helpful for you. Best of luck for your exam!!


  243. i scored 295 in GRE and 6.5 band in ielts
    and i have 3 years of experience in Reliance industries limited
    is it good for taking admission in good university..!

  244. Hi Liz,

    Hope you are doing well. I got my IELTS results today (test on 4th Aug, General), and, I would like to thank you for all the assistance and tips provided by you. This helpmed me immensely in writing better content, and managing my time while attempting the test. My scores are as follows:
    Overall – 8

    While I believe that I could have done tad better on my Reading, but I am still very happy with the outcome.
    You deserve a pat on the back for the wonderful work that you are doing.

  245. Dear Liz,
    I am a Pakistani student residing in Kuwait. I started preparing for IELTS using mainly your blog. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your wonderful website. It has been really helpful to me. I have seen nearly all your videos and read all the great tips you have given. I took the exam on 4th August (Academic) and have just received my results. The scores are:
    Reading: 9
    Listening: 9
    Speaking: 9
    Writing: 7
    Overall: 8.5

    Please Liz, I would like to know your opinion. Should I get my Writing score re-checked or not? I was aiming for a band score of at least 8 in writing so I could achieve an overall 9. However, from what I have read, your score may not necessarily change after the re-mark and the process takes a lot of time. So, in your opinion, should I get a re-mark?
    Your opinion will be highly appreciated.
    Once again, thank you for this amazing website. I have also recommend your blog to my friends who are planning to take IELTS soon.

    Thanks and regards,

    • Firstly, I want to congratulate you on your success!! You’ve done exceptionally well πŸ™‚ Regarding your writing score, when you have a difference of two band scores between one part of the test and another, your paper will be marked again by another examiner. This means your writing has already been remarked and the score is band 7. One reason for this is that writing is not based just on the level of your English language. You are being marked about 50% of your English and about 50% on skills – developing ideas, presenting ideas, organising ideas etc. Therefore, it is possible that someone with excellent English may get a much lower score in writing. I won’t ever say “don’t get a remark” but I will say that your score is really unlikely to change by remarking. But the choice is yours and if you want to try, then go ahead – at the end of the day, you must do what you feel comfortable doing and have no regrets. See this page about how your writing task 2 is marked: Let me know if you have other questions because your situation is not at all common and I’m happy to help if I can.

  246. I got overall 8 band
    L: 7.5
    R: 8.5
    W: 7
    S: 8

  247. Your website was a big help as I only had 3 days to study before my exam!!

    Just got my results today:

    Listening 9.0
    Reading 8.5
    Writing 8.0
    Speaking 9.0

    Overall 8.5

    Still kicking myself about that mistake in reading but then considering I practically winged it, I’m grateful to get above 8 in all sections!

    • A great score!! Considering you feel you winged it, you’ve done brilliantly – very funny! A hearty handshake to you – well done πŸ™‚

    • Hello Mira..congratulations for scoring great scores!!!
      I have also scored above 7 in LRS, but 6.5 in writing..can you please share some tips or practice essay which you have written on my email ID?
      Thanks in anticipation, Riya..

    • when you got your results? I gave on 4th august..still waiting for result

      • I gave on 4th August through British council 17 August .. I was supposed to receive my result .. But they have withheld till 26th August . Is this same case with you ?

        • Hello Rhea..I am in the same an SMS stating the next update would be on Aug 26th and an email describing why it was necessary to hold my results..I wrote the IELTS on 4th Aug through British Council in Bangalore, India..I am expecting 8.5/9 in L and R..maybe that’s the reason..

          • Same situation. Appeared for IELTS , GT organised by IDP on 4th Aug. Today when I was supposed to receive the results, I got an email saying that my results have been withheld for ensuring quality and some investigations would thus be done.

            Moreover, I have not been given any news as to when I can expect the results to be out!

            • Same is the case with me. They neither are telling the actual reason nor are they telling the tentative date to expect an outcome.

              Mumbai-04th Aug.
              How much are u expecting Sukh?

          • eagerness makes the wait worst !
            Especially when we await a solid mark .
            All the best anyways
            What can be done !
            We have to wait

            • Called idp today as well. They asked me to call back in the first week of the next month. No update as of now.


            • Did anyone receive withheld results for 4 august ?

              • Sameer Sharma says:

                Even today the withheld /Delayed results for IELTS GT test Date 04 Aug 2016 , did not come out for Me.This is frustrating,i was advised to write a mail, but the mail to this particular id , bounces , while there is another ID ,given by the BC representative given below, i would like to know if anyone has had any sure shot result , in terms of a positive email response for the withheld result.If that is the case then Please share that ID, it will be of immense help.

                The ID’s given by BC – and

                • No same case !
                  Got another date 2nd September for update regarding result !
                  I don’t know ..wait is worth or not .

          • Did you get your result today ?

    • VEERPAL KAUR says:

      Hi Mira,
      could you please help me regarding listening and writing modules.
      kind regards,

  248. Liz,

    I really liked your site. It helps and continues to help a lot of people. My score are Listening 8.5, Reading 7.5 Writing 6.5 and Speaking 8. Its been a very long time i wrote with a pencil and paper. I was erasing and rewriting on the writing section several times. I barely could read what I had written. Do you thing i should take a retest?

  249. hesham oshba says:

    overall 7.5
    listening 7.5
    reading 8.5
    writing 8
    speaking 6.5
    unfortunately i need at least 7 in each category

    • Such a shame. You’ve done so well in all other areas. You clearly have the right level of English to get band 7. The key is to showcase your English in your speaking test. Use a range of tenses: past, conditional, comparatives etc. Develop answers – add details etc. You could also think about a remark if you feel you did much better than 6.5. I wish you all the very best.

    • waqas haider says:

      dear could you tell me how to get good score bands in listening and reading?

  250. Hello Liz
    I took my ielts on 30 july and i got overall band score- 8.. L-9 R-8 S-7.5 W-7
    Thanks for helping me . i have used your site only for 15 days and juts acquired the techniques.. i could have done better in speaking but my speaking was on 31 july and i was little nervous because on the previous day i wrote writing task 1 in less than 15 minutes. I am grateful to you for your videos and this website.. thank you so much..

  251. Hi Liz:
    I am from Bangladesh. I sat for IELTS (GT) exam on July 30, 2016 with a very short time preparation; in fact 7 days only. I want to say “Thank You” for your video tutorials. Those helped me a lot specially for writing and speaking tests. however my score is:
    Overall: 7.5
    Listening: 7
    Reading: 8
    Writing: 7
    Speaking: 7
    Thank you again for your excellent lectures.
    Wish you all the best.
    Regards / Mahin

  252. Hrishikesh says:

    I got 6.5 band
    Writing :7
    Speaking :7
    listening :5.5 (i missed out a 10 marks fill in the blank)
    reading :6

    I am ineligible for Expres entry just because of 5.5 band in listening . marking 6 makes me eligible.

  253. Hello Liz ,
    First let me thank you for your helpful blog and videos which were very useful to me at my general training Ielts exam

    First attempt:
    March 2016 L: 8.5 R : 6.5 W: 7 S: 6

    Second attempt:
    July 2016 L :8.5 R :7.5 W 6.5 S:7

    So apparently I got better in reading and speaking and got less score in the writing
    I need to get 7 in each band .. Do you think I can get 7 instead of 6.5 if I apply for remarking my writing exam ?!

  254. Hi Liz,
    I got my result today and i am very happy. its only because of you. Truly, From bottom of my heart Thhhhhaaaaaaaaannnnnnnkkkkkk YYYYYYooooouuuuuuu. I cant explain you i just followed your site believe me Liz it is such a improvement. I scored L-7, R-6, W-6,S-6.5

    Thank you soo sooo much

  255. Emily Bay says:

    Hi, I’m from Vietnam. I only knew your page for a short period of time, to be precise, less than 2 weeks. However, your work had helped me a lot particularly in my speaking section.

    I scored 8.0 Overall: 9.0 Listening, 8.0 Reading, 7.5 Speaking and 6.5 Writing.

    I had done 4 mock tests before, none of them had been as good as this, the speaking performances usually fluctuated around 6.5.

    Most of your topics and questions stayed very true to the actual test, which really calmed me down when I was in the test even under great pressure. I can’t describe how thankful I am since I had received absolutely no professional training and lessons apart from yours. Thank you, Liz :* Wish you the best things to come.

    • Very well done getting overall 8. I’m so pleased that you’ve done well without training. It is possible for all students as long as they prepare well. Definitely knowing what exam conditions are like will help with overall exam performance. You should be proud to have done so well πŸ™‚

  256. Hi Liz,

    I never thought I’ll be writing here as I couldn’t succeed in getting more than 6.5 in Writing, but thanks to you (and I mean it!)… It’s just because of your tutorials that I got a satisfactory result today for 30th July exam. It has been a nightmare for me and after giving 5 IELTS e