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  1. Grateful to Liz for your excellent worked examples in this website. I work for a Catholic charity in Singapore in research and advocacy and applied to do a masters in business in UK full-time. They needed an IELTS score overall band score of 7.5 and I am so grateful that your resources have helped me to exceed this requirement which subsequently led to an offer from the university.

    Test score for 29-30 Jun 2018 test date
    Overall band: 8.5
    Listening: 9
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 9

    I was very busy with work and events in that period and found your website literally the day before the written parts of the IELTS. My weakest area was most likely the chart reading exercise and your worked examples were a life-saver. It is a great learning for me to focus more since on reading and interpreting information more carefully and will apply the skills I have learnt in my masters programme. Thank you so very much Liz for your treasure trove of support materials! I would like to affirm you for your generous contribution to IELTS test takers worldwide with your freely available resource kits.

    • Band 8.5 overall is a great score – very well done πŸ™‚ I’m so glad my website and materials were useful to you πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚

  2. Hey Liz,

    I recently gave my IELTS exam on 27th October and I am so happy that in my first attempt I got L:8, R:7, W:7, S:7,5 (Overall bad score: 7.5) I owe the results to you my dear teacher.

    Thanks would be really a small word to express my gratitude to you. The structure/template you give for writing task is just superb. I just love watching your classes. You are too good and please continue your passion of teaching students aspiring to reach their dreamland in abroad. I personally do not prefer online classes but you are at a next level. I literally feel you are right in front of me and teaching me, looking directly into my eyes and transferring the knowledge to students’ mind.

    Thank you once again.


    • Very well done πŸ™‚ It’s a great score and you have every right to feel proud πŸ™‚ I’m glad my videos make you feel that I am speaking to you personally. I also don’t like learning from videos, but I knew it was the only way to reach people from all around the world and help them with IELTS – so I practised really hard to connect beyond the camera and tried to visualise you all sitting at home listening to me. I also know how hard IELTS can be and that also helped me to make my lessons more personal – I know your doubts and concerns. I’m glad you could feel that πŸ™‚ Well done again with your score πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Liz,
    I am a Supply Chain Consultant working for a Big 4 Consulting firm. I wrote the IELTS for my Canada Immigration.

    I wanted to thank you for all the help and guidance you provided with your videos. I took the general test and my scores are R:9,L:9,S:8, W:8. I used your writing tips to strategize for my letter and essay in addition to the IELTS book series(1-12). I studied every day (2hrs) for 3 weeks. After understanding the techniques from your videos, I gave 12 mock tests.

    My advice for anyone would be to understand the essence of Liz’s videos and apply that framework. After each test, pay attention to your mistakes and practice sections that need improvement.

    Also, print out the answer sheets and ensure you are transferring your answers during each test. That helped me understand my speed and accuracy of transferring my notes to final answers.

  4. Habib Siddique says:

    Hi Liz,

    First of all I would like you to Thanks a ton for your help and tips which you have been providing for free of cost. You are a kind person and inspiration for me. I mostly followed you for writing tips and have always got response from you. (Guess I was lucky).

    I appeared for IELTS General Training test on 27/10.

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

    Overall band score: 8.5

    Low scoring in writing section, I think is because for me there was no way to get my practice tests results validated and therefore was not able to identify my mistakes to work on and improve.

    Thanks again and wish you a good health always.

    • You’ve got really great results – well done πŸ™‚ Getting band 7.5 is great – don’t be down about it πŸ™‚

  5. HEY liz.. I am so glad that I came across your paid video stuff. Earlier I was not sure if I should buy or not but then I decided to go ahead with it and I can surely say that it was my best decision in ielts journey. These videos are very PRECISE and focus ON HIGH scoring. You have been my mentor in this process and today with result in hand LRSW as 8.5,9,7,7(first attempt) I can say making you mentor and getting those paid videos save a lot of effort and money in the process.. Once again thanks and proud to be part of your learners family

    • Very well done with your scores πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you hit band 7 in writing. Thank you for your kind comment about my Advanced Writing Task 2 Lessons – I’m glad they were helpful for you πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Liz,

    I don’t have the words to thank you for your precious lessons which helped me to cross the bar, especially in the writing module. I am working as a Medical Lab Technologist in a local hospital since last 4 years. I desired to migrate to Canada, if possible, for which I needed 7 Bands in each module plus an 8 in Listening. I was really worried about my writing which was not up to the mark although I had a significant hold on other modules. I tested my English language level and it came out to be B2 which was not enough to reach my desired target. But I rigorously followed and practiced each and every of your writing lesson for a month, putting all my faith into them, and thanks to them, I got a 7.0 in it. I know I made about 2-4 silly spelling mistakes as well as failed to give referencing to my second body paragraph otherwise I could have got a higher score in it. But I am satisfied with my results.

    I urge all IELTS aspirants to follow your each and every word written on this blog as well as every bit of advice given by you in your videos. Ieltsliz is the only answer to the most commonly heard question (one that I also asked once), “I want a higher band score in IELTS, what should I do?”

    My country is India and My overall band score is 8.0 in General Training.

    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 7.5
    Reading: 8.0
    Listening: 9.0

    A million thanks to you once again. May God always keep you strong to help people like me.

    • Very well done with your results! You needed band 8 in listening and got band 9 πŸ™‚ Brilliant! I wish you lots of luck with your move to Canada – I hope it works out for you πŸ™‚ Glad my website was useful – makes me happy πŸ™‚

  7. Shazia Afzal says:

    Dear liz,
    Hope you are in a good health.
    I just received my IELTS results today,and I really owe this success to you.
    I have appeared in academic ielts before as well and achieved the required score but as ielts test report is valid only for 2 years and now I had to start my job with NHS and was in need of a fresh ielts test report.So just 6 days before the exam I booked my test,wasn’t sure if i have done the right thing.
    Honestly speaking,I only followed your videos especially in writing,which I find the hard bit.
    I followed your steps in both the writing parts,kept it as simple as possible.
    I managed to score-
    A big thank you dear Liz.
    I got the desired score only after watching your videos.
    Thanx again

  8. Hi Liz!

    I’m an English Literature student and I took the academic IELTS test on October 20th. Here are my results:

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

    I’d like to take the time to genuinely thank you for your website and youtube channel, and also all the effort you’re putting into helping test takers. Your sources and materials are all I studied, in addition to doing about 20 tests from the Cambridge books. Thank you so much.
    Wish you all the best!

  9. Hi Liz,

    I would like to take this opportunity to tell you what a blessing your site and youtube channel has been for my Ielts prepearation. I am an engineer and plan to pursue higher education. My score is as follows:

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

    Request for all aspirants is to watch your videos and tips on your website to score a high band. I believe i could have scored a better band in writing section if i had practiced (did my prep in only 4 days) which i believe every aspirant must do even if he has complete confidence in his writing skills.

    Finally a wholehearted thanks to you and best of luck to future aspirants.

  10. Anish Bhat says:

    Got my results last night. I appeared for IELTS GT in Kansas City on Oct 13th. 1st attempt, prep time 3-4 weeks, 6-8 hrs per week.
    Listening – 8
    Reading – 8.5
    Speaking – 8
    Writing – 8

    Thanks Liz for this fantastic website and content. I’ve so far directed half a dozen of my friends here and I’m sure they will reap all the benefits. Thanks a lot again!

  11. Mallika Bhandary says:

    Hi Liz,
    I am a housewife trying to get into a cooking school roughly 10 years after passing from college. So, appearing for an exam after all this time was terrifying. I got my results today and thankfully, I am quite pleased with them. I belong to India but am currently residing in Dublin, Ireland. I took the academic version of the tests on 13th of October 2018. My results are as follows-
    Speaking- 8.5
    Listening- 7.5

    Overall score- Band 8

    Firstly, I would like to thank you with all my heart for your amazing and incredibly helpful blog. Your site and Youtube videos were all the preparation that I had and it worked very well. So a big THANKYOU! πŸ™‚

    Secondly, I’d like to stress the importance of the WRITING section for all the aspirants. I underestimated it and it resulted in ruining my score inspite of the two tasks being fairly easy. I wrote too much in both the tasks and knew right away that was a major mistake. One must practice sticking to the word limit! Even if you are proficient writer, practice writing essays and descriptions as much as you practice other sections. It’s important! I am also disappointed with my Listening score but I knew all along that I had messed it up and was expecting the after-effects.

    All the best to all the present and future aspirants, and also to you dear LIZ! You are a shiny guiding star in this overwhelming universe of IELTS! xx

    • Very well done with your results πŸ™‚ I really hope you can now get into the cooking school you want. Your tips about writing are spot on. It’s easy to underestimate this part of the test, particularly if your English language is strong. Regardless of your level, there is a lot of technique to learn. Good luck with your career in cooking πŸ™‚

  12. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for your videos and content. It was really useful. PFB my success story:

    Place: New Delhi, India
    Date: 13th October, 2018
    Attempt: First
    Preparation Time: 3 weeks

    Overall Band Score: 7.5
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 7.0
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 7

    I would like to thank you and other aspirants for sharing knowledge. I would be happy to help anyone who is interested and would like to know my preparation.

    However, if you are following Liz IELTS, you don’t need to worry.

  13. Adwait Ghike says:

    Hi Liz,

    I am a Mechanical Engineer from India. I appeared for my IELTS GT on 13th October in Cincinnati USA. Got my results today

    My score: Overall Band – 8.0

    I would like to thank Liz wholeheartedly for her prep material. They are really useful especially the writing and speaking part. The entire material and information are very focused and ideal for people with less time to prepare for IELTS. I recommend this website to my friends and everyone else. IELTSLIZ is the best resource available on the internet, period. Amazing job Liz. Kudos!

  14. General training.
    Test date: 13/10/18
    L 9
    R 9
    W 7
    S 7.5
    Overall 8
    Thank you Liz for everything. I am an Intensive Care doctor and writing an essay for me was even more painful than getting a colonoscopy but you saved me. Thank you.


    Hi Liz ,

    I am a doctor by profession and took the IELTS Academic test on 29th September 2018 in Delhi , India. I watched all your videos before the test and followed your suggestions diligently during the exam.I don’t have words to express my gratitude towards you . What makes your lessons and tips extremely efficient is , the simple manner in which they are presented . Your videos especially the ones that give information and suggestions on the Writing Tasks are priceless. Their value and benefit cannot be overstated.

    L-8.0 , R-8.0 ,W-7.5 ,S – 8.0 ( Overall – 8.0)

    I don’t think there are a lot of suggestions that can be added to your tips that are already there on your website and your videos on youtube .

    I would strongly recommend practising 15 minutes of Speaking daily for a few days with a friend before the test as per the 3 part format and making sure that the candidate speaks continuously without pauses and interruptions. What you speak is less important , so make sure you answer the question asked by the examiner even if you have to divert from the topic slightly . You must learn how to tactfully divert from the main topic by connecting what is asked by what you know. Even if you don’t know an answer , please say that you don’t have the knowledge and information on the topic and would like the examiner to ask the next question. For Part 2 , the candidate must speak for 2 continuous minutes and only stop when the examiner asks him to do so.
    For Writing , please write according to the format : Introduction , Overview and 2 Body Paragraphs in Task 1 ; and Introduction + Thesis Statement , 2/3 Body Paragraphs and Conclusion in Task 2.
    Best of Luck

    • Band 8 is a great score – well done πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your tips – very useful. You have grasped the speaking test well and understand clearly what is required πŸ™‚ Good writing structures.

  16. Haseeb Khan says:

    Hi Liz,

    I am IT professional and appeared in my GT IELTS exam on September 29th, 2018 in New York. Below are my results:
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 7.5
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 7.5
    Overall: 8.0

    I did use your website and videos to a great extent and it played a huge role in the result that I achieved.

    Thank you Liz.

  17. Yeasir Yeamin says:

    Hello Liz!

    I am a Chartered Accountant in service from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    I gave my first IELTS GT exam on 29th September 2018 in Dhaka. My score is as follows:

    L – 8.5
    R – 9
    W – 7.5
    S – 7.5
    Overall band score – 8

    I must say that I am almost speechless by my result as I didn’t expect to hit the desired mark in the first attempt, especially when I didn’t get more than merely one month to prepare for it. I worked hard at it through my busy schedule of life, but it became easier with your guides and tips. I am deeply grateful to you and your website for providing the fantastic guidelines which have helped me to achieve the desired score in the very first attempt. My spouse has also given the exam with me, and she also attained the targeted score (well sort of!). I hope that sharing this result will inspire many of the fellow students. I want to conclude by saying that god bless you for the wonderful gift that you are bestowing to the people all over the globe through this outstanding website!

    • Very well done with your results and congratulations to your wife as well πŸ™‚ All the results posted, I hope, will give other people the motivation and encouragement to push forward to their goals πŸ™‚

  18. SUMEDHA THAKUR says:

    Hi Liz,
    I am a Senior Consultant by profession.
    I gave the IELTS GT exam on 29 September 2018 in Cincinnati ,Ohio.
    Finally, in my fourth attempt i managed to score the magic number:
    I want to share that in all my last three attempts I lacked in the Listening module by .5 or 1 point to get an 8 which was a must for my application.From my multiple attempts I have learnt that one needs to pay full attention on every bit of the conversation and not bother about writing the answers.If one does this, then it becomes way more easier to pen down the correct answers in the end.In addition to this, for speaking one needs to develop the skill to talk at length but in a structured format so that the examiner can understand your thoughts clearly.For this, try using the sentence connectors -although, even though,despite of,furthermore,firstly,secondly.Also, please do not forget to summarize your thoughts in the end by making use of words-hence, overall, therefore etc.
    For the Writing module,I blindly followed the your tips which you have shared on your website and always managed to score 7+ in all my attempts.Additionally, the TRUE ,FALSE or NOT GIVEN tricks in the Reading module proved magical for me.

    At last, I cannot thank you enough for sharing the useful tips and tricks available on your website.They are extremely helpful in improving the overall IELTS score. I wish I could thank you in person for being a fantastic teacher. I will surely recommend your wonderful website to everyone.

    Thank You

    • Very well done with your results πŸ™‚ You’ve made a good point about speaking. The marking criterion of fluency is actually “Fluency & Coherence” which means that answers do need to make sense and be easy to follow. Thanks for sharing your tips πŸ™‚

  19. Hi Liz,
    I hope that you are doing good. I appeared in IELTS (GT) exam on 29 September and got the following result :
    L : 8.5
    R : 8
    W : 7.5
    S : 7
    Overall : 8
    Your tutorials are really helpful. I am a Web Developer by profession, please let me know if you need any minor changes done on your website. I would do it for free just like you helped me.


  20. Profession: Teacher, Module:GT, Date: 29/09/18
    L8.5 R9 W7 S7
    Hi Liz
    Thank you so much for all the tips and strategies. I appeared in the exam earlier but
    I got only 6.5 in writing and I was so disappointed. Then I started writing tasks as explained in your advanced videos and yes I got a 7 in writing. I am so much thankful to you. I’ll advise all the students to stick to the format explained by you in your advanced lesson videos because it’s not good to experiment in the exam room no matter how good your language is and I will also suggest that one should always practise with a timer and under pressure because during exam one is too tired in writing test as it is last one. Once again thank you so much, all the credit for writing score goes to you. God bless you.

    • I’m so pleased to hear that you hit band 7 in writing – well done πŸ™‚ The writing test has specific requirements for the high band scores that do not necessarily relate to language skills. It’s always good to get training πŸ™‚

  21. Hi Liz,
    I took the test (IELTS academics) in Nigeria on September 29. I had just a week to prepare with a tight schedule as a medical doctor covering a 24 hours shift. I practically wrote all the model essays in your site in an exercise book and studied them. I watched your videos for every aspect of the exam. I completed all the exercises in the Cambridge books 11 and 12 in 4 days. I was so confident going into the exam knowing fully when that despite my short preparation time, I have managed to follow your advice. Speaking was however scary. Examiner kept a straight face throughout even when I tried to make a joke. I needed 7.5 overall with at least a 7 in each. The 13 days waiting period was particularly killing 😐😐😐
    Listening: 7.5
    Reading: 8.0
    Writing: 7.0 πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”
    Speaking: 7.5 πŸ™‚πŸ™‚πŸ™‚
    Overall: 7.5

    Thank you Liz for your wonderful effort at helping me at no cost at all. I strongly recommend the paid courses to visitors of this site as a friend got a 8.0 in writing from using the paid course. Now I can move ahead in my professional career, thanks to Liz.
    N.B: This was my first attempt.

    • Very well done with your results – I’m really pleased to hear your news πŸ™‚ I also glad to hear your friend could benefit from my Advanced Lessons. Good luck with your next steps πŸ™‚

  22. Hi Liz,

    I am a chartered accountant.
    Your videos are helpful. I wrote June 30 2018 and Aug 18 2018
    My first attempt i got L8, R7.5, W6, S7.5
    Second attempt i got L8.5, R9, W6,S7
    So i asked for a remark of the 2nd attempt and my W changed to 6.5. I am so sad because i need a minumun of 7 in writing. Pls send me the link and how much is the advance writing course. I guess there is something i am doing wrong .

    • You’ve obviously got the ability to improve but you need to learn the right techniques for essay writing for IELTS. You will also need to reduce the number of errors you make. This means avoiding over paraphrasing – not all words can or should be changed. You also need to control your grammar and not produce sentences that are too long or overly complicated. A complex sentence does not need to be complicated in IELTS. So, take control of the language you write and learn new techniques. Here’s a link to my Advanced lessons: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore. Good luck!

  23. Hi Liz,
    I got 9 9 7.5 9 in LRWS General Test. Graduate student.

    This was my first time taking the test, and I did not have any intention of taking it again; it was do-or-die. I somehow stumbled upon your website a few days before my test and found your tips and tricks especially illuminating. Your website is a treasure trove of really helpful information, and really want to thank you for helping me, and I am sure so many other test-takers. Also, the T,F,NG question was the death of me before I found your tips for that, so thank you for that as well.


    • Great scores! Very well done πŸ™‚ I’m glad you found my site and could benefit from it πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your results πŸ™‚

  24. Hi Liz,

    I gave my ielts academic module on Sept 29th ’18, with the following scores.

    Overall: 8
    L/S/R: 8.5
    W: 7
    I’m not too thrilled with my writing scores as the universities I’m opting for require a min of 7 in each module, and I’m barely meeting the minimum in writing.

    Should i consider opting for a revaluation for the writing section? Or should i consider the overall 8 and proceed with my application?

    Your guidance in the same is appreciated!


    • If the universities need 7, then you’ve got the required score. If you want to consider a remark, it is your choice. Always think about whether you did write over the word count in both tasks. Also you must have written a clear overview in task 1 and a conclusion in task 2. If you can confidently done that, you could consider a remark.

    • Savreet kaur says:

      Hlo liz….
      Thaks alot ..only with ur dis website ..i achieved what i want to do ….really thanks alot
      Am a student
      Got 7.5 overall 8.5. 7.5 7 6 in LRSW
      THNKS AGAIN ❀❀

  25. Ramanpreet Singh says:

    Hi Liz,

    I appeared in IELTS exam on 29 Sep 2018 and got my result today. I used your website for taking tips and tricks to crack IELTS exam. I am a Chartered Accountant (equivalent CPA) by profession.
    My score is
    Overall 7.5
    Listening 8
    Reading 7.5
    Writing 7
    Speaking 7

    I want to thank you for all your support and guidance through this website.
    Really grateful to you.

    Thank you so much!

    Ramanpreet Singh

  26. Hello Liz,
    I’m a community pharmacist.
    My General IELTS test was in 29 September, Cairo, Egypt. This is my result:
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 9
    Speaking: 7
    Writing: 6.5
    Overall: 8
    I’d like to share the circumstances of the writing test. This was the first time I take the IELTS test. After the time for the reading test was over the supervisor asked us to put our pencils down. A man taking test refused and when the room supervisor came to his desk and said to him “sir, please put your pen down” the man started shouting and was very very rude to her. At this point I thought cheating (taking more time than his peers) and shouting were enough reasons to expel him from the examination room but what happened then was unacceptable. Instead of asking him to leave the supervisors tried to calm him and this went on for 45 minutes. 45 five minutes of just sitting there doing nothing except getting more nervous and stressed in what is already a very stressful test and my results show it. Adding insult to the injury the rude man completed his test as if nothing happened. Despite being tired, I was at the peak of my concentration and energy, but the test venue supervisors ruined everything and wasted my efforts. I mean, am I expected to sit in the examination room and remain sharp and focused for 4 hours?. I consistently do very well and write essays and letters that do better than 7.5 and I believe what happened to me was unfair. I needed at least 7 in writing and now I’ll have to take the test again because of a stupid half band score.

    • You’ve done well with your scores and obviously have the potential to do better. It’s a real shame what happened in the test room. You had a lot of bad luck there. It was very unprofessional of the supervisors to allow that candidate to remain in the room – I’m shocked. Try to forget it though and focus on your next test. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you πŸ™‚

  27. Shekhar Iyer says:

    Thank you so much Liz for the amazing blog. I scored overall band score of 8.5.
    Reading – 9
    Listening – 8.5
    Speaking – 8.5
    Writing – 7.5

  28. Rohit Saxena says:

    Hi Liz,
    Just as I did in my previous submissions here, let me first thank you for all the support you are extending to aspiring candidates.
    I am an IT Project manager, and took my test on 29th Sept.

    My result is as below
    – Listening – 7.5
    – Reading – 9
    – Writing – 7
    – Speaking – 8
    —- Overall 8 —–

    I think I should have prepared more, especially should have practiced writing essays on the actual sheet. Although I am generally very good in producing ideas and arguments, my bad handwriting was making me over-conscious of time and word-count, resulting in loss of good arguments/phrases which I could have otherwise spun effortlessly had I been typing on my laptop πŸ™‚ .. Listening also needed more practice.. I believe I made some silly mistakes as well there.
    But overall, I am quite happy with the scope given the very limited preparation I did (10 days along with my office).
    Thanks once again for being my teacher and guide !! God Bless !

    • For just 10 days prep, you’ve done very well indeed. Practising writing by hand is essential if you aren’t used to it. The test format must feel comfortable and familiar for you. Band 7 is not easy to hit in writing so don’t think too much about it – it’s a great score πŸ™‚

  29. Hi, Liz.

    I’m a student and I just got my IELTS results today. I took my test last September 29.

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

    Although I admit I could have done better especially in the writing part. It’s just that I really wasn’t able to prepare that much. Thank God I stumbled upon your site. Your tips helped me out a lot! Thank you!

  30. Tarita Sahdev says:

    Hi Ma’am

    Thank you so much for all your modules! They were extremely helpful and I could achieve the score needed for my post graduation studies. I had taken the academic module and have completed my engineering this year.
    I scored an overall 7.5
    listening- 8.0
    reading- 8.5
    writing- 7.0
    speaking- 7.0

    I was always very scared of reading, but to my surprise, I scored the highest in it!
    I expected a higher score in speaking though, but I think I understand that being just a good speaker isn’t the only reason for a good score, I remember being fluent but I was repeating a couple words in haste and getting nervous a few times. but overall I’m happy!

    thank you so much! πŸ˜€ God bless!

  31. Suneesha Arora says:

    Hi Liz
    I wanted to give you a hug and a big thank you for being my virtual mentor throughout my IELTS preparation.
    I was a banker and now a homemaker for last 6 months. I went through all your lessons and religiously followed your advice. I took the IELTS General exam on September 29 in Bangalore, India. This was my first attempt.
    My test result:
    L: 8.5
    R: 9.0
    W: 7.0
    S: 7.5
    I am happy with the band score for all sections but ‘Writing’. I believe that I wrote flawlessly with the perfect technique that I had learned from your advanced writing lessons. My handwriting is pretty good and easy to understand as well. Even though I have the required minimum score, would it be wise to go for a revaluation in Writing?

  32. Vivek Verma says:

    Hi Liz,

    I took the IELTS GT test in Sept 2018 and used your site and youtube videos for preparation. Along with this, I did a few sample listening and reading tests as well. Your site is great and I didn’t have to rely on other source.

    I am a software engineer and currently trade crypto currencies for a living.

    My results:
    Overall: 8.5
    Listening, Reading: 9
    Speaking: 8
    Writing: 7.5

    In my speaking test, part 2, I finished early and the examiner urged me to talk more. I was slightly blank and blurted a few sentences that didn’t match the overall theme exactly. It was a pleasant surprise seeing band score 8 here, so I guess I would’ve done well in the other questions.

    I prepared for around two weeks. I would suggest test takers to practice more for the Writing section. I struggled to finish the 2 essays since I spent 30 minutes on the first one.

    Thanks a lot!

  33. Hi Liz,

    I got overall 7.5 with the following:
    Listening: 7.5
    Reading: 9
    Speaking: 7
    Writing: 6

    My test was Computer-based on 6th October in Riyadh, KSA. I have already posted the questions a few days ago. Can i improve to 7 in writing in a re-take with 2 months?
    You kind help required.


    • Well done with your score πŸ™‚ Improving writing will depend on why you got only 6 in the first place. If the level of your English is low and contains too many errors, it will take time to improve it. If the problem is your approach, your understanding of the requirements, and your technique, it’s easy and quick to fix. However, your score will depend on avoiding errors, which means controlling the length of your sentences and avoiding over paraphrases. It will also include making sure your ideas are on topic and supporting points and very focused and highly relevant. See my Advanced Lessons if you need training in this: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

    • Hi Shani,

      Is there a highlighting shortcut key in the computer-based test? Like clicking h on keyboard to highlight a word? I hope you can tell me since the test center here doesn’t have any information about it. Thanks!

  34. Arun P Mathew says:

    Hi Liz,
    I scored an over all 7. 5 with the following scores.
    Speaking 8
    Listening 8. 5
    Reading 7
    Writing 7
    Overall 7. 5
    Your tips were quite useful. I’d appeared a year before but then my scores in reading eere 6. 5 but for writing it was 7. 5. A mistake I made this time was that I went to the rest room during the writing test and ut took around ten minutes. Last time,I had done this during the reaing test and I’d tried to avoid a similar situation but I couldn’t help it.. I
    wish I hadn’t done that. Perhaps other examinees can take this tip.

    • Well done with your results πŸ™‚ It’s a shame that a toilet break isn’t organised between the reading and writing test. It should be planned by IELTS.

  35. Raghuvar Vijayakumar says:

    Hi Liz, my scores are as follows.
    Reading – 8.5
    Listening – 8.5
    Writing – 7
    Speaking – 7
    Overall band – 8
    I’m grateful for all the contents you have posted in YouTube and your blog. Especially the videos on essays were of great help because it helped me to organize my essay with ease. Thank you so much!

  36. Hello! I took the IELTS on 8th September and results are :
    I am an airline pilot.
    I wasn’t expecting a 9 perhaps, but atleast 8.5 for writing since the questions were very easy to write and elaborate on. The Opinion essay I followed exactly what Liz teaches in her videos .. hence kind of disappointed. Not that it would have helped me anymore but still a matter of self satisfaction.
    I was unhappy with the speaking examiner since she wasn’t what or how Liz describes an examiner to be and I was cut short on all my answers in all sections. Even section 3. I thought I could develop more.
    For anyone who has had an English education background, one should not get paranoid reading all the comments and hysteria about not getting an acceptable score. Keep your confidence high and do practice well to know what to expect! Thanks a lot to Liz and everyone who posted their experiences.

    • Very well done with your score! πŸ™‚ Your writing score is based on many factors that can only be judged by a trained examiner. Even a native speaker will not automatically be given 9 in writing. For speaking, it is 100% normal that the examiner will interrupt your answers. This was explained on this page: http://ieltsliz.com/ielts-speaking-examiner-stops-your-answer/. As for part 3, it is a discussion. This means the examiner might let you talk on your own or the examiner might challenge you or ask for more information and examples. That is a natural part of the discussion. Examiners do this is probe the level of your English – it is a good thing. You are absolutely right about having confidence and knowing what to expect when you enter the test room.

  37. My GT exam was on 08-Sep (Mumbai/India). Scores: 9.0, 9.0, 7.5, 8.5. Fumbled a bit in Writing due to not managing my time well.

    While I do have some relevant background, the credit for the great scores goes to you Liz! You do a great job here! Your Speaking pages were especially a great boon. Cheers and godspeed!

  38. Hi Liz,
    I appeared Ielts academic on 11th august. I cant thank you enough for your help. Your website was absolutely a source of help for my writing. You are thorough and updated on your information. Thank again. My score is

  39. Kiara Fernandes says:

    Hi Liz

    I’m a nurse, and I appeared for the IELTS exam held on the 8th of September 2018 and got an overall band score 7.5
    Listening 7.5
    Reading 7.5
    Writing 7
    Speaking 8

    I’d like to sincerely Thank you for this website, without which I’d be lost for sure. This was my second attempt and I managed to achieve the desired score this time.

    I last appeared on the 11th August 2018 and I got 6.5 in writing. I decided to answer again within a month’s time because I had the time to prepare and work extensively on my writing module. Thanks to you Liz. All the effort you have put in for all of us here is highly appreciated!
    Well, when i first appeared, i convinced my mind, if i fail, i would reappear the second time. But when i received my results. I failed!! I needed 7 in writing and got 6.5 instead. I was kind of disappointed because i did work hard the first time.. This was the first time i tasted failure.. And trust me, it tastes no good. So i made up my mind to reappear again. And this time, i convinced my mind,that this is it. I am not going to fail, will give my best and yes, thinking positively and not having second thoughts does help.

    My advice to you guys, if you have the time and resources to reappear for the ielts exam, do so within a month or may be 2, because everything you have learnt is still fresh and you can concentrate more on the module which you didnt fare well the very first time. It worked for me. Think positive. Dont be disheartened. You will succeed one day. Nothing is Impossible. Practice Practice Practice…

    • Very well done πŸ™‚ I admire your determination to succeed πŸ™‚ I will repeat your final words for all people preparing for IELTS to keep in mind:

      Think positive. Don’t be disheartened. You will succeed one day. Nothing is Impossible. Practice Practice Practice…

      Glad my website was useful πŸ™‚

  40. Gaurang Ghadiyali says:

    Hello Liz,

    I am Senior Highway Engineer by profession and took my IELTS (General Training) Exam on 18th of August. Following were my scores ;

    Listening 8.5
    Reading 9.0
    Writing 6.5
    Speaking 8.0

    Although I was not happy with my writing score, I had a gut feeling that I deserved at least 7.0 in writing. Straight away after receiving the Test Report Form, I applied for revaluation for the writing module. I could not control my happiness when I received the revised Test Report Form.

    Following are my revised scores;

    Listening 8.5
    Reading 9.0
    Writing 7.0
    Speaking 8.0
    Overall Band 8.0

    This was the best 7.0 I have have ever seen in my life and I know its importance now.

    I religiously followed your youtube channel and grabbed many tips, especially in speaking.

    Trust me, you are doing a fabulous job in helping others. Keep the good work.


  41. Hi Liz

    I am currently working as a postdoc. I took the IELTS GT on Sep 8, 2018. Scored 9/8.5/7/9 for the Listening/Reading/Writing/Speaking sections. Overall 8.5

    This was my first attempt and I just gave myself a month’s time to learn about the test’s format and strategy. I was a bit lost at first as to where to start, but then I chanced upon your blog. I found your writing videos to be very useful and I consider buying them as a very worthy investment.

    Keep up the great work!


  42. Here are my details:
    Profession – IT Manager
    Test date – 8th Sept 2018
    Center – Chennai, India
    Overall – 8
    I was confident to hit 9 in L &R but was not so in Writing. But manage to hit the threshold of 7. I think, writing is one area which needs a lot of practice. Moreover, we need to follow the prescribed pattern as well. Rest all sections does not need as much focus. I did few mock tests for LR and was pretty confident to get max score. Anyway, thanks for being so helpful in my IELTS journey.

    • Well done with your results πŸ™‚ You are right about writing. It really needs careful preparation to understand the aims in relation to the band scores. I’m glad you hit band 8 overall πŸ™‚

  43. Hey Liz!
    I’m an engineering graduate. I took the ielts on 8th September and got my results today – L&R- 9, W- 7.5, S- 6 (Overall 8).
    This site was really helpful to me during preparations. As I did not have access to books, I mainly depended on online resources to prepare for the exam.
    Listening was a piece of cake for me. I watch a lot of English movies so i was fine with it.
    I wasn’t so sure I’d do well in Reading. When i was practicing questions, I would constantly mess up matching heading, matching information and yes/no/not given questions. These questions made me confused in the exam too. As i was running out of time, i used the elimination method for matching questions. For y/n/ng, I used your tip on checking if the opposite of the given sentence is true or false.
    I messed up my writing for a bit. I had understood the task 2 question differently. I realized my mistake in the last five minutes of the exam and did everything i can to fix the essay. Because of this, I’m very happy with my band score in writing as i did not expect to get beyond 7.
    i didn’t do so well in speaking. Although i have been speaking English for years and didn’t have a problem with it, my nervousness made me perform poorly. I answered questions in task 1 and 3 with some repetition and hesitation. It was in task 2 that i made some major blunders. My task card was to speak on ‘An event that made me happy’. It was a pretty easy topic and i knew right away which event i was going to speak on. However, in the middle of my talk, i stopped suddenly and got nervous. I spoke for less than a minute and didn’t give a conclusion. The pause was so long that it only made my mind blank. The examiner was prodding to speak more. In the end, i spoke something about another event. I believe that it was my performance in task 2 that mainly brought down my score to a 6.
    Anyway, I’m very happy with my score as i have surpassed the minimum requirements for admissions at grad school. I thank you once again for all your tips and advice πŸ™‚

    • Well done with your score πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your tips and and experience. Speaking does require a lot of confidence. You need to be able to keep talking regardless of nerves and regardless of the examiner’s body language or facial expressions. Some times it takes more than one test to nail it. Anyway, you’ve done well with overall band 8 – good for you πŸ™‚

  44. Hi Liz,

    I took IELTS Academic on 8th September and followed your YouTube Videos extensively. I had only 10 days at hand for preparation after GRE and I watched almost all your videos.
    Thanks a ton for such great guidance.

    My scores are as follows:

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

    Thanks again. Hope you keep doing the good work.

  45. Dyan Christine says:

    Hi Liz,

    I’m a physician and I took the exam for the first time last August 11, 2018 in Manila Philippines.

    L = 8.5
    R = 8.5
    W = 6.5
    S = 8.5

    I applied for a re-mark and received my new writing score today, which is 7, exactly my target score.

    Just a quick backstory. I crammed for 5 days before the exam because we recently had a family problem that needed to be dealt with ASAP. It occurred less than 5 weeks before the exam, voiding any chance for a refund. I took the exam anyway and hoped for the best.

    I wouldn’t recommend cramming to anyone, but big kudos to your website for packing everything in such a concise and organized website. Very useful in an emergency situation like mine. I couldn’t have done it without your help. Keep up the good work

    • I’m really glad your remark worked – well done πŸ™‚ It’s a great score with such a limited prep time πŸ™‚ Hope everything in your family is fine now.

  46. Hi Liz,
    I am a medical doctor from Germany and I sat the IELTS on 11.08.2018 in Manchester.
    My exam results:
    Listening 9.0
    Reading 9.0
    Writing 8.0
    Speaking 8.5
    Overall Band 8.5.

    I wish I had more in writing since I spent a lot of time preparing and I love writing essays, but I wasted time writing the first task (30 instead of 20 min) and I ran out of time to write a third paragraph for the second writing task. But following your brilliant lectures and advice, I did write a conclusion! I didn’t have much time to prepare, and I was extremely relieved when I found your website- it helped me a lot for the reading comprehension (matching headings and T/F/NG questions, which can be tricky). 2-3 days before the exam I bought your lectures on writing and I can only recomment them to anyone taking the IELTS! You explain everything very well and in such a way, as to make things simple and easy to remember. Thank you a lot!

    PS I had suddenly such a bad headache after the listening and reading comprehension that it was really hard to concentrate on writing (brainstorming ideas) and speaking (I happened to be in the very fist group, right after the written part). It was annoying not beeing allowed to take a purse, or a chocolate bar, or pills into to exam room. And one doesn’t have time for a break, does one?

    • Great score – well done πŸ™‚ I’m so pleased you wrote the conclusion in task 2 – there’s a severe penalty for missing it. Thanks for sharing your tips πŸ™‚ I wouldn’t really advise having the speaking test on the same day as your other tests – you need time to rest. But having no break is even worse. Given the conditions, your score was brilliant !! Glad my lessons were useful πŸ™‚

  47. Hello Liz

    My test results are as follows:
    Listening : 8
    Reading : 8.5
    Writing : 8
    Speaking : 7.5
    Overall Band : 8

    I would like to thank you for your hardwork you have done in making this website so resourceful.

  48. Hi!! Liz

    I am utterly devastated with my IELTS scores. This was my Fourth attempt and my scores are

    My speaking test went well and I answered all the questions including Cue Card appropriately. Just in one or two questions, I asked the examiner to repeat the question.
    Do you think this could be a reason to score less. In my last two attempts i got 7.5 in speaking section.

    Should I consider re-mark for my speaking section.
    Please reply.

    • What questions on the cue card? There are NO questions on the cue card at all. There are prompts which you do not need to complete and you don’t even need to use them. Certainly you can consider a remark. But if you need to take the test again, you will have to review your understanding and aims of the whole speaking test.

      • Thanks for replying back Liz. What I meant was that in Part-1 round of questions I asked examiner to repeat the questions twice as I didn’t understand them properly. She was actually not louder. Is that the reason I got less marks? I had already applied for remark. Please wish me luck to hit band 7 in speaking.
        Waiting for Revaluation results

        • There is no reduction in marks for asking the examiner to repeat the question. Understanding is not a marking criteria. In fact, it is a good say to gain thinking time and it is recommended to do this from time to time in the test. Your score is based only on the range of English and accuracy that you produced in speaking – nothing else affects your score.

  49. Hi! I took the IELTS test last 25th of August (with only three days to prepare) in order to fulfill the conditions of my postgraduate studies offer in Counselling Psychology. Here are my scores:

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

    I found myself going quickly through all the tips and tools from your site with the three days I had to prepare. By the way, I am currently a stay at home mother to two young onesβ€”needles to say, it had not been easy finding the time to review!

    • Very well done πŸ™‚ It’s an impressive score with such limited prep time πŸ™‚ I’m sure your results will inspire other stay at home mothers.

  50. Krishnaprasad says:

    Saw my score today
    Listening : 8.5
    Reading : 7.5
    Writing : 7.5
    Speaking : 7
    Over All : 7.5

    Not a great score, but Thanks a lot Liz for the video’s. I did subscribe to your paid content and it paid off. Excellent explanation and easy to follow.

  51. Dear Liz,
    I took my IELTS exam on 18.08.2018 in Cracow, Poland. I’ve obtained my master’s degrees both in law and philosophy and I’m preparing for PhD studies in these fields.
    My results are as follows:
    L: 8.5
    R: 9.0
    W: 6.5
    S: 7.5
    Overall: 8.0

    The fun fact is that in the real world I write a lot of texts in English, including scientific articles and I am quite good at it, while at the same time I’m not able to understand any English movie without subtitles and in general I have no contact with spoken English (and I haven’t spoken English myself for ages). Still, I got 8,5 in listening and 6,5 in writing, which makes me think that the listening is the easiest part of the test in comparision to the real world situations, while the writing demands quite specific skills and is more about a proper technique than everyday abilities (even in the academic environment).

    Anyway, it took my about 6 weeks of quite intensive work to prepare to IELTS and I assume I would get Overall band 7, sitting the test with no preparation. The reading seems to me the only part which can be done with no specific training, but maybe it depends on an individual. I want to thank you for the immense effort you put in this site and wish you all the best in the world!!! Both the real and the IELTS one πŸ˜‰

  52. Ijeoma Odumodu says:

    Hi Liz
    L 8.0
    R 9.0
    W 7.0
    S 8.5
    Band 8.0

    I have written ielts a number of times and kept getting nothing more than band 7.5. I was introduced to your website by someone I met when I went to pick up my test result. I started following you and read all your tips and in less than a month, I got this result. I am a physiotherapist from Nigeria. Thank you for changing my life. God bless you Liz.

  53. Anil P Babu says:

    I appeared in IELTS exam(GT) on July28th, 2018 and used your website extensively for preparation. Here is my result:
    Listening: 9
    Reading: 7
    Writing: 7
    Speaking: 7
    Overall band: 7.5

    Thanks for your free resources! πŸ™‚

  54. Hi Liz,

    My exam was on the 18th of August.
    My scores:
    L – 8.5
    R – 8
    W – 6.5
    S – 8

    Your website was more than helpful for the 4 skills, it was particularly helpful for writing. I’m quite dissatisfied with my writing score. I already applied for a remark last friday.

    The question for Task 2 was, *Some people think that all employees should wear uniform. Do you agree or disagree?”

    My introduction was exactly the way I had learnt it on your website, a paraphrased background statement and my thesis statement in which I agreed.

    First body paragraph, my main point was that wearing uniform portrayed professionalism and credibilty. Gave examples of airplane crew and the likes.

    Second body paragraph, main point was equality among employees and the promotion of team work/spirit when everyone wears the same uniform.

    Third body paragraph, main point was that more money will be saved when have uniform. They’d spend less on office clothes, stated further that it will be an added advantage for low income earners particularly does without wardrobe allowance.

    I gave my conclusion reiterating my ‘support’ for wearing uniforms.

    I made sure to flesh out my body paragraphs with relevant supporting points and examples, and I definitely wrote more than 250 words for Task 2 and more than 150 for Task 1

    I also used the little time left to read through both Tasks to correct any errors I might have made. The only thing that might seem an error was that I ended my Task 1 with “Yours sincerely” instead of “Yours faithfully”. Task 1 was a formal letter that began with “Dear Sir”. Buh I dont think this slight error could be so significant to warrant such mark.

    I was surprised at the mark, I gave more time to practising writing, and I wrote at least 2 essays a day for about 2 weeks. I was even very confident of a good band score after writing the exam.

    I’m awaiting a feedback on the remark. I really hope it’s favourable as I need band score of 7 at least.
    What do you think my chances are please?
    Do you think I’d get a higher band score, even if it’s just higher by .5?

    I’d appreciate your response.
    Thank you once again for all the lessons and tips.
    God bless.

    • Well done with your listening, reading and speaking score. About your writing score. You did miss one critical word in the essay question – “all”. This means that directors, managers and vice president as well as cleaners and other staff of a company must all wear uniforms. You didn’t really tackle that aspect of the question. Most uniforms are for people in a certain position and in a particular type company, such as an airline. Anyway, sometimes it’s worth trying for a remark to see if it changes anything. Good luck!

  55. Hi Liz,

    I got my my results yesterday and it was as follows :
    Module : GT Date 18/08/2018 Overall : 8.5

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

    I do not know in the world, on how to thank you for the most comprehensive blog on IELTS which I have ever come across. I desperately needed a score of 8 for Listening and three 7s for the rest, for my requirement, and I gave it all to achieve it hook or by crook ! Lol !!!

    I was so lucky to come across your blog which I clicked on a YouTube link accidentally. The way you teach and deliver the lectures, reminds me of my Grade 1 class teacher at school, who I adore the most to this date and is one of the best teachers I have ever come across, and you are right up there. Kudos ! πŸ˜€

    By going through your blog, and browsing the rich content, it is a vivid display of your pure passion for teaching and helping out people to reach their desired IELTS results. Hats off for the effort you’ve put into it and this has definitely raised the bar for certain institutions who conduct IELTS courses for purely commercial purposes.

    I also, would like to share some tips and techniques that I used which helped me out and hope it will be useful for others as well πŸ˜€

    Speaking –
    Part 1 : – Qs about my job, travelling outdoor, the impact of travelling overseas on your life experience
    Part 2 : – Talk about technology that you use and which you think is useful discovery. I spoke about Wi-Fi technology.
    Part 3 :- How have laptops become useful to people? Do you think we have become slaves of technology?

    Tips/Tactics that I used –
    1. The most hardest and most famous tip for any exam is to RELAX. Trust me it’s easy to say but hard to execute it. So Practice it !!!
    2. Go through the speaking topics of Cambridge IELTS books, especially for Part 2. Speaking for two minutes can be hard regardless how fluent you are in English.
    3. I did a couple of run-throughs the day before.

    Listening –

    Tips/Tactics that I used :
    1. MCQs – This is a devil ! If a person doesn’t get MCQs which is very rare and is extremely lucky! I got a MCQ in section 3. Underline the keywords in the question and in answers, and form short sentences in your head, because you can’t read the entire sentence while listening. Practice MCQs as much as possible !

    2. Maps – Watch out ! Practice this section as well since it can be very tricky! Luckily I didn’t get a question on this.

    3. At the Start – When the instructions were given to turn over to section 1, what I did was I straight away went to Section 4, and quickly spot the blanks which should be filled, underlined keywords, circled the verbs (watch out for synonyms) and double underlined the instructions, since the time given to go through the questions in Section 4 is extremely short as compared to Section 1. So it took me around 3-4 sample tests to figure it and try this tactic out since my scores were low in the latter sections. and it worked ! So I started with section 4, 3, 2 (even when the sample answer of the recording was played) and quickly switched to section 1 when the sample recording was about to end! But I advice to do this only if you have plenty of practice and confidence. I did more than 10 listening exams papers.

    4. Do not mess up Section 1, it’s easy peasy lemon squeezy !

    5. Guessing and common sense – If you missed an answer or is not sure which one is correct of two possible answers, just guess it or use logical thinking, and mostly the first answer you guess can be the correct one and not the second option (this of course depends on the question and test taker!!!). Best example that happened me was at the actual exam, I was swaying to and fro between two possible answers in a table completion question and the last minute I used my common sense and read out the next sentence after the question, which the answer should be filled, just to check whether it sounds right. it was a gamble , but it’s worth it !

    5. Transferring answers – Be super careful ! I messed up twice in two practice tests! which I wrote the correct answers in the wrong question columns. Very Silly ! and once in the actual exam, but luckily I managed to correct it. This is very tricky, particularly in, flow charts and table completion questions !. So do not rush in the 10 minutes , use at least 6 minutes to check and transfer the answers accurately and legibly. Speak to yourself softly and read out the question number and the answer when you write on the answer sheet, it helps you to be in your zone and do not worry if others spot you as a weirdo. Let them, because you are here to nail the exam!

    Reading –

    Tips/Tactics that I used :

    1. The usual tips on scanning and skimming.
    2. Underlining the instructions
    3. Reading the questions first and then go to passage to hunt for answers..
    4. Ticking completed questions – I always ticked the completed questions on the paper since, you might accidentally refer to an answer for a question which you have already completed since your answers are written in a different sheet, unlike the Listening test. So this will be a big cost on your time !. Always keep on ticking !

    5. Watch out for T/F/NG , Y/N/NG and Matching Headings – I personally
    found these questions hard so I invested time and practiced it alot ! Stop praying and hoping that these question would not be in the exam, and practice the technique of conquering it.
    6. I was very weak on the reading section so I had to do a lot of work, so practice is the key!

    Writing –

    Qs –
    Task 1 – Formal letter to sports club manager reporting on a problem in the washrooms. (a. State what the problem is. b. State that you have already lodged a complain before and tell what happened. c. What would you want the management to do?)
    Task 2 – To what extent do you agree that every employee should wear a uniform at their workplace?

    This was the area which I was really scared of, since I did not have enough of time to proof read a single word!, and I was disappointed. I also got to know that the answer scripts are scanned and are sent to the the UK for marking, pulling my confidence level to ground zero. Luckily the result for writing was on the dot. Phew!

    When the invigilator, collected Task 2, the answer sheet for Task 1 was right in front
    of me and saw a couple of silly grammatical errors in some sentences. So time management is key !

    Try not to write too much since it will eat up on your time to re-check your work.Moreover, the marking guides/schemes have got tougher in this section. So it good advice to have it checked by an examiner and always time your work. Practice on a sample answer sheet is very important since it will give you the idea of how much you need to write to fulfill the word requirement.

    Having said, I am pretty sure there are plenty of errors in this post as well . Hahaha!!! So corrections are welcome πŸ˜€

    Overall Tips/ Tactics :

    1. Do not take IELTS for granted. It is not the school English language paper. Regardless how good you think your English is you are more likely to fall short. Trust me! I almost fell short when I took the academic module 9 years ago.

    2. Invest time on making your own notes and try out different approaches.

    3. Go through YouTube videos, but selectively choose which ones are best to follow.

    4. Practice sample tests – Do not just stick to IELTS Cambridge 9. I did more than 10 sample tests before the exam including the online materials, IELTS Cam. 9, 10 and 11. I didn’t want to risk it. Practice, Practice Practice

    5. Do not listen to people who would say that IELTS is a breeze, because it’s not but it is achievable provided you have the right attitude.

    6. Time all your practice test using a digital clock. In my exam, they used a digital clock and not an analog. For me the later was easy to check on how many time I left than subtracting the time, so practice using a digital clock. I hope this isn’t a silly tip !

    7. Try to do most of the practice tests at the same time as the actual test start. For example, if the actual exam is at 1.00 pm, train yourself to do an exam that start at 1.00 pm, because for me concentration levels depends on the day of the time, especially after a heavy lunch lol!! Condition yourself to the test !!!

    8. Meditate – helps you focus on your work. It helped me.

    9. RELAX the day before the exam. Don’t stress on doing practice tests. Just watch a movie or something !!!

    I hope my post will be of great help!! GOOD LUCK FOR ALL !!!

    and Liz, THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN !!!
    I hope to do the academic module as well , and until then

    Take care and Keep up the wonderful work πŸ˜€ ,


    • Very well done indeed – you certainly got well over the score you needed πŸ™‚ I’m so pleased you found my lessons useful πŸ™‚ You’ve got very down to earth tips which show how well you understood the test and were prepared for it. I think people can learn a lot from your experience and your understanding. Thanks for taking the time to help others. Please let me know if you would like these tips published on your own page where more people will be able to read them – here is an example: http://ieltsliz.com/how-i-scored-9-in-ielts-speaking/. Well done again – great job πŸ™‚

      • Dhanushka Viswakula says:

        Hi, thank you for sharing my post Liz, and yes absolutely! Whichever works well to help others πŸ‘πŸ½

  56. Arva Arsiwala says:

    Hi Liz ,
    Thank you so much for all the information that you have given through your website . I appeared for the IELTS (GT) Exam on 18th August and following is my score :

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

    This was my first attempt and I followed all the tips from your site. Thank you , your posts are very helpful.

  57. Preet Inder Singh says:

    Hello Liz,

    I just received my IELTS result yesterday. My scores are as follows:
    Listening – 9.0
    Reading – 7.5
    Speaking – 7.5
    Writing – 7.0
    Overall – 8.0

    As far as my preparation is concerned it took me around 45 days to fully prepare myself ..For the first 15-20 days I got myself acquainted with all the question types and format of paper for different sections. I just followed your website for Listening, Reading , Speaking and Writing. For the last 30 days, I practiced Listening & Reading test daily everyday in the morning, and in the evening I wrote one letter and an essay daily on official writing sheets. This continous practice enabled me to overcome my weaknesses

  58. Hello Liz,

    I hope that your health is under control and is improving. I truly pray to the Almighty for your physical well being.
    Liz, you are doing an amazing job and your website has all the content that is required by an amateur as well as those appearing again for improvement of band scores in IELTS.
    I have been following your website for long and had appeared for the test number of times. I was always scoring above 8 in Listening and Reading but my Writing or Speaking were letting me down by 0.5 points to remain at 6.5
    I appeared for the test again on August 18th and am glad to inform that this time my scores are
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 9.0
    Speaking 7.5
    Writing 7.5
    Overall 8.0

    The patience and perseverance has paid off at last 😊
    I would like to share my tips here –
    In Listening, one needs to practice a bit to understand what to expect in test and look for key words/synonyms when looking for an answer.
    Reading needs practice and understanding, for T/F/NG go by what is mentioned in text rather than your instinct, for Matching headlines the answer is always in first one or two sentences or the last one. Key over here is also to look for synonyms.
    In Speaking, practice as many topics as you can from this website, speak with confidence. One can stumble a bit under pressure but that is known and consideration given by the examiner as well. From anecdotal experience, I was trying to impress the examiner too much because I wasn’t getting the required band which was my mistake and I went back to easy and simple language, used complex sentences and difficult words for one or two answers to show range but not from Part 1 itself which I believe was letting me down with more grammatical errors or hindering my fluency by thinking about difficult words.
    Writing needs knowing the art for IELTS which is very well explained by Liz in website as well as the videos. First and foremost, responding to all pointers is significant in both letter and essays. Please don’t go beyond topic, that counts for a negative. Paraphrasing in introduction , number of paragraphs, each paragraph should present clear views, usage of linking words etc are also very important.

    I hope my above tips will be beneficial for all.

    Liz, again, from the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you for this wonderful work you are doing and wish you stay healthy and keep on helping all who wish to appear and do well in IELTS.


    • Very well done – a great score!! I’m impressed with how you have improved. You are spot on with the speaking test – don’t over think the vocabulary – go with the flow and be more natural. Glad my lessons helped with your writing πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your tips – they will certain benefit others πŸ™‚ Thanks also for your wishes for my health – I’m improving slowly – very slowly – I’m learning a lot of patience πŸ™‚

      • Dear Liz, what happens to you? Good to hear that you are improving, albeit slowly. I have to take the IELTS this coming weekend. Too busy to really prepare for it this time. But I will surely try to enjoy the experience, my first IELTS.

        I have already purchased 2 of your writing videos. I will buy the last one to support your and your fantastic web site!

  59. Katharina says:

    Dear Liz,
    I am a medical student and I took the IELTS on the 18th of August 2018 and I used your website to prepare for it. I am really grateful for your tips, especially for the advanced writing videos – they helped me to achieve the score I needed!
    My overall band is 8.5
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 9.0
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 8.0

    Thank you so much for providing these helpful tipps, your page made my preparation much easier and it was a great source of motivation! Thank you!

  60. Amrit Rehal says:

    Hi Liz,

    I would like to say thank you very much, Liz, for all of your tips, content and advanced lessons. They were a great help to me.
    I am IT professional working in Canada. I gave my IELTS test in Toronto, Ontario.

    My test results:- Overall band score: 8
    Listening: 8.5

    I was so nervous in the test that I only wrote the introduction in first 25 minutes of my writing exam, I finished writing in the last minute. I didn’t get the chance to proofread the writing exam. However, I still got the satisfying result. Once again, thank you for all of your efforts and I pray for your better health.

    • Well done with your results πŸ™‚ Glad my Advanced lessons helped πŸ™‚ I’m really impressed with your writing score given the time management problem – a great achievement πŸ™‚

  61. Hi Liz

    I appeared for IELTS general training test on 18th August 2018 in India. I am accountant by profession.
    Thank you so much for wonderfully organized content on the website. I have prepared for my test from your website and it was immensely helpful. Below are my scores:-
    Listening : 8.5
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7
    Speaking: 7

    Thanks a ton for putting up this great website.

  62. I took my first IELTS exam on 19/07/2018 and got :
    L=7, R=9, W=7, S=7 (overall 7.5)
    I was too nervous that I missed countless words and information in listening and also misunderstood the questions of writing part 2.

    Then I sat the exam again on 18/08/2018 and got :
    L=8.5, R=9, W=7.5, S=7.5 (overall 8)
    Besides watching Liz’s videos about writing part 2 and making it clear how to organize the ideas in writing part 1, I did nothing more to prepare for the second exam.

    Many many thanks for Liz’s videos and various kinds of useful materials! Also I would like to point out that it is important to stay calm when taking exams. If you find it really difficult to calm down like me, you can trying registering for more than one exam. Then you will feel less pressured each time and are able to show your real language proficiency πŸ™‚ And time permitted, please spend time practicing the speed of writing. I have to admit that I didn’t manage to finish two passages until the last few seconds in both exams…

  63. Hello Liz,

    Thank u for all the tips for IELTS on your website. I appeared for the IELTS ( GT) Exam on 18th August and used the information given by you on your website. My score area as follows :

    Listening : 8.5
    Reading : 9
    Speaking : 8.0
    Writing : 7.5
    Overall Band : 8.5

    Thank you for all the tips , it was very helpful.

  64. Midhu Ricky says:

    hi liz,

    Thanks a ton for the tips given.

    i scored listening 9,reading 8, speaking 7.5 writing 7….

  65. Dearest Liz,
    I am GargiΓ©, age 23. I am a Doctor by profession.
    I would really like to thank you for your excellent tips and training material.

    My score is: Reading 8.5
    Listening: 8.5
    Writing: 8
    Speaking: 8.5

    I literally studied for just 3 days owing to my busy schedule and I am truly grateful to you for helping us all!

  66. Divya Verma says:

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you for all the practice material and tips available on your website, it was extremely useful. Following are my score details:

    Overall Score: 8 (8.5, 7.5, 7.5, 9 for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking respectively)
    Exam Date: August 18th 2018

    1. Letter to the hotel manager complimenting one of his staff members for something good he/she did for you during the stay
    2. Role of sports in unifying and separating the people based on their nationalities and races, discuss both views and express your opinion

    1. General Introduction
    2. One topic in my life on which I changed my decision

    Thanks again for the videos and tips, it helped me tremendously in honing my English skills thus leading to better score overall.

    Best regards,

  67. Hi liz, thank you so much for all the great lessons i finally somehow achieved my targeted score.


    Overall band 7.5

    I followed your indicated steps thoroughly but unfortunately i missed a point in part1 writing and by then i had time shortage. Writing score is not what I aimed for but still it’s acceptable by the governing body. Thank you so much once again. You are an extremely humble person. Loads of love

  68. Hello Liz,

    I finally got my desired score.I had my first attempt july 28th and got L8 R 9 S7 W6 and i was frustrated.However,i came to your website,watched all the videos including the paid videos within a week and did IELTS agian on august 18.My result came out today and i had L8.5 R 8.5 S7.5 W 7.5.

    Thank you Liz

  69. Hakuna Matata says:

    Hi Liz,

    I’m a Project Management Professional and sat for IELTS GT exam on 18 August, 2018 in Nigeria.

    I just received my results (with an overall band of 7.5) and they’re as follows:
    a. Listening: 8.0
    b. Reading: 7.5
    c. Speaking: 7.5
    d. Writing: 7.0

    My heart is filled with joy as I got the minimum scores needed for each test. Thank you Liz! Your blog was very helpful during my preparation for the exam. Again, thank you very much Liz and keep up the great work!

  70. Hi Liz,

    I appeared for IELTS GT exam on 18th Aug, 18 . I am quite disappointed by Listening score. I need some tips how to improve my score as I am aiming for 8. However, I am nervous to appear again for the second attempt.

    Here is my result:

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

    I extensively used your website for writing resources for the exams as I was unsure about my writing skills .

    Thanks for this wonderful website and I need some tips for the second attempt.

  71. Hiren Thakur says:

    Hi Liz,

    I appeared for the exam on 18th August and got the result today.

    Overall : 8

    This was my second attempt at IELTS for gaining marks in writing from 6.5 to more than 7. Although I scored 7 this time but I believe I could have done better if I hadn’t been a victim to the silly mistakes I did which j realized later after coming home from the venue.
    But thanks a lot for your videos and inspiring talks that helped me score well overall.

    Thanks a lot, Liz.
    Keep up the good work.

  72. Scored 9.0 in reading & listening!!

    Hi Liz,

    Thank you so much for your website and videos. I scored 8.5 overall with a 9.0 in listening and reading (General Module)

    Listening: 9.0
    Reading: 9.0
    Writing: 7.0
    Speaking: 8.0

  73. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for the great materials you are sharing here to support IELTs students. I have taken massive advantages of it and here are my band scores. I sat for the exam on 2nd August and got my results exactly 2 weeks after. I have posted results once here, but seems it was not approves or not displayed. I am a Software Engineer.
    Listening- 9
    Reading – 8.5
    Speaking – 7
    Writing – 7
    Overall – 8

    I was aiming for 8 band in each and have to take the exam again. For the speaking I found out that I use “so” unnecessarily many times and did mis-pronounce few words. That must have lead to the score 7. As for writing, I actually cannot think why I did not got 8 band…anyhow I will practice more and more. I would me much thankful for any help/tips you could provide to increase my band from 7 to 8.

    thanks and regards,

    • Very well done with your score πŸ™‚ I think you are not clear on the aims of the speaking test and the writing test. For example, it is completely natural to repeat a word such as “so” many times in speaking. The speaking test is informal and it is a natural way to speak. Many native speakers use the word “well” again and again – it’s fine. So, your band 7 score is not due to that. The score for pronunciation is based on your overall performance which means that the odd mistake has no impact on your score. Again, this tells me you are not focusing on the right things in speaking. For writing, my suggestion is to get my Advanced writing task 2 lessons – you will soon learn what you are doing right and what you need to change: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

  74. Yousif Tijani says:

    Hello Liz,

    I just wanted to say thank you for the incredible website, I had only 3 days to prepare and I was really stressing out!. Thankfully, I was able to score very well on my IELTS exam, and got what I needed for my application.

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

    Overall band: 8

  75. Hello Liz,

    My scores are as follows:

    Listening: 9

    Reading: 9

    Writing: 8.5

    Speaking: 8.5

    Thank you for all the tips and tricks for the exam. It did really help.

    -Sheekha Singh

  76. Hi Liz,

    I took my IELTS General Training test on 8/2. My score is as follows:

    Listening – 9
    Reading – 7.5
    Writing – 7.5
    Speaking – 8.5

    Overall – 8

    I referred to your website many a times for my preparation and watched almost all your videos.
    Great content you have there!

    Some tips from my experience:
    – In Writing module task 1, do not spend more than 20 mins. I spent 25 and found myself struggling to complete task 2.
    – Do give yourself 5 mins for spell check in Writing task 2. I know I lost at least half a band since I did not leave enough time for it.
    – For the speaking module, be confident and speak naturally. I have seen many 8 or 9 band videos on youtube using prepared answers and not so common vocabulary. Native speakers don’t speak like that and that is not what the examiner is looking for. Fluent and natural sounding answers will get you a better score than practised complex ones.
    – Listening is all about attention. You lose focus for a second and you lose a band.
    – T/F/NG and Y/N/NG can be a bit tricky in Reading. I never got 8.5 in my practice exams but goofed up on the actual one. PRACTICE.

    • Very well done your results πŸ™‚ You’ve certainly grasped IELTS techniques well – thanks for sharing your tips πŸ™‚

  77. Maggie Zhang says:

    Hello Liz,

    My name is Maggie and I took IELTS exam on August 2nd for immigration purposes. However, I received my score which I believe is obviously wrong: I got listening 8.5; reading 9; writing 5.5; speaking 8.5 and overall 8.0.
    I believe it’s simply impossible to get 5.5 for my writing because English is my second first language and I’m an ESL teacher myself. I believe I wrote more than enough words on both tasks and clearly stated my points. I took IELTS last August and got listening 8.5; reading 8.0; writing 7.5; speaking 8.5 and overall 8.0.

    My question is that should I have my score remarked? I read somewhere if one of your other skills is two whole bands higher, you will get an automatic remark in your local test centre. This means that an examiner and a senior examiner have already assessed your test and it is unlikely that a third examiner will have a different opinion… Do you know if this is true? I’m in the middle of immigrating to Australia and really don’t want to spend the extra $200 remark fee if I can avoid it.

    Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.


    • Your writing test will already have been marked by two examiners separately and they both agreed on band 5.5. You could have prefect English and have great essay writing skills and still not get a good score in IELTS writing. This is because there are very specific requirements for IELTS writing and you need to learn them. You posted this comment with an email address. Is that the correct email for you? I will email you an offer of free consultation on your writing if you confirm your email.

  78. Ratul Chowdhury says:

    Hello Liz,
    My results are out. I scored
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 9
    Speaking 7
    Writing 7

    Thanks alot to you. Your videos, tils, tricks helped me a lot. Especially, the advanced ielts writing videos helped me get 7. I was stuck in 6.5 and finally cleared it. You are an awesome lady!!

    • Well done with your results πŸ™‚ I’m so pleased my Advanced lessons helped push your writing score up to band 7 – that’s great πŸ™‚

  79. Hi Liz!

    I had frequently visited your site for tips and tricks for my IELTS exam. I took the IELTS UKVI Academic Module on 28 July 2018 here in Manila Philippines via IDP and here are my scores:
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 8.0
    Writing 7.5
    Speaking 7.5
    Overall Band 8.0

    I am a licensed nurse working in a national university hospital here in Manila. Evidently, as a frequent visitor to your site, it has greatly helped me get good scores from the test. Thank you so much for your passion in helping others achieve the scores they need. Keep it up! I had limited time to prepare for the exam though, about 5days before the exam, i finally had the will to schedule for the exam. And voila, with your help, thank youuuuu!!!! I hoped for better scores, but this shall suffice.

    • Well done with your results!! As long as you hit the score you need for your future, it’s a success πŸ™‚ i’m glad my website was useful to you πŸ™‚

  80. Hi Liz,
    My IELTS exam (GT) was on 28th July 2018. I am a software engineer.
    My result is as follows;
    L :9
    Overall band : 8
    The tips provided on your website helped me a lot. Thank you so much. πŸ™‚

  81. Gurpreet Kaur says:

    Hi Liz,
    A big thanks to you for your tips on this site about IELTS all sections. I have been a regular follower of your site since last ten months and finally I have achieved my desired score after so many attempts. I was failing in writing and speaking for clb9.
    Date of test: 28/7/2018(GT)- British Council
    Listening 9
    Reading 8.5
    Writing 7
    Speaking 8
    Overall band: 8

    I am Assistant Professor in Mathematics, from Noida (India).
    I must say that I have followed your pattern of essay writing in my exams as well as in my preparation. This time also I got discuss both sides and give your opinion and I followed the same structure as yours.
    It is like an achievement for me to get this score as I was stucked atLRWS-8,8.5,6.5,7 always. My first score in IELTS was L8,R6,W6.5,S6.5. But your site helped me all. To be honest, I have searched through so many websites on Google ,but I found http://www.ieltsliz.com as the best one. I recommend this site strongly to everyone who is preparing for IELTS. I have read each and every page of your site for my preparation.
    Thank you so much Liz. God bless you always.

  82. Shilpa Pandey says:

    Hi Liz,

    I got my result on 8/10/2018, IELTS centre – Indianapolis, US
    I work as Quality Manager in Manufacturing company.
    This was my first attempt. I watched most of your videos on developing testing skills.
    I gave 5-6 practice test available online but never scored more than 7 in listening and 7.5 in reading, so this result was definitely above my expectations.
    Your videos in different type of questions really helped me.

    Thank you

  83. Hello Liz!

    I got my IELTS – General results yesterday and here they are: L = 8.5, R = 8.5, S = 7.5 and W = 7 with an overall of 8. I owe a lot to your videos and this website! I work as an External auditor.

    Again thank you!

  84. Hello Liz, I just want to thank you for your free materials and advanced writing lessons. My result came out on 10/08/2018 and I got the scores I need. It is rare to find a person like you who is generous and helpful. May God bless you with unshakable health.
    I am a petroleum engineer.

  85. I have given my exam here in the USA On Jul 28. I have a 1-year-old kid so it was quite difficult to concentrate, and I git my score today, and also am not fully satisfied as it doesn’t fulfill the eligibility criteria for me to study abroad. Liz please give me some tips to score more next test which I have booked for sept08.

    my score is as follows-
    overall score-7
    In speaking I PRONOUNCE A WORD WRONG AND REPEAT ONE IDEA IN CUE CARD. as far as I remember, which must go wrong.
    how I can improve my speaking, am really worried and wants to get improved band this time.

  86. ifeanyi brown says:

    Hello Liz,
    My wife is a procurement officer; she just checked her results and she got 9 in listening, 9 in reading, 7.5 in writing, and 8 in speaking; overall band 8.5.
    Thank you Liz for your tips and help. I hope to do well too when I take my test soon.

  87. Hitesh Joshi says:

    Hello Liz,
    I received my score today for the General Exam on 07/28. This is the third time i appeared for the exam. I needed a 7 in writing and in my previous 2 attempts i had gotten a 6.5 in writing. All other aspects of the test were always good for me.
    My experience:
    In the first attempt I had an impression that i just had to get a decent score in IELTS and that there was no threshold. I was overconfident about my English skills and thought i could easily score good points. Hence, i only prepared for around 10 hours total with no practice in writing. When i finished my exam i was super confident that i would get over 8 bands in all 4 sections. I had 7-8 paragraphs in my task 2 with word count of approx. 600. I had no clue on the format of writing since i assumed it needed to be addressed in a generic manner with a good flow.However, i was surprised when i received my score. It was R:8.5 L:9 S:8.5 W:6.5. I was embarrassed with my writing score and even asked for the remarking of the score. There was no change in the score. Moreover, i realized that i had to get a 7 or more in all the sections and 7.5 in listening to get qualified for Canadian immigration.
    In the Second attempt: I practiced for 2-3 days in writing and no practice for other sections. This time i was very cautious for the exam. Although i had scored well for other sections i was still a bit nervous, because one lack of judgement can ruin your score. I followed a few video tutorials on Youtube for writing practice. To add to the lack of practice i got sick just a day before my exam. Since it was too late to cancel i decided to appear for my exam. In the writing section i was not confident in the manner i answered the tasks. I thought i was short on words for Task 1 and for Task 2 (whether stay at home mothers should be paid by govt. or not, Agree or disagree) I was not confident on the counter argument. My results for that exam asserted my fears and i Got L:8.5 R:9 S:8 W:6.5. Again, i was short by .5 points in Writing.
    For the third attempt i started preparing early. I did no prep for any other sections. Just writing. I started writing 1-2 essays a day and reviewing all your videos on writing, especially task 2. I didn’t do much practice for task 1 until the last night. This time i was more scared than confident. My listening and reading sections were fine and for writing i decided to do Task 2 first (Reviewing online, agree disagree). I was happy with my intro and arguments, however, i knew my conclusion was not strong. For the letter (garbage/dirty streets) i spent around 15 min. I was happy with my response. This time i made sure i had 5 min. to review my mistakes, since, i had noticed earlier that in the process of writing fast i tend to make simple spell errors, punctuation errors ( i mark a period sign, but its not dark enough). To be honest i was still not confident on my writing and was constantly thinking about it. Finally, i received my scores today and i got L:9 R:8.5 W:7 S:8.5. I think i must have scored 7 in task 1 and 7 in Task 2 to get me this score. Regardless, i was very relieved on getting this score.
    In summary, for the folks who are fluent with English and use them regularly, please stress more on Writing. Practice no matter how confident you are because on exam day you may run out of time, words etc. You should also review the structure and format of the tasks.
    Liz, i want to take this opportunity to thank you for all the videos you have provided. They were helpful and during my final attempt the only material i used to practice were your videos and website. Hope you feel better.

    • I’m so pleased you finally hit band 7 in writing. I know IELTS can be frustrating and exhausting at times but perseverance certainly paid off for you. Well done πŸ™‚

  88. Hi Liz,

    I got my results today, 10/08/18 and I did far above my expectations all thanks to God and you. I was very scared of writing because I always go blank on ideas whenever I see a topic but going through your blog gave me all the tips i needed. However ,i was too scared to even practice it but i was confident with the tips i got here and was ready to face my fears. My speaking too, I missed a question cos I didn’t hear the examiner well.

    LRWS : 8.5, 8.5, 7, 8.
    Module: GT
    Occupation :Banking
    Country: Nigeria.

    Thank you so much and keep up with this great selfless work.


    Hi dear liz.Today(10/8/18) i got my ielts result.I am so thankful for your advanced writing lessons.Thank you so much for your great advice

    L 8
    R 8.5
    S 7
    W 7
    I am a nurse by profession and i m from india

  90. Hi Liz,

    I was preparing IELTS for immigration purposes and my test was on 07/28/2018 in the United States. I got my result as follows:
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 7.5
    Overall: 8.0

    I am not getting enough words to thank you for all the useful material and tips you have shared on this page of yours. I really thank you from the core of my heart and am sending a tight virtual hug from here πŸ™‚
    I hope you get whatever you wish for in your life. Stay Blessed! <3

  91. Hi Liz,

    I had appeared for IELTS on the 28th of July, currently working as a Quality Analyst with Altisource pvt ltd. and below are my results:
    Listening: 9
    Reading: 8
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 7
    I followed your website for all tips and strategies and that helped me immensely.
    Thanks a ton !!

  92. Hi liz

    I am a software professional from india. My scores are
    L 8
    R 8.5
    W 6.5
    S 8

    Over all 8

    Do you think i should apply for remark. Please advise.

    • Well done with your results πŸ™‚ Here are some things to consider before deciding on a remark for writing:
      1. You need to have written over the word count in both task 1 and task 2
      2. You must have written a clear overview in task 1 and a conclusion in task 2
      3. You must be sure you didn’t fill your essay with sentences or phrases you memorised

  93. Dear Liz,

    Greetings of the day!

    I just received my IELTS test scores – overall band score 8.5 (L – 8.5, R – 8.5, W – 7.5 and S – 8)

    I really wish to express my gratitude to you. I had no idea about IELTS when I registered for the test on 24 June; however, your website proved to be such a huge help. I am genuinely pleased with my results and most of the credit goes to excellent teachers like you.

    Much love and best wishes coming your way Liz.

    • I’m really pleased to see your scores – well done πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to let me know your profession. Glad my website was useful πŸ™‚

      • Sorry, there was a typo – speaking score was also 8.5. I am an HR professional and planning to pursue higher studies abroad. Honestly Liz, I can’t thank you enough. I wish I could meet you someday and thank you in person. You’re really helping so many people.

  94. SNEHAL PATEL says:

    Hi Liz,

    Hope, you are absolutely well now and in pink of your health.

    Snehal Patel – Involved in Chemical Manufacturing (B.E. – MECHANICAL)

    I am honestly thankful to you for your WONDERFUL videos, tricks and techniques for IELTS preparation.

    I appeared first time in IELTS – GENERAL MODULE & scored exceptionally well with blessings of Almighty, my parents, my tutors including you too.

    I got overall 7.5 Bands and individually,

    Listening: 7
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7
    Speaking: 7

    Thanks once again to you for your persistent guidance which is really invaluable at all.

  95. Thanks to you , Liz!!!!! These are my results
    Overall band score-8
    I may ask for a remark of my Writing. Overall, I think I did well.

  96. I got my score today
    Test Date: July 28, 2018
    Center: Philadelphia, USA
    General Training

    Thanks for your tips. They really helped me.
    It was a bit easy. Test center does not have headphones available. At first, I was a little worried. Luckily I was seated in the first row. Voice was loud and clear. My tip would be to get information about headphones from your test center. If they are not available, I strongly suggest practicing 2 or 3 using speakers, just to get used to it

    1st section was a phone call conversation about customer requesting hotel details
    2nd section, I don’t recollect
    3rd section was about a 5K run sort of map with details about building locations
    4rth one was about artists in medieval age and work produced along with its significance. Towards the end of this section, I knew I did one question wrong because my pencil nib broke a couple of times while answering previous questions and lost concentration

    When in doubt I wrote 2 answers down. I finalized my answer in the last 10min

    This one was a bit for us. We all got lucky to not have to face so many T/F/NG.
    There were only 4 in the 1st section.

    1st section is about License tests and stages to get actual permit. I strictly followed Liz’s tips for T/F/NG.
    2nd section was about looking for jobs I believe
    3rd section I don’t remember
    4rth section was about some excavation and prominent figures detailing his achievements. Like practice tests, the wording was tough. I read whole paragraphs to understand and answer better, although some people suggest skimming through them. Know which one suits you better with practice.

    One more thing is I was looking at the clock after each section and at 35 min into this test, I finished 3 sections and filled answer sheet. I spent 15 min answering the last section and rechecking all sections for 5 min

    Letter to authorities on garbage left on the roads
    Review ratings and opinions about products and services on the internet. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? State your opinion with examples that you faced and heard from (Something like that)

    I spent 25 min on the 1st letter (should have spent 5 min less). Stupid pencil broke off many times. If you ask me, 20min for letter and 35-40min for the essay would be ideal.

    I was not clear before stepping into the test room, what is an ideal way of speaking. I listened to 50 topics available on youtube for 2 min talk (should I say TED TALK :)). Speaker in those videos is Asian. His viewpoint is a little off from my thinking. Anyways, I gathered the sequence and pattern he follows.

    On the day, I was asked to take a seat (I forgot to close the door and she asked me politely to close it behind me to which I apologized)
    1st few questions were
    Do you live in a house or apartment?
    Which room is your favorite?
    About rains? Which one do you prefer winter or dry?
    and more 4 or 5

    Cue card was about a place I would like to visit to enjoy the silence. Which place? Where did you hear this from? Why do you want to go there

    Follow up questions
    Do you think neighbors should keep sounds low in an apartment?
    Do you think there should be laws to be followed while living in an apartment?

    I froze for about 15-20sec in cue card session. I wrote down something on the piece of paper to construct wording as I speak. I honestly thought I have to repeat the test speaking.
    My suggestion, go with your natural flow but remember some strong adjectives which might come handy during the session

    Thanks, Liz to you and many platforms that exist to help with tips

    • Very well done with your results πŸ™‚ Your tips are great πŸ™‚ Keeping an eye on the clock for reading is great. Yes, a natural flow of speaking is essential in the Speaking test. You also highlighted one point which many forget – pencils can easily break – make sure you are ready for this, particularly if it is during your listening test!! Thanks for sharing your experience πŸ™‚

  97. Hi Liz,
    I appeared for IELTS GT in San Francisco on July28th. Thanks a lot for your resources it was of great help. I am a software engineer by profession.
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 7.5
    Speaking 7.5
    Writing 8
    Overall 8.

  98. Nurse spm says:

    Academic. British IDP qatar
    Profession Nurse .
    Hello got my results today
    I wasn’t confident with my writing because my task 1 was maps but thankfully got my desired results

    R-8 L-8 W-7 S7

    I’m dissapointed with my speaking I felt i did well but anyways I only needed 7 and above
    So I am very happy and relieved

    Thaks for all your help. Really recommend this website! More power

    • That’s a strong score – well done πŸ™‚ Don’t be disappointed with your speaking score – hitting band 7 is great πŸ™‚

  99. Hey Liz,

    I got my IELTS result today and got a band of 7.5. I just cannot express how happy I am. This score has really boosted my confidence.

    I am very thankful to you. Your videos have made IELTS journey very easy for me.

    • I’m pleased for you – well done πŸ™‚ Glad my videos were helpful πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to mention your profession.

  100. Manik Singla says:

    Mam,thank you.

  101. Hi Liz,

    I am an IT profession. My IELTS -General Training exam was on 7th July , 2018.I followed all the tips you provided across the sections .My score :

    L – 8.0
    R – 8.0
    W – 7.5
    S – 7.5
    Overall band score – 8.0

    I found your website immensely helpful and user friendly.Thanks for providing such a great content.

    Would definitely recommend this to all the IELTS aspirants out there !

  102. Ajita Sharma says:

    Hi Liz,
    I appeared in IELTS exam GT module on 7th July 2018. I am a Dentist and Oral Pathologist by profession and this was my first attempt at IELTS. I used your website extensively for my exam preparation and got desired result also. My result is;
    L : 9
    R : 9
    W : 7
    S : 7.5
    Overall Band score : 8

    Thanks for all the tips and suggestions. It was really very helpful.

  103. Hello Liz,

    Your videos were extremely helpful, thank you!

    This was my first attempt at IELTS (General Training) and my results are L9, R9, S8, W7. Overall band score is 8.5

    I’m an architect.

  104. Manoj Mishra says:

    Hi Liz,

    I recently appeared for IELTS (GT) on 7th Jul. This was my 5th attempt as I always faltered in Reading and Writing modules by scoring 6.5 in each. I am so glad to inform you my results that were out on 20th Jul.
    I am bit disappointed with my Speaking result as I was very confident of scoring well in it. Nevertheless, I am very happy with the overall outcome and can not thank you enough for the various tips and tricks you have posted on your website. I had bookmarked it and applied the methods during my exam!

    I read your health has deteriorated in the last few years. I pray to God for your speedy recovery so that you continue doing the fabulous work here. You are a wonderful teacher!

    Best wishes,
    Manoj Mishra

    • Well done with your results πŸ™‚ I know IELTS can be frustrating, but your story shows that it is possible to hit the score you need if you approach IELTS in the right way. I’m glad you found my site. Your results also show your determination and ability to understand IELTS πŸ™‚ Thanks for your wishes for my health – I’m keeping my fingers crossed this year πŸ™‚

  105. Pallavi kurhekar says:

    Hello Liz,
    Thanks to you for such a helpful blog and the YouTube videos! This was my first IELTS general training attempt. I studied with the help of your videos and scored well. Thanks again! My score is-
    Overall band- 8.0
    Listening- 9.0
    Reading -7.0
    Speaking – 7.5
    Writing- 8.0

  106. Hello liz

    I am very much pleased to state that your website really helped me to achieve more than I wanted, specially in writing. I was getting 6.5 always. But now after watching your lessons and reading model answersi scored over all 8 in General Training.
    Here is the score
    L: 8.5 R 8.5 W 8 S 7

    Once again thanks a lot. Many more can benefit from your website.


    • That’s an impressive improvement – well done πŸ™‚ It goes to show how important it is to understand more about the test πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to mention your profession.

      • Balveer says:

        I am not working at the moment. I took test for immigration purpose.
        You are such a saviour.

  107. Hi Liz,

    Thanks for your suggestions and this great website. I missed my desired score in writing first time, I took you advanced IELTS lessons and it helped me improve my writing score. My test date was 7/7
    my score is

    Listening 9
    Reading 8
    Writing 7.5
    Speaking 8.5
    Overall 8.5

    Once again, thanks for your help!

    • Very well done πŸ™‚ I’m so pleased my Advanced Lessons helped your writing score πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to mention your profession.

      • I am a Network Architect by profession. I have one request/suggestion, can you make an advanced lesson for cause/effect or cause/solutions type of essay? Your advanced lessons covers all other type of essays except for this model, although it’s not hard to figure it out, but I think it may be more beneficial for others if you include a model essay.

        • I plan to make Advanced Lessons for all aspects of IELTS writing as well as speaking, listening and reading. The problem is that my health collapsed and for the last 2.5 years I’ve been too unwell to make videos. It’s really frustrating because I know how useful they are for you all. Hopefully I’ll see improvement in my health this year. As soon as I am feeling ok, I’ll start making videos again πŸ™‚

  108. Hi liz,

    Thank you so much for the tips on your blog. My test results are as follows;
    Overall – 8

    This is all because of your blog.
    Profession – Electronics Engineer.

    For all the test takers i suggest you to all visit this amazing blog.

    Thanks once again:)

    • That’s a really good score – well done πŸ™‚

      • Hey Liz
        My results have come and here are my scores:
        Listening :9.0
        Reading : 9.0
        Speaking: 7.5
        Writing : 9.0
        Your advanced lessons were extremely helpful and the only way I improved from 7.5 to 9 is due to your lessons. I am so happy with my score as writing was something I wanted to improved.
        Thank you once again.
        I am a chemical engineer.

        Regards Govind

        • Very well done getting band 9 in writing !!! I know you worked really hard to achieve that. If you take the test again, it will be time to learn more techniques for speaking πŸ™‚ Anyway, be proud of your score πŸ™‚

  109. Amara Adeline says:

    Hi Liz… Thanks for the wonderful site u’ve got. Was really resourceful to me. I’m a registered nurse, sat for the ielts academic module on 7/7/18
    Overall 7
    Listening 7.5
    Reading 7.5
    Writing 6
    Speaking 7.
    The scores might not be great but I achieved the desired results.

  110. MAYUR JADHAV says:

    Hi Liz,

    I want to thank you from bottom of my heart for creating such an amazing and free website with all the great tips and videos. I work full time and due to an unexpected project could not devote any time for preparation.
    I literally studied couple of hours Monday through Thursday for my exam on Friday July 7th. With no prior experience or prep, I luckily came across your website as my first google search. I loved your style of teaching and decided to only followed your instructions.
    Here are my results:
    I don’t know if it matters but I am not a native speaker but residing in USA for the last 5 years.

    Once again, thank you for your time and efforts for creating this immensely helpful website.

    • Very well done with your results – it’s a great score πŸ™‚ Glad you found my site πŸ™‚ Don’t forget to share your profession.

      • MAYUR JADHAV says:

        Oh yes, I am a biomedical engineer working for a multinational company and helping our clients (hospitals) with their medical equipment needs.

  111. Hi Liz,

    Firstly, I would like to thank you for your help and hard work in teaching and spreading your knowledge.

    I am an Electrical Engineer and I gave the General Test (First Time) on 6/30/2018 in Hawaii. Here are my scores:
    Overall Band: 8.0
    Listening: 8.0
    Reading: 8.0
    Writing: 7.5
    Speaking: 9.0

    I would say, your web page helped me polish my writing skills and achieve a good band. I hope you continue your good work and help many others get close to their goals.


    • Very well done πŸ™‚ Band 9 in speaking is a rare achievement πŸ™‚ Glad my website was useful πŸ™‚

  112. Hi Liz. I gave exam on 30th June, 2018. Test module GT.
    My scores are:

    L : 8.5
    R : 8.5
    W : 7
    S : 7
    Overall Band Score: 8

    After multiple attempts i was finally able to achieve my desired results all thanks to your website. In previous attempts i was able to score 7 and above in all sections except for writing, where i was stuck at 6.5 but then i discovered your website and followed all your writing tips and finally got a 7! Thanks a lot Liz! πŸ™‚

  113. Dhwani Vansjalia says:

    Hi Liz,

    Test module: GT
    Date: 30th June,2018
    Location: Ahmedabad, India
    Profession: Pharma marketing

    I have achieved my desired band in first attempt. Thank you for wonderful tips, practice tests and lessons about minor mistakes which can impact majorly on band.

    My overall band: 8
    Listening: 8.5
    Reading: 8.5
    Writing: 7
    Speaking: 7

    I would recommend your website to all my friends who are preparing for Exams. It is really helpful to me specially in writing and listening modules. Consistency is the key to achieve target band.

    Thanks Liz😊

  114. Talbia Jamil says:

    Hey Liz,
    My name is Talbia Jamil. I am a computer professional. I appeared in IELTS exam (General Training) held on 30-06-2018 in Pakistan and fortunately I have scored
    Listening 8.5
    Reading 7.0
    Writing 7.0
    Speaking 7.0
    Overall band 7.5

    I have subscribed to your youtube channel and it really helped me during my preparation specially for writing and reading. I am very thankful to you.
    Talbia Jamil

  115. Hi Liz,
    Thanks for your wonderful website, it’s a great source of knowledge for cracking this peculiar exam I’m an IT professional. I took my exam on 30th June and below is my score
    L: 8.5
    R: 9
    W: 7
    S: 6.5
    I’m totally shocked to see that low in speaking. I think my communication went really well and I never fell short of words and i fluently answer all the questions. Being in IT industry I work with clients from US, Europe and almost have daily conversations with them (Native speakers) so I always have the confidence to do well in this section and I think it went well (i think it was atleast 7.5 – 8 performance). Do you think i should go for EoR for my speaking as i need 7 in it to get my desired score.

    Thanks for your help in advance.


    • Well done with your score πŸ™‚ Your speaking results are not strong. Speaking is all about expanding your answers at all times. Did you do that? Did you also make sure that you showcased the past forms, future forms and conditional forms of English grammar? Did you pay attention to that? If you feel that you did use each question to showcase your English in a natural way, then it is possible to consider a remark – but there are no guarantees of success.

  116. Rituja Naidu says:

    Got a overall band 8!
    L : 8.5
    R : 7.5
    S : 8
    W : 7

    Thanks Liz for all your amazing help!

  117. jason lee says:

    Hi Liz,

    I just got my score and my writing is totally bombed.
    In fairness, it was my first attempt, but I did not expect such a low mark.
    I need to get at least 7 on writing to immigrate to Canada and I feel like my world is collapsing. Do you have any recommendations?

    R – 9
    L – 7.5
    W – 6
    S – 8


  118. Dear Liz,
    I would like to thank you for such a great blog. I am working as a software developer. I want to express that your guidance has been extremely helpful for me while preparing for the IELTS GT. I can’t thank you enough for this as I didn’t take any other external help, apart from practising some official IELTS papers. My cousin had suggested me your website and I have seriously followed all your advices and videos. You have covered all the areas really well and truly I appreciate all your efforts and patience behind this. I had taken IELTS GT in April in which my overall score was 7.5 ( L: 7.5 R: 8.5 W: 7.5 S: 7.0). I was not satisfied with my listening score so I retook it in June and I am glad to inform you that I improved upon it. I got my result just today and my overall score is 8.0 ( L: 8.5 R:8.0 W:7.0 S:7.5) . During this time, I re-watched all your videos, and did more practise papers and listening exercises. Thanking you was the first thing I wanted to do on getting my aimed score. I will definitely suggest your blog to others. You have done an amazing work and it’s very nice of you to make it freely available. I really want to wish you all the best things. God bless you!! Thanks, Namaste

    • I was really pleased to see your results and read your comments. Very well done increasing your score πŸ™‚

  119. Mohamed says:

    Dear Liz,

    I am stuck with writing module. I never thought I would be stuck with English as I am quite fluent in it. I do make mistakes with grammar and spelling when it comes to writing, but after 4 attempts, I don’t know what to do. Certainly, the only hope now is to study writing like it is an academic test in University.

    I really wish the writing was on a computer rather than the stone-aged pen and paper method.

    Exam Date 02/June/18 (IDP) (EOR result waiting) (UAE)
    Overall Band: 8.0
    L 8.5
    R 8.5
    W 6.5
    S 7.5

    Exam Date 21/Apr/18 (BC) (UAE)
    Overall Band: 7.5
    L 7.5
    R 8
    W 6
    S 8

    Exam Date 07/Apr/18 (BC) (UAE)
    Overall Band: 7.0
    L 7.5
    R 6.5
    W 6
    S 7

    Exam Date 03/Mar/18 (BC) (UAE)
    Overall Band: 7.0
    L 8.5
    R 7
    W 6
    S 6.5

    • Only about 50% of your marks in writing is based on the level of your English. The rest is technique. Although this is called the Academic IELTS test, your essay is not a university essay. This is an essay for IELTS. This means there are particular requirements which you MUST meet and that the examiner is looking for. Unless you train in IELTS essay writing, you won’t get the score you need. I highly recommend you get my Advanced Lessons for writing task 2. It takes me 1 hour to teach just one type of essay – there is a lot to learn: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

  120. Omidiji Moyin says:

    Good morning Liz,
    Thanks for your website. I had been stuck at 6.5 in writing (Academic module) in my previous attempts until i went through your advanced writing lessons and my writing score leaped from 6.5 to 8.0 !
    I am so excited.
    I had an overall band of 8.0 (Listening 8.0, Reading 7.5, Writing 8.0, and Speaking 8.0). THANK YOU.

    • That’s brilliant!! Very well done πŸ™‚ Writing scores are based on both the level of your English and your technique. Techniques can be quickly changed and learned, so if that is the problem, your score can certainly increase. Going from 6.5 to 8 is excellent – you should be proud of that achievement πŸ™‚ Here is a link for other people to my Advanced Writing Task 2 Lessons: http://subscriptions.viddler.com/IELTSLizStore

  121. himanshu says:

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

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

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

  123. Rohit Handa says:

    Hello Liz,

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

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

    Overall – 8.5

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

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

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

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

  124. Sanjeev says:

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


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

  125. Jayan Jayasinghe says:

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

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

  126. Fahad Sherwani says:

    Hi Liz

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

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

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

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

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

  127. Hello Liz,

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

    My profession is Banking and I took the GT module.

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

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

    Thank you again Liz,may God bless you.

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

    • I’m really pleased to see your results πŸ™‚ It must be such a relief to finally hit the score you needed – very well done πŸ™‚ It’s a good demonstration of perseverance and determination πŸ™‚ Yes, feel free to share your tips when your TRF arrives. If you want your own page on this site with your experiences, struggles and tips, just email me: ieltsliz789@gmail.com

  128. Manpreet says:

    Hi Liz,

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

    Thank you so much!

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

  129. Prabhu V says:

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

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

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

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

  130. Hi Liz,

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

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

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

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

  131. Akshar Mehta says:


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

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

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

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

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

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

    Take care

  133. Padmaja says:

    Hi Liz,

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

    Overall score 8

    Listening 9
    Reading 8
    Speaking 7.5
    Writing 7

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

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

  135. Ovie Ainenehi says:

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

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

    Thank you once again liz. You are the best.

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

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

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

  137. Ame Uwoghiren says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  138. Fadeyinmi says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • A great score – well done πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your tips as well – very useful πŸ™‚ I have quite a few stay at home Mum’s contacting me about studying IELTS. If you have any extra tips for them about using their time at home more effectively and juggling other responsibilities, please share them πŸ™‚
      If you want your own page of tips posted, just email me: ieltsliz789@gmail.com

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

    Dear Ms. Liz,

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

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

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

  140. Mohita Kaushik says:

    Hi Liz,

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

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

    A few tips which I guess worked for me –

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

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

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

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

  141. Maitri Paul says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  142. Nazanin Yuzbasheva says:

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

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

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

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

  144. Venika Saini says:

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


    Venika Saini

  145. Ayodele Akingboye says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  146. LabrosKt says:

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

    Again , thank you very much .
    Kisses from Greece.

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

      • LabrosKt says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Amaninder Singh says:

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

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

      • Hi Sonia,

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

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

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

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

        All the best for you main day. Cheers.

  148. Deepa Thomas-Sutcliffe says:

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

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

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

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

  149. Praew&Proud says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    thanks a lot for your guidance.

  152. Hi Liz,

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

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

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

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

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

    Kind regards,

  153. Hi Liz,

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

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


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

  154. Ankur Gupta says:

    Hi Liz,

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Good Luck!!

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

  155. Oluwatobi says:

    Good day Liz.

    I’m a Mechanical Engineer from Lagos, Nigeria.

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

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

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

  156. Neeraja says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  157. Hi Liz,

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

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

  158. Gokul Prasanna says:

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

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

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

    Please kindly respond.

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

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

    Thanks again and stay blessed.

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

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

    Overall: -7.5

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

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

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

  162. Vasilena Dimitrova says:

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

    Vasilena Dimitrova

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

    • Abolore says:

      Woow congratulations!!!!!!

      Please, what resources did you use for Writing ?

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

  163. Abdullah says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  165. Yashaswini says:

    Hi Liz,

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

  166. Taneet Singh says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Heres my score
    Listening 8.0
    Reading 8.0
    Writing 6.5
    Speaking 8.0

    Overall 7.5

    Thanks again😊

  169. Shamsh Hoda says:

    Hello Everyone,

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

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

    Thank Liz.

    All the best to all test takers!

  170. Got my result today

    L 8.5
    R 7.5
    W 6.5
    S 8

    Overall 7.5

  171. Aishwarya says:

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

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

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

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

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

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

  172. Zohaib Zafar says:

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

  173. Richard says:

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

    Practice is the key.

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

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

    Kind regards

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

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

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

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

    Thank you Liz for your valuable website πŸ™‚

  175. Hi!! Liz.

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

    My previous results were:

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

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

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

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

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

  176. Alexandra says:

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

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

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

    L 8.5
    R 7.5
    W 6.5
    S 8

    Average 7.5

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

  178. Vineesha Paladugu says:

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

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

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

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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

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

  179. Tanvir Sonali says:

    Speaking Test
    Center: British Council, Mauritius

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

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

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

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

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

    Part 3

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

  180. Comfort Mgbado says:

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

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

    Listening 8.0
    Reading 8.0
    Writing 6.5
    Speaking 7.0

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

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

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

  182. Vito Meow says:

    Dear Liz,

    Thank you for all the information on this website.

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



  183. Manisha gupta says:

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

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

    Overall: 8.0

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

    Thank you, Liz!

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

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

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

    Thanks in Advance!!!!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  188. Divya Sree says:

    Hi Liz,

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

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

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

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

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

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

  190. Kirti Chawla says:

    Hi Liz,

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

    Kirti Chawla

  191. Vaisakh Vimalan says:

    Hi Liz,

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

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

    Thank You Liz !!!!

    • Vaisakh Vimalan says:

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

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

  192. Piyali Das says:

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

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

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