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  1. 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™‚

  2. 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™‚

  3. 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™‚

  4. 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 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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™‚

  11. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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 !!

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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™‚

  20. 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.

  21. 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™‚

  22. 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.

  23. Manik Singla says:

    Mam,thank you.

  24. 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 !

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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™‚

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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™‚

  31. 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™‚

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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™‚

  35. 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™‚

  36. 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😊

  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. 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!

  40. 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


  41. 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™‚

  42. 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:

  43. 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:

  44. 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™‚

  45. 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:

  46. 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™‚

  47. 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™‚

  48. 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™‚

  49. 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™‚

  50. 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:

  51. 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™‚

  52. 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™‚

  53. 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™‚

  54. 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™‚

  55. 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

  56. 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

  57. 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.

  58. 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.

  59. 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™‚

  60. 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™‚

  61. 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:

  62. 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™‚

  63. 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™‚

  64. 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™‚

  65. Nazanin Yuzbasheva says:

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

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

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

  66. 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.

  67. 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

  68. 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™‚

  69. 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™‚

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. 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!!!❀️❀️

  73. 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™‚

  74. 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.

  75. 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,

  76. 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™‚

  77. 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™‚

  78. 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.

  79. 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™‚

  80. 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.

  81. 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™‚

  82. 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.

  83. 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.

  84. 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™‚

  85. 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

  86. 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™‚

  87. 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 .


  88. 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™‚

  89. 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:)

  90. 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™‚

  91. 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😊

  92. 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!

  93. Got my result today

    L 8.5
    R 7.5
    W 6.5
    S 8

    Overall 7.5

  94. 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™‚

  95. Zohaib Zafar says:

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

  96. 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.

  97. 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™‚

  98. 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.

  99. 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™‚

  100. 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 ❀️

  101. Vineesha Paladugu says:

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

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

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

    • Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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

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

  102. 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?

  103. 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.

  104. 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™‚

  105. 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



  106. 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

  107. 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.

  108. 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!!!!


  109. 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:

  110. 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

  111. 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.

  112. 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.

  113. 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

  114. Vaisakh Vimalan says:

    Hi Liz,

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

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

    Thank You Liz !!!!

    • Vaisakh Vimalan says:

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

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

  115. 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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