IELTS Tops Scores Feb 2017: Band Score 9

Hi guys,

I thought you would like to see some of the top scores that some students have achieved last month (Feb 2017). I want you all to know that top scores in IELTS are possible.

Below you can also find useful IELTS preparation tips 🙂

Overall Band Score 9

Two students achieved OVERALL BAND SCORE 9  !!!

ielts band score 9 top results

See their results below:

  1. Saif: L 8.5, R 8.5, W 9 and S 9 = overall band 9.  His personal details have been removed from the certificate. He mentioned in his email:

“You can also mention that I only used your videos as study material for test preparation. I watched around ten of your videos and that was good enough to get an understanding of the test layout.” 

  • Below are links to my videos and tips

Student Band Score 9


2. Niharika: L 9, R 9, W 8.5 and S 8.5 = overall band 9

“I already shared my scores on your blog post about the test results (N G CST is the username). Please feel free to share my results/experience with others. Reading others’ experiences helped me tremendously and I think sharing my experience will definitely be useful.  I resat for IELTS exam on 11 February 2017 in Saint Paul, USA.” Her speaking score went from 7.5 to band 8.5 after taking the test again. You can see her scores posted on my Post Results Page

Below are some of the tips for speaking I gave her:

Part 1 – Listen for the grammar in the question. Past tense question = past tense answer. Second conditional question = 2nd conditional answer. This is an English language test – show the accuracy of your language. For example:
Q: Can you swim?
A: Yes, I can but I wish you could do better and had more time to practice.
This demonstrates the right grammatical answer “can you = I can” and also future forms by adding hopes.
You will know the topics in part 1 because the examiner will say “Lets talk about sport” – then you know you will get 3 or 4 questions about sport. Or “moving on to weather” – now the topic has changed to weather. Listen for the topic and give examples of topic vocab.
Part 2
This is a chance for you to control the language you produce. A chance for you to show you deserve a high score by giving examples of great English.
Showcase your skills. You can add any information and change the prompts – but stick to the topic and pay attention to grammar tenses. Because you can add anything, it means you should be speaking for 2 mins. There is no reason to stop – you can say anything!!!!! So, show the examiner you have no problem to speak at length – fluency!!
Part 3
Discussion. This is chance to you to explain your ideas and develop ideas. It is not because you are marked on ideas, it is because you can show higher level language. The examiner doesn’t care what you think – only what your English is like. So, explain in depth and use higher level English.

Overall Band Score 8.5

6 students got an IELTS overall band score of 8.5 this month.
  • Gurinda = L 8, R 9, W 7.5 and S 8.5
  • Kristine = L 9, R 8.5, W 7.5 and S 9
  • Rohan =  L 8.5, R 9, W 7.5 and S 8.5
  • Patricia = L 9, R 9, W 8.5 and S 8.5
  • M Harris = L 9, R 8.5, W 7.5 and S 8.5
  • Ajuraj = L 8.5, R 8.5, W 9 and S 7

Overall Band Score 8 or 7.5

  • 11 students got an overall score of 8
  • 13 students got an overall score of 7.5

IELTS Preparation Tips

Nobody finds IELTS very easy. Even band score 9 students need to prepare and develop the right skills for the test. Here are a couple of tips for your preparation. Click the links to open useful pages:
  1. Learn everything you can about the test. Learn the rules. Learn what is allowed and not allowed.  See my IELTS Information page to learn as much as you can about the IELTS Test.
  2. Develop your English. For speaking and writing, you need to avoid making errors in vocabulary and grammar. Find some Useful Websites to help you.
  3. Learn tips to ensure you use the right techniques, practice and FREE VIDEO LESSONS. Click below to open page:
    1. IELTS Listening Tips
    2. IELTS Reading Tips
    3. IELTS Writing Task 1 Tips
    4. IELTS Writing task 2 Tips
    5. IELTS Speaking
  4. Start learning Ideas for IELTS Topics and also Vocabulary for IELTS Topics
  5. Never do your IELTS test until you have practiced a real IELTS test at home under the time limit. You need to get the IELTS Cambridge Test books

You can buy Advanced IELTS Writing Task 2 Lessons from my online shop, if you want high band score training:

Liz’s Advanced Writing Task 2 Lessons

Well done to all of you who have done so well in your tests!!!

And good luck to all of you about to take your test!!


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  1. Thanks so much Liz. This website and your tutorials have been very helpful to me to get a good score.
    I cant thank you enough.

  2. Rituja Naidu says

    Hi Liz,
    After much anticipation, I have finally received my IELTS score and it’s a pleasant surprise! I secured an Overall band 8!!. I did it by preparing on my own, all within a month. I remember working hard every single day and I can proudly say that it has paid off!. It’s not only about my work, however, had it not been for your amazing video lessons, I wouldn’t have had the correct guidance to study well. Thank you so much! ❤

  3. Hi Liz,
    You don’t have Problem solution lesson for us to buy?

    • There are only three lessons available at present. After watching three, you will understand the flexibility needed for most essays.

  4. Hello liz .recently i finished my ielts exam,but
    i felt tough in writing task 2.topic was people say instead of
    trying to prevent climate change .we should find ways
    to live with it. Do you agree or disagree.
    please help me.what can i wrote in this?

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Climate change can be tackled through raising awareness of individuals to conserve energy and recycle as well as limiting emissions of gases harmful to the environment by reducing the number of cars on the road and controlling industrial waste.

  5. madam first of all thank you for providing a such usefull information and essential videos on free basis. i really like your nature and especially your smile it is so innocent.

    i just wanted to ask you if i writing in first task more than 150 and also in 2nd task i write more than 250 words so. i lose band?
    or it’s allowed to write.

    • You MUST write more than 150 words in task 1 and more than 250 words in task 2. Writing less will lower your score.

  6. Liz, I cannot thank you enough for such calmness, purity & a peaceful way to share your knowledge with all across the world. I am going to be appearing in my exam in a few hours from now and feel delighted to convey my gratitude towards everything that you do for each one of us.


    • I wish you the best to luck!!! Keep calm and stay focused. Key your eye on the clock for reading and writing!! 🙂

  7. Your lessons are very useful

  8. Hi Liz ,
    First of all a big thanks to you for my ielts score . I got R8 ,L8.5,S8.5,W7.5. I had just 2 weeks of preparation time and your videos and tips helped immensely. I was struggling with T/F/NG but ur video cleared all doubts. I found your speaking tips very useful. You are doing a great job , please keep up the good work. Thanks once again.

    • Well done, Tripti !! A really great score 🙂 I’m glad my TFNG video helped – they are such tricky questions to answer. Thanks for letting me know your results 🙂

    • Rahul S Sinena says

      Hey Tripti ,
      I want to take some tips from you.
      Could you pls contact me on my mail “”.Please !!!!

  9. Kunal Daftary says

    Hi Liz,

    I was so astonished while read said comments and result of exams about 9 Band..!!
    Its really great help from you for all of us.
    God bless you Liz.
    I am also chosen 25th March for the exam. i am not confident about my Speaking and can i improve pls advise.

  10. Farid Ouakrim says

    Hi Liz.
    I’ve noticed that a new topic has been given for speaking “Riot ” . As I know ,political topics shouldn’t be given.


    • Not all riots are political. Some relate to using animals for testing products. This is a topic about society and how society expresses itself. If you ask me if I think this is a good topic for IELTS? I would say no. I don’t think it’s appropriate. But I donit control IELTS and the topic isn’t political.

  11. krutika khadse says

    Thank you Liz. I could score individual and overall 7 Band . Your tips really helped me to get 7 in writing which was very difficult for me. I like your teaching techniques. Thank you once again.

  12. Thank you so much Liz.

  13. I need all of these tips. Thank you Liz!
    I’ll be taking the speaking test on the 4th and the written exam on the 8th of April in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 🙂

  14. Vishwas jog K says

    Hi, Liz,

    I have a doubt, is there any deference between Academic and general Writing task 2?

    Please help me

  15. I am sitting for Ielts exam tomorrow morning in Toronto. I am really nervous and unable to sleep. I have gone through all of the videos posted on your website and even purchased opinion essay video. Still not confident about writing task 2(lacking the ideas to present a strong structure) I hope everything goes well in the exam. Fingers crossed

  16. Hey Liz ,
    Your website and YouTube videos were of great help , as I achieved my required score of overall 7.5
    I got 7 in speaking , 7.5 in listening and writing and 8.5 in reading.
    Keep up the good work. Cheers

  17. Nalini Venkatesh says

    Wowwww that’s gr8

  18. Thanks Liz,
    I passed my Feb 16, ielts academic test with 7.5 overall band score.i did self review and watched your video lessons and your site. And it helped me a lot to successfully pass.
    Keep up the good work.


  19. I love your Videos and tips
    Thank you so much LIZ

  20. Hello liz,
    I need to improve my IELTS listening and reading score above 7 band bt it doesn’t improve , what should I do ? . . .and other question is: Is it wrong to keep one line blank between two paragraphs in writing section. . . .??

    Thanking u !

  21. If we make one or two pauses during speaking exam,would it affect our band score??

    • It depends on the length. If you actually stopped speaking, then it might affect your fluency score. If you just pauses slightly, it won’t matter much if it was just once or twice.

      • Thank u liz
        Examiner asked me whether people change their activities according to weather?? Actually do they?

        • It’s an interesting question. Yes, on the whole people change their activities due to weather. For example, people tend to do indoor activities when it rains and outdoor activities when it’s dry or sunny. I’m sure you can now think of other examples 🙂

  22. outstanding performance

  23. I am preparing for ielts, but I have a difficulty on writing. Please give me some advice! Thanks in advance!

  24. lovejinder says

    Hi, Liz
    I have a big trouble with reading.
    I gave my exam in which i received
    7 band in writing and listening
    And 6 band in speaking, however I got 5 band in reading.I do not know why reading seems to me very difficult.

  25. Really amazing

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