How can I get an IELTS Writing Band 7?

by Tina Ahuja
(mumbai,maharashtra,India)

Hi,

I have attempted IELTS GT module twice.
my 1st time score is R-7 , L-7,S-7,W-6.5
and 2nd time score is R-7.5,L-8,S-7,W-6.5

I need to score 7 in each module.

So, I want to improve my writing score.

Can you suggest me any tips for scoring band 7 or higher in writing module.

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Jul 13, 2012
IELTS Writing Band 7
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

This is quite a common question – how to get an IELTS band 7 in the writing? It’s a particular problem for those who are at band 6.5 and can’t make that jump to the next band.

You must be not achieving in one of the marking criteria for the writing but only the person marking your writing will know what that is.

As this is a common problem, I’ve created a lesson to address it, so please follow this link.

There are a few tips in there.

Thanks

Aug 16, 2012
deliberate attempt by IELTS to keep Writing band score to 6.5 only
by: Pankaj

I have given IELTS 7 times and after that I have came to this conclusion only that whatever IELTS authorities mention about grammer, cohesion etc. is just a sham. No matter what you write they will not give you more than 6.5 band score.

Aug 16, 2012
Getting a band 7
by: IELTS buddy

Hi PankaJ,

It can be frustrating if you have so far been unable to get over 6.5, but lots of people do get a band 7 or over, so it is certainly possible.

IELTS Examiners have an objective grading scale and they would gain nothing from giving someone a lower score than they deserve, so there would be no reason to give a piece of writing anything but what it should get.

It can take a very long time and a lot of study to move up from one band to the next, so it may just be that you have further work to do.

Good luck with the test and I hope you can get the score you need.

Thanks

Nov 04, 2012
SAME PROBLEM
by: jobs

I AM ALSO FACING THE SAME PROBLEM . I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET 7 BAND IN WRITING FOR THE LAST 18 MONTHS. I TOOK THIS EXAM FIVE TIMES BEFORE AND COULD NOT SCORE MORE THAN 6.5 .IN FACT ,MY SCORE WAS ALWAYS 6.5 FOR WRITING ,EVENTHOUGH SCORES FOR READING AND LISTENING WAS ABOVE 8 ALL THE TIME.
I THINK THAT THERE COULD SOME POSSIBLE REASON FOR THIS ,BUT I AND MY TUTORS CANNOT FIND IT OUT.ANYWAY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ME TO GET THROUGH THIS EXAM BY HOOK OR BY CROOK.SO I AM STILL TRYING TO IMPROVE MY VOCABULARY.

Feb 06, 2013
How can I get an IELTS Band 7 ?
by: Anonymous

How can I get an IELTS Band 7, in one week duration..? and what plan u suggest for me?

Feb 07, 2013
Getting an IELTS band 7
by: IELTS buddy

This really depends on your ability.

If you currently have good abilities in the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening, then it is possible to look through a site such as this and see how things are done, and get the score you need.

But if you are not currently around the 7 level, you are not going to be able to suddenly jump up to a band 7 in one week.

Have a look at what is required for a band 7.

As I said above, it can take months for someone to improve their language skills. If you are not currently at the band 7 level I'm afraid a week won't be enough.

Good luck though.

Mar 09, 2013
they do it deliberately to earn money
by: Anonymous

I gave ielts 3 times, I need to get 7 in each band, though first time i got 6 in each, second time I got 7 in each except writing and third time can you imagine i got 5.5 in speaking and writing.

I was shocked and was laughing after seeing my result for the third time. I think their intention is just to make money out of international students particularly.

After studying two years masters degree in Australia, Do you think person cant even score 6 in speaking. I was able to score more than 6 in speaking in my previous ielts attempts, but the third time, I was really abusing this organization.

Mar 18, 2013
HORRENDOUS AND TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE WITH IELTS
by: Anonymous

I agree with all candidates point of view. An example is my own friend from Singapore who got 9 in all modules of IELTS test except 7.5 bands in writing. He was gutted and shattered with his result because he is a native English speaker so he can speak the language through and through. He had given the test few times and always writing is the one where his marks drop down.

To be very honest with you Guys, it seems to me that there is something secret in writing that ielts examiners are looking into. They are not exposing to candidates that what they have to write and which manner they have to write.

IELTS is a humiliating experience for many candidates. Ielts is an exam that is punishing and pose grief to candidates. Ielts body is only after financial gain and that's about it.

Mar 21, 2013
How can I get an IELTS Writing Band 7?
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

I should probably clarify a few things here.

Firstly, IELTS is obviously a business and there is no doubt they make a substantial amount of money as there are tests going on around the world every week.

However, I don't think they need to do anything underhand to make money - there are so many people taking the test, why would they need to??

The other point is that there is no benefit to examiners to give you an unfair score. They get paid a fixed rate and there is no gain whether they give a candidate a high or low score.

In fact, IELTS is set up so that examiners need to be accurate. If an examiner is giving candidates low scores for their writing but the same candidate is getting much higher scores for their other modules, this will get noticed. So the examiner needs to be as as accurate as they can.

When candidates are practicing for the test, you'll be surprised how many high level candidates do score lower than expected in the writing. There are certain tips and strategies that you need to be aware of (that you will find on this site and others), but even the best candidates (even native speakers) with great grammar can misunderstand the question and get a lower score.

So yes, IELTS is a business and they must make a lot of money, but I don't think there is any conspiracy going on to give people low scores as IELTS don't need to do that and it won't benefit the examiner.

Unfortunately getting an IELTS band 7 is difficult, especially if your grammar is not strong. I'm sure it can also be upsetting and frustrating for people who are trying to achieve this but it is taking time.

Hopefully this site will go some way to helping you achieve this ;)



Mar 23, 2013
Ielts annoying and frustrating
by: Anonymous

I basically needed a score of 7 in each module for aus visa requirements,
Listening 7
Reading 6.5
Writing 7
Speaking 8.5

I was frustrated to find that I got a 6.5 in my reading, I won't pay another £130 for a test which infact is quite belittling.

Apr 19, 2013
Difficulties getting IELTS Writing Band 7 - Very unhappy
by: Anonymous

Hi,

My friend has written the test more than 10 times in past one year. Always, there is a 6.5 score in writing, whereas the other sections are always above IELTS band 7 or 8. I really feel very bad.

He studies well, gives lot of time on his preparation. Keeps revising the rare topics which are asked for writing. But I am sure, a person who takes the exam once, scoring 6.5 would obviously try to concentrate on his weakness the next time when he/she gives the exam. And after writing 10 times, the person will obviously know, where he tried to improve and what to improve. There is very little chance that a person writes the same style all the 10 times :( Then how could it be that all the 10 times there is a 6.5 score in writing.

I don't agree at all with the way the examiner looks into it that there is something missing in someone's ability. It looks like the examiners are told what percentage to take forward and how many to leave back behind because all the 1000s who take the exam cannot reside in that country.

It's very pathetic looking at the situation of candidates who take this Exam and get a just 0.5 score less to make it to PR. A person's life becomes so puzzled due to these scores, when someone is really trying very hard and not able to make it. And only little chance even if its re-evaluated.

At this cost, at least there should be a percentage of vacancies sort of known to candidates the government would allow to get PR so that candidates would know if actually this exam works for their life or not. Instead many making life complicated and puzzled for a year or 2.

I do not know if any examiner reads these sites so that at least a candidate's pain is understood :(

Apr 22, 2013
Same problem with me
by: ABC

Hi IELTS buddy,

I am facing the same problem. My scores are:
L-9/R-9/S-8/W-6.5.

You will notice that there is a vast difference between my writing score and scores in other modules.

What do you suggest? Should I go for revaluation?

Thanks

Apr 23, 2013
Getting an IELTS band 7 in writing
by: IELTS buddy

It's difficult to answer that. If you had a teacher they would be best to advise you as they will know about your ability. I think it really needs to be your decision.

You want to be very sure though that you think a mistake may have been made as it obviously will cost you money. As far as I am aware, it is the same price as taking the test again, so you may be better just doing that.

If the score was correct, you will then be paying for the remark and a new test.

It would be good if you know someone who can check some essays that you write just in case you are making a mistake somewhere.

Good luck with your decision and test

Apr 26, 2013
RE: Same problem with me
by: ABC

Hi IELTS buddy,

Thanks for your reply.

One area where I am having doubt is the word limit. Do they count each & every word or do they take the average number of words per line and multiply it by the number of lines? Also, while counting, do they take into account words like “a”, “the”, etc ?

Apr 28, 2013
word counts
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

I wouldn't worry about trying to work things like that out.

Just assume that they may count it all and make sure you have at least 250 words!

And 'the' etc are words, so there is no reason that they would not be included.

Thanks

Apr 30, 2013
Big business
by: Anonymous

Ielts is a big business.

Apr 30, 2013
0.5 hindrance- pulling me down.
by: Anonymous

Same story friends; I need 7 in each. Taken 4 IELTS attempts. All above 7 except in writing. I always get only 6.5 in writing. Spent 18 months and 100k. Its really painful to decide to make one more attempt or to quit.

Why can't they allow us; to re-take individual module if they are not aiming at money.

sk

May 10, 2013
IELTS Writing band 7 - 16 attempts and going
by: Anonymous

My weakness is grammar. I am planning to do whatever it takes to get 7 in writing. No party or social life.

Jun 01, 2013
Getting an IELTS band 7 - suggestion to improve
by: Anonymous

hi,

my score l:7/s:7/r:6.5/w:6. but i need all 7. how can i improve? i attempted 3 times..can anyone suggest.

thnks

Jun 22, 2013
even a half band takes time to obtain
by: hello77

Guys, I was feeling the same way in the last 4 months, always achieving above 8 in listening, writing & speaking while getting disappointing results in reading; 5.5, 6.5 & 7.5.

The trick is practicing over and over and most importantly, identifying your weaknesses.

Furthermore, please try to take some time to reflect on your results and allocate suffice time to improve on the weaknesses. For example, I took at least a month before seating for the next exam and yet i only improved by half and a point.

In addition, guys, those having difficulties in writing in particular, there are few general rules to writing both tasks and those are;

1. Always start with task 2 and write at
least 250 words

2. Write at least more than 4 paragraphs for both tasks

3. Have a look at some sample reports & essays from http://www.ielts-blog.com/ielts-preparation-tips/free-ielts-listening-reading-writing-and-speaking-exercises/

4. Answer a minimum of 10 different questions for both tasks before your next test


Jun 24, 2013
Same problem as writing score not achieved
by: Anonymous

Dear Buddy,
Thank you greatly for this free service in a money making world! I am a doctor of medicine, awaiting foreign training. So I am wasting my time doing IELTS close to 10 times now. Apart from initial time (R-6, W-7,S-7.5,L-7) I could not get above 6.5 for writing. Wander whether they track the number of attempts. Last time I got even 6 for writing. Now frustrated.

Jun 28, 2013
Ielts!
by: Anonymous

Hi i already took ielts 3x and my only problem is writing. I always get 6.5.. What can i do? I'm still planning to take the exam this august

Jul 05, 2013
Writing band 7 and above
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I am interested if someone can help me improving my writing and speaking skills. I think, this will certainly need practice with someone in front especially for speaking. Writing tasks can be scanned and send it for evaluation to each other. I know all the required criteria of evaluation but one cannot easily find his own mistakes!

These are some of the criteria that examiner looks:

cohesion and coherence, lexical resources, references,globalization,examples, complex and compound structures, conditional, adage, etc...

If these are not included in essay then examiner deduct marks.

Please email me at akhileshkumar17@yahoo.com if you can help me. Thanks!

Jul 08, 2013
how get 7 bands in 12days.
by: Anonymous

Hi...

how to get 7 bands in writing, and how to get
6.5 band in reading please,please suggest me
i want to get total 7 bands in just 12 days. I have only 12 days till my exam date so plz help me.i am waiting your answer.

from:student..

Jul 21, 2013
READING
by: xxx

HIII FRIENDS,
I WROTE 4 TIMES IELTS, I ONLY NEED 6.5 INDIVIDUAL BUT I CANNOT GET SCORE IN READING MORETHAN 5, WHAT CAN I DO FOR GETTING GOOD SCORE IN IELTS. PLSSS ANYONE HELP ME FOR READING. I WILL PLAN TO WRITE THIS MONTH JULY 27TH..... IF I CANNOT WIN THIS TEST I SHOULD LOST MANYTHINGS IN MY LIFE.... PLSS... SAVE ME.
WITH REGARDS,
KRISHNA

Jul 31, 2013
What IELTS teacher can achieve
by: Anonymous

Hi All,

my scores,

L R W S
7 7.5 6.5 7
7.5 6.5 7.5 7.5
8.5 7 8 6.5
7.5 8.5 6.5 7.5


NOW TELL ME WHAT SHOULD I DO?
MONEY MAKING PROPAGANDA.

To all,
when you clear your IELTS, make sure you cover your money.

Aug 21, 2013
pls help in reading & writing
by: studeht

in reading i got 5 band. its so poor. and finally i got 6.5 also in writing 6.5.. plss help me

Aug 31, 2013
IELTS means business
by: Anonymous

I believe , individual band should be retaken, Here is my score.

L S R W
Attempt 1 6.0 6.5 6.5 6.5
Attempt 1 7.5 7.5 6.5 6.5
Attempt 1 7.0 7.0 8.5 6.0

Sep 01, 2013
3rd attempts...
by: Anonymous

Hi buddy,

May i start my words with HELP...
i must score 6.5 to survive even lasting in my current position. How its happen is i need to further my study abroad...i think i have no problem with my subject matter plus i done my 1st degree and master degree in english...however the funder still looking for the 6.5 score.

anyone could help me..please email me to rizal_spoon@yahoo.com

tq

Sep 02, 2013
Scoring 7 and above
by: S

I had given my IELTS on July 27th and my scores were: R :9.0 L:8.5 W:7 S:7

IMO, practicing helped me achieve these scores. I practiced for 3 weeks. As long as you can speak/write grammatically correct English, you can score a 7 in both writing and Speaking. When I came out of speaking test, I felt I bumbled but I was happy to see a 7.

For Listening, you need to practice to know the nuances. Reading is the easiest of all as all answers are there in the Q bank itself. All you need is the strategy to answer different types of questions.

Oct 24, 2013
exam
by: Anonymous

writing,reding,listing i want help can you suggest to me please to get band 6.5

Oct 24, 2013
Some tips and tricks
by: Anonymous

My scores: R,L,W,S : 9,8.5,7,7

IMO, all sections need practice.

Listening: There are a lot of free sample tests available in the internet. Take as many listening tests as you can. Follow the instructions thoroughly. When they give time to read questions, do what they say. Don't lose concentration thinking about other sections. Here just read the questions alone and as you follow the script, write your answer and then chose from the options listed there. Don't read the options as you will be concentrating to hear about the options. That's an area I improved. Otherwise listening section is easy.

Writing: Practice essays on your own by sticking to the time limit. Write a topic everyday. After writing, google for more points. That way you will be able to remember what points you had missed in the essay. Again here, grammatically correct sentences is a must.

Reading: The section that can be confusing is when you have to mark it as T/F/Not mentioned. Otherwise, all other sections have answers well within the passage. Reading is the easiest of all.

Summary: Practice! Practice! Practice!

Oct 31, 2013
How can i get 7.5 band
by: Student

how i increase writing efficiency although i do well then some problem me

Nov 05, 2013
how can i get 7 in wrting?
by: Anonymous

hi ielts buddy,

I have given my last test 4 months ago without much any practice. my scores were L 8, W 6.5, S 8, R 7 But this time I need 7 each. can I get it after 1 month practice. what are the most important tips for writing?

Nov 07, 2013
How can I get a band 7
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

I can't say if you can do it - without seeing your current level of writing it is too difficult to say.

But of course it is very possible - you are now at 6.5 so you are nearly there.

Again, telling you what to focus on is difficult to do because I don't know what is wrong with your writing.

Can you get someone to look at it? If the grammar is bringing your score down then you need to focus on that - but that will be more difficult to improve in one month.

It could be that you are not answering the question properly or have some problems with organisation.

If that is the case that is easier to fix. All I can suggest is that you look at some of the writing lessons as they focus on this: IELTS Writing Lessons

And review some of the model essays: IELTS Model Essays

Thanks and good luck

Nov 21, 2013
SHATTERED
by: Hema

I just picked up my results. This was my third attempt.

L: 7.5
R: 7.5
S: 8.0
W : 6.0

I had the most easiest topic as essay for the test. I was extremely confident this was going to be my last try.

After quitting my job to work day and night practicing, spent loads of money on tutoring, I find myself with a result I cannot comprehend.

I have followed every advice my tutor has given me. Used linking words, coherent phrases, context related vocabulary, inspite of all this I got 6.0. I can't digest it. My mind is confused right now between reevaluation and resit.

What should I do? Suggestions please....I am gutted

Nov 22, 2013
Question
by: Anonymous

So IELTSBuddy,

You mean that if some one gets 7,7,7 in 3 parts of the writing test and in one of them if he/she gets 6.5 then overall writing band would be 6.5 not 7 ?


Nov 22, 2013
How can I get an IELTS Band 7
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

There are 4 criteria for the writing and you can only get a whole band for each of those.

So for example if you got 7,7,7,6 for your essay, the overall ESSAY mark would be 6.5. Of course you task 1 would need to be included as well.

Dec 07, 2013
Unfair IELTS
by: Anonymous

Believe me guys its a business. They are just taking advantage of someone who is struggling with his/her career to earn money. Toefl never does that. It might be because toefl is USA based and IELTS is UK and Australia based. Toefl is a fair exam, IELTS is not for sure.

Dec 16, 2013
how to score 7
by: Anonymous

Hi ielts buddy,
i dint get 7 in writing although i gave exm 3 times. Is it just money taking?

Dec 17, 2013
Getting an IELTS band 7
by: IELTS buddy

Hi,

I know a few people think this. I don't have the answer but I don't think there is a conspiracy.

Of course it is a business and they make A LOT of money, no doubt. Thousands of people taking the test every week.

But it is examiners marking the test, not the managers of IELTS. Examiners have nothing to gain by trying to give you a low score. They get paid the same whatever score you get.

And examiners have to strictly mark to the marking scale - they can't just start giving people lower or higher scores than they should be getting.

Of course mistakes can happen and an examiner could give someone a score they maybe should not have got but if you think that has happened you need to ask for a remark. Unfortunately it does cost though.

Anyway, sorry to hear you have to take the test again.

Good luck with it.

Dec 19, 2013
Need a miracle
by: Anonymous

After 7 attempts finally i got all 7s as follows:

7.5
8
7
7

just practice more and more and leave it to God

Dec 26, 2013
first time I'm going to attempt ielts exam
by: Anonymous

Hi,
Thanks for all your reviews and knowledge sharing.as for me it's the first time going to attempt ielts.little bit scared now.

Thanks,
Shan.

Jan 07, 2014
IELTS wiring band 7
by: Anonymous

I took ielts twice and still struggling to get a band 7 in writing.
1st attempt - L-8, R-7.5, W-6, S-6.5
2nd attempt - L-8, R-6.5, W-6.0, S-7.5

I do not know what expectations the examiners has in mind, I felt like I am writing poor style of english.
I still need to get the 7 in writing...im stuck in 6.0 :(

Jan 07, 2014
Speaking
by: Ranjit

I had given IELTS twice but i am struggling in speaking part mainly because of fumbling and stammering problem.
My score was
First Time: L7 R6.5 W5.5 S5
Second time:L6.5 R7 W6
Please help me so that i can score more than 6 in speaking

Jan 14, 2014
strange performance in ielts
by: Anonymous

Hi everybody who are struggling to get the desired scores in IELTS.

I have taken this exam twice and my scores brought me to tears.As others scored quite high in listening and considered this as the easiest part of the test,mine is the opposite.It's my waterloo.I can't consider myself having hearing problems because during my listening practices I always score as high as 8.In the actual exams I got 5.5 and 5 respectively.These are the lowest scores I've ever seen in all the posts that I've read on this site.

I got 6.5 and 7 in writing,5.5 and 6.5 in speaking ,7 and 5.5 in reading.

I don't believe my English ability is as poor as the way I performed in the test because I am not relaxed when I took both tests.Definitely,it has a considerable effect on my performance.

Although IELTS can be a basis for assessing one's proficiency in the English language,I think the examiners should not be that strict in their assessment.Even native English speakers committed mistakes in the way they speak and use the language.

As of now I am hopeless.I am not decided if I can still take my third attempt.I am jobless and paying for the exam fee is really a problem.Really ,IELTS can make or destroy one's dream.

Jan 14, 2014
Practice is the key
by: Anonymous

I gave the test on 7 dec 2013 and got all 7's in my first attempt

Here is my score L-9,R-8.5,W-7,S-7.5

I practiced as many question papers I could get my hands on.

I do believe that they do strict marking in the writing section , so guess more practice is required there.

Jan 19, 2014
IELTS Result
by: Anonymous

Hi All,

I have taken IELTS general training test two times and to my surprise my result was unexpectedly poor.

I am shocked to my poor result.Even second time i got the unsatisfactory result. I am sure that something is wrong.

during test practice i score above seven but in real test they beat me. Oh surprise.......!

Is IELTS ........business?

Please give your valuable comments

Jan 22, 2014
IELTS Band 7 - Baffled to see Scores
by: Anonymous

Was taken aback to see my GT Module Scores esp. in Writing. Not sure what pattern they follow in evaluating an essay and a letter. They should have those standards for English Faculty going to UK, Aus ..and not the general public.

Jan 23, 2014
Ielts writing is driving me crazy
by: Anonymous

okay, here is my story.

I sat ielts three times recently. And the first time i took that exam was three years ago, back then i graded L R W S 8 8 7 8.

As my transcript is expired, i need to sit another ielts this year to lodge my application for immigration here at Australia. Ironically, i took three exam my listening reading and speaking were all 8.5, but my writing score even falls to 6.5.

I felt totally gutted, three years past i felt my english has improved so much that it is definitely better and more proficient compared to when i first came to Australia. And my ability to use the language has gone so far which is not what i used to be.

BUT!!! the writing result was so asymmetry with my scores in three other parts. i sat three times this year with the rest being 8.5 only writing 6.5.

i dunno what's wrong with me. i felt so desperate...

Jan 25, 2014
gave both ielts and toefl
by: nimrit

Got my ielts result yesterday..
R 8
L 9
W 6
S 6.5 (OVERALL 7.5)

Believe me guys these people wont give bands in writing and speaking even though both of them were near to perfection in my case.

In toefl i scored 117/120

Rest u can figure yourself..

Jan 27, 2014
From Anwar
by: Anonymous

Hi, I have appeared for the IELTS exam for 3 times. Though I am not a strong candidate, I don't deserve a 4.5 score in the reading section. Last time I got 6.0 overall(L/R/S/W = 6.0/4.5/7.0/6.5).. I don't understand exactly what to do for getting a handsome score in the reading section. Please, help me.

Feb 08, 2014
mr
by: syed abdul majeed

I had taken ielts test my scores are

S 6
L 6
W 4.5
R 4

over all is 5.0 band

If i get minimum 5.5 band i can go to australia for diploma Course.

Is there any other exam apart from ielts and is there any university accepting 5.0 band for any diploma program

Feb 27, 2014
I got 8 in writing in IELTS
by: Anonymous

I got 8 in writing. I had private tutors to get me through.

You can try TOFEL and PSET, all of the univesities accpet them as IELTS.


Feb 27, 2014
I finally got 8 in my Writing
by: Anonymous

I took the IELTS test more than 8 times, I finally got Speaking 7.5, Reading 7, Writing 8 an Listening 8.5.
I hired some private tutor for intensive programmes.
If you asked me how I could get 8 in Writing, I would say "I don't know".

I used to get 5.5 in writing but jumped up to 8 which is out of my expectation, I think the marker made some mistakes.
I hate the test.

Feb 28, 2014
How does this work?!!!
by: Anonymous

I'm a published author (papers in peer-reviewed journals), scientist doing my PhD in Canada and probably my cursive handwriting was my downfall!!?
This was my first time doing the exam:

Speaking- 8.5
Listening-7.5
Reading-7
Writing-5.0

Overall band: 7.5


I need a minimum of 6 in each module to apply for permanent residency. So I just don't know, should I appeal or retake the exam :(

Mar 08, 2014
IELTS help
by: Anonymous

Hey I gave IELTS twice not getting minimum 7 in writing.
Need help with that.
Contact me at nishantns2007@gmail.com
Please guide me I am again giving it on 8th may.
Thanks

Mar 20, 2014
IELTS
by: Akshat

I attempted IELTS third time now and I am very much eager to see my results which will be declared on 28th March. My scores for first two tests are below:-

7 Writing, 7 Listening, 6.5 Speaking and 6 Reading
6.5 Writing, 8 Listening, 6.5 Speaking and 6.5 Reading.

However, I am very much assertive to score individual 7 or even more this time as I have done lots of practice and did IELTS course in British council. I got some tips from my BC faculty and used the same in this attempt. Lets see the result.


Apr 05, 2014
How to achieve a High Score in IELTS
by: Anonymous

I took the IELTS exams recently for the 1st time and ended up with a pretty decent score

R 9
L9
S8.5
W 8.5

The secret:

Reading and Listening:

Practice, practice, practice. There are no shortages of practice test available. Of course most of the good ones you have to purchase. Don't try to save here, buy a few test. Keep practicing and you won't fail.

Speaking

Again, practice is key here. speak to yourself, speak with friends; watch listen to english TV and Radio stations.

Writing

Again many examples of essays are available in IELTS preparation books. Look at the style of writing and try to mimic. Keep doing this over and over again with difference essays. Don't make silly mistakes especially when it comes to punctuation marks and spelling.

Hope this helps.

Apr 27, 2014
Completely shattered
by: Hetal

Hi all!

I wrote Ielts 6th time last week and once again scored

L-8.5
R-6.5
W-6.0
S-8.0

I need guidance for reading and writing. Can somebody advise or guide me for reading and writing. I need minimum 7 in order to register myself as nurse.

It feels miserable and now I am loosing hope as this time also I could not score the minimum bands. Can anyone suggest me good Ielts practice materials. I have practiced Ietls 1 to 9. But my practice score remains 6.5 in reading.

If anyone can help me for reading and writing it will be a huge favour.

You can contact me at hetalvakade@ymail.com

Thanks

May 07, 2014
which one to take into consider
by: Anonymous

I have written ielts twice first attempt i got 5.5 band next attempt got 5.0 band score so, can i consider 5.5 band as best score for further process...

May 09, 2014
Happy with IELTS result: Siddhu
by: Anonymous

I have taken my IELTS exam (First Attempt) on April 24 2014 in GT module.

My Scores are:

L : 7.5

R : 7

W : 7

S : 7

Overall : 7

I am happy with the results as these are my dream scores for immigration!!!

This blog has helped me a lot....

Thanks guys!!!

May 09, 2014
How can I get an IELTS Band 7 - Failure to get 7
by: Anonymous

3rd attempt same score as previous score. Not getting increased. So Depressed.

Need 7 in writing but getting 6 again and again.

May 12, 2014
Can help
by: Kashif

I've written IELTS twice.

1) L 8 R 6.5 W 7 S 8.5
2) L 7.5 R 6.5 W 7.5 S 8.5

Have given the third attempt and waiting for the results.

I've noticed one thing. You have higher chances of improving in Writing with some useful tips. I liked writefix.com

Speaking can improve only by speaking constantly. Have someone correct you instead of just speaking in front of a mirror. My friends would Whatsapp me and I would reply with my feedback.

None can help you in Reading & Listening, it's all about your own preparation. Meaning, the more you practice, the better you get at it. I would highly recommend purchasing the practice material from Cambridge ESOL. If you're a low scorer or a naive, give yourself 3 months at least to complete the course. If you've written IELTS and missing by a few, then go over the need-improvement ones within a month and give a shot.

Within a little smartwork, one can improve 0.5 bands easily in any module - Reading being the most difficult.

I'd be glad to help anyone. Just email me ihaleem9@gmail.com

May 17, 2014
Ielts
by: Anonymous

I got 9 band in ielts

L-9
R-9
S-9
W-9

May 29, 2014
How can i get IELTS Band 7
by: Anonymous

ME having Exam in next month GT please tell me few recently asking questions in Speaking and how the process is going on...and hw to prepare for exam.

May 29, 2014
finally
by: Kashif

3rd attempt :

L - 8.5
R - 7
W - 7
S - 8.5
------------
O - 8

May 30, 2014
I need help ???
by: Anonymous

I would like to take today about my (ILETS) next exam. I'm very afraid to not get my desire band which it should be 4, my biggest worries in writing section. My concern in words spelling, I would like form someone to score me in writing…..

Jun 02, 2014
Do not book your exams via IDP
by: Anonymous

If you are appearing the test through IDP, you would definitely be knocked with a score of 6.5 in either reading or writing.

My friend appeared for his IELTS exam through IDP testing center and he scored as follows.

Listening 8
Reading 8.5
Writing 6.5
Speaking 8.5

I have seen a lot of cases where in IDP purposely knocks your score to 6.5 no matter how good your communication skills are and your plans for immigration are kaput.

He then reappeared for the exam from British Council and he got through.

His Scores were now as follows.

Listening 8
Reading 8
Writing 8.5
Speaking 8

You can check blogs wherein you could hear similar stories about IDP but not one against British Council as they are fair in their work.

Nothing personal against IDP, but I think they should be fair in their assessment and stop such malpractices.

Jun 07, 2014
Dirty BC and IDP..
by: Arjun

I tried thrice...with BC and gave one Revaluation....but still I am loosing in Writing....with 1 band or .5 bands.... it is sooooo depressing......I have full confidence that I should score minimum 7 in writing...but....I dont know....do they purposefully reduce your band...I am forced to come to this conclussion.....because if we consider my case till date I have spent 36500 INR....and still IELTS is uncleared....I have to get ready to spend another 10K for one more attempt.... it hurts a lot bcoz when earning money is such a BIG effort in todays bad economy.... and here these institutes play these Games of Failing you with .5 bands...

I say this so because I have come across so many people who have failed in one or the other module...and are Forced to Re-take the Exam thrice and more number of times....

Failing Candidates has become a 'Milking Cow ' for these Institutes...and they are making Lots of profits with such silly cheap tactics......I know a person who got his band Increased with 1 point in writing by applying for Revaluation....If such instances happen then the correcting invigilator has to be penalised for such grave mistakes....bcoz.....had my friend not applied for revaluation his score would have remained less and he would be uneligilble for EOI.

One more point is ....I see certain people struggling with reading Module but they would have cleared Writing (Astonishing)...and here I have Cleared Reading which is toughest but I am stuck with writing....My opinion is if consistently a person is failing in Reading...then he would not clear the Writing module atleast once of the Four attempts he would have made overall....but this is not the case.
I don’t know how to cross this hurdle….came to know that from November TOEFL will also be considered for evaluation….

Jun 22, 2014
RE Mark advice
by: adeel

hi,

I got my ielts result which is as:

L-7.5
R-7
W-6.5
S-6.5

should i go for remark?

Its my second time and i took this time from AEO.

My previous were from british council and results were:

L-6.5
R-6.5
W-6.5
S-6.5...

Jul 04, 2014
It's uncertain really
by: Anonymous

I appeared in the tests after going through the free practice material available in the British Council website for registered examinees. In the test, I spent much time on the eatlier parts of the Reading section and had to rush through the last part, leaving no time to revise. Similarly, spent 30 minutes for the letter and wrote the essay really fast, leaving it unrevised. Scores for L, R, W were better than expected: 8, 9, 8. I thought my speaking test went well but i got only 7.

I think the scores are bound to be different at different attempts, not necessarily in the improving order, because one performs differently at different times. Listening and reading scores are objective. Scores on writing could be a little subjective. I did write well earlier but hadn't written anything like essays for several years before this test. Didn't practice writing but did read some sample topics and essays. I followed the rules -- write 5 paragraphs: introduction, body of 3 and conclusion; don't copy expressions from the question; don't repeat vocabulary and expressions; don't write big words without being sure of their suitability etc. So I think these things helped.

I really had not much clue about the speaking test. The samples in the few practice material seemed preliminary. If the interviewer himself/herself gives the scores, then I think it is bound to be too subjective. And it might even help if you take the test in a country where good speakers are rare.

Jul 23, 2014
How can I get an IELTS Writing Band 7
by: Ven

I got my IELTS General Training Result Today

Speaking: 7.5
Reading : 8
Listening: 8
Writing: 5.5

Could anyone throw some light on how to improve my writing Band. I am attending this test again on Aug 16. lets hope for the best..


Jul 24, 2014
Overall result 7.5
by: GK

Overall result 7.5

Listening 7.5
Reading 7.5
Writing 7
Speaking 7.5

Did prepare for 1 month only. Feeling lucky to cross 7 in all section in first attempt. for preparation tip, just keep in mind, be natural and don't memorize.

Aug 01, 2014
IELTS -ABSURD
by: Anonymous

Hi,

I took the IELTS four years ago, and had an acceptable score for the Visa Screen application. However, I had to retake the exam last April because of its validity.Unfortunately, I only got 6.5 on the speaking test, as I did not speak spontaneously, particularly in task 2.

Furthermore, I need to sit for another exam. So what I did was to practice my speaking skills every day.I took the IELTS last July.The speaking test went smoothly for the reason that, I spoke without long pauses, varied vocabulary and made few grammatical errors. Apart from that, I know that I had answered all the questions satisfactorily.Moreover,I was very confident that atleast I can achieve a band 7 in the speaking.

In contrast, I was very surprised and disappointed when I checked my result online yesterday. My speaking result was still 6.5. I do not really know there basis of grading an examinee. I think I deserve higher than 6.5. I even feel that my 3rd attempt was better than my first take,when I had 7 in my speaking test.

Aug 06, 2014
Some TIPS to get IELTS band 7 in writing
by: GK

My result, exam on 10th July 2014

Overall result 7.5

Listening 7.5
Reading 7.5
Writing 7
Speaking 7.5

I believe that writing is the most challenging part as it is very difficult to get it evaluated every time we practice, same hold true for speaking. For me i took one month to prepare and concentrated more on speaking and writing.

For reading and listening use Cambridge IELTS 9 with answers with Answers (Authentic Examination Papers from Cambridge ESOL)" that is best and i found it very close to real exam.

For speaking i just focus on tenses. It is very critical to speak, not necessary to speak to the point. So just speak, tell stories, no issue if you lie.

For writing, key is to follow the structure and word count. Structure [Normal opening with your opinion, pros and cons and finally conclusion] If you miss any one of these forget about getting 7 or more. Every point you made should be supported by an example.

Finally use some grammar tool like ginger to check your essay grammatical mistakes and make note as normally we tend to do same in exam.

Hope this help.

If you need any specific tip mail me at gk2loindian@gmail.com

all the best
GK

Aug 10, 2014
Make a change
by: Anonymous

Hi,

Yes. Thats really true with some institutes which conduct ielts exams. I did 7 times in one institute, Each time I got 6.5 for one module and for others 7.5 or 8. It was frustrating as I needed 7 in each for OZ PR.

Next time I decided to do it another institute.So I did it once there and I got L-7.5 R-8.5 S-8 W-8.. I don't see any reason for why i got 6.5 in previous place and how i jumped to 8.5 in reading and same in writing if I was that much bad in writing. When You are doing the exam in one place continuously I think they try to make money out of you. This is what I feel after my 8 attempts.

Another secret is please concern about your punctuation, missing comas can drop you by 0.5. It can help you alot to get 7 or more though we ignore.

Following British Council Online course completely was really helpful. Just do what they want in exam.

But please don't try your exam continuously in one place, they will take the advantage of it as I feel. I know how frustrating it is. But don't give up. It is possible. and be calm on exam day and try to understand what examiners expect like punctuation.

All the best for you all...

Aug 16, 2014
bad at reading and listening
by: Anonymous

I am able to clear speaking and writing at 6.5 for canada but i unable to get 6.5 in reading please help i am given on aug 16 i am sure i cont get even 6 in reading i have written my own synonyms for answers please if u want to help for reading please reach me narayanaup@yahoo.com
I have written second time

Aug 28, 2014
Nervous
by: Anonymous

Gave my test on August 16th and expect results tomorrow. Having read all your comments, I can feel shiver in my spine guys!! More update will follow tomorrow. By the way, best of luck to other aspirants :)

Aug 29, 2014
writing score ruined my chances
by: ajay

i have got R:7 L:7.5 S:7 W:6

Disappointed completely with my writing results and i lost my chances for PR points.It is a real nightmare to prepare and take test again.Can somebody suggest what can i do?whether to retake or reevaluate?I have prepared in my own..Whether it is good to get my writing evaluated with instructors before taking test?

Aug 29, 2014
Happy in my first IELTS attempt
by: Anonymous

I got my results as follows

L 8.5
S 7
W 6.5
R 6.5

Was expecting higher band 7-8 in writing but a bit disappointed. But am happy to secure 22 out of 24 PR points for CIC in my first attempt.

Aug 30, 2014
my 6.5 story
by: Hind

its a very devastating process that really got me depressed for a while.. i always got a 6.5 as well, but on my second try something interesting happened to me, the result i got in my first report was a 5.5.

it did not make any sense to me because i knew for a fact that i performed way better than that. i applied for a recheck and it went to a 6.5 (bummer lol)that experience made my question the ielts organization as in errors do occur in the correcting process.

anyway, i just sat recently on the 16th og august, hopefully its a 7 this time. i dont know how i'd feel if i get another 6.5!

Aug 30, 2014
reply to recent
by: stan

That is great. Was it speaking or writing? I got 6.5 on my speaking test and I applied for re-evaluation. I am expecting the result would be out on October. I will inform you after.

Aug 30, 2014
16th aug results are declared
by: Anonymous

Just check ur results online They were declared yesterday
All the best

Aug 30, 2014
Can't access my result!
by: Hind

That happened to my writing portion of the exam. I still can't access my results online and i don't know why :/

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