My experience of taking the IELTS Test many times.

by Ana
(Serbia)

Hello to everyone once again,

I wrote here recently just to inform other ielts test takers about my experience and horror I have been passing through my examination. All of you who have read my last post are quite good introduced about how many times I took this exam. This was my 17th time!

You know that I got 7.5 last 5 times on speaking but then I got only 6. Ok, I thought then that I did really detrimental mistake as examiner gave me 1.5 lower band in just 15 days difference between exams.

Now I am convinced that it was not the case because I took exam again after fifteen days and I was so disappointed because there was the same examiner who gave me 6 last time. I have received my results this morning and I got 7 on speaking, can you imagine that someone's speaking abilities can vary that much in just one month.

Is that possible to get 7.5 then 6 and 7 all that during one month? What is also important that now I got

L 7.5
R 8
W 6
S 7.

I was surprised again because I got 6 on Writing and I got 7 in last 4 attempts.

I am totally convinced that there is some big problem in British Council in Belgrade and I am determined to write a letter of complaint to all offices who are connected to Ielts tests, so I will write to IDP IELTS Australia as well as to London. I will inform you what happened.

If someone have the same experience as I have please write me because I think that this agony will continue if we do not react as a group. We should all react together to stop this fraud.

Thank you all, especially to this wonderful and supporting site.

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Jun 03, 2017
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unfair test
by: Anonymous

It is a matter of business only, they are totally unfair.

Apr 16, 2019
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Its so annoying
by: Anonymous

I'm writing this after you 2 years since you posted your complaint, but I'm going through the same issue I have taken the exam for 7 times and every time I get 7.5 in my speaking. However, the last attempt I got 6!!!! not 6.5 I got 6!!!

In addition, I keep on studying and trying my best to get the result that I want but every time I receive the same overall band they just change the score for each section of the test. It is so annoying because sometimes I feel I did really well and in some tests I know I didn't do that good but the overall band is always the same.

I'm starting to feel they are just doing this for finical purposes honestly !!!

Apr 16, 2019
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Its so annoying
by: IELTS buddy

I would say the band 6 for your speaking may be wrong if you have been consistently getting 7.5 before. That is too much of a drop, unless there is some other reason it could have suddenly declined.

So if your other scores were what you needed then you might want to consider a remark.

As for the length of time to improve, I can’t know about your individual situation or whether there may have been some errors with the marking, but more generally with language learning it can take a very long time to improve.

Particularly with going from the 7 range to 8 because a band 8 is virtually fluent with very very few errors. That can be difficult to achieve and take a long time.

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