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Oct 10, 2013
remarking IELTS
by: IELTS buddy


Firstly, it's really difficult to advise someone if they should have a remark or not - that really has to be a personal decision.

If you have been practicing IELTS and you have a teacher who has been giving you band scores you may be very sure of your ability - so maybe you think the score is wrong.

But you are talking about someone getting a 6.5 for writing AND speaking.

If they got this band for both, that suggests it is correct.

People tend to go for a remark if something looks amiss. For example, they get band 8 in everything but then 6 for their writing. It may well still be correct because it is quite possible to do worse in one area than another - people can be worse at certain skills. But these are the kinds of circumstances someone may consider it.

All the other questions you ask are not possible to answer - you would need to contact the British Council to find out more about the remarking process, but I think you will find that it is confidential.


Apr 15, 2016
need helpppppppppppppp
by: shah


I got: L 6, R 5.5, W 6.5, S 6.5.

Can I go for recheck of reading only for to make it 6?

Apr 15, 2016
need help
by: IELTS buddy

Hi shah,

Yes you can choose which section you want remarked.

Jun 03, 2016
Need advice on remarking.
by: Raj

I got a score:

L 5.5
R 6.0
W 6.0
S 4.5

I am confused whether to go for remarking in speaking, because everything went fine in all sections of speaking I didn't stop anywhere even though she stopped me in section 2 also, I think the mistake I made was I didn't ask her permission to leave the room as soon as she stopped the recording, plse give me suggestion.

Jun 04, 2016
Need advice on remarking.
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Raj,

You are marked on your speaking, not on whether you asked her permission to leave the room. She would not have let you leave till the test was over.

Jun 19, 2016
Highly inconsistent marking in speaking.
by: Ridwone Hossain

I enrolled my 1st exam in the 31st April and scored 7.0 in Speaking. However, I enrolled again 4th June to improve my over all band score and I scored only 5.5 in Speaking(!).

It could be 6.5 or, in the worst case scenario, 6.0; but how come it's 5.5!

I am definitely going to remark and, therefore, I seek authorized reply/comment in this regard.

Jun 25, 2016
remarking in speaking
by: Rajdeep Sran

Hllo sir

I got overall 6 bands
R6. W6 L6.5. S5
I need 5.5 in each module in speaking i want .5 only .. So Would you suggest me to go for remark in speaking?

Jun 26, 2016
7 to 5.5

Hi Ridwone,

It does seem odd to go from 7 to 5.5 so you are right to think about a remark, but nobody can tell you for sure if it's the right thing to do. It has to be your decision.

Jun 26, 2016
remarking in speaking
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Rajdeep,

Are you saying that you are a higher level than 5 so it is a mistake? You should only go for a remark if you think an error has been made, not just in the hope that you may happen to get an extra .5 of a band.

Jun 26, 2016
by: Rajdeep Sran

Yes sir i think i am higher level than 5 because I had given answers to all questions. And my speaking was i think good.

On other side many friends also give speaking on that day and thy missed 2 or 3 ques. But they got upto 6 bands ..........

Jul 01, 2016
The grading of the test
by: IELTS buddy

Hi Rajdeep,

Just because you answered all the questions doesn't mean you got higher than a 5. It is the way you answer them.

Also, just because your friends did not answer a couple of questions and you answered them all does not mean you necessarily did better than them. You are marked on lots of things so other factors matter as well.

I'm not saying that your score is correct, it may be too low, but the reasons you are giving to not show that it should be higher.

Jul 08, 2016
Remarking or retest?
by: Anonymous


I Just got my IELTS GT results and i got
L- 6
R – 6.5
W- 5.5
S – 6

i need 6 in all, so whether should i go for remarking or take re-test on coming weekend.

please suggest me, thanks in advance.

Jul 08, 2016
Remarking or retest?

Nobody can really answer that. It's just a gamble and it is up to you.

It looks like you are around a band 6 so 5.5. may well be the right score.

Sep 28, 2016
Please don't give more money to IELTS
by: Anonymous

I just took the IELTS like a month ago and got a 7.5, 6.5 in writing and 7.5 speaking.

Here is the bullshit part. I am a 30 years old and, I am a native speaker. I was born in a third world country so I have to do all this bullshit, but my parents main language in our home is English.

Out of those 30 years I have lived 22 years in English speaking countries. I have a Bachelors degree and Masters degree from top American Universities.

I have published works in Academic Journals, I give lectures every week in Universities, and I use to teach English Composition workshops at the University of Houston.

Even more ironic, I worked 5 years part time tutoring students to take the TOEFL Ibt test.

My TOEFL Ibt test is 118/120. and IELTS 7.5/9.

Therefore the only possible conclusion is that IELTS exam is bullshit. It is far more expensive than TOEFL with shameful quality.

Just take it for what it is. Nothing more than a scam to milk money. The remarking is like $150USD. Save your money and just suffer through their incompetence like everyone else.

Nov 11, 2016
Re- Assessment
by: Anonymous

Dear Buddy,

I got my results on 11 Nov 2016 and my overall band score is 6.5.

I got L-7, R-6, W-6, S-7.5 and here I am confident on listening and reading.

I believe, I have written correct answer and I was expected a band of 8 in listening and reading.

Is it advisable to go re-evaluation on these two modules or not?

Also, how will be the overall band be effected in case it decreases or increase

Advice me, so I'll consider your valid opinion

Nov 14, 2016
Re-Assessment of IELTS listening and reading
by: IELTS buddy

It's not usual for listening and reading scores to change because they are not the same as speaking and writing.

They are not subjectively graded by an examiner, they will be marked elsewhere and they are just right or wrong as they have fixed answers from an answer key.

Of course it is possible that an error was made so it is up to you if you want to check, but just so you know that it's more likely than not that they will stay the same.

Why are you so confident they are wrong and you should get 8? Have you taken timed practice tests to check your score?

To check the possible overall band you need to add them up and divide by 4.

Dec 23, 2016
by: Khan

Hi sir, I got the result with British Council now L 7, R 6.5, W 6 and S 5.5 and my last result with IDP was L 6, R 5.5, W 6 and S 7.

So I go for rechecking...please advise soon is there any different criteria between IDP and BC checking?


The remarking procedure would be the same for both.

IELTS buddy

Dec 23, 2016
discrepancy between L/R and W/S
by: Anonymous90q1

Hi, I just got my IELTS result, and while I scored 8.5 both in the reading and listening tasks, I got a 6 and 6.5 in writing and speaking part.

Given that I took a CAE test two years ago and scored higher, and that in those two years I've been studying and living in an English speaking country, obtaining high grades at the University I find this discrepancy frankly laughable.

I've heard more than once that Examiners stick to lower grades knowing well that especially in the writing task 7 is required for application to a University and therefore students are likely to re take the test, therefore other money will be paid.

Should I go for the EoR or take another test altogether? IELTS wont see me again, that's for sure. Disappointed 100%.

Dec 24, 2016
discrepancy between L/R and W/S
by: IELTS buddy

It just has to be your decision. If you are so sure it is wrong you may want to get them rechecked, but it seems odd (though not impossible of course) that they would both be incorrect.

And remember if scores do get changed it tends to only go up by half a band as if errors are made with marking it may only be slight. But again that's not to say it couldn't go up more than half a band.

Jan 18, 2017
Need 7 in speaking
by: God's love

Hi IELTS buddy
My ielts score was
Reading 7 listening 8.5 writing 7.5 and speaking 6.5
I believe that my speaking was worth band 7. I have
Given for revaluation. Please suggest.


There's nothing I can really add if you have already applied for the re-evaluation. You just have to wait for the result.

IELTS buddy

Mar 10, 2017
About revauation of IELTS Exam
by: Simar parmar singhAnonymous

My requirement was 6:0 overall and i got 5:5 as:

S= 5.5

But i think my speaking was quite good and i should be 6.0 in speaking as well as writing so can i fill revaluation or not as i only want 0.5 rather from writing or speaking to get overall 6.0?

Mar 12, 2017
About revauation of IELTS Exam
by: IELTS buddy

Yes you can ask for a re-evaluation. Anybody is allowed to do it, it's up to you.

But it's impossible to know if it will get changed or not.

It's the same price I think as retaking the test, so unless you are very sure a mistake was made you may be better taking the test again.

Jul 25, 2019
Should I go for re-mark?
by: KC

I received my score yesterday L-6/R-6/W-6.5/S-6 and I need overall - 6.5. Should I go remark for speaking? Please share me your experience how many percent have to change my score?

Nov 29, 2019
need help concerning remarking
by: Anonymous

i got L: 8.5 R: 8.0 S: 7.5 W: 6.5
i need 7.0 for writing
should i go for remarking gor writing part?

Nov 30, 2019
need help concerning remarking
by: IELTS buddy

It may be worth seriously considering as you only need half a band and you did quite well in the other sections. So if you believe an error may have been made then it could be worth it.

However, some good candidates still get a lower score in certain modules than they expect, perhaps because they did make some kind of mistake, so it's impossible to know if it will go up. It may not.

So you need to be fairly sure it might be wrong.

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