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Jan 28, 2017
Taking a gamble
by: IELTS buddy

Unfortunately the only way to know that would be if we had a crystal ball ;).

Basically people go for a remark (or EoR) if it looks like something has gone wrong.

For example for whatever reason someone knows they are normally a band 7, possibly because their instructor has marked their practice essays, but they get a 6. If they are very confident they did well in the test it may be worth a remark.

In your case it just seems you are taking a gamble with no evidence that you should be higher (you got around the same scores for your other modules). So that suggests the 5.5 may well be correct.

Of course it is possible that if you get it remarked it could get given a 6, but there is no way to know that.

So it just really has to be your decision as to whether you want to take that gamble or just do the whole test again.

One argument that there is for having a remark in your case is the fact that you got the scores you needed in the other modules. If you take the test again there is the danger you get 6 in your writing but then a 5.5 in something else.

Feb 04, 2017
re evaluation
by: gagan

I got


I want just 0.5 bands to fulfil my requirements. Is it right to take re evaluation of my ielts test. Is there any chance to that 0.5 will be increased?

Feb 09, 2017
re evaluation
by: IELTS buddy

Nobody can know the chances of it increasing.

You should only get a remark if you are quite confident something has gone wrong and you were given a lower mark than you should have got.

If you think the marks are right then you need to do more training then take the test again.

Feb 27, 2017
re evaluation
by: vikram

I have taken my IELTS twice till date within an interval of 3 months.

First time I Received

Listening - 8.5
Reading - 7.5
Writing - 8.5
Speaking - 6.5

Second time its

Listening - 8.5
Reading - 7.5
Writing - 6.5
Speaking - 7.5

I was expecting at least 7.5 in writing.

I require an overall band score of 7 to apply for immigration.

Can you let me know your recommendation.

Mar 02, 2017
re evaluation
by: IELTS buddy

It really just has to be your decision and it is a gamble to some extent if you do.

Yes it is odd your score went from 8.5 to 6.5, but is it possible you did make some error you are not aware of such as misinterpreting the graph or the essay question?

Either of these errors on reduce your score quite a bit.

Mar 18, 2017
by: Stace


I just got my ielts result and it's:

L 8.5
R 9
W 6.5
S 8.5

I heard that if there's a discrepancy of more than 2 bands within any components, then my grades will be automatically remarked? I need a min of 7 for each component. Do you think I should get a remark given that the rest of my components are good?

Thank you!


IELTS Don't actually officially say under what conditions they recheck something.

The general understanding is that they do if there is a two band difference, however somebody recently on here said they spoke to IELTS and they denied this.

But you should not get a remark just because your other components are good. Some people are good in some skills but weak in others.

You should get a remark if you believe an error has been made and your writing score should be higher, not just because the other ones are higher.

If you think an error has been made then it may be worth it as you only need half a band, but it's impossible to know if it will change or not.

IELTS buddy

Mar 18, 2017
by: amanpreet

hi last week i got my ielts result L6 R6.5 W 5.5 s6.5 i need Writing 6 ..can u suggest me for remarking..i am scared if band will discrease ..can u tell me pls bands can discrease or just same and increase thnx

Mar 19, 2017
by: IELTS buddy

It's not likely to decrease but please see the responses below. It's not possible to predict if it could change or not.

Mar 30, 2017
please advice
by: Anonymous

I have received the following scores on IELTS:

R: 7.5
W: 6.5
S: 7.5
L: 8.5

On PTE, I scored 81 in writing. I scored 90 in both vocabulary and grammar.

I was very confident about my writing. The topic I received was regarding extreme sports. I spent 10 minutes in writing session to double check any spelling errors or grammatical errors.

Should I dispute my markings? Please advice.

Apr 18, 2017
by: Anonymous


IELTS Academic scores

listening: 8.5
speaking: 7.5
reading: 7.5
writing: 6.5

Is it advisable to go for a remark? I felt confident on my writing


Apr 19, 2017
by: IELTS buddy

Just feeling confident is a bit of a risky reason as you are judging your own writing, which is difficult.

If you have some kind of evidence that you are normally better, for example an IELTS instructor has looked at your essays before and advised you of such, then it may be worth it.

Also it depends what you need. If it is just half a band then it is more worth the risk as it's less likely to go up by a whole band, but half is possible.

Also as there is quite a big gap between your listening and writing it is possible it was looked at again already.

Really you just need to decide whether you want to take the gamble or not or just pay to take the whole thing again.

Apr 25, 2017
Remarking for Speaking
by: Anonymous

Hi, my only concern is i got 6.5 for Speaking and the band that i want is 7. If I will apply for remarking, do you think that they will, at least give me a band of 7 at least?

Apr 27, 2017
Remarking for Speaking
by: IELTS buddy

It's completely impossible for anyone to know that.

Apr 27, 2017
what are the chances of successful revaluation in my case
by: yadwinder

i scored :

listening : 6.5
reading : 6.5
writing : 5
speaking : 7

i'll welcome ur suggestion and appreciate


Your score may have been checked again already because there is a 2 score difference between your speaking and writing.

IELTS buddy

Apr 27, 2017
You think it is worth it?
by: pink

I took IELTS the second time and my score was:

Listening — 7.5
Reading — 8
Writing — 6.5
Speaking — 6.5

You think there's a chance that my band score for writing and speaking will go up at least half a band?

Thank you.

Apr 29, 2017
You think it is worth it?
by: IELTS buddy

Nobody can predict it but I think you'd be quite lucky for both to go up.

May 12, 2017
by: Farrukh

Dear Sir/Madam.
Pease help me to decide whether to ask my results remarked.

First attempt :

Listening – 6
Reading – 6
Writing – 6.5
Speaking – 5.5

After 2 months my second attempt :

Listening – 6.5
Reading – 6.5
Writing – 6.5
Speaking – 5.5

Do I have any chance to get my speaking 0.5 band higher???

Many thanks.

May 12, 2017
by: IELTS buddy

There is always a chance your score could increase in a remark but it's impossible to predict whether it will or not.

It's quite possible you improved in the other modules but you have not managed to improve so well in speaking or possibly you have improved but for some reason did not do so well in this particular test (meaning you may get 6 next time).

As you only need a half band it may be worth risking a remark, but really nobody can predict that.

May 14, 2017
Speaking revaluation
by: Anonymous

In my speaking test my cue card topic was a little bit poor in between 6-6.5 as I repeated some sentences and corrected my self a couple of times, but my discussion questions went well around in between 7-8 and moreover I got 7.5 in speaking last time.

Last time my score was:

L-8.5, R-7, W-6.5, S-7.5

This time my score is:

L-7.5, R-7.5, W-7.5, S-6.5

Please guide me should I go for revaluation or not?

May 17, 2017
Speaking revaluation
by: IELTS buddy

Yours is the kind of situation where it's well worth considering a remark as you did a lot better the time before.

Going from 7.5 down to 6.5 is quite a big drop.

But really it just has to be your judgement. If you are sure you are around a 7.5 and if you are quite confident you did as well as before then go for it.

But sometimes students do worse in one test than another. Each test is different - different questions, different examiner etc. so it is possible you did not do so well.

So really you just have to think about those things and make your own decision.

May 19, 2017
by: Nadia


I had my 1st attempt in 2013, I've got:
R-7, L-6, S-6.5, W-6 - Overall 6.5

2nd attempt last month:
R-6, L-6, S-6.5, W-5 - Overall 6

3rd attempt this month:

R: 6.5, L-7.5, S-6.5, W-5.5 - Overall 6.5

I need only 1 mark in total to have band 7 , do you advise me to remark? If yes Which parts are better to ask for correction? can I get 6.5 in writing?

Thank you very much

May 23, 2017
by: IELTS buddy

It's a bit risky for you as it is less common for somebody's score to go up by a whole band, it's more likely to be half a band. But that's not to say it doesn't happen - sometimes a score may go up by a whole band.

But your writing has never been over 6 and was 5 last time so I think it may be a bit hopeful that it would go up by a whole band to 6.5.

Speaking is likely to stay the same as you got 6.5 all three times, and reading and listening are not likely to change because they are either right or wrong.

So in your case I think you'd be quite lucky to go up to 7 but nobody can predict what could happen. It's up to you if you wish to take the risk.

But if you get a remark you can just ask for them all to be remarked, it's the same price.

May 29, 2017
Confused regarding EoR
by: Shaks

Hi IELTS Buddy..

Just a bit confused regarding remarking of my recent ielts result.

1st Attempt (19-Nov-16):


I knew, I did blunder in my writing task 2 due to shortage of time. I wasn't able to use eraser thats why i used empty lines between paragraphs.
Further, I also wrote an irrelevant point in explanation. Thus, didn't go for re-mark.

Therefore, focused on my writing skills, for better developed essay.

2nd Attempt (13-May-17):


Writing remained the same while others went down by 0.5 :-/

Now I need at least band 7 in each module.

Can you kindly answer my two queries.

1) In best case scenario, what are the chances that I could get 1 band raise in writing and 0.5 band in speaking, both?

2) In writing task 2, I got question having 2 point of views regarding old age employees and younger age employees.

Action words were: What is your opinion?

So I opt for below strategy:

Para 1 --> Introduction
Para 2 --> Supporting pt 1 (young age employee)
Para 3 --> Supporting pt 2 (young age employee)
Para 4 --> Conclusion

I only provided MY OPINION in favor of young age employees (as the action words suggested).

Do you think I had to write regarding both views and then give my opinion?

Jun 04, 2017
Confused regarding EoR
by: IELTS buddy

1) It is possible a score can go up by a band, but it's less common. If people do get an increase it's more often just half a band.

I'd say in your case for the writing the odds are very much against an increase, and especially one whole band. You've taken the test twice and got 6 each time which does suggest you are around a 6 level. So going up to 7 on a remark seems a bit hopeful.

2) It's really difficult to comment on whether you wrote the essay well or not. To be able to know I'd really need to see the full essay question and have much more detail about what you wrote.

But even then, without seeing your actual essay it's very much guess work.

Jun 16, 2017
by: Andy


My first exam I got:

Listening: 7.5
Reading: 6.5
Writing: 6
Speaking: 6.5

My second exam now is:

Listening: 8.0
Reading: 7.0
Writing: 5.5
Speaking: 7.0

Should I get a remark for the writing to get a band 6.0?


Jun 16, 2017
by: IELTS buddy

It's a bit risky as you did get 6 before so getting a 5.5 is not surprising as those two scores are fairly close.

But that said, you did well in the other parts of the test and your writing is quite a lot lower, suggesting it's possible an error was made.

I'd say with your situation it isn't clear that anything went wrong (for example if you got 7 in writing before it would seem an error was likely) but there's a fair chance it could go up.

It's just a bit of a gamble really and it's got to be your decision as to whether you want to spend the money getting a remark or take the test again.

Jun 23, 2017
Need advise for IELTS Revaluation
by: Ankit

Hi Sir,

I have given 2 attempts to IELTS in 3 months:

1st Attempt:
Listening 8.5
Reading. 7.5
Writing. 7.0
Speaking. 6.5

2nd Attempt:
Listening 8.0
Reading. 8.0
Writing. 7.5
Speaking. 6.5

For CLB 9, I need to get 7 in speaking which means an increase of 0.5 in speaking.

Is revaluation recommended for me in this case?

Jun 30, 2017
Need advise for IELTS Revaluation
by: IELTS buddy

That fact that you have taken the test twice and got 6.5 for speaking suggests that is your level, so it's a bit risky asking for a remark.

But of course it's always possible another examiner could view it differently.

In your case it's just a gamble really so you have to make the decision whether you want to risk it or not.

Jul 07, 2017
revaluation or resit the test?
by: Anonymous

I got my IELTS (GT) results today and got the following scores.

Listening 9.0
Reading. 9.0
Writing. 7.5
Speaking. 8.0

I require 8 in each module.
This was my second attempt. On my first attempt (academic module), I got the following scores:

Listening 8.0
Reading. 8.0
Writing. 7.5
Speaking. 7.0

Should I resit the test or should I go for revaluation as I only need 0.5 increase in writing? Please advise.

Jul 07, 2017
revaluation or resit the test?
by: IELTS buddy

For you it's just a gamble. There is nothing to suggest anything went wrong with the marking as you have taken writing twice and got the same score, which suggests it is likely correct.

So it is a risk and I'd say it's most likely to stay the same, but it's impossible to predict for sure of course.

So really it's just up to you if you want to risk it, but as I say, there's nothing to suggest the score is wrong.

Jul 07, 2017
Re exam or revaluation?
by: Anonymous

But earlier I appeared for the academic module and this time I sat in the GT module

Jul 07, 2017
should i re inquire my writing result
by: oreo

i got my IELTS results today and it’s so depressing, i got L:6.5 R:7.5 S:8.5 W:5.5 :(( im still in shocked by my Writing Result i need at least 6 and i really want to inquire for a remark because i believe that i have answered and explained the question correctly in Task 2, i wasn’t able to do word counts but im 90% sure i met the minimum words requirements for each tasks because i’ve been practicing writing, i made 4 paragraphs in each. I went to this page to see the criterias when should you inquire for a remark and i have read that if one of the skills scored you 2 whole bands higher there isn’t a need for remark 🙁 but i really want to re inquire my writing score :'(

Jul 07, 2017
by: Anonymous

i have noticed that most of the people here are using the word "revaluation". can you explain to me how this word is correct or why this is used instead of "re-evaluation". thank you. hope you can enlighten my confusion regarding this matter.

Jul 21, 2017
applying for remark my writing score
by: shine


3 times I wrote IELTS:

1 - R9, L8, S7, W6
2 - R9, L8, S6.5, W7
3 - R8, L9, S7, W6.5

I need 7 in writing and I am pretty confident that i have done well. Is it worth going for a remark for my writing?

Jul 21, 2017
applying for remark my writing score
by: IELTS buddy

It may be worthwhile as you only need half a band and you did get 7 before.

However, although it's possible it could go up I'd say there is just as much chance that it could stay the same as you did get 6 the first time you took it.

But really it's impossible to predict, and it's just up to you whether you want to risk that or take the test again, which I believe are usually around the same cost.

Aug 10, 2017
what are the chances of increasing .5 band in Speaking
by: Faisal Khan

I have appeared in IELTS twice

R-7, W-6, S-7, L-7.5, O = 7


R-7.5, W-7, S-6.5, L-8.5, O = 7.5

I have applied for a remark in speaking, what are the chances for getting speaking band increased?


It's really impossible to tell someone their odds of getting an increase. It would be a complete guess.

If someone gets a much lower score than they previously got then it may look like there is a fair chance an error was made and it could go up, but that does not seem to apply to you.

IELTS buddy

Aug 11, 2017
Remark for Listening and Reading
by: Raza


I wrote IELTS General twice.

1st attempt LRWS - 7.5,6,6,7.5

2nd attempt LRWS - 7,6.5,7,7.5

In my 2nd attempt, I was damn sure of a high score in Listening & Reading (was expecting 8 in both). But the results disappointed me.

Shall I go for remarking?

Aug 11, 2017
Remark for Listening and Reading
by: IELTS buddy

A remark for IELTS Listening and Reading is not normally recommended as they are either right or wrong.

It's not like speaking and writing which have an element of subjectivity.

I can't tell you for sure they won't change if you get them looked at again, but it's much less likely than for the other two modules.

Sep 13, 2017
Will remarking help? Please advise
by: Anonymous


I took my IELTS on 19th aug and got the below results. Missed the immigration score by .5.Please advise if applying for remarking will help. This was my first IELTS attempt.


Thanks in advance

Sep 17, 2017
Will remarking help? Please advise
by: IELTS buddy

With such a big difference in your other grades and writing it's quite likely it was looked at again anyway.

Sep 24, 2017
Will Speaking Remarking Help? Please advice soon
by: Anonymous


I have given IELTS test thrice and each of this test I have missed some band by .5.

On December 2016 my IELTS was

Listening : 7.5
Reading : 5.5
Writing : 6
Speaking : 7.5

In above test I missed to qualify for immigration as I got 5.5 in one band.

So I decided to reappear in April 2017 and score was

Listening : 7.5
Reading : 6
Writing : 6
Speaking : 7.5

My consultant advised me to give again as I was not able to qualify for federal program and I need to score .5 more in Reading and Writing.

So I decided to sit again in Sept 2017 and my score is

Listening : 7.5
Reading : 6.5
Writing : 6.5
Speaking : 5.5

I got the required score for reading and writing but knowing the speaking score was more devastating than previous test scores.

Speaking went good though it was little tough to answer some question but I attempted all question.

Can't blame Examiner as I have read on other blogs that with 2 band lower scores from other test goes through 2 examiner and 3rd one won't have another opinion about it in recheck.

Changes in listening and reading score have very rare chances so I am not opting for recheck in it.

I am satisfied with writing score as I know how well my test went and I fear that recheck in this might lower my score so not going for recheck in writing.

Speaking in previous two test was good and I got 7.5 in both but recent 5.5 is very disappointing as I cleared all hurdles in reading and writing but fell down due to speaking.

Never imagined I would get 5.5 in speaking. I spoke to my colleagues about my english speaking skills and they rated it very good.

I went through different blogs of IELTS rechecking and they all advised that if you are confident then only go.

I am confident that my speaking was good and I should apply for recheck but problem over here is I need 7.5 in speaking to qualify for federal program.

2 band increase in speaking recheck is very very rare scenario and next to impossible but if it happens than it will be miracle from GOD.

I am little worried about money also as I have already paid thrice for test and this recheck cost half of it so I have to think abt it many times.

Even if my speaking score increases by .5 I will get full refund of recheck amount but still score what I need wil not be upto the mark.

Giving again IELTS exam for fourth time will be headache and tireless thing to do.

I have one more fear that recheck in speaking might lower my score. Does this happen?

I know my case is very exceptional and unique from other cases but I need your advice and go for it as soon as possible.

Please advice whether I should opt for recheck in speaking?

Thanks in advance.

Sep 24, 2017
Will Speaking Remarking Help? Please advice soon
by: IELTS buddy

There are rules about getting an automatic remark with a 2 band difference but they are not made public so it's difficult to say for sure if a 2 mark difference between speaking and listening led to a remark.

What you have said it quite accurate - it is odd to go from 7.5 to 5.5, especially as you have shown twice already you are 7.5 standard. Even if you found the test a bit more difficult, that is a big drop.

But again as you say, going up 2 bands is unusual but I'm sure mistakes happen and it is possible. But if you are sure you did worse in speaking than the two times before and you need 7.5 then it may not be worth it as you may not get what you want.

I wouldn't worry about bands going down, I've not heard of that happening before (you could check with the centre if that is a possibility).

So really it's just a decision you have got to make. If you need 7.5 and you are very sure you did as well as before it may be worth the risk, and you get the money back anyway if the score goes up even if the score does not go up to 7.5.

But if you are pretty sure you did do worse in the speaking than before it may not be worth it.

Sep 29, 2017
Pls suggest if its worth applying for recheck
by: Anonymous


I got my results and would like to get 0.5 more in speaking. I am confused whether to apply for rechecking or not. Request your views and suggestion.

Appreciate your help.

My scores are as follows:

L: 8.5
R: 7
W: 7
S: 6.5 (Need 7 here)

Thanks a lot!

Sep 29, 2017
Pls suggest if its worth applying for recheck
by: IELTS buddy

The reason for going for a remark is if you think an error has been made.

If you are confident that you were at least a band 7 for speaking then you should consider it.

Sep 29, 2017
I need 7 in writing
by: Shae

Listening 7.5
Reading 7
Speaking 7.5
Writing 6.5

Overall: 7

Can i get a remark on writing? I really need to get a 7 in all areas. What are the chances that it will increase 0.5 higher? Thanks!

Sep 29, 2017
I need 7 in writing
by: IELTS buddy

It's not possible to predict what will happen.

As I said to the last person, the reason for going for a remark is if you think an error has been made.

If you are confident that you were at least a band 7 for writing then you should consider it.

You only need half a band, so it's possible it could go up, but it's just a gamble.

Oct 14, 2017
Plz reply i am just want 0.5 increase in writing
by: Nikhil


Nov 09, 2017
My experience
by: Anonymous

Hi guys,

I got 7.5 overall band in ielts:
Listening: 8
Reading: 8
Writin: 6.5
Speaking: 7.5

I filled re-evaluation for writing. I got result today but unfortunately they have sent me same result.

So its better to re attempt exam rather than re-evaluation.


Nov 23, 2017
My EOR experience
by: Anonymous

Hi there,

Just want to share my experience with EOR. I needed at least 6 in each of the bands.

In my first attempt I got it in Listening, Reading and writing.
In Speaking i got 5.5 which was huge surprise for me, i have decided to remark my speaking.

The process was easy and quick and i got the remark result after 3 weeks from application.

My speaking result was increased by a whole band from 5.5 to 6.5 and now i have achieved my target.

In bottom line, if you are confident enough that you did well and you are missing only 0.5-1 points in either Speaking or Writing (as they are subjective) go ahead and apply for EOR. There are good chances that it will change, i have also read somewhere that results can go only up.

I have taken the test in Adelaide Australia and probably this is the reason for the quick response as EOR is being processed in Melbourne Australia.

Best of luck to everyone with getting your desired results!

Nov 24, 2017
by: Luay


I have just received my ielts results. I got L8, R8.5, W6.5, S7

I need a minimum of 7 in the writing.

Would it be helpful to ask for a remark? I don't know how to evaluate my performance, I covered the required subject and number of words... I tried to put proper punctuation marks

Is my score already double checked (Since I got 8.5 in the reading part)?

Thank you

Nov 26, 2017
by: IELTS buddy

With regards to the two band difference, IELTS don't actually publicly say when they do a remark.

If you search online, on one site it says they do if the 2 mark difference is between speaking and writing, on another they say it's a difference with any score.

Personally I would say it is more likely to be the former because you'd expect the writing and speaking to be fairly similar, but the others could be quite different. But it's not clear what they do.

But with your other scores so different you could try as it's quite possible it would be up half a band, but there is no guarantee. You could have made some errors with your writing such as not answering the question properly which brought your score down.

So really it's just a gamble, and up to you whether you'd prefer to spend the money on a new test.

Dec 08, 2017
Should I go for a remark?
by: Hope

Just took the exam recently and my scores were:

R: 8.5


I need at least 7 in Writing, do you think I should go for it?

Dec 10, 2017
Asking for writing remark
by: DF

My first attempt sept 30 (very few preparation) was:
S8 R8 L6.5 W6

Second attempt nov 25 (IELTS blog and Verling teacher) was:
S7.5 R 7.5 L8 W 6

I believe I did better, I am pretty confident of task 1, in task 2 I know I have at least two spelling mistakes, words before conclusion were 190 so I had to make conclusion about 70 words so I reached 260.
I am sure I was more organized and had a thesis.

Would it be crazy to hope for a whole band in writing? I need at least 7.


If there is a big discrepancy in the scores of the speaking and writing they usually look at them both again, so yours has probably already been double marked. Obviously I can't tell you 100% that was done in your case but that is the usual procedure.

So it's unlikely you'll see an increase. Of course it's always possible a third examiner may view it differently but given that two gave it 6 it seems unlikely another would give it 7. Also the fact that you got 6 twice suggests that you are a 6 and you are going wrong somewhere.

IELTS buddy

Dec 17, 2017
by: Y

Hi! I am writing from the Philippines. I recently got my results in ielts.

L 8
R 7.5
W 6.5
S 7

OBS 7.5

I need an extra 0.5 in writing, and honestly I'm quite surprised I just got 6.5 in writing. Do you think i should get it remarked? Thank you!


Yours is a case where it may be worth it as you only need a half band more so another examiner could award you that. And also your other scores are higher.

But as has been said many times on here, it is a gamble and you may well have done something in the test to merit getting 6.5, even if you feel you did better. So your score may stay the same.

So it's just a choice for you to make.

IELTS buddy

Jan 26, 2018
by: Anonymous

Hello, got my results today.

Reading 9
Listening 8.5
Speaking 8
Writing 6

I'm pretty sure my writing was decent. Should I go fo a remark?

Jan 27, 2018
by: IELTS buddy

It's quite likely in your case that it was marked again already as they tend to do that if there are big discrepancies between one particular mark and the others.

A difference of 2 band is the criteria that it is claimed flags up a remark.

Are you sure you did not make some kind of mistake with your writing? Maybe misunderstanding the question.

Feb 26, 2018
by: Anonymous

I got IELTS score of 6.5 overall. 7.5 in listening, 6.5 in reading and speaking, and 5.5 in writing. Overall score is fine. But i need 6 in writing to be eligible. I gave my test through AEO. Should i go for revaluation?

Feb 27, 2018
by: IELTS buddy

Nobody can predict whether your score will increase unfortunately. You just have to go for a remark if there is some good reason why you think it may be wrong. For example you have had the test before and got more, or a teacher has advised you you are better than a band 5.5.

Mar 18, 2018
Should I ask for a remark?
by: Amah

I recently checked my IELTS result and I had L8.5 R7 S7 W6. This is my first time, should I ask for a remark?

Mar 22, 2018
Should I get re-evaluated my IELTS Band Score
by: SOM


I gave IELTS GT twice, 1st time with ought preparing much I got score-

L/S- 7.5
R- 6.5

Second time I was prepared well with good practice specially for reading and writing but still I got exact same score as 1st time.

L/S- 7.5
R- 6.5

I was very sure that I will at least get higher bands in reading and writing.
Now I am confuse whether I should go for re-marking? does it really helps?

Mar 23, 2018
by: IELTS buddy

It is possible with some preparation you got the same score. It can sometimes take a while to improve.

It's not possible to say if a remark will increase your scores. Yes some people's score go up if an error was made, but I don't know if that is the case with you.

If you are very confident you did much better then you may want to think about it, but remember it is probably only worth it if you think an error was made in your speaking or writing.

Reading and listening are either right or wrong so it's less likely an error was made.

Apr 20, 2018
Remark for an extra 0.5 points?
by: Anonymous

For my first attempt, I got Band 7 (unfortunately I had a fever then): R 7.5 L 7.5 W 7 S 6.5

When I fully recovered, I took the test again and got Band 7.5: R 8.5 L 8 W 7 S 7

The thing is I really want to get Band 8 and if only I had got 0.5 more points, my overall score will be rounded up to 8. That's why I am thinking of requesting for a remark in Writing (Although I am only 50% sure that my writing deserves 7.5)

Any advice, please? Thank you so much!

Apr 27, 2018
Remark for an extra 0.5 points?
by: IELTS buddy

Unfortunately nobody can predict what could happen if you go for a remark.

If you can afford it, you don't want to take the whole test again (as I'm sure you aware, you could get lower scores in some other modules if you retake) and you feel fairly confident your essay could be worth a bit more, then it may be worth risking it.

But in your case it's really just taking a bit of a gamble as it could go either way.

May 25, 2018
re eval for speaking
by: rehan

I have got good band but i need 7 in speaking

Listening 9
Reading 8.5
Writing 7
speaking 6.5

I am confident that my speaking test was good.

should I go for re-eval?

May 25, 2018
re eval for speaking
by: IELTS buddy

I know you say it was good, but it's quite difficult to evaluate yourself.

Also the fact that you got a nearly similar grade in writing suggests you could be around a 6.5.

However, it's quite possible it could go up half a band if you go for a remark but it's not possible to predict if it will or not. It's up to you if you want to risk it.

Jun 18, 2018
Advice for a recheck
by: Abhi


I have attempted IELTS thrice. Please find the results below

Attempt 1

Attempt 2

Attempt 3 (Latest)

Please advice me as I need 0.5 more in writing and I have scored pretty well in writing in my previous attempts.

Jun 19, 2018
Advice for a recheck
by: IELTS buddy

It's always impossible to know what could happen but yours is a situation where it may be worth considering it as you only need half a band and you got 7 and 7.5 before. So it's possible that it could go up half a band.

But really it's just a gamble and it's up to you. It's also possible of course that you did do something wrong, maybe not fully answering the question or misunderstanding it a bit, and 6.5 is the correct score.

Jun 25, 2018
IELTS EOR Result - My score went up
by: Anonymous

Hello all,

I took my 2nd IELTS exam in Baguio, Philippines last April 2018 (my first take was way back 2010) and here are my results: L 9, R 8, W 7, S 6.5.

I needed 7 in speaking for my US application so I really got frustrated and disappointed to know that I am 0.5 band short from my goal. Then I researched about the EOR from many threads like this then finally around May 2018 I decided to have my speaking test remarked. After less than 3 weeks of anxiously waiting I got my results and fortunately my speaking score increased by 1 band! (6.5 to 7.5)

Thank God He gave me what I needed to pursue with my dream.

Guys if you feel you did well enough to earn the score you need, I think it is worth the shot of having your scores re marked like what I did. Trust the process and more importantly pray and have faith!

Thank you! :)

Jul 09, 2018
remark or not?
by: wendy

I acheived score of 9 for both listening and reading, 7.5 for speaking and 6.5 for writing. I need a minimum of 7 for each component. Do you think it's worth getting a remark?
I'm a native speaker of English, thus am surprised by that writing mark.

Jul 12, 2018
remark or not?
by: IELTS buddy

It may be that is has been looked at again already as there is such a wide discrepancy between your writing and other scores. However if they have just looked at the difference between writing and speaking, it's only a band so they may not have.

So it may be worth getting a remark in your case. However, you have to remember it is possible you did something wrong. For example, if you misunderstood the question in some way that can bring your score down quite a bit.

Jul 20, 2018
Should I apply for a remark
by: Pre


I received my scores last week and here they are:


Should I apply for EOR as I need 0.5 in my Writing section.

Please advice.

Jul 22, 2018
dissatisfied with writing score
by: karandeep

Hi all,

I got L&R-6.5,S-7.5,W-5.5

I am highly dissappointed with my writing scores...There was sufficient use of vocabulary, complex sentence structure , good connectors like unequivocally, without reservations and so on...

Even, the topic was not that much difficult and i have presented the essay in a proper pattern with coherence and cohesion.
Earlier in my coaching classes, I have always scored 7 in essay...but 5.5 is unacceptable to me

I just need .5 bands more to fulfill my requirements..
Should I go for revaluation??? please help asap...thank you!!

Jul 22, 2018
It could go either ways!!
by: Anonymous

I went for remark after L 9 R 9 W 6.5 S 7.5.

I was discouraged after i learnt that an internal enguiry is done if there is a disparity in bands over 1. I still applied and I got my scores bumped up! W 7.5 and S 8.5. Overall band 8.5!

A friend of mine had L 9 R 8.5 W 6.5 S 7.5 and her remark was unchanged...

We took the exam on the same day...

Jul 27, 2018
It could go either ways!!
by: IELTS buddy

Actually the discrepancy is 2 bands, not 1, but well done for getting them increased.

Feb 22, 2019
IELTS score
by: Neelay

Hello Sir -

Got my IELTS score today and it stands at 7.5 overall ..
List - 8
Read - 7.5
Speak - 7.5
Writing - 6
Was expecting 7 or 7.5 in writing ...

Need your advice here ?
Shall i go ahead with re-evaluation only for writing module ...
Are there any chances to get writing score increased by a band ?
Is that ever happened that score gets bumped up by a band during re-evaluation ?
Please advice

Mar 01, 2019
by: Rutvik

I've given my test recently through idp and overall I've got what i needed that is 6.5 but

L = 6.5
R = 6.5
S = 7.0
W = 5.5

So you can see I'm on the edge as I've got 5.5 in writing and i don't know why has that happened when I've got 7 in speaking then i was really expecting atleast 6 in writing and I don't know what to do is it right choice for the revaluation... Please comment on this guys

May 18, 2019
New IELTS Speaking examiner - read everything from a paper.
by: Anonymous


I have taken this exam 9 times, and I received 5 times overall 6.5.

Since I have taken this exam several times and based on my past exam experiences, I strongly feel that my last speaking score is incorrect and on the exam my examiner appeared to be new to IELTS Test since she didn’t know the structure of the test and trying read everything from her notes.

On my past 8 experience, any of my examiner didn’t feel me this.

My last result:

7.5 Listening;
7.0 Reading;
6.5 Writing
5.0 Speaking

My speaking score from my last 4 exams that I have taken within last 2 months were 6.5 or 7.

Even when I took IELTS more than a year ago for the first time, I received 5.5 on Speaking. I do know what I could have done to receive 5 this time. I have been living in Los Angeles for 2 years and studying Construction Management at UCLA Extension. I am using English every day.

I am sure that there is a mistake and I already applied for rescoring, but it was my last chance and I will lose my conditional acceptance in master at UCLA after waiting 1 month.

Even if they change my score, it will not be worth it to take this exam 9 times. I wanted to ask remarking because of my curiosity to see what they will do this time. I lost my trust to IELTS . I think my agency lower one score on purpose.

One time I received:

Listening 7.5
Reading 6.5
Writing 5.5
Speaking 7.

It is like they swear not to give overall 7 to me. Anyways. I am extremely angry and can not stop myself.

In addition to this, responsible person at my agency that I took the exam is on vacation right now and they are not responding me. I emailed everyone that I could reach.

Do you know where I should contact to get help for my case? I highly appreciate if you can give me any suggestions.

May 18, 2019
New IELTS Speaking examiner - read everything from a paper.
by: IELTS buddy

It does sound like a mistake was made as speaking should not go down from 7 to 5 if you've been continuing to speak English and have taken the test a few times.

But you'll just have to wait for the result from your EOR. There is nobody you can contact about anything else. EOR is the only option if you think the result is wrong.

May 28, 2019
by: Anonymous

I scored L8,R6.5,W6.5,S6.5
Are there chances I can improve my score through revaluation(Test taken through IDP)

May 28, 2019
by: Anonymous

I scored L8,R6.5,W6.5,S6.5
Are there chances I can improve my score through revaluation(Test taken through IDP)

Jun 18, 2019
by: Anonymous

I got overall 7 band


I need 6 for speaking is there any chance for improvement when rechecked

Jul 04, 2019
Suggestion if i go for remark
by: Anonymous

Hi could you help me decide if i will go for a remark as i only need 0.5 in speaking so that I can push through with my plan.

Here are my scores:

L-7.5, R-8.0, W-6.0 and S-6.5.

Thanks much your response will be highly appreciated.

Jul 06, 2019
Suggestion if i go for remark
by: IELTS buddy

In your case it seems like you must decide as it looks like you are just taking a gamble.

Firstly you haven't said why you think your score could be too low. If you think there was an error and it should be 7 then it may be worth it.

Secondly I notice your score of writing is 6. Often writing and speaking scores are quite similar as the same grammar errors are made so this suggests maybe the speaking is correct.

But really it's up to you. It's possible another examiner could listen and decide it should have been 7 but there is no way to know that.

Jul 12, 2019
Whether i should take a gamble or not
by: Anonymous

Today my ielts result was declared and i scored:

7.5 in listenning
7 in reading
6 in speaking
5.5 in writing


Extremly disappointed with the result as i was quite sure that my performance was more than 5.5 in writing

Jul 12, 2019
Ielts fr reval
by: Anonymous

Reading 7
Writing 6.5
Speaking 7

It’s my first attempt I need 7 in writing should I go for reval as I not much sure about my performance in writing

Jul 19, 2019
Speaking issue
by: Rahul Sembhi

I have got 6.5 in listening, 6 in writing, 6 in reading but unfortunately i got 5.5 in speaking. I spoke quite good there and had answered all d questions properly. Sir can i get a half band more in speaking.

Jul 31, 2019
Remark success
by: Anonymous

I am writing this post because I want people to be aware that your scores may not be automatically reevaluated if you have more than a 2 band discrepancy.

I received 9 for all sections except writing in which I got a 6.5. I was confused at the time because I felt that my writing should have received a higher mark. I had written IELTS 2 years ago and received 8.5 in writing.

Then I wrote again and received a 6 for writing. I thought that I may have missed a few criteria as I had not studied so I booked the test for 2 weeks later. This time around, I went over the marking criteria and did a few practice essays. After the test, I felt confident that I would receive a good mark. Then a received a 6.5.

I sent my writing in for a remark and my new score was an 8. My advice would be that if you are confident in your writing abilities then you should request a remark.

Aug 27, 2019
Writing score improived by remark from 6.5 to 7 (July 2019)
by: Anonymous

Here, you will succinctly know about my Academic IELTS journey and rechecking of writing module (improved from 6.5 to 7, exam on 18 July 2019, New Zealand).

I will also discuss some of the things to consider while remarking and some personal views regarding IELTS and its remarking process. I have decided to write this down because I struggled a lot to find valid information about remarking and there are some confusing information in different blogs. This is why people need to know what it is really, and what are the things to deem before making a remarking decision.

I am more than delighted to share my rechecking story. I did IELTS academic total 4 times so far. I did two times for my educational purpose few years ago. Recently I needed a good academic IELTS score for my professional registration and the aim was overall band 7 with no section less than 7. Therefore, my third attempt (first IELTS attempt for professional registration purpose) was 4 months ago (May 2019) from Bangladesh (Home country) and I got overall 7.5 (L 8.5, R 8, S 8, W 6).

Sad that when I sat for ILETS for first time in my life, I did not practice single piece of writing, did not know any tips, just read some samples and attended the exam and got 6.5 five years ago. Nevertheless, this time, I practiced all writings from Cambridge IELTS 1-13 book and read so many tips and still got only 6 this time.

Anyway being honest, I did worst in exam so I knew I was not going to get 7, so did not even think about recheck because I knew that I deserved 6 only.

Then I started to study more intensively with my writing practice, watched some free videos by Jay-E2 IELTS and Chris Pell-IELTS Advantage. I bought two online coaching modules by Udemy writing task 1 and 2 by Teacher called Matt, cost me only 18 dollars, it was quite cheap and the coaching slides/videos were truly helpful for me.

I felt like watching videos online made me confused in many ways and it was overwhelming to see so many videos for so many tips from different people. This is why Udemy coaching was helpful to narrow everything down and keep it simple. Then I hired a professional IELTS tutor from New Zealand who is a native English speaker as well. She gave me tuition for 2 weeks and gave me feedbacks on my writings. She was the first person to figure out my major issues that confined me to get less than band 7 in writing. Therefore, I strongly suggest, a professional tutor is really helpful and paying money for this tutor is worthwhile.

Anyway I did the exam again in July 2018 and I failed again as I got 6.5 in writing with overall band 7.5 again (L 8.5, R 8, S 7, W 6.5). However, I truly did better in writing than last time so I was depressed and little unconvinced. Perhaps, I did not improve much?

Then I was thinking of remarking (EOR) of my writing module as I was quite confident that I might get 7. Having said that, some people say if you are confident then go for remark, but I mostly resent this statement because how can you really measure the level of confidence and what level of confidence is needed to go for remark, these are the questions that always pop up in your mind while thinking of confidence for remarking. I was 50 percent confident that I can succeed with remark.

Funny thought, I was thinking what if I am stuck in 6.7 (670/900) or 6.8 (680/900) so the examiner gave me 6.5, so if it is a different examiner then he/she may give me a 7 as I am almost reaching to 7 (6.8). This is just a personally made up calculation, it does not work like that in IELTS by the way. Please do not apply this kind of calculation in your case, this was just a made up calculation that I did to push myself for remarking.

Besides the level of confidence, the time factor is something that we need to consider, if someone needs an IELTS score very soon like within two/three weeks, then sitting another exam (online based, as the results get published in a week or so) is recommended as remarking may take about 4-6 weeks. Although I received my renewed result within 6 days after applying for remarking. However, no one can promise that this process will be done within or week or so. Since I had about 6 months’ time so I thought why not a remark?

Next thing is money, the exam fee was 385 NZD and remarking fee was 250 NZD either for one module or for all of them. 250 NZD seems too much but I think it is not. If someone can spend 385 NZD each time for several attempts then why not spend 250 to try your luck. I am not rich but the mental stress for sitting for whole exam cannot be measured by money, such stress I would say is equivalent of 1000 NZD to me so 250 was nothing in that case. I say, do not think of money, if you feel little brave enough that you can succeed, go for it. Sad to say, it is like a gamble too as you get refund if your score is improved.

In addition, improvement of completely 1 band is rare by remarking, it can happen but very rare. But best chance is there if you need 0.5 improvement. In addition, never go for remarking of listening and reading, remarking is only a good idea if you are thinking of speaking and writing. This remarking is supposedly be performed by an external examiner (most probably from AUS or UK) who will not have any idea of your current score of any module/s. Therefore, it would be like a blind review and marking so that you can get an honest and bias-free remarking.

While I was reading online, some blogs or articles about writing recheck had some information that was somewhat unclear. For example, "your score may decrease after remarking", I heard that this could be possible only in OET exam (alternative language test for healthcare professionals), but never saw that happening for IELTS, speaking from my experience. While reading these blogs, I also tried to go through the comments of users of different people and I have not seen any comment that said their score decreased after recheck.

Everyone said, score either improved or remained unchanged, still I suggest, when contacting your test center, ask them directly, they must be able to tell you the right answer. Besides, there is no statistics of success rate of remarking in IELTS so it is hard to guess the possibility of success with numbers.

Another thing is the information of a re-evaluation if your score in one section has 2 band difference with another. E.g. in my case, my writing was 6.5 and listening was 8.5 (2 band difference) and some blogs say that if this happens then the local test center will automatically perform a recheck of your module which you have the lowest band.

But there is no solid reference that it is true. Even if it is, I want to challenge the skill of IELTS examiners, in a test center I arguably assume that all the writing examiners will be having same kind of training, mindset and skills while marking. Therefore, this re-evaluation by another examiner at the same test center seems stupid to me because I do not see any window for change in score. I dare to say this, because if they had done a re-evaluation of my score then how did I get a 7 by an external examiner. Although marking/grading is not an exact science and it is not an easy task, I also do mark and grade assignments for Bachelor students and I hate it when I am stuck sometimes to grade some papers.

I also want to raise an argument that IELTS may have become a business these days. Some test centers might be using some tactical approach to limit band scoring so that people can be forced to sit for the exams repeatedly.

So, I would say, do not be discouraged if you read the information that "you will get automatic re-evaluation if you have 2 band difference within your modules so a remarking will not help much". Either it might not be true at all or you can still get 0.5 increase by an external examiner.

Anonymous user, 28 July 2019, New Zealand

Sep 08, 2019
speaking remarking
by: gyri

I got
L 7
R 7
W 6.5
S 5.5
Is there any chance to increase just .5 band
could you suggest me what to do.
In speaking my cue card went little off topic, but questions were good enough.

Sep 09, 2019
Speaking remark
by: IELTS buddy

You should go for a remark if you are confident an error has been made but only you can really judge that.

Oct 05, 2019
Re evaluation
by: Anonymous

Hi I got

L -5
R- 6

I just want 6 in Listening will it be possible if I ask for reevaluation.

Oct 13, 2019
by: ajay

My previous score 24/06/2017 was
L 8
R 7
S 6.5
W 7
I had given for eor then came back as it was

Recent score 28/09/2019
L 7
R 8.5
S 8
W 6.5

Should I give for EOR and was confident enough in my writing skills as an academic student in Australia.I need individual 7 for my registration.

Oct 25, 2019
3rd try
by: Chris

Hello! I've completed my IELTS General training for the Third time because I need a band 7 on the writing, unfortunately I can't seem to get it no matter what I do or how much I practice. My last score are similar to previous tests:

Overall Band: 8.0

Listening: 9.0
Reading: 8.0
Writing: 6.5
Speaking: 8.5

What should I do!?

Oct 29, 2019
Incline band
by: Manju

My ielts score is
W 5.5
L 8
S 6
R 6.5

Only 0.5 band is required to fulfill requirement.
Should i fill revaluation form or not?
There are any chances to increase my band.

Nov 20, 2019
regarding revaluation for speaking
by: Jaspreet

I have 8.5 in listening
6.5 in writing
6 in reading
5.5 in speaking
should i apply revaluation for speaking or not please reply please

Nov 22, 2019
Re-evaluation of my IELTS Band Score?
by: Ucham

My Score is as follow.
Listening - 6
Reading - 5.5
Writing - 6
Speaking - 6.5

I have done the IELTS exam more than 6 times and there was issue with only my writing and it was 5.5. But, this time I got 6 for Writing but 5.5 for Reading.
I need 6 for reading. Shall I go for a re-evaluation?


Nov 28, 2019
I confirm that i would fill rechacking

Hlo i16novermber 2019
I got overall 6 band
Can i will fill rechaking because i would get only one band in speaking
Please recommend that i would fill rechacking or nor

Dec 02, 2019
by: Suraj Sood

I recently appeared for my ielts exam and got
I just missed my requirements of not less then 6/each module by 0.5 bands in speaking. Should i go for revaluation?

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