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IELTS teacher once told me : getting 5.5 not hard but after that the scale of difficult increase , he said : ever 1 month - or 3 months don't remember - of studying for IELTS can increase overall score by 0.5

ty for the advice :)

I suppose I am in the stage 3!! Hope your website will help me pass to the last stage! Thank you for sharing your advice that is very helpful!

Tnx a lot for your advice:-)

Hi Simon I want to ask one thing how ielts bands are decided?

Hi Sabah,


Have a look at link below how ielts bands are decided.

http://www.ielts.org/researchers/score_processing_and_reporting.aspx

HI SIMON,

I HAVE VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR YOU,I KNOW YOU DONT ANSWER TO EVERYONE AS ITS VERY DIFFICULT AND I UNDERSTAND IT AS WELL.PLEASE CAN YOU ANSWER ME THIS QUESTION BECAUSE APART FOR YOU I DONT THINK ANYONE CAN ANSWER NOR EVEN IELTS TEACHER.ONLY EXAMINER CAN ANSWER AND YOU WORKED AS A EXAMINER.

so my question is
When I took speaking test last time after part-1 examiner marked 5.75 on one paper then when i finished part-2(cue card)she wrote 9.10 and i dont know after part-3.but when i recieved result I got 6.5 in speaking.

I took the test again and this time examiner wrote on one paper 8.75 after part 2 so that makes me wooried.Can you please explain how doest it work.
why they give mark after each section.

If you can give me the answer then that might be helpful to others.

I hope you will answer my question and I really do appriciate your time.

Thanks

Hi TP,

That is not the score the examiner is noting down. It is the time taken from starting of the test to end of each part. This is my guess, Simon can confirm this.

Thanks.

Hi TP,

I think Venkat (above) is right. Examiners sometimes write times down, but never scores. It's impossible to give a score after part 1 only, so the numbers definitely didn't refer to that.

Try to ignore what the examiner is doing, and focus on your answers!

Thanks Venkat and Simon,

I got it.I understood.Thats very kind, both of you.
God bless you.

Hi Simon!

I think you are spot on with the chart!

Stage number 2 is real 'grunt work'.

If the writing is challenging I recommend relentless writing and then getting it checked.
If that's a challenge (money), then copying out sample essays (Band 9) word for word is another option.
The key is tenacity!

Keep up the good work mate!

Ben W

Thanks Ben!

Hi there
i have problem in writing.I know how to write but in exam i mixed up and become nerves.all the time am thinking how to write very well.but at the end of the time, while i lost my time, i knew what would i write.

Hi Simon I have recently taken the test on 2nd februay and my results were:
listening:6.5
reading 8
writing 6.5
speaking7.5
can I reach 7 in listening and writing in 1 month please because I am a pharmacist and I need 7 in each module

Dear Simon

I have taken the test,academic module, couple of times, which has been scored as follow:

1st session:
Listening:6.5
Reading: 6.5
Writing: 6
Speaking: 6.5

2nd session:
Listening:7.5
Reading: 7.5
Writing: 6
Speaking: 7.5

The baffling point is that over the period between two test, I had spent time on the writing skill much more than others,
but unluckily it remained the same in my 2nd exam.
As I need 7 in every skill, I wonder if let me know what the likely reason for my problem and how to improve that.

Thanks
AMIR

Dear Simon

I thank you for this blog and for the useful tips herein. Also, your friend Pete, who graded three of my answers for writing task which helped me improve greatly.

Barinder/Amir

I took the test first and got:
L 7.5, R 9, W 6.5, S 7.5
This was without any considerable practice, I was just familiar with the exam format and all and maybe a few hours spent on Road to IELTS which you get upon registration.

I am good in writing and could not understand why I didn't get 7 (which I needed for immigration purpose)

Then I tried again, I took 1 week to prepare for my next IELTS and I stumbled onto this website and got in touch with Simon/Pete to help me check my writing tasks.
I did one test each of Listening and Reading from the Cambridge books randomly for the 5-6 days of that week. For writing, I really worked hard on the tips (which showed me the mistakes I might have been making during my first attempt at IELTS). For speaking, I just quickly went through the advice by Simon on this blog, nothing special.

I recently got my result for the IELTS and the score is as follows:

L-8.5 (was 7.5)
R-8.5 (was 9)
W-9 (was 6.5!!!!)
S-9 (was 7.5)

The most funny thing was about speaking. I am sure I gave a far worse speaking test than my first one but ended up getting a perfect 9. I remember reading somewhere on Simon's blog that its difficult to recover from a bad section 2 in speaking. I spoke for hardly less than a minute (topic was your 'favourite important plant') and then when he pushed for more, I spoke maybe for a 30-40second period more. I had this thought in mind that hardly anybody recovers from a bad section 2 and that just broke my confidence during part 3 and some common day to day words were not coming to my mind when speaking (so I countered by changing my sentence to make sure I don't stumble due to lack of words). But it seems that I recovered and recovered pretty good.

I read above about examiner noting something during speaking. I am quite sure its the time, as that happened during my first speaking test too.

Good luck to all and thankyou Simon and Pete

Hi simon
I have given test in April,2013.n my score was 6.5 in writing, speaking and listening also. but reading makes me down ,I got only 5.5 in this .now am planning to reappear in exam so I need your help .please give me some tips to improve my reading because it is a problem for me even in my coaching class. moreover here in my coaching class I have been taught that in writing task 2 we should discuss both the views in every type essay in debatable and in descriptive.is it right ,while following it word limit exceeds than 280 to 300..so please give me suggestions . waiting for your reply. please .please . please. pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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