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Dear Simon,
I have recently got my IELTS results at British Council:
Listening: 8.5
Reading: 9.0
Writing: 7.5
Speaking: 6.0
Overall: 8.0
I'm very grateful to you for your valuable lessons and advice which help me to obtain such a high score. You are really an inspiration to English learners.
My examiner stopped me when I had talked for just over 1 minute in part 2, so I wasn't able to answer all the questions. Do you know whether my speaking band score is good enough for me to get admission to a Master course at a reputable university in England?
There is no end to my gratitude. Wish you health, peaceful and happy.

Well done Ha - great scores! I'm sure you'd get in to most university departments, but you'll have to see what scores they require.

Good luck!

Congrats dear, well done.

I am going to take Ielts test on 30 november but i am facing problem in listening and reading sections can my this problem be resolved by the guide of seniors, my request be entertained seriously please, mntunio@gmail.com i am waiting for responses. thanks

Dear simon,
I need band score 7 for each aspect. I took the exam 4 times before. I have a problem with speaking and writing. Every time I got 6.5 in the speaking except in the last time when i got 7, while in the writing i got 6.5 every time except for the second time as i got 7.5. I don't what to do with writing. I do believe that i follow the rules but there is something wrong. Would you help me?

hi Simon ,
honestly I prepare for ielts exam but I have a problem in reading and I have a lot of materials to study but I cant find somebody to guide me and achieve the desired band . I focus on the listening and my result was between 6.5 an 8.25 so , likewise , I wrote very well but at the same time I cant evaluate my self in the writing test . so what I have to do to overcome the reading part because you know very well that the reading part is consider time test and you should finish the questions in 60 min . please help me if you dont mind and if you ready to evaluate my writing I am ready to write and give me your instructions . thank you sir .

hi Simon ,
honestly I prepare for ielts exam but I have a problem in reading and I have a lot of materials to study but I cant find somebody to guide me and achieve the desired band . I focus on the listening and my result was between 6.5 an 8.25 so , likewise , I wrote very well but at the same time I cant evaluate my self in the writing test . so what I have to do to overcome the reading part because you know very well that the reading part is consider time test and you should finish the questions in 60 min . please help me if you dont mind and if you are ready to evaluate my writing I am ready to write and give me your instructions . thank you sir .

Ha, great results!
Ha, please give for us how to achieve
results in reading as you.

Thank you

Hi Ha - most universities have different requirements so you will have to check out their websites. As a very general rule however, many universities worldwide would require a minimum 6.5 in each band. The examiner is not supposed to stop you after one minute in Part 2 - they have to encourage you to speak for the full two minutes. It does not matter at all if you complete those questions or not.

Hi Ha,
You have such a great score. Could you please provide me with your contact number so that I can call and seek your advice for my exam by end of this month?
You can email me at tonga.tran@gmail.com
Many thanks in advance and look forward to hearing from you.

Hi ha, you did so well, can you share your experiences!!

Hi Ha
Congrats for a great score. WOW! 9/9 on reading. As everyone can I also request you to share your experience. I'm stuck at 6.5 in writing. Pls advice me.
Good luck to you nd thnx .

Hi everyone!

Here are my general suggestions to people who want to get a good score on this exam:

Learning a language is a time-consuming process. If your level of English is very low you need to consider a lot of time and practice to improve it. It does not happen overnight and there is no secret path to take!

I got myself involved with this language since around 8 years ago. However, I started studying it since I was a child. But, I watched lots of TV series and movies in the past few years, which helped my listening and speaking skills a lot.

For improving both reading and writing skills you need to read lots of academic texts. They do not need to be only on scientific topics. For example, this website has many simple articles on different topics http://www.thejournal.ie/
You can also see how ordinary people discuss over hot topics on websites like: www.debate.org

It is needless to say that the IELTS has its own particular structure that you need to get familiar with. That’s why I took 3 weeks off from work and only studied for the IELTS. I took the tests of Cambridge 5 to 9 (I wondered the previous ones were too old). I also studied the following book: http://www.cambridge.org/gb/elt/catalogue/subject/project/item405180/Cambridge-Vocabulary-for-IELTS/?site_locale=en_GB
It is good book to introduce you with common topics of IELTS as well as some necessary vocabulary.
I listened to its recordings whenever I had time to get my ear familiar with British and Australian accent.
This is also a good book I think
http://www.cambridge.org/gb/elt/catalogue/subject/project/item404843/Common-Mistakes-at-IELTS-----and-how-to-avoid-them/?site_locale=en_GB
It also has an intermediate one.

During those 3 weeks of studying I watched lots of TED talks about common IELTS topics like environment, media, etc. TED.com is a great website and is not blocked like youtube in some countries.

What else? Few days before my Speaking test I decided to record my voice. So, after I prepared the answer to a part 2 question I recorded that. Then, I could listen to my recorded answer and recognize my pitfalls. It was really helpful. Two days before my exam I asked a friend of mine who speaks English fluently to ask me some recent speaking questions.

Finally, I would recommend you to get Simon’s e-book for practicing writing task 2 essays and go through his online free lessons which were my only IELTS tutor:-)

Good luck!

Hi Samo and everybody.

As mentioned by Par. it is a long process of improving your 4 skills together.

I need to add more suggestions:

1- For writing, you should get a private teacher to check your mistakes. Without a DOUBT, Mr.Peter Walton is the best teacher i've ever met in my life. He is able to detect your mistakes and guide you towards your target score. Contact Simon for his contact details.

For Speaking, you should find a speaking partner, someone who has the same passion as yours to develop thier speaking skills , and together you both practice real exam questions from Simon website and the offical Cambridge books.

Reading can be developed by understanding the techniques of each type of question. I find Dominic Cole website is usefull in explaining this in details. Practice makes perfect as they say, So do lots of practice in Simon's website.

Listening also can be improved by listening to Ted.com and Simon's website has a great range of listening practice.

I hope that can help.

Hi Simon,

Trust you and everyone here are doing well!!

Congratulations to everyone who performed well in their exams.

Getting back to the topic. Simon, when you say learning sentences rather than just single words, could you give me examples? Some magazines,such as National Geographic, The Economist use formal English, therefore many words are not known. These words should be written individually in my notebook or should I write the whole sentence?

Regards,

Braulio

Dear Simon,
I've known about your information through facebook because now I want to improve my Ielts skill. I haven't joined any Ielts test before but it is helpful for me to applying for a job. As a result, I found you 😍. Nice to meet you, I'll follow your blog. Can you help me? Now my Ielts is only about 5.5 so that I'm worried about it.

On the subject of looking up how to use words, I'd like to re-mention two excellent online dictionaries that I learned of here on Simon's website:

http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/
I particularly use the "idioms" section of this one, as well as the general dictionary.

http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/
One of the many noticable features of this one is it "Usage Notes".

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