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January 18, 2010

10 top tips for improving IELTS Scores

Having done a lot of work with IELTS students (in fact eons ago I administered the Davies Test which was a pre-cursor of IELTS!!) I felt it might be useful to pass on a few ideas I give my own students who are preparing for this test.

In the next 3 posts I plan to give an overview of the way to approach the tests and then look in more detail at Reading and Writing and then Speaking and Listening.

Most of the students I work with need to achieve a band score of 7 or 8 and in some cases they require a band 7 in each part of the test. This is no easy task and in order to be successful you need to be prepared for not only hard, but also smart work.

If you are preparing for this test:

  •  How do you feel about it?
  • What is your experience?

Please share your thoughts on IELTS in the comments box below.

I am sure that much of what I say in this overview you will have heard before but it is tried and tested and should be given consideration.

Three Golden rules for IELTS:

  1. Remember it is a test of your English language ability.
  2. The better your English language skills,  the easier it will be to approach the test.
  3. Concentrating on IELTS books and IELTS practice tests alone is not the best way to prepare for the exam. 

This may sound obvious, but the emphasis should be on improving your language skills not practising for test.

The test is a means to an end not an end in itself and the danger of only concentrating on the test is that you are not seeing the wood for the trees!

ie: You may be lucky enough to pass the IELTS with the score you need but you will not be adequately prepared for what comes after it – your course, your job etc…

  • How do you feel about this advice? Do you agree?

7 more things you can do to make you better prepared for IELTS:

  1. Use the language around you. If you are in an English speaking country then this is easy. If not then use the internet.
  2. I you have the chance, join an English speaking club where you can practise your speaking regularly (this could be a book club, cultural exchange or a hobby club) – or start one yourself with other ‘IELTS’ friends and have one rule – ‘English only’! See if you can invite native speakers to give short talks at your meetings. The value is in the speaking and trying to improve fluency.
  3. Do one English activity every day – listen to the radio, watch a film, read a magazine or newspaper article, have a conversation in English. Make it something that you are interested in and then ENJOY it!
  4. Volunteer to do something where you have to speak English – read to the children at your local primary school, help some high school students with their English etc… (if you live in an English-speaking country there are many opportunities – go to your local library to find out.)
  5. Join an online community. There are several to choose from, try out a few and see which you like. My own is Gapfillers, everybody welcome!!
  6. Practise little and often. Choose one activity at a time – for example reading, and really concentrate on that during your daily practice.
  7. Make sure you understand why things are wrong, go over any mistakes and learn from them. If you have a lot of mistakes then do the exercise again.
  • If you have other tips that you can add here please share them with us.

Here are some other posts that might be useful:

Here are some exercises you might like:

In my next post we will look at ways of  approaching the IELTS Reading and Writing tasks.

Why not subscribe to the rss feed on the right of this page so you don’t miss any posts on IELTS.

Do you need help with your IELTS exam?

As a former IELTS examiner and with over 15 years of experience preparing and coaching people for the exam especially at Bands 7 and 8 I know what it takes to achieve these scores.

I work a lot with professionals (especially doctors) who need high band scores to move on with their careers.

Using my own Advanced English training site, Gapfillers and my own expertise in IELTS I can help you to get the score you are looking for.

Join my free IELTS Group in Gapfillers and get regular updates about preparing for the exam and also the chance to join in my teleseminars and seminars and all the other IELTS training opportunities I offer.

Joining is easy;  follow this link, register (it’s absolutely free), (don’t forget to tick the IELTS group button) and that’s it!

As soon as you register you will have access to my free 1-hour presentation THE TROUBLE WITH IELTS – the link is on the welcome page. Watch or download it, it’s your choice.

I hope to see you there 🙂





  1. […] my last post I suggested 10 things you could do generally to improve your English language skills for the IELTS […]

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  2. Hello
    Those are really nice and useful tips for improving IELTS scores.I am just preparing for IELTS exam and I think this will be very helpful for me.Well I just want to tell you that I use Internet for language.Thank you very much for this useful post.

    Comment by buy dsi r4 — January 23, 2010 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your comment. Do look at the tips for Reading and Writing and my next post will be on Speaking and Listening. I hope you will come back and read these to help you with your exam preparation.

      Comment by rliberni — January 23, 2010 @ 4:02 pm | Reply

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  4. Thanks, great tips as always.
    Will be sharing this with our IELTS students.

    Comment by homestayuk — January 25, 2010 @ 11:45 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Lorna, let me know what they think.

      Comment by rliberni — January 26, 2010 @ 7:57 am | Reply

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  6. Hi,
    great pleasure to see such a nice collection of tips, my ielts target is 7.0 band in each module and i am going to appear second time.

    Comment by SHAHID — April 2, 2010 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

    • Dear Shahid,
      thank you for your comment. I hope that the ideas will help you. 7 in each part is no easy task! Keep practising and more importantly try to get as much exposure to English as you can (especially speaking and listening). I wish you the best in your exam and let me know if I can help you at all.

      Comment by rliberni — April 2, 2010 @ 3:57 pm | Reply

  7. Hi,
    thanks for your reply, in fact i have appeared in both Modules General & Academic and scored in both 6.o Band. However, it is not an easy task to get 7.0 in each module, specially for me ,when it comes towards reading


    Comment by SHAHID — April 3, 2010 @ 5:13 am | Reply

    • I think the main things about the reading is to spend more time on analysing the questions and propose some answers (you won’t really have time to read the passages) and then skim over the reading passages to confirm your responses see my post on how to do this.

      Comment by rliberni — April 5, 2010 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

  8. Dear sir i worked hard for reading i got 3-5Band and Listening 5 and Writing 4-5 speaking 6 over all 5 Band agen i am writing my IELTS please give me tips in 20 Days can i improve and get a band at list 6-5 i require plz reply to pedprasad@gmail.com

    Comment by Prasad — June 23, 2010 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

    • Dear Prasad, don’t give up you have to keep trying. Have you done any of these things (in the 10- tips?) You need now to look at your scores and see where you have to improve – reading is a priority and writing too. Are you just doing the tests? If so you need to get online and find things outside the tests to listen to and read.

      Comment by rliberni — June 23, 2010 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  9. I like your posts. Great. Keep going…

    Comment by ielts — August 29, 2010 @ 10:16 pm | Reply

  10. ny name is neelam .idid ielts in academic module with5.5 band.my aim is 6.5 in how many months it possible

    Comment by neelam — August 30, 2010 @ 5:39 am | Reply

    • Hi Neelam it is difficult to predict this without knowing more about your performance in the individual sections and your English level generally. A lot also depends on how much time you have to study and improve your English and which methods you are using to do this. Certainly the more you practise the better but the practice needs to be efficient and smart (not just going over tests) If you want to email me with more details maybe I can advise you further. You can find my email details under the ‘About’ section of this blog.

      Comment by rliberni — August 30, 2010 @ 8:13 am | Reply

    • I think it depends on a person, in my case, I took 7 months from 5.5-6.5 I practice everyday even studying with a private teacher and self- studying. In some case, my friend took about 2 months without any teacher and then he passed both IELTS and TOEFL in 7.0and 88. In my opinion, you don’t need to be intelligent but just study habit 3-4 hours a day and everytime you think about somethings, you should thing in ENGLISH.

      Comment by thammawitz — May 23, 2012 @ 6:07 am | Reply

  11. hi iam gunveet i want to get some tips from you related with my writing module mam iam in nursing so i want to get more than 7 score in all modules iam very good at all other modules i got 8 in all other three but my scoring in writing is not improving from 6 i had gave test at least 3 times so p/s tell me what will i do to improve my writing because it is really very important for me to get 7 in writing

    Comment by Gunveet kainth — September 30, 2010 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your comment Gunveet. It’s difficult to give specific advice here why not email me (berni.wall@language-tuition.co.uk) and let me know where you are having problems and I’ll see what I can advise.

      Comment by rliberni — September 30, 2010 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

  12. these are very useful tips. i hope it helps our students. good luck everyone going to take the test!

    Comment by PrepIELTS — November 23, 2010 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your comment and good luck too!

      Comment by rliberni — November 25, 2010 @ 8:13 am | Reply

  13. hi mam i want some tips from you related with my l/r/w. i did ielts in academic module with 5.5 band.my aim is 6.5 .how can i improve

    Comment by preet — December 17, 2010 @ 2:05 pm | Reply

  14. i am just wondering of ielts is getting harder than the past bec i sat for it soon and found it harder than my first time.do i need new materiasl?

    Comment by mohamed — April 29, 2011 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

    • Hi Mohamed it is a good idea to keep an eye on the latest news for IELTS but as far as I know there haven’t been any recent changes. The most important aspect of IELTS is your English language level. If you have done the exam you know the format but you can always improve your English and the better this is the more you should be able to bring to the exam. Watch TV, listen to the radio, read the newspaper – keep up with the news and latest current affairs and keep improving your English skills then spend a little time on the exam format. Also, you do need people to help you especially with writing ( and speaking) without anybody to mark this and give you advice every essay will remain the about the same level. I hope this helps – it’s difficult to give specific advice without knowing your experience of the exam and your current level of English.

      Comment by rliberni — April 30, 2011 @ 5:03 pm | Reply

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  16. hi, i have gone through all very intresting comments on ielts. Some of them are the best tips, but can u please help me out to get more imformation that how to apply these skimming formula in reading please, as well as basics of achiving target in writing

    Comment by tiger — July 29, 2011 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

    • Hi Tiger,thank you for your comment. This is a big subject to answer here. I suggest you email me: berni.wall@language-tuition.co.uk and then I can give you more information about how to get the IELTS band score that you want to achieve.

      Comment by rliberni — July 29, 2011 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  17. I find these tips applicable to mu preparation for IELTS (academic) test in November 2011. I need overall band 8 with minimum of of 7 in each module. How effectively can i prepare on self study? It’s my first time taking this test.


    Comment by John — September 23, 2011 @ 7:53 am | Reply

    • Hi John thank you for your message. This is a high score and not easy to do. However, with focused practice in both IELTS techniques and English language generally it is achievable. It is important not to neglect your exposure to English every day because if your general language ability is strong your performance in the test is more assured. It will be easier for me to give you better advice via email as a lot depends on where you are now and what your deadlines are.

      Comment by rliberni — September 23, 2011 @ 9:49 am | Reply

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  19. sir / madam i have required 7 bands in each module .

    Comment by ejaz hussain — December 10, 2011 @ 9:55 am | Reply

    • Hi Ejaz thank you for your comment. Getting 7 in each part is tough but not by any means impossible you just need to make sure that your prectice is very focused and your language ability is in alignment with your goal.

      Comment by rliberni — December 14, 2011 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  20. I got only 5.5 in IELTS exam. Plz give me Important tips to get 6.5 score in IElTS. I would wounder if u supported me to get 6.5 in IELTS in exam.

    Comment by Ashok — January 10, 2012 @ 7:55 am | Reply

    • HI Ashok. It is hard to be specific here as I need to find out more about your exam, your preparation and your goal. The best thing is for me to send you an email and then you can let me know more about your goals.

      Comment by rliberni — January 11, 2012 @ 3:25 pm | Reply

  21. This coming 4 February is my 10th attempt in two years. I need to achieve at least 7.0 in all components with overall 8.0. I constantly got 7.5 and my writing or my speaking will alternately at 6.5. I am giving up because I enrolled into several courses and online tutorials but I still failed. Really looking forward if you could help me in this very limited time-frame.

    Comment by ezzah — January 27, 2012 @ 3:24 am | Reply

    • Hello Ezza thank you for your comment. This is a very high band and it is a pity that you keep missing it. I think the best thing is for us to have a chat on Skype then I can see what it is that is stopping you from getting the 8.0. I’ll email you:-)

      Comment by rliberni — January 27, 2012 @ 7:08 pm | Reply

      • Hi Ezza I thought there was an email address here for you but I don’t see one. If you would like to have a chat on Skype about your exam then email me – berni.wall@language-tuition.co.uk

        Comment by rliberni — January 27, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

  22. Hi, I wrote Ielts exam on January, i got 5 bands but i want 6.5 bands for my higher study. I got less marks in all sessions, i want to improve my self can you please suggest me to improve my score and i have less time.

    Comment by kali — March 15, 2012 @ 10:59 am | Reply

    • Hello Kali, Thank you for your comment. With th right focus and Engish practice you can move your band. I think the best thing is for me to send you an email aboout some steps you can take and how I may be able to help you.

      Comment by rliberni — March 15, 2012 @ 11:49 am | Reply

  23. Slaam! All the tips are awesome! I’ve very short time for the test and i’m trying my best but reading seems to me a tension headache:( and i also need a native speaker to improve my speaking:p

    Comment by Javeria — April 19, 2012 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Javeria, I think we are due to speak soon so we can go through some of these ‘headaches’ in our call 🙂

      Comment by rliberni — April 19, 2012 @ 10:08 pm | Reply

  24. Hi,Really thanks a lot you provided me 10 tips related with ilets exam which are very helpfull in preparing itlets ,i wish you will give more tips for exam,thanks again,Have a good day bye:)

    Comment by Dr.Abdul Majeed — April 19, 2012 @ 7:27 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Dr Abdul. If you sign up to Gapfillers then you will be offered a Skype consulation to discuss your IELTS. It might be helpful.

      Comment by rliberni — April 19, 2012 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

  25. Kindly Sir send me more usefull tips so that i must have to get 7 bands,acctualy i am MBBS holder degree and now i have to 7 or more than 7 bands for master degree ,And my skypee is dr.abdulmajeedkhanswati ,add me plz,Have a good day bye

    Comment by Dr.Abdul Majeed — April 20, 2012 @ 12:45 am | Reply

  26. hello there admin am very excited to get my IELTS result .only 2 days to go …….am requesting to you please pray for me as if i get my desire score
    here is my skypee id (saiful-4381) if you do care please add me at your skype

    Comment by saiful islam — April 25, 2012 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

    • I really hope that you get the score you want! Fingers crossed. Let me know 🙂

      Comment by rliberni — April 25, 2012 @ 7:04 pm | Reply

  27. hello i m tehmina,last time i appered in the ielts general training test,and i got 4.5 band i need band in each module,what i do,i so much upset,plzx help me in this regard

    Comment by tehmina — May 11, 2012 @ 5:36 am | Reply

    • Dear tehmina thank you for your coment. You do not say what band you need in each module. I think it is probably best for you to find an IELTS course to follow with a teacher (not just a course book or test book).

      Comment by rliberni — May 11, 2012 @ 9:29 am | Reply

  28. Hi Berni. I have written ielts twice and have achieved scores for listening – 6, reading- 5.5 and 4.5 and writng 6.5 both times. My speaking I achieved 8.5 and 8. How can I achieve scores of 7 and above in the reading, listening and writing?

    Comment by VEDHNA — May 13, 2012 @ 5:02 pm | Reply

    • Hello Vedhna,
      Without speaking to you and finding out what the problems are it is difficult to advise. Your speaking is obviously way ahead of your other skills which suggests that you are not preparing well for the other parts of the test. Again just going through the test again and again is not the best way to prepare. You need to get your listening, reading and writing up to a good level before you start to do test practice.

      Comment by rliberni — June 6, 2012 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

  29. hi,m anil,last time i appeared in the ielts for academic module but unfortunately i got 5.0 overall which wasn’t enough good for me.I wanted to get 6.5 or moreover for my further abroad studies.I’m appearing for ielts test again.I have got limited time for the preparation.So m expecting some more improving tips to get good bands from you and request you to kindly help me.Looking forward for your +ve response in this limited time..Have a good day 😀

    Comment by Anil Gurung — May 19, 2012 @ 5:20 am | Reply

  30. hi, my name is thammawit.
    I took the test for 5 times in America,my traget is 7.0 I got 6.0,6.0,6.0,6.0,6.5 overall. espectcially my reading I got 6.0 5.0 5.0 5.5 5.5. see!!! there is nothing improve. I ‘m so frustratated because I read everyday but when it comes to test, I didn’t do well on the test.
    In comparison to the first time and last time, every part is better, excepts reading. sometime, I felt give up to my reading because this part drags overall down. I have recorded my scores and how long it takes, For example, my listening from 5.0-6.5 it took about 7 months as has my writing from 5.5-7.0 and speaking from 5.0-6.5 but reading did’t improve . I think I probably go back my country to take the test, maybe it is easier. Sorry, I don’t mean to say negatively but I hope you understand my situation.

    Comment by thammawitz — May 23, 2012 @ 5:54 am | Reply

    • give me some tips about reading please…..

      Comment by thammawitz — May 23, 2012 @ 6:18 am | Reply

      • Dear Thammawitz,
        I can understand your frustration especially as you are in the US. Let me ask you a question how much English do you actually use every day? YOu say that you are studying hard and I don’t doubt that but how much are you getting out into the street and actually using English because believe me this is the best way to improve your English skills. The more you use them in the real world the better they will become. I think you are seeing the IELTS right now as a big burden. I suggest you put away all your IELTS books and just concentrate on using your English to speak, listen, read etc.. When you say you don’t need to be intelligent I think you mean you don’t need to be clever. I think you don’t need to be clever to learn a language but you DO need intelligence to use it for reading and writing.
        If nothing is improving then your preparation is not helping you at all. You need to address why you are not getting better scores, what is lacking in your English that stops you from getting the result you want. When you study for 3 or 4 hours per day I wonder what you are doing exactly. There is a chance that everything has fossilised because you are into the habit of test practice followed by taking a test followed by more test practice etc.. Can you see that this is taking you around in circles and you HAVE to break this cycle.

        Comment by rliberni — June 6, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

      • There seems to be a lot of frustration with IELTS here. Two things are often the cause – trying to take the exam and get a score that doesn’t tally with your English language level and not making your preaparation and practice focused enough on the things that you personally need to address. Just going through tests will not do this there has to be much more than that!!

        If you want to contact me for more information please do at: berni.wall@language-tuition.co.uk

        Comment by rliberni — June 6, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

  31. Hello, first of all thanks a lor for your highly apprecited efforts helping test takers to reach and get the bands the are looking for;
    I need to get 6 in all bands I did the exam twice and got on first time (7 S, L 6.5, R 5, W 5) the second time I got (5.5 S, 6.5 L, 5.5 W, 5 R)
    can you help please.

    Comment by Belal — June 5, 2012 @ 12:49 pm | Reply

    • I find that there are two things that stop people from getting what they want in IELTS. The first and most important is that their own English language level is NOT in alignment with the band score that is desired. This is a test of English you need to have really good English skills. Secondly, preparation and practice is not focused on the areas that need improvment. Many people just keep going through test practice after test practice without looking at the specific areas that need improving. When you want to develop skills it’s important that you practice the things that are holding you back and not just keep doing everything every day.

      Comment by rliberni — June 6, 2012 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

  32. its very good tips. i m from bangladesh.if i wrote task 2 can u check me my writing. what type of mistaking i m doing.please

    Comment by noyrin akther — June 8, 2012 @ 5:23 pm | Reply

    • Hello Noyrin,
      Thank you for your comment. I am happy you found the article useful. It is possible to send writing from my online English site Gapfillers there is a small charge for this. We will correct the writing thoroughly and give you a possible band score and suggestions on how you can improve.

      Comment by rliberni — June 8, 2012 @ 5:27 pm | Reply

  33. dear mam i am a graduate in nursing,i wrote the ielts on may 26th for the first time i got l-8,r-8,s-7,w-6.my problem as u could see is writing.could u pls help me to tackle ielts writing,and help me get atleast individual 7score.

    Comment by praveen.p — June 12, 2012 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

    • The only way to improve writing is to do it and get it checked. Also less is more if you write 3 essays all at once the chances are that they will have the same errors. You need to know what you have to do to improve and it is very hard to assess your own writing effectively. My advice is to have an IELTS teacher check it for you and tell you what to do and what not to do to improve.

      Comment by rliberni — June 12, 2012 @ 5:04 pm | Reply

  34. dear mam, sorry before if My english is not good enough.
    I have participated on TOEFL test, what is the main difference between TOEFL and IELTS?

    How to force my score on “at least” 6.5 in a “non-english used” country like mine (Indonesia).
    Best Regards

    Comment by Adiw We — June 21, 2012 @ 5:22 am | Reply

    • Terima kasih atas pertanyaan ini!! There are many differences in the tests themselves but the similarity is that they are both exams that you can use to study or move overseas. I used to live in Medan many years ago and unless things have changed, I think there are some opportunities to practice English and prepare for IELTS. Firstly, I hope you read the Jakarta Post. Try and read it regularly. Use websites like the BBC to get podcasts for listening practice (don’t rely on movies alone they are too visual though fine also). Get speaking practice if you join my site you can find study partener to speak on Skype with (http://www.gapfillers.co.uk). That leaves writing practice try finding a site where you can ‘publish’ your writing or get people to comment on your blog etc.. As you approach the exam then you will need to have your writing checked to make sure that it is at the band level you want. The difference between getting a good score and not is your overall English level which should be in alignment with the score that you want and your abilty to apply your English well to the tasks.

      Comment by rliberni — June 27, 2012 @ 6:37 pm | Reply

  35. hi i want if is ok for band 3 for spouse to get a visa or i have to do more please help thank you

    Comment by abbassy — June 27, 2012 @ 12:10 am | Reply

    • Hi Abbassy as far as I know different countries have differnt ways of deciding on which band scores they require for visas and you will need to contact the relevant consulate or embassy to find out. I have come across many different requirements even for the same country.

      Comment by rliberni — June 27, 2012 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  36. hi
    thank you .sorry for my week english but I have a big problem and I want your opinion please help me …… I live nowin Perth and I want to take this exam(IELTS) to complete my study , I have just 3 month to study an take the exam .but I feel bad and I want to back to my home and the life here is very expensive what can I do ? back to my city and start to study english very well more than 8 houre in the day or stay here in Perth to learn more ………………………………………………. actually Im not relaxing in Perth please help me to take a decesion please help me
    really I want to thank you a gain

    Comment by Mai — July 6, 2012 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

    • Dear Mai this is a difficult choice and one you have to make yourself. I wonder why you are not happy there have you made friends? I know what it is like to be far from home (I lived for a long tinme in Indonesia going there whe I was 21) but you need to decide what your dream is and follow it. You will learn much more English in Perth and IELTS is a test of English so from that point of view it will be easier in Perth do do this as long as you get out and about and use your English to improve it.

      On the other hand if you are very homesick then it will affect your study I’m sure. Perhaps you can speak to someone about this your tutror or a friend maybe.

      Comment by rliberni — July 7, 2012 @ 7:22 am | Reply

  37. I took my exam on June 30 ,I’m waiting for the result. I have to get overall band score of 6 but not less than 5 in each module, is that easy to get get. I am eagerly waiting for my result on July 13.

    Comment by kalidas — July 11, 2012 @ 9:56 am | Reply

  38. i want to know how to score well in reading

    Comment by ramdass — July 21, 2012 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

  39. I m agree with u because thts a good oppurtunities for everyone

    Comment by lakhwinder singh — July 24, 2012 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  40. Hi kris here i want to know how to increase my score because i got 5 band ( L5.5- W4.5-R 4.5 S 5.5)

    Comment by krishankumar — August 17, 2012 @ 4:39 am | Reply

    • Hi kris sorry to be so long in replying. You don’t say what band you are looking for but in every case the key to improving scores is improving your English. Get out and practise. Find friends who will speak with you or find online speaking partners (you can do this on my site Gapfillers) use the internet to listen to podcasts, news programmes etc.. get someone to help you with your writing (on Gapfillers you can write and get others to comment on your work or send us your writing for a small fee to correct). Once you are confident about your English skills then the IELTS will not be a big hurdle.

      Comment by rliberni — August 18, 2012 @ 8:47 am | Reply

  41. Hi Madam

    I am Suby. I appeared for IELTS thrice and and my score is overall 7,7.5 &7. But in writing module I scored only 6. Will u please advice me to get 7 in writing. what to do for getting 7 score

    Comment by Suby Mathews — August 18, 2012 @ 7:21 am | Reply

  42. will u please suggest for a tutor for getting 7 score in writing module

    Comment by Suby Mathews — August 18, 2012 @ 8:26 am | Reply

    • Hi Suby and thank you for your comment. Writing is the test that most people struggle with so you are not alone. Basically it takes time to improve and also if you don’t get your writing checked you are in danger of learning and reinforcing mistakes. Your other scores are really good so there is something going on here which needs diagnosing. I’ll email you and then you can tell me more.

      Comment by rliberni — August 18, 2012 @ 8:41 am | Reply

  43. Respected sir/madam I need six bands but obtained only five I really work hard please tell. Me tha technique to obtain my goal

    Comment by Drkirpalsingh — August 24, 2012 @ 2:41 pm | Reply

    • Dr. Kirpal thank you for your comment. It is very frustrating when you work very hard and don’t get the result that you really want (or indeed deserve from all the hard work). Sometimes it’s because your language skills are not aligned with the desired band score and other times it’s because you don’t have all the techniques you need to really master the parts of the test. I am about to launch a progra,mme that will address both of these. I’ll send you more information via email.

      Comment by rliberni — August 27, 2012 @ 4:27 pm | Reply

  44. hello sir……..i have joined ielts class but its far away from my home so i am going there 3days in a week.So will u please suggest me for improving my writting and speaking…

    Comment by sanjna verma — September 5, 2012 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

    • Dear Sanjina the key thing is to keep practising in-between your lessons. I am sure that your teacher will give you homework so do this and then if you have more free time you can use this to do more English practice. For writing you need to get your teacher to check it regularly and then learn from the mistakes you make. Also look at model essays at the band you want and try to pick out good phrases and words from these to use yourself. Find a Skype speaking buddy (you can do this in Gapfillers) and speak as often as you can practising the test but also talking about various topics and the things you are interested in.

      Comment by rliberni — September 10, 2012 @ 8:18 am | Reply

  45. Hi,
    I’m so nice to see you bz I feel I’m a loser before I read your golden tips.I’m weaker in english.I’m feel so shy to tell you my story.I’ve prepared IELTS exam 3time but my score is very low that was 4.5,5,5.The latest exam I was really & really very hardworking to become success but it gone with the wind.I so afraid to prepare next time.After I got your tips for IELTS,I’ve decided I do it again with your tips.thanks you very much for your help.I study on your website.please,if your have a more good advice

    Comment by Htet sy yee — September 11, 2012 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

    • II wanna know your top golden tips more.I need 6 or 7band score for my university life.I really &really need your help bz I don’t know what should I do.sometime I always cry when I saw my brand score

      Comment by Htet sy yee — September 11, 2012 @ 5:30 pm | Reply

  46. i am going to give my test bt still i need do more pratice.can u tell me easy way so i can get 7 score pls.

    Comment by patelmital — September 12, 2012 @ 7:43 pm | Reply

    • There is no easy way I’m afraid. Good English skills and good preparation are the keys.

      Comment by rliberni — September 12, 2012 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

  47. Hi All, Please make sure to set a higher score in mind than the actual requirements of yours and strive for it. Please practice as if this is the last chance for you. I myself scored 7.6 (with 9 in reading and 8.5 in listening) but can’t get a good score in writing which ruined my future plans.

    Understand your week areas from the four modules and put extra focus on the Feeblest one as that alone can turn you upside down.

    Stay Happy 🙂

    Comment by Tahir — September 13, 2012 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

    • Thank yiu for this encouragemnet Tahir. You are quite right aim higher than you need that way you have room to ‘fall’ and who knows you might get the higher score. Congratulations on amazing scores. The writing is the one that scuppers everyone it seems. It’s not easy to write well and it takes a lot of dedicated practice. The two things to remember are firstly make sure that someone who knows what they are doing checks it and don’t be in a hurry with writing – slow and steady.

      Comment by rliberni — September 13, 2012 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  48. Dear Sir,
    I am doing IELTS 2 times and again and again, I got 5 Band. Now at this time, My Target of IELTS band is 6. Can you please tell me how can it possible. I have a problem in reading module.

    Comment by kashif mahmood — October 1, 2012 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

    • Dear Kashif
      thank you for your comment and question which is a great one and one that I am asked over and over.
      The only magic key to IELTS is your English level. Maybe you are concentrating too much on your IELTS practice and not enough on getting your English better. Get as much speaking and listening practice as you can and for reading you need to develop techniques that will help you to get the correct answers quickly.

      Sign up to my English learning site and you will receive information on how to improve your IELTS score –http://www.gapfillers.com

      You need patience to improve and really focused practice.


      Comment by rliberni — October 26, 2012 @ 9:58 am | Reply

  49. Hi,

    I have completed the ielts practise material provided. I scored a band in between 6.5 to 7 in all the 5 tests available in reading. I am not sure how to work on my reading skills because this is exactrly where I am lagging. I need a band 8 and my exam is on 17th nov 2012. Please advise.

    Comment by tashi — October 15, 2012 @ 5:36 am | Reply

    • Dear Tashi,

      Band 8 is not easy to get but is possible if your English is at the right level and you focus your practice on the areas that you need to improve and don’t just go practice the tests. There are many strategies and techniques for reading which you can practise and these will help you to get more speed and accuracy into your IELTS Reading.

      I have more information about this on my site http://www.gapfillers.com

      Comment by rliberni — October 26, 2012 @ 10:02 am | Reply

  50. hi tthis is shoukat ali, i need to know more about ielts,i want vedios ,becaz youtube is band in our country so any of you all can plz inbox me vedios related ielts speaking,listning,writing,etc
    i would be very thankful to you for that….i have to take the test on 8 december…so please help me to score at least 7 in all,i need to avail scholarship…..thanx alot

    Comment by shoukat sheikh — October 20, 2012 @ 5:14 am | Reply

    • DEar Shoukat,

      Thank you for your comment. I am sorry that you are unable to get YouTube videos and yes I have put some here on my blog. I do have some non-YouTube videos on my site Gapfillers. You will get access to a free one (join the IELTS Network on the site to access this) when you sign up (sign up is free) and then there are some to purchase and other tips and hints for IELTS too.

      I haven’t looked myself but you could also try Vimeo for videos


      Comment by rliberni — October 26, 2012 @ 11:02 am | Reply

  51. plz provide me ilets material so i need 7 band score.

    Comment by sarjeet — December 21, 2012 @ 9:21 am | Reply

    • Hi Sarjeet I don’t provide IELTS test material I don’t beleive that this is the best way to prepare. What I do do is to deliver one to one and group training online and provide content that will really help you to improve your skills and IELTS performance via my site Gapfillers

      Comment by rliberni — January 21, 2013 @ 5:50 pm | Reply

  52. more than 5 times my IELTS score remained unchanged i.e. 5.5 (R4.5, L5.5, W6,S6), but I don’t know how to improve it.I need good score for Canadian FSW category.

    Comment by Arif — December 31, 2012 @ 7:05 am | Reply

    • Are you still preparing in the same way for each exam you take? If so then it is likely that yiou will continue to get the same result. It is only by moving forwards and doing things differently that you will improve your skills. The best thing is to get help and support from an IELTS teacher who can assess the problems and give you solutions.

      You don’t say what score you need but if you want bands 7 then you need to take a new approach.
      If you want to contact me (berni.wall@language-tuition.co.uk) I can see what support I may be able to give.

      Comment by rliberni — January 21, 2013 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

  53. I got only 5.5 in IELTS exam. Plz give me Important tips to get 6.0 score in IElTS jeneral. I would wounder if u supported me to get 6.0 in IELTS in exam,this is my 4 th exam.this jan 12 my exam is there.can u give me some tips

    Comment by sunil — January 6, 2013 @ 11:58 am | Reply

    • Hi Sunil sorry I’ve only just got this and I think you have alreday done your exam. To be honest it takes time to improve. I hope that you had a good result. If it wasn’t what you wanted then contact me and I’ll see what support I can give.

      Comment by rliberni — January 21, 2013 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  54. Hi dear ,
    Just read ur blog .. Tips to impr0ve in IELTS..
    I have given my 4th attempt this saturday on 19th jan..
    Am depress 😦
    My writing n reading part of the test are weak… In my 3rd attempt i got 8 in listening , 7 in reading , 6.5 in writing , 7 in speaking n overall 7 band but not passing enough for GMC.
    This time.. I was so scared that i dont knw what i did!
    Am not a failure or neither have i lose hope but its just that i cant take it anymore…
    Everytime 0.5 is less in reading or writing …
    Help me…!
    I am expecting my result after 11 days now n am having these nightmares that i will fail again in getting the required band !
    What should i do ??

    Comment by Mariam mir — January 21, 2013 @ 4:25 pm | Reply

    • Dear Mariam,

      Thank you for your comment. Firstly, don’t be depressed – with such good results in the other parts of the exam you can do this but need some support and some focus. The truth is that the more you sit for the exam the more fearful you will feel – this is natural. It is also quite common for the reading and writing to be the papers that give the most trouble as they require help (have you ever had your writing checked? If not then it is not easy to improve). The reading is a matter of adopting certain strategies and processes that will make sure you get the right answers in the first instance and get them quickly in the second. The good news is that once you know these strategies with practice you can overcome these issues.

      I suggest that you wait for your result and see how you get on. If the result is not what you want then perhaps we can have a conversation and see if I can help you with this?

      Comment by rliberni — January 21, 2013 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

  55. hi, my name is shivani gajjar.i am basically belongs to india.sir,i am preparing for my last graduation exam. and I want to give exam of IELTS.my last year exam and IELTS exam both will be come together.i required 6.5 band in each module.i already given exam in 2009.but now I have to give second time.i got 5.5 band overall.what thing I do to get 6.5 band? I have problem in writing and reading.in writing sation I goes out of the topic. and I have to give general..please help me what process I should follow?plz guide me.i m waiting for yr reply…

    Comment by shivanigajjar — February 3, 2013 @ 10:12 am | Reply

    • Shivanigajjar,Thank you for your comment. The best way to improve your IELTS score is to work on your English and then practice what you need for the test. Make sure that you get enough exposure to speaking and listening (you can do this online) and read newspapers to help with vocabulary and information on the topics. Writing improves best when you work with a teacher who can correct and advise you – it is very difficult to do this by yourself. I suggest that you take a dedicated IELTS course or find a teacher who can help you to improve your score. If your last exam was 2009 then you will need to make sure that your English level hasn’t dropped since then – as I’m sure you know if you are not using a language you can easily forget things and the level will drop.

      Comment by rliberni — February 6, 2013 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

  56. hello sir, i am sudip from nepal. i am trying to do best from my side in ielts and i desire to get overall 6.5 and not below 6 in each section. i fell , i am weak in reading than other section, what can i do? please make me clear…

    Comment by sudip bhusal — February 12, 2013 @ 3:19 pm | Reply

    • Hi Sudip thank you for your comment. Firstly you should make sure that your English in all areas (reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary) is at the right level to get the 6.5. If it is then you will not struggle in the exam. So keep improving your English skills. The second thing is to make sure that you know the strategies you need to improve and get the band you want – this is especially true in reading as you have a lot of questions and little time. You need to know and practice these strategies. Unless you practise them you will not be able to do them quickly and that is key to getting a good score.

      Comment by rliberni — February 15, 2013 @ 5:13 pm | Reply

  57. good to learn and easy to learn

    Comment by munibkiani — February 17, 2013 @ 4:44 pm | Reply

    • thank you for your comment munibkiani, I hope you find them useful 🙂

      Comment by rliberni — February 21, 2013 @ 11:54 am | Reply

  58. Thank u for the tips that u have told to all the ielts students and these tips are very useful to score good band.As i am preparing for ielts for first time i need to score 7 band. Is it possible to score.And provide me some additional tips

    Comment by ALLAM.RAJA SESIDHAR REDDY — February 18, 2013 @ 9:22 am | Reply

    • Hello Allam thank you for your comment. I am glad that you have found these useful. I would say in addition that the best tip is to find out where you get your lowest scores both in which paper and also in which type of exercises and concentrate on improving these. Also get an IELTS teacher to check your writing – this is critical to improving your writing skills.
      If you want to sign up to Gapfillers (you can do this for free) you can get more tips there in our monthly newsletters and also receive a ‘word of the day’ all of which are suitable for IELTS speaking. http://www.gapfillers.com

      Comment by rliberni — February 21, 2013 @ 11:54 am | Reply

  59. I need to improve my reading and writing skill

    Comment by Hemal — February 27, 2013 @ 11:11 am | Reply

    • Thank you for your comment Hemal. If you want to sign up to my site Gapfillers (you can do this for free) we have a newsletter which gives you advice on these things and a word of the day every day. I also run programmes for all ielts skills from the site from time to time.
      Your writing should really be checked in order to improve and reading can be improved with the right strategies and practice.

      Comment by rliberni — February 27, 2013 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

  60. pls help me … Send me modules, tips for IELTS and every day 10 vecabularies. My mail id

    Comment by kunhimuhammed — February 28, 2013 @ 6:24 pm | Reply

  61. I have already appeared in ielts exam. I got 5.5 bands in reading and writing respectively. And 6.5 bands in speaking and listening modules overall 6.5. Kindly tell me the way to achive 7+ bands in ielts.

    Comment by Akash sharma — March 15, 2013 @ 9:36 am | Reply

    • Thank you Akash for your comment. I can certainly help you to do this. The other posts here will give you extra help in improving your score.

      Or why not sign up to my site Gapfillers you will get access to my free video and a newsletter with tips and advice for IELTS at band 7 and 8. You can sign up for free.

      Comment by rliberni — March 15, 2013 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

  62. This post has really motivated me. Certainly one of the best tips I have come across so far.. Hopefully more posts as such will be continuing even in future.. 🙂

    I am planning to appear for my IELTS and TOEFL exams this year for the first time and I am not taking any additional coaching as the centers nearby aren’t good, as far as I’ve heard, and too pricey. Moreover, I am appearing for my Boards this term too. So I was hoping I would get the required coaching from you. Will gapfillers, your e-learning site, be enough to prepare me for the exams or shall I need to take up some additional coaching too? Just so you know, I am also practising online these days on my own from the sites available.

    Comment by Lyimee — March 22, 2013 @ 5:15 pm | Reply

    • Hi Lyimee
      Thank you for your comment and I’m pleased that you have found the comments of use. Gapfillers offers lots of language training at the right level for high bands IELTS students. There are also dedicated IELTS training programmes and coaching available from the Gapfillers site with me. I see that you have signed up so I hope that we can be in touch quite soon 🙂

      I apologise that I haven’t written anything here for some time, I have been concentrating on my IELTS training work and also face to face training. I have more posts to add – soon I hope 🙂

      Comment by rliberni — March 27, 2013 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

  63. Wow, a great post full of useful tips for all students, whether doing the IELTS or not. I have also found that many learners don’t use/ don’t know how to use functional language. http://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/functional-language.htm
    Their speaking seems a little bare as a result. Perhaps another thing I try to help them with is using a variety of linkers. http://www.english-at-home.com/grammar/linking-words/

    Comment by how to improve english speaking — March 27, 2013 @ 10:40 am | Reply

  64. […] 10 top tips for improving IELTS Scores | Rliberni’s Blog – Radical … – Having done a lot of work with IELTS students (in fact eons ago I administered the Davies Test which was a pre-cursor of IELTS!!) I felt it might be useful to pass on a few ideas I give my own students who are preparing for this test. In the next 3 posts I plan to give an overview of the way to approach the tests and then look in more detail at Reading and Writing and then Speaking and Listening. Most of the students I work with need to achieve a band score of 7 or 8 and in some cases they require a band 7 in each part of the test. […]

    Pingback by How to improve English speaking - basic practice - How to Improve English Speaking | How to Improve English Speaking — March 28, 2013 @ 6:03 am | Reply

  65. Salam am shamsuddin New here and wana improve ma ielts band score from 4.5to 6.5 or 6 so can any one tell me how it’s possible

    Comment by Shamsuddin — April 11, 2013 @ 9:04 am | Reply

    • HI Shamsuddin thank you for your comment.
      Firstly imporve your overall English level – do lots of general English parctice in readung, listening speaking, grammar and vocabulary. Also practice IELTS material but don’t just go through the test – practice different types of exercise to train yourself for the test there are lots online and in the IELTS books.

      Comment by rliberni — May 7, 2013 @ 6:13 pm | Reply

  66. Hlo i m taran..Pls give me sm suggestions about the ielts in reading..

    Comment by Taran thiara — April 11, 2013 @ 12:38 pm | Reply

    • hi Taran,
      Reading tips should be applied, while doing practice IELTS test once have to concentrate on the mistakes.
      Once you find the mistakes then please check on it rather its a mistake because of applied reading technique. If that’s the case then change
      your technique and try again unless you find a best suitable technique for you.

      Comment by Kashif — April 25, 2013 @ 11:03 pm | Reply

      • Kashif Hi and thank you for your advice to Taran.
        The key with reading in my experience is NOT to get the timing right (that will automatically follow) but to get the answers right however long it takes. Once you can go straight to the answer then it makes sense that the timing will no longer be an issue. The main strategy to master is that of identifying key words in the question and then matching these with the location in the text. However, this is not the end of the process – once you have found the right place then by sticking to your key words (and not being seduced by other words in the text) you should be able to pick out exactly what you need for your answer.

        The final step is to make sure that your chosen answer fits grammatically (where you have a gap-fill or short-word answer) or is the best possible fit for other question types.

        In my work with students on reading 99/100 mistakes are made by abandoning the key words or by not reading the question carefully enough (not scrutinising negative sentences well, misreading words, ignoring prefixes and suffixes etc..).

        I hope that this helps


        Comment by rliberni — May 7, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    • Hello Taran thank you for your comment. I have written some tips on reading above. I hope they will help you.


      Comment by rliberni — May 7, 2013 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

  67. i had score of 6.5, 6.5, 6.5 in listening, reading, speaking while in writing it was 7.
    Thought i want to prepare for 7 Each.
    Any advise regarding the higher score or to full fill my gap of 0.5 will be appreciated.

    Comment by Kashif — April 25, 2013 @ 10:56 pm | Reply

  68. Hi Dear
    I am living in an English speaking country for nearly four years. I do not know how to improve my ielts score from 6,5 to 7. Actually I need 7 in each sections. I am going to English language courses I means advance level from 9 am until 1 pm and then to ielts preparation course from 2 pm to 3.30 pm. When I come home again do some reading, listing and writing practice. But I am stuck with 6 in writing and 6 or 6,5 in reading.
    Could you help me please.

    Comment by Mensrain — December 27, 2013 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  69. hello,
    its me bikram i have grammatical problem while speaking and also have a kind of fear during speaking.What will be their solution?

    Comment by Budhathoki Bikram — March 9, 2014 @ 5:03 pm | Reply

  70. Dear Berni,
    I have done nursing from my country. Now am living in UK from last 4 years. Actually I need 7 band in each module in academic ielts for my registration. I gave ielts last year I got 5:5 band without any preparation . I am really upset what should I do.plz help me . My writing is very poor.plz give me advice.
    Kind regards

    Comment by Charnjit — March 18, 2014 @ 6:10 pm | Reply

    • HI Charnjit,
      I meet many students with this profile. You can get through this you just need to know the right way to move forward. Email me berni.wall@langage-tuition.co.uk and I can give you a fuller answer.

      Comment by rliberni — March 19, 2014 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

  71. Great work..
    Thank you so much.

    Comment by Catherine Roberts — April 5, 2016 @ 9:03 am | Reply

  72. Is it ‘practise A little….’
    Or ‘practise little’


    Comment by Mrs.a — September 30, 2016 @ 12:56 am | Reply

  73. This is a great question!! a little means some but little means hardly anything so effectively none – this comes up a lot in IELTS reading and listening. Having said that, the phrase you allude to here is actually an idiom ‘little and often’ it means it’s better to do a little bit of practice every day than several hours now and again.

    Comment by rliberni — September 30, 2016 @ 8:57 am | Reply

  74. hi am keziya.i have already attended the ielts and got score 6.so i would like to write the test once more .can u help me with ur tips.

    Comment by keziya — May 5, 2017 @ 7:37 am | Reply

  75. I also want to know how to score good in reading and writing.

    Comment by keziya — May 5, 2017 @ 7:39 am | Reply

    • Hello Keziya, thank you for your comment. It would be good to understand more about the score you received so that I can analyse what is going on. I’ll email you.
      In the meantime you can find more toips, advice and information on my website http://www.ieltslearningtips.com

      Comment by rliberni — May 5, 2017 @ 9:45 am | Reply

  76. Hi,

    I appeared for IELTS last year and got the below score –

    Writing -7, Listening -7.5, Reading – 8.5 and Speaking -7.5

    Can you suggest me something so that I get 8 or above band in all the fields.
    I am planning to give IELTS again in August 2017 itself.

    Comment by Khushboo — July 31, 2017 @ 6:06 am | Reply

    • Hello Kushboo,

      First of all congratulations on such amazing scores! The most important this, if you haven’t done this already, is to get your writing checked over by an IELTS expert. To be honest achieving band 8 in everything is very difficult and you have to be able to get everything correct most of the time in your practice. For speaking work on pronunciation as this is corrected and can hold you back if your accent is very pronounced and in listening the more you practice the better this should become – but practice things that are harder than IELTS too. To be sure of your bands you have to go beyond them. I am happy to speak to you about this. You can make an appointment here: https://englishlanguagetraining.youcanbook.me/

      Comment by rliberni — July 31, 2017 @ 8:05 am | Reply

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