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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:
10 ways to increase your vocabulary
An A to Z of effective language practice
Thinking in English, how to make it happen
Here are some exercises you might like:
3D Films a news video with short questions
See if you can correct these sentences
People in Conversation Ferhat- a listening exercise
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 dont 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 (its absolutely free), (dont forget to tick the IELTS group button) and

thats 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, its your choice.
I hope to see you there
Sincerely,
Berni
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buy dsi r4 on January 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm

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.
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rliberni on January 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm

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.
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homestayuk on January 25, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Thanks, great tips as always.


Will be sharing this with our IELTS students.
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rliberni on January 26, 2010 at 7:57 am

Thank you Lorna, let me know what they think.


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SHAHID on April 2, 2010 at 12:02 pm

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.
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rliberni on April 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm

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.

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SHAHID on April 3, 2010 at 5:13 am

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
Sincerely,
Shahid
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rliberni on April 5, 2010 at 3:34 pm

I think the main things about the reading is to spend more time on analysing the questions and
propose some answers (you wont 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.
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Prasad on June 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm

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
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rliberni on June 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Dear Prasad, dont give up you have to keep trying. Have you done any of these things (in the 10tips?) 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.
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ielts on August 29, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I like your posts. Great. Keep going


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neelam on August 30, 2010 at 5:39 am

ny name is neelam .idid ielts in academic module with5.5 band.my aim is 6.5 in how many months it
possible
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rliberni on August 30, 2010 at 8:13 am

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.
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thammawitz on May 23, 2012 at 6:07 am

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
dont need to be intelligent but just study habit 3-4 hours a day and everytime you think about
somethings, you should thing in ENGLISH.
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Gunveet kainth on September 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm

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
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rliberni on September 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Thank you for your comment Gunveet. Its 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 Ill see
what I can advise.

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PrepIELTS on November 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm

these are very useful tips. i hope it helps our students. good luck everyone going to take the test!
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rliberni on November 25, 2010 at 8:13 am

Thank you for your comment and good luck too!


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preet on December 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm

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
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rliberni on December 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Hello Gundeep, can you email me? berni.wall@language-tuition.co.uk and tell me what you got in
each part and Ill see if I can help. Berni
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mohamed on April 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm

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?
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rliberni on April 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Hi Mohamed it is a good idea to keep an eye on the latest news for IELTS but as far as I know there
havent 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 its difficult to give specific advice
without knowing your experience of the exam and your current level of English.
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tiger on July 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm

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
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rliberni on July 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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.
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John on September 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

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? Its my
first time taking this test.
John
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rliberni on September 23, 2011 at 9:49 am

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.
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ejaz hussain on December 10, 2011 at 9:55 am

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


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rliberni on December 14, 2011 at 9:11 am

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.
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Ashok on January 10, 2012 at 7:55 am

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.
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rliberni on January 11, 2012 at 3:25 pm

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.
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ezzah on January 27, 2012 at 3:24 am

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.
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rliberni on January 27, 2012 at 7:08 pm

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. Ill email you:-)
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rliberni on January 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Hi Ezza I thought there was an email address here for you but I dont see one. If you would
like to have a chat on Skype about your exam then email me berni.wall@languagetuition.co.uk

kali on March 15, 2012 at 10:59 am

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.
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rliberni on March 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

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.
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Javeria on April 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Slaam! All the tips are awesome! Ive very short time for the test and im trying my best but reading
seems to me a tension headache:( and i also need a native speaker to improve my speaking:p
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rliberni on April 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Thank you Javeria, I think we are due to speak soon so we can go through some of these
headaches in our call
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Dr.Abdul Majeed on April 19, 2012 at 7:27 pm

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:)
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rliberni on April 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

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.
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Dr.Abdul Majeed on April 20, 2012 at 12:45 am

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
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saiful islam on April 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

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
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rliberni on April 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I really hope that you get the score you want! Fingers crossed. Let me know
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tehmina on May 11, 2012 at 5:36 am

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
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rliberni on May 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

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).
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VEDHNA on May 13, 2012 at 5:02 pm

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?
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rliberni on June 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm

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.
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Anil Gurung on May 19, 2012 at 5:20 am

hi,m anil,last time i appeared in the ielts for academic module but unfortunately i got 5.0 overall which
wasnt enough good for me.I wanted to get 6.5 or moreover for my further abroad studies.Im 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
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thammawitz on May 23, 2012 at 5:54 am

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 didnt 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 didt improve . I think I probably go back my country to take the test,
maybe it is easier. Sorry, I dont mean to say negatively but I hope you understand my situation.
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thammawitz on May 23, 2012 at 6:18 am

give me some tips about reading please..


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rliberni on June 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

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
dont 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 dont need to be intelligent I
think you mean you dont need to be clever. I think you dont 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.

rliberni on June 6, 2012 at 3:24 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 doesnt 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

Belal on June 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm

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.
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rliberni on June 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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 its important that you practice the things that are
holding you back and not just keep doing everything every day.
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noyrin akther on June 8, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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
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rliberni on June 8, 2012 at 5:27 pm

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.
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praveen.p on June 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm

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,w6.my problem as u could see is writing.could u pls help me to tackle ielts writing,and help me get atleast
individual 7score.
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rliberni on June 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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.
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Adiw We on June 21, 2012 at 5:22 am

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
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rliberni on June 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm

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 (dont 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.
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abbassy on June 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

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
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rliberni on June 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

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.
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Mai on July 6, 2012 at 7:49 pm

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
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rliberni on July 7, 2012 at 7:22 am

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 Im sure. Perhaps you can
speak to someone about this your tutror or a friend maybe.
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kalidas on July 11, 2012 at 9:56 am

I took my exam on June 30 ,Im 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.

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ramdass on July 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm

i want to know how to score well in reading


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lakhwinder singh on July 24, 2012 at 4:43 pm

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


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krishankumar on August 17, 2012 at 4:39 am

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)
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rliberni on August 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

Hi kris sorry to be so long in replying. You dont 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.
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Suby Mathews on August 18, 2012 at 7:21 am

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
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Suby Mathews on August 18, 2012 at 8:26 am

will u please suggest for a tutor for getting 7 score in writing module
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rliberni on August 18, 2012 at 8:41 am

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 dont 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. Ill email you and then you can tell me more.
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Drkirpalsingh on August 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Respected sir/madam I need six bands but obtained only five I really work hard please tell. Me tha
technique to obtain my goal
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rliberni on August 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Dr. Kirpal thank you for your comment. It is very frustrating when you work very hard and dont get
the result that you really want (or indeed deserve from all the hard work). Sometimes its because
your language skills are not aligned with the desired band score and other times its because you
dont 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. Ill send you more information via email.
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sanjna verma on September 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm

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
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rliberni on September 10, 2012 at 8:18 am

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.

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Htet sy yee on September 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Hi,
Im so nice to see you bz I feel Im a loser before I read your golden tips.Im weaker in english.Im feel so
shy to tell you my story.Ive 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,Ive 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
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Htet sy yee on September 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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 dont know what should I do.sometime I always cry when I saw my
brand score
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patelmital on September 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm

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.
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rliberni on September 12, 2012 at 10:19 pm

There is no easy way Im afraid. Good English skills and good preparation are the keys.
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Tahir on September 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

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 cant 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

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rliberni on September 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

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. Its 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 dont be in a hurry with writing slow and steady.
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kashif mahmood on October 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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.
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rliberni on October 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

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.
Berni
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tashi on October 15, 2012 at 5:36 am

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.
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rliberni on October 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

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 dont 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
Berni
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shoukat sheikh on October 20, 2012 at 5:14 am

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
(ali.shoukat2011@gmail.com)
i would be very thankful to you for that.i have to take the test on 8 decemberso please help me to
score at least 7 in all,i need to avail scholarship..thanx alot
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rliberni on October 26, 2012 at 11:02 am

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 havent looked myself but you could also try Vimeo for videos
Berni
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sarjeet on December 21, 2012 at 9:21 am

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


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rliberni on January 21, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Hi Sarjeet I dont provide IELTS test material I dont 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
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Arif on December 31, 2012 at 7:05 am

more than 5 times my IELTS score remained unchanged i.e. 5.5 (R4.5, L5.5, W6,S6), but I dont know
how to improve it.I need good score for Canadian FSW category.
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rliberni on January 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

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 dont 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.
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sunil on January 6, 2013 at 11:58 am

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
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rliberni on January 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Hi Sunil sorry Ive 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 wasnt what you wanted then contact
me and Ill see what support I can give.
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Mariam mir on January 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm

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 ??
Regards
Mariam
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rliberni on January 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Dear Mariam,
Thank you for your comment. Firstly, dont 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?
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shivanigajjar on February 3, 2013 at 10:12 am

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
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rliberni on February 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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 hasnt dropped since then
as Im sure you know if you are not using a language you can easily forget things and the level
will drop.
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sudip bhusal on February 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

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
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rliberni on February 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

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.
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munibkiani on February 17, 2013 at 4:44 pm

good to learn and easy to learn


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rliberni on February 21, 2013 at 11:54 am

thank you for your comment munibkiani, I hope you find them useful
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ALLAM.RAJA SESIDHAR REDDY on February 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

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
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rliberni on February 21, 2013 at 11:54 am

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
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Hemal on February 27, 2013 at 11:11 am

I need to improve my reading and writing skill


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rliberni on February 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm

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.
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kunhimuhammed on February 28, 2013 at 6:24 pm

pls help me Send me modules, tips for IELTS and every day 10 vecabularies. My mail id
avmuhaimid@gmail.com
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Akash sharma on March 15, 2013 at 9:36 am

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.
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rliberni on March 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm

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.
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Lyimee on March 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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 arent good, as far as Ive 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.
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rliberni on March 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Hi Lyimee
Thank you for your comment and Im 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 havent 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
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how to improve english speaking on March 27, 2013 at 10:40 am

Wow, a great post full of useful tips for all students, whether doing the IELTS or not. I have also found
that many learners dont use/ dont 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/
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Shamsuddin on April 11, 2013 at 9:04 am

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 its possible
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rliberni on May 7, 2013 at 6:13 pm

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 dont 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.
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Taran thiara on April 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

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

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Kashif on April 25, 2013 at 11:03 pm

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 thats the case then change
your technique and try again unless you find a best suitable technique for you.
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rliberni on May 7, 2013 at 6:09 pm

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
Berni

rliberni on May 7, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Hello Taran thank you for your comment. I have written some tips on reading above. I hope they
will help you.
Berni
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Kashif on April 25, 2013 at 10:56 pm

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.
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Mensrain on December 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

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.
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Budhathoki Bikram on March 9, 2014 at 5:03 pm

hello,
its me bikram i have grammatical problem while speaking and also have a kind of fear during
speaking.What will be their solution?
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Charnjit on March 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm

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
Charnjit
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rliberni on March 19, 2014 at 7:28 pm

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.
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Catherine Roberts on April 5, 2016 at 9:03 am

Great work..
Thank you so much.
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