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  Topic ID 245
June 10, 2012
8:59 am
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After months of practising my results in writing are worse (2 tests in a row)
than when i first took the test without any preparation. Frustrating.
I did improve in reading and listening, i never practised either. No idea what to do really.

June 10, 2012
10:22 am
writefix
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Sorry to hear that, Katiss.

Maybe it's time to take a break for a month or so. Keep up the reading and listening but work on your own style in writing. I know it's possible to overtrain in sport – perhaps you need to just step back, forget about other people's writing suggestions for a while, and then work on your own style.

Any idea what might have happened in Task 1/Task 2?  You are looking for a Band 8, right?

Have you considered doing the exam in a different center?

June 28, 2012
7:13 pm
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Hi Enda,

I've just received my results. Unfortunately, I cannot meet my goal this time.

Here is my score :

Listening: 6.5 :(           

Reading:8.0                

Writing: 7.5                             

Speaking: 7.0              

Overall:7.5

 

My average score is fine. But this time I got a very low score in listening. This was the fourth time I took the test in Australia, and I got 7.5 in listening in the last three times. 

Whenever I want to improve one skills, I get low score in others. 

I'll have to take another test around 2 or 3 weeks later.

By the way, thanks a lot for your help in writing. I really learn a lot from your website!

June 29, 2012
9:23 pm
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June 13, 2012
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Hi, folks, long time no see.

Ali and Tommy, you guys got impressive scores. I've been hitting the books recently. I'm going to take IELTS on July 7th. It's only a week away, I need to work harder.

July 3, 2012
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HI guys,

I'm quite new here.Still practising and do necessary things to make it work this time.I'm really weak on writing.Can u [email protected] Writefix give some tips on writing part 1 please…..thanks.

July 13, 2012
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Dear mr. Enda

I want  to express my appreciation of your guidence. Today I got my IELTS result.

1st  10-March-2012  Speaking: 6.5          Listening : 7       Reading : 6          Writing : 5      Overall: 6

2nd 30-June-2012    Speaking: 6             Listening : 7       Reading : 7          Writing : 6      Overall: 6.5

 

I could improve my writing just by this useful website. Your website is so helpful and student can find a lot of information from it.

July 13, 2012
5:26 pm
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Hi Pedram_vaziry

That's great news! Congrats on the big jump in reading and writing. Many people fail to improve by a whole band even in 10 weeks full time study so that's a big improvement. And don't worry about the speaking -  a half a grade fluctuation between test here or there is normal.

I hope that grade is enough for what you need and I hope you tell some others to drop by!

Many thanks and best wishes.

July 14, 2012
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I made it by your help. actually I owe you for guiding me how to write. you spend a lot of time to help others.

I think I can launch my visa process with this score but maybe in future I need 7 in each band. So I will be back after some relaxation.

thank you so much.

July 16, 2012
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Dear everyone,

 

Apparently, my English skills much weaker than u guys, I just achieved band 6 in the latest examination.

 

Writing part just 5.5, I reaaaaly worry about that and since I took this text I was too neverous to calm down.

 

I will take my second one a month later.

 

Here's my score

 

Speaking: 6

 

Writing: 5.5

 

Reading: 6.5

 

Listening: 6.5

July 19, 2012
4:26 pm
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 Good luck, guys

July 21, 2012
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Hi
I have got my result of IELTS exam
R 7.5 L 7.5 W 6 S 7 O 7
3 years ago my score was
R 8.5 L 7 W 6 S 6 O 7
I was targeting 7 on each band. Writing has been my weakness since beginning and I need lots of improvemts in writing.

July 21, 2012
10:49 pm
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Hi Ramesh

Thanks for posting your results. Very good scores!

I notice your reading went down but your listening went up –  odd!

You must have been in a high-powered English environment three years ago- that was a really good reading score.

I think it will be relatively easy to improve your writing –  you just need to change your style a little. It might be a bigger psychological adjustment than a linguistic one, but I think you can do it.  

August 7, 2012
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Hi everyone.. Once again a disappointing result for me…

Listening :8.5 reading 8 speaking 7 writing 6.5:( overall 7.5

I needed 7 in all :(

August 7, 2012
11:13 pm
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Hi Madinarafi5

Sorry to hear that. Great scores in Listening and Reading, and 7.5 is still a good overall score, no matter what anyone thinks. 

It's OK to feel bad for a while. But I really hope you achieve what you are dreaming of!

What's your plan now? Can you write a letter to whoever is approving your application? What module or track did you do (academic or general)?

Enda

August 9, 2012
8:53 pm
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Hi, Writefix & all

I just got the result. L:5.5; R:6; W:6; S:5; Overall: 5.5

Much weaker than you guys and the Speaking result is terrible. I didn't prepare it actually, because I actually have some meetings in English regularly. But I found it's quite difficult to describe sth in Part2–I remember that when I got the topic about music, my brain was empty……so I cannot meet the 1mins I think….terrible experience….

Writefix, thanks for your help to give me the detail improvement suggestion in writing. I got a 6 in writing this time. Writing was the most anxious part for me because I was start the preparation too late. The worse thing is that during the practise, I was not able to complete the essay writing on time because I spent lots of time to input in the template then think of the supporting. Really thanks your quick response which suggest me to throw out those 'beautiful' templates and try my best to write in my own words. And then, more suggestion on my structure, gramma etc.

Now I decided to take the exam again next month. I will try my best to practise more. I need to get at lease all 6 in the exam.

Thanks all here, we did got improvement by helping each other.

August 10, 2012
8:28 am
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Hi Christyzhongs!

Thanks for posting your results. It's very helpful and motivating for other people!

Sorry that you didn't get your overall score, but I'm glad that you improved in writing. 

For the speaking, have a look at the many topics on this site for Part 2 (the part where you have to speak for 2 minutes –  that's TWO minutes, not one!), and do them against the clock.  Record yourself! It's tough for everyone. Record yourself on your mobile phone or computer. There  should be no gaps. Make sure you answer all the bullet points.

A good suggestion for Speaking Part 2 is to tell a story. Talk about someone or something that really happened. It will be much more interesting for you and the examiner, and much easier.

There are many examples of Part 2 on Google and Youtube.

Remember Part 3 is related to Part 2, so if you talk for 2 minutes about a friend in part 2, then Part 3 might be about friendship. If Part 2 is about a place you go to relax, then Part 3 might be about pressure and stress, or tourism, or leisure. 

Don't neglect any skill. Get copies of the test (I recommend the Cambridge series – book 5, 6, 7, or 8, with the CDs) and make sure you get a high score on listening.

Good luck next month and keep practising. Don't give up!

August 10, 2012
10:30 pm
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Hello Everyone,

I got  my result today. I got:

listening-7.5

reading-7.5

writing-7.5

speaking-7.0

Thank you so much Mr. Writefix for correcting my essay and teaching me how to write a good essay. your site is wonderful and really helpful. Finally at my fifth attempt i succeeded on achieving at least seven in each modules. I am so grateful to you sir and all my friends who helped me in correcting and pointing my mistakes on my essay writing.

essays (nisha)

August 10, 2012
11:31 pm
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Congratulations Nisha – that's a great score! I'm so happy to see a 7.5 there in writing! What are your plans now and where do you go?

And what was your topic in the last writing exam? Can you remember or are you celebrating too much?!

August 11, 2012
2:09 pm
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Thank you sir,

My topic was about the international tourism which I discussed with you. Now finally I got the required score and I will be giving PLAB examination for the registration over here in United Kingdom. And yes I am celebrating it……………..

Really, Thank you so much.

Essays(nisha)

August 11, 2012
8:09 pm
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Congratuations Nisha, I'm so jealous about your score.

 

I found that in this forum everybody have a high score except me. What a tragedy.

 

Anyway, I need hardworking.

 

Good luck to everybody

August 12, 2012
11:00 pm
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Hello David Lee,

Thanks. Dont worry. Keep holding on. Finally, you will get your required score if you continue your perseverance and dedication.

All the best.

Essays(nisha)

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