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This is an inspirational story of Nure A, who took the IELTS test in September and finally, after trying for a year and a half, got Band 7 and higher in each individual skill.

In early August this year Nure wrote an email to us and sadly shared that his writing score never reached Band 7. The highest he ever got was Band 6.5 in February, and even though he practiced and practiced for 5 months after that, two exams in July showed his writing score didn’t increase – in fact, it dropped to 5.5! This was quite disturbing for Nure, especially because he didn’t understand why this happened or what was wrong with the way he writes.

To fix his problem with writing Nure bought the book IELTS Success Formula in August and studied it for a month, until September. Nure was hoping his score would increase – after all, he was following a clear set of guidelines on how to write a high-scoring IELTS response. Imagine his feeling when he got Band 7 in Listening, 8.5 in Reading, 7.5 in Speaking, but only 6 in Writing!

And then… he knew something – or should I say ‘someone’ – was wrong. After reading the book and learning how to write a great IELTS essay, after seeing high-scoring sample responses and comparing his own writing to them, Nure felt he did a better job in the exam, and that his writing was worth more than Band 6. This gave him the confidence to apply for re-marking, and indeed his score was raised from Band 6 to Band 7.

This is what Nure wrote to us after his successful re-marking:

Band 7 in IELTS“Just letting you know that I have got my 7 each in Academic Module after trying for 1.5 years. I got the following marks: Speaking 7.5, Listening 7, Reading 8.5, and Writing 7.

What is exceptional about my result is that I had the writing module remarked, which resulted in the final mark being increased from 6 to 7.

I would like to mention that I have bought a copy of your IELTS Success Formula, which helped me a lot, especially in writing. Also, the sample tasks on your website were a great help.

Hope you keep up your good work for thousands of candidates like us.”

Have you had your IELTS results re-marked? Why not email us and tell us your story.

IELTS test in Canada – November 2014 (Academic Module)

Thanks to V who took the IELTS test in Canada we can share the topics from a recent exam:

Listening testIELTS test in Canada

Section 1. On how to organise a surprise party.

Section 2. About hotels reservation.

Section 3. Two students were discussing their thesis.

Section 4. Description of a new resort and its facilities.

Reading test

Passage 1. About graffiti.

Passage 2. About a father and son’s shipping company.

Passage 3. About home advantages in baseball, soccer and ice hockey.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given three pie charts showing the production, consumption and profits in the coffee industry.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

News / Media has an influence on our life and some people think it can have a negative effect. Do you agree or disagree? Give your own opinion.

Speaking test


- What is your full name?
- Can I see your ID?
- Where are you from?
- Do you work or study?
- Where do you live now?
- Is this place safe for children?
- Can you read maps?
- How often do you use a map?
- What do you prefer, paper or electronic maps?

Cue Card

Talk about a family member with whom you like to spend time. Please say

- Who is he/she?
- Why do you like to spend time with him/her?
- How often do you meet?


- What do you think about social media?
- What are its advantages and disadvantages?
- Do you believe in online friendship?
- Do you prefer to spend time with family or friends?



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