Andreea: My overall band was Band 8 with 8.5 in listening, 7.5 in reading, 6.5 in writing and 8.5 in speaking. IELTS preparation. Andrew: How many months did you spend preparing for the IELTS exam? Andreea: In theory, I spent about fourteen months preparing for the IELTS exam. Yet, around twelve out of the fourteen months were casual classes, once a week. My preparation became really intense.