As per the legislative changes introduced in the points system from the 1st of September, 2007, if you gain 7 or more then 7 in ALL modules of IELTS, then, you score 25 points.
When I first appeared in the IELTS test in Sept, 2004 in Pakistan, I scored more then 7 in all modules of IELTS in the academic version of the test.
While applying for residency in 2007, I was very much confident that I would score more then 7 in all modules of IELTS on the first go, however, to my surprise, I was unable to score 7 in all modules and was constantly getting 6.5 in the reading module.
Finally on the third attempt, I achieved above 7 band in all modules of IELTS and got through the exam. I actually got 8.5 in listening, 9 in reading, 9 in speaking and 8 in writing.
Word of Advice
Do not take the IELTS exam lightly, even if you are really confident of your English language skills. It can become a real big hurdle. For those who have a weakness in a particular area of the English language should prepare well before the exam.
IELTS can become a real pain in the neck without any reason.
Do not take it lightly and be well prepared for it.
I have been receiving a lot of queries from people asking for help in the IELTS examination.
I am putting up some material which you can download by clicking on the following links.
Simply download all files and then unzip them all in the same directory.
Please note that all files are required to unzip the archive. You have to use the winrar application to be able to open the archive.
Best of luck.