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August 09, 2012


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i appreciate what you have done in this wonderful website, form which i learned a lot,especially your advice about the writing section、

i didnot have a very clear knowledge of how to write the writing task 1 until i check out your blog。i become more confident in solving the writing problem。

once,you said“it is easy to read something and think that you understand it. But understanding is not the same as using. Can you use everything that you have read?”
it leaves me a deep impression and i cannot agree with you more。

thanks again for your selfless dedication。

Hi Simon

In answer to question below, can I talk about Westfield in London? Is it shop or shopping centre?

Describe the shop you like to visit?
You should say:
- where it is?
- what it is famous for?
- how you went first time there?

Hi zt,

I'm really happy that you noticed that advice! I think it's a really important thing to remember when learning a language. Thanks for your positive words.


Hi Mahsa,

I think it would be fine to talk about a shopping centre, then focus on one or two favourite shops there.

Hi Simon

I have a small question regarding task 1!!
How can we vary our grammar so as to get higher score? Another thing that annoys me the most is CC!! I took the IELTS 4 times and I managed to see my results in details(Writing I mean)I had a 7.5 in T2 and 5.75 in T1.....I am planning to take it again in 2 weeks so wish me luck guys:)

Sir,i took my speaking part yesterday..
Is about photography ,customs of my country's citizens.
On d cue card is about what you weore and jewellery during a special occasion(something like that),i reali done badly,i have no ideas and stuck there,i just speak for few sentences!!!!No more than 10 sentences =(
Reali bad,i had never prepare for such topic..I dont even know how to use good adjectives to talk about it.Part 3 is about traditional customs compare with modern customs,as i am a malaysian,she ask me about malay,indian and chinese wearing style.
I really hope that i can pass it with 1 test,but now seems that i have to retake=(
Feel so bad right now,m gonna take the rest on tomorrow morning,at 8am.
Between,my examaminer was a woman,she kept smiling all the time,she was so nice!

Hi Simon,
Your website is very useful. BTW I have some troubles on shorten the 3rd and 4th paragraph especially for figure with lots of data. I had follow your 3 sentence pattern to write but still written around 80worlds for each. What should I do?

Hi Simon

very much appreciated the sample and guidelines you gave us to excel on IELTS. I would like to ask if the overview should always be in the past tense when there is a time element (1971)
Do i need to make a conclusion if I made an Overview...
thanks a million..

Hi Simon,
Thank you very much.your website has helped me alot!
could you please write a plan or a discription for the chart in page 78 of Cambridge books 7? It is a difficult one I guess!

Hi Simon! Can you help me with singular and plural forms.
One of the biggest problems facing the world IS global warming.
One of the main advantages of living in English-speaking country ARE that all the people around you speak language.
In "Practical English usage" I found that explanation: After expression like One of the..., singular and plural verbs are both used in relative clauses beginning Who,which or that.
So, my question is if I wrote on the exam: "One of the main advantages of living in English-speaking country IS that all the people around you speak language." would it be a mistake? So, my question is if I wrote on the exam: "One of the main advantages of living in English-speaking country IS that all the people around you speak language." would it be a mistake? or both is acceptable?

Hi Simon and everyone,
I am a new comer
I am studying for IELTS. Simon, would you mind helping me?. I just wonder that the phrase: "a glance at the graph/ chart...reveals..." is it a good phrase to start writing task 1.
thanks so much

hello simon,

can i use the term x-axis and y -axis in the exam,fort ask 1

Hi Simon,
Thanks a million for your useful website.i am concerned about the linkers.i am giving you an example below.please correct me if i am wrong.its also the overview of your example task.
"overall,regular use of two cars markedly increased,while,on the other hand,useage of no cars decreased"
Please correct me if i am wrong anywhere.
Many thanks

Thnx for Simon!!This site is very essential for me thts y i also require the task which coming in recently exams so pls provide it!!thnx

hai simon ,iam unable to connect to the comment feed,am from india .how can i contact you

Examples of introduction:

1) The chart show the percentage of households in Great Britain that use regularly cars from 1971 to 2007.

2) The line graph compares average figures for use of cars in Great Britain from 1971 to 2007.

3) The chart compares average figures of use of cars in Great Britain from 1971 t0 2007.

Examples of Overview:

1)It is noticeable that the figures of the use of two cars increased considerably. While the no car users have fallen during the same period.

2) It is noticeable that the growth of use of two cars increased considerably from 1971 to 2007 in Great Britain. While no car users decreased in the same proportion for the same period. One car ownership remain steady for the same period. Whereas three or more cars have increased slightly from 1971 to 2007.

Hi all

Here is my complete essay, welcome to receive any suggestion.

The line chart illustrates the quantity of cars regularly used by British families from 1971 to 2007.

It is clear that car ownership in the UK increased between 1971 and 2007. The proportion of households with two cars goes up, while the number of households without a car becomes less.

Around 48% of families with no car were in 1971 and it gradually decreased over the 36-year period. The figure for households with a car began at about 45%, which remained steadily until 2007, overtook the number of households with no car at approximately 45% in about 1975.

The percentage of families with two cars stood at about 8% in the year 1971 and increasingly rose to the end; what is more, this proportion exceeded the figure for families without a car at around 25% in about 2005 and ended up at around 47%, which was the second largest proportion. In addition, households with three or more cars saw a stable increase from about 2% in 1971 to about 7% in 2007.

The line chart illustrates the percentage of car ownership in the UK between 1971 and 2007.

It is clear that the proportion of UK’s households who had no cars, had decreased drastically over the year. On the contrary, households who owned two cars had increased sharply over the abovementioned period.

In 1971, the percentage of UK’s households who had no car was accounted at 48%. Over the twenty-eight year period, it had dropped to approximately 25%. As for family who had one car, the figure had remained level, as it fluctuated in the range between 42% and 46%.

In contrast, the proportion of households in United Kingdom who owned two cars had jumped by more than three-fold, as it reached approximately 26% in 2007. And it is also noticed that for family in Great Britain who had three or more cars, it had risen gradually from 2% in 1971 to 6% in 2007.

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