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September 27, 2012


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you have compared the figures to national average figure.will my answer be considered wrong if i mention the national average in overall trend and make comparisons among all the regions in paragraphs without comparing them to national average.

Hi Manisha,

There isn't a perfect way to answer. It's nice to compare with the national average, but it isn't vital - your answer certainly won't be considered wrong.

Simon, your answer is amazing! thank you so much!

thanks simon.

Hi Simon :) My result for test at 15, September announced
Ls:7 Rd:8 Wrt:6 Spk:6.5 // Overall:7.00
Center: IDP ,Malaysia
For writing test, while I didn't reach 250 words, luckily I could get 6.00

My 1st IELTS result was:
Ls:6.5 Rd:6.5 Wrt:5 Spk:6 Overall:6.
Center:British Council, Malaysia (2011)

Appreciate for your efforts and awesome daily courses

Hi Simon!
I have got my result today:

Test Centre Number: PK175
Test Date: 15/09/2012

Listening 7.5, Reading 8.0, Writing 7.0, Speaking 7.0 Overall 7.5

I needed 7.0 in each section. So, I am very happy today.

Hi Simon,
Your sample is extremely useful but i think when connect them to create an essay, it may be repetition for " average, average weekly spending". Can you help me in finding others relevant phrases for this essay?
Thank you so much!

Hi Simon,

What is the difference between "could" and "should"? Both can be used for suggestion. and also is " could" just use for past tense suggestion?

Thanks for your time

Hi again,

Also. Would is used for the suggestion in the future?


I'm afraid I no longer have time to answer everyone's questions individually. However, I do still read them all, and I try to answer some questions in a lesson once a week (usually Saturdays).


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Hello sir,

i had given IELTS exam on 15/09/2012.my result is not so good, my result

Listening: 5.5
Reading: 6.5
Writing: 5.0
Speaking: 5.0

Overall: 5.5

but i needed 5.5 in each. now i am planning to give it again.

What would i do for improving score in writing and speaking

South East count as 1 or 2 words?
Sorry i have forgot about this.

Hello Simon,

When I first looked at this chart I thought "average spending on household expenditure" means how much people are spending on the expenditure required for the household.
Am I completely wrong interpreting the question this way. Suppose, rest of my writing is and good enough for band 8, how much will I be penalized interpreting the question in a different way.

Please répond to my query.
I will be very grateful

Hi Simon

Thank you for your excellent essay. I'd corrected my essay by referring to yours after I finished it.

The bar chart illustrates the average weekly spending by household in the different ten countries from 2007 to 2009.

It is clear that family live in the southern area tend to spend on average more money than the family in northern area. What is more, the figure is highest in London and lowest in North East area.

The average weekly family expenditure in London and South East area were the only two figures over £500, which were around £500 and £520 respectively. Around £480 of the spending were seen in North East and average England family, while the figure for East area was a bit higher, with approximately £490.

Similar levels of household spending were seen in South West, West Midlands and North West, at around £450, £430 and £420 per week respectively. Family in Yorkshire and The Humber spent £400 per week, while the expenditure in North East area per week was about just £20 lower than this.

Hi Simon,

Could we use "the number of household expenditure..." or "the avarage of ..." in this case? In saw that u did not use like that? And is it formal or not? Pls help me to explain and point out that when we could or could not (if any).

Thank you.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks so much !!! Ur website is so helpful.

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