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December 22, 2013


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Ok! Thank you!

Dear Simon,
I would like to ask you about the listening test, when exactly we can open the question paper? is it once the CD starts to tell the instruction or when the CD say (now look to section one)? and if the exam observer tell us the wrong one , can we complain against this?


Dear Simon and everyone,

There is a sentence I cannot understand well,especially at the end of it.Can anyone explain it,thanks.

As microwave cooking times are much shorter than other cooking times,it is essential that recommended cooking times are not exceeded without first checking the food.

I have written this paragraph, May you comment on it Simon,please.
The bar chart shows the amount of money spent in thousand pounds sterling by the people of four European countries namely Britain, France, Italy, and Germany, on six consumer products. The goods include personal stereo, tennis racquets, perfumes, CDs, toys, and photographic film and the range is between 100 and 180 (thousand pounds sterling).
It is clear from the chart that Britain is the leader in investment of all the six types of consumer goods. And, the photographic film is the most popular product in Britain, followed by toys, CDs, and then perfumes. In contrast, Tennis racquets and personal stereo are less popular as compared to others.
The same trend appears to be followed by France, Italy and Germany having photographic film the top consumed product on the list as well. But, Germany spends least amount on all the products than other countries. France, however, invests almost same amount on photographic films as Britain and more or less on other goods and maintains second position while Italy achieves a third number.


I can't comment specifically on your writing but this Task 1 has two major problems that are very common and can have a major impact on your score. Firstly, there is no overview, and secondly, there is no data (numbers).

You must give an overview that comments on general trends, and you must use data - around 6 to 8 numbers is usually sufficient. Look at Simon's samples to see what I mean.

Hi Jack,

How are you? What do you not understand in this sentence?


By providing this feedback to Faisal, I've also learnt from it. Thank you!!

Faisal, did you have a look on Simon's previous examples for writing task 1?

Hi everyone

i have a very crucial question
is there any difference between essay topic in General and Academic for example for general module the essay topic would not about globalization , media or advertising and general applicant must focus on other subject such as family,children ,work and sport
i would appreciated if anyone can answer me

Hi simon,

My scores are:
reading 8
listening 7
speaking 6
writing 5,5

(i didn't work for exam)

Do you have any recommendations for me?

I kiran tell that I AM doing IELTS classes for last 4month but i am not understand and i have no confidance please tell me about any new preparation about IELTS

Hi Simon,

I would like to practise reading section.

Can you recommend reading book?

Thank you!!! I need this!

Hi Simon! Would you mind checking this essay task 1 for me? thank you

Topic : Number of road accidents in Someland between 1983-1995

The line graph illustrated how many road accidents were in Someland from 1983 to 1995.

Overall, it can be seen that 1986 was the highest year appeared many accidents. While the mortality rate in 1985 was the lowest. In addition, all figures were fluctuated with upward trend except for 1991.

In 1986, the injured rate accounts for over 6 millions road accidents in Someland which was the highest figure among all categories. Then it suddenly dropped by approximately 4 millions accidents over the next 5 years which means the government had imposed some strict rules on citizens at 1991 to reduce the increase of death rate.

Thereafter, it can be seen that the number of road accidents increase of 1 millions in 1992. Then it dipped slightly to around 1 millions from 1993 to 1995. This means that, over a 5-year period, road accidents were disappearing in positive way.

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