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January 01, 2015


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The first lesson of 2015! Thanks, Simon..

Wow, it's logically, magnificent words..... how can I get like this score? My test in May....

wow great ...how can i get good score ?my exam will be held in may..plz tell

Easy to follow and learn but It is extremely difficult to mimic. Ha ha. ANW, wish Mr Simon a great year 2015.

It is a wonderful essay which I had been read.

Excellent writing

hi simon,
i am interested in purchasing the video lesson's , but i suggest that it would be easier if we have the option of buying the whole videos instead of having to buy each lesson separately.

many thanks,

Hi Simon,

Happy New Year! Thank you for your IELTS information, it is really useful. I have prepared for IELTS for a long time, my writing, reading, and speaking are not bad and have obviously improved(thanks again), but my "listening" band did not. It really bothers me. A teacher said I need listening English articles or programmes everyday. First time, only listening, and second time listening and watch transcribe. I have been doing it, but my mock listening band still got 5 band (the others were 6). Could you tell me which my step is wrong? I truly want to pass my exam. I looking forward your reply.
Many thanks,

Hi simon
I have serious difficulty in reading section what can I do to overcome it?
I need to get a high score in reading!
Thx a lot.

Interesting, but I realised the simper the diagram looks like, the harder to described it to us, sometimes we have to make pointless sentences to meet the word requirement like 'there is nothing to stop river from flooding' but it might be seen as a good comparison to the first one, and also some vocabularies like mound, stilt, drain off which are a little professional to get in touch with...
Anyway, good work but never can be achieved...

Hi Simon

Your writing is easily the best model answer.

It took me 10 minutes to work out the diagram. I feel the IELTS test is not only to test English level, but also to test aptitude and knowledge of engineering.

hi Simon, I'm studying your style. So I just follow up your pattern and samples. But I have a small question. I wonder where your conclusion is in this report. So, is it ok without conclusion in task 1? Thank you.

Hi Kaurat,

Read this lesson. It explains why we dont write a conclusion for task 1 reports:


thankyou simon

Dear Simon,

Thank you so much for your simple yet effective guides. I feel more confident in my upcoming IELTS exam.

The diagrams depict methods of flood protection for houses nearby the river which are at risk of flooding.

It is clear from the flood diagrams that the key difference between two measurements is with or without a stopbank. In both cases, buildings prone to flooding are raised above the ground level by stilts.

The stopbank which is constructed next to the river and 300 mm higher than the 100-year flood level is to prevent river water from flooding the surrounding houses. Beneath the stopbank is a floodgate with a berm which can be opened to discharge internal ponding into the river when it reaches a certain level.

Without a stopbank, there is nothing to save flood-prone houses but stilts. The height of stilts is carefully calculated in order that the floor level of those houses is also 300 mm higher than the 100 year ponding level.

Thank you for your reading. Please feel free to leave any comments.

Hi Simon

Could you please describe how I can find the response for writing and reading from yourself?


Thanks so much Simon for writing a report on this task. Finally, I could manage to write one.

Anyone can comment please.
The two diagrams compare two different methods for protecting residential estates from being flooded.

It is quite clear that in both ways stilts are used to raise flooring levels of houses to safeguard against flooding. However, in the first method a stopbank acts as a major barrier to prevent water from being outflown from the river, while in the second method only stilts provide the defence against flooding.

According to the first diagram, the areas adjacent to a river with a stopbank, in first place, are protected from flooding by raising their floors high enough to keep them safe from the ponding occurring as a result of rain. When water levels rise the floodgate is opened to allow the water drain off into the river. In addition, a stopbank is also built on the river bank, and its height is kept well above the 100-year flood levels. It stops the river bursting from its margins.

In areas where there is no stopbank, houses are constructed on higher stilts. It is ensured that the typical height of a stilt is 300mm more than the flood levels in the past century, and this measurement is called free boarding.

Thanks Simon and Tim for your excellent answer..

For the first diagram the floor of the house is 300 mm above
the "internal ponding" level

Whereas, for the 2nd case the floor is 300 mm above the 100-year flood level

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