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March 02, 2015


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I use keynote technique and I could not find in the passage given the similar words for "intelligence" :-( in the question.

OMG, even the answer was demonstrated, my answer for the 2nd question was false...I hate these "true, false, not given" questions...

good example!

Thanks Simon, for me also these are the hardest questions in reading part of the test.

In Cambridge 9, test 2, I am confused with questions 34 and 35.

34. Most people are too shy to try different things.
The answer is Not Given. I did this wrong but here is my thinking about this.
The sentence from the text:"Observations of iconoclasts shows that they embrace novelty while most people avoid things that are different." so this sentence clearly does not reveals why most people avoid different things. And without looking at next passage the answer should be Not Given.

However, in the next passage the writer clearly states that the reason why people do not do novel (which is the same as different) things is because of the fear. Also, in this passage he says that fear is something that average person have problem with. So I mean average person is equal to most people, following the normal distribution (or is this wrong thinking?or even over-thinking).

35. If you think in iconoclastic way, you can easily overcome fear.
Answer is NO, that means that writer said something that is contradictory to this, but I can not find it.
My answer was Yes, because the writer implies that if you think like an iconoclastic(in iconoclastic way) you do not have fear, do not let fear inhibit your reaction, so I have probably overcome it then. Or does the writer tries to say that if I am an iconoclastic I never had fear, because of my specific brain(second paragraph), so I never had to overcome fear in the first place.

Excellent text and questions, hope someone could help me out with these.

Thanks in advance,

Hi Simon,

I am following your lesson regularly. But I am stucked with the bellow mentioned Essay. Pls guid me.

Nowadays many people follow fashion trends and think that it’s very important. Is it a good or a bad development? Include reasons and examples from your personal experience

Thank you Mr.simon for the explanation the first question i found it easy but the second one a little bit tricky.

Dear Simon,

Thank you for your explanation, It is clearly for me how to address this type of question. However, my problem lie in the fact that I don't have enough time in the IELTS exam. May you give me some advice related to my problem?


Want to share a good source of vocabularies with you all :


Thanks a lot Leo...

Thanks a lot Leo, that's really helpful
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Hi Sanja,
Before Simon replies you, I hope I can help with a bit of insight.

34. You were overthinking the question. "being shy" does not mean the same thing as "feel fear". Besides, one thing to note about Y,N,NG type of question is that the order of the questions always follow the order of the passage -->paragraph 6 is used to answer question 35,36 and 37and so you should look for your answer for qn 34 in paragraph 5, and not beyond that.

35. This qn is indeed a bit tricky. The part that contradicts the statement is this " Fear is a major impediment to thinking like an iconoclast and stops the average person in his tracks". Major impediment indicates difficulty. The overall meaning of the paragraph is that even though embracing novelty is difficult, only iconoclasts try to overcome it.

OMG;the more i read this example,the more i feel confused with T,F,NG question :((. I totally understand word by word,but i can not understand what they want to conclude. Although those passages are short and doesn't include any big word.

Thanks Wynne for the answer. I think that I usually overthink this kind of question. Thanks for the advice, I'm gonna pay attention to the order of the questions from now on.

I'm still confused :(, so wrong with False and Not Given...

F: contradict, opposite or definitely incorrect

NG: need more information. lack

1st Q = (Some languages) develop your intelligence more than others.
>> (People who speak two languages) develop their intelligence more than monolingual schoolmates(people who speak only one language).

it is definitely incorrect meaning.

2nd Q = (Most) New Zealanders believe it is good to teach children a second language.
>> (Some) New Zealanders believe it is good good to teach children a second language.

it needs more information. "Some" dose not mean as "Most". Partially right, but it is insufficient.

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