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February 06, 2016


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That is a very important point. To be honest, I did invent some statistical analyses when I took the writing test for the first time, and got a mere 5.5 score.

However, I could get 7.0 in writing section last month by following simon's strategy. Thanks a lot!

hello Mr Simon, I've got a question about the task 2 of the speaking test. should i answer all the questions in the question paper? And if i didn't although i finished the two-minute. will it affect my score?

thank you from the deepest part of my heart, your blog is very educational and informative. I've learnt a lot from it.

Dear Simon

You're my hero man!

I love you very much because my English would be poor and weak if I didn't read your blog everyday


The questions in Part 2 speaking are there to help you come up with content but they are not assessed in the test, so it makes no difference if you cover them all or not. In fact, many examiners never even read them at all!

Hi simon, i have been reading and doing my best to practice what you are teaging us,and i wrote an essay about this question and i hope i can get ur opinion about this topic:
In some countries young people are encouraged to work or travel for a year between finishing high school an starting university studies. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages for young people who decide to so this.

It is quite common these days that there are several countries who support the younger generations to work or travel at a certain period of time in between school years or before the commencement of the academe. These notions have beneficials at the same time drawbacks on the part of the students.

one of the favorable factors when working is tha capacity to financially sustained one's needs and the ability to provide the basic neccesities of the family. At the same time, this can a great oppurtunity to seek for well-paying jobs while on tour. Meanwhile, the benefits of traveling also allows a chance for a self- assessment in onrser to re-evaluate tge person's career path. In addition, this can serve as a new learning experience for many individuals where skills and knowledge can be nurtured and honed.

On the other hand, it is undeniably true that there are precedented and negative implications when the adolescents spend most of their time being employed and exploring other nations before and during academic years. Most of young adults might not be interested in attending university studies at all because o the overwhelming perks while at work. As an outcome, school drop outs are highly expected to happen and more students are unable to finish a college degree. In the same manner, it is unavoidable for the adolescents to experience a lack of self- fulfillment on their jobs. For example, a poor career growth as a result of inability to comply a complete school credentials for a promotion.

In conclusion, I believe that being employed or journeying to other nations before the academic year begins have unfavorable contributions. It does not only discourage the students to value education but it also prevent them from maximizing their potentials.

Hi Dear Simon

I am one of your fan !I have learnt many skills for IELTS exam through your useful website .Now I am living in London .I bought your video courses .Still I have problem in Reading part. I know all methods and strategies that you tought through your video courses and I read regularly many articles in the wide range of journals . I couldn't improve my testing score (roughly my correct test is 23 )Kindly could you please let me know if you have some advise for me ?


Hello Simon
Thank you for wonderful lessons
I have a question
dose there any difference between general & academic writing task 2 ?
What are the topics for GT test ? Is that easier to achieve higher score on GT writing than academic writing?

Hi simon,

Can we use more general sentences such as research / surveys shows that?

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