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February 04, 2016


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It's a very good, succinct and to-the-point description .
Covering each and every part of the graph so beautifully without having to insert to much words. Superb

Hi Simon,

I compared your answer with the model one in the Cambridge book and was surprised to find that the author treated the three categories separately without making much comparison in between except in the summary. I wonder if this report is done by a candidate, the examiner will score the same mark as the model answer.


The chart shows the time spent by UK residents on different types of telephone calls between 1995 and 2002.

Local fixed line calls were the highest throughout the period, rising from 72 billion minutes in 1995 to just under 90 billion in 1988. After peaking at 90 billion the following year, these calls had fallen back to the 1995 figure by 2002.

National and international fixed line calls grew steadily from 38 billion to 61 billion at the end of the period in question, though the growth slowed over the last two years.

There was a dramatic increase in mobile calls from 2 billion to 46 billion minutes. This rise was particularly noticeable between 1999 and 2002, during which time the use of mobile phones tripled.

To sum up, although local fixed line calls were still the most popular in 2002, the gap between the three categories had narrowed considerably over the second half of the period in question.

Is it possible to get a band 9 for less than 250words in task 2?

Thank Simon very much! After months visiting this Website every day, I have finally reached my target score. 7.0 overall.

I would have to say that I really appreciate your effort and I find this really helpful!!

were for mobile calls,i suspect It is past tense Why you are used the present tense ?
Thanks in advanced

hi simon I what all cases we can write both opnion and in which situation we can stick on one side of answer in writing part2...plz help me

I mean which cases we can write both opnions in introduction...

I think present tense is suitable in this case,as this is a fact at present


I prefer my essay :) because I think it would be risky to separate the bars rather than compare them. I don't always like the samples in the Cambridge books, especially as there seems to be no common 'method' - they all seem to be written in different ways.



It's very unlikely. They automatically deduct points if you don't write enough words.



"The lowest figures on the chart" refers to what we a looking at now. It's in the present tense for the same reason as "the chart shows" is always in the present tense.


Dr subash,

You need to have a good look though my task 2 lessons to learn the answer to your question.

Hi Simon,

Yes, I prefer your style too! That's why I said that if we (candidates) write in that way, I'm afraid we won't get a high score (they consider it to be excellent just because they know it was prepared by an examiner). Too ironic!

Dear Simon,
I ' m following your daily lessons .All are helping me but I really liked the way you are helping here for writing task 1 .please continue it in the same way as in this way our individual components of the task (introduction,overview & details paragraph writing ) are improving .

Hi Simon! Why do you use the present tense in this eassay ? I don't understand
Can you explain for me please?

I mostly used the past tense Tien.

I only used the present when referring directly to the chart (because we are looking at the chart now) e.g. the chart shows..., the lowest figures on the chart are...

Is it IELTS difficult compared to India and united states

I need PDF for academic writing task 1

Why do you use present perfect tense in this sentence :"By 1999, the amount of time spent on local calls using landlines had reached a peak at 90 billion minutes."? Can you explain for me ? Thanks a lot

Why do you use past perfect tense in this sentence :"By 1999, the amount of time spent on local calls using landlines had reached a peak at 90 billion minutes."? Can you explain for me ? Thanks a lot

Dear Simon, u've written "calls made via local, fixed lines were the most popular type"

But my question is that both Local and National-International are fixed line calls. Why have you mentioned only fixed line instead of National and International call.

hello. i attended a writing lecture by an IELTS examiner and she taught as how to get a minimum of 7 as per the public description. she said that by describing the details only will get as a 7. comparison comes in when we write the overall trend. same as what was written in Cambridge book posted by James z.

i took d exam last May and i got 6.5 in writing.I need 7 in all areas to work in UK. Although your site has helped many people in understanding the tasks, still, generally, writing is the sub-test that most test takers fail on.

Your site is the most recommended by review centers in the Philippines. Kudos simon!

Dear Simon,
I have a question I hope you could help answer. Can I describe the increase of the 3 types in the following 4 years after 1995 as significant?

The chart illustrates the amount of time of three different telephone calls in the UK between 1995 and 2002.

It is clear that local fixed line is more popular than either national/international calls or mobiles, however, the last two categories have seen greater importance gradually over the 7-year period.

In 1995, people in the UK spent more than 70 billion minutes on local calls whereas only around 38 billion minutes on national/international phones. By contrast, mobiles only recorded as low as less than 5 billion minutes at that year. From then on, the time used on local calls increased steadily until it reached its peak in 1999, that is nearly 90 billion.

With regards to the last two kinds of calls, it can be noted that both rose throughout the whole 7 years. It also can be seen that mobiles experienced a faster growth rate than national/international calls. In 2002, British people made more than 60 billion minutes national/international calls and around 45 billion minutes mobile calls.

Hello Sir,Thank you for giving free sample

Dear Simon,
Thank you for your sample. I have a question. Why you used singular noun for "call" when you wrote "three different types of phone call" while Cambridge model used with plural? Can you explain for me please?


You'll see both singular and plural used after "types of". Both seem fine to me.

Dear Sir,

The phrase ‘reach a peak at (90 billion minutes)’ is used in this essay, while in the other essay, you use ‘of’ rather than ‘at’ (reaching a peak of 1 million tonnes). Do both have the same meaning and function?

Looking forward to your reply. Thank you very much!


I'm not a native spdaker but I've checked the usage of peak at/of and here are my results: Use reach a peak of smth in a year, and peaked at smth in a year. In this example, by 1999, the ... reached a peak of 98 million. Peaked at 98 in 1999.

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