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September 03, 2016


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Hi Simon,

This is Rita from Hangzhou, China. I have learnt a lot from your website, not only the IELTS test method, but also some life guidance.Thank you so much for doing this.

I have a question about capitalize in listening test. In China, many IELTS teacher tell students to put all answers in block letter because they think it is the safest way. But can I use all lower case including the first letter of Name of Place and Person? Would you be so kind to let me know what is the best way to do

For example,

Correct answer:Tower Restaurant
My answer:tower restaurant

Correct answer: Paynter(name)
My answer: paynter

Correct answer: brother-in-law
My answer: brother in law

I have read your blog, but I still feel confused about it. Wait for your answer. Thank you so much in advance.

Hi Simon,

My name is Edward.

I have been reading your forums for quite some time and would like to appreciate all your efforts, to help students like us. :)
Thank you very much.

I have a question on Task 1 - Writing.

I came across a graph diagram, (Cambridge Ielts 7 - Test 2 - Task 1 ) - Related to consumption of meats in Europe.

I was a bit confused on the Y-axis (where they mentioned "Grams Per Person Per Week"

So while writing the report,
would it be fine to mention the short form codes in the later part of the essay.

For example, we state
"Consumption is measure in terms of Grams Per Person Per Week (GPPPW)."

Then in the later part of the report we write
"Lamb and chicken were consumed in a similar quantity approx by 150 GPPPW."

Is it fine mentioning GPPPW


is there another rule that needs to be applied or to be followed.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Dear Simon,

Many thanks for this topic you raised. In listening, particularly during describing a map, several times I get confused when the narrator used the phrasal verbs. For example, across the....., turn up to the......,

Some examples:

We were told to look out for a blue van.
I’m the oldest, and I always look out for my younger sisters.

Carry on. You’re doing fine.
He moved to London to carry on his work.
For the moment we’ve been told to carry on as usual.

Hello Simon.
I'm wondering if, I can use "you know" phrase in any speaking sections?

Hi Simon,

I have a serious problem.
I've studied english at the university but these are the results from my recent IELTS exam (also my first intl. exam):

The real problem is that i panic when i get interviewed, no matter what's the occasion my whole body is trembling during the interview. even my voice which in this case made me sound like a beginner. It was like my heart was in my mouth, I lost my focus and I blew that.

Have you seen anyone like me? what should I do?

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