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November 01, 2018


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Great! Thank you Simon.


In this task , sentence ' resulting mixture is ground ' is not correct
Grinding means something related to crush the powder into some fine particles. I think ' resulting mixture is grinded ' is correct.

Thank you



This verb is usually 'ground' in the past tense and participle.

Apparently 'grinded' is sometimes used but it is much less common, and applicable only in certain contexts. Safer to stick with 'ground' for IELTS purposes.

Hello Simon,

ı will take the GT Ielts and I need to achieve band 7 in writing. Unfortunately, my highest writing score was 6. I am studying from your website now sometimes I have a hard time to analyse the question. I generally go off-topic and I am realizing it after reading your or examiners' sample essay of the same rubric.

what can I solve this problem ? how can improve
this ability ?

Hi Carmen


Task 1 General: you will often find three bullet points in the question. You must clearly present all three points to achieve Band 7 Task Achievement. This might mean one paragraph per point in the body.

Also, you must "present a clear purpose, with the tone consistent and appropriate". This means deciding whether to make the letter formal, or informal, or somewhere in between the two. You can determine which is required from the background to the question. So practice both a relatively informal style for a letter to a friend, and more formal style for a letter to a business organization or similar.

2) In Task 2, there is no difference between the public marking criteria for General training and Academic. Simon provides a 13-sentence plan, which you should practice until you have it off pat. https://ielts-simon.com/ielts-help-and-english-pr/2017/05/ielts-general-writing-task-2-plan.html

This may help to keep you on topic. You may also need to focus on your planning and rigorously exclude irrelevant material. Remember, examiners are looking for "a fully developed position in answer to the question with relevant, fully extended and well supported ideas". This means each paragraph should focus on only one aspect or idea, without getting side-tracked or rambling. Make sure your examples support your argument, and there is a logical progression throughout. There are marks for this, and you should be aiming to score highly in Task Response, Coherence and Cohesion, and seek to improve your topic vocabulary and accuracy as the keystone of your preparations.

Hi Simon

I have seen the following introduction recommended:

"The bar charts depict the percentages of Australian men and women who watched certain kinds of TV shows, the first showing reality shows and the second game shows. Each chart also shows the proportion of adults who watched these shows by age group. There are four age groups: 16-24, 25-34, 35-44 and over 45."

This seems to go into much more detail as to the layout and categories of the information than is your custom. Which is correct?

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