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November 25, 2018


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Dear Simon,
You inspired me a lot by how consistent you are to this blog. Without your efforts after all those years, I'd have felt so lost and waste so much time on improving English, and maybe so do other people.
Lots of thanks and respect from Vietnam!

Hi Simon,
Your work is great and it's heplping people alot. Honestly, this site is my main material source and also the inspiration pages that I open every morning when I turn my laptop on. Wish you all the best!

Thank you, dear Simon.

Hi Simon,
A quick question. What is usually the max spelling errors allowed for an GT band 7? I actually write English reports on a daily basis. However, I found out that I am so used to the autocorrect function that I sometimes make more than 5 mistakes with respect to spelling...


Band 9 says that rare minor errors occur only as ‘slips’. My guess is if you spell 'manoeuvre/maneuver' or 'mediaevial/medieval' wrong, or write 'embargos' instead of 'embargoes', or miss an apostrophe out, it might be read as a 'slip', as it would not impede comprehension. Note this is just my guess.

Band 8 states "the majority of sentences are error-free": in the context I take that to mean about 80% of the sentences, so that would mean only around three real errors allowed. If you write 'leaning' instead of 'learning', it impedes understanding, so that would definitely be an error. Again, this is just my guess.

Band 7 requires 'frequent error-free sentences', which might mean around fifty percent, that is about seven or eight. This would encompass all errors including missed articles or the 's' missing off the end of a verb or noun. I could be wrong of course, but the exact marking method is confidential to examiners only.

Thank you Simon,
I'm really thankful for what you have shared in this website.
I am an international student and an immigrant. I have taken 5 IELTs and this has been always the place where I can learn and improve my skills.
I am really grateful for these lessons.

Thank you so much for your generosity and expertise in English language which help us a lot in our dreams... God Bless you more each day and we pray for your good health always.

Thanks Simon! I highly appreciate your thought process!

This is a philosophical thinking of Simon and I love it. The work you have done for the last nine years is just for all good and vulnerable students who were really trying to learn a language not only for a certificate but for gaining something new all the times. We all the people here today appreciate your work and strategies as well as follow your every instruction regarding a language. BEST OF LUCK SIMON.

Dear Simon

words can express the amount of my gratitude, I have studied almost all of your blog and I just can say you are a great person.
God bless you


I always recommend your blog, and none other.

Thank you sir.No one can write everyday IELTS material daily. You are great sir. Your hard work makes other people comfortable and able to pass.

Hi Simon,

Your work is great. you make complicated things simple. I thank you.

Dear Simon
Thank you for your help.I love your teaching method and writing.thank you again.

Dear Simon,
I am very grateful to you for your great contribution to our learning. Your method is really clear and logical enough for English learners to understand and follow. I wish you have good health to give us more and more useful tips and lessons.
Thank you very much for your kindness
Best wishes,

thank you , dear Simon.

Thank you Simon.I am extremely grateful.

Thank you so much, sir. You know, I've just learned about your website a few days ago. And I found it quite useful. Although there are only 4 days left for my next exam, I will keep following you and if lucky, I hope I can achieve a satisfying result.

Hi Simon,

You are a good person, and willing to share your knowledge without any condition. Also, you are a good teacher, and good at providing methods in teaching English.

Hi Simon

Your positive outlook on life and motivation always make you keep working at the highest level, I dont think there is anybody else who is better at teaching IELTS and inspiring students than you. I highly appreciate you and you are my idol. One of my dreams is to see you in real world and take photo with you to make memories. Please never give up it is your style to keep going regularly and I love your simplicity...

thank you so so much, i really appreciate your sharings


Thank you Simon!

Although I only got 6.5 in Writing for 3 times, and 7 for the rest, I still have to owe you my scores, for I was only self-reviewing for nearly 3 years. Hopefully, the NMC UK will approve the petition to approve the minimum writing score, from 7 to 6.5. By that, I can be qualified to work as a Nurse their in Lancaster, Lancashire, UK, and soon to visit you in Manchester. :-) Thank you so much! God bless you and more power!

Simon, thank you very much for your contributions! Appriciate all your efforts and time spent on this website in the past 9 years! 9 years is such a long time and only those academics who are passionate about teaching and languages can consistently carry on with it. It has been an amazing work here as we all benefit greatly from your website!

Thanks again for your sharing and tips on IELTS and your share of knowledge LITERALLY helped me to overcome some barriers of getting high scores in IELTS. Despite the fact that I have already got my ideal results last year but I am stilling checking your website on a daily basis.

I really hope that you will be able to carry on with it as long as you can. Wish you all the best for your life!

Warmest regards,

Truly, this website is for those who want to improve their English language skills. I am following this blog for the past 7 years and I have learnt a lot, and am learning, thank you dear Mr.Simon for your selfless and the most valuable service.This is the best website till date for those who are preparing for IELTS. I wish from the bottom of my heart that you should keep writing not only for next 9 years for this blog, but also for next 50 plus years or so.
Kind Regards
Prasad Gandham

Thank you so much, Simon. I learned a lot from ur website, which is so helpful. Hope to see U sometime in the future. 😊

Dear Simon,

I have two questions:
1. You mentioned in your video that we should not add any new information in the last paragraph.Does this apply to all topics? If I am going to write pros and cons about new house buildings in rural/city areas, and mention something in the end that gov't should do a better job coordinating the balance. Do you think it is a good idea?
2. Is there a difference between task 2 in GT and A? So far, I don't see much a difference.

Thank you so much!

thank you simon .

Thank you so much simon,you deserve all our respect.

Thanks you , Dear Simon

Dear Simon,

I consider your blog the best not only among those devoted to IELTS, but among English language blogs for international students. You are doing a great job! All your writings are so clear and full of useful information. Your paid lessons for IELTS preparation are just the best.

Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.


Thanks for your comments guys. It's a pleasure to teach English in this way!

Thank you so much for your help Simon.I've been looking for an effective way to improve my English for such a long time, IELTS is relevant, but getting English improved is the final goal that I've been chasing for. Thank you for being here with us.


You are doing your job lovely and perfectly. I think It is true time to congrats to you. Thank you for your reel support.

Thanks Yu Chen and Onur!

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