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November 30, 2020


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Thank you. Here are some more, for the benefit of students:

reach a tipping point
rising sea levels
the melting of ice caps
extreme weather phenonemon/phenomena

Some vocabularies:
- decarbonize
- biofuel production
- energy conservation
- emissions reduction

One way of learning vocabulary which is (1) less common and (2) useful for writing or speaking about specific topics is to look back through Simon's blogs on writing task 2 and speaking part 3. There are lots of examples on the Archive. You can locate and highlight this vocabulary and use it to make your own sentences.

Another useful source is the e-book.

Now ,it is clear the difference between topic vocab vs less common vocab.Thank you sir.

Thank you.

dear Simon, I have a question, which Cambridge test book I have to study? Is it sensible to go through all of them from number 1 to 15? I must get IELTS in January and I need 6.5.

Hi Simon.

I have not seen your website since you commented on having a break from this daily blog. It is nice to see that you are back again.

I have completed one of the course, and I now come back to tackle IELTS again... I hope my writing skills have improved throughout all assignments this year. To be honest, IELTS is much more challenging than the actual course. I was totally fine completing all tasks and tests in the study.

I hope I can build less common vocabulary to express my opinions on the writing tests.

hi simon,

can you advise us some ielts reading sources?

there are tons of english sources on internet.

but as an english learner, i dont have enough skill to identify which one use profitable english style for ielts.

thanks in advance..

what is the difference between a band 7 essay and a band 8 essay? what are the main points make one give band 8 to a task 2 essay?

Great Info Thank you for sharing ­čÖĆ
I want to get 6.5 by January too.My worst enemy is a grammar, could you suggest any tip&tricks please
Thank you


In addition to the sites mentioned here:

you might try:



@ lynn deng

Band 8:

"TASK ACHIEVEMENT) sufficiently addresses all parts of the task and presents a well-developed response to the question with relevant, extended and supported ideas

COHERENCE & COHESION) sequences information and ideas logically and manages all aspects of cohesion well uses paragraphing sufficiently and appropriately

LEXICAL RESOURCE) uses a wide range of vocabulary AND fluently and flexibly to convey
precise meanings AND skilfully uses uncommon lexical items but there may be occasional inaccuracies in word choice and collocation
AND produces rare errors in spelling and/or word formation

GRAMMAR RANGE ACCURACY) uses a wide range of structures AND the majority of sentences are error-free AND makes only very occasional errors or
inappropriacies " (from the official band descriptors)

So very roughly, a Band 8 essay must be easily read, clear in meaning, contain very few grammar errors, and demonstrate fairly natural vocabulary choices.


Books 1 to 3 are very old, and some parts of the exam were a bit different back then. From book 4 onwards, they are all useful. Just do as much practice as you can.



If you're feeling overwhelmed by all of the resources that are available, my advice is to restrict yourself to just two:

1. The official Cambridge IELTS books for test practice
2. My blog for everything else

You'll find everything you need in these two places.


lynn deng,

I've done a full course about how the band descriptors work. You can find it here:




I'm afraid there are no easy tips and tricks for grammar. It's a slow process of gradually learning from your mistakes.

­čĄ┤ PRINCE as usual.

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