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Monday, July 02, 2012


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Hi, Simon
Thats good idea.Other verbs are:
need a commitment.
acheived a commitment.

hi simon,
i want 2 say that students get confused in passage 3 when 10 min or less than 10 min r left.do not get confused because if u do your best in those 10 min it is probable tht u can get the required scores.it only matter of few answers because 28 answers make ur score 6.5 and only 3 or 4 more correct answers make it 7.so dont pannic and give your best..another tip if u left with ony 5 sec and u have y n ng questions .answer all of them y because in tht way 33% will be correct.


Thanks, Ayasha,for your very fruitful advice.I always had same problem.

Good advice Ayesha.

hi simon m studying from ur site from past few months,and i improved alot. can u plz give me a piece of advice.is it necessary to give examples in essay when nt mentioned in the question and can we write the same examples given by an ielts instructor in his essays on his website ? will it be considered memorised? or we use same ideas though written in our words .my exam is on coming saturday plz reply soon.

This is great advice to avoid making "awkward" sentences in both writing and speaking!

One extra thing that students can do when writing down useful vocabulary is to include their own sentence/s. For example:

* For a country to improve, one of the things that its government should do is to make a commitment to fight poverty.
* While preparing for the IELTS exam, Thomas gave up the habit of watching 6 hours of television a day.
* Thanks to their previous 2 major championships, Spain was confident of winning yesterday's Euro Cup Final match.
* If we want to become successful, we need to set measurable goals in life.
* Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have made their divorce public and now this news is spread all over the media world.
* Preparing for the IELTS exam could be a very frustrating task, but getting emotional support from family and friends can really help.

This could be very time consuming, but if students do this kind of hard work on a regular basis, I'm confident to say that they will quickly improve their English skills. FYI, this is exactly what I did when I was learning English many many years ago (well, I was actually forced to do this by my private tutor at that time~ haha~), and it has really proven to work!!!

appealing attract
alarming frighten
interesting fascinate
motivating encourage
satisfying please
shocking stun
worrying trouble

face a dilemma
adverse circumstances
significant event
controversial issue
memorable occasion
golden opportunity
unexpected outcome
faint possibility
serious problem
ideal situation
effective solution

I think we should not give ideas from our experience in ielts whereas these ideas might be very dangerous if used by other candidates, and secondly we might confuse our colleagues who are in favour of this website.

Let us be advised by simon please.

i think everyone can share their experience in real exam and the ways of their preparation for getting a good score.simon is always with us and his comment and advised will get the best and topmost priority.thank you.

Mmm... I'm wondering... have I done anything wrong by providing some additional tips toward language learning?

i do not agree with U Sulaiman,,
please Martin do not hesitate to share your valuable ideas,they inspire many students like me,,,

Hi Ketika,

You don't have to give examples, but it's a nice, easy way to explain and support your ideas if you do. It's fine to use examples from an IELTS website, book or teacher. Good luck in your test!


Hi Martin,

I agree. That's a great way to practise.


Hi Sulaiman,

I think it's a good idea for people to share their ideas here, especially as I can't always reply to every comment. If you see anything written by Martin, you can definitely trust it - Martin is a teacher who has been helping me with his contributions for some time now. His comments are always valuable.

I understand your concerns - there is a lot of misinformation about IELTS on the Internet, but I do try to correct any bad advice or information that students share.

I meant in my comment, the urological and non-academical approach to answer true, false reading questions, mentioned by one of our colleagues on this page. we are not looking for a magic answers.

There was no advice given by Martin at all.

Hi Raj,
Thanks for your kind words. It's nice to know that there are people like you who appreciate my posts.

Hi Simon,
Many thanks for your continued trust in me and I will, as always, make sure not to post any crazy or misleading information on your website.

Hi Sulaiman,
Sorry, it seems that I misinterpreted your message; I should have read your words more carefully... sorry.


non-logical instead of urological . Typing mistake in my previous message. I do apologize.

hi simon thanx for replying to my previous question . i ve one more question ,plz suggest in reading test we should write answers directly on answer sheet or after each passage or in the end after completing the entire test . i have great confusion regarding this plz reply soon my exam is on coming saturday.

Ok Sulaiman, no problem.


Hi Ketika,

In the reading test, it's best to write answers straight on the answer sheet.

Hİ simon, martin and all those who is facing the same hardship with me :) i want to ask you simon this question. also you martin, i think you can help me more, as you know this process to learning new words. all i want to know that how many words we have to learn in order to pass this exam?(i only want to know hypothetically number), and what is your suggest to learners improve our vocabulary? and how extensive it should be to study only upon words? is it enough to learn 10 words a week? and sometimes, actually often i encounter one word which i know but i can not use this word, i only know the word with my nature language means and thats lead a problem a lot for me. please share your valuable comments us, thank you in advance.

in addition, i want to know that whether is it good. i always finish my "agree or disagree" questions with, "i think x's benefits outweight its drawbacks if we draw an analogy". is this sentence impressive :) ?

Hi Emre,

First of all, there is no "pass" or "fail" in IELTS, and I don't think there is any teacher, book or website that tells you how many words you need to learn in order to get a high score.

Just to give you an idea, I used to have 2 classes per week with my private tutor and part of my homework was to write about 15 sentences for each class for over 1 year, so that's about 30 new words per week (or 120 new words per month)... Obviously I can't remember all the vocabulary I learned, but it was definitely a good way to practise.

I think students who can get band 6.5 or 7.0 are those who feel comfortable with the English language as a whole. Learning new vocabulary can be useful to improve your reading and listening scores, but when preparing for the writing and speaking modules, you may find certain vocabularies that are too difficult for your current level, so don't waste too much time on them and find alternatives that you can use comfortably and naturally (this is just my opinion and others may think differently).

Anyway, you can learn a lot from different people's experience, but it is really up to you how you approach your studies. After all, you know yourself the best, and that's why you should set short-term goals that YOU can achieve. Setting "unreachable" or "unrealistic" goals will just frustrate you. Learning English (or any foreign language) is a very long and tedious process, so having a good strategy and the right attitude are keys to success.


PS#1: suggested English-English dictionary: http://oald8.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/

PS#2: To be honest, the kind of conclusion you write is not impressive at all. In fact, that is just a memorized expression and examiners don't like that. Please check Simon's website on how to write a conclusion in Task2.

thank you martin. it was so useful for me. i have 6 month to prepare this exam and i think i can do it your method - make a 30 sentences which is include new words a week. because as i said, all my problem is using the new words accurately in the sentence. also i can advice those who are have the same problems to "english collocations in use" from cambridge university. but if you have time to prepare like me it can be useful because this book not for any exam. however, this book affect on my fluenty in a good way, it's undeniable. take care of yourself! and martin, you are great :)

Hi Emre,

You are welcome and best of luck with your preparation!


i have no ideas so what should i do for writing&speaking

Hi Martin.

I myself really appreciate your advice. Believe me or not I have reached most of them by try and error. I wish some one already told me as it was some kind of a short cut to me.

Loved the tip! Sometimes I have doubt if I should use of/for/from, on/in/at after a word and it would help very much to learn how to use

Thanks Martin
your advises are so helpful and i appreciate them.
I have a question
I took academic IElTS for three times and unfortunately I got 6 and 6.5,6
I studied a lot and now I really confused what should I do for getting 7 in each skills
I am looking for you comments
thank you so much

My words are below

an individual make to a personal goal
give up a habit
confident of success with their goals
small measurable goals are set
made their goals public
got support from

hi simon,
i wonder if i should use a my language dictionary along with english dictionary when i look at the definition in english, but not undertand clearly what it means sometimes.
have a nice day!

hi simon..just now i came to know about your site,its really helpful and gives confidence to so many students like me,thanks to you.
I got L-6.5,R-5.5,W-5.S-7.5 overall 6.5 in first try when i didnt joined classes.second time with classes L-6.5,R-5,W-6.5,S-6.5.i was really anxious second time and so got result like this.i have big problem in managing time in reading section in general reading section cant complete in time and then i get anxious.i have to score 7 overall please guide me.\thanks

hello simon
i am going to fill up the exam on 26 october but my reading is not improved yet ,plase help me how can i find the hidden keyword during reading plz help

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