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More specifically,exactly 80% students who were under 26 years old pursue their career,while studying,and only 10% among them choose their courses because of their pure interest.However,the figures for the 26-29 and 30-39-year olds confirm the changing tendency to study less frequently for job opportunities and more for pleasure for older groups.In fact,the differences in aims narrow,but there are still twice more people focused on career,in the 30-39 age group.At the stage,between 40-49 years of age,the figures are already the same with 40% for each option.Then,the oldest group reveals the preferences reversed,in comparison to the youngest group,with 70% of students studying for personal interest and just under 20% for professional development.

According to the second graph,the highest proportion of people supported by their employers,in terms of time or educational grants given,belong to the two youngest groups,aged under 26 or 26-29,standing at 70 and 50%.The 30-39 age group is the least privileged ,with only 30% of workers provided with such a help.Finally,it is a noticeable increase in the proportion of employees supported,in the oldest age group,over49,with a difference of 10%,in comparison with the previous group.

Hi Simon,

Just wondering, are all IELTS Organizations(Cambridge, IDP, British Council) have all the same protocols?

Which of them can you recommend to pass the exam? I heard millions of test takers who always failed the exam even how good they are.. Is this the way to make profit for business-oriented organizations, by always accepting payments from test takers for the nth time without letting them pass the exam?

Just until paragraph 3,I har wrote about 200 words,this really upset me.
How to make it short?As I wrote for each aged and their figures.

2nd question is I wonder why sometimes you used 'the figures' instead of 'the figure',what is the difference between them?Can u list some examples?
Sometimes 'the figures' just used for only one thing but sometimes used for 2 things.
Tq so much!

Hi Violet,

The 3 organisations work together to produce and promote IELTS. Exams and protocols are the same whoever you take the test with.

In my experience, examiners are fair and would never fail people for financial reasons. There is no policy of passing or failing a certain number of people - examiners are simply told to give scores according to the band descriptors. I don't know how the organisations work at management level, but examiners are fair and well-trained (in my experience).


Hi Yap,

You need to be stricter with yourself. Try following my 3-sentence approach in the lesson above. If you follow my way of writing, you should be able to limit yourself better.

Can you show me where I used "figures" for one thing? "Figures" is for plurals.

In 1940, around 9% of Americans were aged 65 or over, compared to about 7% of Swedish people and 5% of Japanese people. The proportions of elderly people in the USA and Sweden rose gradually over the next 50 years, reaching just under 15% in 1990. By contrast, the (figures) for Japan remained below 5% until the early 2000s.
I wonder why put 's' there.So 'the figure' is for singular?
Thanks =)

Hi Yap,

The plural form of 'figure' was used because Simon was referring to the figures recorded before 2000. With reference to the line graph, we can see that different figures were recorded between 1940 and 2000. In a word, we can observe more than one figure on the chart, so 'figures' should be used.

Hi Simon,

Writing three sentences is a good idea. Some students may worry that three sentences is not enough for them to compare data, but in fact the reverse is true. We can, actually, make good use of different sentence structures to compare data.

This line is taken from one of Simon's sample answers. "The proportions of elderly people in the USA and Sweden rose gradually over the next 50 years, reaching just under 15% in 1990." We can use present participles, or sometimes relative clauses, to 'continue' a sentence. For one thing, this helps control the number of sentences in each paragraph, making the response concise. For another, this shows the examiner that we can use (comparatively) complex sentence structures to compare data, which boosts the GRA sub-band.

I hope my sharing is helpful to students of this website.

By the way, Simon, I miss your task 1 sample answers! Could you write more task 1 sample answers for us? :)

Hi Simon,

I have never posted anything before but I had to say something, a big THANK YOU for being such a helpful teacher advicer through this incredible practical blog. Without reading and taking into consideration your posts and recommendations I would never been able to cope straight the writing task 1 and 2. For a nearly a month I was a silent student, reading and reading all your advices, particularly those ones related to writing task 1 and 2. I have just received my IELTS results today and I got 7.5 overall, 8 in Reading even, Listening was really los I knew it as I got lost at some point despite the fact the recordings were relatively easy for me but it was my emotional state the reason. I am sure that I could have done much better if I hadn't been so nervous during the recordings. My main weak was -this is one of the thing I wanted to share if helps- that at some point, in the midle of the listening part, I missed two answers and I started to worry about that and because of that I didn't read the answers and prepare myself for the following. So concentration and cold mind are key, it is very easy to panic and get distracted. The previous reading is essential, and no worries if you get lost at some point, try to come back to the path and keep cold blood. Otherwise all the test would suffer, as happened to me.

Thank you very much, Simon. I wish all the best with the blog and future.


I forgot to add that I tried many blogs, books related to IELTS and your was fantastic, direct and very practical.

Hi Simon,

Could you help me please what are the usage of these propositions in Task 1 (by, of, at) I'm really confused.

thank you


Thanks MT^^!
I got it now!

my essay, hope you can get some ideas

The chart presented illustrates the percentage of support given by employer to their employee and the percentage of reasons for studying. It is observe, that there are differences among the aged group on what reasons they go for schooling and how much support the get from their bosses.
The first bar chat presented that students under aged 26 enter universities for the reason of career with 80% highest among other aged group compared to adult aged over 49 with only 19% which is exactly opposite of the other. Amazingly, as age increased it is noticed that reason for study as career gradually decrease and interest as a reason for study slowly climbed with the higher percentage of 70 among those who belonged to aged 49 and above. Noticeably, career and interest as main reason to enter university leveled out at 40% among students belonging to aged 40-49.
The second bar chart shows the employer’s support to their employee who entered universities. Much support was given to students who are aged 26 and below in terms of time off and financial aid. Less support was given by the employer to the employee among aged group 30-39 compared to other groups. However, employee aged over 49 had received support higher by approximately 10% in contrast to those belonging to aged group 30-39.

Dear Simon,
Per your advise,we do not need to link or compare two charts, don't we?

Thanks MT. I'll try to remember to do more full task 1 essays.


Thanks Mairelys!


Hi Sue,

In this case the 2 charts show different things, so we don't need to compare them.

Hi, Simon / other friends,

This is the best Web of IELTS study I've ever seen.

Now I have questions in terms of WRING TASK1. In line graph, would you teach me(us) how to convery all kinds of line shape or trend as brief as we can?

For example, if the line soar and then remain stable, I may use "a plateau". But other trends, how can I do? For example, the shape like letter "V","U","n" and so on.

I do appricate your relay, and your new whole lesson to show us is better.

I'm sorry for my grammatical mistakes in my last comment, pls ignore them.

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