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Thursday, February 07, 2013


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Hi Simon,

Thanks for the advices.
I hope that tomorrow you will give good ways to prepare for General writing (letter)

Hi Simon,

Is it a good idea to use "namely" when writing introductions?For example instead of saying "The chart gives information about Asia and the U.S" say " The chart gives information about two different regions,namely ,Asia and the U.S" ?

Thanks a lot for all your efforts.

Dear simon,

Thanks for this very useful site. I took IELTS on 19th of Jan and received results last week and Thank god I managed to gain the score i wanted. I am giving you all credits for the improvement in my writing and speaking score which were 6.5 and 6.5 when i took IELTS 6 months ago and improved to 7.5 and 8.5 this time. Thanks a lot

Divya Philip

(Click here to see this graph with popup words)

The graph shows the fluctuation in the number of people at a London underground station over the course of a day.

The graph compares different methods of transport used in the US over the last century - train, bus and air.

The graph compares the amount of water used for domestic, agricultural and industrial purposes.
There are two ways to write about this graph:

Tourism in Dubai, 1990-1994

Dubai Tourism, 1990-1994
The graph shows the numbers of Russian and others tourists in hundreds of thousands visiting Dubai between 1990 and 1994.
Annual fish catch (millions of tonnes): North America

Heart Attacks by Age and Gender, USA

Heart Attacks by Age and Gender
The graph shows how age and gender influence the frequency of heart attacks in the US.

Fertility Rates (Births per Woman) in Gulf Countries, 1990-2000

Click here to see a sample text

Fertility Rates
The chart shows striking changes in the fertility rate of women in six Gulf countries – Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain between 1990 and 2000.

Oil Production

HCT Graduates
Graduates from the Higher Colleges of Technology's Women's and Men's Colleges, 1999

The chart shows male and female graduates from the Higher Colleges of Technology colleges in the UAE.

Internet Usage in Taiwan by Age Group, 1998-2000

Internet Usage in Taiwan by Age
The graph shows changes in the age profile of Internet users in Taiwan between 1998 and 2000.

Computers and Internet in the Arab World

Computers & Internet in the Arab World
The chart shows striking differences in the level of computer and Internet penetration in the Arab world.

US Spending Patterns 1966 - 1996
The piecharts show changes in American spending patterns between 1966 and 1996.

The suggestions here seem to be dedicated to IELTS academic writing tasks. I know some knowledge and tips are common to different type of IELTS test takers, but

Do you plan to add something for another type of IELTS exam - general writing?

Hi simon,

I purchased your ebook 4 days ago but still dont receive my copy yet..pls kindly sent it asap.i have my exam in 2weeks.


ieltssimon@gmail.com sent to my email april_padilla20@yahoo.com.ph
I already received the receipt of my payment.


Thanks for getting in touch with me here. I even put a message for you on the website on Thursday:


I've sent the ebook and replied to all of your emails, and I think my replies are probably in your junkmail - maybe you have the highest security settings on your email.

Please check your junkmail, and email me again. If you still can't find my messages, please write to me here in the comments again.



Hi, Simon.
I wonder how you would paraphrase the following question. (IELTS 7 P.78)

'The chart below shows information about changes in average house prices in five different cities between 1990 and 2002 compared with the average house prices in 1989'

Hi Vic,

Mr. Simon has already written that essay.

Here is the link:



hi simon.my question is kinda unrelated to the post but i wanted to ask how much influence do writing task 1 and 2 have on the writing band score...i recently gave a the ielts test. i did the task 1 fairly well but i took too much time
for it hence screwing but task two..id personaly feel that i culd get more than 7 in task one and bout a 5 for my performance in task two..so the over all score ll be around what?? ive heard that task 1 counts onli one third of score..so it wont help my band score much..please clarify

hi simon i am new to your page to post something, and will be giving ielts for the first time little shook up 'cause i have took out my books of curriculum after ten years, it is taking me so long and for every thing, i have problem in writing essays of both task 1 and 2 , but your website helped me a lot , now i take tips from your, may i as u a permission that if i write ant thing , can i post it to your site and can u please check it for me i really need your help can u please band me score?? i do ot have much time just few days .

Thanks for the tip Simon, I have a lot of improvements by following your tips:

The question:
The graph and table below give information about water use worldwide and water consumption in two different countries.

1. The line chart and the table graph illustrate the usage of water around the world and the consumption of water in Brazil and Congo.

2. The line and table charts show the utilization of water worldwide and the comparison of water consumption in Brazil and Congo.

3. The figures describe the statistic of global water usage in three different sectors, and compare the annual consumption of water in Brazil and Congo in 2000.

4. The comparative figures illustrate the annual usage of water in three different sectors between 1900 and 2000 and the statistic of water consumption in Brazil and Congo in year 2000.

5. The line chart compares the utilization of water in three different categories globally from 1900 to 2000, while the table graph informs about the consumption of water in two different countries in 2000.

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