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Sunday, November 17, 2013


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I agree, but how to improve the quality.Maybe it's more easier to raise the quantity than quality, so they make this point.

Dear Simon,
Many thanks!

Thank you Simon.


Raising the 'quantity' of bad writing generally leads to a worse score. Trust me. IELTS is all about quality.

I have heard the most outrageous 'advice' from 'very famous Chinese IELTS teachers' that is simply crazy and wrong. There is also a very strong belief that complex, unnatural language is what examiners want, which could not be further from the truth.


Hi Jack,

I completely agree with sjm's comment above. 'Quantity' will do nothing to help your score if the quality isn't there.

The way to improve the quality of your writing is to spend more time planning. Give yourself up to 10 minutes to plan your essay in detail - 'quality' really means developing a relevant, logical and detailed answer to the question. In other words, you need good ideas, and those ideas need to be expressed in an organised way. It's very difficult to do this if you haven't done a plan before you start writing.

Very well said simon

No disrespect to those famous books or tutors, but such pieces of advice always crack me up!

Hope with today's lesson, students can really focus more on "quality" rather than "quantity".

Thanks Simon and sjm!

Great tips! Really appreciate it :)

But I'd like to know, if we write more than 150 words on Task 1 and includes a conclusion at the end of the task, will we be penalized?

Thanks in advanced.

Hi Amir,

I suggest you read this:


Dear Simon,
Thanks for your help!

Does your Facebook page have all information from this website, or you share additional tips and advice on Facebook page?

Hi Nika,

The Facebook page is really just a community page with links to the lessons here. I do answer the occasional question on Facebook, but there are no extra materials there. This site will always be the main resource that I offer.

Thanks for your response!

Dear Simon,

I stumbled upon this blog while searching for ways to improve my writing band score from 6.5 to 7+ and this post intrigued me. Are we penalized heavily if we don't reach 250 words? my other bands are more than 2 points above my writing and its driving me crazy. how can i get 9 and 8.5 on reading / listening and then score 6.5 on writing?

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