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In 2005, only 5% of the hotel visitors DESCRIBED the customer service as excellent, but this figure RAISED to 28% in 2010.
The proportion of guests who CONSIDERED the hotel’s customer service to be poor DECLINED from 21% in 2005 to only 12% in 2010.
While only 14% of guests FOUND the customer service in the hotel as good in 2005, almost three times as many people WHO LOWERED this rating five years later.

1. Noted, boost
2. Remarked, reduced
3. thought, described

Rated
Rose/increased
Described
Dropped/declined
Graded
Considered

1. rated/ just increased
2. described / went down
3. considered/ chose

1. estimated/escalated
2. evaluated/crashed
3. who felt/described

1. consider, increased
2. thought, decreased
3. said, selected

In 2005, only 5% of the hotel visitors RATED/CONSIDERED/DESCRIBED the customer service as excellent, but this figure INCREASED/WENT UP/ROSE to 28% in 2010.
The proportion of guests who RATED/THOUGHT/FOUND the hotel's customer service to be poor DECREASED/DECLINES/WENT DOWN from 21% in 2005 to only 12% in 2010.
While only 14% of guests MARKED/GRADED customer service in the hotel as good in 2005, almost three times as many people CHOSE/HAD this rating five years later.

Rated, rose
Rated decreased
Considered gave

Hey Simon,
I would like to ask that is it suitable to use "x times as many..." When it comes to statistic in percentage.
Thank you in advance.

Rated / considered, rose
Rated / considered, decreased
Considered, gave

ANSWERS FROM SIMON:

Here are the words that I would use:

1. rated, rose
(we need a verb that is followed by "as", so "rated as" is my choice)

2. considered, fell
(we need to choose "considered" because it is followed by "to be" e.g. it is considered to be...)

3. described / rated, gave
(we can say "described as" or "rated as", and we need to write "gave this rating" - in English you can "give" a rating)

Thanks a lot.

Simon, thank u very much!

Hi Simon

I took the IELTS test recently and scored as follows:

Listening - 8.5
Reading - 8.5
Writing - 7.5
Speaking 7.5

I will need to retake the test as I need to score Band 8 in every category. I feel that I did well for Writing Task 2, but perhaps because I am really bad at reading charts, I didn't do as well for Writing Task 1.

As for speaking, I know I spoke really fast during the interview (because I was nervous) and maybe that brought down my score.

I would like do know what you think. Please could you advise how I can improve from a Band 7.5 to a Band 8? What am I lacking?

Hi Simon

In addition to my questions above, I was wondering - would the fact that my first language isn't English be taken into account by the Examiner? Why do we need to insert our first language code on the answer sheets?

Thanks Simon.

1. voted - raised
2. considered - dropped
3. thought - selected

Simon, can we use general statement in introduction for task one?

1. Rated,increased
2. Rated,decreased
3. Rated,described

I am not certain about 2a and 3b
1. Described, jumped
2.rated, dropped
3.considered, as

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