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Thursday, December 22, 2016


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Hello Simon,
thanks a lot for your lessons and tips about Ielts exam. I frequently use your website as a valuable source for studying English.
I just have a question. Recently all centers that take ielts exam in Iran claim that all the writing papers from all over the world are sending to Idp to give mark. Is it true? however they insist, I guess it just an excuse to given lower mark to student in Iran.
for exp, i know many people who even are English teachers that could get 9 and 8 in other skills but they give 7 or below in the writing!
i'll appreciate if you tell me about this trend.


All writing papers are scanned, and your Task 1 and 2 are sent to different examiners around the world. All personal details, such as your name, are removed from the papers, so examiners have no idea where you are from, so there is no chance that you are given a lower score depending on where you come from.

Even most natives do not achieve a 9 in IELTS writing - this is very normal.

Sorry Simon, I have just checked the pie chart and realised it was my fault. Probably i have to go spec-savers. lol

The pie chart gives information about the number of cars people in Canada possess.

The percentage of people who own one car is the largest, accounting for over fifty percent of the whole population. About 25 percent of Canadian people have two cars. Ranking third in the pie chart is the population without a car, with less than a quarter of the Canadian adults. The percentage of people with more than two cars is the smallest.

Overall, the majority of Canadian people own cars. In contrast, only a small percentage of people do not own a car.

Hi, Simon. I have been following your website for a long time. I've just posted what I have written. There are only 97 words in what I have written. It would be very kind of you if you could make some comment on my writing. Thanks.

The pie chart gives information on the division of Canadian adults who own a single car, two cars, more than two cars, and those who do not have a vehicle.

Overall, it is evidently seen that majority of the Canadian adults own a single vehicle, while a small proportion of them own more than two cars.

It is interesting to note that more than fifty percent of adults in Canada own one car, while it is true that approximately 1/4 of the total Canadians, who own a car, has two motor vehicles. Moreover, there are around five percent of Canadian adults who own more than two cars, which accounts to around four times less than that of those who do not own a vehicle.

Furthermore, those Canadians, who do not have a car has a proportion of approximately 20 percent of the total pie chart.

In conclusion, adults inn Canadian usually own a single motor vehicle.

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Hi, Simon! Thank you so much to share with us. I am also a student, who prepares IELTS. It's very nice of you to update and give the informations. I will keep lerning under your guide.

Wish you the best!

Hi Simon 😊

I do get confused about how to write this.
"There are 50% and 23% of the UK residents who have ONE AND TWO CARS respectively".

In terms of formal writing, should I put 'S' on the word 'cars' in the brackets like 'one and two car(s)' or simply say 'one car and two cars'?

Thanks Simon

This is the first time I follow Simon's blog. I think the context assist in my preparation of IELTS exam. And I will keep following you and hope you have a relax vocation.

Wish you all the very best.

Hi Simon

First, I appreciate your high-quality lectures.

I'm confused whether the highest/largest and the lowest/least are interchangeable.

For example,
"the highest or largest number/proportion/percentage of noun" is correct, but
"the highest number of noun sounds" more natural to me.

I find it difficult to select the lowest or least in front of words like number, amount, percentage, proportion and rate.

Please help me to understand this.

The pie chart represents the number of cars owned by Canadian adults. From the diagram, it can be seen that most of the adults in Canada own one car while less than a handful own two cars. About 60% of Canadian adults own one car as per the pie chart. Approximately 20% own two cars while about 5% posses more than two cars. Also, about 15% of Canadian adults have no cars.

the pie cart compared figures for adults to four categories of car possession in canada who owned one car, two cars , more than two cars , or who didn't have car .

it is clear that one car and two cats were the two most popular types of adults car ownership in canada . one car received by far the highest proportion of matures in canada . just over half of all adults owned one car .

looking at the inofrmation in more detail, we can see that roughly fifty percent of canadian adults owned one car , while approximately twenty five percent of them in canada had two cars . by contrast , less than a quarter of them didn't have a car , moreover there were around five percent of canadian adults who had more than two cars , which accounted to around four times less that of those who didn't have a vehicle .

furthermore, those canadians , who didn't
own a car had a proportion of nearly 20 percent of total sample .

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thanks Simon .

when there is no date, do you use past tense or present ????


Use the present tense if no years / times / dates are shown.

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