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Thursday, July 13, 2017


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Hi Simon,
Could you please answer my question?
Is it ok if I describe each school for each paragraph?
Thank you so much! Have a nice day!

Hi Simon,

In your answer, the areas of reading ability and handwriting are skipped. Could we do the same in the real test?

Hi Simon,

I have a question about 'unpaid work' essay

I don't know why you write this idea in your third paragraph. (parents, who would not want to be told how to raise their children.)

Is there any linkage between the raise of their children and unpaid work?

Hello Simon!
Thank you that you have taken into consideration this type of question. Now it is more clear. So we can skip some insignificant information and to group similarities like this if they are many: ...between 30 and 40 per cent... ( more datas in short expressions) or to list them like this: ...saw falls of 22%, 15%, 14% and 5%...


Don't list too many individual numbers, or you can be penalised for focusing on details rather than main features.


Simon is saying that forcing children to do unpaid work might upset parents because some parents might not want their children to experience unpaid work as part of their upbringing.


It is absolutely fine to describe each school in a separate paragraph. Just make sure you include some comparisons between the schools, especially in the second body paragraph.


If I had had more time, I would have mentioned the two categories that I missed. However, one of the skills that task 1 is testing is your ability to select what you will include in your answer, bearing in mind that the 20-minute time limit restricts you so much. In my answer above, I chose to write about the figures that changed, because these seemed more important.

Hi Simon,
I'm just wondering about the last paragraph, in the second sentence you wrote: "instructions fell by 24% in school A, and this school also saw falls of 22%, 15%, 14% and 5% ".Why did you see "fell and falls - the past and the present to describe the same thing?

Hello, is there any difference between using 'proportion of' and 'proportions of'?


Hello Sjm,
Thank you so much for your reply! Have a good day! :)


"fell" is the past simple tense of the verb, but "falls" is a plural noun, not a verb.

A fall = noun
Falls = plural noun



One is singular and one is plural. I think I used "proportions" when refering to more than one percentage.

Dear Simon,
As you said, "one of the skills that task 1 is testing is your ability to select what you will include in your answer" then which band score for task achievement in your essay above when you skipped two categories of the table?

thank you.

Hey Simon
in the first sentence of the overview you haven't said (higher proportions THAN SCHOOL B)
could you explain that please

hi simon,
you are really great

Hi Simon,
I have a question regarding to the numbers. Actually, I don't think they represent percentages, I think they are just exact numbers of students. What do you think?

I think it is percentage because it has been mentioned in title of the table "Percentage of children with different educational problems in two primary schools"

hi simon,
"stood between" or "stood at between"which one is more accurate?

Hi, could somebody please explain to me why in the sentence "In school B, however, the proportion of children who struggled with spelling and following instructions doubled, to 10% and 12% respectively" the word "proportion" is in a singular form instead of a plural form?

Many thanks!

You should read answer from Simon above. He explained clearly.

Hi Erin.Please read again "the proportion" from the Simom's task answer. It is written in plural, thatis "the proprortions' , notin singular "the proportion" as you misunderstand.And why he uses the plural he has explained clearly to Leo already.

Hi Rekhil Raj.According to Macmillan dictionary online 'stood between" has the sentence structure "stand someone between something",that means to prevent someone from gaining or achieving something. Ex: Only one person stood between her and the presidency.This means only one person stopped or prevented her from getting the presidency.
According to Oxford Advanced Learner dictionary and Macmillan dictionary online 'stood at" has the sentence pattern "stand at something" , that means to be or reach a particular level, amount, height, etc.Ex: Interest rates stand at 3%.- The world record then stood at 6.59 metres.- The total amount of money raised so far stands at over $3,000.- The index stood at between 500 and the upper 600s over the weekend, considered to be the moderate range.
Therefore, using "stood at" for IELTS writing task 1 is more correct than "stood between"

Sorry Raj! "stand between" has the sentence pattern "stand between someone and something" not "stand someone between something".

Thu, thank you for your answer.

However, I’m pretty sure in the last sentence of paragraph four, the word “proportion ” is in a singular form, and I guess that word is used to refer to both ”spelling” and “following instructions”. I don’t understand why that’s not “proportions” instead. Could you please help me with that question?

Many thanks.

Hi simon. Why is there no need to write a specific conclusion since we always say that a perfect essay skeleton should include Introduction, Body paragraph and Conclusion?


Have a look at this lesson:


Do you think that according to graph it should be like this....with referene to Simon answer
......Notably, the proportion of children who struggled to follow instructions and had concentration problems fell by 18% in school A, and this school also saw falls of 25%, 21% and 20% in the figures for children who had problems with spelling, verbal expression and listening.

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