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Hello,
I took IELTS exam two years ago and after tons of practices I have got overall 6.5 score.Now I want to take the exam again and thought it will be more easier for me to get 7.5 or 8 (during these two years I have practiced my English). Took a reading practice a few minutes ago and it was 4.I would be very happy if anyone professional gives me some advice

Hi Simon,
I got my IELTS results today. L8 R8.5 W7 S6.5. Your website really helped me a lot when I was preparing for IELTS and I really appreciate it. Thank you for all your excellent lessons and your effort;-P

The pie chart and bar chart give information about why people in the US travelled and their main concerns in 2009.

The bar chart shows the most popular reason of all six different reasons for travelling was commuting to work in 2009. And the pie chart illustrates that American people concerned price of travel most of six different issues in the same year.

It is clear that 49% of Americans travelled to and from work, and the second most popular reason for travel was personal reasons, accounting for 19%. The percentages of American people who travelled for shopping and social/recreation were 16% and 10% respectively. By contrast, only 6% of people in the US travelled to visit friends or relatives in this year.

From the bar chart we can see that 36% of Americans concerned about price of travel, and this figure was almost double of the figure for the second most concerned issue, safety concerns. The proportions of Americans who worried about aggressive drivers and highway congestion were around 15%. However, only under 8% of people in the US concerned about the issues of public transport and space for pedestrains.

Suki

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=of+the+*+options&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t2%3B%2Cof%20the%20%2A%20options%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bof%20the%20following%20options%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bof%20the%20two%20options%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bof%20the%20various%20options%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bof%20the%20other%20options%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bof%20the%20available%20options%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bof%20the%20three%20options%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bof%20the%20policy%20options%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bof%20the%20above%20options%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bof%20the%20many%20options%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bof%20the%20four%20options%3B%2Cc0

->"The bar chart shows the most popular reason (of the six available) for travelling ... "

"Popular" and "common" have more than one meaning; "frequent", "prevalent", "predominant" are worth investigating.

Grammar usage around "concerned" (click the underlined blue phrases) :
https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=*+concerned%2Care+concerned+with%2C+are+concerned+about&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t2%3B%2C%2A%20concerned%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bis%20concerned%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bare%20concerned%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bwas%20concerned%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bwere%20concerned%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bbe%20concerned%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Ball%20concerned%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bnot%20concerned%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bbeen%20concerned%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bmore%20concerned%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bparties%20concerned%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Care%20concerned%20with%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Care%20concerned%20about%3B%2Cc0

" 49% of Americans travelled to and from work" - No 49% of the trips .....

Thank you very much Mambo ! : )

Hello simen,
I have one question about the handwriting. I make cursive handwriting and I used to it from my childhood.I got to know that cursive handwriting is not allowed in Ielts and it will deduct the marks if I will use it in my exam. Please give suggestions so that i can get desire bands in exam.

Hi Siomon, I don't know how accurate my report gets but I still post as my effort for fishing the exercise. Thanks for your exercise.
The charts illustrate the travelling purposes and impact factors on commuting of Americans in 2009. Generally, the main reason of taking trips was for working and a profound influence on their travelling was the expenditure of travel.
According to the bar chart, while 49% of trips were taken for the purpose of working, just 6% of them which took up the lowest rate were for visiting friends and relatives. Although the travels were taken by the reason of shopping accounted for 16%, the trips for personal reasons were occupied 19% which nearly doubled to that for social/recreation.
It is clear from the pie chart, meanwhile the main issue for the travelling of Americans was travelling cost, accounting for 36%; only 6% of people concerned about space for pedestrians. Although 8% of members cared about access to public transport, nearly a double of that rate claimed that aggressive drivers issue which should be taken into account. Besides, the research documented that 19% and 14% of Americans considered the safety concerns and highway congestion were two main factors to take the trips, respectively.
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Hi, Simon.
I am very grateful to you for what you've been doing on this blog.

just a quick question,
is it correct to say

1) The three countries are expected to see a significant change/increase.

or

2) The three countries are expected to see significant changes/increases.

@ Maka

The original meaning of "a/an" is "one".

How many changes are there? Will the same change affect all three countries?

nhan nguyen

"impact factors" has a technical meaning:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impact_factor

Other people have used "concerns" (as a noun) here.

Again, "reasons for travelling" would be clearer.

This chart shows the most common prepositions after "reason":

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=the+reason+*_ADP%2C+the+reason+why&year_start=1900&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t2%3B%2Cthe%20reason%20%2A_ADP%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bthe%20reason%20for_ADP%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bthe%20reason%20that_ADP%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bthe%20reason%20of_ADP%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bthe%20reason%20in_ADP%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bthe%20reason%20behind_ADP%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bthe%20reason%20therefor_ADP%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bthe%20reason%20as_ADP%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bthe%20reason%20above_ADP%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bthe%20reason%20thereof_ADP%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bthe%20reason%20by_ADP%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cthe%20reason%20why%3B%2Cc0

What part of the pie chart indicates that the issues had a "profound" influence?

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=*_NOUN+of+travel%2C+cost+of+travel%2C+expenditure+of+travel&year_start=1900&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t2%3B%2C%2A_NOUN%20of%20travel%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bbooks_NOUN%20of%20travel%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bdirection_NOUN%20of%20travel%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bmeans_NOUN%20of%20travel%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bmode_NOUN%20of%20travel%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bline_NOUN%20of%20travel%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Brate_NOUN%20of%20travel%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Broutes_NOUN%20of%20travel%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bmiles_NOUN%20of%20travel%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Byears_NOUN%20of%20travel%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bspeed_NOUN%20of%20travel%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Ccost%20of%20travel%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cexpenditure%20of%20travel%3B%2Cc0

" Although the travels were taken by the reason of shopping accounted for 16%,..." Two verbs in one clause?

" the trips ... were occupied 19%" ????

"doubled to that" ???

"Whereas" is a good substitute for "while" in Task 1 comparisons.

"It is clear from the pie chart, meanwhile the main issue..."

" the main issue for the travelling of Americans was travelling cost, .." Delete phrase in italics?

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=nearly+double+that+rate%2Cpeople+are+concerned%2Cpeople+were+concerned%2CIt+concerned+*%2C+It+concerned+the+*&year_start=1900&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cnearly%20double%20that%20rate%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cpeople%20are%20concerned%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cpeople%20were%20concerned%3B%2Cc0%3B.t2%3B%2CIt%20concerned%20%2A%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20the%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20a%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20itself%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20an%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20his%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20me%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20him%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20not%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20her%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20only%3B%2Cc0%3B.t2%3B%2CIt%20concerned%20the%20%2A%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20the%20question%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20the%20young%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20the%20whole%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20the%20death%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20the%20use%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20the%20right%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20the%20relationship%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20the%20status%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20the%20fate%3B%2Cc0%3B%3BIt%20concerned%20the%20problem%3B%2Cc0

"... that aggressive drivers issue which should be taken into account.

Nhan Nguyen

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=%22the+issue+of+aggressive+drivers%22&btnG=Search&lr=lang_en&dcr=0&gbv=1&tbs=lr%3Alang_1en&tbm=bks

Mambo,

thank you for your comments,

i guess i didn't make my question clear,

what i wanted to ask is this,


1) The figures for the three countries are expected to see a significant increase.

or

2) The figures for the three countries are expected to see significant increases.

which one is the correct way to say?

Maka

The chart below shows that either is possible:

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=showed+a+rapid+increase%2Cshowed+rapid+increases%2Cexperienced+a+rapid+increase%2Cexperienced+rapid+increases&case_insensitive=on&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cshowed%20a%20rapid%20increase%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cshowed%20rapid%20increases%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cexperienced%20a%20rapid%20increase%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cexperienced%20rapid%20increases%3B%2Cc0

Click on the underlined blue phrases at the bottom to see examples of both singulars and plurals.

M'ambo,

ahh yea i think you're right,

they use both "an increase" and " increases" even when the subject is plural.

thank you!

Hi Simon,

Could you help me to check this one out? This one is the combination between Nhan Nguyen's work and Suki's one after they had been fixed by you and there are some additional ideas of mine is added too.

The bar chart and pie chart give information about why US residents travelled and what travel problems they experienced in the year 2009.

It is clear that the principal reason why Americans travelled in 2009 was to commute to and from work. In the same year, the primary concern of Americans, with regard to the trips they made, was the cost of traveling.

Generally, there were 49% of Americans travelled to and from work, and the following most prevalent reason for traveling was personal preferences, accounting for 19%. The percentages of Americans who travelled for shopping and social/recreation were 16% and 10% respectively. In contrast, only 6% of US residents travelled to visit friends or relatives in this year.

In addition, the pie chart illustrated the predominant issue for Americans was travelling cost, accounting for 36%; there was only 6% concerned about space for pedestrians. Although 8% cared about accessing to public transport, nearly double that rate claimed that the issue of aggressive drivers which should be taken into account. Besides, the research documented that 19% and 14% of Americans considered the safety concerns and highway congestion were two main factors to take trips, respectively.

@ Phuong Le

1) "Generally, there were 49% of Americans travelled to and from work,.." The chart says 49% of the trips, not 49% of Americans.

2) "there was only 6% concerned about" -> only 6% were concerned about. Here "concerned" is like an adjective.

3) "claimed that [SUBJECT]the issue of aggressive drivers (which??) [VERB]should be taken into account." Delete "which".

4) "Besides" tends to introduce an overwhelming item or reason. "Also" is enough here.

5) "were the two main factors in/for taking trips"

Hlo simon
I got overall 5.5 score in ielts exam... my speaking score was 5 and other module i got 6 bands..now i filled the revaluation in speaking ..can my score is increased.....?????please give me soloution..??? How i can improve my score...???

Neha, click on the categories in the left side menu on this page - writing, speaking etc and work through the materials

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