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Saturday, October 12, 2013


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Hi Simon,

first of all, i would like to thank you and appreciate your efforts.

Today i took my IELTs (2nd attemp), it was a little difficult specially in reading, every passage was longer than usual for G Module

for writing

Task 1: write letter to your manager informing that you will leave company , give reason, what you enjoyed and what you learned in company
Task 2:
some people say that we should not teach music for children as t just waste of time and teach them practical subjects as science and computing.
agree or disagree?

PLZ HELP ME: i wrote for task 2 an essay like that :

Introduction : 2 statement + my opinion (disagree)

Para 1: some people argued that ....(education subject)
Para 2: However, i believe that .....(music subject)
Conclusion : just repeat my ideas

will i lose mark as i wrote " i disagree" but give both sides (education & music)?
as i disagree, i know i should keep writing on music benefits only but that what happen? will i lose marks?
i need a score of 6 in each

thank you for such meaningful website and helpful tips.

Simon please help me.I have a exam on Monday

Can i partly agree on this question

Young people decide whether they want to go to the university or to travel around the world.However, working prepares them more for a further life as an adult

to what extend do you agree?

i am not getting this question properly
there are three points which need to be answered

Please help me .i am so confused

Im also wanted to ask same type of question

Some people believe that what is taught in school is not as useful as what you can learn outside the school.Do you agree or disagree?

According to your patter.Can i write this way if i partly agreed?

Some people believe that......whereas other think that.....Personally ,I believe that learning from both school and outside helps an individual to become a successful person in life.

but in the first part of the question there is a negative statement "Some people believe that what is taught in school is not as useful "

how can i use it positively in my intro first part?

Please reply me

Hi Simon,
today i took my IELTS (2nd attempt)

writing essay 2 : some people say that music should not be taught to students and replace it by practical subjects as computing and science. Agree or Disagree?

my answer was like that :

Intro.: 2 sentences ;rephrase rubric and my opinion (Disagree)

Para 1: ( some people argued that .... (practical subjects )

Para 2: However, i believe that ....(Music subject)

Conclusion: summarize my opinion


will i lose marks because i answer the question like that ? i know i should write only about music (para 1 & Para 2 about music ) but unfortunately i lost that while writing

Hi, simon.
Thank you for excellent suggestion.you have boosted many people to increase their scores.I have also a question.i think you can not reply me because you have no tome to comment on everybody.Still I am writing my problem.I got 5.5 in each band.But I need six in each area and overall 6.5 pls suggest me anyway.I am waiting for advice


see below essay , will help for your question

I’m really in two minds about what to do when I leave school. Should I go straight to university
or should I spend a year travelling around the world?

First of all, there are so many benefits of going straight to university. The most important point is that the sooner I get my qualifications, the quicker I’ll get a job and
start earning.In my opinion, starting work and making money is one of the most important things in life.
And I’m not alone in this opinion. Many consider a sound career and a good salary to be an
important goal.

Secondly, if I go straight to university, I’ll learn so many things that will help me in my future life.It is often said that knowledge is the key to power, and I cannot disagree with this.

Moreover, I’ll be able to take part in the social activities that the university offers, and meet lots
of new friends who share the same interests.

However, it could be argued that I would also meet lots of interesting people while I was
travelling. Furthermore, if I spent a year travelling, I would learn more about the world.
On the one hand, I would experience lots of different cultures.On the other hand, I could end up suffering from culture shock, homesickness and some strange
tropical diseases.

Nevertheless, these inconveniences would be an inevitable part of travelling and would be
greatly outweighed by the other advantages.

Unfortunately, another point is that if I spent a year travelling I would need a lot of money
But I believe that it would be easy to make a bit while I was travelling, giving English lessons or
working in hotels and shops.

All right, I’ve made my mind up. Now, where’s my nearest travel agency.

Hi Mohamed...

You will not loose points if you have contradicted properly and stressed more on music. I mean you can write about practical subjects and then show their demerits if only those are imparted.

However, you do need to show the proper points of music which represents your view and which clearly leads to your point of view.

There is nothing wrong in format. Its fine to put practical subjects first n music later.


Hi Mohamed,

I think what Piyu said was right.
I even think it is better to comment both sides by using separate paragraphs.
May be one of the best approach of writing this task is to first argue the importance of teaching music in the 2nd paragraph, then in the third paragraph point out the view why people think it should be replace by other practical subjects. However, refuting this view is important in the end of the 3rd paragraph.

If your proposed content provide a sufficient explanation to support your disagreement, I do not think you will lose mark. Anyway it depends on how you express.

Hopefully it helps. I will have my next attempt on 19 October. Just try the best.

Best regards,

Hi Pachu

I remember Simon has put up the answer somewhere on this website. The advice roughly means that if you get a .5 band, it means your ability is actually on the next level,although certain aspect of your performance is far less than satisfactory. So what you need to do is to find out which aspect of your ability is too weak and strenghten it.
For example, as for writing, if the use of tense is always your weak point, then try to correct the mistakes and make the correct usage of verb tense a habit.
I guess it's the same with all the tests.You are not far from your ideal scores at all!

Good luck:)


hello Mohammad

Are your from Pakistan?

Hi Simon,

You are more than welcome! It is indeed my pleasure to contribute and help out!

Thank you again for allowing us to express our thoughts and provide students with a bit more of guidance on this amazing blog.


think you sunny Lin for advice.
I think my listening was not good.so I am watching BBC,CNN channel.Because it gives understanding of words and pronunciation.

Can I have your email address please

Hi Simon, appreciate for your help in getting us to be ready for IELTS examination.

I have a special question regarding the way IELTS release our result. I'm from Malaysia and I've taken First IELTS session on 17-Aug, result was 6.5, 6.0, 7.0, 7.0. My required band are 7.0 for each band. Thus, I have attended the second IELTS attempt on 07-Sept, and the result was supposed to release on 20-Sept.

However, my result was withheld with a reason of having inconsistency of my band result which taken within ONE month. I have registered this exam with British Council and they have been giving me similar updates ever since 20-Sept such as pending for UK IELTS for investigation or pending for Cambridge team for investigation. Or even worst is, they are telling me that the person in charge in Cambridge is currently on leave and will be only able to advise when this person come back to work. There is no any date line been given and I'm currently in a situation whereby "stuck" in middle of no where.

I'm not sure if I should retake the test by not knowing what is my latest band score, and also I'm unsure if IELTS will withheld my result again from third attempt.

Do you know if there is any IELTS hotline or customer care phone line which I could call and at least get an expectation about when can I have my result to be released? I'm really frustrated with all these waiting and not knowing the status.

Thank you and I hope you could really share me some lights from here. I have no where to get the information that I really needed now.

Dear Simon,
I would like to express my thank to you. I followed your website for over 4 months and finally i achieved my dream 's result.
I just have enough point for my PR now so i am so happy. i just don't know how to show my gratitude to you. Thank you so much for your wonderful advice and knowledge.
Here is my score L 7.5, R 8.0, W 7.0, S 7.0
This is so unexpected and this is my 9th attempt. Please don't give up to anyone who is still trying for PR.
I know the test is stressful and difficult but if you persist to achieve, you will eventually make it.
Yours regard, Giang

Hi Giang - Congratulations for your results..

Hi Simon,

I got L R W S - 8 6.5 6.5 8 with Avg as 7.5 as my results.

Do you suggest me for re-evaluation and does that help me ? I've a requirement for 7 in all modules. Awaiting for your advice..


Dear RK,
i recommend that you do not try the remark as reading is a rare occasion that people would give a wrong mark.You should only try the remarking if your writing or speaking is the case. Just keep on trying the next time then. I wish you luck then

Hi Simon. I am Levent from Turkey. I have been working in a bank named as Türkiye İş Bankası A.Ş for a year. I must take 6.5 to attend the promotion exams for the bank. I attended an IELTS exam last April 27th and took 5.5.. I havent used English in any area for 2 years and I must study. What is your valuable advices to me to take 6.5 and over? Thanks a lot for your interest :)

Thanks Giang for your genuine advice. I truely appreciate it.

Could you please share your emil-ID such that I can be in touch and take guidance accordingly. I'm at brk0018@gmail.com


First, i want to thank you Simon for all the tips i was able to learn from your website before i took my exam last Oct. 26 in RIyadh.Got my results via online today and i have no complaints about it.:) For those who are planning or already scheduled to take their exams,i hope these pointers will help you.

For Listening-a lot of the test items were fill in the blank and matching type.the speakers were using very recognizable accent but the challenge was the speed by which they speak was quite fast so you really have to take note of the things you need to listen to.

For Reading-3 very long artiicles and a lot of yes/no/not given type came out.

I can''t rmember well the writing part but during the listening, i was asked about the origin of my name,who gave my name to me.second part was about a seaside place i want to visit and a lot of dicussions further including fishing and travelling by sea.

Some one please help me to write ielts witheld result statement which British council asked me to.

Hi everyone,I was wating for my result given on 18/06/2016 but they gave me a mail that your result is in investigation so will I score good bands????? N how much time will it take!!

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