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Thursday, August 02, 2018


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great! thank you :D

hi simon,

thank you for your post.
i can understand meanings of these collocations without using dictionary.
i also read all posts of your blog twice.

my problem is... i easily understand your posts without using dictionary, i know collocations, difficult words that you use.

but when it comes to writing my brain stops. i write like a primary school student.

i can't use my vocabulary while writing.
what is solution?

@ rüknettin

1) What is your writing like in your own language?

2) Have you tried writing out your ideas as simply as possible? If you have the idea that you must use "difficult" words, this might be blocking you. Why not start simple, practice simple, and worry about the rest later?

Hi simon,
I really appreciate your general help, I just got my score, 7.5. Thank you so much for providing such useful information, hope everything goes well in your life.

Hello simon,
I have some questions to ask about task 1
I am not sure what task 1 wants me to compare. I want to ask, when should I or in what condition, I need to compare for years or among countries? What I means is, for example, in the same year, I compare different countries or I compare the same country for different years? How can I know which I should apply in my writing? Thanks!!


It depends on the chart: compare these:



Thanks for you reply.
I think the first link is compared among countries and the second link is compared between years?
1. But what if the charts are only years and countries? How can I know which way to compare? I have tried one of simon's practice about that. I compared between countries and simon compared the changes of the same country. Someone said my comparison was messy, so I want to know how to do it well in task 1.
2. Another question is, I have taken ielts once in late-June, and my question was a bar chart. All it provides to me are categories, no years, it is a survey responses about the 3 wards. And I think I did something wrong on that task, could you help me? How can I deal with such chart?
Thanks a lot!!


Band 7 criterion is "presents a clear overview of main trends, differences or stages". This means that for a graph or bar chart over time, we need to identify the key trends; and for bar or pie charts with no dates we need to compare the differences. "Stages" would refer to a process diagram. Either way, we are looking for the main features.

Once we have the main features in the overview, we can expand on that with supporting details and figures in further paragraphs.

Band 6 refers to "information appropriately selected", so we need for ourselves what the significant features are and focus our report around them. If you like, imagine you are writing a report for your boss, so make sure you mention the key stuff.

-> we need decide for ourselves

Thank you for the link.I had been looking for advice on how to use collocations properly from either books or websites for ages.It's very useful.

Hello , how's this essay ? Can you tell me roughly about what score it would get?

The charts illustrate several reasons why adults study and how costs of these studies should be shared.
Overall, primary factors that encourage adults to start education are their interests in particular subject and desire to gain qualifications.People think that money obtained through adult education should be mostly given to individuals of society.
Thus, 40 percent of middle-aged individuals decide later education because of their interests in any subject.Other reasons like changing their current job or meeting new people are least common among adults.According to data shown in first chart, 20 percentage of middle-aged women and men begin studying because they simply enjoy learning.It is also obvious from the chart that exact same amount of individuals (20 percent) study in order to promote their status in the workplace.It is clear from the pie chart that people do not think that income costs should be shared equally to taxpayers, individuals and employers.Thus, 40 percent, 35 percent and 25 percent of overall costs should be shared among individuals, employers and taxpayers, respectively.

@ Leil

It is difficult to assess whether your report is a true and fair description and summary of the information if the charts themselves are not provided.

Might I suggest you review the following Task 1 assignment and compare your answer to Simon's?


There is a wealth of information on writing Task 1 which can be reviewed via the heading on the left sidebar of this page.

That said, to me, your third sentence was not clear. Perhaps the question is about who bears the burden of costs: taxpayers in general, employers, or individual employees??

The third paragraph read like a list of the details, but with no clear connection to the features in the overview. So the key reasons in the overview are "interest" and "qualifications", but the detail seems to blur this.

Perhaps better to divide and write the third para to support the first point in the overview, and add a fourth para for the second point in the overview.


I am a big fan of yours teaching style. could you please give some suggestion on writing task 1 (academic) test 4 Cambridge book 5?


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