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Thursday, March 14, 2019


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Thank you so much !

A native speaker told me that should not use phrase "It is clear that/ it is noticeable that" on task 1 's overview. She said, "Do not write clauses like these. They do not describe the figure. They are your opinions." "Avoid the use of "figure" in Task 1", she said again.

What do you think about that?

Hoàng Nguyễn

British Council states that both tasks in the Academic test must be written in formal style, but they do not specify 'academic' style.

The Task 1 report must present a clear overview of main trends, differences or stages. That is what an examiner is looking for in assessing the overview.

The two phrases you mention are somewhat redundant, but (in my view) would not affect the score one way or the other.

Looking at the model answer provided by the British Council themselves here:


please note that they themselves use "figure" to refer to a number, so this must be okay.

Also note that they use anthropomorphic verbs such as "[The last decade] has seen", so it seems that there is no need to be overly rigorous about having to use only strictly academic wording.

Thanks a lot. it is extremely useful!

Hi Simon, I’m quite confused about how to use the word “proportion”, I mean, in your essay you wrote “the proportions of...” with “s”. However, when I look it up in OxfordDictionary, it is said that “the proportion” without “s” is the synonym of “the percentage” and the one with “s” is explained as measurements and dimensions.

Can you please explain it in more details for me?
Look forward to hearing your answer.
Thank you for the essay, too.

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