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IELTS Report, topic: Bar charts describing bus company services

This is a model answer for the Academic Writing Task 1 from an IELTS exam in Mongolia that was shared recently. This response is likely to get Band 8 or 8.5 in IELTS. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task The charts below give information on a bus company’s services between 1999 and 2003, including the target and actual percentage of buses that arrived on time, and the number of customer complaints. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant. Write at least 150 words * Note: these aren’t the actual charts given in the test, they were recreated for the purpose of demonstration. Band 8.5 Model Answer The given bar chart depicts the percentage of buses that arrived on time as well as the number of complaints about the bus… Read More »IELTS Report, topic: Bar charts describing bus company services

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IELTS Speaking Test in Japan (Part 2, Describe a person who has interesting ideas)

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The question below was shared by a student who took the IELTS test in Japan. Here is a model answer, to show you how you might respond to this question: Speaking Part 2 (Cue Card) Describe a person who has interesting ideas. You should say – who this person is – how you know this person – what interesting ideas this person has and explain how their ideas influenced others. Answer Oh, there’s this interesting person I know, his name is Tim. He is a community organiser and a local politician in our area. He’s the kind of person whose mind never seems to rest, and he is always buzzing with innovative ideas on how to make our neighbourhood greener and more sustainable. I met him during a community clean-up event that he organised last year. His passion for conservation… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in Japan (Part 2, Describe a person who has interesting ideas)

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IELTS Letter, topic: Writing to a friend who wants to stay with you on holidays

The topic of this letter appeared in a recent IELTS exam in Japan. Below is a sample response that is likely to score Band 8 or above in IELTS. Your friend would like to come and stay with you on holidays, but you are not available on the date. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, – Apologise for not being able to be there – Give a reason why you are not available – Suggest another day for your friend’s visit. Answer Dear Maya, Hope you’re doing well! I got super excited when I heard you were thinking of coming over for the holidays. We haven’t hung out in ages, and I’ve really missed our fun times together. The one problem I am writing about is that I won’t be around on the date you mentioned due… Read More »IELTS Letter, topic: Writing to a friend who wants to stay with you on holidays

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IELTS Speaking Test in Japan (Part 1, Neighbourhood and Work)

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The questions below were shared by a student who took the IELTS test in Japan. Here are some model answers, to show you how you might respond to those questions: Speaking Part 1 (Interview) 1. Where are you from? I’m originally from a small, picturesque town in the Lake District, UK. 2. Can you describe your neighbourhood? It’s a peaceful place surrounded by nature, rolling hills, tranquil lakes, and quaint little cottages. Growing up there was like living in a postcard. On one side, you have these charming Victorian homes with ivy-clad facades, and on the other, there are modern apartments housing young professionals and families alike. The streets are lined with trees and there’s a lovely park where people often gather for picnics or a friendly game of football. 3. What do you think is special about your neighbourhood?… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in Japan (Part 1, Neighbourhood and Work)

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IELTS essay, topic: It is a good idea for people to continue working beyond retirement age (agree/disagree)

This essay topic was seen in a recent IELTS test in Oman. It is a good idea for people to continue working beyond retirement age. Do you agree or disagree? Sample Band 8 Essay The concept of retirement has traditionally been associated with the notion of enjoying leisure time after years of work. However, in recent times, there has been a growing debate about whether people should continue working beyond the retirement age. In my opinion, individuals should continue working even after reaching retirement age due to the various advantages it brings. Firstly, continuing work beyond retirement age promotes healthy aging. Engaging in meaningful work keeps individuals mentally stimulated and reduces the risk of age-related cognitive decline. Work also provides a sense of purpose and social interaction, which can combat loneliness and isolation often experienced by retirees. Research has shown… Read More »IELTS essay, topic: It is a good idea for people to continue working beyond retirement age (agree/disagree)

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IELTS Speaking Test in Pakistan (Part 3, Learning a language)

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The questions below were shared by a student who took the IELTS test in Pakistan. Here are some model answers, to show you how you might respond to those questions: Speaking Part 3 (Discussion) How is language learning now different from the past? Well, in the past most people had to learn a language using books or in a traditional classroom setting. These days we have many different types of digital resources at our fingertips, such as language learning apps, online courses, and forums where one can interact with native speakers. Additionally, the internet provides access to a vast amount of reading and listening materials in any given language, which was not as easily accessible in the past. Do you think that language learning apps and online resources have made it easier for people to learn languages nowadays? The definitely… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in Pakistan (Part 3, Learning a language)

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IELTS Report, topic: Map of the ground floor of a school library

This is a model answer for the Academic Writing Task 1 from an IELTS exam in Oman that was shared recently. This response is likely to get Band 8 or 8.5 in IELTS. You should spend about 20 minutes on this task The plans below show the layout of the ground floor of a school library in 2001, and how it changed as a result of renovations in 2009. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant. Write at least 150 words * Note: these aren’t the actual plans given in the test, they were recreated for the purpose of demonstration. Band 8.5 Model Answer The two plans show the changes that occurred to the ground floor of a library over a period of 8 years, from 2001 to 2009. Overall, what can… Read More »IELTS Report, topic: Map of the ground floor of a school library

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IELTS Speaking Test in Pakistan (Part 2, Describe a person who has learnt your language)

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The question below was shared by a student who took the IELTS test in Pakistan. Here is a model answer, to show you how you might respond to this question: Speaking Part 2 (Cue Card) Describe a person who has learnt your language. You should say – who the person is – when he/she learnt your language – where he/she learnt your language and explain how you feel about what this person has done. Answer The person I’m talking about is my friend Sofia. She’s originally from Italy but has a deep love for languages and cultures. She is a very disciplined person, and once she set her mind to learning English nothing could stand in the way of her goal. Sofia started learning English when she planned to spend a semester abroad here. She wanted to fully immerse herself… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in Pakistan (Part 2, Describe a person who has learnt your language)

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IELTS essay, topic: In order to be successful in business one has to study at university (discuss+opinion)

This essay topic was seen in a recent IELTS test in Kenya. Some people think that in order to be successful in business one has to study at university, while others disagree. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Sample Band 8 Essay The debate on whether success in business necessitates a university degree is ongoing. Some argue that the structured learning and networking opportunities provided by universities are irreplaceable, while others believe that real-world experience is more valuable. From my perspective, one’s business acumen is not solely dependent on formal education, but rather a blend of experience, ingenuity, and the ability to capitalise on opportunities. Proponents of a university education highlight the comprehensive advantages it offers. Courses in business programs cover essential knowledge areas such as financial management, strategic planning, and marketing—skills that are crucial in the business sector.… Read More »IELTS essay, topic: In order to be successful in business one has to study at university (discuss+opinion)

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IELTS Speaking Test in Pakistan (Part 1, Movies and Clothes)

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The questions below were shared by a student who took the IELTS test in Pakistan. Here are some model answers, to show you how you might respond to those questions: Speaking Part 1 (Interview) What do you like about your hometown? Well, to start of it’s a beautiful place with a mix of cultures, and cuisines. It’s a city in which you can meet people from all walks of life. And the best part is that the food scene is incredible, thanks to this cultural diversity. Let’s talk about movies. What kind of movies do you like? I have a soft spot for romantic comedies. It’s nice to watch when you just want to relax and unwind, and you don’t want to burden your mind with something too complex. It’s just nice dependable fun. Did you go to the cinema… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in Pakistan (Part 1, Movies and Clothes)

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