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IELTS essay, topic: Some people say that no one should work after the age of 65 (discuss + opinion)

This essay topic was seen in a recent IELTS test in India. Some people say that no one should work after the age of 65, others say that anyone should be able to continue working for as long as they wish. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Sample Band 8 Essay The debate over retirement age has been increasing in intensity recently, as people on both sides of the argument bring forth their respective points of view. On one hand, some people argue that no one should be allowed to work after the age of 65. On the other hand, there are those who say anyone should be able to continue working for as long as they wish. In my opinion, imposing an age limit isn’t the wisest approach and making the decision when to retire should be left… Read More »IELTS essay, topic: Some people say that no one should work after the age of 65 (discuss + opinion)

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IELTS Speaking Test in Saudi Arabia (Part 3, Complaints)

The questions below were shared by a student who took the IELTS test in Saudi Arabia. Here are some model answers, to show you how you might respond to those questions: Speaking Part 3 (Discussion) 1. How can companies or organisations respond to complaints effectively? What I think companies or organizations should do is start by actively listening and acknowledging the concerns raised by the people. This kind of empathy will help them understand the root cause of someone’s dissatisfaction quickly, compared to just reading from a fixed script. I usually get very frustrated when I call to make a complaint and the person on the other end just reads off a script without actually listening to me. 2. Are some people more likely to complain than others? Why or why not? Well, I believe our personality traits and life… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in Saudi Arabia (Part 3, Complaints)

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IELTS Letter, topic: Writing to a school camp manager to recommend your friend for a job

The topic of this letter appeared in a recent IELTS exam in Vietnam. Below is a sample response that is likely to score Band 8 or above in IELTS. One of your friends wants to apply for a job at a summer school camp as a sports trainer. Write a letter to the camp manager to recommend your friend. In your letter, – Say how well you know your friend – What qualifications and experience your friend has – Explain why your friend would be suitable for this job. Begin your letter as follows: Dear Mr Burkett, Answer Dear Mr. Burkett, I am writing this letter to recommend my friend Nadia for the position of sports trainer at your summer school camp. I have known Nadia for 10 years and consider her to be an exceptional candidate for this role.… Read More »IELTS Letter, topic: Writing to a school camp manager to recommend your friend for a job

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IELTS Speaking Test in Saudi Arabia (Part 2, Describe a time when you complained about a product or service)

The question below was shared by a student who took the IELTS test in Saudi Arabia. Here is a model answer, to show you how you might respond to this question: Speaking Part 2 (Cue Card) Talk about a time when you complained about a product or service and the issue was resolved to your satisfaction. You should say – what product/service you complained about – what the issue was – what response you received – and explain how you felt about the outcome of your complaint. Answer I recently purchased a high-end smartphone from a renowned brand. As someone who relies heavily on mobile devices for work and communication, I expected the device to live up to its promising features and reputation. However, after merely a few weeks of usage, I discovered a significant issue: the phone would abruptly… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in Saudi Arabia (Part 2, Describe a time when you complained about a product or service)

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IELTS Report, topic: Table comparing the numbers of migrant workers in 2003 and 2006

This is a model answer for the Academic Writing Task 1 from the IELTS exam in Bangladesh 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 table below gives information on the temporary migrant workers in 4 countries, in 2003 and 2006. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant. Write at least 150 words * Note: this isn’t the actual table given in the test, it was recreated for the purpose of demonstration. Band 8.5 Model Answer The table gives information about the number of migrant workers in 4 countries over two years and their percentage of the entire population. Overall, it can be clearly seen that the number of migrant workers increased in all… Read More »IELTS Report, topic: Table comparing the numbers of migrant workers in 2003 and 2006

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IELTS Speaking Test in Saudi Arabia (Part 1, Stars and Space Exploration)

The questions below were shared by a student who took the IELTS test in Saudi Arabia. Here are some model answers, to show you how you might respond to those questions: Speaking Part 1 (Interview) 1. Do you like looking at the stars? I adore looking at the stars. There is something so fascinating and humbling about gazing up at the vast expanse of the night sky and seeing those countless lights shimmering in the darkness. It is strange to know that each of those tiny specks of light is actually an enormous, burning ball of gas, so unimaginably far away from us! That sure helps put things into perspective. 2. Have you learned about stars and planets in school? Yes, I have. I recall that during my science classes, we touched upon various astronomical topics, such as the characteristics… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in Saudi Arabia (Part 1, Stars and Space Exploration)

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IELTS essay, topic: It is a natural process that animal species such as dinosaurs become extinct (agree/disagree)

This essay topic was seen in a recent IELTS test in Bangladesh. It is a natural process that animal species such as dinosaurs become extinct. There is no reason for people to prevent this from happening. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Sample Band 8 Essay It is true that animal species like dinosaurs have become extinct over time, and it appears to be a natural process of the Earth’s evolution. But when it comes to the question of whether people should intervene in this process or not, opinions are divided. Personally, I believe that humans have an obligation to prevent further extinctions by protecting endangered species from human-related threats such as poaching, habitat destruction, and climate change. The advocates of non-intervention claim that extinction is part of nature’s way of eliminating weaker species so that only the… Read More »IELTS essay, topic: It is a natural process that animal species such as dinosaurs become extinct (agree/disagree)

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IELTS Speaking Test in Italy (Part 3, Movies and Cinema)

The questions below were shared by a student who took the IELTS test in Italy. Here are some model answers, to show you how you might respond to those questions: Speaking Part 3 (Discussion) 1. What do you think about watching movies at the cinema? In my opinion, watching a movie at the cinema is an experience like no other. From the moment you step into the theatre, you are surrounded by a unique atmosphere and ambience that can’t be replicated anywhere else. The big screen, surround sound, reclining chairs and comfy seats make it easy to get lost in the movie. Beyond that, it’s also a great way to bond with friends or family as you share laughs, snacks and memorable moments together. 2. Do you think more people are watching movies at the cinema now compared to the… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in Italy (Part 3, Movies and Cinema)

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IELTS Speaking Test in Italy (Part 2, Describe a movie you liked)

The question below was shared by a student who took the IELTS test in Italy. Here is a model answer, to show you how you might respond to this question: Speaking Part 2 (Cue Card) Talk about a movie you liked. You should say – what movie it was – when you watched it – what it is about – and explain why you liked it. Answer I recently watched “The Grand Budapest Hotel”. This type of movie is not usually my cup of tea, but my sister insisted that I watch it. Funnily enough, it ended up being one of the most entertaining movies I’ve ever seen. I watched it last week and it told the story of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, who gets caught up in an adventure involving a missing… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in Italy (Part 2, Describe a movie you liked)

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IELTS Report, topic: Bar graph describing the numbers of migrant workers in different occupations in Australia

This is a model answer for the Academic Writing Task 1 from the IELTS exam in Saudi Arabia 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 chart below gives information on the numbers of workers in different occupations who migrated to Australia between 2009 and 2012. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant. Write at least 150 words * Note: this isn’t the actual chart given in the test, it was recreated for the purpose of demonstration. Band 8.5 Model Answer The bar graph describes the number of skilled workers in four occupations which include accountant, cook, software engineer, and computer programmer, who migrated to Australia between 2009 and 2012. It can be clearly… Read More »IELTS Report, topic: Bar graph describing the numbers of migrant workers in different occupations in Australia

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