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IELTS Speaking Test in Italy (Part 1, Names and Geography)

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 1 (Interview) 1. What is your name? My name is Melissa or Mel for short. 2. Do you know the meaning of your name? Yes, actually I do. It means ‘honeybee’ and it was chosen by my dad because the thought it was a sweet name. 3. Is this a popular name in your country? It’s a bit too popular for my liking. During my years at school, there were at least two Melissas in each class. 4. Are there more common names in your country? What are they? Well, I am not exactly sure, but I think that for some reason Jonathan was a very popular boy’s… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in Italy (Part 1, Names and Geography)

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IELTS essay, topic: Some people encourage watching sports to learn about teamwork and strategy (discuss + opinion)

This essay topic was seen in a recent IELTS test in Egypt. Some people encourage watching sports as a way of learning about teamwork and strategy, while others believe that one can learn these skills only through playing sports. Discuss both views and give your opinion. Sample Band 8 Essay Sports are a unique form of entertainment that has been around for centuries. While some may believe that watching sports is a beneficial way to gain insight into team dynamics and strategy, there are those who argue that only by playing sports can we truly learn these skills. In my view, both watching and playing sports are necessary in order to become a well-rounded team player. It is true that by watching sports, one can gain insight into how successful teams work together and what strategies they use to win… Read More »IELTS essay, topic: Some people encourage watching sports to learn about teamwork and strategy (discuss + opinion)

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IELTS Speaking Test in India (Part 3, Childhood friendships)

The questions below were shared by a student who took the IELTS test in India. Here are some model answers, to show you how you might respond to those questions: Speaking Part 3 (Discussion) 1. Is the nature of social media friendship similar to real life friendship? When we think about friendship these days, many of us consider both real-life and social media friendships to be similar in that they provide companionship, understanding, and support. However, there are some significant differences between these two types of relationships. Real-life friendships are typically based on shared experiences, conversations in person or by phone/video chat, and physical activities such as going for a walk or playing sports together. In contrast, social media friendships are largely based on sharing posts online and messaging each other through various applications such as Facebook messenger or WhatsApp.… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in India (Part 3, Childhood friendships)

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IELTS Letter, topic: Writing to a friend from your previous workplace

The topic of this letter appeared in a recent IELTS exam in Egypt. Below is a sample response that is likely to score Band 8 or above in IELTS. You have recently moved to a different city for work, but you want to maintain contact with a friend from your previous workplace. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter, – describe the city you moved to – tell him/her about your new job – invite him/her to visit you Begin your letter as follows: Dear ___________, Answer Dear Nadia, I hope this letter finds you well, and that life has been treating you kindly. It’s been a while since we’ve caught up, and I wanted to keep in touch with you even though I’ve moved away. Let me tell you a bit about my new city; it’s a… Read More »IELTS Letter, topic: Writing to a friend from your previous workplace

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IELTS Speaking Test in India (Part 2, Describe a childhood friend of yours)

The question below was shared by a student who took the IELTS test in India. Here is a model answer, to show you how you might respond to this question: Speaking Part 2 (Cue Card) Describe a childhood friend of yours. You should say – who he/she is – where you met him/her – what you did together – and explain what makes your childhood friend special. Answer My childhood friend was a girl named Alex. We met in the fifth grade when my family moved to a new town. She was one of the first people I made friends with. I remember being the new and very shy kid in the class, and Alex who is quite the extrovert just took me under her wing and told me everything I needed t know about the kids at school and… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in India (Part 2, Describe a childhood friend of yours)

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IELTS Report, topic: Pie charts comparing the reasons that motivated students to choose a college or university

This is a model answer for the Academic Writing Task 1 from the IELTS exam in India 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 reveal the differences in reasons that motivated students to choose a college or university in the UK, in 2008 and 2017. 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 two charts describe the extent to which five reasons affected students’ choice to study further in different universities and colleges in the UK, in 2008 and 2017. It can be… Read More »IELTS Report, topic: Pie charts comparing the reasons that motivated students to choose a college or university

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IELTS Speaking Test in India (Part 1, Friends)

The questions below were shared by a student who took the IELTS test in India. Here are some model answers, to show you how you might respond to those questions: Speaking Part 1 (Interview) 1. Do you have any friends living near you? Yes, I do! Most of my friends live within 10 miles of me, so it’s convenient for us to all get together on weekends or hang out during the week. We spend lots of time together at each other’s houses and go out to restaurants or bars when we can. 2. Why did they choose to live there? Most of my friends grew up in this area, just like me, so it made sense for them to stay here when they became adults. Additionally, there are lots of great job opportunities nearby so it was easy for… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in India (Part 1, Friends)

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IELTS essay, topic: It is better to be unemployed than to be employed in a job one does not enjoy (agree/disagree)

This essay topic was seen in a recent IELTS test in India. It is better to be unemployed than to be employed in a job one does not enjoy. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Sample Band 8 Essay Many people believe that it is preferable to be jobless than employed in a job they dislike. This statement can be seen as controversial, as there are valid arguments for and against the idea. Personally, I find that employment is important, even if the job itself is not very enjoyable. On the one hand, it can be argued that being unemployed has its own set of advantages. One of them is the freedom and independence it allows individuals in terms of career choices. Being unemployed gives people an opportunity to consider other options and pursue their passions, without having… Read More »IELTS essay, topic: It is better to be unemployed than to be employed in a job one does not enjoy (agree/disagree)

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IELTS Speaking Test in Canada (Part 3, Patience and Modern Technology)

The questions below were shared by a student who took the IELTS test in Canada. Here are some model answers, to show you how you might respond to those questions: Speaking Part 3 (Discussion) 1. You said that waiting takes a lot of patience. Do you believe that patience is a virtue? Why? Yes, I do believe this. Patience is an important trait to possess because it enables us to stay focused on our goals in life and remain resilient even when obstacles arise. It allows us to stay calm and collected in times of stress and pressure. Additionally, patience helps us make more informed decisions, as we are able to weigh out the pros and cons of a situation before acting. 2. Do you think being patient is a skill we are born with, or is it developed as… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in Canada (Part 3, Patience and Modern Technology)

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IELTS Report, topic: Two maps of a university campus, before and after changes

This is a model answer for the Academic Writing Task 1 from the IELTS exam in Italy 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 maps below show the university campus at present and in the future, after the planned changes. 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 maps given in the test, they were recreated for the purpose of demonstration. Band 8.5 Model Answer The two maps show the present layout of a university campus and its proposed future changes. Overall, it is clear that while many changes have been planned, the most prominent ones will be the construction of a new… Read More »IELTS Report, topic: Two maps of a university campus, before and after changes

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