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IELTS Letter, topic: Writing to complain about a damaged shipment

The topic of this letter appeared in a recent IELTS exam in Australia. Below is a sample response that is likely to score Band 8 or above in IELTS. You recently had some items shipped to you from overseas. Upon receiving the shipment you found that some things were damaged in transit. Write a letter to the manager of the shipping company. In your letter – Provide the details of your shipment – Describe the damage – Say what action you want the company to take. Answer Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing in regard to an overseas shipment that your company handled on my behalf. I have booked a collection of paintings of significant value from a business associate in Italy, to be shipped to my residence in Canada. The paintings left Milano on the 15 of November and arrived… Read More »IELTS Letter, topic: Writing to complain about a damaged shipment

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IELTS Speaking Test in the USA (Part 3)

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The questions below were shared by a student who took the IELTS test in the USA. Here are some model answers, to show you how you might respond to those questions: Speaking Part 3 (Discussion) 1. Do you take selfies? Why? Honestly, no. I dread taking random selfies. And I know that selfies are trendy these days, but I am very camera-shy and insecure about my appearance. I would rather take pictures of the people and things around me than of myself. The only time I do take selfies is when I am with a group of close friends. 2. Is it a good way to capture some magical moments? No, I don’t think selfies capture authentic moments. They are too planned to look picture-perfect. Everyone wants their selfie to be Insta-perfect, and I have been in many situations with… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in the USA (Part 3)

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IELTS Speaking Test in the USA (Parts 1 and 2)

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The questions below were shared by a student who took the IELTS test in the USA. Here are some model answers, to show you how you might respond to those questions: Speaking Part 1 (Interview) 1. Did you learn geography as a child? Yes, this was one of the subjects that we all had to study in primary school, but I chose not to continue with it in high school. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. 2. Would you visit a country just because of its geographical location? No, I know that a lot of people do take this into consideration, but I have a greater interest in the history and culture of the places I visit. I tend not to visit any sort of natural landmarks and choose historically significant sites instead. 3. Did you solve puzzles as… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in the USA (Parts 1 and 2)

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IELTS essay, topic: People send text messages more frequently than they talk on the phone (advantages/disadvantages)

This essay topic was seen in a recent IELTS test in India These days people send text messages more frequently than they talk on the phone. Do the advantages of texting outweigh the disadvantages? Sample Band 8 Essay Despite the growing advances in telecommunication, more and more people resort to sending text messages instead of audio and video calls. While there are clearly some drawbacks to this, I, personally, believe that the benefits prevail. One of the most significant disadvantages of sending text messages is that it can often cause unnecessary misunderstandings, since it is difficult to convey one’s true emotions in a text conversation. This means that the feelings behind our statements are left open to interpretation, and things like sarcasm or sincerity can go unnoticed. Compared to this, a phone call makes it much easier for people to… Read More »IELTS essay, topic: People send text messages more frequently than they talk on the phone (advantages/disadvantages)

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IELTS Report, topic: Two maps describing a university campus at present and after a future expansion

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 maps below describe a university campus at present and after expansion planned for the future. 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 maps describe the layout of a university at present and how it will look after its planned redevelopment. Overall, once redeveloped, the campus will have many new facilities, including improved road access, a new transport option and more… Read More »IELTS Report, topic: Two maps describing a university campus at present and after a future expansion

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IELTS Speaking Test in Saudi Arabia (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

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The questions below were shared by S. 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 live in a house or an apartment? I currently live in a cosy one-bedroom apartment in a high-rise building on the waterfront. It has an open-plan kitchen and a small living room. It’s a bit cramped, but we have managed to make good use of the small amount of space we have. As a matter of fact, my neighbourhood is quite pricey, so I consider myself lucky to have found some reasonably priced accommodation, even if space is tight. 2. Do you have a favourite room? Well, technically it’s not really a room, but I have always loved spending time on our little… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in Saudi Arabia (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

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IELTS essay, topic: Teenagers struggle with many social issues because their parents are not spending enough time at home (agree/disagree)

This essay topic was seen in a recent IELTS test in Pakistan Today’s teenagers struggle with many social issues. Some people think that this is because their parents are spending more time at work than at home. Do you agree or disagree? Sample Band 8 Essay It is often argued that the youth of today face a greater number of social issues such as drug addiction, depression and bullying than ever before. Some people claim that this is because these days parents are more involved in work activities than their responsibilities at home, and I fully agree with their opinion. The primary role of a family is to be a secure emotional base where children feel loved and accepted. There is evidence that strong family bonds and rules protect children from risky behaviour. However, in the current tough financial climate,… Read More »IELTS essay, topic: Teenagers struggle with many social issues because their parents are not spending enough time at home (agree/disagree)

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IELTS Letter, topic: giving feedback and suggestions to an event organiser

The topic of this letter appeared in a recent IELTS exam in Pakistan. Below is a sample response that is likely to score Band 8 or above in IELTS. You participated in a public event organized by a local park. Write a letter to the event organizer. In your letter, – Give them some feedback about the event – Explain what you particularly enjoyed – Make some suggestions for improvement Answer Dear Sir/Madam, I am writing with regard to the recent inaugural “Family Market Day” held at Seaview Park this past weekend. I would most of all like to express my gratitude and appreciation for all the effort put in by your team to host this amazing event. My family and I visited the stalls on Sunday and we were blown away by the security measures and the wide variety… Read More »IELTS Letter, topic: giving feedback and suggestions to an event organiser

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IELTS Report, topic: Bar chart describing the number of male and female website visitors

This is a model answer for the Academic Writing Task 1 from the IELTS exam in South Korea that was shared last week. 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 describes the number of male and female visitors to a website in 2020-2021 (presented in hundreds of thousands). 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 This bar graph shows the number of men and women who visited a particular website in the 12 months from March 2020 until February 2021. Overall, it can be clearly seen that… Read More »IELTS Report, topic: Bar chart describing the number of male and female website visitors

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IELTS Speaking Test in South Korea (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

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Yesterday we shared the questions from an IELTS exam in South Korea. Here are some model answers, to show you how you might respond to those questions: Speaking Part 1 (Interview) 1. Where do you live (in which city)? I live in Durban, which the business hub of Kwa Zulu Natal, and it’s a large bustling metropolis. 2. What do you like about the city you live in? Well, what I really love about this place is that it is a melting pot of cultures, and this is most notable in the downtown area. You can find countless examples of a unique fusion of cultures and traditions in everything, from the food to the architecture there. I suppose it’s because people from all over the world, belonging to various religions and ethnicities, have made it their home. 3. Compared to… Read More »IELTS Speaking Test in South Korea (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

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