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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 016

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IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 16

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The charts show the percentage of power generated from 6 different types in Gareline.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.


IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 16The charts illustrate the sources of power in three different periods in Gareline, with the data divided into 6 different areas.

In 1970, nearly half of all electricity was derived from hydro power, which accounted for 45% of the total. Geothermal production was slightly less than half this value, followed by wind power which created 5% of all power, with gas and the category labelled as ‘other’ making just over one percent each.

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In 1980, the figure for hydro power had increased dramatically, making over three quarters of the total. Geothermal, wind and nuclear power created 8%, 7% and 6% respectively, with the other two categories increasing by only 0.2%.

By 1990, the trend for hydro power had reversed, with the most productive category now being geothermal power. Wind power had remained constant but there was a significant increase in electricity produced by nuclear power, accounting for 15.5%. There was a minor increase once again for wind power and the ‘other’ category.

In total, geothermal power and hydro power were always the most productive, although nuclear power was increasing.

(154 words)

 

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 015

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 15

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 15You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The charts illustrate how recycling is carried out in Eutopia, and the pie charts show the percentage of recycled and unrecycled waste.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.

The charts provide information about recycling in Eutopia in three different years, namely 1980, 1990 and 2000.

The column chart shows that the percentage of recycled waste collected from people’s homes decreased from over three quarters to just over 70%. The percentage of recycled material taken to allocated areas increased between 1980 and 1990 but remained steady at 18% in 2000.

The amount of recycling done from items that were returned to their original starting point decreased in 1990 by 2%, but then increased to 8% in 2000. The category labelled ‘other’ decreased by 1% then remained stable at 2% for the final two given years.

The pie charts indicate a threefold increase in the amount of waste recycled between 1990 and 1990 from 7% up to 22%. In 2000, this figure had continued to increase, although at a less dramatic rate, finishing at one third of waste being recycled.

Overall, it can be seen that recycling increased over the time displayed, while the percentage collected from each house gradually decreased.

(171 words)

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 014

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 14

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 14You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph shows the hours spent in different study methods during a two year course.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.

The graph shows the number of weekly hours spent studying in the library, with a tutor or lecturer or using the internet during a 2 year course.

The most striking trend is that there is a dramatic increase in the use of the internet throughout the period, especially between the first and second semesters of each year, with hours increasing from about 3 at the beginning of the course to over 10 by the end.

Hours spent in a classroom or lecture situation was initially the highest at approximately 7 hours a week, increasing to 8 hours in the second semester of the first year. However, the figure fell during the second year to finish at only 5 hours a week.

Time in the library was the most fluctuating, initially falling from 4 hours down to about 3 hours, then rapidly increasingly to 8 hours before once again declining to end at about 6 hours.

Overall, use of the internet increased while time in class and lectures declined and time in the library varied.

(174 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 016

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 16

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

Studying business or science related subjects at university level is more important that arts related courses like literature.

Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 16When considering tertiary level education, there is a school of thought that believes that studying more concrete topics such as commerce, physics or biology is more valuable to society than spending time focused on novels and other literary subjects. However, this argument is flawed for a number of reasons as will now be presented.

Although certain fields of study lead more directly into a position of employment, university education is valuable not only for the education learned but also as an indication that the person has the ability to learn, and as such it is irrelevant whether it is a career based course of study or something more intangible, like the arts. It suggests to potential employers that person can learn new skills, and this is often as important as what is already known.

Moreover, those that complete an arts related degree could potentially go on to be writers, poets or playwrights, for example, and thus contribute to society in a cultural form rather than financially or technologically. The opinion that the writer is of less worth than the scientist is very biased, especially when it comes to a contribution to society.

Admittedly, there is the point that science and business related education can financially benefit a country, whereas art and literature does not offer the same value economically. However, a country’s wealth is not calculated in financial terms alone.

In sum, therefore, both types of education offer advantages to the country, so neither should be preference over the other as both have a degree of value to society.

(259 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 015

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 15

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

Traffic problems are increasing in most cities.

What can be done about this?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 15Increasing urban populations have led to a corresponding increase in the number of vehicles on the road, resulting in rising congestion in city centres. There are a number of potential solutions to the problem, as will now be discussed.

Perhaps the first step to take would be to improve the availability of public transport and install bus lanes throughout the city. Whilst this would, in the short term, increase the pressure on the roads, it is likely to result in more people using public transport and leaving their vehicle at home. One way of encouraging people to adopt buses and trains is to lower the price and expand the timetable.

Following that, local councils or the government could make it more difficult for car drivers to use their car by either charging a levy or only allowing certain vehicles in city areas on certain days. A similar system has been running in London for some time, and has resulted in fewer vehicles on the roads.

An alternative idea, one which is more extreme than levies and selective use, is to simply prevent private passenger vehicles from entering the city at all. By having only public transport options, there would be no problem with congestion and would allow for more pedestrian areas in the metropolitan areas.

To sum up, there are a range of options available to reduce the number of cars in the centre of cities, but ultimately they all rely on an improved public transport system and encouraging drivers and their passengers to use it.

(256 words)

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 013

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 13

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 13You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The process shows diamonds moving from the mine to the retailer.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.

The flowchart illustrates the steps in the process of getting diamonds from a mine to the those who are selling them.

The process begins with the stones being mined in their rough form, following which they are sorted into two different grades, namely high grade and low grade.

The low grade diamonds are set aside for industrial purposes, after which they are cut and shaped, then assessed for their level of hardness. The final step before being sent to the retailers is the pricing.

High grade diamonds have a number of additional processes. Earmarked for cosmetic applications, they are priced then submitted to a digital analysis to ensure the most effective cut. They are then sent to be cut using a machine, or cut by hand, before they are then polished. At this point they are rated, and dependent on that rating are either returned for further polishing or, as with the industrial use diamonds, sent to the retailers.

This ends the description of the process.

(166 words)

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 014

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 14

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

Traditional methods of food preparation are becoming less popular.

Why do you think this is?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 14Meals made in a time honoured fashion are not as common these days for a number of different reasons, as will now be explained.

The primary factor is that more modern variants of traditional dishes are often less time consuming to prepare. It is not uncommon for both parents to work outside of the home, meaning that there is less opportunity for people to spend the hours required in shopping, preparing and cooking, so opting for a quick and easy meal is often preferred.

Another significant cause for this decline is that the skills that in previous generations were handed down from parents to children are no longer considered as valuable, and as such, many younger people simply lack the required knowledge. Already many traditional skills such as bread making are no longer passed on, and this is illustrated in the rising consumption of convenience food among younger people.

A third contributor to the fall in traditional food preparation is also related to the modern global nature of most societies. Historically, traditional meals were common because the required ingredients were all that was available locally. These days, however, most large cities have shops and restaurants with food from all over the globe. A clear example of this influence is in the United Kingdom, where the most popular takeaway food is Indian cuisine.

Ultimately, there are many factors both societal and economic that are leading to the decline in traditional meals, and this is a trend that is likely to continue into the future.

(254 words)

Paraphrasing in IELTS

Paraphrasing in IELTS

Paraphrasing in IELTS

Being able to paraphrase (express the same meaning using different words) is a very useful skill for the IELTS writing test, but it can also help you identify answers in the reading and listening. Here are some sentences that have been rephrased. Before you click the ‘Show paraphrase’ button, see if you can think of other ways the same information could be expressed.

NOTE: This page will be added to regularly, but if you want to post a sentence below, we will add it to the list with a rephrased version!

1. Relatively few people actually know what the festival of  Mai-son represents.
Show paraphrase

It is not commonly known what the Mai-son festival signifies.

2. There is little doubt that some customs should be upheld.
Show paraphrase

Certain traditions must be maintained.

3. Only a minority of people know how to prepare food properly for a hangi.
Show paraphrase

The majority of people do not know the correct method of preparation for a hangi.

4. Traditions are lost as popular culture dominates almost all of our free time.
Show paraphrase

A large part of our leisure time is controlled by popular culture, resulting in the loss of many more traditional forms.

5. All but a few New Zealanders have heard of the haka or seen it performed.
Show paraphrase

Only a minority of New Zealanders have neither heard nor seen a haka performance.

6. The number of Maori speakers is not insignificant.
Show paraphrase

There are a significant number of people that speak Maori.

7. It is unlikely that cultural misconceptions will ever be completely overcome.
Show paraphrase

It is probable that there will always be cultural misunderstandings.

8. It is far from inconceivable to imagine a world where most people speak English
Show paraphrase

It is not difficult to picture a world where English is spoken by all but a few.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 013

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 13

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:

Medical procedures for cosmetic purposes should not be allowed.

Do you agree or disagree?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.

IELTS Task 2 Writing model answer 13There is a rising tendency for people of all ages to have surgery to improve their appearance, although there are a number of arguments against this as will now be examined.

The main reason that such procedures should be discouraged is that people should be more confident in themselves, and not be swayed by images in the media. People are constantly bombarded with pictures of people looking glamorous, but these photos have often been digitally altered for the best effect. Many young people, however, suffer from low self esteem and feel that through operations they could look like the celebrities they see.

Another argument against cosmetic procedures is that this diverts resources from more necessary surgeries, which in turn causes longer delays for those in desperate need. Even though such procedures may be done privately, it still requires the attendance of medical staff that would perhaps otherwise be available to the public health system. This can be seen in the waiting lists in the UK, for example, where it can take several months or longer to have a hip replacement operation.

However, there are situations when cosmetic surgery can vastly improve the patient’s quality of life, such as those who have suffered significant burns or other disfigurements. There are many examples of people for whom surgical work has allowed them to rebuild their life in ways which would have been exceptionally difficult or impossible otherwise.

To conclude, it would perhaps be better if cosmetic surgery was discouraged unless it offered significant improvements to the patient’s quality of life, and should perhaps also be limited to people between a certain age.

(270 words)

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 012

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 12

IELTS Academic Task 1 Writing model answer 12You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The charts show information about the number of kilometres travelled in an average month and the distribution of vehicle types in Britain.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.

Data is given for the distance travelled for three different reasons, as well as charts indicating the percentage of vehicle types in the UK in 1990 and 2010.

The most significant trend is that the most kilometres were travelled for transporting and delivery reasons. In 1990, this figure was approximately 6500 kilometres, rising to almost 8000 kilometres by 1995 and 2000 but falling to 6,000 by 2010.

Personal travel accounted for about 1,200 kilometres a month more than commuting for 1990 to 2000, but commuting distances increased from 2000 to be within approximately 700 kilometres of personal driving, with the former being on 3,000 and the latter being around 2,300.

The pie charts indicate that in the twenty year difference, the percentage of cars fell by 4% while the number of trucks increased by 5%. Over the same period, buses and motorcycles both fell by 1% while the category labelled ‘other’ increased by 1%.

Overall, it is clear that there was a number of changes in the distance travelled and type of vehicles from 1990 to 2010.

(177 words)