Recent IELTS writing exam questions July 2016

Hi everyone! please find below some recent IELTS writing exam questions. Feel free to practice them & do let us know if you have any questions! Have fun!

IELTS Writing Task 2

1. Many people regard films as a less important form of art than literature and painting. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

2. Studies have shown that children are spending more time watching television and less time doing active or creative activities. Explain why this is the case. Suggest possible measures that can encourage children to participate in active or creative activities.

3. The responsibility to prevent and reduce global environmental damage is for politicians rather than individuals. How far do you agree or disagree?

4. Some believe children should have activities organised for them during their free time, whereas others think children ought to plan their own free time. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

Writing Task 1

1. A table giving information about the number of students in 6 departments (Maths, English History, Modern Languages, Chemistry and Physics) in an Australian University in 2009.

2. A line graph showing the difference in incomes between men and women from 1978 to 2008.

3. A table giving information about the weekly expenses of retired single people and couples in terms of housing transportation, clothing, food etc.

4. A line graph and table: a line graph about the min and max temperature over a year, and a table about the amount of rainfall (cm) and sunshine (h/day) in every month. Both relate to Glasgow.

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Recent IELTS Speaking exam questions (January – February 2016)

Here are some recent IELTS Speaking exam questions (January – February 2016) we have gathered for you. Please do revise them and ask us any questions. 

Part 1 speaking:

  • Answer a set of questions on color, letters, handwriting and emails (i.e. which are more important etc)
  • Do you work or study?
  • Do you like your work?
  • Are you a morning person?
  • Do you study or Work?
  • Why you choose these subjects?
  • What will you do after completing education?
  • How has your work environment changed from past?
  • Have you ever made any handicraft?
  • Is it important for children to know handicrafts?
  • What handicrafts are famous in your country?
  • What new handicraft would you like to learn and why?
  • How do you usually communicate?
  • What do you prefer to message or send a card?
  • When did you get your 1st mobile and why?

Part 2 speaking: What would you like to do if you get a day off from your work or college. You should outline:

  • Where would you go
  • What would you do
  • Why are you thinking of doing this
  • Would you recommend this to your friends

Part 2 speaking: Describe something you forgot during a recent event. You should include:

  • what it was
  • where you forgot it
  • what you did when you realized you have forgotten it

 

Part 2 IELTS speaking exam question: Describe a day when bad weather affected your plans. You should include:

  • where were you going?
  • what were you going for?
  • what did you do instead during that time?

Part 3 IELTS speaking questions:

  • Questions around past work patterns, present scenario and future possibilities. Such as how to balance work and social life, reasons that are making people busier these days etc.
  • Do people have more choices with jobs in future?
  • are you good at decision making?
  • Do you like to write or type on computer?
  • Is good handwriting important to you?
  • Can you write if there is a need to?
  • In future, will people prefer to use computers for writing?
  • Why do you think people forget things?
  • What should they do to memorize things?
  • How can technology help people memorize things?
  • How is the weather in your country?
  • What do people in your country do in different weather?
  • How is the climate change affecting the world?
  • How is your country planning on overcoming this climate change?
  • Is the individual role important in climate change?

 

Recent IELTS writing exam questions

Task 1 writing question: You would like to invite your foreign friend to come and attend an event in your city. You should tell him what special things are going to happen and what you plan to do with him.

Task 2 writing question: Job interview is an important way to select a candidate for a job. What are other ways to select a candidate for a job apart from interview. Do you think job interview is the best way when hiring someone?

Task 2 writing questions: Some people think that it is teachers’ responsibility to teach children healthy lifestyle and healthy diet. Others argue that it is parents’ duty to provide the required knowledge and skills. Discuss both sides and give your opinion.

 

 

IELTS Writing Task 1 Linking Phrases & Words

Although it is no secret, but unfortunately a large number of students preparing for their upcoming IELTS exam are overlooking this. Linking Phrases & Words are the key components of your IELTS writing, they are the reason why you will be able to achieve a high band. They are exactly what the examiners are looking for & are expecting you to WOW them with!

Please go through the below, and do as much as possible to use them in your practices and in the actual exam. Let us know if you have any questions!

When introducing the topic

  • The graph shows… / The table reveals…
  • The chart displays… / The diagram illustrates…
  • Some interesting observations concerning… are revealed in the diagram.
  • Several key trends are revealed by the graph showing…

 

When you are proceeding onward, to present the first set of data

  • Beginning with the…
  • To begin with the…
  • Let me begin by describing the…

Now, when you are ready to introduce the second set of data

  • Meanwhile, the…  shows that…
  • As for the… , it shows that…
  • Turning to the… , it can be seen that…

Use these when you are going to introduce the first major trend

  • First of all, it is clear that…
  • Most noticeably of all, it can be seen that…
  • The first result worth pointing out is that…

and if you are going to introduce minor trends

  • Another trend that can be observed is that…
  • It is also worth pointing out that…
  • Also worth noting is that…

Sometimes you may want to mention exceptions to the main trend

  • However, this was not always the case.
  • However, it should be pointed out that…
  • There was one noticeable exception, however.

Comparing and contrasting

  • Similarly, … / By contrast, …
  • A similar trend can be observed in…
  • The results for… , however, reveal a markedly different trend.

Adding figures

  • The figures were X and Y respectively.
  • …, at X. / …, with Y. (Usage note: use ‘at’ when you mean ‘the figure was’; use ‘with’ when you mean ‘something had’)
  • …, at/with X and Y respectively.

Concluding and summarising

  • To sum up, … / In summary, … / In short, …
  • Overall, … / On the whole, …
  • The main thing that can be observed here is that…

IELTS Vocabulary List: Camping

Many people enjoy camping, and camping is a topic which can appear in IELTS speaking part 1. You should learn some useful words to be able to talk about this topic.

Camping Vocabulary

Basic camping equipment

 

camping vocab

 

More Camping Vocabulary

  • bug spray = insect repellent
  • compass = equipment for navigation
  • backpack = a bag which you carry on your back
  • air mattress = a bed mattress that is filled with air
  • hat = for protection against weather, particular the sun or rain
  • raincoat = a jacket which is waterproof
  • wildlife = wild animals
  • campground = the place for camping
  • path = a track or way to walk (people follow paths in the forest)
  • firewood = wood used for campfires
  • cramped  = not enough space, too small
  • being close to nature = spending time near wildlife and in natural areas
  • camping gear = a collection of camping equipment

IELTS Writing: Start Using Linking Words & Phrases NOW (connectors)

The linking words we have provided below are essential in IELTS task 2 writings for you to achieve higher bands. The examiner expects to see a range of linking words in your essay to award you a high band for the criterion of Coherence and Cohesion, which is 25% of your marks. You will be checked on your range, accuracy and your flexibility of linking words in IELTS writing task 2. These linking words are suitable for all types of essay writing as well as GT IELTS writing task 2

Listing

This is often used to either put your paragraphs in order or used inside the paragraph to list your supporting points.

  • firstly
  • secondly
  • thirdly
  • fourthly
  • lastly /last but not least / finally

Adding Information

You will need to support your main points in your IELTS essay. These linkers inform the read that extra information is about to be presented.

  • in addition
  • additionally
  • furthermore
  • moreover
  • also
  • not only … but also
  • as well as
  • and

Giving Examples

It is often useful to give examples to support your ideas in IELTS writing task 2. Make sure you use this range of linking words to do so.

  • for example
  • one clear example is
  • for instance
  • such as
  • namely
  • to illustrate
  • in other words

Results and Consequences

These linking devices can be used for solution essays or any essay when you need to explain the consequences of something.

  • as a result
  • consequently
  • therefore
  • thus
  • hence
  • so
  • for this reason

Highlighting and Stressing

It is important to be clear about what you mean in your essay. These linking words help you stress particular points.

  • particularly
  • in particular
  • specifically
  • especially
  • obviously
  • of course
  • clearly

Concessions and Contrasts

You often need to give opposite ideas, particularly for discussion essays so the linking words below will help you show the reader when you want to introduce an opposite point. Also you might want to give exceptions to a rule for a concession.

  • admittedly
  • however
  • nevertheless
  • even though
  • although
  • but
  • despite
  • in spite of
  • still
  • on the other hand
  • by contrast
  • in comparison
  • alternatively
  • another option could be

Reasons and Causes

These connecting words will help you explain reasons and causes for something which is very common in IELTS writing task 2, especially for cause / solution essays.

  • because
  • owing to
  • due to
  • since
  • as

Giving your Opinion

  • in my opinion
  • I think
  • I believe
  • I admit
  • in my view
  • I concur / agree
  • I disagree / I cannot accept

Concluding Linkers

  • in conclusion
  • to conclude
  • to sum up

Now have a Practice with Linking Words:

Now try improve your use of linking words by fill in the gaps below with linking words from the above list.

  • There are a number of drawbacks to people using Facebook as a way of communicating (1)………………… it is (2)…………….. one of the most common social networking platforms for both individuals and businesses.
  • (3)……………………….. the lack of exercise taken by average people, obesity and other weight related problems are on the rise.
  • Unemployment and poverty, (4) ………….. in urban areas, is often deemed to be the cause of rising crime rate.
  • (5) ……….. the rise in urban crime, more and more people continue to move to cities looking for a better life.
  • More children are becoming obese and (6)…………….. schools should be encouraged to provide more sports lessons and outdoor activities.

Answers

  1. even though
  2. admittedly
  3. Due to / Owing to ( you can’t have “because of” because it is at the beginning of a sentence)
  4. particularly / especially / specifically
  5. despite
  6. therefore / so / for this reason

IELTS Writing Task 1: Key preparation advises

Below are the essential preparation tips to learn how to prepare for your IELTS writing task 1 test. These top 12 tips are for the IELTS academic writing paper.

1. Understanding Task 1

  • write an academic report on a chart of graph (see below for all types of task 1)
  • write over 150 words (the examiner will count your words and there will be a penalty for being under the word count)
  • write your report in 20 mins (don’t take more time because task 2 is worth double the marks)

2. Do plenty of practice tests

Unfortunately, just like pretty much everything else in life, there is no easy way success. The best way to learn (and to get a band >7) is to do as much practice as possible. So keep up churning out those writing practices 🙂

If you would like an experienced IELTS tutor to review & provide you beneficial feedback around your where & how to actually improve your existing writing, feel free to visit here for more information.

3. Task 1 Band Scores and Marking Criteria

Understand the band scores for each criterion in writing task 1. The IELTS examiner will mark you on:

  • Task Achievement (25%)
  • Coherence and Cohesion (25%)
  • Vocabulary (25%)
  • Grammatical Range and Accuracy (25%)

You should thoroughly understand the requirements for each criterion for the band score you are aiming for. Here’s a link to the IELTS writing task 1 public band score descriptors which are published by the IELTS organisation. The examiner will give you a band score for each individual criterion above and then your final score for writing task 1 is the average of the 4.

4. Types of Task 1

Learn the 6 main types of charts that can be given in writing task 1 (maps, diagrams, bar charts, tables, line graphs and pie charts). You should practice writing reports for all types of task 1 by using sample IELTS charts. It is also possible to get a combination of two types, for example a bar chart with a pie chart.

5. Introduction Paragraph

Practice writing the introduction statement.

Here are two examples, which one do you think it best?

  1. Here we can see that the graph represented information regarding the number of sales of two companies in two years
  2. The chart illustrates the number of sales of two companies (Marks Ltd and Bumper Store) in 2000 and 2010.

Answers: The second introduction statement is best. The first example contains non-academic language (Here we can see…) and also does not contain enough information about the companies or which years.

The introduction is usually very quick to write and quite formulaic (standard) in content.

6. Overviews for Writing Task 1

Practice identifying key features for all kinds of charts. The key features make up the content of the overview which is the most essential paragraph in your task 1 report. The key features for most charts are the highest and lowest categories as well as the most significant differences between categories. However, for diagrams the key stages can be harder to identify. Many students get confused whether to have a conclusion or an overview. make sure you get it right.

7. Vocabulary

Get a list of useful vocabulary for each type of writing task. This is particularly important for line graphs, maps and pie charts. The line graph is the type of writing task 1 which has the biggest range of possible vocabulary that can be used.

To get a good score in writing task 1, it is important to use a range of words which means  you need to paraphrase when possible. However, as mistakes can cause you to lose points, it is important not to take chances with your vocabulary. Spelling is also checked so make sure you don’t make mistakes with your spelling.

8. Grammar

To get a good score, you will also need to work on complex sentence structures. For students aiming for band score 6 and above, this is essential. Luckily sentence structures for task 1 can be learnt and then adapted to fit each individual task  (to some extent). Along with grammar is accuracy. The more mistakes you make the lower your score will be so getting rid of common errors is important. If you have frequent errors, you may get band score 5 for grammar.

9. Structure for Writing Task 1

You need to make sure you structure your report correctly as the examiner will pay attention to the organisation of information and paragraphing. Make sure you follow this as it is easy to get a good score for organisation. Structure and linking devices are part of the criterion of Coherence and Cohesion which makes up 25% of your marks.

10. Linking Devices/phrases

Linking is also very important (very, very very important). You will need to show the examiner a range of linking devices that connect information together and compare information in a coherent way. Again, linking is very easy to learn so make sure you pay attention to this. Different charts use different linkers so make sure you review each type of task to see the best linking devices to use.

11. Model Answers for IELTS Writing Task 1

Follow safe models. There are a lot of sample answers for you to follow on the internet, but following a safe model which fulfills the requirement set by IELTS is essential.

12. Practice using the Answer Sheet

Before your test, make sure you practice writing on the official IELTS answer sheet for writing task 1. Here is a link to download the answer sheet.