IELTS test in Bahrain – June 2022 (General Training)

A kind IELTS test taker J.C. from Bahrain remembered the following questions from his recent exam:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You’ve been asked to do a presentation and you will need help with setting up the equipment for it. Write a letter to your colleague. In your letter,

– Let him/her know when and where the presentation will take place
– Tell him/her what equipment you will need
– Explain how he/she can help you.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Governments in many countries are replacing old buildings such as art galleries and town halls with new ones. Is this a positive or a negative development?

Give reasons for your answer and include relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.

Speaking test

Part 1 (Interview)

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Do you work or study?
– How do you normally start your day at work?
– Tell me about a person that supports you at work.
– How often do you look at yourself in the mirror?
– Have you purchased a mirror before?
– Do you think mirrors can be used for decoration?
– How often do you use email?
– Do you think email is better than any other means of communication?
– Is email popular in your country?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Talk about a free item you received. Please say

– what the item was
– why it was free
– when you received it
– and explain how you felt about receiving this item.

Part 3 (Discussion)

– What other items do shops usually give away for free? Why?
– Is there anything more valuable than money?
– What other things do people value more than their money?
– Do people take better care of the items they purchased, compared to items they received free?

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IELTS Speaking test in India – June 2022

Thanks to our kind friend M.P. we know this much about her recent IELTS Speaking test in India:

Speaking test

Part 1 (Interview)

– Can I have your full name, please?
– May I see your ID?
– Where do you live?
– Describe your hometown, please.
– Do you know how to drive?
– Do you like to drive a car or to be a passenger?
– Who taught you how to drive?
– Do you like art?
– Do you like visiting art galleries?
– Would you like to learn more about art?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Talk about an interesting story that someone told you when you were a child. Please say

– What the story was
– Who told you the story and when
– And explain why you think it was an interesting story.

Part 3 (Discussion)

– Do you think parents should tell their children stories? Why?
– Is family important in your country?
– What role do grandparents play in the family in your country?
– In what way do you think the family will change in the future?

IELTS essay, topic: Young people are facing problems at school and at home, what problems and how can parents help?

This essay topic was seen in a recent IELTS test in Canada

Today’s young generation is facing many problems at school and at home. What are the problems? What can parents do to help their teenage children?

Sample Band 8 Essay

Young people today are under a lot of pressure, which seems to come from many directions. The problems they are experiencing happen not only at school, but also at home, and it seems that without adult guidance, our young generation will continue to struggle.

Teenage years have never been simple, and many would agree that the amount of challenges has only increased with the passage of time. Bullying has been a problem for quite a while, and children and adolescents would have experienced it at school in the past, but then it would stop at home. At present, however, things have been made worse by social media penetrating the supposedly safe space of our teenagers. The unfortunate behaviour of their peers can now reach them even in their bedrooms, causing them constant distress.

Another issue troubling many young people is the pressure to succeed by their families. Whether at school or at home, they often feel as if they are not smart enough, which creates overwhelm and despair. Understandably, their parents are pursuing a worthy goal of ensuring their children get a great start in life; however, many teens feel that they are failing their families when they don’t live up to their expectations. This often leads to dishonest and unethical behaviour, such as cheating on tests or plagiarising other students’ work. When uncovered, these incidents have a profound effect on young people’s future careers, not to mention their emotional well-being.

It is hard to underestimate the importance of parental support to navigating life as a young person. From helping teens build a positive body image and self-esteem, to handling classmates’ difficult behaviour, to guidance where study is concerned, parents can make a world of difference. Talking to their sons and daughters about matters that worry them, listening and making non-judgmental suggestions are great ways to help. Getting a professional involved where necessary and engaging with teachers, councilors and coaches is another opportunity for parents to provide assistance. Last but not least, parents can make their children better and happier people by simply giving them unconditional love.

Teacher’s comment: The writer’s response fully covered every aspect of the task. Their arguments are strong, comprehensive, and well-supported. The effective use of paraphrasing, referencing, substitution, information sequencing, and paragraphing in this essay contributes to its high level of coherence and cohesion. The writer is able to clearly explain their message because to their extensive vocabulary and careful word selection. This essay has many examples of uncommon lexical items, all appropriately used. The writer has a great control of grammar, they follow the rules of punctuation and use complex sentence structures very well. Overall, this essay is likely to get Band 8 or 8.5 in IELTS

Click here to see more IELTS essays of Band 8

The Future of Health – IELTS Writing Task 2

In today’s lesson, I want to show you how to answer an agree or disagree question about health and the future. I will give you some useful language about the topic (health) and the necessary grammar (the future). I’ll also mention some important things about generating ideas and structuring essays.

Analysing the Question

Here’s our question for today:

The average standard of people’s health is likely to be lower in future than it is now.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement.

It’s taken from this list of IELTS writing questions, which I recommend to users of my writing correction service.

This question is pretty easy to understand. Basically, you choose whether you agree or disagree that people’s health will be worse in the future than it is now. You can either:

Strongly agreePartially agreeNeither agree nor disagreePartially disagreeStrongly disagree

Just make sure that your opinion is clear throughout the whole essay. Don’t forget to state your opinion clearly in the essay outline! If you fail to do that, you will get a low score for Task Response.

Planning your Answer

Once you have chosen your opinion, you need to decide what ideas to include and how to include them – ie picking a structure.

Personally, I will agree with the statement and tell the reader why I think that health will be worse in the future. I will look at two ideas:

Eating habits.Lifestyle choices.

Each of these will be given one paragraph and I will develop those with explanations. My essay will look something like this:

IntroductionIntroduce the topic
Give my opinionBody paragraph 1We have more food now
People are becoming obese and diabetic
Example: ChinaBody paragraph 2Sedentary lifestyles
These damage our bodies
Children no longer go out to playConclusionSummarise previous ideas

Note that I will expand all of these points with realistic detail and link them logically. You can see that in my sample band 9 answer below. I will be careful not to give too many ideas because that can make your essay more like a list. It is better to develop a few ideas logically.

Language about Health and the Future

I have written about health vocabulary here and there is a useful video here:

Those will give you lots of words and phrases you can use to talk about health in the IELTS writing test.

For this essay, your language will obviously relate to your choices in terms of answer. For me, I have decided to cover diet and lifestyle, so there are many words and phrases I might need to use. I should definitely know a broad range of health conditions:

ObesityDiabetesHeart attackBack problems

You can learn more vocabulary and even gain useful ideas by reading about health on reputable websites. Here is a guide to healthy living by the World Health Organization. And here is another from the UK’s National Health Service.

Here are two sentences I will include in my essay, which relate to the different issues I want to discuss:

All around the world, fewer people are dying of starvation, but more people are dying from obesity and diabetes due to their sugary and fatty diets.Back problems and joint pain are becoming increasingly common, while the lack of physical mobility is exacerbating the obesity issues created by our unhealthy diets.

You can see that I have mentioned various health problems.

You may notice that I have used present tenses here because my arguments about the future are primarily based on the present. I want to show how our current problems are indicative of potential future ones.

What I will do is gather most of my evidence and put forth my case that our health is currently declining, then make it clear in the introduction and conclusion that this signals worse problems in the future:

This essay will agree with that statement and give reasons why human health will continue to decline.This will probably continue in future due to our unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles.

I think this is more effective than offering vague speculation throughout the whole essay.

Sample Band 9 Answer

It has been argued that the level of people’s health in the future will be lower than it is at present. This essay will agree with that statement and give reasons why human health will continue to decline.

Although medical technology is improving at a rapid pace, human health in most developed countries peaked several decades ago and has been in decline. This is because abundance has paradoxically created a situation where people are exposed to vast quantities of unhealthy food. All around the world, fewer people are dying of starvation, but more people are dying from obesity and diabetes due to their sugary and fatty diets. In countries that have only recently acquired wealth, this change is even more profound, and so millions of people in countries like China are suffering from utterly preventable health problems. This situation gets worse year after year.

Another related issue is that of lifestyle. Humans evolved to roam the plains of Africa and then adapted to an active agricultural lifestyle, but in the modern era we are confined to office chairs and car seats. Our bodies are not used to this sedentary lifestyle, and so they suffer greatly. Back problems and joint pain are becoming increasingly common, while the lack of physical mobility is exacerbating the obesity issues created by our unhealthy diets. With the advent of mobile phones and other technologies, even children no longer go outside much and so this idle lifestyle has infected the youngest members of society, threatening the very future of our species.

In conclusion, human health is on the decline in spite of developments in medicine. This will probably continue in future due to our unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles.

More on Band 9 Answers

Can you really learn from band 9 sample answers? I believe that you can, but you must be careful not to put too much trust in them. You should always use your own ideas and language. Here is a video about band 9 sample answers and how to get the most from them:

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IELTS test in Sri Lanka – June 2022 (Academic Module)

Thanks to I.A. from Sri Lanka today we are sharing the latest IELTS questions she remembered from her exam:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a report)

We were given a table describing water consumption cost in 5 cities in Australia in 2014.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Competitiveness is considered a good quality in most societies nowadays. How does it affect individuals? Do you think this is a positive or a negative development?

Speaking test

Part 1 (Interview)

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Where are you from?
– Are you working or studying?
– Are street shopping strips popular in your country?
– What kind of things are being sold in the shops there?
– Do you like street shopping or shopping at a shopping mall? Why?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Talk about an occasion when you gave someone a gift. Please say

– what the gift was
– how you chose it
– when you gave the gift and to whom
– and explain how he/she reacted.

Part 3 (Discussion)

– What factors should we consider when buying a gift?
– Is it easy to choose clothes to give as a gift? Why?
– On which occasions people in your country are usually giving gifts?
– Do you think that in the future typical gifts of today will be replaced by something different?
– How will gifts change in the future?

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Srinivasan got rid of his problems and scored Band 8 in IELTS, here is how

Srinivasan got an Overall Band 8 in IELTS, so when he wrote to us and said he’d like to share some preparation advice, we knew it would be of great value to every single test taker reading this blog. As a winner of our IELTS Results Competition, Srinivasan wanted to give back and help others overcome the IELTS challenge. Here are his suggestions to you, based on his own way of preparing for IELTS:

Srinivasan said, “First and foremost, get to know the test pattern and types of questions. Once you are familiar with that, learn the skills and use strategies suitable for every question type. Be realistic in your preparation, do not rush to sit the test before you are truly ready.

Listening

Learn the question types and strategies for each type of question.
Take a mock test and record the score.
Review the test paper and note down your weak areas.
Turn your weaknesses into your strengths.

Reading

Reading is hard for many people as they don’t have a habit of reading.

Try to read newspapers and short texts as a habit.
Part 3 of the Reading test is often filled with difficult questions, so reserve more time for it while leaving less time for Part 1 and Part 2.
Identify where most mistakes are coming from – that is the area you need to focus on more.
Review every test paper after completion to learn from your mistakes.

Writing

Writing test is the one where many students get a low band score, and it happened to me as well. It is important to understand what is needed to get a higher band with the help of band descriptors.

In my first attempt I didn’t have anyone to guide me. In the next attempt, I found it is vital to get assistance from an IELTS expert.
Learn all the types of questions and how to approach them.
Practice in writing responses to the questions under timed conditions.
Write down your mistakes and revise them before you start writing.
Practice writing error-free sentences and using complex sentences in your essays.
Planning is key to success in Writing Tasks 1 and 2.
Read Band 9 essay samples to gain ideas and improve your style of writing.

Speaking

Speaking with confidence is very important to success.

Read on a range of topics such as the environment, science, arts, schools, hometown, social media, etc (or watch films/videos on these topics). This will expand your vocabulary.
Practicing speaking with a partner is highly recommended.
In the Speaking test, Parts 2 and 3 are more important and require more preparation time.
I recorded my speaking test and listened to it for mistakes, it is a good way to improve.
Make sure you get an IELTS tutor to assess your speaking test and provide further guidance.

Congratulations to Srinivasan Mannangatti on achieving an Overall IELTS Band score of 8.0!

IELTS test in Canada – June 2022 (General Training)

A kind IELTS test taker P.K. from Canada remembered the following questions from her recent exam:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You would like to invite your friend from abroad to a public event in your country. Write a letter to your friend. In your letter,

– Invite him/her to the event
– Explain why you think he/she would like the event
– Tell him/her about the other activities you can do.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Today’s young generation is facing many problems in school and at home. What are the problems? What can parents do to help their teenage children?

Speaking test

Part 1 (Interview)

– What is your full name?
– Can I see your ID?
– Do you work or are you a student?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Talk about an invention that changed the world. Please say

– what the invention is
– when it was created
– how it changed the world
– and explain how it is used by older and younger people.

Part 3 (Discussion)

– Do you think inventions are making us lazy?
– Why do you think inventions are important?
– What is the most useful invention in household items?
– Do you think inventions made household items safer?

IELTS test in Pakistan – June 2022 (General Training)

Our friend S.Z. took the IELTS test in Pakistan a couple of days ago and remembered the following questions:

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

Your company has sent you on a three-month course in another country. The course is coming to an end, but you would like to prolong your stay. Write a letter to your manager. In your letter,

– Describe how the course benefited you
– Explain why you would like to delay your return
– Suggest a date when you would like to come back.

Writing task 2 (an essay)

Many young people say that mobile phones are the most important object that they own. Does the popularity of mobile phones among young people have more advantages or disadvantages?

Speaking test

Part 1 (Interview)

– What is your full name?
– Where are you from?
– Where do you live, in a house or an apartment?
– What is your favorite room at home?
– What makes your home special?
– Do you keep things from your childhood?
– Where do you keep your important things, such as your keys or money?

– Do you think people should spend free time at home or outside?
– Has technology changed leisure time options?
– Is there any difference between our leisure time activities now and in the past?

– Do you think you read more when you were younger compared to now?
– What type of books do you read?
– Have you ever watched the movie and then read its book?

Part 2 (Cue Card)

Talk about a time when you saved some money on an item you purchased. Please say

– when and where it was
– who was there with you
– how you saved money
– and explain how you felt about it.

Part 3 (Discussion)

– What are some of the places where people go on outings and to socialize?
– Do you think that younger people do more activities than older people?
– Do you think that in the past people had more time for going out than now?